Pisces Full Moon - 26 August 2018
Exact at 12.56pm BST, 7.56am EDT
This is a tender, gentle Full Moon that has the potential to remind us that we are all in this together! There is also a Grand Earth Trine involved in the picture, so we have some nice, flowing energy that should help us to feel quite grounded in the real world. Pisces can bring feelings of oneness and unity as we become more aware of how we are not actually separate, but rather we are part of all that is. With the Moon in this sensitive and empathetic sign we can tap into the collective conscious, as the boundaries between us and the world of spirit are dissolved. In fact, boundaries between ourselves and others could become an issue during this Moon, so it is a good idea to practice Virgo’s talent for discernment and discrimination! Pisces is a very idealistic sign that can tend to look at people, life and situations through rose-tinted spectacles, which on one level is very beautiful, but it is important to see the reality rather than what we would like to see. Disillusionment, as painful as it can be, can also be a positive thing, as we finally see things as they actually are.
Indeed, this Full Moon could help us to find acceptance of what is rather than hoping for what might be. Acceptance is one of Pisces greatest gifts, and can bring the peace that we all so dearly wish for. Some things we simply cannot change, and rather than trying to mould and fit people and situations into what we would want them to be, it is much easier and less stressful to just accept them as they are. Compassion and forgiveness are also Piscean gifts, which counteract any Virgoan tendencies to criticise or focus on what is lacking in ourselves and others. Virgo has a tendency to want to put everything into little tidy boxes in the search for unattainable perfection, but life doesn’t work like that! Life is messy and nobody is perfect and so it is better to simply allow what is to be rather than trying to make it into something it is not. Some things are suite simply out of our control, and this Moon could be a gentle reminder to just let go and allow ourselves to surrender to the flow of the river. Resistance is futile!
The trine between Saturn and Uranus is very strong during this Full Moon, and these two planets are joined by the Sun and Moon to form a Kite formation, which is an intensified version of a Grand Trine. This trine between Saturn and Uranus brings with it the opportunity to liberate ourselves from the past, releasing ourselves from any heavy karma that has been holding us prisoner. Indeed, this is a perfect opportunity to continue to let go of our old conditioning, freeing ourselves from our old stories so that we are free to be ourselves. The structure of our lives could be shifting considerably at the moment, although as this is a trine it shouldn’t be too jarring. Uranus is a big player in the cosmos at the moment, helping release us from old trauma and to wake up and shake up our lives. This Grand Trine/Kite formation could help us to see our lives more objectively and realistically, giving us the ability to make positive changes without rocking the boat too much. There is a nice blend between past and future, tradition and innovation, and we could well see quite clearly what needs to stay and what needs to be eliminated from our lives. We might find that we have a new approach to old problems. There is a sense of us clearing old karma from our lives so that we can make a fresh start.
The trine between Neptune and Jupiter is starting to wane now, but its energy will still be with us for the Full Moon. This trine heightens our intuition and faith, helping us to see the bigger picture and face ourselves and others honestly and with compassion, forgiveness and acceptance. This influence can really help any spiritual work and helps us to be more broad-minded and to let go of petty or small-minded concerns or quibbles. Don’t sweat the small stuff is the message here! The Saturn Chiron square is also waning, which is a welcome relief, as it seems to have made many people feel quite vulnerable. However, it has also brought with it the impetus and experiences we needed in order to face some very old wounds related to our parents and conditioning. This has not been especially easy, as some of us have been forced to re-encounter some of our core wounding, which has been rather painful but it has given us an opportunity to be brave and honest with ourselves so that healing can occur. This is big stuff, as for many of us our mother and father wounds tend to dominate our lives and relationships.
During this Full Moon there are a couple of planetary aspects that are worth being aware of. Pluto and Venus are forming a challenging square aspect that could bring some intensity to our relationships and interactions. There is a possibility of power games within our relationships, with the potential for manipulation, jealousy, obsession or compulsively acting and reacting from our old patterns. This certainly isn’t a superficial combination, as we could be forced to be very honest with ourselves indeed, and our less desirable qualities could show themselves. This aspect will be building as the weekend approaches and is exact around the time of the Full Moon and certainly could bring a soulful, transforming quality to our relationships. It might be hard to hide from ourselves as those close to us hold the “truth” mirror up to look at! Neptune is also forming a nagging aspect to Mercury during this Moon, so it is important to try to be as clear as possible when communicating with people because there is the possibility of misunderstandings or misinterpretation, or people just hearing what they want to hear. We could also come up with some very creative ideas during this Moon, but should be careful that they are not simply a case of wishful thinking!
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun/Moon midpoint is beautiful, at 4° Sagittarius: “A little child learning to walk with the encouragement of his parents”, which Dane Rudyar describes as: “The natural assistance of superior powers during crises of growth. This implies passing through a critical stage of growth – growth in freedom, symbolises self-induced progress. In such a crisis the individual is not left alone. Some more evolved Power and Intelligence watches, encourages and give examples to be followed.” We are not alone. We are here on earth at a very special time, and this Eclipse season brought yet another shift which leaves us somewhere we have never been before. We are walking on new ground and this Sabian Symbol reminds us that we are being guided. We just need to trust our heart. It will show us the way.
The Pisces Moon is the Moon of unconditional love and acceptance. Pisces dissolves the ego and brings us closer to our true Self. It reminds us that we are all connected; we are not separate. It brings the capacity for true connection with others that transcends boundaries and barriers. This has been a turbulent few months for many of us, and the Eclipses brought with them a powerful cosmic shift and the beginning of a new chapter. We have let go of a lot in recent times and with the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces we have the chance to heal and soothe our souls. Virgo season has a “back to school” feeling about it, and brings the potential for considering what we need to improve or tweak in order to feel more whole. Pisces asks us to consider what truly holds meaning for us now, in our heart of hearts. We are stepping forward into a more heart-centred way of being, free of a considerable amount of baggage. We just need faith and trust so that we can dive in and surrender to the flow of the river.
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