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?
What have I not yet been willing to forgive myself for? What have I not yet been willing to forgive others for?
What bothers me or repulses me about the outside world? Is there anything about the outside world that I judge that I also tend to judge in myself?
Can I acknowledge that there is Divinity in darkness? Can I see the Divinity in my own Shadow aspects?
Could I bring just a little bit more acceptance to those things about myself that I have not been able to come to accept fully or come to peace with?
Could I bring just a little bit more acceptance to those things about myself that I feel others judge me for?
Could I bring just a little bit more acceptance to my exact life circumstances, as they are RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW? What if everything is actually going as planned?
Could I bring just a little bit more acceptance to what is going on in the world right now? What if everything is actually going as planned?
One of the things that I do with clients in my healing sessions is a process I created called Relinquishing Your Grievances. In it, I walk someone through a process of acknowledging, allowing and then releasing any grievances against self, other, God or life. Finding forgiveness and and letting go of grievances is one of the very best ways to free up space in your energetic field for you to grow, advance spiritually, and create/manifest what you desire in life. If you imagine the flow of your life being like a river, any grievances against self or other would be beaver dams built up in the river, stopping the flow. Pisces—and its ruler Neptune—have a lot do to with intuition and all things psychic and mystical. Let's dive into that now. PSYCHIC READINGS & INTUITION When we are under the influence of the Pisces Full Moon, our intuitive and psychic faculties are likely to be heightened. We really have a terrific opportunity to connect with our Higher Self, Spirit Guides, loved ones who have passed over, and any astral beings that we enjoy connecting with. The energetic climate is ripe for us to receive guidance regarding our journey ahead. Be on the lookout for signs during this time. Schedule some meditation and nature time for yourself and intend to connect with your Higher Self and Guides, and receive guidance. It would also be a great time to do some intuitive writing. Here is a terrific exercise that I learned from one of Matt Kahn's group calls: write a letter to your angels or guides, asking them all the questions you have about your life, then write the answers as if your angels were writing through you. You'd be surprised at the clarity you'll get from doing this exercise. Pisces season is also a great time to do psychic/tarot/oracle card readings for yourself or to go to a trusted psychic. If there's anything in your life that you have a question about and it is something that you are emotionally invested in, it's usually better to go to a trusted psychic for guidance rather than trying to read cards for yourself. As hard as we dig for answers, it is generally always a lot easier to read for someone else than to read for oneself, because when reading for another you aren't emotionally invested, and thus you are likely able to interpret what you're reading from more of a neutral place. When you are reading for someone else, you aren't attached to any outcomes or emotions. You're not in their journey. However, as much as psychic readings can be incredibly helpful along your path, getting too many readings, especially from different readers, can be detrimental. When you're in a confusing period in your life, your desperation for answers can oddly enough draw you to psychics who aren't very good or whose channels aren't very clear that day. You might leave the reading feeling more confused, only to visit another psychic who tells you something totally different. I know this from experience (haha). Years ago, when I was in a very confusing and unexplainable period in my life, I pretty much got nothing helpful from psychics, and was actually led astray by several. Later, when my life smoothed out a bit, I recognized that the reason I went through this was that my soul was asking me to learn discernment, to learn how to use and to trust my own intuition (something I'm still refining to this day), and also to surrender to the reality that I didn't actually need to know all the steps ahead of me in order to make a move. I am so grateful that I was taught all three of these lessons pretty profoundly in a short period of time. The lack of accuracy in the readings I received really drove me to desire to be very accurate in my own readings for others. Overwhelmingly, the feedback I receive from my readings today is very positive, and very often clients tell me later on that what I predicted in fact came true. Most importantly, though, I have given up the incessant desire of the ego to know exactly every step that's ahead. I have become much more comfortable with the concept of Free Will and that in fact the future is not set in stone. Trial and error is OK, It's a natural part of being human! If you're interested in learning how to read the tarot in a thorough, comprehensive manner, it's not too late to join my 12-week Comprehensive Tarot Reading Course! Details are here. THIRD EYE & THE DREAM WORLD Oftentimes I get asked by people whether their third eye is open or closed, and how to open it. Well, first of all, almost everyone's third eye chakra is open to some extent. The third eye chakra is not only in charge of clairvoyance, but it also is also associated with the quality of your thoughts and your decision-making. It can be said that all potential realities come in through the back of your third eye chakra, you ponder the decisions in your mind, and then the choices you make comes out of the front of your third eye chakra. So, yes the third eye chakra has more of a function than just clairvoyance. It is also used to visualize and imagine. If you have trouble visualizing, then that could be an indication that your third eye chakra is not operating at its optimal function. I kind of liken the third eye to a shipping dock that handles both imports and exports. You can export by visualizing or imagining, or you can import by seeing/receiving visions. It's two different functions of the same mechanism. So, in order to open up the 'importing' function of the third eye, it can be very helpful to practice more and more with the 'exporting' function. Visualize! Do guided meditations as much as you can. Or simply, set your intention to connect to a place or a period in time (e.g. Lemuria, Ancient Egypt, the Pleiades, your own future) and allow yourself to be taken there. This takes a lot of practice, and you will likely doubt yourself. There's really no clear answer on how to know whether what you're seeing with your third eye is real or illusory (both fall in the realm of Neptune), so use your intuition (also Neptune/Pisces), but also ask whether what you saw makes sense? Keep a healthy skeptic's mindset, at least in the back of your mind. Perhaps what you're seeing is totally real and accurate, perhaps its somewhat real and accurate, or perhaps it's an illusion. What does your intuition say afterward? What does your logical mind say afterward? Use input from both to form an opinion on the accuracy of your third eye experience. Another great way to get in touch with the Neptune-ness of this Full Moon is to keep a dream journal. I find my dream world to be fun and fascinating. I often don't want to wake up because I want to see where the dream will go next. If I wake up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, then when I lay back down, I am excited to re-enter the dream, hopefully where it left off, like I had hit the pause button on my remote control while watching a movie. I believe that in the dream world, we are living out alternate realities that we can't experience in the physical world. Oftentimes, these alternate realities have a correlation with our physical lives, which is why we can sometimes find symbolism and precognition in our dreams.
Sometimes I find meanings in my dreams, while oftentimes I just see my dreamworld adventures as fun or interesting experiences. If you really want to get serious about interpreting your dreams, then keep a dream journal; and don't take anything from a dream book or a YouTube video or webpage about dream symbols at face value. Dream interpretation is extremely complex and personal. Sometimes just one or two symbols in a dream are the really relevant parts when it comes to interpretation. But the theme and feeling of the dream must be taken into account, as well as—most importantly—how you felt about the symbols during the dream. Sometimes, we are simply living out alternate realities, and there's no need to find symbolism or meanings in the dreams. Use a fusion of logic and intuition to decide which is the case. VENUS IN SCORPIO OPPOSES URANUS Venus is now in passionate and sexual Scorpio, opposing Uranus (Retrograde in Taurus) in this Full Moon chart. When Venus is in Scorpio, we feel the desire for intense romance and sex. Lovers feel the need to share a deeper intimacy than they have before. With Venus opposing Uranus, we feel the need for excitement and newness in romance and intimate relationships. Find some new things to do with your partner. If you are single, then visit some new places to try and meet someone. OUTER PLANETS ALL RETROGRADE
We are in an extreme Retrograde season now, with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all Retrograde. The outer planets' Retrogrades tend to affect the outer world more than the inner.
Right now, the outside world is going through a reevaluation and renegotiaton of so many critical things—like the economic system, the way we go about taking care of our bodies, and what liberties should be kept as opposed to what powers governments should be permitted to have. From a birds-eye view, it can be said that this COVID time is a crucial turning point for the collective. The issues that have arisen due to this difficult worldwide experience are necessary to arise in order for the collective to go through the necessary lessons in order for the Ascension to successfully occur. EQUINOX/MABON/LIBRA SEASON Happy Equinox everyone! The Equinox becomes exact on Wednesday, September 22 at 3:21 PM New York time (19:21 GMT).
Each time the season turns, it is a cause for celebration! In the Pagan tradition, the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is called Mabon. It is a festival celebrating the middle of harvest season—a time to give thanks for and to indulge in the Abundance of crops available to consume.
You can take this literally and indulge in healthy fall fruits and vegetables like squashes and apples! Also, you can take this figuratively and give thanks for all the Abundance in your life right now.
Look in your refrigerator. Is it full of food? Visit your local supermarket—is it teeming with aisles and aisles of delicacies from around the world? This is really quite a miracle, but we often take it for granted. There are billions of people around the world who can barely afford to feed themselves and their families, and even then, they may only be able to survive by eating a meager diet of rice or junk processed foods.
Do you have friends and family in your life right now? I know, you want more friends and a new family (LOL), but on this Equinox, give thanks for the friends and family that you do have. Most of our Soul Lessons are worked out in relationships. No one comes into your life by accident. No one. So give thanks to Creator/God/Source for all of the social connections in your life, be them in person or online.
A great practical exercise you can do to honor the Equinox is to make a gratitude journal or at least a single gratitude list. Write down at least 25 things you are grateful for (they can be anything). This can be a daily practice if you wish.
FINDING THE BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE
On the Equinox, day and night are of approximately equal length everywhere on the planet! This only happens twice a year. So on this celestial event of day and night being in perfect equal harmony, are you in perfect equal harmony? If you had to guess, which side of you is more dominant: the intuitive, emotional Divine Feminine side or the logical, practical Divine Masculine side? Also, which side of you requires more healing: the Shadow Masculine (which can manifest as overagressiveness, greed, narcissism, or impatience) or the Shadow Feminine (martyrdom, codependency, playing small, afraid to say no)? Does your physical life feel like it is in balance? For Lightworkers, it is often more comfortable for us to engage in meditation and spiritual practices, but our grounded 3D life can remain out of sorts. If you want to truly make it to 5D and be able to stay there consistently, you'll need to get your 3D life in order so that it naturally becomes a 5D life. Here are some other Equinox-themed questions of self-inquiry that you can ask yourself. It might be helpful to journal on these:
Am I as grounded as I am idealistic?
Do I spend as much time taking care of my present-time Earthly responsibilities as I do meditating, reading spiritual books, or doing other spiritual things? Or, conversely, am I not allowing enough time for myself to focus on my spiritual life?
Do I spend enough time expressing myself artistically or creatively on a consistent basis?
Am I taking the best care of my physical body? Does my diet need to be cleaned up? Am I drinking the cleanest water? I am exercising daily? Am I sleeping enough? Are there health issues that need to be addressed?
Am I balancing time spent on social media or my phone with time spent outdoors connecting with nature?
Do I spend as much time appreciating all that I have now as I do dreaming of more, desiring more, or being jealous of those who have more?
Do I spend as much time loving myself as I do giving love to others?
Do I spend enough time taking care of myself? Do I spend too much time taking care of others?
Do I give and receive equally?
Do I allow myself time to relax to balance out the time I spend working hard?
If I had to guess, which side of me needs most of my attention right now? The physical? Mental? Emotional? Or spiritual?
LIBRA SEASON: BALANCE AND TEMPERANCE The minute the Equinox occurs, the sun enters the cardinal air sign of Libra. Libra, represented by Lady Justice's scales, is concerned with fairness, balance and equanimity. It is a lovely, peaceful sign. During Libra season, we should find peace and equanimity with others as well as to find peace and harmony within. I'll have much more about the sign of Libra on my upcoming New Moon in Libra article in a fortnight. Wishing you a peaceful, intuitive and wonderful Full Moon in Pisces. With Love,