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Pisces Full Moon: Reception

Updated: Sep 10, 2022

I think 99 times and I find nothing.

I stop thinking, swim in silence,

and the truth comes to me.

Albert Einstein

The Full Moon on September 10, 2022 at 18 Pisces invites us to listen

to the deep current of feeling moving through us. This opens a portal to receiving a message, a way through some issue we are facing, that arrives from beyond the scope of our five senses and our realm of influence.

There is an increase of mental activity this fall that can have us scurrying about and feeling scattered. The Full Moon counteracts this tendency, encouraging us to embrace unstructured time where routines and schedules are relaxed or set aside all together. Beyond the zone of getting things done or figured out, something profound can be awarded us if we allow ourselves to dream, let our minds wander, and engage the imaginal. We are in need of the space and the time to digest and integrate what is unfolding in our lives. Our intuition is heightened and,rather than applying the power of our brain to resolve some puzzle, we can receive - as if by magic - a gift that clarifies and settles us in a way that no amount of diligent effort could

Full Moon Ruler Neptune conjunct the Pisces Moon

Uranus and Nodal Axis sextile/trine the Full Moon

Full Moon square Mars

Venus conjunct the Sun and square Mars

Mercury in Libra stationing Retrograde opposes Jupiter/Chiron and trine Mars

Three Stories come to mind this Pisces Full Moon:

The first story. When I was a program director at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, I was struggling with how to shape a particular program I was scheduled to lead on creativity. My mentor, a seasoned Kripalu program director said to me, “Go take a walk in the woods.” For years, I had noted that the program directors never seemed to be working, well not working like the rest of the staff. They were not at their desks or even in the building. I had always wondered where they were and what they were up to.

I responded to her, “I don’t have time for a walk, I need to finish this.”

She then said, “You won’t find what you are looking for sitting at your desk.”

“Its best I just concentrate and my office is the best place I know to do that,” I stubbornly responded.

To which she said, “ I have regularly found the answer or insight that I am looking for comes when I am in nature. If I give myself space to take a break, to even not think about it, the answer appears.”

So, I took her advice, and it has served me well ever since.

The world is full

Of magical things

Patiently waiting

For our senses

To grow sharper.

WB Yeats

The second story. When I was studying AstroMythology with Wendy Z. Ashley, I was told that I first needed a demonstrated understanding of the sky's constellations before we worked on anything else. Wendy instructed me to go out every night and watch the movements of the stars. Optimally, I was to be out all night. I asked if I couldn’t just learn the constellations from a software program. She said, “No. You are to learn about them by direct experience.”

I then asked, “What will this give me to do it this way?"

She responded, “It will deepen your intuition.”

I then asked, “How will it do that?”

She answered, “I don’t know, but it just will.”

My experience learning the constellations and coming into a direct relationship with the movements of the night sky was a profound for me in many ways - one day, I will write more about this experience.

The Third Story. There was a book I bought called “Conversations with My Mother,” that was filled with pages and pages of questions. Between the questions there were spaces in which to write an answer. I went through the book with my Mom and asked her the questions which covered the full scope and breadth of her life, from childhood to her senior years. There were also questions that asked about her beliefs, knowledge and perspectives.

One of the printed questions asked: What advantages do your grandchildren have that you wish you or your children could have had?

In response, Mom said one word, “Technology." She paused and then added, "It is teaching them so fast.”

The next printed question read: What did you do as a child that you wish your grandchildren could do today?

She answered, “They are too busy. They don’t get any free time ... like laying back and just looking at the clouds. We would do that all the time as kids: lay and look at the clouds.”

My Mother’s words ring in my ears at this Full Moon. The lives of her generation and the generations before her worked hard in their lives yet there was time to sit on the front porch for hours, while away the night around a campfire, or just lay on the ground and watch the clouds. Today we can call this being unproductive or spending time that we can’t account for. Yet, something invaluable, perhaps even essential to our well-being and to the accomplishment of plans is integral in engaging in non-activity (oh so different than engaging our devices, TV, movies, dinners at restaurants). Their non-activity activity, whether they defined it this way or not, was less about doing something or getting something done and more about presence, listening, and being connected to something beyond the awareness of time, goals, and the pressures of life.

The central problem

Is not that you think too highly

of yourself. Nor is it