Full Moon at 3 Virgo-PISCES 12
August 26, 2018, 7:56am EDT, 4:56am PDT, 12:56pm BST,
9:56pm AEST

Moonrise Over Lake Michigan II oil painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike. All rights reserved.

Moonrise Over Lake Michigan II oil painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike. All rights reserved.

Image: Anne is a Chicago-based artist and astrologer. You can find out the story behind her Moonrise painting on her art website. For more about her astrology, visit this link.

I especially love this particular Full Moon with Virgo Sun and Pisces Full Moon. Somehow it feels like harp music and angelic song, perhaps sung by nature devas, fairyfolk and, naturally, the mermaids of river and Neptunian seas. Are you tuned in to your natural rhythms? If not, it is time. The organic wisdom of your body can guide you if you are listening to its harmonies and discords.

Quicksilver Mercury is moving forward and so, at last, is red Mars. These two planetary lights have turned green. Still, there is no need to rev the engine with squealing tires to tarmac. Time marker Saturn is still in caution mode, retrograde until it greenlights on September 6. Flowing with the “go” is still the way to go, slow as the going may be. My Pandora is just now playing, “Where Fools Rush In,” so there it is. Patience is well rewarded by Saturn. “There is a time to every purpose under Heaven.”

Take advantage of Mars in Capricorn, one of its strong signs until September 10. Carefully consider how your plans are shaping up as you proceed. My friend wise Gail goes by this Quaker motto: “Proceed as way opens.” See how this works for you. What practical action do you need to take to keep things in order and progressing, workably and to your satisfaction? What has changed up, or needs change? Think about where you want to be about two years out, in 2020 when Saturn and Pluto meet up in Capricorn to define a new era. We are now preparing the ground to get us there in good shape. No slouching on this one. We are all called to some purpose. Gather your strength and resolve and be ready to move on it, when the “way opens.”

Mercury, after some internal questioning about where you stand with yourself, and what that means to how you are thinking about life, continues on in Leo. When occasion calls, have the courage to say what you need to say, coming from your integrity and with heart. Mercury knows full well how hard it can be to understand and be understood by someone else. Mercury moves into pragmatic Virgo on September 6—right when Saturn is turning forward in Capricorn. We get right down to brass tacks then, just before the next Virgo New Moon.

In this month of Virgo, we do well to exercise its earthy common sense, ducks-in-a-row, count-every-penny approach that supports Capricorn’s timely and orderly distillation into form. Mars, in C currently on board with Pluto, Saturn and Chariklo, Chiron’s partner. A river mermaid turned centaur to be with Chiron, she knows how to shapeshift into whatever form most serves love. I like her approach. Think what you need to do, not being ashamed to put yourself first so you can be strong and purposeful, therefore of greater service to others. Such a generous motivation for self-care voids any tinge of selfishness, transcending the clutch of ego. This is not easy these days of heightened chaos and anxiety, but is the keystone act of courage and love to make your contribution to consciousness shift and the betterment of our world.

The major transition in tandem of both electrically-charged, Uranus, the Awakener, and shamanic healer Chiron into new signs has gotten as far as it’s going to go for now. Both are now retrograde, seeking to work the territory so far covered, to further facilitate, consolidate and demonstrate our collective process of healing, awakening and integration. May we be strong and kind in this deep process, that brings up so much we won’t want to deal with, but must. This major transition brings unexpected, maybe even unprecedented new developments into our lives. We cross this bridge early next year, February-March 2019. Our lives will feel quite different by then.

Lately I have been feeling the sadness of life, its fragility and the swift-paced passage of time. Yet also the glory of life, its beauty, magic and wonder, the special gifts and encounters each day offers if we have a heart open to see and appreciate.

Our celestial sky gives us something very special to appreciate for the next several weeks. From west to east, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are all visible soon after sunset. Saturn may be the hardest to spot, typically looking a bit yellow. Remember this stargazing tip: faraway stars twinkle, planets have a radiant light.
Heads Up! Commune with the stars and planets that gift us with their light energy.