The final full moon of the year falls on Christmas and peaks on Dec 26 at 4:33 pm pt. This dreamy and energetic full moon amplifies feelings, brings back memories and connections, and shines a healing light throughout the holiday season.
The backwards facing Mercury Retrograde is like a blast from the past on this nostalgic full moon, and seeing things from a past perspective offers great insight at this time.
The full moon is in the area of the sky called Ardra, a star of intensity, drive and emotional depth. Called the “star of storms,” Ardra has the ability to stir up storms of the heart, while nourishing seeds of true love and devotion. The light of this full moon purifies the atmosphere and can clear physical and emotional toxins.
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Ardra full moon wields the fierce power of Lord Shiva in the form of Rudra – the destroyer – who is armed with lightning bolts that cut through the darkness of ignorance. Rudra holds the power to dissolve fear and doubt in a single flash of awareness.
Take heed, Mercury Retrograde aligns with fiery Mars on the edge of a volatile degree called gandanta from Dec 26-27. Overheating vehicles, situations and minds can create challenging travel and impatient communication. Slow down and listen carefully, as things couls be easily misunderstood at this time.
On Dec 30, a positive momentum takes over when the expansive influence of Jupiter turns direct. Mercury also turns direct on Jan 1, kicking off the new year with a positive push forward. New Year’s resolutions will be especially potent this year, so write them down and speak them aloud.
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