Early Wednesday morning (Europe) there will be a full Moon in Pisces. In the Western world we tend to indulge ourselves in feeling-based activities on full Moon days but in Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition this is a day devoted to the purification of “negative” karma during which people are encouraged to indulge less, thus creating space to contemplate the true nature of reality (1).
In traditional astrology the Pisces Full Moon is connected to the 12-6th house axis and the Pisces/Virgo opposition, in short; in the 12th house our energy goes with the flow whilst in the 6th house we arrange our energy ie.: we plan life. The Pisces/Virgo opposition lends to dynamics such as chaos vs order, compassion vs criticism, all-inclusivity vs discrimination etc.
Pisces is a mutable, Water sign and this Full Moon will have major impact on persons who have planets or angles at 11-16° of the other mutable signs; Pisces (conjunction), Virgo (opposition) and Sagittarius and Gemini (square).
Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” describes the Full Moon in Pisces as the
since Pisces demands deeply personal service as opposed to its opposite sign Virgo who believes that the best type of service is rendered impersonally. So, on the Healer’s Moon we are invited to find ways of bringing healing to others in some way. Healing can in fact take on many forms be these physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
In Pagan tradition this is known as the
Native Americans began to harvest their crops during this month every year and it is called the Corn Moon because the corn crop is ready for picking at this time. It’s a good time clean and clear up the issues of life. A great time to perform a ritual for healing old wounds, emotional and physical, forgiving transgressors and yourself. A “letting go” time. You are harvesting the abundance of your soul and your growth, so get rid of that old stuff and make room for the new enlightened you!
This Full Moon is rather particular and extremely interesting since it makes a rather thought-provoking connection: it is conjunct retrograde Neptune, the modern co-rulers of Pisces.
The Moon’s conjunction to Neptune increases empathy and allows us to tune in more easily to the mood of the people surrounding us, which can be helpful (to them) but could also “suck” our energy if we already have a gift for empathy and don’t know how to shield ourselves adequately. It could also mean that our fantasies take flight and may also lead to overdoing substance abuse for some. Jupiter, the traditional ruler of Pisces is in Libra, reminding us that peace and harmony among all is sometimes a question of compromise and that what we see in others is more often a reflection of ourselves.
The Sun’s ruler, Mercury, is now stationary at 28°28’ Leo, and about to regain forward motion, this is the degree of the recent Solar Eclipse and could prove to be a trigger of the effects of this Eclipse in those charts that were involved in it.
The Sabian symbol for 14° Pisces: “A lady wrapped in a large stole of fox fur”. Indicating the use of intelligence and mental subtlety as a protection against storms and trials.
For the Sun at 14° Virgo: “An aristocratic family tree”. Indicating a deep reliance upon the ancestral roots of individual character.
“You learned to run from what you feel, and that’s why you have nightmares. To deny is to invite madness. To accept is to control.” Megan Chance, The Spiritualist
Which house does the Full Moon fall in your chart?
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 226-229, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp. 159 and 276, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA
Thomas’s Old Farmers’ Almanac – circa 1792, https://www.paganspath.com/magik/moonnames.htm accessed on 7th February 2017
Gillett R. (2015) Working with Planets, The Astrological Journal, September/October 2015, pp 35-38
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