With this Full Moon in Pisces, taking place early on Sunday, August 26th, we are exploring a tremendously powerful astrological configuration — one that has the capacity to support each of us in the process of our spiritual evolution by building bridges from the nebulous realms of dream and vision into the grounded reality of our lives. The Moon comes to full at 4:56 am PST, and as with every Full Moon, occupies the exact opposite zodiacal position from the Sun, which just recently entered into the refined, mutable earth sign of Virgo. The Sun is also making a very near exact grand trine with Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. The trine between Saturn and Uranus is very powerful in and of itself, and speaks to the ongoing polarization of conservative versus progressive values in these fractious times. Bring in such a potent activation from the position of the Sun and Moon and we have an earth-moving mighty whopper of a Full Moon configuration on our hands!
Grand trines such as this in the element of Earth invite us to activate in focusing on what we’re manifesting in the here and now, on the very practical and tangible aspects of our realities. Yet with the Full Moon and Sun on the Pisces-Virgo axis, we’re also being asked to take into consideration the spiritual realm and our energetic awareness of the unseen as it weaves into the manifest world. As quantum physics tells us, everything is energy, and when we can attune our awareness to that principle, the mundane, material world feels not mundane at all, but rather a miraculous playground of consciousness flowing, moving, and patterning. For a Piscean analogy, we actually exist in a nebulous flowing ocean of currents, tides, depths, and shallows, ever circulating, rhythmic and fluid. Recognizing the true energetic underpinnings of physical reality alone is a profound act, but beginning to make choices and live life with that recognition as a staple belief becomes revolutionary. Every thought we think sends energetic ripples. Every word we say has impact. Every action is sending a beacon through the ethers. And because we are each a complex set of antennae, picking up on these signals, we can begin to sense this dimension of reality, tuning into higher aspects of our Soul, and be fed and nourished by the supportive energies that are aligned with the highest good of all. Tuning into this reality we can make more conscious choices and actions from a place informed by something much larger and wiser than just our minds, emotions, or conditioning.
Saturn trine Uranus portends the coming together of that which is conservative and traditional in its approach, with that which is revolutionary, innovative, and unexpected. As these two archetypes are somewhat antithetical in nature, what we may see is a big push from those who are more progressively oriented to change and growth, and in a response an increased resistance from those who wish to keep the status quo. You can look for this in the external/collective news headlines, as well as inside of your own psyche and self, as parts of you that are yearning for growth get louder, and those other parts within you that fear change brace in resistance. By inviting in a greater aspect of ourselves, and attuning to a more holistic worldview, we can feel where energy wishes to move and renew itself, and places where we break down in fear and actually resist the very flow of life itself. The opportunity of this time is to not deny the parts of ourselves that are afraid, nor is it to become overly identified with them, but rather to hold them gently in a greater flow of spiritual Love and Trust. From there, the innovation and renewal of old into new becomes effortless and even pleasurable. From there we can learn to accept more fully and to love all of ourselves. And we can also begin to love each other more completely as well.
Another beautiful dimension of this Full Moon is the trine between Neptune in his home sign of Pisces with Jupiter in Scorpio. Again, this turns our attention to the intangible energies of our thoughts, dreams, emotions, ancestral lineage, soul’s karma and a million other unseen energies that influence how we as humans come into manifest form. Tuning into the Neptunian realms of spiritual consciousness, and ethereal oneness, plus interfacing with the depth and breadth of mystery of Jupiter in Scorpio, provides a supportive opportunity to build an ethereal bridge between the vast oceanic realms of consciousness and the material everyday fabric of our lives.
The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon provide further insight and food for thought. For the Moon, in the 4th degree of Pisces, we have “Heavy traffic on a narrow isthmus.” An isthmus is a narrow strip of land with sea on either side, forming a link between two larger areas of land, which brings us back to this same concept of building bridges. When we can connect intangible consciousness and the concrete, material world, we employ the healing effect of bringing connection to seemingly separate parts of a whole. For the Sun, in the same degree of Virgo, we find “A colored child playing with white children,” representing another kind of bridge. It may important to note that at the time when Marc Edmund Jones created these symbols, in the 1920s, it was well before the Civil Rights movement, so that racism in America was fundamental and overt in the culture and society; and of course in many ways this is still true today. It is the acknowledgement of the fact that racism is still very alive in our country today that brings an additional poignancy to this Sun symbol. It is also fascinating to note that the Sabian Symbol of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Chiron degree, which was prominently located in his chart, close to his ascendant, was “A bridge being built across a chasm.” Writing in his own time, long ago, Jones states that, “there are no facets of [a person’s] character that cannot be built into the fabric of both a whole self and an integrated group.” In this he suggests that we may be enlivened by the paradox of living in duality – where we can recognize our inherent oneness, and simultaneously honor, express, and embrace our differences. The question becomes: how can each and every one of us fully remember and become our glorious, unique and brilliant selves, while lifting each other up to fully be their own glorious, unique, and brilliant selves? This is a question we are as a collective living into, and perhaps also one that is lies at the center of whether we can actually learn to coexist harmoniously with each other, and within the environment of our planet. May we each learn to tune into the highest potentials of Love for ourselves and for humanity as a whole, weaving them diligently into our present lives, our society, and our world.
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.