Wednesday, Sep 6 at 12.04am PST
This full moon is called the Harvest Moon, Corn Moon or Barley Moon by the Algonquins of North America. The moon will rise at sunset, peak at midnight and set at sunrise.
The Sun and Moon in total opposition between Virgo and Pisces: finite vs. infinite. Mercurial Virgo is endlessly busy with tasks that she’s created for herself and inextricably tied to the earth. Neptunian Pisces, on the other hand, lives in bottomless REM cycles. Have compassion for Pisces — in human form, she is like a fish out of water, a soul who yearns for her otherworldly homeland, a place without place, where time and space are unknown. Confrontation is especially painful for the fish as she lives so far away that when she is suddenly, forcibly drawn back here, she would honestly rather die. She wants to “leave this world” or at least transform reality so that it more closely resembles her Neptunian bliss. Virgo may not realize that her work pulls her to the same place, so divine it cannot be named. So here we are beneath the full moon, one foot definitively on earth and the other quickly turning translucent, pulled by an unseen force to the farthest star.
What is the connection between the mundane and the extraordinary? In yoga, day-to-day observances such as cleaning are just as essential as asana. The rote work of saucha (cleanliness) reminds us that observances must be made here in earthbound life before we may build our golden temple there. Simple yet fundamental acts illuminate the fact that our bodies and the spaces they inhabit are one and the same. Virgo demands pragmatism and organization, but these are mere means to an end. Once we surrender to her methods, we see that they are really a bridge to other planes and dimensions where there is no separation between body and spirit.
Pisces is the trance state. In our feet the fishes swim in a ring of perpetuity, urging us directly to the ocean’s rocky depths. I see a swimmer suspended in holy water, detached from terrestrial limitations: flowing, folding, flowering, reemerging again and again. Too much Pisces makes us trip out, yes, but too much Virgo makes us tight and rigid, and this is far more dangerous in a world so starved for spiritual water.
I spent this full moon last year with three other badass women: one from Massachusetts, one from Mexico (a Pisces) and one from France. We all swallowed the diamond sky and slithered naked like mermaids between the mighty boulders of the Yuba river, dazzled by the sun. I laughed until I cried. I sang. I sat high on a bridge above the rocks. I walked barefoot and reveled in it all.
This is the Virgo journey: days filled with service to the Divine – yoga, meditation, proper diet, and dreams dreams dreams of what comes next. My favorite art teacher once told me that we cannot create and analyze at the same time. The Full Moon in Pisces reminds us of exactly this: that we become mechanical and insensitive when we stop dreaming. Keep your dreams, my friends, and dance on this full moon. Psychedelic humans, gush in moonlit streets.
This full moon will be only one degree from Neptune, making this an almost exact conjunction (when two planets occupy the same degree on the ecliptic plane as seen from earth). Obviously Neptune is not visible to the naked eye, but you can imagine her twirling about 4.3 billion kilometers beyond the moon. As Neptune rules Pisces, this makes the full moon even more powerful. Pisces is the constellation of SPIRITUAL RELEASE so let it out, let it out, let it out!! Stay dreamy with Pisces Yoga. To ascertain your personal moon sign, click here.
Mantra: I dream