Gemini Full Moon ~ Wednesday November 25th @ 2:44 pm PST
Slow down. Breathe deep. Be grateful.
It is mantras like these that have been following me around the last few days as I have watched the moon wax towards full. They feel nice, especially as we collectively process global events and move towards Thanks-Giving and other holidays. This time of year organically seems to bring stress, anxiety and struggle as we experience more darkness, colder weather and the traditions around family and time.
Yoga teaches us that we should balance our lives with our practice. If life is chaotic, the practice is calm. If life is complicated, the practice is simple. And yet, in a culture of extremes, it can feel damn near impossible to shift into a lower gear when the mind is screaming at you to speed up, do more, and do it faster.
I am not sure about you, but this “mind” voice is a bit louder than usual right now, and I am pretty sure that is due to a Gemini full moon falling right before the American Thanks-Giving. Gemini is inherently not slow or deep. Gemini is mercurial, mutable and airy, through and through. Gemini rules travel, communication, thought and duality. Gemini is two-faced, oriented towards extremity.
While she can make the party quite lively and interesting, she can also brings anxiety and a frenetic quality that makes it really hard to relax when she’s out of balance. She is definitely out of balance right now. She feels like the symbol used for air in the Motherpeace tarot deck – the swords.
Right now, I feel her sword, piercing through my attempts to soften, bristling me as I try to sleep, taunting me as I long to slow down. But Gemini’s swords are only as sharp as her pen, which can cut, but only if we let it. Since she does rule the duality of the mind, there is a challenge here, an invitation to elevate the mental faculties to a different vibration. The Gemini full moon can overwhelm us, or it can renew us to the power of the moment.
There is a Sanskrit saying that I am convinced needs to be tattooed on my forehead. It goes “Calle Vattam, Calle Chittam.” I may have mentioned this before, it is a reminder anyone who carries strong Gemini in their chart needs often. It means, “as the breath goes, so goes the mind.”
The mind is air. As intense as our thoughts can be, they are just air. Light as a feather and just as adaptable. The master of the mind is the breath. If the breath is involuntary, shallow and fast, it supports these qualities in the mind. If the breath is conscious, deep and slow, the mind follows suit.
Gemini really has no attachment to what we are thinking or doing, she just wants us to think and do. When our thoughts and actions are led by a smooth breath, it’s amazing how the Gemini mind can shine. No longer anxious, she is intuitive. No longer frazzled, she is creative. No longer racing, she can delight in every small detail of the moment.
Under a Gemini full moon, with a slow breath and a present mind, just about anything is possible.
As we move into the week, regardless of our plans and designs, we can take a moment to breathe. We can turn our eyes to the sky and bring our mind and breath into unison. We can say a prayer of gratitude and let the brilliance of our true nature shine out to all those we love and to the world.
Calle Vattam, Calle Chittam. Om Shantihi,
In love & gratitude,
About Bekah Finch Turner
Bekah Finch Turner is also a regular contributor to chakraboosters.com, home of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™. She is a yoga teacher, shamanic practitioner and moon devotee. For more information on her work and writing please visit www.sacredwayyoga.com.