This Pisces Full Moon (11:35am PST/2:35pm EST, Saturday August 29th) is charged by its alignment with Jupiter and Neptune, drawing out our emotions, sensitivities, dreams, and delusions. We may feel torn between the practicality of daily life, our do-lists, and calendar on the one hand, and our desire for union, escape, spirituality, and retreat on the other.
Full moons always trigger a polarity because the Sun and Moon are exactly opposite. This creates tension as well as an invitation to reconcile the disparate energies. In this case, the polarity is accentuated because Jupiter, which amplifies all it touches, is conjunct the Sun in Virgo, exaggerating the Virgo energy, and Pisces’ ruler, Neptune is conjunct the moon Pisces, exaggerating the Pisces energy. Also, the moon is at its closest to Earth (supermoon), making its pull all the stronger. All this is to say that this Full Moon is powerful.
Pisces opens to the collective unconscious, feels everyone’s feelings, and is sensitive to all thoughts and energies. It’s greatest strength and weakness both is its vulnerability, for this enables its sensitivity and embodied knowing of our oneness--as well as its confusion, idealism, and proneness to delusion.
Virgo is the polar opposite: keenly aware of every detail, highly analytical, compulsively organized, always working, and sometimes fretting. Virgo aims for perfection, which means it excels at all it does, but sometimes sees only how far it still has to go.
Virgo wants to serve, craves usefulness, and longs for improvement. Pisces accepts what is and surrenders to the present. Where Virgo is highly focused, and uber discerning, Pisces is focused on unity, which is to say supremely unfocused--more interested in union than distinction.
What Pisces and Virgo have in common is their mission to end suffering--their goal is the same, they just approach it in vastly different ways. Virgo may be an activist, community worker, or nutritionist. Virgo wants practical action. Pisces on the other hand is a mystic, artist, or renunciate. Pisces’ method is compassion, love, and being. Pisces and Virgo also have in common their ability to adapt. And at this moment in history, when there is such enormous change--to our climate, work-life, economy, etc.--adaptation is a necessity.
With awareness, we can reconcile these disparate tendencies: both being and doing are required in order to achieve our goals. We need to have dreams and ideals, and we need plans to reach them. Our activism and service are hollow if not motivated by compassion. Our idealism is powerless if not supported by action.
Spiritual practice of all kinds would be a great use of this Full Moon energy for it harnesses Virgo’s desire for order, work, and improvement, as well as Pisces’ spirituality and hunger for union. Another use of this energy would be to organize your internal world, which would honour Virgo’s gift with order, and Pisces’ internal focus: contemplate your priorities and values and plan the steps to take or tweaks to your routine that are needed in order live in line with them.
Allow time and space for your emotions. Forgive your imperfections. Ride out the indecision. And above all, observe.