The Full Moon in Gemini on December 6th is our last Full Moon of 2014. It will be followed by 14 days of waning moonlight until we greet the New Moon in Capricorn. This is the Long Nights Moon, the Cold Moon, the Long Snows Moon. It urges us toward contemplation, imaginings, and serves as a wishing Moon for the coming year. We have much to recall in these last few nights before the solstice and the return of the light. In these dark nights of the year, we are urged to recall our most meaningful lessons since the last Cold Moon. We aren’t reminded often enough that Gemini is an intuitive sign. The Moon placed here or in the third house has heightened receptivity. She is the telepath, the mind reader.
Crisp midwinter nights carry messages to her at the speed of sound. Gemini snatches them in her gossamer net before the swift, shimmering words evaporate on the wind. And she learns so much from them.
Gemini is the student and the teacher, the speaker and the word, the messenger and the missive.
Winter nights were made for recollection. How auspicious that the Cold Moon of Gemini lends its light to lead us out of this year, releasing us into the very capable hands of the Capricorn New Moon. It is then that our thoughts can become real, our wishes fulfilled.
Bright Moon Blessings and Happy Solstice!
Ceremony for the Midwinter Gemini Moon
- Yellow candle to represent the Full Moon
- Lavender essential oil
- A pen or quill
- A long ribbon (at least 3 feet), the gauzier the better
Before you begin your ceremony, locate a tree, pole, column, or something that you can tie the ribbon onto as part of your ceremony. Yellow is a color of Gemini, but it is fine to use a white candle to represent the Moon. Dress the candle with a bit of lavender essential oil by dabbing it on and then smoothing it over the candle. Only a drop is needed. Lavender and its oil are ruled by Mercury, as is Gemini. If you prefer another oil for Gemini, you may use that instead. Spend some time thinking of at least one excellent lesson you have learned during this past year that you would like to share with others. It may have been something curious and fun, or it could have been a lesson learned the hard way. Either way, it was a lesson that made a major impression on you and that you will always remember. If it was a difficult lesson, recall how you have used it for positive results. When you are ready to begin, light your candle and spend a minute or two remembering how this lesson has changed your life for the better. You may use either the pen or the quill for the next part of the ceremony. Write what you have learned on the ribbon in a few succinct words to get to the kernel of the lesson. You may use the pen if you want to see the words, but you can “write” the words with a quill or feather so that they remain invisible. When you have finished, tie your ribbon to the post or column that you have chosen. The winter winds will carry your message to others who need and desire to know what you have learned. When you are finished, come back to your candle, speak the words you have written, and blow out the candle. Remove the ribbon whenever you are ready, but before the New Moon on New Year’s Day.