The phases of the moon are one of the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and a deeply rich source of thought and interpretation for Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for September will occur on the 14th at 21 degrees and 4 minutes in the sign of Pisces; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 12:30 am. It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprise what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest” when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning, fading, and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; September’s Moon is the Harvest Moon. In the northern hemisphere, this name reflects the time when farmers would use the light of the full moon as additional time to bring in crops. This Moon has other names: the Full Corn Moon and Barley Moon. This moon name is determined by its proximity to the Fall Equinox, which means it can be the name given to the full moon in October every three years.
There are also several special types of Full Moons: the Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years). The previous Blue Moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one will be October 31, 2020.
Full Moon in Pisces – Harvesting Spirituality
This Full Moon will take place in the 3rd Decan (last 10 degrees) of Pisces and will ingress into Aries in the late afternoon on the 14th. Using the day before, day of, and the day after as the Full Moon total event, this Full Moon will complete the ingress, which is when a point moves from one sign to another. Ingress means that the influence of one sign is giving way to the influence of another. In this case, the influence of Pisces, which has to do with spirituality, dreams, and global consciousness, will give way to Aries, which has to do with individuality, maverick action, and independence.
This Full Moon energizes us to look at our goals and where we find purpose in our hearts. With the energy occurring so deep (21 degrees) into Pisces and touching on the first degrees of Aries soon after, we can feel the need to find our individual place (Aries) in the sea of humanity (Pisces) while we try to deepen our understanding of our soulful interconnectedness (Pisces). We may realize it is time to focus on our contribution to the spiritual fabric of this world. Depending on your age and situation in life, it can be an excellent time (9/13 to 9/15) to go on a spiritual retreat, fast and cleanse the body to clear your spirit and meditate on your life purpose.
With this Full Moon at 21d4m, the Sabian Symbol is 22 Pisces, “a man bringing down the new law from Sinai”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the eternal authority implicit in the very fact of man’s ideals, of a spiritualization of experience through the religious insights of human society and the institutions it has created for the common welfare” (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, 321). The keyword is MANDATE. This Full Moon will be about showing what is universally true and how we are supposed to accept those truths into our hearts.
This can be an excellent Full Moon to pray, meditate, and sacrifice. The activities you might choose are dependent on your level of status in society; some of you reading might be students in college while others well into your retirement. In other words, some of you may just be discovering or trying to understand your spiritual purpose while others may be accepting your spiritual role as a wise man or woman. While the New Moon is designed to start something, the Full Moon is designed to bring things already started into fruition, depending on individual circumstance.
The Full Moon in Your Chart
The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or five signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (150 degrees away).
Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and an inconjunct/quincunx (a point disquieting a point in your chart). It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this or another time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
In my case, there are two significant impacts. One is consistent with all Full Moons because I was born during a Full Moon. So, I feel pretty much every Full Moon in some significant way. If you learn your birth Moon phase you will likely discover that same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state.
With this Full Moon, I will experience it passing over Hygeia (health) and Vesta (home) in my 5th House of Creativity, as well as opposing my Pluto in Virgo in my 11th House of Community. The 5th House also rules children, and I have a daughter (14), stepdaughter (16), and stepson (26) who are living with me. This full moon will have me reflecting on this role and the deeper purpose of fatherhood in my life.
With Pluto triggered, I can also use this time to “search my soul” and think about my personal and individual role in my community as an agent of transformation (Pluto) in practical and measurable ways (Virgo). How do I provide service (Virgo) to humanity (Pisces) through my community (11th House) and the raising of my children (5th House)? This is my question to answer during this Full Moon.
As this Full Moon approaches, think about what you want to “harvest” regarding your spirituality and soul purpose, what you are doing to fulfill your purpose or seek it out if you are still looking for it, and how do you understand the oneness and interconnectedness of all of humanity at this time its history.