FULL MOON IN PISCES – Before the major changes begin, take this time to integrate the shifts that have been bombarding us (August 26, 2018)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 4:56 a.m. on Sunday, August 26.  With this Full Moon, the Sun in Virgo will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Pisces.  To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 4° of Virgo and 4° of Pisces in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

All full moons ask us to evaluate if we have a good balance between two areas of our lives and they encourage us to make any needed adjustments.  It can be a confrontive, emotional time, because some of us will have to “face reality” or “face facts.”  With this full moon, the Pisces Moon is asking us to look at our inner world of imagination, spirituality, and psychological health.  The Virgo Sun is asking us to look at our outer world of day-to-day work activities, practical matters, and our physical health.  Good questions to ask ourselves right now would include, “Am I neglecting my physical health or is it my psychological health that needs attention?” and “Am I finding a good balance between my spirituality and intuition when compared to my work activities?”  It may also be a good time to look at whether we’ve been reaching out to supportive mentors versus trying to “go it alone” and feeling “victimized.”  It is fairly common for supportive females to step forward during the time of a Pisces Full Moon, but we have to be open to accepting their help and support.

Given the Moon is in Pisces, new ideas may come to us through our emotions or intuitive insights.  But the influence of the Virgo Sun will provide the analytical skills we need to make sure that any ideas that we decide to implement will be practical and logical.  But remember that this is a full moon, so we need a balance.  Therefore, if we are bogged down in unrelenting day-to-day activities or worries about our physical health, we need to create the time and space needed to let the Pisces Moon provide us with visions of what is possible (e.g., meditation, journaling, going out in nature).  Or conversely, if we are feeling lost in our emotional world and can’t seem to find a way out, then using the grounded energy of the Virgo Sun could help, often through taking care of very concrete business tasks or addressing physical health issues.

If our inner self-exploration reveals that we need to change any beliefs or behavior patterns that are negatively impacting either of these areas, now is a good time to make needed adjustments due to a larger than usual number of supportive planetary patterns.  The Sun, Saturn, and Uranus are in a wonderfully supportive earth grand trine (i.e., equilateral triangle with each planet in a trine [120°] to each other).  Additionally, as one planet in this grand trine, the Sun is in opposition to Moon, which forms a kite formation.  The opposition to the Moon makes it even easier to access the energy of the grand trine; therefore, paying attention to our emotions and intuitive insights (Moon in Pisces) will likely provide us with clues as to what direction to go or what needs to change.

And if all of that “positive mojo” wasn’t enough, the Moon is in a sweet sextile (60°) to both Saturn and Uranus.  Yes, all of this is a lot of information to absorb, so I won’t go into a lot of detail.  Bottom line:  It’s all good!   We are being given all kinds of planetary support to sort through the issues being brought into the spotlight by the Pisces Full Moon.  The supportive presence of Uranus will help us make any necessary changes, even though some of the shifts may seem to come out of the blue.  And Saturn’s involvement may help us sort out any limitations, especially those related to our past or how we use our time.  Saturn will provide us with the order, discipline, and control to find viable solutions.

In the last Moon Update, we discussed a planetary configuration called a yod (AKA Finger of Fate).  There is another yod present at the time of the Pisces Full Moon.  This time, there are inconjuncts (150°) going from Neptune to both Mercury and Venus.  And Mercury is sextile (60°) Venus, thereby forming an isosceles triangle.  Neptune is the “focal planet” because both inconjuncts point to it.  Neptune is the ruler of Pisces, so this adds further emphasis to the importance of emotions and intuition during the Pisces Full Moon.  Yes, yods do require often difficult adjustments.  However, with so much positive, supportive energy swirling around us, we are more than likely going to be able to tap into our intuitive side, which could result in great leaps forward in wisdom and insights that create order out of the past (Saturn) and show us our future path (Uranus).  If navigated well, yods can provide us with great gifts, and even insights into our destiny.

On Wednesday, August 22, the Sun moved out of dramatic Leo and into grounded Virgo.  Although we do need to be careful not to become overly analytical or judgmental, the energy of the Sun in Virgo will feel much calmer and focused.  It will also support our analysis of all internal explorations that we embark upon during this intuitive Pisces Full Moon.  Throughout the next 4 weeks, we will focus on practical concerns and realize that handling the details of life may not always be fun, but it is necessary.  If we don’t, then we accumulate a lot of unfinished business that begins to bog us down energetically.  Getting organized will feel very appealing to many of us!

Finally, we are beginning to experience some loosening in the retrograde energy.  On Saturday, August 18, Mercury ended its retrograde phase, and we are likely already seeing an improvement in external communication as people shift their mental focus from inside to outside.  Then the day after the Full Moon (Monday, August 27), Mars ends its two-month retrograde phase (which it began on June 26) and begins moving direct again.  We may feel a sudden need to take action, although the peaceful, inward-directed energy around the time of the Pisces Full Moon may delay that a few days.  Use that enhanced intuition to know when it’s the right time to move forward!  And any substantial changes, especially those related to business issues or structures in our lives, may wait until Saturn ends its almost 5-month retrograde phase on Thursday, September 6, or until later this fall as discussed in the last Moon Update.  But changes are coming, both those initiated by us and those created by people around us.

Overall, almost all planets during the time of this Pisces Full Moon are in a harmonious balance.  Given the intensity of the recent eclipse season, this is a good time to catch our breath and adjust to all the recent changes and shifts that have been bombarding our minds, bodies, and spirits.  But we do need to consciously take advantage of all the positive, flowing aspects at this time.  Good areas of focus include our work hours/environment, our daily schedule, our lifestyle, or even our spiritual practice.  We need to make sure they are supporting our physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.  It’s all about balancing the practical with the intuitive/mystical and balancing the physical with the emotional/spiritual.  And remember that this will be a highly intuitive time, so we need to make space for Spirit to provide us with some of the answers we have been seeking about the upcoming fall season of shifts and changes.


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Full Moon at 4° of Pisces

  • Sunday, August 26, 2018, 4:56 a.m. PDT
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018, 7:56 a.m. EDT
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018, 11:56 a.m. GMT

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