• “Hello from the other side” (Adele)…the call to duty makes dreaming difficult 

    There will be a Full Moon at 10°12’ Pisces (antiscion 19°48’ Libra) on the 1st or the 2nd September depending in which part of the world you live.

    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 .

    The Full Moon finds itself in a rather wide conjunction to retrograde Neptune, modern ruler of the sign of Pisces and in wide sextile to retrograde Jupiter, traditional ruler of Pisces. This would make for a rather happy go lucky Moon rich in fantasies, super sensitive to the point of being overwhelmed by the sensations swirling around us. But, as we know, Full Moons are oppositions, on the other side of the zodiac, in detail-oriented Virgo we have the Sun which should add the necessary dose of good-sense and practicality to this unfocussed Moon especially with the help of the earthy and powerful retrograde planets (including Moon’s dispositor Jupiter) to which the Sun is approaching from a trine aspect.

    The Moon is also in a partile sextile and the Sun in partile trine to retrograde Uranus, these are easy aspects which need some effort to activate and should be capable of giving extra energy albeit unexpectedly to the main players in the lunation.

    The Sun’s dispositor in this Full Moon is Mercury which is also transiting Virgo but in too wide an orb to be considered as a conjunction. Mercury, however, is trine retrograde Saturn (we have to factor in the planet in this lunation too!!) and is also separating from an opposition to retrograde Neptune. After days of not knowing where we are or what to do the trine to Saturn could provide the necessary severity to put out thoughts into order.

    Again, the lunation chart is really heavy in the Earth element with 6 planets, 4 of which retrograde, and no planets in Air (1 in Fire and 3 in Water). We’re still dragging our feet which are firmly planted in the present with no idea of what might happen in the future or what our role might be. This is also confirmed by the majority of planets in Cardinal signs, 3 of which retrograde causing a hampered start to any project but with 4 planets in the mutable signs at least we are open to ideas (if someone has any) but sticking to any plan could prove difficult with only a retrograde Uranus in the Fixed signs.

    Venus (not involved in the lunation itself) is in an almost exact opposition to retrograde Saturn, it could be hard to find some pleasure in our lives as it seems like it’s all hard work and no play!

    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.

    The Sabian symbol for 11° Pesci: “Men travelling a narrow path, seeking illumination.” Indicating the capacity inherent in every individual to seek, at whatever cost, entrance to a transcendent realm of reality.

    For the antiscion at 20° Libra: “A rabbi performing his duties.” Indicating the ability to draw on the power of an ancestral tradition in order to serve and inspire one’s fellow men.

    “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


    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 185-274, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp. 166 and 284, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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