Full Moon Eclipse, Uranus turns direct – December 10, 2011

Full Moon eclipse December 10 2011The next few days are packed with astrological energy as Uranus makes a station (a standstill) at zero degrees Aries on the same day as a lunar eclipse.

As the planet of sudden change and shocking events, the role of Uranus is to startle us out of complacency and force us into an experience that will break through the shackles of closed-mindedness and attachment to the past.  Uranus is the revolutionary, the innovator – it also rules technology and a detachment in which reason takes precedence over emotion.

Planets don’t really change direction, obviously, but because we observe their movement from earth they sometimes appear to do so.  The outer planets generally spend about half of the year in what we call “retrograde” motion.  Planets changing direction operate in a similar fashion to cars that are making a U-turn:  before they make that U-turn they slow down, from our vantage point on earth, progressing just a degree or maybe a few minutes of arc each day until they make that change of direction.  When a planet slows down to a standstill and makes that “station” its effect is more powerful, rather like a car blowing its horn as it comes to a standstill right outside our home

Uranus is at the zero degree of Aries now, the first degree of the first sign of the zodiac.  Symbolically this is a point of initiation and action – something new is being birthed both within us, and in the world around us.  Because Uranus is stationary at that degree its energy is focused like a laser beam of intensity, inspiring a desire for change and letting go of the past and whatever is holding us back from venturing forth into a brave new world.

This is the backdrop for the lunar eclipse that occurs on the same day.  A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon is Full and the Sun’s light opposes the Moon.  The Moon represents our emotions, our needs – what we need to feel secure, what we need to feel safe and loved.  During a Full Moon our emotional range may be heightened as the solar light of the conscious mind challenges the lunar instincts.  An eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon conjoin the lunar nodes, and because the lunar nodes represent our evolutionary direction there is a fated quality to eclipses and an unmasking of something crucial that is required for our spiritual development.

The emotional realm is murky and hidden in the best of times, and during a lunar eclipse the mysteries of the subterranean realm of the heart become intensified. More magical, yes, but also potentially more frightening if you are a person who tends to hide from emotional matters. This is a Gemini Full Moon, and Gemini desires above all else to communicate.  This is not a time to hide your emotions and try to absorb them into the core of your being.  This Full Moon requires communication and expression of the emotional realm so that it can be transmitted and transmuted into personal growth.

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, and Uranus is considered to be the “higher octave” of Mercury in that Mercury rules mind and Uranus rules higher mind.  Uranus takes the chatter of our thoughts and converts them to intuition and insight.  In the Gemini Full Moon the Sun is in the sign of Sagittarius which is expansive and seeks the One Truth, but the Gemini/Sagittarius polarity requires that we find balance between curiosity and ideology.  Even when we think we know what is true (Sagittarius), we must always continue to learn and inquire (Gemini).

This Full Moon will appear huge as it begins to rise and will be colored by the Earth’s atmosphere.  The beauty and magnitude of this Full Moon reflects the power of this lunation which offers us the potential to see beyond the veil of our ideas and beliefs and to elevate our thoughts beyond the confines of our emotions.

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By | 2011-12-09T07:57:14+00:00 December 9th, 2011|Moon|12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Renee Garcia December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Hi, Lynn, I was wondering if you could expound on the interaction between Uranus and what happens when it conjuncts a personal planet like the Moon or the Sun. Or the opposition. I have three friends with their moon in the early degrees of Aries and they are bouncing off the walls and having a pretty hard time.

    Thanks so much.

    • lokasiwisata.info December 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Renee, Uranus is the “awakener,” and as one of the transformational outer planets its role is to wake us out of areas where we may be asleep or to shake up areas of our live where we are not living a life that is authentic to the person that we need to be. Any hard angle (0 degrees, 90 degrees, 180 degrees) transit of Uranus to a personal planet will evoke a sense of restlessness at a minimum, or if there is something in our life that really needs to be changed it will become impossible to deny. That can be disturbing for some people and it can be disruptive to our lives, but ultimately it has to do with improving the authenticity of our experience of our lives.

  2. pandian December 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    The Lunar Eclipse …..

  3. Jenni December 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the guidance! My this is heavy stuff! I feel near the hand-of-fate with Uranus on top of me! Jenni-omg

  4. Beth December 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Hi Lynn – I woke with a headache which turned into a migraine right around 930a. Could this related to the lunar eclipse effect or uranus turning direct? I had heard there may be a correlation between lunar eclipses and headaches, but I have mercury in 00 in scorpio, venus at 03 in libra, and jupiter in 01 in leo — so I suspect it may be uranus instead. (and my moon is also in gemini but further at 27). So fascinating, but it does make my head hurt more thinking it out. Thanks for your great wisdom.

  5. Siusaidh Ceanadach December 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    thank you for sharing your thoughts about Uranus and this Full Moon. I have a strong Uranus in my natual chart and have been going through a rough time of late with many things coming to an end. I am so grateful for your wise words,
    Bright Blessings,
    Siusaidh

  6. barb December 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    FEEL REALLY OFF TODAY, LIKE NOTHING IS GOING GOOD FOR ME. COULD THIS BE DO TO THE FULL MOON. I AM READY FOR A CHANGE IN MY LIFE BUT FEEL LIKE WHATEVER IT MAY BE I WILL BE DISAPPOINTED.

    • lokasiwisata.info December 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Barb, if you expect to be disappointed you surely will be. Expect something better, and then you will find the way to make it happen.

  7. Andy December 11, 2011 at 12:35 am

    how long will this effect last? How many days?

    • lokasiwisata.info December 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      This is a matter of some argument. I believe the effect of a lunar event continues until the Moon changes signs.

  8. Brooke December 11, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Hi Lynn,

    I woke up this morning and decided to do something for myself that I had been putting off for a long time in terms of my future…I have an Aries sun and Mercury in the ninth house, Gemini Jupiter at the very end of the 12th house (almost in the 1st) and Sagittarius in Neptune in the 6th house. My moon is in pisces in the ninth house also….Can you tell me how this will affect me? Brooke

  9. KaD December 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I hope this and the Mercury retrograde ending on the 13th bode well for my bankruptcy that same day.

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