Swim Out Of Your Little Pond

The Pisces Full Moon will wash over our Earthly realm September 10th, shortly after Mercury begins its reflective Retrograde, finding our cups overfloweth.

September’s Harvest Moon in the dreamy sign of Pisces has healing potential. Its silver seafoam bubbles back memories of our happiest, most creative states of being, but not without a bit of bittersweet struggle. Arriving Saturday the 10th at 5:59 AM EST, coupled with Mercury’s backspin late Friday (or early Saturday, time zone depending), keystones of internal conflict will make themselves present.

Think social norms versus self-expression, career climb versus artistic practice, inner child versus “dead-inside” adulthood, and so on…

When working with Pisces, its rule of creativity and dreams can influence reconnection to our purpose on a deeper and long-standing level. This also means that energies are prime to recognize inner child wounds and the roots of our ill-founded reactions and patterns. We often bury challenge and confrontation with layers of fear, defense, anxiety, over-caution, stagnation, recklessness, apathy… before allowing ourselves space to understand our true feelings. This is especially true as we get older; the split-second force to “go with the flow” or face an emotional pit puts us in a forced position to “handle” our emotional selves with an almost strict and unforgiving quickness.

On the flipside, this combative world can create a tendency to wallow when met with unfavorable interactions and horrific news loops. Whether it be an aggressive or avoidant approach, instead of processing, we shut down and drown in the negativity. We speak poorly to ourselves or vie for attention from unhealthy sources, be it romantic, professional or communal. We see what we wish from situations, and wait, instead of honoring boundaries, only to find our wells of energy depleted. This Full Moon has the ability to attune our level of attachment to control and look at concepts around resistance and acceptance with more care. Allowing ourselves a moment to grieve, with kindness, and re-center ourselves is vital for moving forward. 

Additionally, Mercury Rx can serve as a self-check-in regarding our communication and navigation. However, as the Sun sits in Mercury-ruled Virgo, practical organizer and critique queen, this astro-combo easily influences camp-outs in Self-doubt Swamp. We are so hard on ourselves, obsessed with success and external perceptions. Instead of emphasizing insecurity (a trait sprung from a wounded inner child), revisiting the sweetness of our true being can create tenderness towards not just ourselves but to others.

This is 2022’s third Mercury Rx to begin in an Air sign and end in an Earth sign. Starting in balance-loving Libra, Mercury will switch to Virgo right after the Autumn Equinox on the 23rd and finally end October 2nd. How we relate to others and how we give back, what we expect for ourselves, are all themes in both Mercury Retrograde and Virgo in Venus.

Full moons magickally function for release and Pisces helps us specifically remember our inner strength through Joy and Creativity. It’s time to see what stands in the way of our dreams. For those who may not feel comfortable doing a full-on ritual, recommended rest and journaling may be best. Perhaps a peruse of The Artist’s Way or some ASMR from the highly underrated Pisces Sun Violet Bloom. Tapping into our subconscious sleep sectors and creative cores can be extremely healing and helpful; embracing the playful parts AND the hurt moments that we push aside for productivity and composure is an act of reclamation and regeneration. 

Healing will never happen overnight but moments that honor our truth will shine a little light on the path towards wholeness and happiness.

Photography by Christy Lee Rogers