Shining from the Piscean edge of Aquarius, Sunday’s full Moon is a seasonal “blue moon” — a phenomenon that occurs, well, once in a blue moon. Also known as the Full Sturgeon Moon, summer’s final and most peculiar lunation comes at the time of year when the lake fish were abundant.
The symbolism of water cannot be avoided here: although Aquarius is an air sign, it is called the Water-bearer, and is most often depicted as a figure pouring water from a classically shaped jug. These are waters that can wash away the past, thereby clearing the way for new life, in a spiritual way.
Full Moons, blue or not, create moments of increased emotional energy. Given that the Moon rules water, and water is the spiritual material of emotion, this makes sense. This doesn’t mean, however, that we will necessarily be bowled over by waves of feelings. Think of this heightened energy as an opportunity for deep purification.
The powers of Aquarius provide an impartiality to the process of washing the detritus from one’s life and psyche. And while performing ablutions is a familiar religious rite, there’s no reason it has to be strictly reserved for the pious. In the words of Allen Ginsberg, “Everything is holy! everybody’s holy! everywhere is holy! everyday is in eternity! Everyman’s an angel!”
The everlasting exchange of fullness for emptiness, which we see in the lunar cycle, allows for growth. True abundance — that is, the spiritual kind — can be found in wealth and poverty, darkness and light; one fish or two, like the deeply spiritual sign that follows Aquarius, Pisces. Bringing about this abundance requires that prior choices be cleared from our consciences, and a willingness for more and for better to prevail over the grief of loss that naturally coincides with the ongoing cycles of life.
It is a good thing that coinciding with this full Blue Moon, and in direct celestial alignment, is happy Jupiter, bearer of fruits, ambling retrograde-wise in Aquarius.
The ruler of Pisces, auspicious Jupiter awakens generosity and seeds success. Anything meant to grow must be soaked in the source of life. Aquarius is the space for distilling the heart and mind, whereas Pisces invites us to go deeper into their depths. Jupiter’s conjunction with the Moon in Aquarius this week creates opportunities for a coming-into-being in both the material and the spiritual sense.
Allen Ginsberg, a Gemini, was born with Jupiter retrograde just over one degree away from where it is during this week’s Moon. What’s more, his own birth Moon was in Pisces, belying the richness of his own emotional relation to life. Maybe the Moon and stars had something to do with Ginsberg’s unparalleled power to express the latent deep-sea creatures of the human psyche.
For your individual selves this week, following the stars means finding true abundance by remembering your own holy self. Whatever it is that you are feeling will project into even the most mundane aspects of your life.
Reach deeper than the crises of the surface, all the way to that innate inner knowing that shines within you like the luckiest of pennies. In its light, like the light of the full Sturgeon Moon, you may realize that abundance springs forth from within you. Ginsberg concludes his Footnote to Howl this way: “Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!”