FULL MOON IN PISCES & LUNAR ECLIPSE – Potential for profound realizations and change in life direction (September 16, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 12:05 p.m. on Friday, September 16.  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 25° of Virgo and 26° 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.

This Full Moon in Pisces is also a Lunar Eclipse.  As we discussed in the last Moon Update, eclipses can be compared to a computer in that they provide us with opportunities to reconfigure our hard drive and upload new software, so to speak.  The reworking of our consciousness is the goal.  Solar and lunar eclipses occur back-to-back, and they work in tandem on important issues in our lives.  With Solar Eclipses, we are asked to explore what changes might be needed in how we define or perceive ourselves in our external world.  With Lunar Eclipses, we are asked to look inward at our emotions and into our subconscious worlds to see what changes are needed in order to align with those external changes.  All eclipses are opportunities.  Given that they occur in 19-year cycles, clues to the present changes associated with this Lunar Eclipse may be gleaned by looking back to what was happening in our lives around September 16, 1997.  They often mark important endings and beginnings in our lives, especially related to Karmic issues/relationships.

During this Pisces Lunar Eclipse, we are being asked to find a balance between earthy Virgo and spiritual Pisces.  This brings our attention to any disequilibrium between our body and mind, between our masculine and feminine sides, and between our head and heart.  With Virgo, we can use our minds to analyze and discern between what is right and wrong for us.  But given Pisces is an important part of the Full Moon, this is a time when we can’t rely solely on our minds.  We must also use our hearts and our connection to the Divine in order to know (a) where we are to go next and (b) what we need to take with us (or leave behind) on the next leg in our journey as a soul here on the Earth plane.

The Solar Eclipse that occurred two weeks ago formed a powerful t-square (right triangle) in the sky above us.  This Lunar Eclipse forms the same type of planetary configuration that will motivate us in important ways.  This time, the Sun and Moon are in opposition to each other (180°), and they are both squaring (90°) Mars.  Additionally, the Moon is conjunct (0°) Chiron and the Sun is widely conjunct (0°) Mercury.  That’s a lot of star power to analyze!  Some of the key potentialities will include:

  • In addition to the opposition between the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces (described earlier in this Moon Update), Mars is the planet of energy, courage, and assertiveness. It is providing us with the personal power we need to take action in our lives.  However, Full Moons and Lunar Eclipses can elicit the lower expression of planets and signs, so we need to be careful that Mars’ involvement doesn’t lead to selfishness or aggressiveness.
  • Even with the call to action provided by Mars, the close conjunct between the Moon and Chiron (which means that Chiron is also in opposition [180°] to the Sun) may leave us feeling vulnerable, uncertain, and lacking confidence. We know we need to heal, and luckily the presence of Mars can help us take action in the direction of growth, which may include learning more effective ways to nurture ourselves.  Chiron’s presence also means that some of us will more clearly see how we’ve been using fear to motivate ourselves or how our need to be in control is no longer serving us.  This is a very spiritual time, and it will help us if we can develop a deeper sense of faith and trust in Divine Order and Divine Timing.  We should look carefully at our relationships in order to make sure we aren’t idealizing someone (or being idealized by someone).  The fall off the pedestal can be a hard one, so it’s important to focus on loving others for who they are and not who we want them to be.
  • With retrograde Mercury in the mix, the period of time right around the Full Moon might not be a time of external action. Our thoughts are turned inward right now, so it might be best now to make plans that will be implemented once Mercury goes direct in about a week.

Luckily, there is a wonderful trine (120°) between Mars and Uranus, which will support us in seeing new options and being courageous enough to risk making some (probably long-overdue) changes.  In retrospect, this could be a time when our lives go in an entirely new direction.  Or it could be the same direction, but we approach it in a way that supports us in acting more independently.  But with rebellious and radical Uranus in such a free-flowing relationship to the planet of action (Mars), we do need to be very careful not to make those changes impulsively, which could lead to regrets.  Watch for tendencies to react rather than act.  Use the energy of the Mars-Uranus trine to explore new possibilities, and then take it one decision and one step at a time.

Tuesday, September 20, brings another supportive trine (120°) between Mercury and Pluto.  This will aid in our ability to experience increased insight, psychological awareness, and focused attention.  We will communicate what we really mean.  Many of us will be able to strategically and patiently plan our actions, and we may even receive important and unexpected information that allows us to see things more clearly.  Normally, Mercury’s aspects last only one day, but because it’s about to turn direct, the positive impact of this aspect will last for several days before and after the actual event on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, September 21, Mercury ends its retrograde motion and begins moving direct again.  Always remember that during the few days before and after this change in direction, we may start feeling like we want to make positive shifts.  However, it often takes a few days for the energy of the direct motion to pick up speed.  We need to be patient and make sure all our “ducks are in a row” before taking any actions that we’ve been thinking about.

The Sun moves out of Virgo and into Libra on Thursday, September 22, marking the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  With the Sun in Libra, our attention shifts to our relationships with others.  However, decision making can become more challenging this month because Libra tends to see both sides of any situation.  But with the beneficent planet Jupiter just recently moving into Libra (September 10), many of us will feel a need for increased balance, harmony, and diplomacy both at home, at work, in our communities, and in the world.

Relationships are also the focus the next day (Friday, September 23) when Venus enters the sign of Scorpio, where it will remain until October 19.  Venus is about relationships, love, what we desire, our finances, and how we feel fulfilled.  In Scorpio, we may feel more passionate about one or more of these subjects.  We crave depth in our understanding, and anything superficial will likely feel unsatisfying.  However, we may also fear that depth, and we may pull away due to feeling too vulnerable.  The fear often arises due to power issues, such as giving up our power or worries about being overpowered by others.

Enjoy Sunday, September 25!  A wonderful conjunct (0°) will occur between the Sun and Jupiter, which will bring optimism and enthusiasm to whatever we do.  The impact of this transit will likely be experienced most strongly on Sunday, but its impact will be felt for several days before and after the actual event.  We will likely feel more generous, but we all need to be careful not to become overly so.  This is a good time to take steps to expand something in our lives, such as a business, a relationship, or project of some kind.  During this time, many of us will have a stronger sense of who we are and the principles that we believe in.  Some people even receive important recognition during this transit.

Pluto ends its 5-month retrograde passage on Monday, September 26.  Given how slowly Pluto moves, it may take a few weeks before we notice the impact of this change in direction.  But if we have done the internal, deep work of transformation that was called for while Pluto was in retrograde, then we will be ready to move forward and experience one or more important transitions in our lives.  Our goal while Pluto was in retrograde was to identify any old patterns that kept us from healing.  As Pluto moves forward, we will find opportunities to apply this new self-awareness in ways that leads to greater self-empowerment.

On Tuesday, September 27, Mars moves out of Sagittarius and into the sign of Capricorn, where it will remain until November 10.  Our actions now will be fueled by responsibility and discipline.  We are much less likely to take spontaneous action while Mars is in Capricorn.  This is a deliberate, patient, and persistent energy.  Because we can more clearly see the future during this 6-week stay in Capricorn, any actions will be carefully planned out and will likely involve slow and steady progress toward goals that we feel very committed to.

Overall, this Pisces Full Moon and these two back-to-back eclipses are asking us to complete the 10-month Saturn-Neptune square cycle, which had its final of three exact squares (90°) on Saturday, September 10.  (Click here to read more about the Saturn-Neptune square.)  Many of us have undergone powerful and profound changes in our lives over the past ten months.  This may have brought to the surface our deepest fears, but hopefully this has led to an increased feeling of self-empowerment, new spiritual connections, greater faith and trust, and even profound jumps in psychic/intuitive abilities.  Always keep in mind that astrology only indicates potentialities and possibilities.  What we do with the energies that are expressed by the planets is up to our free will.  Also remember that we are souls having an Earthly experience . . . an adventure that is designed to help us grow and evolve.  This could be a time of profound realizations that lead to decisions that could take us in new directions or could move us onto an entirely new path.  So remember, “In any given moment we have two options: To step forward into growth or to step backward into safety” (Abraham Maslow).


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  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
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  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


Full Moon at 25° of Pisces

  • Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 12:05 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 3:05 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 7:05 p.m. GMT

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