Full Moon in Pisces: Cooling Down the Fires

Full Moon in Pisces: Cooling Down the Fires

The cosmos cools down into the earth element, as the last days of summer are relished with the sweet Pisces full moon opposing sun in precise Virgo on August 26. A grand earth trine forms a kite with the Pisces moon, yielding a rich time to tune into imaginative powers and plan to manifest long lost dreams. The Pisces moon is quite the contradiction to the tone earlier in the summer.

Mercury retrograded in Leo from July 26-August 19, coupled with a volcanic Uranus-Mars square and three eclipses. These ingredients represented a dichotomy of forces, holding still and running in place while imploding and exploding. This blast of fire and volatility set off by the eclipses July 27 and August 11 burned away the inessentials until a pure essence revealed itself, as in the alchemical process of calcination. It is, in essence, a purification with fire.

Jupiter nears the end of its dance in Scorpio, squaring off with Mercury in Leo and permeating the atmosphere with a golden decadence, though excessiveness could be a side effect. The tide turns poignantly August 28 when Mars goes direct in Capricorn, timing closely with the full moon August 26. The summer was flavored with complexity, and when both Mercury and Mars are direct, the messages harvested from this summer are ready for translation to yield practical, concrete solutions.

Burn a Ganesha Pillar candle to help mitigate the obstacles and blockages encountered over the summer, as Ganesha helps us to clear the road ahead. Seek nature-based guidance through the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson, which draw from Native animal medicine traditions. Consider carnelian with its warm grounding energies and amethyst with its cool, fresh insight as gemstones for the current sky’s vibration.

July New Moon in Cancer: Reaching Out

July New Moon in Cancer: Reaching Out

New Moon in Cancer: exact at 9:48pm, Thursday 7/12th.

Our sense of belonging becomes top priority during this New Moon. Our loyalty to family (or chosen family) will be the driving force behind every decision we make during this time. Our ability to read other people’s needs will be nearly as strong as our desire to provide for those needs. Intuitive talents will be at a peak.

The only complication is that this New Moon is in opposition to Pluto. This can easily put people into a defensive mode if they feel any sense of danger of neglect. This defensiveness is more likely to manifest as a withdrawing behavior rather than an aggressive lashing-out. It is a good time to reach out to others if you notice that they are feeling down or seem to be isolating themselves. Make sure everyone feels cared for.

And speaking of Pluto…Pluto is currently retrograde in the sign Capricorn. Pluto was last in this sign from 1762 – 1779 (American and French revolutions, etc.), and will now be in this Capricorn from 2009 – 2024. This period promises deep societal changes and new structural foundations. We are likely to see new business strategies, economic views, and governmental shifts. Any form of authority will be reassessed for its effectiveness and appropriateness. But this process might seem even rockier than necessary from April 22nd – September 30th, while Pluto is retrograde. Hang on, everybody! Take good care of one another.

For some assistance in getting through this New Moon, try Shoyeido’s “Hope” incense from their Angelic line. Robert Place’s Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery can be a great tool for helping to see things a little clearer. For further exploration, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s book The Way of Tenderness is an excellent place to start.

June Full Moon in Capricorn 2018: Time For Reflection

June Full Moon in Capricorn 2018: Time For Reflection

Capricorn Full MoonThis month’s Full Moon involves three planets, all in rather interesting positions.

The Sun is in the tender sign of Cancer, while the Moon is conjunct Saturn in hard-working Capricorn. With this combination, we can get into some emotionally complex situations. We feel fragile and needy. But these might be needs that others simply cannot fulfill…which leads us to misinterpretation of other people’s intentions…which leads to a sense of rejection…which starts the cycle anew.

Breaking that cycle to find a calm center of self-awareness and self-care is the real solution. This is a very demanding time, and we are each likely to prioritize our own needs and wants over those of others. It would be wise to pause for a deeper analysis of our true motivations. Are we fulfilling our heart’s desire? Or the expectations of authority figures? Or something else? And what are we demanding or expecting of others to support that?

By discovering the true root of our own needs, and acknowledging those of others, we can refine our interactions. By conscientiously supporting each other, we can evolve together, rather than working at crossed purposes. Meditation and mindfulness practices can help toward this goal.

To read more on how to reach this goal, check out the book The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. For a little extra help, Shoyeido’s Sitting Zen incense can help encourage an atmosphere of calm. To help sweeten the air, light one of Coventry Creation’s Sweetgrass candles.