September’s Full Moon in Pisces & the Power of Compassion

September’s Full Moon in Pisces illuminates the night sky and infuses our dreams on Friday the 13th, at 10:33 pm MDT, but many of us are already feeling her powerful pull.

When she peaks at 21 degrees of Pisces, she’ll shine just 4 degrees away from Neptune – the compassionate and powerful ruler of Pisces – and together they’ll oppose the Sun, Mars, Venus, and Mercury in Virgo.

The opposition between Neptune and Mars will be exact at 17 degrees, increasing the intensity, so pausing and centering ourselves with deep breaths is a perfect coping skill to cultivate now. Meanwhile, both Venus and Mercury will be conjunct at the final degree of Virgo, encouraging us to clean up any unfinished business in our hearts and minds before moving into the more peaceful realm of Libra. 

September’s Full Moon also forms a cooperative sextile to Pluto in Capricorn, while the Sun in Virgo creates a trine of earthy support to it. And, the North Node in Cancer comes into play with a watery, emotional trine to the Moon. 

Meanwhile, the opposing line of energy from the Full Moon/Neptune in Pisces and Sun/Mars in Virgo creates a T-square to Jupiter in Sagittarius – adding some fire into the mix as well as a tendency to overdo things, or overextend ourselves.

No wonder we’re feeling this one on so many levels!

“What does this mean?” is probably the question that astrologers hear more often than any other, and I hear it in my head now. Even though what this means for each of us varies depending on how these celestial bodies line up in our personal birth charts, there are some general patterns in play that deserve our attention.

First, Full Moons help us celebrate our successes! Our efforts culminate and we can fully express and honor ourselves and each other. Soon enough, we can turn toward releasing what is ready to go as the cycle of the Moon continues to flow. For this moment in time, though, the spotlight shines on living like we mean it, so the real question is: Are we?
Are we shifting enough to and see ourselves – and each other – as whole, perfect beings? 

Any Full Moon in Pisces helps us to feel everything deeper and fuller and the way this one lines up with other potent planets heightens things even more. Fortunately, just knowing that emotions are elevated can help us tone down any potential flare-ups, reactive outbursts, or bouts of self-deprecation and judgment.

While we may be tempted to escape from and/or overreact to dramas around us – or even initiate them – the wiser use of these energies is to stay grounded in our centers and express ourselves with compassion.

Staying close to the grace of forgiveness and dissolution will be helpful, too.

The Piscean sphere of influence is all about unity and if we separate ourselves from the higher truth of that, well…we’ll simply add more fuel to the already raging fires in our world. Embodying the healing potential of this period will have the opposite effect. To that end, the Full Moon’s trine to the North Node in Cancer reminds us to pay special attention to our level of self-care.

How we’re nurturing ourselves (or neglecting to do so) during these tumultuous
times ripples outward and affects the whole of humanity.

We’re still in the midst of turning over some heavy patterns from the past that tend to hold our collective consciousness down, and we’ve been here for some time. This Moon’s sextile to Pluto helps us cooperate with each other to truly transform tired and old worn-out ways of living, while the Sun’s earthy trine to Pluto empowers us to make our changes tangible. 

In fact, all of the aspects this Moon touches support our growth ~ it’s simply up to us to respond in kind and embody it.

At this very moment, the radiant and almost Full Moon rises behind me in the eastern sky as the western one blushes with rose and peach sweetness before me. The Earth’s mountains carve the sky with her peaks and valleys as dragonflies give way to bats.
Deep and wide gratitude ripples from my heart
in an endless circle of love
and all is well
~

With great blessings, always,
~ Christina