Updated: Sep 20, 2021
Prayer is sitting in the silence
until it silences us, choosing gratitude
until we are grateful, and praising God
until we ourselves are an act of praise.
The Full Moon on September 20, 2021 at 7:54 pm EDT at 28 degrees Pisces
invites us to surrender effort and striving so we can be renewed by the divine energetic current that perpetually guides and enlivens all life.
The Full Moon occurs at the last degree of Pisces, which is also the last degree of the zodiac wheel. It speaks to endings, to coming full circle, to releasing and emptying. Through stilling ourselves we make room to receive something new as we ready for the activity of the next rounding of the wheel in the cycles of life.
Pisces is a water sign. The sign of Cancer is the ocean from which all life is born and Scorpio is the deep, dark water that the sun doesn’t reach. Pisces is the formless cosmic water of becoming, the primordial soup in which all things emerge and return. In its realm, we are all inextricably part of each other and all that ever was or will be. There is no definition - just compassion, connectedness, and the pregnant potential of what will come. We dip into Pisces waters to be renewed, to feel the endlessly creative and generative source that gives rise to all creation, and we remember who we are and what we are made of. We are star children, God’s children, the children of a vast universe of belonging that pulses with beauty, harmony and love.
The Piscean Moon opens a portal that connects us with something beyond the confines of space and time, beyond the confines of how we define and identify ourselves. Unconditional love is quickened. In its waters, the mystic receives intuitive revelation and the artist is inspired to create. Empathy is accentuated and we desire to give selflessly to others. Wounds are cleansed, healing can be found and we can come to a new sense of peace within ourselves. The Piscean potentiality is underscored by the New Moon’s conjunction to its ruler, Neptune.
But to enter the waters of Pisces, we need to shed self-importance, agendas, and our sense of specialness. We simply need to let go and surrender to find renewal in its waters.
Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming
anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything
that isn’t really you, so you can be who
you were meant to be in the first place.
Moving from the Rational to the Imaginal
as the Virgo Impulse of Early September Subsides
The Sun in opposition to the Full Moon is finishing up its annual sojourn in Virgo and readying for the September 22 Fall Equinox when it enters Libra. Since the Virgo New Moon September 6, we have been compelled to organize, plan, and act with exacting precision in tending to daily habits and behaviors. The Virgo emphasis of the last weeks has asked us to zero in on the details and minutiae of mundane living and give focused care to the balance and wellbeing of our physical bodies and immediate surroundings.
There is now a clear shift in focus. Virgo’s ruler, Mercury is quincunx Neptune, which directs our mind away from the logical and towards the imaginal. We are cued to let go of the reins and control of life for a moment in order to sense the greater impulse that enlivens all we have or will ever have.
The Full Moon invitation is akin to the feeling we have when we get into a hot bath at the end of a long day, or decide to take a shower to wash away the dirt of the day. We hit the pause button on the relentless need to get things done. It is a time of cleansing, of purifying, of feeling the water wash away all that clings to us. After, we can re-engage life with greater peace and renewed vigor.
We are to soften the grip of our thinking mind and flex our intuitive muscle to feel the movement of how things want to flow. If we rely too much on our discerning, logical mind we may find ourselves confused, overstimulated, or overwhelmed. We are to attune to and let our feelings guide us. We are to be curious about what our dreams at night want to tell us, curious about the message of the hawk flying overhead or the stoplight that refuses to turn green. The living world is speaking to us in symbols and everyday things. Centering ourselves in our heart, in our feeling center, we may hear the language of the divine and what it is communicating.
We may feel fatigue in the hours leading up to the Full Moon (Moon in exact conjunction to its ruler, Neptune). We are being cued to slow down, to rest, and to seek the silence. In the hours of the Full Moon, we enter a period of detoxification. If we are quiet within ourselves, we may have intuitive clarity about what we are ready to release. It us up to us to decide what activity is best suited to stilling ourselves so we can surrender to what wants to move through us.
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.
Being Carried on the Wings of Pegasus
28 degrees of Pisces is considered the “weeping degree” because Scheat resides here.
Scheat is one of four fixed stars that form a prominent rectangle in the Fall Night Sky. This rectangle is known as the Great Square of Pegasus. Scheat is the right shoulder of Pegasus.
Pegasus, the winged horse, figured prominently with the last Full Moon. You can read about the Greek myth and archetypal meaning of Pegasus in the Aquarius Full Moon Newsletter. For millennia, this white and winged horse has been associated with freedom, flight and imagination. These themes continue with the Pisces Full Moon, as we continue to resolve and heal the past and break free from what restrains us.