This Full Moon in Gemini occurs on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 7:47AM Pacific Time.
The last Full Moon of 2017 is knocking on the door and it's arriving the same day that Mercury stations retrograde. I wrote about Mercury retro in my December column for The Numinous and we'll be dealing with a lot of the same concepts in this ritual. I see this alignment as a major gift and BLARING message to us as we approach the end of the year: There will be many forces attempting to pull us away from our goals - pressure to over-spend, over-extend ourselves, make too many commitments - and we must be strong and steadfast in the face of these pressures. This Full Moon in Gemini is giving us all the power we need to stand beside ourselves as our own perfect partner and caretaker so we have the confidence to stick to our budgets, maintain (and expand!) or selfcare routines, and allow ourselves all the time we need to reasonably fulfill our commitments. If you find it hard to do this for yourself, do it for your inner twin with the help of this Full Moon in Gemini.
We are calling on the energy of the 4 of Pentacles for this operation. This card represents the first level of stability in the realm of Earth, that place when we feel like we can pause and take a breath without worrying that we're not doing enough to ensure material security. In order to build further, we must take care to maintain what we have already built and ensure that we don't become burned out. This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. the 4 of Pentacles can help us to pace it out.
You will need:
· 1 yellow 7-day ritual candle in glass container
· 1 piece of Fluorite
· 1 printed image of the 4 of Pentacles
· Pen or pencil
· Rice (optional)
· Lavender oil (optional)
STEP ONE: Cleanse your space, holding the intention that you are preparing it for a sacred operation and that only those beings working for the highest good of all are invited.
STEP TWO: Gather your supplies and settle in to your cleansed space.
STEP THREE: (optional) Put one drop of Lavender oil in the top of the candle and trace it with your finger 3 times clockwise around. Lavender is very calming and comforting. We use it here to keep our stress levels low.
STEP FOUR: (optional) Sprinkle a couple grains of Rice in the top of the candle. Rice is a symbol of prosperity, fertility, and abundance. We use it here to continue to build upon the abundance existing in our lives.
STEP FIVE: On the back of the 4 of Pentacles card, write out an honest accounting of what you can afford to give over the next month - financially, emotionally, physically, mentally, psychically. What is your gift budget? How many nights a week can you attend events before you start to feel exhausted? What work can you reasonable commit to completing with integrity? What are your limits and boundaries around any family of origin issues?
Now take all of that and reduce it by 20%. Mercury is going retro. You're going to need that extra time, money and energy for the surprises you know are going to come up.
STEP SIX: Place the yellow candle and the Fluorite on top of the 4 of Pentacles card (image side up).
Yellow candles are used to draw in joy and confidence.
Fluorite promotes mental clarity and focus. It will help us to think clearly and react from an informed place rather than an emotional one, particularly when making commitments.
STEP SEVEN: Light the candle and spend a few minutes in meditation visualizing a bright yellow glow emanating from your solar plexus. Know that the Moon, the Universe, and all your Guides and Angels and Ancestors will be here to assist and support you. Let your candle burn until it goes out on its own in a fire-safe place. While it is burning, be sure to stay aware of any signs, symbols, or messages that come through. These can be from loved ones, strangers, dreams, signs on the street - anywhere. Spend a few minutes with your candle each day, feeling the warm embrace of your inner twin.
Happy Full Moon, my loves! Let me know how it goes. XoxoMLH