In a recent talk at Agape International Spiritual Center, Rev. Julie Moret spoke to the crazy times we live in. She gave tips on learning to roll with life and build up resilience, so you won’t be buffeted to and fro by all the fear-mongering and changeable circumstances. One simple way, she said, is to become more flexible by mixing things up – taking a different route to work, eating different foods, mingling with different people, staying open-minded. The ultimate goal, she added, is to grow your perspective wide enough that it takes you to Rumi’s field – that peaceful place beyond right and wrong, true and false, us and them.
“Pivoting” has become a bit of a cliche in pandemic times. Yet practicing your pivot is crucial, said Moret. She illustrated this with a story from when she was a life coach in private practice. On the day before Christmas, she received a notice that she was being evicted from her office in one week. “I immediately dropped to the ground and assumed Dead Bug Pose,” laughs Moret, “arms and legs in the air.” As she writhed and sobbed uncontrollably, her husband took charge. He jumped on his computer and quickly found a less-expensive office closer to home, in a better building. “Boom!” said Moret. “He’s a pivoter!”
The Gemini Full Moon (Dec. 18, 8:34 p.m. PST) offers all the ingredients for a quick pivot, if needed. Hopefully you’re having a fun holiday season and the only pivoting you need is to help fit in all the festivities. But if you’re dealing with big changes or confusing emotions, as many people are, this is an excellent time to download solutions. As the Sun in adventurous, far-seeing Sagittarius opposes the Moon in clever, diversified Gemini, several options will be available. The Moon in a dual sign linked to quick thinking assures this. And, Luna’s close trine to Jupiter in visionary Aquarius brings helpful people and ideas, promising a fortunate outcome. Mercury (ruler of the Full Moon) is now in resourceful Capricorn, which facilitates practical decisions and helps you land on your feet. And, Mars in Sagittarius adds a dose of spunk and courage.
The more mysterious factor, however, is that Venus turns retrograde only six hours after the Full Moon, in a tight bond with Pluto. The dark unknown is close at hand, especially when it comes to Venusian matters like relationships, finances and emotional needs. There’s a strong pull to the past, and a push to resolve old issues and deal with lingering wounds. The Venus-Pluto conjunction, which began on Dec. 11, is exact again on Christmas Day (that should be interesting!) then completes on March 3 after Venus has turned direct (which happens on Jan. 29). Much should be revealed over the next few months. Focus on asking for what you need, and separating the wheat from the chaff with your most important connections. Key financial or relationship decisions are best postponed until at least mid-February, if possible.
Saturday’s Full Moon could spark old memories or bring past partners back into your life, to aid you in seeing things differently. If you’ve lost someone close and are facing the holidays without them, or are feeling frazzled by the need to be social during a time of year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) that favors turning within, here’s another tip from Rev. Julie (revjuliemoret on IG). It’s about the importance of daily emotional hygiene. Most importantly, the practice of naming (there’s a Gemini concept!) your emotions. She advises taking a daily scan of your body, to bring the feelings lodged there into your awareness. Naming them sets you free, she says. And if you do this regularly, you’ll be on your way to finding Rumi’s peaceful field. I’ll meet you there!