Everywhere on Earth, the Moon is lighting up the night skies, visible against even the brightest cityscape, reflected in oceans, seas and lakes, and making its presence known in our consciousness. So palpable is the Full Moon that a recent scientific study has proved the observation of many astrologers — that ‘normal’ sleep patterns change during this phase of the Moon’s cycle, and people tend to stay up at night.
This lunation, exact Thursday at 7:21 am EDT (in effect, overnight Wednesday to Thursday in most of our readers’ time zones), has many unusual attributes. The Moon has a special resonance with Pisces, since it has a profound influence on the tides.
This Full Moon is in the last sign of the zodiac, and taking place at the end of a mutable sign (the Sun is in late Virgo, another mutable sign). It’s the last Full Moon of Northern Hemisphere summer (autumn in the south). As such, it heralds the change of season, which takes place just three days later. This is the week that day and night finally balance out, as the Sun has been moving in a southerly direction along the horizon (toward the equator) since June 21.
The Full Moon is exactly square the Galactic Core. That is, the Sun and the Moon align at a 90-degree angle to the heart of our galaxy, which is in late Sagittarius. This may give the week a mystical feeling, as the Sun is already well within range of the GC, picking up its ‘behind everything’ sensation. The Galactic Core can be elusive; in a sense, it’s the essence of cosmic mystery, fitting nicely with the Pisces theme.
There’s one last attribute of this event that’s pretty special: the Full Moon is conjunct a newly-discovered planet called Salacia. By new I mean discovered this time of year in 2004, orbiting our Sun just a bit beyond Pluto. Salacia was the Roman goddess of the calm sea. She’s associated with the salt in ocean waters, and was a nymph with whom the god Neptune fell in love. But she eluded his desire, for a while, anyway, until he sent a dolphin to go get her — and then they were married and she became the Roman goddess of the sea.
I’ve never written about Salacia; this is one of those moments where we may get to see what she’s about. The symbolism of a conjunction to the Pisces Full Moon and contact with the Galactic Core is too beautiful to miss.
Since these new discoveries have a way of manifesting literally when they’re blended with solar-lunar events, it’s encouraging that Salacia is the goddess of the calm sea — we could use some serenity. What’s also interesting is that from the myth, she has an elusive quality that reminds me a bit of the Galactic Center. Yet that elusiveness might be the enticing erotic beauty (salaciousness) that is rare to actually touch and taste, or so it seems.
The presence of both Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, while technically not part of the aspect pattern, is still significant. We have a full-on oceanic moment, with many, many reasons to think about the safety of our oceans, what we put into them and what we take out of them. (Recent news from the Fukushima front has not been happy.)
The Moon is currently in Aquarius and will ingress Pisces at 9:58 am EDT Tuesday. It will travel through most of that sign before it opposes the Sun in late Virgo. Since we are nearing the equinox, that means the Sun is getting ready to change signs; it will ingress Libra at 4:44 pm EDT Sept. 22.
Other aspects this week include a conjunction of Venus and Saturn in Scorpio. This is an unusual conjunction, as it brings together two of the rulers of Libra in the next sign over, shifting the emphasis from air to water. It may add a serious emotional cast, darker in color than Pisces, but also add tangible meaning and depth. Be aware of transitions into the unknown and the unfamiliar. Saturn is on the North Node, and the Scorpio points are part of a grand trine in the water signs — the other points being Jupiter in Cancer and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. As I’ve written before, for these and other reasons, we’re in a very watery year.
There is a suggestion here that something big yet subtle is trying to come through to us with this Full Moon. Like all things of a Piscean nature, it’s often necessary to use your intuition to find out what it is. That requires a softer kind of listening. The manifestations of this event might not be super-obvious: Salacia did hide from Neptune, till he sent his dolphin messenger to summon her — so watch for the messenger.
— Additional research and writing: Amanda Painter