8 Ways Gemini's Full Moon Can Make You A More Effective Communicator
November 25, 2015 brings the Gemini full moon, one of the year’s peak moments for courage in your communication. Express what’s on your mind — and what’s in your heart. Gemini is the sign of communication, symbolized by the talkative Twins — and full moons are all about transitions. This weekend, la luna asks us to speak. As mythical twins, Geminis were born in conversation with another, which is why they're so sensitive to verbal nuances, and at their best, are committed to the gracious ebb and flow of interpersonal language.
Between two people, there could be some interesting declarations and confessions. Expect illuminating moments over the weekend, and maybe even a little TMI, as people are feeling pretty loose-lipped. Gemini is ruled by Mercury the messenger, so you could receive intriguing news by email, phone or post.
Here are some tips for tapping into the Gemini full moon:
Listening is a form of communication. When you listen to another person, you create a space. It’s either a clear channel, or it’s cluttered with judgment. (You know, that “I already know what they’re gonna say, so why don’t I finish their sentence” vibe?) Today, aim to be a better, cleaner listener. Be direct: grab your partner by the wrist, sit them down, and ask thoughtful questions to understand.
Instead of mentally crafting a response, interrupting, or indulging the “now, back to me” attitude, let your thoughts go. Basically, keep it “one mic, one diva.” Give others the space to be seen and heard. We’re all familiar with the post-conversation exhaustion after someone has monopolized the entire exchange. Give what you want to receive: the kind of attentive, thoughtful, engaged, and sincere listening that you desire. Check out active listening techniques here.
2. Find a kindred spirit.
Synergy-seeking Gemini is all about rocking out, tag-team style. Two is your magic number at this full moon, so collaborate with someone whose skills complement yours. Step up and step back. Repeat. Gemini knows how to pass the baton. This dynamic duo energy is especially helpful if you’ve been struggling to get a project off the ground. Perhaps the missing link in the chain is another person. Be open!
3. Mirror someone.
Gemini is the sign of communication and the twins provide us with the ability to mirror what someone is trying to articulate. After you’ve heard someone and listened with intention, try repeating what the person just told you. Not in an awkward parroting way, but in the “What I think I hear you saying is [insert summary of what they said here]. Is that right?” Maybe they’ll correct you a little, maybe they’ll just thank you. It’s incredibly validating to feel like someone “gets” it.
You could even make this a formal exercise with someone important, where you both listen without interrupting, then mirror, as you would in an Imago Dialogue workshop (Imago is a form of relationship therapy). Ophi had an old boyfriend who initiated a practice called The Fortress of Solitude (hey, he was a fantasy fiction and sci-fi dude) — 10 minutes each of uninterrupted talking to work out what was on their minds. It actually helped a lot.
4. Write yourself an apology letter from someone's "higher self."
Have you ever waited for someone to properly say "I'm sorry," only to find yourself waiting around forever? And if you did get some kind of half-ass apology, it left you cold and unfulfilled inside? Well, here's a technique we've tried before, which can help you gain some resolution. Put pen to paper. Relax. Imagine yourself as the person who hurt/betrayed/upset you — and write yourself a letter, as though it's from them.
This person may never apologize to you in real life, but you'll find as you channel their higher self (it will happen as the words flow), you can resolve some of the energetic conflict, on a higher plane. It doesn't mean you have to bring this person back into your life, like, ever. You'll just have the satisfaction of experiencing "them" say things like, "I'm sorry I stopped calling. I was insecure and afraid you'd reject me first." You might even find that it doesn't matter who actually wrote that words — just that they got expressed.
5. Flaunt your alter ego (i.e., do you).
Quirky Gemini is the sign of the alter ego. And, let's face it, we all have a colorful, flamboyant second self in us (or if you're publicly wacky, a secret control freak) — even if it only comes out when we're alone. This sign has representatives like Andre3000, Prince and Mike Myers (a.k.a. Austin Powers) in its ranks.
Gemini is also the zodiac's gender bender — or should we say gender blender — merging masculine and feminine influences in a most intriguing way. In 2015, gender issues became a mainstream topic like never before, and we can recognize the evolution at this year's Gemini full moon. This illuminating article and glossary of gender terminology can help you get up to speed if necessary.
6. Rethink how you get around.
Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of transportation and travel. Are you driving around in a gas guzzler when you could be biking or taking public transportation? Consider switching from four wheels to two, or taking the shoe-leather express now and again. Could you shrink that carbon footprint by carpooling? If you’re verging into eco-Sasquatch terrain, share a ride with a coworker or friend. Bonus: you might start the day with a great conversation or a laugh.
Maybe you keep things status quo — but shift how you spend your transit time. If you’ve been zoning out on the train checking social media, why not load a Kindle app onto your phone, listen to new music (hit your friends up for recommendations), or even meditate?
If you’re a car commuter, tune into public radio, a great podcast or an inspiring audio book. (Shameless plug: We have a new podcast you can listen to in the iTunes store or here!) It beats the third-grade humor and ass-backward rants from that uninformed drive-time DJ (punctuated by Mariah Carey's “All I Want for Christmas Is You” remix… again). Not to be intellectual snobs here, but Gemini DOES rule the mind. Load up on some brain food. There’s plenty available, and a lot is even free.
7. Clarify your message.
Master-marketer Gemini is a whiz with words and knows how to package profundity into clever, catchy copy. Do you have a business? The Gemini full moon is an excellent day to do a little "brand review," making sure your visuals, colors, text and materials express a cohesive message — and one that reflects the spirit of what you do.
Even if you don't own a business, some people advise thinking of yourself as a "brand" or entity. Examine the message you put out there through every visual presentation of yourself (website, social media, speaking style, etc.). Packaging yourself powerfully is quickly becoming vital to professional success in the digital age. Look back to #2 of this list and ask a member of your inner circle to help you understand you. Ask them what gifts and virtues your project to the world for a better understanding of how to cultivate your unique brand identity. Know thyself and then promote thyself!
8. Loose lips sink ships.
Information has a way of flying out of your mouth at the Gemini full moon, or making its way into a text, email or post. You didn't mean to give away someone's secret but oops, but you just did. Apply stronger filters to your shares at this full moon, and with conscious effort. Anything you let slip can and probably will circle back to you.