The last month of 2022 is nearly here! December 2022 comes with a full moon in chatty Gemini and a new moon in focused Capricorn. But oy, both do come with challenges!
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What is a New Moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a Full Moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
Full Moon in Gemini: December 7th 2022 (11:09PM ET/8:09PM PT
Gemini is the sign of the mind, ruling communication, ideas, and short-term plans, so the Gemini full moon focuses on our minds. We can sort through plans and ideas and focus on the ones that we're most passionate about and believe in emotionally, and we can finalize plans or finish ones we've already started.
Whatever we say, we can really mean it, and our words can drip with emotion. This can make us more authentic, though we may be deluding ourselves, believing we're being honest when we're lying to ourselves too. The heart and mind can merge but this can bring subjectivity.
The full moon is conjunct (aligned with) Mars retrograde in Gemini, and this is quite challenging since it brings extra focus on the retrograde energy. We can be super annoyed, super frustrated, and super ready for a fight. There can be a LOT of arguments with this full moon, and we can really believe our positions are 100% the right ones. But are we really seeing the big picture right now? Probably not.
The full moon occurs at 16 degrees 2 minutes Gemini. Aspects to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 14 degrees 2 minutes - 18 degrees 2 minutes Gemini
Sextile: 14 degrees 2 minutes - 18 degrees 2 minutes Aries or Leo
Square: 14 degrees 2 minutes - 18 degrees 2 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 14 degrees 2 minutes - 18 degrees 2 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Opposition: 14 degrees 2 minutes - 18 degrees 2 minutes Sagittarius
New Moon in Capricorn: December 23rd 2022 (5:17AM ET/2:17AM PT)
Capricorn new moons are great times for new goals, new direction, and a new path. Capricorn is the sign of goals and life path, and new moons bring energy and excitement. We want to get disciplined, take the lead, and make things happen, and we can make strides with the things we've already started or experience some success.
The new moon is square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) both Jupiter in Aries and Ceres in Libra, both of whom are new in their signs (Jupiter enters Aries the day before, on December 20th. Jupiter is also at a sensitive degree, 0 degrees Aries, which is the 0 Degrees Aries Point, December 20th to 30th. Ceres is also at 0 degrees, and is the 0 degrees Aries Point in Libra, to the 22nd. We basically have a cardinal t-square, with Jupiter in Aries opposing Ceres in Libra, and a bunch of Capricorn planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto). So, we have a problem here!
Cardinal t-squares are super active, so there can be a ton of developments that occur with this new moon. But, this may come with challenges, opposition, and lots of resistance. The squared sign, Capricorn, gets the main focus, so we may be extra active when it comes to goals, direction, and on a larger scale with governments, politics, leaders. Pluto in Capricorn has brought this out over the last decade, and it was turned up quite a bit during the cardinal t-square of 2012 (in the same signs with Pluto squared in Capricorn).
The way out with t-squares is with the sign opposite the squared planet, which is Cancer in this case. We need to be mindful of emotions, of close connections, and of foundations. We need to make sure we're not overlooking what's right in front of us, something that may be a problem with both Moons in December. Keep calm and tend to matters at home or internally.
The new moon occurs at 1 degree 33 minutes Capricorn. The aspects to the new moon are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Capricorn
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 3 degrees 33 minutes Cancer
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations by house and aspect
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