(painting by surrealist Rene Magritte, Moon in Pisces)
I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!–Victor Hugo (a Pisces with Sun, Pluto, Venus conjunct and north node and mercury also in Pisces)
Every astrological moment has the potential for infinite expression as that light radiates through the prism of the individual soul. With this Full Moon in Pisces (ruled by Neptune), in the Pluto ruled last decadent of the sign, we explore areas of the self unknown, not named, that exist in shadowy sublimation, eclipsed by what is thought to be reality. To fully appreciate this Moon it is necessary to suspend belief and wander naked through valleys of submerged fear residing deep within each of us. The results of this exploration may not be evident until the next Full Moon in one month’s time. The Moon in Aries will inspire us to act upon what has been integrated through the last 30 days.
There is just one aspect to this Moon and that is a sesquisquare, 135 degrees, from a Venus/Saturn conjunction at 9 and 8 degrees Scorpio. This conjunction is sextile to Pluto at 9 degrees Pluto and widely trine to Neptune at 3 degrees Pisces. How do we decipher the meaning of this? First by recognizing the value of these planets. Venus is generally described as earthly pleasure and desire. Saturn is the last planet associated with our earthly experience and represents the dissolution of patterns that have limiting effect. ‘They’ say, that what limits us to this dimension, Earth, is our desire nature. At this time with Moon in the last sign, where we dissolve into all that is, we appear to be examining patterns of attachment that prevent us from abiding in our truth.
The sesquisquare aspect, that is essentially a square + a semi-square, represents a situation between two planets that is very uncomfortable. As such it is difficult to ignore the subconscious urgings that occur based on a serious need to address a ‘blip in the system’. In this case we all need to grasp that which prevents us from fully embracing the indefinable essence of Being and that which we all share—together—as one—no separation. In Pisces there is no separation. Neptune is the depths of the ocean, our unconscious. Pluto is the realm of death and existence beyond the reality we call reality. Within these environments consideration for the definable is not. We often search helplessly here, with the mind, for something that the mind cannot comprehend. Pisces knows inherently and yet that knowing often finds little space for understanding. As a result deep longings for immersion, avoidance, fantasy arise in an attempt to adjust to a situation that does not appear to fit the seeker.
As I mentioned previously, this manifests in numerous ways—for each of us. Somewhere in our charts is Pisces and Neptune, the twelfth house and ultimately a desire for freedom that motivates us beyond all that we know as definable.
Avoidance is not something that we will choose during this Full Moon based upon the 135 degree aspect to Venus/Saturn that will require us to get serious in relation to our desire natures and how we express our selves according to sense of self-worth. And whatever fantasy we conjure during this Full Moon in Pisces will transport us through a corridor of memories, like dreams, swirling about in muted shades of adventure long past.
Memories serve only to distract us from this moment, the here and now. Memories create our suffering. Thoughts, based upon what is past exist to limit our potential liberty. Acceptance of this moment is undeniable peace.
Neptune widely trining Venus/Saturn—juicy inspiration to connect with the unknown. So creative! So joyful! There is nothing to subvert the love that we are now! There are no beliefs to say that something is not possible. Everything exists as a result of my imagination that is also your imagination. No end to what we create! Out of emptiness arises everything.
Pluto configured with Venus/Saturn assists us, with subliminal encouragement, to cross the boundaries that act as our temporary container here. It may be necessary to examine what we fear to let go of in the process of ‘dying’ to the illusion that imprisons us. Death like life is a myth.
The Jupiter square Mercury in cardinal signs suggests, as many would put it, “delusions of grandeur” and “thinking you know more than you do”. How does that help us out considering the other influences this chart brings? It feels to me as though it is a time to throw caution to the wind and allow the mind (in Libra and perfect balance) to follow where expanded vision (Jupiter) will lead. We have nothing to fear. A deeper sense of security here is one of the results. I’ve said it before—don’t be afraid to leap or let go or fall. Big ideas! Bring ‘em on.
The Sabian symbol for this Full Moon is so simple and therefore highly descriptive of the energies for these few days prior to and following this lunar event—“a harvest moon illumines a clear autumnal sky”—precisely what it is—does not require any explanation.
On the 18th of September the rising Moon will coincide with the setting sun We will see a huge orange moon rising, a spectacular show that occurs once a year at this time. Don’t miss it! We are blessed.