How can you make the elephant your ally?

In Ivan Krylov’s 1819 fable, “The Inquisitive Man,” he tells of a visitor to a museum who observes many tiny details, but fails to notice the elephant in the room. Since then, that evocative phrase has come to symbolize any enormous, emotionally-charged issue which is obvious to all, but is being ignored out of fear, embarrassment, the desire to avoid controversy or the blatant unwillingness to do what it takes to rectify the matter.

As we approach the inquisitive Gemini Full Moon (Wed., Dec. 11, 9:12 p.m. PST), it’s important to become aware of the elephant in the room. Around this time, we may receive a wake-up call in the form of news related to climate change, gun control, or any number of hot-button issues. Personally, it could relate to the awareness of something you absolutely must address or the call to commit to a big, scary endeavor that you were born to do.

The tricky part is, the Gemini Full Moon squares Neptune, a planet which tends to avoid the truth and live in a fantasy world. This mutable energy makes us prone to slip-sliding or becoming distracted. And, since the Full Moon falls during the thick of the holiday season, many of us will be dashing from one thing to the next, buying gifts and going to parties. We might sense the elephant lurking, but opt instead for having another drink, or tell ourselves we’ll deal with it later. However, no matter how much we try to avoid or deny it, the elephant won’t go away by itself (nor will that traffic cop lurking around the corner, waiting to catch speeders!)

Now we’re approaching the Winter Solstice, when light is in short supply – making this Full Moon especially illuminating. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “This month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest.” The December Full Moon, it adds, is called the Cold Moon or Long Night’s Moon “because the midwinter night is indeed long, and the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter Full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.”

Saturn (lord of Capricorn) has dominion over the dark time of year. And, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction (exact January 12) in Saturn’s sign is within two degrees of exactitude. At this Full Moon, savvy Venus (values, desires) in Capricorn meets up with Saturn and joins Pluto two days later. We are apt to be given a glimpse of what the year 2020 has in store. Astrologer Nina Gryphon says 2020 marks “the end of one era and the beginning of another,” in which we’ll be forced to respond to events outside of our control. However, I’d add, it’s also a year that will call out our greatness.

Saturn-Pluto is the elephant in the room. How best to work with this energy? First, acknowledge its presence. Whatever parts of your chart are being activated (contact me for a consultation if you don’t know), are the places where you need to hold your power, assume authority over your life, release whatever needs to go and commit to the next step that’s calling you, deep in your heart. So, as Venus transits Saturn and Pluto this week, take a hard look at your priorities. Don’t get blindsided by a difficult truth you haven’t wanted to face. Slow down, rest, and listen for messages from Spirit. Give the elephant a little love, and he’ll become your ally.

12 thoughts on “Gemini Full Moon: The Elephant in the Room

  • December 8, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    I’m afraid I may have more than one elephant in the room. Definitely going to need to be open to some serious change(s). How brave of you to let go and move toward your deepest goals!

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    • December 8, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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      I also have additional elephants in the room, Mikey – this is just the first step toward addressing the even bigger ones – like needing to move out of San Diego! Take it one step at a time…

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  • December 8, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Thank you Simone for your emails. Blessings on your transition.

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    • December 8, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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      Thanks Linda!

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  • December 9, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    Thank you Simone for your emails. I always enjoy reading your post. I too am face many elephants in the room…..like needing to move out of Minnesota, back to California ( home state). Been 26 yrs. since I’ve been, permantly home. Stay intuitive, positive and open. I wish you all the happiness on your new adventure

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    • December 9, 2019 at 2:07 am
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      Thanks so much, Martha! And I hope you find a way to take the next step toward your heart’s desire as well…

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  • December 9, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    hello Simone,
    sorry to hear you have had such a struggle with Patreon, it sounds very stressful. I think you have made a wise and liberating choice to move on. Many blessings on your new ventures, whatever they may be. And thanks for all the wonderful insights you provide through AstroAlchemy. I really enjoy reading it each month.

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    • December 9, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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      Thanks so much, Karen. I do seem to have difficulty with technology, which is why I try to partner with those who supposedly know more. Yet this is the second time a joint tech venture has crashed and burned. Must be my Chiron in Aquarius in the ninth house! Ah well, onward and upward. Holiday blessings to you…

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  • December 9, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    Sometimes we need to let go of our grasp… I’m proud of you for listening! As a customer, I found Patreon’s platform confusing; so it’s not surprising that it didn’t flow gracefully for the artists.

    I love the way you share your Star wisdom… Thank you for all you share with us!

    May we all become friends with our elephants

    Blessings,
    Ariel

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    • December 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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      Yes here’s to befriending our elephants! And thanks for your support about letting go of Patreon. Some creators seem to do better on the platform than others, and some patrons never experience a problem. So I can’t say it’s a total waste – it just didn’t work for me and some of my peeps. Happy holidays to you…

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  • December 12, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    I am a closet reader of your posts. I am amazed at how on target they are (because I often read them after the fact)!
    Not at all unhappy you’re giving Patreon the boot. Let us know how else we can support your work.
    Moving away from San Diego? There are many footprints in the sand ahead of you.
    Letting go – do I have to? I so want to hold on.

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    • December 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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      Thanks so much, Diana. As far as supporting my work is concerned, I rely on consultations for the bulk of my income (see my Consultations page at http://www.astroalchemy.com). I also do an event in San Diego occasionally, have one coming up on Jan. 5, a New Year’s ritual at my home. Had a wild and crazy notion to set up a GoFundMe page to let people support me in traveling to Goddess sites throughout the world over the next year or two to write my next book. Stay tuned on that!

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