At summer’s close, a full Moon shines from the final degrees of Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac. Full Moons generally signify endings, and the finality of this one firmly closes the door on what has been.
When one door closes, of course, another opens, and the equinox on the 22nd finds us standing in that doorway. Pisces represents the culmination of spiritual and emotional growth. In that spirit, we can look back with perspective on the six months that have passed since the March new Moon in Pisces, and also look forward to new possibilities.
This climactic full Moon also lights the transition from Virgo into Libra — the sign of equanimity and equality. The September full Moon is known as the Harvest Moon because its brightness extends the light by which crops can be harvested. In the same way, this lunation shines extra light (a very Libran element) on the task of bringing our preceding endeavors to fruition. It also helps us let go of whatever no longer lends itself to harmony.
Remember Virgo’s separation of the chaff from the wheat? The scales of Libra, which weigh Virgo’s grains, find balance only by removing what’s creating imbalance.
Fortunately, Mercury and Jupiter are also making an auspicious aspect during the aforementioned celestial events. Their combined influence brings good luck and good cheer to any activity that expands our horizons. While these blessings will likely endure the winter, they are most potent during this next lunar cycle. Libra season will be one to enjoy. More on that next week.
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Move confidently into the future without burning any bridges. Keep the past intact despite any disagreements.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Ground yourself in a new reality. You’ve plowed the fields of life; now reap your harvest.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
You’re feeling good this week as Mercury aligns with Jupiter. Fortune favors the bold, as they say.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
The full Moon in Pisces offers precious insight into where you’ve been and where you’re going. Follow your heart.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
You’re feeling ready to break free from dull routines. Looking ahead, what will bring you the most joy? Do it.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Take a lesson from Virgo herself: let go of whatever serves you least so you can make the most of what’s left.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
The equinox restores your sense of balance. Breathe out what’s past and breathe in the sweet possibilities ahead.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Let go of behaviors that prevent you from accessing your higher self. Even in your own depths, light can be found.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Jupiter and Mercury bring even more good feelings to your ever boundless self. Share that love with others!
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
This full Moon isn’t asking you to move mountains — just to cross them, without bearing any crosses, to the other side.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
You’ve done a lot of growing this year. Take what you’ve learned and leave the lessons behind.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
The full Moon in your sign has you shedding a spiritual skin for a new way of understanding life. Lean in.