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Full Moon in Pisces: The Analytical Heart

Posted in Auspicious Days, Full Moon, Lunar, The Temple of the Sun with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2014 by themagickalpen

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September 8.2014
Full Moon in Pisces
9:38 p.m. (EDT)

Sun in Virgo

The opposition of astrological energy that naturally occurs during a Full Moon phase is the tug of war between what appear to be opposing energies. At the time of this Full Moon the Solar energy is expressed by an astrological sign whose prime directive is that of categorizing and breaking down the flaws of any process (Virgo) and the opposing energy of overflowing compassion and deep understanding that makes allowances for those imperfections which is found in the astrological sign of Pisces.

This Full Moon is called the Harvest Moon. According to the Farmer’s Almanac…

“This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.”

If we think of this harvesting energy as it applies to the work we do within our personal place of harvest, the Full Moon in Pisces (with the strength of the Sun in Virgo) allows us to apply the lessons of grace and understanding as we harvest what we wish to sustain us. This is the goal of arriving at a place of heart-centered scrutiny.

This Full moon is also the closest to the Autumnal Equinox and holds the keys to refining what we will place upon the pause of balance that marks the sharing of equal hours of light and dark. If we choose carefully (Virgo) our intent of focus and use the wisdom and discernment of an intuitively guided heart (Pisces) our efforts in the world of Light/Day and the reserves we hold in the stores of Darkness/Night will fuel and support the work that lay ahead as we descend deeper into the waning of the Year.

Another clue to the potency of this Full Moon’s dynamics lays within the modality of expression that Virgo and Pisces represent. Both are of the Mutable modality, which is flexible and expansive in its expression as it seeks the threshold of endings and provides the fertile space for the next cycle of beginnings. Additionally, Virgo is of the Earth element and Pisces of the Water. One serves as the container (Virgo) of receipt and boundary that is reshaped anew by the deep waters (Pisces) that seek to gently guide towards the Gates of the mysteries of a more heart-centered space of discernment. Envision this:

The carefully harvested (Virgo) ground of earth’s yielding foundation has been heated and enlivened by Father Sun’s rays of light (Sun in Virgo). As night descends, there is a stillness of anticipated intention, as all know Mother Moon will soon rise in all of her glory. The first rays of moon-beam stretch seeking out every crevice like long flowing fingers across the earth. These flow like rivulets of water moving across the expanse of land. You stand watching this gentle yet persistent flow of moonlight and your heart is filled with love and the deep understanding (Moon in Pisces) of the cycles and energy of Sun and Moon.

Soon, everything you see around you is flooded by the Light and Fullness of the Moon’s glow. All is bathed in this flowing sea of outpouring. All is healed by its presence. All is lifted upon the waters that rise towards the moon-lit sky of night. The light ebbs and flows as the tides and cloud cover or shadow of tree or building momentarily offer shadow. You wait in this silent glow and feel the energy move through you, awakening all of the flowing waters of emotional expression and insight within. You stand holding the flame of sun’s fire deep at your core and the waters seek the depths of that fiery furnace. Water and Fire, breath of Air and in-spiration move as one and the dynamic electrical charge that signals the death of this moment in time and the heralding of the next cycle that will give birth to the beginning of a quickened and changed you continue their course.

You breathe deeply into each cycle of this ebb and flow of rising waters and the opening of a more compassionate heart as the night gives way to the dawning of a new day of Solar refinement and the opportunity to once again carefully harvest what will feel the expansive reach of Luna’s Pisces Moon.

Moon Conjunct Neptune 5:09am

As we know the Moon brings depth to our emotional inner-scape and Neptune – the ruling planet of astrological Pisces fills the coffers of heart-centered engagement to full capacity – and then some. Early this evening, the Moon and Neptune will form an aspect of conjunction. A conjunction occurs when two planets are within 0-10-degrees of each other (sharing the same astrological sign and in very close proximity to one another). It is often considered to be the most powerful aspect because of the intensity of support for the involved planets, one to the other. Each acts as a support (positive or negative) to the other, which intensifies the effects of each individually towards goal of the collaborative power burst.

With the conjunction of the Moon (water/emotions/intuitive energy) in an astrological sign of great emotional depth and the support of Neptune (water/deep connection at the subconscious level) we have opportunity to draw upon our intuitive nature to guide the process of what we wish to bring to the fullness of emotional expression. The caution would be one of over-flooding the grounds that have been carefully prepared (Sun in Virgo) during this Solar Month. Reach deeply into these waters but allow yourself to surrender to where and how deeply they take you. Read more about the Neptune Retrograde here:

Lifting the Veil: Neptune Retrograde

 

The Analytical Heart

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This evening our coven will honor the Full Moon in Pisces as we sit and scry into the flames of an outdoor fire pit. The Harvest Moon will shine brightly overhead as we open to the flow of heart and the depths of guidance and understanding that flow as the waters of Goddess within us. As we look into the heart of the flames the dross and lack of clarity will be burned away as Solar fire and Virgo’s hand of the maiden gently unravels the strands of light that block and impede our opening. We will call forth the analytical heart that remains steadfast in its understanding and flexible in its desire to create fertile ground for growth. And, as what has previously stood as foundation breaks down, cracks and etches a new pattern of process, the analytical heart of verdant life will remain as the source of this productive change.

 

Resources and Reflections

Pisces in Related Posts:

Full Moon in Pisces- 2013 

The Temple of the Moon:

Waning Moon in Pisces

Day Eighteen: Meet Me at the Water’s Edge – Waning Moon in Pisces

Day Seventeen: Looking for Compassion – Waning Moon in Pisces

 

 

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Waxing Moon- Talking Waters

Posted in Full Moon, Lunar, Magick, New Moon, Waxing Moon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2014 by themagickalpen

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March 8.2014

Second Qrtr Phase

Waxing Moon in Gemini

Today marks the second quarter lunar phase and mid-point between the New Moon in Pisces of March 1st and the upcoming Full Moon in Virgo on March 16th. Additionally Mars stationed retrograde late morning on the day of the New Moon and will remain retrograde through May 19th in the astrological sign of Libra. The Sun is in its later stage of progression through Pisces and as such the compassionate outpouring heated by the sun’s energies lends intensity and passion to whatever falls under its watchful gaze. Pisces is the last of the astrological signs and as such brings the sum total of experience of each of the preceding into its intuitive waters and usually placid waters.

Today’s Moon is in the astrological sign of Gemini. This energy is supportive of thinking through the options and communicating (Gemini) the action (Mars) to be taken. The Sun currently in the more mature energetic phase of Pisces oversees all progress made in these specific areas with a decidedly compassionate twist helping to temper what has potential for bursting floodgates rather than flowing organically as cascading waterfall. The upcoming Full Moon’s promise of result is one of calm waters emerging strongly and expansively from the turbulent breakthrough of the Pisces New Moon and Mars retrograde occurring dualistically.

A Mars retrograde will demand that you be assertive in your intent as it carves new paths and new experience from what is inert and stagnating. Mars is a planet of action and will, and if that action is misaligned what would be assertiveness and activated will becomes aggression and tyrannical force. Mars is currently in the astrological sign of Libra, so that lends an energy that strives towards balance and refinement through mental processes. The application of Pisces Moon and Sun to this station provides the initial compassion that will temper Mars fiery energy as it pours its intensity into each endeavor undertaken during its retrograde.

I specifically chose today’s energy to focus on as it is the 8th day of the 3rd month of the year. I like to actively incorporate numerology in all of my activities and find the points of similarities and resonance to a particular number’s energy. The number 8 speaks to the ability to traverse time and timelessness (in the form of the lemniscate) in a flow of cycle that expands and contracts in dynamics. The number eight follows that of the seven of learning and new experiences and is the outcome of moving through the halls of knowledge of one door and emerging newly transformed from the other end of the journey. An additional bolster to the energy of the 8th day is that today is Saturday, whose ruler is Saturn- the great Gate Keeper of time, structure and order (see what I mean about synchronicity and resonance!). In practice, we can use the dynamic energy of this mid-space in reaching back and drawing forward the emotional and compassionate outpouring of the Pisces New Moon and gathering the steam of assertive action towards bringing this energy to its peak at the Full Moon in Virgo; the astrological sign of sorting, analyzing and emphasis on foundational detail.

March is the 3rd Month of the calendar year. The number 3 indicates the creative force of two generating a third from its collaborative efforts. Harmony and the triune of spiritual path- Maiden, Mother, Crone; Youth, Father, Sage and more highlight the movement and progression of one thing merging into the other to create the third of synthesized wisdom and force. Three is also the number of active creation, the triangle of fire and trinity of positive, negative and neutral charge to catalyze are all aspects of this number.

Putting this together means opportunity for a pause in time to align (8/Saturn) and act in creative flow (3/Mars)that will ensure what is carried forward has been informed (Gemini) from the talking waters of compassionate and strengthened experience (Sun/Pisces). As the Moon waxes towards Virgo’s earthy anchoring of fullness those waters will continue to expand in opening out towards the space of new horizons as the sun begins a new zodiacal cycle entering the first astrological sign of Aries at the Vernal Equinox.

In practical application, I will use this day to actively allow the messages and information needed to flow freely from my intuitive self. My intent will be one of dipping deeply into what has served me in the past and set me on a course of productive action towards my goals. These drops of knowing will form the body of my placid waters within and these are what I will carry forward to serve as reflective surface of my greater intent at the fullness of the Moon.

Please join me in The Temple of the Sun on March 20th for a year-long exploration of the solar year.

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