This is the Year’s ONLY Supermoon: Here’s What You Need to Know

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.

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 (fill in the blank) 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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