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 Full Moon in Aquarius: Looking Back, Moving Forward

July Full Moon in Aquarius: Looking Back, Moving Forward

By Thraicie Hawkner

This month’s Full Moon on July 27th involves the Moon and Mars in Aquarius, both opposite the Sun in Leo. This is a time of paradox. As we become increasingly intolerant of intolerance, this retrograde Mars inspires us to look to the past for solutions. What has worked before? What has failed in similar situations?

At the same time, the Sun in Leo shines light on the future. How can we make tomorrow truly radiant, with changes started today? The full scope of the time-line (past, present, future) will inspire truly visionary solutions to social injustices. Of course this energy can be applied on a broad scale, to cultural changes that will benefit us all.

But don’t be shy about applying that same problem-solving process to your personal life. This is the time to spot patterns, and access appropriate solutions. What tactics have worked well in your own past? Or historically, for other people? How can you incorporate those same techniques into your new plan of action?

If you need a little extra insight or advice about how to best utilize this energy, give the Modern Spellcasters’ Tarot a try. It’s blend of ancient archetypes and modern sensibilities is perfect for this full moon. For further exploration of the themes this full moon embodies, we’d suggest Michael Pollan’s new book on consciousness and transcendence, How To Change Your Mind.

If you’re the more practical sort, consider carrying a piece of snowflake obsidian with you. A stone of purity and balance, it helps us to examine old thought patterns and cast off those that don’t benefit us. For the home and altar, there’s always Coventry Creations’ Needed Changes candle. A warm mix of sandalwood and ginger, it’s designed to help you move on and move forward.

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.