Once again the Moon and Sun face off. We have the fifth ‘super Moon’ of the solar year because the Moon is at her closest approach to earth. The excitement of the opposition between Sun and Moon grows as the Moon swells! We are aware of all that must be contained in this time of bright moonshine. The crickets and cicadas take out their violins and castanets every evening to play the wild rhythms that are in our bodies and blood as well. What is the rhythm of your heart? How often do you take time to listen to the beat?
When it comes to hearing our heart’s desire, Virgo and Pisces have two styles of response. The Virgo in your chart might want to incorporate yearning into a daily ritual or service project. Your Pisces house and planets will cling to the original impulse of desire, adding depth and purification. In this way we incorporate the ‘in’ breath and the ‘out’ breath, the diastolic and systolic drum beat of the heart! In the Tarot deck, this play between the original impulse of desire (the Rose) and refinement (the Lilly) is symbolized in imagery, which appears so often in the cards. I have chosen The Magician in his rose and Lilly garden because he represents Mercury.
In the chart for the moment of this full Moon, Mercury, the ruling planet for the Sun’s sign of Virgo is with Pallas Athena, an asteroid named for the goddess of wisdom and war. They are involved in the ongoing square between Uranus and Pluto. Mercury thinks and communicates, and, like the Magician in the Tarot card, can create through imagination and illusion. We live in tricky times and only by walking in balance can we make our way through the tight spots. Right now, Mercury is situated in Libra symbolized by the scales, and we approach the equinox a time of balance between light and dark. Justice is always an issue with Libra planets. Injustice clamors for adjustment, for harmony and balance.
We should also be aware during this full Moon moment that Chiron is with the Moon. We can’t see him as the Moon rises at sunset, but he is there, a promise of healing. Chiron was the great physician, who could heal any wound but his own. Each of us his has him in our chart, a reminder that there is a wound, which cannot be ‘cured,’ but can be the key (Chiron’s symbol), to healing others. Virgo and Pisces are healers in two different modes. Virgo is the practicing physician; Pisces offers the compassion, which must be applied to the wound. Chiron can use that combined energy to remove barriers to a healing solution. As earth people, we experience the suffering of the Ebola epidemic, and know we are challenged as a species, medically and spiritually to respond. The doctors and nurses who are dying with their patients need an epidemic of healing attention.
A Water ‘trine’ is part of this chart. Water is the element of emotional understanding. Moon and Chiron in Pisces, the asteroid Juno in Cancer, and Saturn with Vesta in Scorpio are whirling in the ever moving element of water. How might all of this impact your life? Try to piece out this soup of issues: marriage, an investment to a mystical source, the emotional risk of healing.
The three of pentacles from the Thoth deck combines the Earth element of the Disks (Pentacles) with the Water imagery of this trine. It is also a good description of the opposition between Virgo and Pisces, and why I call it a dance rather than a conflict. A triangle (trine) is stable structure, but it keeps a vibrant rhythm, ready to twirl. This Water trine gives us the opportunity to explore our feelings and sort our responses to pain and joy. Like listening to heart, sorting our feelings, gives us the opportunity to own them, to learn from them, but to understand their sources and limitations as well as their truths.
After I wrote this blog, I went downstairs for breakfast. I cut open a casaba melon from the farmer’s market. Here’s what I found!
Best wishes for your own discovery of the twirling cosmic energy that lies within and without, Sarah
Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive
The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present. To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.