Ready, set, release. On Sunday, August 26, 2018, at 7:56AM EST, the full Sturgeon Moon in Pisces opens a powerful portal for healing and compassion, and could mark an important moment for transition, closure and completion.
Life takes a turn for the esoteric and enchanted as the year’s only Pisces full Sturgeon Moon illuminates the skies—and awakens our subconscious minds. As the zodiac’s twelfth and final sign, Piscean energy signifies endings and transitions, and could increase the likelihood that any lingering situations begin to resolve and reach a conclusion. Full moons are a powerful time to let go, and with Pisces’ emphasis on surrender, we’re invited to wave our white flags and give up the struggle or fight. There’s a whole lot of power in relinquishing control and finding acceptance of the things we cannot change. (With the exception of salmon, Fish weren’t made to swim upstream!)
If you’ve been soul-searching or asking the universe for answers, expect to have some violet-light realizations near this divine lunation. The Pisces full moon is the culmination of the March 17, 2018 Pisces new moon, which may have set the wheels in motion for the transitions we face now. Today’s epiphanies may involve letting go of something that no longer serves a purpose. Have you put off mourning a loss or grieving something that didn’t work out as you hoped? The soothing enchantment of the Pisces full moon helps the tears or stuck emotions finally flow.
For those who like to plan every move to the minute detail, the Pisces full moon may have the last laugh. Instead of attempting to direct the universe, pay attention to which doors are opening and which seem impossible to pry ajar—no matter how hard you try. Miracles can happen the minute we release our grip and accept that what will be, will be. Caveat: Pisces energy can also send people spiraling into addictive, self-destructive and downright delusional behavior—especially when “loony” luna is full! Steer clear of triggers and temptations at this full moon to avoid traveling down the slippery slope.
Make room for the muse! The Pisces full moon could also deliver some highly creative divine downloads. If you’ve been developing a visionary idea, share it with your most trusted alliances—and one of them might very well turn out to be a winner! But consider having people sign an NDA or confidentiality clause if there are trade secrets or important artistic and intellectual properties involved. The blurring effect of Pisces could mask a competitor in ally’s clothing. Yikes! Socially, this would be the day to dive into Piscean activities: an epic night of dancing, a meditation circle, a spiritual ceremony, or a romantic date lifted straight from one of your most vivid fantasies.
Since this year’s Pisces full moon falls in August, it’s also recognized by some Native American tribes as the Sturgeon Moon, because the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were in their greatest abundance this time of year. Some tribes also refer to August’s moon as the Full Green Corn Moon, since it typically corresponded with the time of these harvests.
Here are eight ways you can let go, and go with the flow during the Pisces full moon:
1. Watch for “signs.”
Under the light of the Pisces full moon, the veil between the spirit world and the living is thinner than ever. Over the course of the next couple days, boundaries may become blurred. You could experience coincidences, deja vu, vividly symbolic dreams (Pisces rules sleep and the subconscious), or strange “signs” like repeating numbers on the clock or coins (especially dimes and pennies). There’s a message there…so follow the clues. Is there an ancestor with whom you feel a special connection? Ask this person to be your guide from the other side. Hey, you never know! Put up their picture or add something to your decor that carries a sentimental and energetic reminder. Since full moons are like giant celestial spotlights, this one could beam into an area of life where you’ve been stuck or in denial. If you’ve ignored your intuition, the Pisces full moon reminds you to pay full attention. those serendipitous moments can be the way the universe grabs your attention.
2. Embrace empathy, release judgment.
Compassion and empathy are huge themes for Pisces. While it’s human to judge others, this behavior stems from the ego and creates separateness. When you catch yourself judging someone (which is inevitable—we all do it!), try an exercise of stepping into their shoes. Easier said than done? Oh yeah. But judgments keep us divided, which leads to a deep sense of existential loneliness. That can awaken compulsive, controlling behaviors, the ones that send us spiraling into unhappiness, addiction and manipulation. Who have you been judging in your life? Do an experiment, and try to view this person through a lens of compassion. While you don’t have to excuse reprehensible behaviors, you might find an explanation for them that brings you peace. What do you see? Where are they struggling? Turn this lens inward next. If you’ve been hard on yourself, where could you be kinder?
3. Practice free-writing or journaling.
This may seem like 101 advice, but it’s pretty amazing how quickly your inner voice can reach you when you just put pen to paper and let everything just flow out. We’re fans of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, mainly for its brilliant practice of Morning Pages. For the uninitiated, this simple but powerful exercise asks you to begin your day by free-writing three pages. Dust off your diary or buy yourself a beautiful new spiral-bound notebook to rewire that pipeline directly to your soul.
4. Dance with wild abandon.
Brace yourself: this full moon can conjure turbulent emotions. There might even be a few moments that make you feel a little off-center. Since there’s no way around the madness, pick a healthy outlet for release. Pisces rules the feet and is also an avid music lover. There’s no better place to lose yourself during a Pisces full moon than on the middle of the dance floor (or your living room floor for an impromptu dance party!). Whether it’s an ecstatic dance class, trance dance meditation, mosh pit, or outdoor club, find a strobe light and let loose. (This Seattle teacher’s “Dance Church” class has become one of Tali’s favorite activities!) Exhaust yourself at an electronic music show, or tear up the club until the sun rises. Just dance, dance, dance….and then, come home and soak your feet in a luscious foot bath of Epsom salts and essential oils.
5. Attract romance with a love letter.
Secret crushes, surreptitious affairs, windswept rendezvous: the full moon in Pisces permeates the air with a fantasy-fueled vibe. But instead of getting caught up in anything torrid and tempestuous, remember that Pisces also brings the power of the pen, at least the poetic one. Write an ode to your true love, or the one you hope will fill that role. Hit send, or drop it in the mail on beautiful stationery. (P.S.: results from a full moon usually flow in within two weeks, so don’t panic if the response time isn’t instant.) If you’re single and option-free, write the note to your would-be lover and set it on an altar for two weeks. Adorn the letter with rose petals, crystals or meaningful objects—perhaps a small heirloom from relatives who had enduring love, such as your grandfather’s pocket watch or grandmother’s bracelet.
6. Channel your inner mermaid/merman.
Ruled by ethereal Neptune, god of the seas, Pisces is the zodiac’s mermaid. Find a body of water—be it a bathtub full of scented epsom salts, a natural hot spring, an ocean or a swimming pool—and dip a hand, a toe or your whole body in it. A simple sea salt bath can be purifying and cleansing.
7. Honor your elders.
As the last of the 12 zodiac signs, Pisces is connected with the final years of life, the time when memories fade and blur and thoughts become less lucid. Who are the elders in your neighborhood? Your family? Take time to sit and talk with a fascinating senior in your world. Listening to stories about “the good old days” will be a heartwarming experience under the light of this full moon. As our society tends to cast the elderly aside, your visit will probably have a profoundly uplifting impact. But it goes both ways, so expect to get an earful of inspiration in return.
8. Release suffering, welcome forgiveness.
In Piscean terms, forgiveness means release. Releasing judgments, grudges, pain and codependence. Releasing responsibility for fixing something that can’t be fixed, for changing what’s already happened. Piscean forgiveness means radical acceptance of what IS. From there, we can ask: What can I do right now that would make a difference? Suffering comes from a refusal to accept a situation as it is—whether we like it or not. It’s different from grieving; when we suffer, we give up our power. We stay stuck in the past, helpless and victimized. When we grieve, we acknowledge our emotions, but we still stay empowered, present and able to act. What could YOU do today that would get you un-stuck from suffering?
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