This Is The Year's ONLY Supermoon. Here's What You Need To Know

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December's Gemini supermoon is also known as the Full Cold Moon, and as the year's only full supermoon, it will appear brighter and larger than any other moon in 2017, appearing up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. While la luna blossoms to her fullest point Sunday morning, the supermoon will reach “perigee“—the point in her orbit at which she is closest to Earth—in the wee hours of Monday morning, December 4. Believe it or not, the Gemini supermoon is the first and last full supermoon of 2017, however, it's also the first of three supermoons in a row! The next two lunations arrive at the beginning and very end of January 2018, bringing us two full moons in the same month.

As the star sign of the chatty Twins, Gemini governs dynamic duos and synergistic connections, and kindred spirits are spotlighted under the potency of these "twinning" moonbeams. For the next two weeks that follow, the missing piece to your partnership puzzle could manifest. Gemini's energy is often more platonic than romantic, but that's not to say that love can't spring forth from the friend zone. Hey, you just never know! A mistletoe moment could spark with a coworker, bandmate, or even a partner on an important project. You could think of your "other half" as your playmate—or revamp your dating app profile to reveal as much about your extracurricular interests as your long-term life plans.

Gemini is the zodiac's curious communicator and the cosmic mayor of the local scene. Explore hometown happenings or help to create a thriving social scene in your 'hood. This supermoon also comes with a warning label, however, as messenger planet Mercury—Gemini's planetary guardian—turns retrograde on the very same day.

From December 3-22, the trickster planet will backspin through outspoken Sagittarius, messing with our holiday travel plans and scrambling signals.

Here are some tips for tapping into the supermoon potency of the Gemini full moon:

1. Practice active listening.

Listening is a form of communication. When you actively listen to another person, you create a space for sharing between you. This channel can either be or cluttered with judgment, depending on how you're listening. For example: "I already know what they're gonna say, so why don't I finish their sentence" is NOT a practice of active listening. During this weekend's Gemini full moon/supermoon, aim to be a better, cleaner listener.

Be direct: Grab your partner by the wrist, sit them down, and ask thoughtful questions to understand them better. Instead of mentally crafting a response while they talk, give them the opportunity to be seen and heard. We're all familiar with post-conversation exhaustion—what happens when someone has monopolized the entire dialogue. So give what you want to receive: the attentive, thoughtful, engaged and sincere listening that you desire.

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2. Partner up, and prosper!

Synergy-seeking Gemini is all about rocking out, tag-team style. Two is your magic number at this full moon/supermoon, so collaborate with someone whose skills complement your own. 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 to the kindred spirits that enter your sphere now.

In the case of business dealings, consult a lawyer. Alliances that have been bubbling over the past six months since the Gemini new moon may become formalized within two weeks of the Gemini full moon. Drafting an official agreement is always a smart idea, if only to prevent miscommunications from happening down the line. Cosmic tip: Try to hold off on getting the first draft of the deal proposed in writing until Mercury turns direct on December 22 if you can.

3. Be a mirror.

Gemini is the sign of communication, and the Twins provide us with the ability to mirror back what someone is trying to articulate. After you've heard them out, try repeating back what the person just told you. Not in an awkward parroting way, but in the "What I think I hear you saying is [insert the summary of what they said here]. Is that right?" Maybe they'll correct you a little, or maybe they'll just thank you. But, it's incredibly validating to feel like someone really "gets" it.

As the sign of the talkative Twins, we are all encouraged to speak up at the Gemini supermoon—voicing what's on our mind and in our hearts. Geminis were born in conversation with another, which is why they're so sensitive to verbal nuances. Between two people, there could be some interesting declarations and confessions—and yes, a few misunderstandings, alas. Because Gemini is ruled by Mercury the messenger planet, you could also receive intriguing news by email, phone or DM. Just be sure you read between the lines, too!

4. Channel someone else'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-baked amendment, it left you feeling 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-time, but you'll find as you channel their higher self (it will happen as the words flow), you 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 experience "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—but just that they got expressed.

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5. Embrace your alter ego.

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 is the sign that includes the late and great Prince, Andre 3000, and Mike Myers among 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. Gender identity has become a mainstream topic like never before, and we can recognize that evolution at the Gemini supermoon.

6. Revamp your commute.

Transportation is Gemini's domain, so this full moon could light the way to the perfect car, bike or mobile accessory to make commutes more enjoyable. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of daily commuting. 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 even riding a bike or walking. 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. Since Gemini rules the mind, load up on that brain food!

7. Redefine 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 whatever it is you do.

Even if you don't own a company, you can still clarify your mission and message at this full moon. Examine the statement you make in the world through every visual presentation of yourself (website, social media, speaking style, etc.). Packaging yourself powerfully is vital to professional success in the digital age. Look back to #2 of this list and ask a member of your closest kin to help you understand YOU. Ask them what gifts and virtues your project to the world for a better understanding on how to cultivate your unique brand identity. Know thyself and then promote thyself!

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8. Use a strong filter.

Remember: Loose lips sink ships—especially during Mercury retrograde! Information has a way of flying out of your mouth at the Gemini supermoon—especially given that the trickster planet is also spinning backward. You might also let something slip into a text, email or post that probably had no business being there. You didn't MEAN to give away someone's secret, but oops, 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!

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