The harvest moon is almost upon us. This is the full moon closest to the  fall equinox, and a wonderful time to bring projects to completion as  the summer season gives way to autumn. This full moon (Friday, September 13 at 9:33 p.m. pacific) is in the dreamy,  spiritual sign of Pisces, which is also the sign of illusion. It will be  an emotional full moon as well, given some of the aspects involved, but  if you can achieve the inner equilibrium it asks for, it can bring a noticeable  increase in power, love and creativity.

A full moon is all about opposition, tension and balance, as by definition, a full moon occurs when the moon is directly opposite the sun. But this one throws in another opposition in close conjunction to the sun/moon aspect, or in other words, there’s a lot going on in the chart of this full moon.

Neptune, the ruling planet of Pisces, and the planet of both unconditional love and nightmarish illusion is conjunct (next to) the moon. And in direct opposition to Neptune, Mars conjoins the sun. And that might be enough to call this a time fraught with danger. But we’ve got one more planet entering the fray, Jupiter, which challenges the two oppositions, creating a big, bad T-square. And while Jupiter is usually a planet of good things: expansion, luck, travel, adventure, in this case, it might just be a little too adventurous. Jupiter can over-reach with aspects like this. Greed, excess risk-taking, and running-off at the mouth could very well be the big pitfalls of this full moon, and to a lesser degree, the two weeks following it. Neptune also rules drugs and alcohol, so exercising caution with mind-altering substances is advised during this time.

Pisces is very emotional, so being mindful of others who may be triggered is important now. When dealing with overly emotional, aggressive or over-imbibing people, the best defense is the centeredness of a tightrope walker, and the wisdom to know that whatever it is, it probably isn’t about you.

And while all that might sound a bit precarious, if you can navigate these pitfalls well, least of all by not taking too many unnecessary risks yourself, we’ve got some strong positive transits that could help you move forward fabulously.

Pluto is the planet of power and transformation, and in this full moon chart, Pluto makes positive aspects to all four planets opposing each other. Boundaries and the assertion of personal power are favored, if not absolutely necessary during this full moon and the two weeks following it. It’s also a good time to speak truth to power, as long as you come from a place of integrity in doing so. Call your congresspeople about issues that are important to you. Talk to your boss about changes you would like to see in the workplace.  Network with influential people in your field. But be centered and hold your own.

This is one of the more powerful moons of the year, owing to the second opposition and the challenge from Jupiter, and most powerful moons often come with relationship pitfalls. However, a close conjunction between Venus and Mercury in Virgo could be a saving grace, acting as a communication filtration system. Making a commitment to assume good intent and act from a place of understanding before judging could make all the difference now.

Once again, a reminder: a full moon and the two weeks following it are all about releasing, paring down, habits of elimination. With a Pisces moon, a good focus would be anything addictive or energy-draining, which all addictions are. Meditate on what needs to be released and formulate a plan.  The sun in Virgo is all about health, but also about delegation and support. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: become a noticer of your own behavior. If you are over-indulging in chocolate, for example, what situations trigger the want to reach for the candy bar? Keep a noticing journal. Be mindful and present. Ask how else you can satisfy the craving.

The fall equinox (September 23), also, is a time to take stock, especially of your accomplishments and things you have overcome in the past 6 months. There have probably been challenges, as Jupiter has been retro for nearly four of those months. It’s also a time to reassess what you have set out to achieve. Has that changed? This is the time to build those changes into your plan for the next 6 months.

And speaking of the fall equinox, I’m having a special Equinox Circle on September 23 at 6:30 p.m.. We will discuss the harvest moon and the upcoming new moon, and how to best navigate the month’s astrological transits for optimum success. We will also have a fire pit release ceremony and a manifesting circle!

When: Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: My house in San Diego (Clairemont area) RSVP for address.  Please  rsvp as soon as you know you can attend!  And please RSVP even if you know the address.                                                                                                  Cost: $20 donation.