Apart from the gathering fire trine between Venus/Mars in Leo and Uranus in Aries, the Full Moon in Pisces of 29 August is focused almost entirely on the polarity between Virgo and Pisces. Not only do we see the usual opposition between the Sun and Moon that is the signature of every Full Moon, but this month Jupiter and Neptune conjoin our key players bringing added dynamism to the picture.
Understanding the six polarities in astrology is crucial to maintaining balance in one’s life. Each gives a unique insight into the complex dynamics of the human psyche and helps us to see where adjustments may need to be made. In the case of the Virgo/Pisces axis, activated so strongly during this Full Moon in Pisces, an imbalance is fairly easy to recognise and address.
If the Virgo archetype is over emphasised you may be bogged down in the daily grind. Every moment is taken up with little chores and you’ve lost touch with the sacred, miraculous qualities that make life rich. The danger here is that your craving for the Piscean themes of transcendence and oneness may be misdirected into escapist tendencies. A glass of wine or a few hours sprawled in front of the television take the place of an enriching spiritual practice.
Astrologer Clare Martin writes: “If this spectrum polarises on the Virgo side, then there will be a strong need for control over the daily routines of life, in an effort to keep chaos at bay. And yet, if the qualities of Pisces are not integrated, they will emerge from the unconscious and the Virgo individual will feel increasingly overwhelmed, and will tend to attract more and more disruption into their lives and feel more and more out of control.”
On the other hand, with an over-abundance of Pisces energy your life may lack practical grounding. Although capable of seeing the greater purpose you may find it difficult to take care of the details, such that you are unable to meet your daily commitments. You may be overwhelmed by emotional situations and have difficulty seeing where your responsibility for others begins and ends. However a craving for the qualities of Virgo may have you seeking out friends and lovers who are strong in this archetype.
With Jupiter conjunct the Sun in Virgo and Neptune conjunct the Moon, this Full Moon in Pisces is asking us to look closely at out lives to see whether any adjustments need to be made. Do you need to honour the realm of Pisces by taking time out in your day for meditation, ritual or silent reverie? Or are there practical tasks you’ve been neglecting that need your attention?
With Jupiter opposing the Moon emotional over reaction is very possible during this Full Moon in Pisces, and depending on our level of awareness we may also find ourselves enmeshed in illusions as the deceptive qualities of Neptune are amplified. Observe yourself and make sure that what you believe is true and not just a story you are telling yourself. The analytical qualities of Virgo will come in useful here!
At the same time be careful that perfectionism does not get in the way of transcendence: you don’t have to meditate like a monk to gain clarity from this practice, nor must you perform a complicated series of steps to enjoy moving your body. Expressing your divine creative nature does not require any kind of expertise, no matter what Virgo might tell you!
Like all Full Moons this is a time of completion when we gather in the harvest of intentions set during the previous New Moon. This is why it’s so important to manifest our lives consciously; what we think has a powerful affect on our lives. Take time during this Full Moon in Pisces to check in with yourself. When you say (or think) the words ‘I am…’ how do you end the sentence? Are these true statements of who you are?
And who are you really? This Full Moon in Pisces reminds us that we are all a part of the divine, a wondrous manifestation of a magical universe, each of us a unique individual that is nevertheless part of a vast, beautiful, interdependent whole. You may like to work with this idea by integrating an awareness of the Moon Phases into your daily meditation practice. You can read more about this in my article Moon phase meditations: your emotional rhythms.
How will the Full Moon in Pisces affect you?
Whether this Full Moon in Pisces affects you on the conscious level depends very much on whether it activates your personal natal chart. Those with planets and points between 3 and 9 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) will probably feel this Full Moon in Pisces more than others. Look also to see in which house the transiting Sun and Moon fall as this will tell you the area of life that is likely to be most affected.
Your experience of Full Moon in Pisces
Every Full Moon in Pisces will be different based on the positions of the other transiting planets as well as those in your natal chart. Have you experienced a particularly memorable Full Moon in Pisces? Do you incorporate the Moon phases into your spiritual practice? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so that we can all learn from each other.