All Full Moons are in opposing signs, complementary but on opposite sides of the zodiac wheel, and this one at 6°33′ Sagittarius on May 27, 2010 is only one of several oppositions in this chart making it a great opportunity to review how to work with oppositions in general.
It only makes sense to begin a look at how the Sun in chatty Gemini relates to the Moon in adventurous Sagittarius. In my opinion, the most important factor in any astrological opposition is the signs are in compatible elements, in this case air and fire. Gemini loves learning something new to share, and anyone who knows Sagittarius also knows they have many, many wonderful stories to tell about their travels and studies. Opposite signs are always in the same mode and both Gemini and Sagittarius are flexible, ever morphing mutable signs. It is no surprise they have a great time hanging out discussing anything and everything under the sun – or moon, as the case may be. It also helps the Sun and Moon naturally complement each other – the Sun gives out light and the Moon reflects it.
A more challenging pair of planets in opposition is Saturn in Virgo and Jupiter in Pisces. Even though Virgo and Pisces are both mutable signs in complementary elements of earth and water, the nature of the planets involved make finding common dialogue more challenging. Forthright, expansive Jupiter can annoy Saturn, the planet of boundaries, no end. Saturn in Virgo is very concerned with finding the right words and making sure every detail is correct while Jupiter in Pisces is focused on being inclusive and all voices are heard. The best use of this opposition is to delegate responsibilities to those best suited for the job – Virgo types to organize and execute, and Jupiter types to spread the word and enthusiastically promote. When these two planets work in tandem, they can move mountains . . . literally.
The Saturn-Uranus opposition is still in effect with Uranus just a couple of hours away from moving into Aries for the next few months. Will Uranus in Aries provide the spark that ignites a conflagration? Or will it bring renewed inspiration and flashes of pure genius? Or both at the same time. We’ll find out, won’t we? Lucky us . . .
Speaking of hot times, Mars is still in Leo (moves to Virgo on June 8, 2010) and makes a waxing opposition to Neptune in Aquarius which will be exact on June 4, 2010. Dramatic fiery Leo can be nicely complemented by cool, detached Aquarius but if these fixed signs decide to take a stand on one principle or another, resolution may be awhile coming. Here again we have a pair of planets who are very, very different. Mars is the action principle and loves nothing better than to be doing something, preferably physical. Neptune is the planet of voted most likely to create confusion and illusion. I can see Mars in Leo totally stymied by Neptune in Aquarius and thereby creating a situation where nothing gets accomplished at all. If you have planets or Angles in the late degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) be prepared for delays, confusion and feeling bogged down until Mars gets the heck out of Leo!
The last opposition worth mentioning is a waning opposition between Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn (exact on May 23, 2010). This one is part of the cardinal cross we are hearing so much about these days. Usually I’d put money on Pluto in Capricorn being the top dog here but Venus in Cancer will more than hold her own due to a sextile to Mercury in Taurus giving her the ability to come up with just the right arguments to win the day. Venus in Cancer is gentle, charming and can yield to great effect – think Judo or Aikido, both martial arts forms noted for using their opponents force against them.
When I put all this together, what I see is a great opportunity to hone your communication skills and learn the importance of agreeing to disagree. Almost all of us can brush up on learning to actively listen instead of ignoring what the other person is saying to plan our response. Conversations are most productive when they are genuine dialogues – you know, where one person speaks and the other person listens and vice versa? Right now we really NEED good dialogue instead of screaming matches that promote polarization instead of constructive compromise.
Remember to treat others with kindness, consideration and plenty of forbearance in the days ahead – no matter how much you’d love to do otherwise!
Image: Sagittarius rules horses and loves a new baby in the herd. This little one was born with the Mars-Moon conjunction in Leo.