May the stars carry
your sadness away,
may the flowers fill your heart
with beauty, may hope
forever wipe away
your tears, and, above all,
may silence make you strong.
Chief Dan George
The Pisces Full Moon September 1 and 2 Heightens Our Sensitivity
Pisces is the realm of dreaming, the oceanic sea of potentiality. All life emerges from and eventually returns to its limitless waters. Giving ourselves time to engage in moments of silence, creative acts, flights of imagination, encounters with nature or states of deep rest will carry us to this place that is no place where something can emerge from nothing and our life can be fed in a vital and beautiful way.
During the Full Moon, and in the days that follow, the imaginal forest beckons us to discover a pathway to an intimate contact with the numinous, the great mystery that lies within the seed of creation. We know we have if we are feeling connected and in some way ecstatic. Here the feeling of separateness subsides, compassion for ourselves and all life flowers, and we recognize the love that permeates our existence. In this place that is no place, miracles occur when we soften our beliefs about what we know and open to what has been waiting in the wings to reveal itself. We have only to slow down and quiet ourselves to receive it.
During the Full Moon, the Sun is at the opposite end of the sky from the Moon, creating a tension, a polarity that seeks resolution. With both the Sun and Mercury in Virgo this month, we are motivated to make decisions, manage our time, enact plans, and seek productive results to support our goals.
We may feel that it is up to us to make something happen and simultaneously feel it is beyond what we know how to do. This is where the Pisces Moon comes in. The silvery light of the Moon reminds us we, in and of ourselves, are not sufficient to make something happen. And if somehow we decide to muscle through, the stress caused by this can effect our sleep, digestion and sense of balance. A eternal well of support is available and we are to tap into it.
The kings and dictators and mighty of this world
Accomplish their work with speeches and drums
And brass and the thunder and bombers.
But God works in silence.
All of creation, everything we see, hear and feel sprang, initially, from nothing. The stars, planets, mountains, our car, job and morning cup of coffee…all arose from the limitless source at the heart of the universe. There are many names for this creator energy: God, Goddess, Great Spirit, Allah… The name we use gives us a way to address, call in, and establish an enduring connection with that supremely divine essence of love that has makes and remakes.
If we belief, if we trust, that this creator energy has produced the seasons, humanity, and the earth’s orbit, it is not such a big leap to trust that this creational force is coursing through us, moving us brilliantly towards fulfilling our soul’s purpose and reason for living. We can inhibit this flow with the Virgo tendency to categorize, control and think that it is up to us to create our destiny. The Pisces Moon reminds and invites us to soften the stronghold of our thinking mind and to have our mind be infused with the impulse and movement of the divine.
If you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything. --Thich Nhat Hahn
The Pisces Moon invites the intimacy of connection. When control has been surrendered, we can encounter what is hidden in plain sight. From this, inspiration and renewal abound. The Virgo energy can then function as a rudder to channel what we are receiving into right action. The alternative is to ignore the small whisper of an invitation and doggedly cling to a closed mind that is hyper-critical and judgemental, over thinking and over doing, that continually generates a fear that no effort will ever meet its lofty expectation. So, let us first seek the experience of feeling connected with all creation, and from this vantage point our thinking mind can more readily perceive the appropriate next steps.
A Dynamic Interplay of Planets Support Dreaming a New Reality
My bones are mountains. My tears, rushing rivers. The earth’s crust is my skin. Trees adorn my head. The sun, moon, and stars Are in my eyes. The ether of the Universe is my breath. Separateness is an illusion. I am all things and all things are me. -Anya Phenix
Our Thinking is Stimulated to Fix and Expand, Focus and Surrender – All at Once!
Mercury (cognitive thought), forms multiple aspects (relationships) with the outer planets. Mercury is one of 6 planets in earth signs reflecting our impulse to establish or a more solid footing. Attuned to the sweeping societal changes (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto conjunction in Capricorn) our linear mind is actively formulating ways to concretely move forward to build and rebuild. Discerning and pragmatic, we value what is functional and will produce results. We are eager to nail down the plan and formulate concrete next steps.
We can take advantage of our mind's powers of concentration to focus on details, consider the big picture, and shape a comprehensive plan of action. (Mercury trine Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto)
Yet, we are advised to loosen our grip on feeling too self assured and cautioned to not be rigid in adhering to our mental interpretations (Mercury oppose Neptune). There is still so much we do not know, and so much is to still be revealed. In fact, we may not be seeing reality clearly, as it may be colored with wishful thinking or idealistic notions that may or may not pan out. If new ideas or people enter our life now, we can be excited and curious about what they bring, but it is advisable to take our time to incorporate them into our life. Our perception of reality is fluid, our imagination is heightened and we can easily confuse reality with fantasy. While this aspect can undermine our confidence, if we remain flexible, great insights and creativity can bring added dimension and understanding. So, while our thinking mind is looking to establish a game plan, we are to remain open to potentialities not yet considered or known.
The propensity for receiving divine guidance and support is reinforced and amplified with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, traveling in tandem with the Full Moon. The pairing of the two most sensitive planets subdues and softens the boundaries of our linear mind. Intuition and feeling are accentuated. It is an excellent time for any creative project or spiritual retreat. By engaging the natural world, paying attention to our dreams while sleeping, or painting a picture, we glean the benefit of what is offered. Alcohol or recreational drugs are to be avoided if possible as it can lead to self-deception and will only provide an illusory and fleeting experience of the source energy available.
We are prompted to ‘get out of the box’, to open to a new way of seeing (Uranus trine the Sun and sextile the Moon). The beneficial relationship Uranus makes to the Full Moon stimulates innovation and the urge to free ourselves from restraints. We can receive flashes of insight or breakthroughs in perception that result in a whole new approach to a situation. We are more apt to break away from expectation or conformity in favor of embracing what will enlivens us.
Nothing has ever been said about God
That hasn’t been said already
Better by the wind and the pine trees.
Rather than standing under an umbrella, stand in the rain. Rather than keeping the lights on after dark, experience the night. Be curious how habit has kept us from a direct relationship with the living world and the potency of what is offered in silence and the moment.
The backdrop for the Full Moon: Unrest, Tumult and Deconstruction.
The dynamics that define 2020 continue to play out. The potent interplay of Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto conjoined in Capricorn is receiving added stimulation by both Venus and Mars.
Things are heating up. The building tensions are gathering momentum. This process of deconstruction and transformation feels uncomfortable at best and is catastrophic for those of us most adversely impacted. The status quo is unraveling. The good news is that it is supposed to unravel. The chaos between what has falling away and the dawn of what is emerging is where things get sticky. In the Mean Time we can take the time to sink into something enduring, something that can never change. In the Mean Time is a phrase denoting an inbetween time, but equally it can denote a 'mean' time. We are in it, the mean time. If we lean into the Full Moon, we can the sweet spot within the heartbeat of creation and know that all is well - truly.
Ready to Get on With It, we Encounter Road Blocks Throughout the Fall
Mars (action, forward movement) is slowing down, seemingly standing still as he readies to turn Retrograde September 9 to November 13. The signature energy of a Mars Retrograde is: frustration.
Mars is currently the one planet in a fire sign. In Aries, Mars has us feeling confident, impulsive and ready to do battle, to pioneer, to bushwhack. When the pathway to acting on our desires is not readily open, our passion will bottle up. We will feel like a pressure cooker.
Further friction will be applied as Mars squares the powerhouse planets of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto throughout this fall. If not managed with mindfulness and discernment, we can easily erupt or make rash, impulsive decisions that only create further problems.
We are likely to see greater volatility on the public stage as tensions continue to escalate. When we feel ourselves overheating, it is a cue to slow down. Rather than forcing our agenda, it is prudent to practice patience and perseverance. We are to embrace the road blocks that appear in our path and use them as an opportunity to contemplate alternatives, review plans, revisit agreements and make adjustments. It is a period of realignment, that if done well, will have us, at the end of the retrograde, moving forward in a way where we are better lined up to achieve the success we want. This Full Moon gives us an opportunity to tap into something greater than ourselves and greater than what is happening in our current reality, so that we can navigate the frustration we each will inevitably encounter in the coming weeks.
Relationships may be strained (Venus opposing Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto). As humanity undergoes big change, we each have a different way of moving and responding to it, as are individually changing to meet the challenge. Therefore, our relationships with others need to be re-negotiated and reconstituted to accommodate the new directions we find ourselves contemplating. Having these conversations is vital to strengthening and renewing our relationships. Equally important, is to have these conversations without shouting, making demands or giving ultimatums, if possible. We need to avoid manipulation or any underhanded tactics to have another yield to our way of seeing things.
The Way Through
I think it's only when we can sense
the vastness of space and infuse it
with some kind of loving presence
that we can step forward - informed
by both wisdom and compassion.
If we become fascinated by the space between things – the space between breaths, the space between heartbeats, the space between the known and the unknown, we tap into infinite space and potential. Tapping into this space, even for a moment, gives us the experience that all is well in the vast scheme of eternity. We find ourselves within the ecstatic and abiding cycles of creation. Deep insight can then penetrate the thick walls erected in our rational mind that constantly tells us we are separate. Gratitude and acceptance follow. Compassion blooms. Creativity flowers.
Simultaneously, this month we are compelled to make plans and move with confidence towards the future we are building. The key is to release expectations for what the future will look like. Establish the goal, take the steps needed and let the future take care of itself. This is advised because chances are life will not go as planned and we need to be ready to adjust. As the saying goes: Life is not about the destination, but the journey. The coming months will bring surprises. The Pisces Full Moon is an opportune time to establish an enduring connection to the eternal river of life so we can meet and successfully navigate the unpredictable rapids that are unfolding before us.
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