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This Full Moon brings a lot of potential for truly connecting to one another from the heart. It is a Super Moon, so it is closer to the earth than your average Full Moon, which will amplify the effect it has on our minds, emotions, bodies and spirits. This Moon is building now and is asking us to open our hearts and allow ourselves to be seen for all that we truly are; our inner core. The combination of planets and aspects during this Moon really does create some beautifully loving, truthful, caring, opening energy for us to play with! This is an ideal time to do some healing or energy work, or to dance, sing, paint, create and express ourselves from a higher place. There is a certain softness to this Moon which has the capacity to dissolve any barriers we may have erected and remind us that we are all from the same melting pot. The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 7° Pisces is “Illumined by a shaft of light, a large cross lies on rocks surrounded by sea mist” This is a reminder for us to be stand in our truth (rock) despite any confusion surrounding us (mist) and if we do so we will know that we are guided from within. We will receive a blessing for being true to ourselves, as challenging as it may be sometimes.
The Moon is in sensitive, compassionate and intuitive Pisces and is sitting directly opposite the Sun in humble, helpful and organised Virgo. The key to theFull Moon is to find some balance between the energy of the two signs rather than leaning too far in either direction. The Virgo/Pisces polarity is the healing axis, although both signs approach health and healing from different perspectives. Virgo has a natural interest in the body and how it works as a system, while Pisces intuitively senses what is out of balance. We are now in Virgo season and so we experience that “Back to School” feeling, bringing a need for self-improvement and finding a healthy set of routines for ourselves. Virgo seeks to attain perfection and purity and can create a feeling of not quite being good enough and needing to “do better”. Out of crisis emerges a need to make constructive changes in our lives. Virgo comes after Leo, who is very confident and very much the king of the castle, and so in Virgo we experience the wind being taken out of our sails somewhat, causing us to eat humble pie and realise that maybe we are not that great and that we might still have some work to do on ourselves!
Pisces is the other side of the coin. While Virgo strives for perfection, Pisces knows that we are all perfect already. While Virgo likes to analyse and improve systems and details, Pisces intuitively grasps the whole. Both signs are devoted to serving others and Pisces will happily and all too naturally sacrifice herself to help those in need. Virgo can worry somewhat and cause us to be a bit hard on ourselves, while Pisces reminds us to let go and surrender, accepting what is. This Moon can really help us shift our consciousness and open our hearts, as it dissolves any sense of separateness between us and others so that we can really connect on a higher level. Any consciousness or energy work should bear great fruit this week and weekend and it is also a great time to meditate or access our imaginations and creativity. Pisces connects us to the world of spirit and transports us beyond the mundane world so that we can see things from a higher perspective.
Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is also sitting right next to the Moon, creating a double whammy of the same flowing, intuitive, compassionate energy. Neptune will help us see one another for who we really are, beyond any smoke screens or defences that we put in place. During this Moon we really do have a chance to connect to each other’s spirits, our truth, our higher selves. We have a beautiful opportunity to rise above our stories and our patterns and to let go of any ego driven pettiness or barriers between ourselves and our loved ones. For we are not our patterns; we have put them put in place in order to protect ourselves, but they are not the truth of who we are. The Sabian symbol for the midpoint between the Sun and the Moon is 7° Sagittarius – “Cupid knocks at the door of the human heart”. This ties in with this Neptunian energy and brings a feeling that the barriers we have built for protection around our hearts being dissolved somehow. This Sabian symbol is described as bringing “Emotional Rebirth”. How beautiful!
It is very appropriate that the cosmic lovers, Venus and Mars, are also entwined during this Full Moon! They have joined together in creative, passionate and playful Leo, which will add to the creative potential of this Full Moon and help us to express ourselves with in our relationships. Leo rules the heart, so this also bodes well for open hearted communication within our relationships. Leo also represents our inner child and I can’t help visualising us shedding our “adult” skins, with all of their learned patterns, protection and defences, and standing in front of each other with the innocence and pure joy of little children. Children don’t hold back what they think or feel; they are trusting, yielding and loving. When it comes to standing in our truth and being utterly authentic, children are most definitely the best example of this! Venus is coming to the end of her retrograde cycle now, during which we have experienced old patterns of relating come up for us to examine and let go of them. Pluto is forming a challenging aspect to Mars and Venus during this Moon, which could definitely bring some emotional truths to the surface and help us bare our souls and deepen our intimacy so that our relationships can shift and evolve. It might not be easy, but it will be worth it.
Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication, has just moved into Libra which definitely helps us along with all of this heart opening energy! Mercury has just come from Virgo, who has a tendency to pick things to pieces and is somewhat critical and fault-finding. Now it is time to find balance and approach our relationships in the spirit of harmony and compromise. Libra automatically thinks of Other and truly wants peace and fairness, so this bodes well for our communication during this Moon. We should find it easy to listen and take in each other’s point of view.
There is a real sense of unconditional love and heart opening to this Moon! The Virgo energy makes us want to do better and Jupiter is sitting right next to the Virgo Sun so you should gain great joy and satisfaction from initiating projects to improve ourselves and our relationships. I suppose the only thing to watch out for is Jupiter exaggerating any tendency we might have to be hard on ourselves. Virgo is no stranger to guilt and shame! The Pisces/Neptune energy, however, reminds us to love unconditionally and to see beauty in one another’s flaws, rather than judging, blaming or shaming. As a wonderful, wise friend said to me recently, it is almost more important to love the clunky, awkward aspects of our loved ones, because they are the parts that need our love and compassion the most. Our barriers and defences merely serve as protection because of our early wounding and conditioning, and Neptune is here to dissolve them and allow us to really, truly see one another, in all of our truth, right to the core of our being. What a beautiful opportunity we have here!
Photo: Ocean of Love Bliss by Alex Grey