• last stay in LaLa land this year…..

    In the early hours of Saturday morning 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).

    This Full Moon is rather particular and extremely interesting since it makes some rather thought-provoking connections: it is conjunct Neptune, one the co-rulers of Pisces and it is also square Jupiter the other co-ruler of Pisces, now in Sagittarius.

    Thus, the Moon’s conjunction to retrograde 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. With the square to Jupiter it could also mean that our fantasies take flight and may also lead to overdoing substance abuse for some. Likewise, the Jupiter connection could also make us too benevolent towards others, wanting to help…careful here…since not everyone wants to be helped! This aspect could also increase uncomfortable feelings around spirituality making it difficult to distinguish the real from the ideal and may make some of us too gullible regarding unrealistic plans.

    Keeping in mind all the above aspects, lets factor in that we may also feel energised by the Sun’s still close conjunction to Mars, this formation in Virgo invites us to check the details before acting on intuition as strongly invoked by Moon-Neptune-Jupiter and the clash between Earth and Water elements could cause frustration as something needs to be contained.

    Mercury and Venus are both in the critical anaretic degree at 29° Virgo, the all or nothing expression of the sign involved…a last chance to be worrisome and nit-picky or a great opportunity to use our altruism and willingness to help others?

    With this Full Moon the Virgo cluster will finally break up and only Mars and Sun will remain in this sign…and thank Goodness for that I say!

    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.

    Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” describes the Full Moon in Pisces as the “Healer’s Moon” because 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.

    Pisces is one of the mutable signs and this Full Moon will have major impact on persons who have planets or angles at 19-24° of the signs; Pisces (conjunction), Virgo (opposition) and Sagittarius and Gemini (square).

    Sabian symbol for the Moon at 22° Pisces: “A prophet carrying tablets of the new law is walking down the slopes of Mount Sinai.” Indicating the need to bring down to the level of everyday existence the clear realisations made manifest in a great “peak experience”.

    For the Sun at 22° Virgo: “A royal coat of arms enriched with precious stones.” Indicating the certification of aristocratic status, at whatever level “nobility” expresses itself in cultural eminence.

    For the antiscium of the Moon at 9° Libra: “Three “Old Masters” hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery.” Indicating the need to return to source during a confused search for new value in a chaotic society.

    “I sleep among ravishing illusions and wake to their burden.” Virginia Woolf


    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. 164, 177 and 282, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    • Gillett R. (2015) Working with Planets, The Astrological Journal, September/October 2015, pp 35-38


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