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SUPERMOON IN PISCES & SEVEN RETROGRADES AUGUST 30/31, 2023: MISCOMMUNICATIONS; CREATIVITY; INTUITION

Updated: Apr 26



Happy SuperMoon in Pisces! This Super Full Moon at approximately 7 ½ degrees of Pisces becomes exact at 9:36 PM New York Time on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 (01:36 GMT on August 31).


As a reminder, a SuperMoon occurs when the moon is physically closer to the Earth than usual, thus amplifying its effects. This SuperMoon is actually the strongest of the entire calendar year, as it is the closest one to the Earth.


This Full Moon is also known as a Blue Moon, as it is the second Full Moon to take place during the calendar month of August. This moon is being referred to as a Blue SuperMoon; the last one of these occurred in 2009—and the next one won’t occur until 2037.


Pisces is the ruler of the 12th House, the House of the Unconscious. This house is the home of all of the unseen realms--including the unconscious mind and the dream world. Pisces’ glyph is two fish swimming in opposite directions. We can say that the space in the middle of the two fish is the unseen realm. The fish swimming in opposite directions can also represent indecision and duality.


Pisces is ruled by dreamy, ethereal Neptune; the themes of Pisces (and Neptune) include dreams, visions, all things psychic/intuitive, the unconscious mind, creativity, the arts, and emotions. It is totally normal to be feeling extra-creative, extra-intuitive, extra-sensitive and extra-emotional around this Full Moon (and in the days to come following it).


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 you 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?

  • Could I allow myself to feel all my emotions, as they come?

  • What makes me feel sensual? How can I expand my sensuality?

  • What makes me feel creative? How can I expand my creativity?

This Pisces Full Moon also coincides with Mercury, the planet of communication, Retrograde in its own sign of Virgo (this makes it the most potent possible Mercury Retrograde). It’s safe to say that if you’re having trouble communicating clearly with others, thinking clearly, or making decisions around this Full Moon, you’re not alone. Mercury’s Retrograde is one of seven—yes seven (!) Retrograde planets right now (including Chiron).


Let’s discuss the Retrogrades, including Uranus, which is currently Stationed Retrograde.



URANUS STATIONING RETROGRADE: BE CAREFUL!


Uranus—the ruler of Aquarius—Stations Retrograde at just over 23 degrees of Taurus in the days around this Full Moon. With Uranus’s exalted influence, we should expect the unexpected! Uranus is the great wild card of the Solar System; it can cause really anything to happen. Be extra careful on the roads, and be mindful of doing simple tasks, so as to avoid accidents!


With this Uranus Station Phase sextiling Neptune, and coinciding with the Pisces Full Moon, we are feeling expressive, unique, and even eccentric. It’s a time to let your eccentricities fly; we aren’t feeling all that concerned about fitting in around this Full Moon.


During this Uranus Retrograde period, which will last through January 22, we will be doing the inner work that will allow us to ‘break free’ and elevate to the next stage of our soul’s intended evolution in the physical body. The Uranus Retrograde will also encapsulate October’s powerful eclipses.


On a world scale, it’s quite possible that this Uranus Retrograde—combined with other astrological factors—will initiate an economic downturn, or even a recession.

Let’s discuss another important Retrograde which is occurring right now: Mercury.



MERCURY RETROGRADE IN VIRGO: THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE MERCURY RX


Mercury is currently in a much-stronger-than-usual Retrograde phase, as it is occurring in its own sign of Virgo.

This Mercury Retrograde in Virgo is a great opportunity to readdress projects and to-do lists from the past—as well as your physical health. All of these are Virgo/6th House matters; this Retrograde phase brings a wonderful opportunity to get stuff done and to address (or readdress) physical health issues that need to be addressed.

With this Mercury Retrograde coinciding with Venus’s Retrograde in Leo—which is currently exalted this week as it prepares to Station Direct on September 3--this will be the best time all year to reconnect with old friends, distant family members, and ex-lovers.


It’s a very strong ‘time machine’ energy—not only do we want to communicate with people from our past, but we also want to consume music, movies, shows, books, etc. that we have enjoyed in the past.

This Mercury Retrograde in particular is the strongest in quite some time for three reasons:

(a) It is occurring in Virgo, the sign of communication (that Mercury rules over)

(b) It began in earnest on the same day the sun entered Virgo

(c) It coincides with six other Retrogrades

Communication issues will be the worst all year, and electronics are likely to break down more than at any time throughout the year. It’s really important to back up your files.

You’re likely to hear news about something you’ve been waiting on during this Mercury Retrograde. Travel will be difficult; there will be a lot of flight delays, and a lot of cars will be breaking down.

By the way, if you were born under a Mercury Retrograde, it's not going to affect you as strongly--and in fact you might even feel more ‘at home’ during this time.

Here is some general advice for navigating a Mercury Retrograde period:

  • Make sure that all the 'I's are dotted' and 'all the T's are crossed' when signing any contracts. Consider Murphy's Law during Mercury Retrograde: what can go wrong, will go wrong. Consider holding off on signing contracts until the end of September, 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 the end of September, 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, or communicating clearly. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Expectations of others may go unfulfilled.

  • Chip away at your to-do lists, and try to declutter

  • 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

  • Enjoy revisiting things from the past that bring you joy: photographs, music, books, TV shows, etc.

This Mercury Retrograde phase officially concludes on September 14 when Mercury stations Direct—though in reality we will feel its effects through September 24-28. The most potent effects are felt in the seven days before and after the Station Phases—so August 16-30 and September 7-21.

The Retrograde Mercury does trine both Jupiter and the Retrograde Uranus, allowing us the opportunity to come up with creative solutions to real-world problems. It is an innovating/inventing energy, but it can also manifest as solving little problems in our personal lives, in creative ways.


SEVEN RETROGRADES IN TOTAL


We have seven (!) Retrogrades in total right now (including Chiron). Oy gevalt. Interpersonal communication right now is generally disastrous; electronics are breaking down everywhere; and travel is treacherous.


We can have trouble controlling our mind. We often want to shell up and be inside ourselves. It is natural to feel isolated from others during this time; we may be feeling like we are all on our own little islands. You may be feeling a general inner anxiety.

Time may feel like it is crawling right now—and we are obsessed with the past. We might want to go back into the past in our heads and mull over situations obsessively. We are also inclined to gravitate toward media that reminds us of the past—including music, TV shows, movies, art, etc. It’s also a great time to go back and look at photo albums from the past and reminisce. It’s a 6 of Cups energy, if you know the tarot.

Here is a list of when the current Retrogrades will end (note that this does not include the post-Retrograde Shadow Phases):

Venus: September 3

Mercury: September 14

Pluto: October 11

Saturn: November 4

Neptune: December 6

Chiron: December 26

Uranus: January 22


EMBRACING THE MYSTERY OF IT ALL


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—which actually falls under the realm of Uranus--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--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 curveballs, 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 into 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.


I created a webinar specifically on Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul. Purchase it here: Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul Webinar - Payhip


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 nor 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 fish swimming in different directions)--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?

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 & TRUSTING YOUR 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.


This Pisces time is also a great time to do psychic/tarot/oracle card readings for yourself or to go to a trusted psychic (like me!). 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 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 have 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!


Teaching intuition and psychic skills is one of the things I am most passionate about in my career. I’ve always found the tarot to be the absolute best way to augment your intuitive skills! Check out all the details and enroll in my 2023-24 Comprehensive Tarot Reading Course, which begins September 16, here.


YOUR 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 come 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), 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.


If you’d like to purchase my Dream Interpretation webinar for just $33 USD, please e-mail me at youareadivinehuman@gmail.com.


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.


ART


Pisces is the most artistic sign in the Zodiac, ruling over the creative aspect of art. Perhaps the best possible way to honor this Pisces Full Moon is to make some art, or to go to an art gallery and enjoy gazing at art.


Wishing you a Happy SuperMoon in Pisces!


With Love,


Matthew John


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