Your “astro tips muse” will be on vacation until Labor Day. The dog days are upon us and I am getting out of town!
The New Moon occurs on August 17th at 25 degrees of Leo. The Sun rules Leo. This New Moon is good for “Sun” issues: expression and development of confidence. The New Moon in Leo gives us a moment to return to persistent human questions: who am I and what am I doing here? What is my being-ness? What is my purpose?
Then the Sun rolls in to Virgo on August 22 and the energy shifts to another question: What am I supposed to do with my gifts, talents and abilities? How can I serve Planet Earth and all sentient beings? Virgo Sun analyzes and reaches for perfection on planet Earth. The Full Moon in Pisces is an ocean of love and mercy. The polarity of Virgo and Pisces is challenging. Virgo dislikes disorder and chaos. Its aim is to bring order out of Piscean disorder. But the full moon in Pisces is about surrender. We surrender to disorder, to chaos, to imperfection. We extend compassion to all that is. Virgo wants to serve, but must transcend its tendency to over analyze and criticize. Virgo’s challenge is to surrender to Piscean compassion and mystery. Pisces’ challenge is to bring concreteness to human existence (not just float along).
The Pisces Full Moon on August 31st is a BLUE MOON. Once in a blue moon we have TWO full moons in a month. The moon was full in Aquarius on August 1st; now we will have a Full Moon in Pisces on the last day of the month. The Moon is conjunct Chiron (the wounded healer) and Neptune (imagination, inspiration). The Sun (our ego identity) illuminates this trio in our consciousness.
“’Thy Will Be Done’
is the name of the river
that carries me along.
This day, I surrender my ego
to that eternal river
as I will surrender my spirit to it
at the last breath of this body.
The river will carry me then
until my next work is clear.”
From Danaan Parry. The Essene Book of Days 2012, page 272 (August 31st).
Have a peaceful August.