Pisces Full Moon, September 20, 2021

Wendy Cicchetti

Pisces Full Moon

The Pisces Full Moon occurs in the last 3° of the sign — giving events an eleventh-hour quality and placing attention on the upcoming moment of fruition, though that will not be the end of the story. Astrology always deals with cycles — a point strongly made by Dane Rudhyar in his work on the Sabian Symbols (An Astrological Mandala, Random House, 1973). In Rudhyar’s system, 28°14′ Pisces translates as the Sabian symbol for Pisces 29: “Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism.”

“Unity will always break again into multiplicity,” Rudhyar says. There is no absolute unity as such, only possibly “the relationship between the One and the Many.” The spectral splay of light evokes an almost orgasmic nature of experience, where, as the light passes through the prism, the organic unity fragments into a display of blinding brilliance. We may lose sight of the whole, or simply realize that it has always been something of an illusion. All we can deal with now is fragments, and hope that, somehow, they’ll eventually come together to create something meaningful — even if momentarily! These ideas conjure up the Buddhist practice of composing a mandala using multiple colors of sand, which will eventually disperse into the winds, its beautiful form in no way permanent.

This Full Moon also stirs up a line from T. S. Eliot’s poem, “The Wasteland”: “These fragments I have shored against my ruins.” Under COVID-19’s devastation, the world we all thought we knew now seems to be quite another universe, as old ways and structures that we may have taken for granted morph into vastly different ways of being. Yet, as painful and difficult as such changes may sometimes be, remember that light always circulates and encourages new growth, even if it has no permanent structure that we can grasp in an absolute state. Our sense of security may be rocked, but we can press on, even if we are only dealing in fragments without a fully known form. In time they will cohere into more concrete, collective structures, and what was once solid may not go to waste, if it also binds elsewhere to make other shapes. Anyone who has lost someone special may find comfort in this thought because it suggests that their loved one’s essence continues to exist.

The Moon’s proximity to Neptune underscores the fragile nature of any fragmented situation. We are still both “one” and part of the “many” — separate, yet not alone. If we dare to consider that each of us has a certain fragility, then we can invoke and apply another great Pisces quality: compassion. With luck, this becomes a pooled effort, with one person’s kindness yielding kindness in return — a positively contagious process, for a change!

Mars in Libra opposing the Moon (albeit in an out-of-sign opposition) could be seen as a potential spanner in the works, given that Mars does not sit easily in Libra, opposite Aries, its traditional sign of rulership. Mars does, nonetheless, have a reputation for getting things done quickly and — in Libra — could indicate that many hands really do make light work! That is, so long as people agree on the method — or, at least, agree to disagree if they have individual styles. Rudhyar’s interpretation of 29° Pisces emphasizes differentiation, which makes this a good time for embracing diversity at very many levels. Each one of us is, of course, a little different, and yet we all have something different to contribute.

This article is from the Mountain Astrologer, written by Diana Collis.

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