On Saturday, September 10th we will have a magical, emotional, and dreamy Full Moon in the mutable water sign of Pisces.
As you may know, the Full Moon always falls in the sign opposite to the one the Sun is in, so as this is Virgo Season, the Full Moon is in her opposite (or, more accurately, sister) sign of Pisces.
The Virgo-Pisces axis is known as the Axis of Healing, and while both signs are certainly about health and wellness, they approach this important topic from very different places.
The Virgoan approach to health & wellness starts in the details: a specific, structured, and strict diet and exercise routine. An organized home with "a place for everything and everything in its place." A strong work ethic and the capacity to cross the t's and dot the i's. The asana, or poses, in yoga: precise, physical, perfect.
The Piscean approach starts at the opposite end of the spectrum: a pervasive, oceanic, incomprehensible sense of oneness with the Universe and all living things. A feeling of trust, of surrender, and faith no matter what is happening on the material plane. Imagination, inspiration, peace. In yoga, the savasana: the release into meditation, transcending the physical.
Both, in the end, are vital. Ignore your Virgo side and you forget to watch your diet, get regular exercise, clean out your closets, do the laundry, check the email. Ignore your Pisces side and life becomes mundane, hyper-organized, and a bit neurotic. This is the important lesson in Saturday's Full Moon: are we paying attention to both?
Virgo season and its back-to-school structure is a welcome change. Shopping for clothes and school supplies, creating a daily routine again, readying for winter. But the Full Moon in Pisces comes along and pushes us towards a key understanding: do I think that everything rests on my shoulders, that I have the be perfect in order to be happy, OR... do I trust in a benevolent Universe or Divine Spirit or God who is ultimately supportive of our happiness?
Too much Virgo energy and we are likely to see life through the lens of a control freak. It's not a bad thing to want to be better, to have a sense of perfection, but where does that end? At what point can we say, okay -- there is so much in life that is out of our control. Worrying and planning and precision can only go so far. At some point, we have to release that image, surrender to the Divine and allow the flow of life to guide us.
That is the power of the Full Moon in Pisces. This particular Full Moon is even more potent as the Moon comes into alignment with the ruler of Pisces, Neptune. Saturday would be an ideal day for meditation, poetry, contemplation, long walks in Nature, time with babies or animals, and yes - even a good cry. Pisces, while beautiful, can get out of balance as well: we may feel things TOO much, get easily distracted, or want to just numb it all away. If we go into the Full Moon with intention, though, we can use it to tap into the presence of the Divine in all things, and that, quite frankly, sounds pretty magical to me.