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This Full Moon has the power to gently yet powerfully transform our lives and help us align with our higher selves. It highlights the healing axis, with the Sun in humble, health-conscious Virgo opposing the Moon in sensitive, compassionate and empathetic Pisces. It is a water sign Full Moon so it could bring some strong emotions to the surface, especially with Pluto, the planet of the soul, playing a big part in the picture. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and brings with it a sense of completion; the end of a cycle of some kind. By the time we reach Pisces we have travelled through the whole zodiac, learning the various lessons of each of the signs and now it is time to surrender, to let go, to dive off the cliff into oneness and unite with God, the Creator, the Source, the Universe, the Divine. However, we need Virgo to help us achieve this state of acceptance and transcendence. A Full Moon asks us to balance the energy of the two signs, as both have a role to play.
With the Sun currently in Virgo, this is the month for cleansing and purifying and “putting our house in order”, both literally and metaphorically. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” is an ancient proverb that speaks of the need to be clean in both the physical and spiritual sense. Mindfully and lovingly cleaning the dust and dirt from our homes helps clear away negative energy and create a sacred space in order to invite the Divine in. While Pisces represents spiritual transcendence and connection to spirit, Virgo creates healthy routines, diet, meditation techniques and rituals to help us reach that transcendent state. This includes cleaning, which we tend to see as such a chore but if we realised just how important it is we would treat it with more reverence and find more joy in the simple acts such as sweeping and dusting our homes! As we lovingly clear the chi in our external environment, so are we clearing space within ourselves; creating emptiness, free of clutter, debris, chaos and negative energy. Virgo reminds us that cleaning is a form of meditation, except that instead of emptying our mind we are emptying our physical space.
Pisces seeks to dissolve and emotional, physical or spiritual barriers that may be preventing us for merging with the Source, or God. She reminds us that we are not separate, but rather we are all connected and all one, including the trees, plants, rocks, animals, birds, insects, humans; we have all been created from the same source and are all imbued with divine consciousness. The only difference is that a rock may not have the same awareness of being conscious as, say, a dog or a human. However, the Divine is present everywhere and the Creator has unconditional love for all he/she/it has created, whether it be “beautiful,” “ugly,” “perfect” or “flawed” . Virgo’s goal is to humble us and pierce the bubble of self-focus and egocentricity. She seeks to be of service to the whole, and combined with Pisces she seeks to dissolve the ego and allow us to align with Spirit. Virgo’s humility allows us to take a step away from the sense of being a separate being and to truly surrender; to jump off the cliff into the ocean of oneness and unity, where we find unconditional love, inspiration and true empathy and compassion.
Ultimately, as souls, this is what we all seek. However, many of us are completely unaware of this desire to merge with Source and think that the next new car, relationship, job or house is somehow going to bring us the sense of meaning, happiness and peace that we so dearly desire. Except that it never does and so we seek the next thing, and the next thing, until finally we reach a place of disillusionment, whereby we realise that it all doesn’t mean anything and is never going to ultimately fill the void. This is when we reach some degree of heart wisdom and start out on the path away from the ego and its fearful desires and towards a more soulful existence. Pisces and Virgo remind us that helping others and being of service to the whole is far more fulfilling and rewarding than simply serving our own selfish desires and needs. There really is nothing that makes us feel quite as good as when we have just helped someone, or participated in a humanitarian group endeavour or experience that reminds us that we are all in this together. This Moon invites us to step away from ego and invite in soul. It seeks to dissolve any barriers we have built to separate us from God and All That Is. This could be a bit confusing or disorientating, as is the Pisces way, but at least we will be flowing with the current of the river, in the right direction.
Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is literally sitting right next to the Moon in Pisces for this lunation, making this an extra specially Piscean affair! This is definitely an ideal time to pay attention to our dreams and to spend time in nature, as well as creating, or praying, or meditating. We could find ourselves more sensitive, empathetic, connected and in tune than usual, though there is also the potential for confusion, delusion and a desire to escape reality! Strange, inexplicable things can happen during a Pisces Full Moon, as well as some utter beauty and magic! Virgo can help us discriminate and discern between fact and fantasy, reality and illusion. With Pisces there is also the potential for us to feel victimised, as if we are at the mercy of fate, but Virgo reminds us that this is also a delusion. We create our own reality and are co-creators of any situation we find ourselves in.
We are invited to decide what old mental, physical or spiritual patterns of behaviour need to be purged or eliminated so that we can progress on our spiritual path. Pluto, the planet of soul, power and transformation is forming a positive aspect to the Sun and Moon, which will certainly help us purge and transform outworn patterns so that we are more in alignment with our true nature. Pluto will help us to face ourselves and recognise what needs to pass away in order to realise our truth. He will help us confront our shadows and allow us to be emotionally honest and vulnerable. He will also help give us the will power to make whatever changes are necessary for us to grow and evolve. Ultimately, however, it’s up to us to do the work. Some deep emotions may surface for us to look at and the sign posts will be there, but it’s our choice as to which direction we decide to go.
This is a time of self-improvement, cleansing, purifying and if we are sincere in our desire to progress and move forward then we have a perfect opportunity to do just that! The Sabian symbol for Neptune, the ruler of the Moon, is 13° Pisces: “An ancient sword, used in many battles, is displayed in a museum” of which Dane Rudyar says: “Will power is the ultimate spiritual weapon, and its undeviating use is the certification of individual worth. Wherever found, this symbol emphasises the imperative need to make use of the will in meeting the basic challenges of the inner life as well as outer adversaries. The individual must use that WILL POWER, yet it is not really his own once he operates at a spiritual level. It is God’s will operating through his mind, which focuses its thrusts.” This symbol seems to be asking us to use our willpower to truly do some profound inner work and cut through the crap, so to speak! This Moon truly has the power to transform our lives and help us to connect with our higher selves. As long as we are able to get out of our own way!
Picture: Purification of the Soul by Valderramos