Happy Full Moon in Pisces! This Pisces Full Moon becomes exact at 7:54 PM New York Time (23:54 GMT) on Monday, September 20, 2021. The Equinox occurs on Wednesday, September 22 at 3:21 PM New York time (19:21 GMT).
As a mutable water sign, one of the lessons that Pisces teaches us is how to shift, change, and grow gracefully. Pisces has no problem being totally different from one moment to the next, just as water has no qualms when gravity funnels it from a wide, flowing peaceful river into a ferocious and stunning waterfall.
Pisces is here to remind us that things will never be the same from one day to the next and to resist the flow of the Universe will only cause pain. People, relationships, experiences, possessions, money, feelings, emotions, problems and celebrations will all come and go. The lesson of water is in the transient nature of all things. Water always exists, but it is always flowing from one place to another. Even if it evaporates, it will soon fall to the ground as water once again.
Here are some questions of contemplation to think about or journal on to go along with this Pisces Full Moon:
What if everything is working out exactly as it is meant to?
What would it feel like if I were to 'go with the flow' of life just a little bit more?
What if I really don't know as much about life as I thought I did? Could I let life be just a little bit more of a mystery?
What if I spent a little less energy trying to control life and trusted a little more in the Universe to bring me exactly what I need in all moments?
Mercury is currently in its Shadow Phase in Libra, preparing to go Retrograde, where it trines Jupiter, squares Pluto and quincunxes Neptune. Let's dig into all of this. Mercury will station on September 27 and be considered fully Retrograde on September 29. It stations again on October 18, and is considered fully Direct once again starting October 20. Mercury will be out of its Post-Shadow Phase for all intents and purposes by November 1. Contrary to popular belief, Mercury actually causes the most trouble in the week before and after the two Mercury Stations. I encourage you to watch the video I made for the previous Mercury Retrograde in Gemini. . Here is some general advice for Mercury Retrograde in Libra:
Make sure that all the 'I's & T's' are dotted when signing any contracts. Consider holding off on signing contracts until November, if it's something that isn't time-sensitive.
Be extra clear in your communication with others. Give others more leeway than usual. Inquire to clarify what someone means by something if you're unsure, especially if it's via text message or e-mail.
Avoid purchasing big-ticket items (e.g. a new car) until November, if possible
Back up all of your computer files and your smartphone!
Triple-check travel plans and appointment times. Verify times with others.
Release expectations of others, especially when it comes to people responding in a timely fashion. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Expectations of others may go unfulfilled.
As always, use Mercury Retrograde as a time to refine your communication, rather than to be afraid of miscommunications, or electronics breaking down, or travel plans getting interrupted.
If you were born under Mercury Retrograde, it's not going to affect you as strongly
During Mercury Retrograde, we have the opportunity to readdress relationships—including those from the past—in order to come to a place of greater balance and equanimity in those relationships. People will want to make amends and feel like things are in balance. Mercury trines Jupiter in this Full Moon chart, putting a much more positive spin on this Mercury Retrograde than usual. Despite the possibility for communication difficulties, the next 28 days are a very lucky time for business deals, relationships and friendships. Use your intuition and run with opportunities presented to you when they feel right. Anything you do that involves teamwork will be likely to work out very well over the next 28 days. Mercury also squares Pluto—still Retrograde in Capricorn. We will want to investigate things and explore alternative histories and conspiracy theories. We should avoid being too sure about the truth of anything and always keep an open mind. Also, one should avoid pushing any particular theories onto others. Lastly, Mercury forms a quincunx aspect to Neptune, which is Retrograde in its home sign of Pisces. We may have deep intuitive insights but perhaps question them too much with the logical mind. Although its always good to be discerning (as I often write about), you should trust what comes through for you on the deeply intuitive Pisces Full Moon. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of mystery. Let's talk about how Neptune can teach us to embrace the mystery here on Earth.
EMBRACING THE MYSTERY
The Universe is the ultimate teacher. Taking part in the Earth game requires the utilization of an ego, which is the vehicle used to navigate the journey. The ego is the 'you' that thinks, speaks and animates the body, though of course there is also a deeper you that comes out to play sometimes, which is called the soul. One of the many illusions of ego occurs when someone believes they have 'figured it all out'. As the spiritual journey is designed to break down all of the ego's structures and defense mechanisms, this will usually through the Law of Attraction cause the Universe to create surprises in your life in order to make you feel confused or lost. When surprises happen in life and it leads someone into a place of confusion, depression or feeling lost, this is sometimes referred to as the Dark Night of the Soul. The quickest evolution in the spiritual journey happens experientally and not conceptually. The fastest evolution occurs when things go wrong or when life doesn't go the way you want it to. When that happens, we can choose to remain bitter and to believe that things 'should' have happened differently (an illusion of ego thinking it knows better than the Universe) or we can harness the energy of Pisces and ride the flow of water toward where life wants to take us, which is not necessarily where we want to take life. Every time I've thought that I had life all figured out—that I've had my future planned out and handed to me on a silver platter—life has said 'ahhh, not so fast' and thrown me surprises. It's a humbling reminder to never be too sure of your future: it is healthy to set goals and imagine an amazing future for yourself, however it's best to detach yourself from attachment to the details and allow the Universe to fill those in for you, lest you find yourself confused and disappointed when things turn out differently than you'd imagined. When things don't work out the way you had hoped, or when life throws you unexpected obstacles, surprises or problems to solve, it is always an opportunity to allow yourself to be further humbled. It's certainly OK to have goals, visions, aspirations about your own life and opinions and theories about politics, life, God, the Universe, or whatever you're interested in, however ultimately life is a mystery and the more that we allow it to be that, the easier it is to be at peace.
When you find yourself in confusion and unsure of your direction; if the Universe has humbled you with unexpected events, you may find yourself in a Dark Night of the Soul. When the ego can no longer make sense of the spiritual journey, or even if it believes it has completely lost control of the spiritual journey, this is when the person is able to enter a deeper state of surrender, and the ego is able to integrate further back into the Light of the Soul as the person seeks healing and deeper meaning. When this Dark Night of the Soul ends, the person is wiser, there is less of a hardened ego shell to be found, and often the person's circumstances are vastly different. And then, with less of an ego shell to be found, the spiritual initiate is able to step into a new phase of the spiritual journey.
Another lesson of Pisces is the teaching of neutrality. Water is neither good nor bad; it simply is, and it is mutable. Water is necessary for life, however heated to a boil it will burn your skin. No event in our life is good or bad; it simply is, and it is a part of a much larger picture that we cannot possibly see. To relay this point, I want to share a Zen story from Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth: “Once upon a time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. 'Such bad luck,' they said sympathetically. “'Maybe,' the farmer replied. “The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. 'How wonderful,' the neighbors exclaimed. “'Maybe,' replied the old man. “The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “'Maybe,' answered the farmer.
“The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
“'Maybe,' said the farmer.” Nothing is ever good or bad. Each and every moment is both an ending and a new beginning. Be like water, and embrace the mystery of it all. LETTING GO OF JUDGMENT Pisces is the sign of duality (thus the yin/yang fishes), and the shadow side of Pisces is judgment. When you consciously work on letting go of judgment of your journey—including how in your mind you compare or line up with others who are on a similar path—you are transcending this Piscean duality and elevating more into the Unity Consciousness of the Aquarian Age. Judgment of anything tends to hold it in place—whether this is an internal pattern of thought, a habit, a physical issue, or a bothersome life situation. Although this can sometimes seem like a cruel twist, it most certainly has a positive intention. We are being taught to move from duality to nonduality, to love the Shadow Self as much as the more Enlightened Self. Anything less than that unconditional love and acceptance will usually cause whatever is being judged to stubbornly stay in place. We are here to learn to accept ourselves fully, as well as to learn to come into alignment with the 'ISness' of life: learning to accept (and ultimately, be grateful for) whatever blessings, triumphs, trials or tribulations the omniscient Universe grants us. A wonderful question to ponder is this: What if everything that happens in my life is always for my greater good, no matter what? And if this were really true, would that change the way you think about life? Would it put you at peace? Here are some other good questions to ask yourself (or preferably, to journal on) during this Pisces Full Moon time:
What am I still holding against myself? What am I still holding against the world?