FULL MOON IN PISCES – Find ways to blend rational thought and intuition (September 13, 2019)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:32 p.m. on Friday, September 13.  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 22° of Virgo and 22° 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.

As is true with all Full Moons, this one is asking us to explore whether we have a good balance between the two signs involved.  Pisces is about compassion and intuition.  Virgo is about analysis and efficiency.  Because the first part of September had a strong Virgo emphasis, that time period was all about working hard, organizing, and cleaning things up.  With this Full Moon, we are introducing some very different energy into the astrological landscape.

The Moon is in Pisces, but it is also conjunct (0°) its ruler Neptune.  The Sun is in Virgo, but it is also conjunct (0°) Mars.  This means that there are 4 planets rather than 2 on the ends of the Full Moon opposition.  But there’s also another planet involved.  Both ends of this opposition are squaring (90°) Jupiter.  This creates a very strong mutable t-square (right triangle).

T-squares require action in order to find a balance between the planets that are in opposition.  The planet being squared often provides insights into how best to find a new equilibrium point.  In this case, Jupiter (very strong in its home sign of Sagittarius) is suggesting that we may need to adjust some of our values and beliefs.  However, we do need to be careful; we shouldn’t overdo it and change everything.  In fact, we may think we know what our hopes and dreams entail only to find that they have morphed into something else after this period of time ends.  Additionally, having Jupiter as the focal planet of this t-square can mean that we are pretty opinionated right now.  Being willing to compromise may not feel very comfortable.  One final note:  This is a mutable t-square, which can result in being overly adaptable, changeable, and restless.

Luckily, the Sun/Mars conjunction (0°) is in a very supportive trine (120°) to the long-standing Saturn/Pluto/South Node grouping in Capricorn, and the Moon/Neptune conjunction (0°) is in a sweet sextile (60°) to this same group in Capricorn.  These positive aspects will help us resolve any challenges between the two ends of the opposition by pulling in the Capricorn energy of leadership, structure, and responsibility.

So, what will this time around the Full Moon be like?  The introduction of Piscean energy reinforces the Virgo focus on service and humility.  However, it also brings with it the need for faith, spirituality, and creativity.  The Virgo influence is still there, and it is still asking us to work efficiently and toward a practical purpose.  But the energy (or drive) to achieve will be softened by Pisces.

Having the Moon conjunct (0°) Neptune in Pisces is a powerful reminder to trust our intuition.  Virgo sometimes pooh-poohs our gut-level feelings, favoring instead rational thought and analytical analysis.  But we are best advised to find a way to use both approaches right now if we need to make an important decision.  For example, we may get an intuitive hunch, and then we can use the Virgo influence to evaluate the idea.  Or if our logical analysis says “Yes,” then it would be a good idea to pause and check in and see if our body or our intuition is in agreement with this answer.  Our society tends to allow our minds to override our inner “knowingness.”  Especially at the time of this Full Moon, we need to trust our gut and listen to those gentle intuitive whispers, which may contain messages from Spirit that can lead us in directions that we never dreamed would be productive.

This pretty radical mid-month shift in energy is reinforced by what is going on with Mercury and Venus.  On the day of the Full Moon (Friday, September 13), Mercury will be conjunct (0°) Venus in Virgo.  This will happen at 29°, which is called the critical degree of any sign.  It provides a “last chance” to deal with something involving that sign before a planet moves into the next sign.  In this case, this could mean that we need to have some type of analytical conversation that will have a very pragmatic outcome, or we might need to do some practical organization and work collaboratively toward a mutual goal.

However, within just a few hours of the Full Moon, both Mercury and Venus move into Libra, where they will remain until October 4 and October 9, respectively.  When in Libra, Mercury’s words become diplomatic, and Venus in Libra is charming, willing to negotiate, and is all about forming relationships that are fair and balanced.  This shift from Virgo to Libra will provide a pretty radical change in the energy swirling around us.  We start off analyzing our relationships, but then quickly move into wanting to enjoy some good conversation, do what is needed to increase harmony in the world, and avoid any tension.

On Wednesday, September 18, Saturn completes its annual retrograde phase and begins moving direct again.  It’s been in retrograde since late April, which means we’ve had a long period of time to re-evaluate our responsibilities and leadership roles.  We were also given a chance to redo some foundational issues, with these changes designed to support a better chance of success in the future.  Over the next few weeks, we may find that we are ready to move forward on some bigger projects that have required a lot of “foundation building” while Saturn was in retrograde.  We may feel increasingly ready to achieve our goals and take on more (or different) responsibilities.  We won’t be afraid of hard work.  The ringed planet’s shift to direct motion is especially significant because now it’s on its way to a very significant conjunction (0°) with Pluto in January 2020, which we will be talking about often in the months to come.

Saturday, September 21, will see the last of three squares (90°) between Jupiter and Neptune.  The first occurred on January 13, and the second on June 16.  The final aspects in a series of repeating aspects is similar to the 29° of any sign (i.e., the critical degree); it’s a “last chance” to use the energy and “get it right.”  In this case, we’ve basically spent the entire year struggling to find a new way to be more compassionate (Neptune) in the application of what we believe to be “right and wrong” (Jupiter).  We may have also been challenged by obstacles that caused us to have to “keep the faith” when our hopes didn’t materialize.

On Monday, September 23, the Sun moves out of Virgo and into Libra.  Whenever the Sun is in Libra, our focus tends to shift toward relationships.  This includes using negotiation and compromise to “keep the peace.”  The symbol for Libra is the scales, so balance will be key.  This is especially true in relationships, but balance will be important in all areas of our lives.  The downside of a Libra Sun is that we can see both sides of just about any situation, which can cause us to be indecisive.

Overall, with this Pisces Full Moon, we will likely feel a pretty dramatic shift in energy compared to the first two weeks of September.  For some, it may feel like going to sleep in one world and waking up in a different one!  After being driven to be pragmatic, practical, analytical, and organized, the energy will soften substantially.  Perhaps the strongest message around the time of the Full Moon is to trust our intuition, and yet we will benefit most if we can find a way to work with both our intuition and our rational mind.  Pisces is a mutable water sign that says “go with the flow.”  If we are feeling uncertain about what to do, we might consider “letting go of the oars” and no longer trying to force something to happen.  Although we may initially fear that we are “losing control,” we may actually find ourselves drifting downstream to a new and wondrous land, one that we never dreamed possible.  That is the potential power of this Pisces Full Moon.


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Full Moon at 22° of Pisces

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2019, 9:32 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, September 14, 2019, 12:32 a.m. EDT
  • Thursday, September 14, 2019, 4:32 a.m. GMT

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