Forest Bathing at the Pisces Full Moon

This moon is full at 3.12 Pisces on August 26th at 7:56 am

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This Sunday's full moon is part of a kite formation with Uranus in Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn, and the Sun in Virgo. At the same time, both rulers of Pisces, Jupiter and Neptune, are trine each other. These are beautiful aspects for a lunation that marks the very end of Mars retrograde, and the end of a very hot, sometimes frustrating, summer.

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Water, the element of Pisces, is the element of renewal and healing. After the cuts and scrapes you may have sustained from a summer full of eclipses, plus Mars retrograde with Mercury retrograde at the same time, we could use the healing waters of a Pisces moon to wash away some of the pain. This full moon also features a grand earth trine, so it's not just water. As I head up to the green state of Vermont for the weekend, this moon has me thinking about forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese idea of taking a "bath" in the forest atmosphere. Restoring oneself with a visit to the woods is not a new idea but in Japan it's been A Thing since at least the 1980's. And it's becoming more popular as a method of healthcare in the U.S. too. Benefits include increased vigor and reduced depression, anxiety, and fatigue. But I didn't have to tell you that. Uranus in Taurus is going to be the era of "innovations" that represent a return to basics. Spending time in nature feels good.

Whether or not you have access to a forest this weekend, it's a full moon for bathing in some form. Create a ritual to renew your soul under the healing Piscean light.

Capricorn Full Moon: A Meeting with Saturn

This moon is full at 6.28 Capricorn on June 28 at 12:53 am

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This full moon is like a blast of winter in the middle of the summer. With Mars stationing retrograde in chilly, Saturn-ruled Aquarius yesterday, many have the feeling of frustration that comes from being frozen, feeling stuck, not being able to move freely. The full moon late tonight is right on top of Saturn in Capricorn. This is, effectively, a meeting with him to follow up on what's been happening since he entered Capricorn in December. Yes, Saturn schedules meetings, and he takes attendance, too.

The moon wants to know how you feel about your limitations. Saturn wants to know what you're doing with them. Whether you're experiencing restriction in relationships, work, money, creativity, or somewhere else, this is a moon for pushing through. Or at least figuring out your plan. Mars retrograde in Aquarius has us reflecting on what we want, and Saturn is going to make us work for it. As I have mentioned before, Saturn transits are excellent for manifestation: not the fluffy kind often associated with law-of-attraction style magic. Attraction by itself is more of a Jupiter-Venus thing. Saturnian manifestation is the authoritative kind. The I will it to be so kind, and usually the kind that is achieved with more than a little sweat. It's a good time to review the meaning of Saturn's transit through Capricorn.

Pragmatism. Ambition. Structure. Authority. Work. These are the keywords of this full moon. As we head into eclipse season and slow down on action through Mars Retrograde this summer, it will be important to maintain boundaries and structure. Stay focused on your goals. As long as you're doing the work, Saturn will help you get there.

Sagittarius Full Moon: Stairway to Heaven

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This moon is full at 8.10 Sagittarius on May 29th at 10:20 am ET

Today’s full moon in Sagittarius is the halfway point of the lunar cycle we entered two weeks ago with the Threshold new moon in Taurus and the ingress of Uranus into Taurus on the same day. Uranus is at the highest point in the sky, mid-heaven, just as this moon reaches peak fullness. This week, we begin to take action on the intentions we set two weeks ago, and start to see the kind of fruit that Uranus in Taurus might bear for us.

Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, is a sign that loves expansion, exploration, and fun. Sag people are optimistic, and they do things in a Big way, from parties to vacations. So the moon in a such a generous, energetic fire sign invites us to look optimistically to the future. Expand the opportunities. Go big, because now that Uranus is in Taurus, there is no alternative. Luna makes a trine to the north node in Leo, suggesting that we are rewarded when we are true to ourselves and express ourselves fully. That trine is part of a mystic rectangle with the sun and south node (+Mars), an aspect of support and balance. Even though we are going through massive changes right now, we can be optimistic that good things are happening. The ruler of this moon, Jupiter, is still very much in a trine to Neptune, and beginning to make a grand water trine with Venus. This is big, dreamy aspect. Jupiter is known for protecting and removing obstacles. The Sabian Symbol for this full moon is “A Mother Leads her Small Child Step by Step up the Stairs.” With these aspects, a kind of fairytale Stairway to Heaven comes to mind. You are being led, guided by your intuition, to complete the steps that will bring you to the next level. Knowing that you are protected, this is a moon for taking another big step towards the unknown.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow

Don't be alarmed now

It's just a spring clean for the May queen

Yes, there are two paths you can go by

But in the long run

There's still time to change the road you're on

If Uranus in Taurus has made a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed, ok, because it’s just a spring clean for the May Queen -- a good old Beltane shakeup to cleanse the old and make space for the new. This song is so enigmatic that Led Zeppelin fans have been wondering about it out loud ever since the band released it in 1971. You probably have your own interpretation, so I won’t over-interpret. There is something about this full moon that lends itself to belief, channeling, and allowing yourself to be guided to the path.

You’re over the threshold now. Where are you going from here?

Image credit: Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis