The upcoming Full Moon of December 14th, the last full moon of this complex year (2016) is a moon of culmination, of getting out of a difficult period, of looking for new horizons and reaching out for a new beginning.
2016 was a ‘9’ year, numerologically representing the end of a cycle, whereas the upcoming year 2017 will be a ‘1’ year – beginning of a new cycle.
This does not mean that all will be always easy and well, if you don’t put the necessary commitment and effort to make it so – but isn’t that always the case? Walking your talk, more than ever, is going to be required now. But you can rest assured that protection is always available from Source, if you are open to see that you are always connected to it and don’t fall back in the illusion of the material world. Do not attempt to seek comfort in the outer world, possessions, belongings, riches – for those are not bringing lasting joy; seek within instead. The only lasting strength lies within yourself and rests on your connection to the Divine, to Source.
The moon will appear almost full already on the night of the 13th (in Europe), since the exact timing for it to be full is on 00:06 (UTC/Greenwich time) of December 14th.
These days are particularly interesting, not just from an astrological perspective, but because of the Saints that are remembered in the gregorian calendar on these two days where the moon will be full. December 13th is the day of Saint Lucia: she is regarded as the protector of our eyesight, or more generally our ability to see, to respect and evaluate different points of view, and tell right from wrong, true from false, and make your informed and honest choices within the duality of this world. Sounds very appropriate, given that the full moon will be in the sign of Gemini, which also confronts us with the duality of our reality.
December 14th is, instead, the day of Saint Venanzio, a lesser-known saint: a christian martyr, who was so strong in his faith that it took the Romans quite some effort to get rid of him. For example it is said that, when he was thrown to the lions, those did not attack him but instead came to him purring like kittens. Definitely an encouragement to be strong as he was, and shine your light by doing what you preach and be an example of integrity and truth in spite of the difficulties you might face.
[Interestingly enough, the area of the Italian village (Soriano nel Cimino) where the Sanctuary of Joy recently moved – read more about our move on our site http://www.sanctuaryofjoy.org/en/sanctuary-of-joy-new-home-in-italy/ – is also named after San Venanzio! We didn’t particularly look for it nor chose it consciously – we only learned this afterwards. Also, today’s picture is shot on our piece of land, and you can see olives and hazelnut trees bathed in the moon light.]