Welcome to the Fall Season in the Northern Hemisphere! September has been an astrological extravaganza with its two eclipses, Equinox and Mercury retrograde all rolled into one month! If things start to feel overwhelming, it is important to remember the healing rhythms of nature. This month’s Full Moon is also known at the “Harvest Moon”, the time of the year set aside for honoring the gifts of the Earth. The word Equinox means “balance”. The indigenous shamans of Peru teach “reciprocity”…. establishing balance and equality in all our relations. Create your own sacred space wherever you are!
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THE FULL MOON IN PISCES LUNAR ECLIPSE SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
In general, there are some important points to remember during a lunar eclipse. Although every Lunar Eclipse is a Full Moon, not every Full Moon is an eclipse. Eclipses are like full moons with exclamation points! This Full Moon in Pisces is especially potent as it is also considered a “super moon”, when the electromagnetic and gravitational forces of the moon are even more magnified.
Lunar eclipses usually signify an emotional catharsis or ending, as opposed to Solar Eclipses which are brilliant illuminators and more event oriented (see my September 1 New Moon in Virgo newsletter). Memories and dreams which have been buried just below consciousness now come to the surface, so we can better view our “shadow”.
A lunar eclipse in the sign of Pisces means there can be a total reconfiguration of our hidden emotional and subconscious programming, once we acknowledge our fear with compassion and forgiveness. While solar eclipses may affect the male energy around us, lunar eclipses generally affect female energy. Relationships or events regarding the important women in your life may come up or change during a lunar eclipse.
It is also important not to make any rash decisions during an eclipse, as your judgment may be impaired. Major pieces of information may be missing, so wait for more time to think about your next action. It may take weeks to understand the real meaning of what is going on. Issuing “ultimatums” is not a good idea until the eclipse phase passes. Be patient and keep an open mind.
**Mercury turns direct on Sept 21, which means previously closed doors may reopen, if you have had the courage to be patient and revise your unconscious thinking patterns. Eclipses always repeat in nearly exact degree and sign every 19 years. What was going on for you during September of 1997?
The Full Moon in Pisces:
This Full Moon falls in the sign of Pisces, the final sign of the zodiac, which is a mutable (shape-shifting) water sign urging us on to the evolution of human consciousness. Pisces rules of the magical, emotional realm of our subconscious and dream worlds. It is the sign of the poet and mystic; artist and healer; savior and sinner; doctor and patient; shaman and physicist.
Pisces is probably the most misunderstood sign of the zodiac; and like its symbol, the two fishes swimming in opposite directions, it is a sign that embraces both duality and Oneness…the universe where subatomic physics and religion merge. The “old age” of Pisces was associated with the symbol of the “fish”; now as we move forward in our evolutionary process, Pisces becomes the “Grail” which holds the elixir of life, symbolizing our baptism in the New Age.
The planet Neptune is the “ruler” of the sign of Pisces. As humanity awakens out of it “old” Neptunian illusions of fear and victimhood, the “fog” clears and we become more open to unconditional love and respect for all living beings. This is the greatest lesson that Pisces has to offer: unconditional love and compassion.
Think about where you can give or receive more love in your life; where you can refrain from judging others negatively; where you can help someone in need…and always offer thanks for whatever is good in your life. Know that this is the time of “signs and wonders”; and miracles do indeed occur!
If an eclipse falls on your birthday, or within five days of your birthday, the year that follows will be an extremely significant one for you. You may experience a dramatic change in lifestyle, or just change one specific part of your life; however, change is the name of the game. The same is true if the eclipse falls on your Ascendant or rising sign. An eclipse falling on your birthday also means that this is a year to pay close attention to your health. Eclipses will sometimes point out underlying weaknesses that can be addressed quickly to insure your vitality. Pisces rules the feet, as well as the lymph system of the body; Virgo rules the stomach and digestive processes.
If your Sun or Moon is in the sign of Pisces (or its opposite sign Virgo) it is part of your soul signature to be of service to humanity in your own way. Since the sign Pisces rules the unconscious, creative process of the right brain, many actors, musicians, artists, spiritual leaders, and scientists have Pisces planets prominent in their birth charts. Pisceans are very sensitive and emotional creatures, but they can also get “lost” in their own inner worlds. They are amazing healers and artists; however, they can become overloaded with emotional “stuff” from other people, as well as their own.
This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse will highlight your “inner Muse”, as well as your relations with the important women in your life. This is a message from the Universe to pay more attention to the creative, emotional and spiritual aspects of your life now. If we do not recharge our psychic batteries, we run a very major risk of “psychic” infection. If you have been feeling “out of it” or somewhat disconnected from reality over the past few days, you are not alone. The nature of Pisces is to have us become an “empty vessel” letting go of guilt, blame and anything that holds us in darkness. During this Full Moon weekend, find positive ways to channel the Piscean energy: meditation, yoga, listening to harmonic music, watching a good film, having a “spa day”, walking in nature….or just taking some “quiet time” a few minutes a day. Give yourself permission to love yourself more. We cannot be of service to others, if we don’t pay attention to our own needs
This Full Moon has some very potent aspects with it. Chiron, the Wounded Healer asteroid, is also in the sign of Pisces and is aligned with the Sun, Moon and Neptune. This gives us hope for healing old emotional and psychic wounds on a very deep collective level. Lifetimes of martyrdom and suffering, chaos and pain can be healed as we open up to the wave of compassion and unconditional love emanating to us from the Great Cosmic Mother. Whether we call her Isis, Kwan Yin, Mother Mary or by any of her myriad of names, we are being called to embrace the Feminine Consciousness, which resides in all of us.
Autumn Equinox September 23:
The upcoming Autumn Equinox is the day of equal light and dark signifying the balance of male/female, yin/ yang energies on this planet. This is the perfect time to remember our connection to Mother Earth and honoring her presence in our lives. The Sun enters the sign of Libra on Sept 23rd; the sign of harmony and balance in relationship to others. How do we find the balance within our relationships? Within ourselves? Forgiveness is a big key.
As we disengage age from the old patriarchal, war-mongering, matrix, we allow more energy for magnetizing the Divine Feminine qualities of Joy, Love and Abundance into our lives.
Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac encompassing many ancient spiritual lineages and paths to healing. The sign of Pisces is connected with the Egyptian God, Nefertum, and the patron of aromatherapy.
In Egyptian mythology, Nefertum was depicted as a lotus flower at the creation of the world, which had arisen from the primal waters. The science of aromatherapy or “scent alchemy” in ancient Egypt was a sacred art and intrinsic in magical ceremonies and ritual.
The blue lotus is depicted on every temple and tomb wall signifying the codes for immortality. We know that scent opens up pathways in the brain associated with memories. Oils also carry electromagnetic frequency. Our brains get “amped up”, and new neuronal pathways open up.
One of the best ways to release emotional (as well as past life debris) is by aromatherapy massage. It stimulates cellular memory and releases toxins at the same time… a wonderful treat for yourself during the Pisces Full Moon!