sagittarius full moon

collage by Emily

Still floating in the dreamy, hazy waters of Monday’s Neptune station, the energies are building toward Thursday’s Full Moon in Sagittarius (9:11 pm Pacific). The Full Moon is the emotional peak of the month, when the inner tides of feeling rise to the surface. With so much watery action in the cosmos – three planets turning Retrograde in Water – this Full Moon feels especially emotional (or is it just me??).

Feisty, fiery Sagittarius is all about expansion – the freedom and excitement of crossing borders and boundaries, growing beyond the limits of the known, and the trust required to take that leap of faith into foreign territory.

The Sag Full Moon asks: Where do you feel inspired to grow and expand? How connected do you feel to your inner guidance? Do you trust your instincts to direct you toward your highest good? What do you tell yourself about your own potential and possibilities? Do your stories inspire you to create a more positive reality, or reinforce your fears and limitations?

Jupiter, the ruler of Sag and presiding deity of this Full Moon, is in watery, sensitive Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon. Not only are these two planets in “mutual reception” – occupying one another’s signs – they also form a precise quincunx, 150-degree aspect of crisis and adjustment. The quincunx highlights inner tension between security, safety, comfy-cozyness and the past (Cancer) and adventure, freedom, risk-taking and the future (Sag).

full moonWhen this tension isn’t addressed and resolved inwardly, the more shadowy potential could show up as: projecting your feelings (especially security fears) out onto other people; exaggerated, dramatic emotional reactions, putting up major emotional defenses and using food to “stuff your feelings” (shadow Cancer); getting all righteous (shadow Sag) about how you’re feeling – i.e., your feelings are “right” and another’s feelings are “wrong;” believing that your feelings are The Truth, rather than just your own truth, in this moment.

Working more consciously with these Cancer and Sag energies could look like: nourishing your sense of faith and trust in positive outcomes by feeding your inspiration and cultivating intimacy with god/goddess/the multiverse; bringing awareness to and freeing yourself from early childhood programming that limits your vision of what’s possible; preparing for outer expansion by healing your inner world – imagine yourself taking that great leap of faith, notice the feelings that come up, and work with them. (I’ve been using and benefiting from EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique – which seems especially applicable to this Full Moon.)

Chiron the Wounded Healer/Shaman squares the Full Moon, bringing to the surface wounds of separation from our own bodily instincts, our inner truth, and from Source. The healing potential lies in our willingness to enter fully into and through the pain, to feel the grief that dissolves the past, to release our victim stories and enlarge our context for past suffering. Chiron’s lesson is that the gift is in the wound, but we can’t access the gift if we’re covering up the pain, trying to escape it through addiction and distraction, or wallowing in self-pity.

ophiuchusThe healing potential of this Full Moon is further indicated by its close conjunction with Ras Alhague, the brightest star in the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer. Fixed star expert Bernadette Brady associates this constellation with “healing, teaching or wounding” (Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars) – themes that are also associated with Chiron. The Serpent Bearer has long been linked with Asclepius, the Greek “father of medicine” who was fostered and mentored by Chiron, and who was taught by a snake to bring the dead back to life.

But snake medicine has an ancient history that pre-dates the Greeks (and all that bad press in Genesis) and brings us back to the mysteries of sacred sexual healing, designed to raise the Kundalini force of spiritual energy through the body. Marina Macario of Dark Star Astrology writes:

The snake is said to represent wisdom. But this is occult (meaning hidden) wisdom for a reason. Just like they say that sudden igniting of the Kundalini can send you mad, then also too much of this wisdom flooding the brain can do the same. Together this is enlightenment. Sex and spirituality is a powerful force, it hits us like a thunderbolt.  The tarot card associated with Ophiuchus is the one that most people fear. ‘The Lightning Struck Tower,’ but a thunderbolt can either kill us or in the case of Frankenstein, bring us back to life.” (Ophiuchus)

For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 22 degrees Sagittarius. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: work with serpent wisdom and snake medicine for healing and spiritual growth; let go of old stories and opening to a more positive future; heal wounds around trusting and acting on your instinctual guidance; reconnect with inspiration and enthusiasm; realign with your inner truth; prepare emotionally for taking a risk toward your highest vision.

– Emily Trinkaus

sagittarius full moonCalling all priestesses (yes, YOU)! Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with these Full Moon themes of TRUST, galactic nourishment, creative inspiration, and serpent wisdom in Wednesday’s Galactivation teleclass. All women are welcome, and you can participate from anywhere by phone or online, or via recording at your leisure. Details here.