This Saturday 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.
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.
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 opposite Jupiter which is in Virgo and is the other co-ruler of Pisces.
Thus, 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 in some.
The Jupiter opposition to this Moon-Neptune conjunction will make us benevolent towards others, wanting to help….careful here…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.
Pisces is one of the mutable signs and this Full Moon will have major impact on persons who have planets or angles at 5-7° of the signs; Pisces (conjunction), Virgo (opposition) and Sagittarius and Gemini (square).
Which house does the Full Moon fall in your chart?
Gillett R. (2015) Working with Planets, The Astrological Journal, September/October 2015, pp 35-38