The Full Moon in Pisces comes exact on Saturday, August 29 at 2:35 pm EST
This particular full moon is called the Harvest Moon, Corn Moon or Barley Moon. As I’ve discussed in recent posts, the Virgo cycle is one of symbolic harvest, so all of these names are perfect. In more ways than one, this full moon reaps the seeds we have sown. 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. The last full moon in Pisces fell in early September 2014. Any themes/conflicts that predominated then will now resurface. Luna rounds herself to total majesty less than a week after the Sun enters Virgo. I see this as a continuation of an energetic theme I’ve been feeling lately: speedy manifestation, coming up to base camp sooner than expected. We’ll be meeting in the water – at the ocean’s edge where all dissolves to One. After the tension of Quarter Moon in Scorpio #2, this phase will be a ceremony of sweet spiritual ecstasy.
Axis of infinity
Virgo and Pisces are markedly different creatures. Let’s meditate for a moment on the ruling planets of each sign, Mercury and Neptune respectively. Mercury can’t slow down, he’s got way too many ideas and words and tasks. Neptune, on the other hand, spends her entire existence in bottomless REM cycles. Whether she likes it or not, Virgo is inextricably tied to the goings-on of terrestrial life. I have compassion for Pisces; she is ultimately a fish out of water when we’re talking human incarnation. The Pisces soul yearns to return to her otherworldly homeland where the concepts of time and space are unknown. So here we are, with one foot definitively on Earth and the other quickly turning translucent, pulled by an unseen force to the outer cosmos.
What is the connection between the mundane and the extraordinary? We work here to build our golden temple there, in that place where we find no gold, no bricks, no temples. In yoga, for example, enormous emphasis is placed on day-to-day observances such as cleaning and maintenance. The rote work entailed in any practice such as yoga demonstrates that mystical insight will not surface until proper arrangements have been made here in earthbound life. Simple yet fundamental acts prepare us to see our bodies and the spaces which they inhabit as one and the same, to be treated with equal love and respect. You would be hard-pressed to find a yogi, shaman or mystic who does not have an unwavering daily regimen. Virgo demands pragmatism and organization, but these are mere means to an end. We surrender to particular methods only so that we may understand their connection to those planes and dimensions in which there is no separation between body, spirit, time or space.
I like to visualize this transit as a swimmer suspended in holy water, detached from physical limitations: flowing, folding, flowering, fading, reemerging again and again. Pisces is the state of mind we experience while in a trance. She expresses a desire to “leave this world” or perhaps transform collective reality as we know it so that it may more closely resemble her Neptunian bliss. Even Virgo herself may not realize that all of her work is leading to a state of being so divine that it cannot be named. The thought of starting here in order to get there is painful for some, myself included. In my feet the fishes swim in a ring of perpetuity, urging me to run directly to the ocean, down to her rocky depths.
Pisces and Virgo both want to be of service to the greater good. Virgo may become annoyed with Pisces, labeling her wishy-washy or touchy-feely. Too much Virgo makes us tight and rigid. However, Virgo reminds the fish that it is dangerous to ignore our surroundings; and Pisces teaches us that we are mechanical and insensitive when we fail to regularly tap in. My favorite art teacher once told me that we cannot create and analyze at the same time – these are two separate, conflicting processes. I feel it all as we begin our journey in Virgo’s realm – days filled with service to the Divine – yoga, meditation, proper diet, and dreams dreams dreams of what comes after. Confrontation of any kind is especially painful for the fish – unlike most, she lives so far away that when she must be drawn back to what is, she would honestly rather die again.
Keep your dreams, my friends, and take it easy on this full moon. Pisces is the sign of the addict – she likes to drink and be social, even when her inner voices are pleading otherwise! The Full Moon in Pisces is therefore a spectacle of maudlin humans bemoaning Life in the moonlit streets. Romantic, but not sexy. Ignore your intuition and you may pay the price! I suggest a ritual involving water or some Pisces Yoga.
If you are curious about how this transit affects you personally, please contact me for more insight. To ascertain your personal Moon sign, click here.
Mantra: I dream