Full Moon November 2018 ~ Apollo’s Shadow

The full moon November 23, 2018, falls at 0º Gemini decan 1. The full moon November 2018 can emphasize the very darkest aspects of Gemini decan 1. This is because the Moon represents the unconscious and this decan especially deals with having to face one’s shadow. The problem here is that it is very hard to see shadows in the dark, and it is much more likely that the collective at this time will project the bogeymen onto others. Another problem is running away from intimacy. The full Moon in this decan is very uncomfortable with really deep emotions.

Conversely, we may see people in the media doing a great impression of being really sentimental and gushing. However, when it comes to the real gut-wrenching, ugly expressions of raw feeling, the fakes will run a mile. Those touched by the full moon November 2018 will have little patience with other people’s hangups and neurosis. But in the end, paradoxically this attitude will greatly help heal deep, dark shadows by these seemingly harsh words of intolerance. So full Moon in Gemini 1 is a good Moon for telling it how it is! But you have to be able to take that raw truth back.

Full Moon November 2018 Star ~ Alcyone

Alcyone 0º ~ “Injuries to the face, sickness, misfortune, wounds, stabs, disgrace, imprisonment, blindness, defective sight especially if in the Ascendant or one of the other angles, may be cross-eyed, color-blind.” [1] “Insightful into the darker side of life. A gift of insight and mysticism, but leading to encounters with both the best and worst of human nature.” [2]

Alcyone is the main star of the Pleiades; this mysterious star cluster has beguiled us for thousands of years. Their role is supposed to help humanity evolve by purifying our astral and etheric bodies in order to receive higher wisdom. The Pleiades are supposed to dissolve away Full Moon November 2018our dirty devils, rather like Perseus’s mission to slay the demon Medusa. We find most of Perseus the constellation in this decan too. Our hero risked life and limb to rescue his love Andromeda, so very chivalrous and noble. Or was he really after her father King Cepheus kingdom..?

Somehow it all seems to good to be true, which is why Gemini decan 1 can get the reputation of being a cad. Alcyone can also be a bit sleazy too! Some keywords are “vain, venerated, indulgent, spoilt, easily flattered, flirty, beautiful, poetic, talented, theatrical, ravishing, handsome, designer, dandy”. The stars of the Pleiades, like the Gemini archetype as a whole, are a mass of contradictions; they can be the good twin or the evil twin.

One twin is constantly at war with its shadow and they are constantly on the verge of becoming the very “darkness” they are trying to eliminate. Many astrologers have written about the Pleiades and it all seems very paradoxical, with great success and then ‘violent death’, charming to say the least… Ever cheerful Robson says Alcyone causes love, eminence, blindness from fevers, smallpox, and accidents to the face. They are said to make their natives wanton, ambitious, turbulent, optimistic and peaceful; to give many journeys and voyages, success in agriculture and through active intelligence; and to cause blindness, disgrace and a violent death. Their influence is distinctly evil.”

The First Face Of Gemini

A beautiful woman, a mistress of stitching, and with her ascend two calves and two horses. This is a face of writing, of computation and number, of giving and taking and of the sciences. ~ Picatrix

Artwork ‘The 1st face of Gemini’ kindly supplied by J Swofford at:abnormalimage.com and JSwoffordArtandPhoto

Ann Wright points out that ‘Evil influence or Evil disposition’ could also be another word for homosexuality since in Robson’s day it was still illegal and the word itself was extremely taboo. It is a very feminine star, but I don’t think it is particularly gay, but make one far more open about one’s sexuality whatever flavour it is. Gay Pride is such an Alcyone event, just for the costumes! (Dandy warriors!) The Pleiades may also make one more likely to experiment and not be too concerned with the gender of the person they love. They certainly don’t care for conventional relationships as stressed by Ebertin “The Pleiades gives ambition and endeavour, which gives preferment, honor and glory. Not a good omen with regard to relationships to the opposite sex.” Again code for ‘homosexuality’ perhaps.

The challenge for Gemini decan 1 is to try not to create yet more divisiveness in their zeal to spiritually spring-clean. New-age lightworkers and Christian fundamentalists are found here and interestingly the Pleiades seem to resonate with a lot of ‘starseed’ types… So Alcyone personalities tend to be truth seekers, activists, bohemians and eco-warriors. Here you will also find more straight-laced looking liberals who are so incredibly “right-on” and politically correct.

Full Moon November Tarot Card For Gemini Decan 1

Full moon November 2018The tarot card associated with Gemini Decan 1 is the 8 of swords. Unfortunately, the air signs are stuck with the swords suit as representing them so the imagery is not going to be so positive. We must remember that these cards must be read slightly differently when associated with the decans as they will show the lessons learned in other lifetimes and karma that may have already been paid back. Not surprising in an intense decan containing as well as Alcyone, the Hyades and Aldebaran also. This the decan of old souls who have learned many, many harsh lessons.

At this Full Moon, however, it is vitally important to break out of the negative cycle of doom and gloom and realize that the worst is OVER! “With the Eight of Swords, there is often a failure to take responsibility for your situation. You will not act or take control. Instead, you wait for others to come to your rescue….in the majority of cases suggests that the problem you are in is more than likely of your own making. Yes, we do get into binds or get caught in traps created by other people, but then allow ourselves or give permission to be taken, prisoner.” ~ Teach Me Tarot. It is entirely possible to become your own savior, but like the card, you may just be too blind to see that.

Full Moon November 2018 Astrology

Full moon November 2018

Full Moon November Aspect ~ Opposite Jupiter

Moon opposite Jupiter At this time we can swing between the two extremes; spending money on luxuries one week and then having to live very frugally the next. Bulimia is also an example of this archetype, feasting, then fasting. Moon is habits, so with Jupiter, it can also cause addictions; Too much sex or too much gambling for example. Jupiter with the Moon has a huge appetite, not just for edible things but also for love, money or success. Those touched by this full moon may inflate and exaggerate their emotions for fear of not being noticed if they don’t. At the same time, others may feel embarrassed by those who show excess emotions, deriding them as drama queens or attention seekers. This aspect amplifies, even more, the polarity of the twins in a battle with their shadow.

Full Moon November 2018 ~ Summary

Since Gemini decan 1 can be so polarised, I can see very flamboyant demonstrations against what is perceived as being constrictingly traditional, bigotted and uptight. As I write this, the mid-term election results have come in showing just how divided the United States is. Astrologer Robert Phoenix talks about the Dyonisian archetype V the Apollonian archetype which I think is a great way of defining what is happening all over the West now. I think in the USA shows the contrast the most fiercely.

Full Moon November 2018“In Greek mythology, Apollo and Dionysus are both sons of Zeus. (Jupiter). Apollo is the god of the sun, of rational thinking and order, and appeals to logic, prudence and purity. Dionysus is the god of wine and dance, of irrationality and chaos, and appeals to emotions and instincts.” ~ Wikipedia

The polarity is clearly playing out. On the left, you have the Dyonisian progressives who have a “do-what-thou-wilt”, no borders/free-love approach to morality. Opposing them from the right we have the Apollonians with their conservative, boundary-carving approach and their broadly Christian values. Opposite the rainbow flag-waving Alcyone Moon, we have the Sun, (Apollo) conjunct his father Jupiter (Patriarchy) powerful in his own sign of Sagittarius. Yet Jupiter is on “evil” star Dschubba in the Scorpion’s forehead (Also known as the crown of Scorpio). Both father and his son Apollo are demonised.

Everything is upside down and topsy-turvy. A Republican straight white male is in power, yet those who support him are the ones being banned on Twitter and YouTube. If Trump was really the big dictator he is made out to be then he would surely be able to un-censor those who sing his praises. At the same time, the Dyonisians still claim they are the counter-culture, the exiled and oppressed. Before 1963 that certainly was the case, but then President J. F Kennedy, an Iconic Sun god was assassinated and Dionysus was unleashed. Fast forward 50 years and the babes of the ‘Hippies’ now run silicon valley, the entertainment industry, the press and the educational system. Popular culture is now 100% Dyonisian and we all know how much culture affects the cells in the petri-dish. So…what crystal can hold us together while the divide and conquer game is being played on us?

Full Moon Crystal Healing

For when we feel like we are splitting apart at the seams choose Imperial Golden Topas. It also happens to be a November birthstone also.“Emotional healing; A bringer of balance.. Carried on the left side of the body to replace any free-floating anger and irritability with calm, good humour and self-confidence. Practical uses: Increases self-worth but prevents inflated ego and self-importance in ourselves and others. A gem associated with nobility of spirit as well as status and the stone of the sun. It is associated with soul love.

A Topaz increases in power from the crescent to the full moon and enables you to detect a fraud in love or money during this period” and “Yellow Topaz is a stone to manifest your intentions, in alignment with Divine Will. It has strong metaphysical properties that instil faith that you can bring all manner of good things into your life. This will be in alignment with what is for your highest and best good.” ~ Healing Crystals For You


Full moons tend to make us purge and release things from our lives, so we need to make sure that we are in control of this and no one is forcing our hand! Sometimes we can let go of things that we regret later, due to heightened emotions and the full moon’s perchance for saying ‘F*** You!’ The bright light of the sun throws a spotlight on our subconscious and our shadow. This can feel uncomfortable as the Sun literally blasts out the demons who have nowhere to hide. Often the full moon is a time when we reap what we sowed at the new moon,.. for good or for ill. The veils between the worlds are thinnest around a full Moon, so be very careful what you invite in. Instead, the full Moon is best used to purge things out, and banish entities/bad habits back to the underworld from whence they came. Make sure you close the door firmly afterwards! This is a good time for exorcism, but make sure you are completely grounded and fully in control of the process. If in doubt, lie low and protect yourself. A Lunar Eclipse is a turbocharged Full Moon where the blood-red moon makes a graphic statement of any symbolic ‘deaths’ or aborted projects that might occur at this time in our lives.

1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923 p. 119
2. Star & Planet Combinations. Bernadette Brady p. 88/89.
3. The New Crystal Bible. Cassandra Eason. p. 104

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