• “Hello from the other side” (Adele)

    Just before midday on Sunday morning (GMT) 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).

    The Sun’s dispositor, Mercury, is still in bombastic Leo and swiftly approaching a square to generous Jupiter in Scorpio which is the traditional ruler of Pisces and the current sign of the Moon, we may result exaggeratedly opinionated and be perceived as overwhelming! Our emotions will be deep but the message that comes over may too theatrical although it will be carried out to the perfection with the Sun in meticulous Virgo!

    Jupiter has also just separated from a trine aspect to Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces, so, imagination could still be running dangerously high. Saturn too is involved in this lunation, still retrograde but slowing down to station in a few days’ time, the Moon is separating from a sextile to the planet, considered by some, a more mental rather than physical aspect, whilst the Sun is separating from an easy-going trine aspect to Saturn…this could actually rein-in the over-imaginative side recently in full blast from the aspect to Neptune.

    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 impact on persons who have planets or angles at 2-6° 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

    “Healer’s Moon”

    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.

    The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 4° Virgo (antiscion 26°48’ Aries): “Black and white children play happily together.” Indicating the overcoming of sociocultural prejudices.

    For the Moon at 4° Pisces (antiscion 26°48’ Libra): “Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts.” Indicating the mobility and intensity of interchanges which make possible and characterise complex social processes.

    “People misinterpret what I say all the time: They think I’m being offensive, when really, I’m only being opinionated.” Taylor Momsen

    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. 152 and 270, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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


    Image: Pisces Full Moon by Spanish artist Félix Mas