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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.

The Enchantment of Jupiter trine Neptune

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Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces is the biggest outer planet aspect of 2018. This has been in effect since November 2017, and will remain in effect through September 2018. We are in the middle of a three-part cycle of enchantment. The aspect was exact on December 2, 2017. It will be exact again on May 25th and August 19th.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, generosity, luck, optimism, learning and knowledge. Neptune is the planet of spirituality, religion, dreams, higher ideals, and all that is ethereal. When Jupiter in the rather witchy sign of Scorpio aspects Neptune in sensitive, psychic Pisces, they create the potential for big magic.

What kind of spell will you cast with this kind of magic in the air? It could be a time to commune with the spirits through a seance or a create an artistic work of great depth and beauty. This aspect brings to mind fairy tale films, mermaid queens, fairy godmothers, castles in the clouds and kingdoms under the sea. There is an element of fantastical illusion to Jupiter trine Neptune that can work in your favor as you enchant your own life. Water spells, divination, creative visualization, and dream boarding are all perfect for this aspect.

Trines are lovely and often make things feel easy, but the luck doesn’t always just fall in your lap. You have to do a little fishing with this one. Take some time on Friday to cast your magic net and see if you can pull in your dream.

To find out what you should cast for, look at the themes of the Jupiter-Neptune trine for your rising sign and sun sign in the horoscopes.