Full Moon in Sagittarius: Losing Our Religion

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Losing Our Religion

The Full Moon in Sagittarius occurs this weekend on 21st May 2016 at 1°13’’ of Sagittarius.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Sagittarius. As Jupiter is the natural ruler of this Full Moon, you can also check out the part of your chart where Jupiter is present, or the houses ruled by both Sagittarius & Pisces for more insight (they share Jupiter as a ruler).

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, Astro.com is good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this Full Moon.


//Losing Our Religion//

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream

-R.E.M., lyrics from ‘Losing My Religion’

Oh yes, that’s us in the spotlight, losing our religion.

This weekend we’re sailing under the spotlight of this Selene Moon with a compass in each hand.

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill religions we’re throwing overboard. What’s getting chucked out of the dinghy this Full Moon are the subconscious, deep-seated beliefs that keep screwing with the navigation – both internally and externally.

This is about both where we’re headed, and why we think we should be headed in that direction: a compass in each hand.

Which one tells the truth?

And is that a blinking light on the horizon, or a hallucination? Possibly both.

With this Full Moon, we could be seeing double, since we’ve got a double-bodied Moon (Sagittarius, the centaur) opposing a double-bodied Sun (Gemini, the twins).

The Full Moon is in Sagittarius, which speaks deeply about our beliefs, our sense of faith and the optimism we generate on-demand when all else seems lost. Ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarius is the spiritual seeker with infinite energy for expanding our horizons. Nearby we have Mars: our fighty little friend, pouncing about with his sword, ready to protect, defend or instigate on behalf of our beliefs. This is dangerous business on our little dinghy.

Meanwhile, the Sun has just entered into Gemini, marking a movement into our minds, a powerful dynamic switch that comes just before Mercury stations direct. The familiar linear movement of our thoughts may have been upended these past few weeks, and many of us will be glad to return to the comfort of a mental forward-march. Vesta in cahoots with the Sun, however, suggests that an overcompensation is possible; we may end up quickly over-intellectualizing the things that arise out of this Full Moon weekend instead of allowing their true meaning to unfold over time.

There is a danger to moving too quick – just ask Mars. Normally he’s not one for such idle chat, but seeing as he’s at the midpoint of his own retrograde he may be more willing than normal to concede the damage he’s done in the name of speed.

This is not a weekend for jumping to conclusions.

The real story, which serves to reiterate that all of this is just a story, is both of the grand luminaries squaring the asteroid Goddess Pallas.

Pallas is the Goddess of Wisdom born straight out of Jupiter’s head (no womb required), fully grown (no suckling required), with a sword in hand ready for battle. Pallas is kundalini in action, the rising creative energy that radiates towards the brain and creates thought-form. She is the master of regenerative healing; she brings both ideas and people back from the dead when required. She is not so much superwoman as a superman in drag; her essential wound is a separation from the feminine, initially via the absence of her own mother-figure, and later through the denial of her own feminine nature.

Lurking nearby is Nessus, the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing. Not content to allow for a happy ending, he can make big promises and pull the carpet out at last minute. Great triumph can devolve into great misery when Nessus is involved.

Nessus should be no match for Pallas; she is immortal, he is not; she is 2nd only to the King of Gods and he is just a lowly hand-servant for the God of the Underworld. And yet…he did manage to kill Hercules from beyond the grave. He is not without his own level of skill.

Their battle is fought in epic proportions, but in Pisces, deeply submerged within the murky waters of our subconscious. We may be feeling like our own worst enemy right now, abused from some deep place within. Our mind may be our master, but not in the way we wish.

I see our dinghy traversing the waters with a raging sea monster battle lurking just beneath our small vessel, threatening to topple the outward appearance of a peaceful night ride. The Moon provides just enough light for us to see flickers of movement below the surface of the sea. What’s down there?

A bead of sweat appears out of nowhere.

And I don’t know if I can do it.

If we were able to unload some weight we might move more quickly and escape the battle; if we could figure out which compass was right, we could correct our course.

Who will win? Our mind (Sun/Vesta), our spirit (Moon), or the monsters that endanger our voyage (Nessus/Pallas)?

Oh no. I’ve said too much.


May 21, 2016, Sagittarius 1°13”

Full Moon Sagittarius May 2016