Date: August 30, 2023
We have a Full Moon in Pisces coming to us this evening at 7:35 PM MDT, 6:35 PDT, and 9:35 PM EDT. As you’ve likely seen all over social media, this is called a Super Moon and is considered a Blue Moon.
We get a Blue Moon when we have two Full Moons in a month. A “Super Moon” is basically the moon’s version of showing off. It occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit, also known as “perigee.” Because it’s closer to Earth, the moon looks bigger and brighter in the sky—up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it’s at its furthest point (apogee). So, when you hear about a Super Moon, get ready for some lunar eye candy. It’s like the moon’s way of saying, “Hey, check me out!”
Because we have six planets retrograde, we are being called to look to the past in order to plan our path forward. We may feel especially nostalgic now, and those retrograde personal planets (Mercury and Venus) are helping us go inward and do some soul-searching for the answers we’re seeking. This is a time for reflecting, not a time for jumping into action. With Mercury doing its thing in Virgo, make sure you’ve considered the details.
When it comes to taking action, Mars is in its sign of detriment (the opposite sign that it rules). Mars, the planet of action, drive, and conflict, likes to go fast and make things happen. Libra, on the other hand, is all about balance, fairness, and taking time to make decisions.
Being in its detriment means Mars isn’t operating at full throttle. Imagine trying to sprint in a three-legged race—you can still move, but not as quickly or effectively as you’d like. In Libra, Mars feels a bit restricted, as it has to consider others’ opinions and feelings, something it’s not naturally inclined to do.
During this transit, you might find it harder to make decisions or take action. You’ll want to keep the peace, which is cool, but you could end up sacrificing your own needs or desires in the process.
But it’s not all bad news! This is a great time to address conflicts and imbalances in your relationships since you’ll be motivated to find middle ground. It’s like a cosmic prompt to be a team player, even if it takes you out of your comfort zone.
The Moon is going from a conjunction (0°) with Saturn to a sextile (60°) with Jupiter. So the Moon is moving away from restriction and negativity and moving toward optimism and hope. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, consider new possibilities of what you can accomplish. Use your intuition and empathy to guide you in the best direction for you at this time. The Sun is sitting across the aisle, shining a giant light on a path. We just have to be brave enough to step onto it, using discrimination (Sun in Virgo) and diplomacy (Mars in Libra). Be mindful of your emotional and energetic boundaries, and also be respectful of the boundaries of others.
We have a noticeable shift coming on September 3rd and 4th. Venus will station direct on the 3rd; then, on the 4th, the Moon makes a beautiful trine to the Sun as Jupiter stations retrograde. Mercury will be trine Jupiter, at the same time the Sun and Moon are flirting with each other. These very comfortable aspects will soften the transition of Jupiter to its retrograde cycle. (Here is the blog post on the retrogrades if you haven’t read it yet.) The Moon will then trine Mercury and conjunct Jupiter. If you have planets at 15 degrees in your chart, these aspects will bring something important up in your chart.
Be gentle with yourself right now. This Full Moon may leave us all feeling extra sensitive. xoxo