starfishVirgo is a busy time of new commitments and new agendas.  If Virgo season had a scent it would be the smell of pencil shavings and fresh paper. If Virgo had a signature look, it would be perfectly put together: our first day of school outfit. If Virgo had a library it would be full of self-help books, how-to and educational texts. The Virgoan urge for productivity, squaring things up, planning and scheduling, listing and problem solving is reflected in everything we say, wear and do this season.

Ah, if only everything were so neat and tidy. If only we could throw our life’s problems into the Virgo processor and have them reformulated and regurgitated back out, with easy to follow instructions. But that is not life on Earth, and Pisces Moon knows it. There’s so much in the world we cannot ever “figure out”, questions we may never find answers for. Do UFO’s exist? Reincarnation? And how do we justify natural disasters, like last week’s flood in Lyons, Colorado that swept a high school friend’s home away. Just the night before, I had happened to dream about him, for the first time in years. The next morning, my heart dropped as I read his simple Facebook status update “my house is being taken by the river.”  An incredulous someone asked if this was metaphorical. Pictures soon followed.

“We’re living in a crazy, chaotic world,” says Pisces. It’s not untrue. The incredulous, ridiculous and devastating experiences in life align us with Mystery, of being apart of a bigger plan, even amidst a great loss. Pisces experiences are nonsensical, as senseless and irrational as losing one’s house to a river. We think: there must be a reason. And we don’t know the reason.

Pisces rules this realm of Mystery, what we cannot justify, see or understand. At this full moon, when the world and its problems get to be too much for us, if the chaos in our lives threatens our mental stability, we can follow Pisces Moon’s reigning need toward enchantment, wonder, escape, ecstasy, bliss, letting go –and receiving help and gifts from other beings, both material and immaterial ones. I’m thinking again of my friend in Colorado, whose Facebook plea called forth a small army of Virgo helpers to help him salvage what they’re able.  I’m thinking of all those people volunteering clothing, shelter and their prayers.

This Pisces Full Moon falls at 26’41’ Pisces-Virgo, and it is a Harvest Full Moon. The house of Virgo is the area of life you strive to work hard on- to understand, perfect and grow. The house of Pisces contains the unfathomable, where your faith will be tested and earned. In this house, much is asked of you and much is given. At times, the price you pay in this area, the loss, may be too dear. Yet everything looks different from the realm of Spirit. From the realm of Spirit, spiritual lessons are neither cheap nor given freely. Amidst our worst suffering and loss, we are being given a precious human opportunity to learn spiritual principles, like: compassion, charity, love, friendship. From Spirit realm, life is temporary, and This being human is a guest house, says the poet Rumi. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! At this full moon, look through the lens of Pisces and see from this place.

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. ~Rumi