December's Lucky Full Moon Is Your Year-End Gift From the Stars

The final full moon of the year is here to help us reflect on and release the past.

December's Festive Full Moon Couldn't Be Dreamier
Photo: Stocksy/ InStyle

Wildly enough, somehow, the culmination point of the year is upon us, and with endings comes the opportunity to reflect on and release the past — something the final full moon of the year is happy to facilitate. While we tend to think of full moons as drama-packed, emotional, and overwhelming, this month's, falling in breezy, social Gemini, should offer up a welcome, lighthearted, communicative tone that can offer idealism and peace of mind as we veer into the final days of 2021.

This lucky full moon, exact at 11:35 p.m. ET/8:35 p.m. PT on December 18, was made for strengthening relationships and spiritual growth — a welcome gift during the heart of the holiday season.

The full moon in Gemini will feel lighthearted and inquisitive.

Full moons — which happen when the confident sun exactly opposes the intuitive moon — always present a monthly opportunity to wrap up projects you started six months or even two weeks prior. They're culmination points, breaking points, and a chance to release anything that's no longer serving you. And with this month's full moon falling in curious, adaptable, research-savvy Gemini, we'll rely on conversations and information-gathering to process whichever emotions are coming up now.

While contending with big feelings is always somewhat challenging, this airy full moon should feel like an especially lighthearted reprieve from the heavy, game-changing energy we've been swimming in throughout eclipse season and most recently brought to you by the December 3-4 solar eclipse in fiery, opinionated Sagittarius. While the Archer is compelled to blurt out a bold, unfiltered conclusion, the Twins strikes a more inquisitive tone.

A trine to Jupiter brings fortune and abundance.

The main aspect of this Gemini full moon is definitively a harmonious trine to buoyant Jupiter, which has a lucky, optimistic, magnifying effect on everything it comes in contact with. And when it is in humanitarian Aquarius, it emphasizes the joys of being connected to others and working as part of a team for the greater good.

That said, you can expect those themes to be fairly prevalent around this full moon. The trine will not only turn up the volume on optimism, positivity, and fortune, but it'll crank up your desire to show gratitude for all that you have and to bestow lots of warm, generous energy on friends, colleagues, and loved ones. (Yes, it'll be a super-festive moment for holiday parties, which this particular weekend is bound to be packed with.)

An awkward angle to Venus — and impending retrograde — could bring tension to relationships.

The full moon will also form a quincunx — one of the most awkward angles that can exist between two planets — to Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and money, currently moving through cardinal earth sign Capricorn. This can turn up as a nervous, tense energy in relationships — whether romantic, platonic, or collegial. Any problematic imbalances that are baked into your bonds could be highlighted now.

It also bears noting that just hours after the full moon, Venus kicks off its retrograde, which lasts until January 29, nudging you to go inward and reflect on what you value, how you're relating to others, and how you've been experiencing beauty. Thankfully, Capricorn is goal-oriented and industrious, so it's a sign that doesn't shy away from putting in whatever work is required. And it could be that around this full moon, you'll get a quick flash of how you'll need to put your nose to the grindstone in the weeks ahead.

Neptune offers up a pair of rose-colored glasses.

Neptune, the planet of spirituality, in dreamy, empathic Pisces will form a rather wide square to the full moon, which can step up confusion, haziness, sensitivity, and sleepiness. You could have trouble parsing out what's real from what's imagined, but with that comes the ability to really get swept up in your imagination and take a time-out from reality.

Gemini's playfulness and Pisces' dreaminess can set the stage for falling into a binge session of your favorite holiday movies, getting a bit tipsy with friends or your partner, or finding yourself caught up in a fantasy about what you want to achieve in the new year. The moment serves as a reminder that quite often, escapism — especially in the midst of one of the most magical times of year — is a well-deserved way to close one chapter before moving on to another.

Here, how this Gemini full moon will affect you, based on your sign. (Pro-tip: Be sure to read both your sun and your rising sign, if you know it. If you don't, you can find it on your natal chart or via this CafeAstrology calculator.)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

With the full moon lighting up your third house of communication, you'll be craving more time with friends, and it makes sense as feeling more connected can serve as a major stress reliever now.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

The full moon falling in your second house of income can inspire you to go to bat for your needs on the job. You'll want to be sure that you're being valued for all your hard work.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

With this full moon falling in your sign, you'll be in your feelings in the best possible way, as it'll help you tune into what you really need — which could be to take a bold risk for your own good.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Falling in your twelfth house of spirituality, this full moon will urge you to take more time for yourself to rest, recharge, and map out the steps you need to take to make your dreams a reality.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

The full moon falls in your eleventh house of networking, underlining just how important it is to you to feel like you're contributing to a team effort. And support from colleagues, peers, and friends fuels your ability to hit your goals.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

With the full moon in your tenth house of career, you're likely at an exciting culmination point professionally. It's also time to think about and communicate whatever it is you want to achieve next.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Because this full moon is in your ninth house of adventure, you could be reflecting on ways to bring more inspiration and awe into your life. You're realizing a rote routine simply isn't going to cut it anymore.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

With the full moon in your eighth house of sexual intimacy, you'll be realizing what you need to feel even more comfortable and secure within your closest bond. Being more vulnerable is the first step.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

With the full moon in your seventh house of partnership, this moment's all about reflecting on reciprocity in your one-on-one relationships. Are you giving as much as you're taking and vice-versa? If not, you'll want to reassess your commitment of time and energy.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

With this full moon falling in your sixth house of wellness, you'll be thinking about ways to bring more balance into your day-to-day. With Venus about to go retrograde in your sign, you could be called to carve out more time for meditation, journaling, and other forms of self-reflection.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Falling in your fifth house of romance and self-expression, this full moon should be especially fortunate and fun for you. Owning your voice and doing your best to be in the moment can feel super-satisfying.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

This full moon lands in your fourth house of home life, spurring you to consider how you can better balance your work and personal commitments. Don't hesitate to take a step back now to contemplate how you can show up more boldly moving forward.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles