ONCE IN A BLUE MOON…… Friday 31 August, exact at 2.38pm BST, 9.38am EDT!
This Full Moon is a Blue Moon, which means that it is the second Full Moon in the same month. And not only is this one unusual but it is also powerful! Full Moons represent the culmination of the Moon cycle when whatever has been building emotionally comes to a head and we start to see the results of whatever energetic ball was set in motion during the New Moon two weeks before. On another level it is the end of a six month cycle that started with the Pisces New Moon on February 21st, which was an amazing time for looking within, healing old wounds and accepting ourselves and others in a truly compassionate and forgiving way. Now we get to see how far we have come since then. This is an incredibly active Full Moon because the Sun and Moon are forming a connection to every other planet, which means that many aspects of our lives will be affected.
When the Moon is at its fullest it sits directly opposite the Sun, asking that we find a balance between the energies of the signs which hold the Sun and Moon. This month the Moon is in sensitive, intuitive and empathetic Pisces while the Sun is in humble, organised, and health conscious Virgo, where he will be for the next month. Virgo season comes at the end of summer when kids and adults alike are going back to school and we are all starting to come up with healthy routines for ourselves, getting organised and ready to buckle down to some work now that play time is over! I know that I have caught the Virgo bug in the last week; I have changed my diet, started a dream journal (very Pisces!), and organised every aspect of my life and environment, and it has all felt quite effortless! August Leo time was a lot of fun, but now it is time to get back on track.
While Virgo analyses, organises and discriminates, coming up with practical plans and healthy routines, Pisces reminds us to keep an eye on the big picture and to make sure that we retain a sense of the magic in life, working towards goals which truly inspire our passion and joy. Pisces lets us know that we can make our dreams into reality with the power of positive thought - that our thoughts have the potential to manifest in our outer reality, for good or ill. Repeating affirmations out loud can attract the energy we wish for ourselves, while feeling bad about ourselves or thinking negatively can cause people to mirror our thoughts and send bad energy right back at us. We literally do “get what we give”. Pisces reminds us that we have all come from the same energy source so what happens to one happens to us all. She is the dreamer of dreams who understands the big picture while Virgo takes care of the nitty gritty details. Virgo and Pisces are known as the healing axis of the zodiac, as Virgo is humble, health conscious and likes to serve others while Pisces is intuitive, empathetic and compassionate, helping us to understand how the body and the spirit are connected. Combine the two and you have quite a “holistic” approach to health and overall well-being!
In the meantime all of the other planets are involved in this Moon in one way or another! It’s quite a party, that’s for sure! Pluto is forming a positive aspect to the Sun and Moon, asking us to fully release anything that no longer truly resonates with us, stepping into the truth of who we really are deep inside. He also allows us to take a long hard look at what is holding us back from realising our true potential, and it is only F.E.A.R – False Energies Appearing Real. It is time to slay the dragon, breaking down the blocks we have created to hold us back, for we are the creators of our own reality and as such we have absolute power to change it if we wish. Unpredictable Uranus is challenging the Sun, telling us to expect the unexpected and just ride the waves of change as they wash over us. Luckily fearless Mars in Scorpio thrives on a good challenge and he will help us to be emotionally brave and find the passion, motivation and drive to break down our blocks and barriers and move forward!
The Moon is sitting right on top of the spiritual conjunction between sensitive and empathetic Neptune and Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This provides us with a wonderful opportunity to bring our wounds to the surface and review them without the usual guilt or shame, understanding and forgiving ourselves and others in the spirit of true compassion and acceptance. If we truly accept and embrace who we are, warts and all, then we will feel a weight lift and life will begin to flow much more smoothly and joyously! We are the creators of our own reality and can choose whether we live in heaven or hell. It is all a question of attitude. Forgiveness and acceptance of ourselves and others is the key to a much happier existence!
Jupiter on the other hand is forming a challenging aspect to both the Sun and the Moon, and as he is the biggest planet in the Solar system he is quite likely to magnify or exaggerate the emotional energy of this Full Moon! Jupiter in currently in communicative Gemini, so it is possible that there might be a bit of Foot in Mouth Syndrome going around as well as a tendency to worry or feel slighted by real or imagined injustices. Serious Saturn is in the final throes of his long stay in the relationship-oriented sign of Libra and will be forming a challenging connection with Libra’s ruling planet, Venus. This could put a bit of a damp cloth over the whole affair, testing our intimate relationships and exposing their flaws and wounds so that they can be either healed or let go of once and for all. The spirit of the Moon could help us to understand how our relationships fit into the bigger picture of our lives, while Saturn brings a “make or break” quality to the table. Phew.
Overall this Full Moon is a bit like a reset button, offering us a marvellous opportunity to see the proverbial wood for the trees and to blast through the blocks we have placed in front of ourselves in order to prevent our growth. Virgo season helps us focus on creating healthy and efficient systems and routines for ourselves, for if we organise ourselves, exercise and eat well then we think, feel and function so much better! You may find that this is all happening quite naturally anyway, which is the way it should be. It shouldn’t feel like a chore – we should do it because we genuinely want to feel better. There is so much change going around at the moment that it’s hard to keep up, but Pisces asks us to let go of any Virgo tendency to feel anxious or worry about what will happen next and simply surrender, going with the flow and accepting what is. Everything will happen just as it is supposed to, so acceptance is much better than resistance! This Full Moon may well provide some real insight into the bigger picture and how we fit into it, so it is important to remain open and receptive, and let our feelings flow. Pisces wouldn’t have it any other way!