The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – 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!
A Second Full Moon (a Blue Moon) for August is also a Supermoon and will occur on the 30th at 25 degrees and 07 minutes in the sign of Pisces; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 9:36 pm. This rare phenomenon will not happen again until 2032.
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; August’s Moon is the Sturgeon Moon. Other names for this moon are the Dispute Moon, Grain Moon, Corn Moon, Lightening Moon, and Lynx Moon.
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) or the second Full Moon in the same astrological sign.
Full Moon in Pisces – Feeling the Need to Release
This Full Moon will take place in the 3rd decan (last 10 degrees) of Pisces, making it a Pisces/Scorpio Full Moon. The planetary influences involve Neptune as the ruler for Pisces and Pluto as the ruler for Scorpio. Thus, this Full Moon will be about emotional culmination and spiritual illumination, urging reflection and release to attain inner harmony.
Since the Moon is in Pisces, its energy is intuitive, empathic, and spiritual. This Full Moon is going to require us to reflect on what we most need to do to find and achieve our purpose. The intensity of this Full Moon around acceptance regarding ourselves and others cannot be emphasized enough. Thanks to the decan placement, this Full Moon will be about how we need to “release” expectations (Neptune/Pisces) in order to accept our deepest truths, as well as what is true for others (Pluto/Scorpio).
With this Full Moon at 25d07m, the Sabian Symbol is 26 Pisces, “A new moon that divides its influences.” Marc Edmund Jones says, “This is a symbol of universal initiative as a basic dynamic in any personal scheme of things, and it reveals itself most simply in man’s instinctive and often blind outreach to the reality in which he participates. His action must be tentative until he achieves his own true self-discovery, but he makes a fine skill of his uncertainty and refuses to commit himself except as he encounters a full response to his deeper realization and ultimate motives.” The key word is: FINESSE.
The Number of This Full Moon
This Full Moon will occur on 08/30/2023, which totals 18, which reduces to 9. In numerology, the number 9 represents universal love, humanitarianism, and spiritual enlightenment. It symbolizes compassion, selflessness, and the completion of cycles. As the highest single-digit number, 9 represents endings, transformation, and the culmination of experiences, encouraging individuals to embrace their inner wisdom and contribute positively to the world.
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 four signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (120 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 a trine (the Full Moon supporting 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 time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
If you happen to be born during a Full Moon, then you will feel every Full Moon in some significant or acute way because it is consistent with your birth Moon phase. It is well worth your effort to find out the Moon phase at the time of your birth. If you learn your birth Moon phase, you will likely discover that same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state.
When the Full Moon in Pisces transits the natal chart, it brings a culmination of emotional and spiritual themes related to the Pisces-ruled areas of life. This period encourages introspection, empathy, and a deep connection to your inner world. The sensitive and intuitive energy of Pisces can lead to heightened emotions and a greater understanding of your subconscious desires. It’s a time to release emotional baggage, engage in creative pursuits, and connect with your spiritual side. The Full Moon in Pisces transiting the natal chart invites you to embrace compassion, forgiveness, and a sense of oneness with the universe.