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Go the Distance: Reflections on the Full Moon in Sagittarius

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The Moon comes into her fullness once every 28 days. This is the last Full Moon of Spring – we are now transitioning into Summer. I will be honest … this Full Moon in Sagittarius has, well, brought a few more emotions than I expected over the past few days. And I think that’s what she is wanting to do right now.

The Moon is in Sagittarius and the Sun is in Gemini. The Moon, herself, is the seat of emotion. In your chart, she represents your emotional nature. Full moons mark culminations and completions in our lives, while offering opportunities to release those things that no longer serve us. Sagittarius represents seeking the truth. It is quite possible that this lunation will bring you inklings of truth or straight-up slaps across the face. Either way, you will receive the information you most need to live into the fullness of yourself and live into your own Sagittarian nature. Everyone has every sign in their chart. Everyone has Sagittarius somewhere in them, in their lives, in their souls. Listen to what that nature is trying to tell you.

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter—known as the great beneficent. Sag and Jupiter facilitate expansion, faith and exploration. Sagittarius represents exploration of all types—intellectual/philosophical, spiritual/emotional, physical (distant travel), higher education, and publishing. So these are the sorts of themes that might emerge around this Moon, or that you might be considering around this Moon. They might be things you are completing and letting go of (such as a dissertation, for example. Or a long trip abroad. Or a spiritual quest). They also might be things that are bringing to you an awareness of what you will need to let go of in order to move more fully into your destiny, the truth of who you are (such as aspects of your schedule, people or thought patterns that don’t support your personal form of exploration).

As this is a Moon of expansion, you may notice various parts of your life are simply more emphasized or more intense than usual. Or maybe, you have more faith. Jupiter represents luck and faith. Jupiter expands everything he touches and today, on the same day as the Full Moon, he is also stationing direct in Libra after being retrograde for four months. This means he is forging ahead with things in the area of your chart inhabited by Libra. This means he has completed his review and, hopefully, bringing some luck to your life. At the very least, he is encouraging you to have faith—faith in yourself and faith in that which is greater than you–and giving you reasons to keep it.

Sitting with this Moon, however, is Saturn, who is nearing the end of his transit of Sagittarius. Jupiter/Sagittarius and Saturn are opposing energies. Jupiter expands, while Saturn contracts, sets boundaries, creates borders and roadblocks. He isn’t trying to be difficult, necessarily. He just wants to make sure that you want what you want, that you’re prepared for the path you’ve chosen. Saturn and Jupiter can have a strange relationship. Each one of us, in our lives, is responsible for navigating the relationship between Saturn and Jupiter as it manifests in our lives and in our charts. The goal of navigating this relationship is to reach a consensus, to find balance, to settle into a dynamic homeostasis, to reach a place where both your internal Saturn and your internal Jupiter actually assist each other in helping you to achieve your dreams. Oppositional relationships such as this one can reach consensus when we maintain an open mind and are able to imagine seemingly weird possibilities. And there are many seemingly weird possibilities to be imagined.

Be open to the weird thoughts, feelings and opportunities that might arise over the next couple of days. They might not be as weird as you think they are. The Moon is wild. And so are you. I have a sense that conjoining with her, Saturn wants us to listen to our emotions. He wants us to master them. But I also believe that he wants us to understand how our emotions can serve as building blocks to structure our lives. He wants us to tap into the intelligence of our emotions—what do our emotions and our responses to them have to tell us about the sorts of boundaries we need to set? About the structures we need to create to support our lives, our happiness and our wellbeing?

Opposing the Moon and Saturn are the Sun and Ceres, conjunct during this Full Moon. Ceres is the Goddess of the Harvest. She represents everything having to do with food and nourishment. She represents the particular brand of feminine energy that is nurturing and nourishing. She is the Mother’s Milk and the Mother from whom the Milk flows. Her conjunction with the Sun marks her illumination. This gives me the sense that many people will be connecting with their own nurturing nature as well as what they need in order to feel nurtured and nourished. Being fed doesn’t necessarily mean being nourished—and that’s true of our emotional and spiritual bodies just as much as our physical bodies. That this Moon is in Sagittarius gives me the sense that this Moon will bring up questions and issues connected with nourishing the soul and the spirit. What do you need to do to nourish your spirit? What do you need to do to feed your soul? Even though the Sun and Ceres are opposed to the Moon and Saturn, they are in a trine to Jupiter. A trine is a positive aspect, a beneficial relationship between energies. Jupiter wants to expand the amount of nurturing available to us in our lives.

Venus is also sextile Mars. A sextile is Venus’ signature move. It’s her favorite type of relationship. And there’s no one with whom she’d rather be in harmony than Mars—especially right now, since she’s at home in her own luxurious sign of Taurus, with Jupiter house-sitting and renovating her other home of Libra. Since Mars is trudging through the wild waters of Cancer right now, Venus definitely has the upper hand (in a good way). That’s a lot of beautiful energy – and some balance, I’d say. I expect Venus and Jupiter to be up to all kinds of good during this lunation if we’re willing to make the commitment to go the distance … which I think, ultimately, is the primary theme of this Moon and this time. What are your priorities? To what are you willing to commit? For what are you willing to work? What do you want and what are the prices of admission you’re willing to pay to get it? It is time to step into your destiny, into your work in the world, into the relationships and partnerships that fed you. It’s time to stop being small. It’s time to own the path that is being laid out ahead of you, and to commit to staying on that path. It’s time to have faith that what you want, what you feel, what you know—it’s all been brought to you for a purpose. So have faith. Real faith.

Real faith doesn’t always come running through in the form of a shiny unicorn. A lot of times it arrives in the form of a doubting friend, family member, or mentor. A lot of times, it arrives in the form of a habit or pattern of thought that emerges suddenly after being hidden for a long time, after you thought it was gone. Sometimes, usually, often, faith arrives at the point when all logic would have us believe we ought to lose it. It is in that moment, willing to hold on, that faith arrives, that help arrives. That moment is now. Full Moon Blessings.

If you’d like to learn more about how this lunation is affecting your chart, specifically, please contact me at HilaryB130@gmail.com.