General Meaning: All worthy goals meet resistance of some kind. When negative forces predominate, a well-timed retreat is a good way to stay on the path to ultimate success. Tibetans know this.
Strategic retreat is not to be confused with escape or surrender. Successful retreat demands quick and nimble movement — taking up a new position before you are damaged by the current situation. You are not admitting defeat by temporarily retreating, but simply increasing your options, and preserving your resources. Sometimes it is necessary to slow down, let go or move back in order to develop countermoves for the future. Timing is critical, as is how well you position yourself after realignment. Considerations of personal security are critical.
Periods of withdrawal or retreat call for cool-headedness. It is necessary to keep your wits about you. Attend to small details while allowing yourself time to contemplate the whole picture. Be creative; not all progress follows a straight line. Self-confidence is also essential; small setbacks can easily become defeats if we allow ourselves to become mired in self-doubt or self-pity.
Waves of progress are, by their nature, short-lived. Learn to attune yourself to the up-and-down cycles of life. When the wave is behind you, ride it in; when it’s not, lie low. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can ‘fix’ any situation whenever you feel like it. Some things are bigger than you are. Hold your pride in check and you will be better prepared to find creative openings.
Your Rune For Today
Thurisaz embodies the polarity of life and death and the struggle to keep them in balance. Expect conflict, hardship and obstacles, but be assured that remaining focused and in touch with your inner strengths will see you through whatever comes your way. This Rune may also represent protection from your enemies, which is never a bad thing.
This Tarot Deck: Crowley
General Meaning: Traditionally entitled “Empress,” this major arcana or “trump” card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us.
In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the “woman clothed with the sun” until after the French Revolution.
This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called “the Great Recycler.”
We dream about reaching beyond our five senses today as the sensitive Pisces Full Moon at 9:58 am EDT lures us into the deep waters of cosmic consciousness. We are tempted to spiritualize our feelings and use fantasy as a navigational tool. But we fear losing touch with reality since the Moon’s opposition to the practical Virgo Sun tugs us back to our perceptions. Fact wins over fiction after logical Mercury slips into Virgo later this evening.
A stressful situation at work may activate old memories of past hurts, even if the current circumstances aren’t exactly the same. But your subconscious mind isn’t focused on the differences, creating a cascade of fantasies that bring up uncertainty or even fear. Thankfully, the Pisces Full Moon lights up your 12th House of Spirituality, helping to dissipate negativity and allowing you to be more fully present in what’s happening right now.
You may feel as if you need more attention from others today as the Pisces Full Moon illuminates your 11th House of Friends and Associates. However, you would be wise to depend less on everyone else and just do something extra nice for yourself now. Your feelings are on a rollercoaster ride and anything that you can do to help settle them down is a good idea. Being creative in your pursuit of pleasure is the key to your satisfaction.
A confusing situation that develops on the job may have you ready to hide out at home as the Pisces Full Moon shines in your 10th House of Career. But you cannot just skip out on your work today, even if you’re feeling stressed. Instead of wishing you could retreat, change your attitude. Don’t try to second-guess what others want. Do what makes the most sense rather than trying to live up to other people’s expectations.
You’re particularly sensitive to the imaginative Pisces Full Moon in your 9th House of Big Ideas because it stirs up visions of journeys to far-off places and distant times. Whether you’re experiencing sweet nostalgia for the past or a deep yearning for the future, today’s dreams are not about the present moment. However, these fantasies can shed light on your current feelings if you take time to explore the symbolism arising from your subconscious.
You may feel the emotional stress associated with today’s watery Pisces Full Moon flooding your 8th House of Transformation. Unfortunately, you might not be ready to evolve in ways that are now being required of you. Intuitively, you know that the old road is changing as new paths appear. This could be a difficult transition, but keep in mind that your future happiness depends on your ability to let go of the past.
With the Sun in your sign, today’s Pisces Full Moon occupies your 7th House of Partnerships, making it difficult to understand what’s happening in a relationship. Everything might not go exactly as planned. Your mind is illuminated with sparks of awareness that electrify your feelings. Once awakened by the truth, it isn’t easy to go back to sleep. If you need to make changes in a relationship, at least remember to be kind in the process.
A co-worker might be working to undermine your efforts today with the Pisces Full Moon influencing your 6th House of Employment, yet it’s difficult to uncover the details of who or why. Something unexpected may occur on the job that suddenly brings a new awareness to the current situation, but everything doesn’t necessarily come to the surface. Focus on what is already on your plate. Don’t waste your precious energy trying to fight an unknown enemy.
People you know are coming out of the hidden corners of your life, bringing light and energy to you. The imaginative Pisces Full Moon brightens your 5th House of Fun and Games today, offering a sense of spontaneity that is charging up these supportive relationships as they add excitement to your sometimes quite-serious world. Forget about being in control now; let go and have a good time.
If you’re obsessing about long-term objectives, your career can have a negative impact on your home life today. However, the Pisces Full Moon occupies your 4th House of Domestic Conditions, highlighting family issues that may require you to readjust your priorities. If you are too focused on your work and your role out in the community, this is a fantastic time to make changes to bring your life back into a healthier balance.
The visionary Pisces Full Moon in your 3rd House of Immediate Environment reminds you to push beyond the social constraints that often make you feel safe. However, comfort is not the answer. You are pushing the edges of the envelope and opening to new and exciting experiences. This isn’t because you want to right now, it’s because you have to. Let go of old memories so they can no longer prevent you from feeling free and happy.
You may struggle with a financial decision today as the elusive Pisces Full Moon floods your 2nd House of Resources. You might need to rethink your strategy if you discover that your facts are wrong. But instead of isolating yourself with your worries, lean on someone you trust. Others could come through with the exact information you need now to make the right choice.
It’s extremely difficult to hold back the flow of feelings now as the Full Moon shines in your 1st House of Personality. You are probably displaying your emotions, whether you intend to or not. The problem is that your moods can fluctuate faster than greased lightning, so what you say may not reflect your needs just an hour or two later. Thankfully, you don’t need to justify yourself every time you change your mind.
by Jeff Jawer
The Calm Before The Storm
August 31 – 2
Feelings flow freely with a Full Moon in dreamy Pisces setting the tone on Friday morning. This lunar opposition to the Sun in realistic Virgo represents a potential conflict between emotions and obligations. Make the time to take care of business so that it doesn’t get in the way when you’re ready to play. Imaginative Pisces can spur romantic feelings that flourish in a fantasy world. Getting away from ordinary activities to tap into the magic of music, art, and nature help us let go of stress, drop resentment or anger, and connect in uncomplicated ways. The Moon’s dynamic square with enthusiastic Jupiter adds optimism to Friday evening, encouraging adventurous behavior.
We can float through Saturday on the wings of imagination before a late night lunar entry into fiery Aries kicks into gear. We’re out of the clouds and into a world of immediate and strong reactions. This may be exciting, but it’s unlikely to be calm or peaceful. Breaking ground by connecting with someone new or pushing the social envelop has its risks.
Sunday’s especially complex with the Moon’s stressful midday aspects to provocative Pluto and rebellious Uranus pushing us to extremes. Freedom needs rise along with restlessness that’s best met by exploring different kinds of people and experiences
Full Moon in Pisces
Find compassion with the August Full Moon
Get ready for a very special Full Moon! Not only is the Full Moon in Pisces on August 31 about compassion and spirituality, but it’s also a Blue Moon — which only happens every, well, once in a Blue Moon.
This Full Blue Moon in Pisces is special because of its ability to melt boundaries between people. It’s all about compassion and feeling empathy for others, and it’s a time when we are connected with many unseen spiritual forces.
Now is a time to forgive people, let go of worry and grudges, step back from the pressures of your daily routine and tap into something larger than you. Imagination will be heightened now, so use it to find your own sense of peace.
It’s important to note this Full Moon in Pisces is also forming an opposition aspect to the Virgo Sun, which could add a critical element to the Full Moon’s energy.
Virgo is very precise and detail oriented, where Pisces is more dreamy and abstract. Therefore, this opposition could pit compassion against criticism, free-flowing thoughts against particular details, and going with the flow vs. over-analyzing everything.
That could create some friction, but if you can remember to just go with the flow around this Full Moon, there will be no limits when it comes to putting your feelings and faith into action.
New Moon Report
by Jeff Jawer
Mercury in Virgo
Friday, August 31, 7:33 pm PDT, 10:33 pm EDT
Cerebral Mercury’s entry into its earthy home sign favors us with critical thinking. However, the precise speech and practicality of this event won’t be evident until the messenger planet passes its opposition to impressionistic Neptune on September 1. Once that slippery spot has been transited, minds will begin to gain traction required for managing complex tasks with clarity and efficiency.
New Moon Report
by Jeff Jawer
Full Moon in Pisces
Friday, August 31, 6:58 am PDT, 9:58 am EDT
The Pisces Moon seeks to wash away the boundaries between us and within us. It’s about dissolving the differences that keep us apart from others and from ourselves. The goal is communion and the way to reach it is with compassion. Yet this is a lunar opposition to the Sun in precise and particular Virgo where every little detail counts. Knowing when to focus on specifics and when to let them fade into the background is the story of this Full Moon. While feelings are more sensitive and spirituality enhanced by the Moon’s conjunction with Pisces’ ruling planet Neptune, an energetic trine from passionate Mars in Scorpio provides an instinctual sense of direction and focus when it’s time to put dreams and faith into action
August 2012 began with a Full Moon activating Leo Sun and Aquarius Moon on the first day of the month, and it ends with a Full Moon activating Virgo Sun and Pisces Moon on the last day of the month. It is very odd and rare to have this cosmic bookend-type experience affecting all of our lives. This Full Moon cornucopia of potential enlightenment — energizing 9 degrees of Virgo and Pisces at 6:59AM PDT — arrives on the scene with the suggestion that individual and group meditations will help to send out healing thoughts and prayers to uplift humanity and the kingdoms of nature. However, before the Full Moon even takes place, the Sun makes an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with Pallas (4:35AM PDT) while also forming a somewhat frictional, 45-degree link with Venus (5:53AM PDT). It is clearly unsettling for this Full Moon to be happening with an air of mental discord and emotional fatigue on the horizon. Making a healing rescue attempt of sorts are the monthly Moon union with Chiron in Pisces (4:39AM PDT) followed, after the Full Moon, by a Moon-Chiron parallel (8:41AM PDT) as well as a nurturing, productivity-enhancing 30-degree alliance from Venus to Ceres (12:40PM PDT). If you combine your efficiency and organizational skills with a caring-sensitive heart and altruistic soul, then much can be accomplished today. It also helps from the practical side of human affairs that Mercury enters one of its two ruling signs — Virgo — at 7:33PM PDT. Be a whirlwind of talent with your favorite arts, crafts and hobbies this evening. Let your business acumen flourish as Mercury forms an inspirational, 72-degree rapport with investment-savvy Vesta (7:48PM PDT). Get set for a tricky start to September tomorrow as the Sun moves toward a contra-parallel to Saturn while Mercury gears up for its annual opposition with dreamy and potentially confusing Neptune.
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