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S103-E-5037 (21 December 1999)— Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery recorded this rarely seen phenomenon of the full Moon partially obscured by the atmosphere of Earth. The image was recorded with an electronic still camera at 15:15:15 GMT, Dec. 21, 1999 NASA – http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-103/html/s103e5037.html {{PD}}

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The Full Moon perfects at 8:58 AM PDT on the 3rd at 11 Aquarius 45, loosely sextile Chiron and catching Ceres (which Saturn also happens to parallel) at the midpoint, square Uranus, and sesquiquadrate Venus in Gemini. A Full Moon in Aquarius brings culmination, conclusion, a finish or ending, and so at least to some extent understanding, as Higher Mind either orchestrates and delivers the realizations that come with ‘lessons’ or delivers innovative, inventive, or original ‘answers’, sometimes to questions we didn’t even know we had, and sometimes via surprises, accidents, or serendipities!

Contacts this time suggest healing through accepting some facet of our own authority–this is, in essence, the response we must give when the difficult Uranian situation occurs, and this situation in turn likely springs from the difficult Venusian one, centered in relationships, finances, or values. With Aquarius, Aries, and Gemini involved talk, especially assertions stating ‘I Am’ or ‘I Know’, comes to the fore, though the Uranian element of the equation sits firmly in Taurus, telling us that something physical may spark speeches, declarations, and attempts to define the Self and persuade others of the legitimacy of the designation.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘On A Vast Staircase Stand People Of Different Types, Graduated Upward’. Does this imply some sort of human hierarchy or Karmic ‘ranking’, does it represent different points of development or evolution for the individual, or does it simply illustrate how we’re all at a slightly different ‘place’ on the same ‘staircase’? When we weigh the aspects made by this Full Moon with this symbol, it may be that part of what we come to understand with FM events is that everyone has a slightly different perspective, depending on their spot on life’s staircase; that would suggest that the sense of understanding one person gets may be other than what someone at a different point, and so having a different perspective, concludes. This might warn us not to judge others using our own perspective; our conclusion is valid for us, for the position we hold, but may not be valid for anyone else.

‘Night Fete, International Fisheries Exhibition 1883 London, England’ By Frederick Whymper {{PD}}

We also look at the Sun’s Sabian for a Full Moon: ‘An Evening Party Of Adults On A Lawn Illumined By Fancy Lanterns’. The social circle we move in as individuals is illuminated by the glow of maturity (this is an adult party), and this again emphasizes, when combined with the Full Moon’s Sabian, that different perspectives depend on our personal viewpoint–or said another way, birds of a feather flock together. Our conclusion might be that there are good reasons for us to be where we are in life; acknowledging that our experiences are tailor-made for what we need to discover, learn, experience goes a long way toward seeing that accepting our circumstances is the first step in learning from them, and then moving on to an even more desirable situation. The Aquarius Full Moon delivers a chance to move up a step or two as we gain understanding; sticking to our misconceptions, refusing to learn, is literally the only thing standing in our way.