Ready, set, release. The 2016 Pisces full moon lunar eclipse opens a potent portal for closure on a deep soul level.
On Friday, September 16, life takes a turn for the esoteric and enchanted when the Pisces full moon lunar eclipse lights up the skies. Eclipses sweep in and clear away what no longer serves us, making way for something new and better. However, these shifts can be abrupt and unexpected. As the zodiac's last sign, Pisces is about endings and transitions, upping the odds that we'll see some big changes. Be proactive, too: Full moon lunar eclipses are a powerful time to let go and surrender, to wave the white flag and accept the things we cannot change. Relax and retreat into the depths, or just sit back and watch events unfold.
As the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, due on the 22nd, the Pisces full moon is also the harvest moon. For the second year in a row, September's full moon is also a penumbral eclipse, a less dramatic lunar spectacle when compared to last year's full "blood moon" eclipse.
The Pisces lunar (full moon) eclipse is the manifestation of a magical mystery tour that started back on March 8 with a solar (new moon) eclipse in Pisces. This sign also rules healing and the subconscious mind. If you've been doing your soul searching, expect to have some violet-light-bathed realizations near Friday. (Hint: They may involve relinquishing control or literally saying goodbye to something that no longer serves a purpose.) And yes, there may be tears, but who doesn't need a good, cleansing cry every now and again?
For those out there who like to plan every move on an Excel spreadsheet, we're sorry to tell you that the Pisces full moon eclipse may have the last laugh. Instead of attempting to direct the universe, pay attention to which doors are opening and which seem impossible to pry open — no matter how hard you try. But miracles can happen the minute we release our grip and accept that what will be, will be. (Caveat: Pisces energy can send people spiraling into addictive, self-destructive, and downright delusional behavior — especially when "loony" Luna is full!) Steer clear of triggers and temptations on Friday (and over the weekend) to avoid this slippery slope.
Creatively, the Pisces lunar full moon eclipse is sure to deliver some divine downloads. If you've been developing a visionary idea, share it with trusted people on Friday. One of them could turn out to be a winner. But consider having contenders sign an NDA (nondisclosure agreement) if there are trade secrets or important artistic/intellectual properties involved. The blurring effect of a Pisces eclipse could mask a competitor in ally's clothing. Yikes! Socially, this would be the day to dive into Piscean activities: an epic night of dancing, a meditation circle, a spiritual ceremony, or a romantic date lifted straight from the pages of a fairy tale.
Since full moons are like giant celestial spotlights, this one could beam into an area of life where you've been stuck or in denial. If you've ignored your intuition, your appetite, and your creative expression, the Pisces full moon lunar eclipse reminds you to pay attention. Pisces is also a dual sign, which means we will experience some of life's paradoxes, too.
Here are eight ways you can let go and surrender during the Pisces full moon lunar eclipse:
1. Don't ignore the "signs."
In the light of the Pisces full moon eclipse, the veil between the spirit world and the living is thinner than ever. In the next couple days, boundaries can be blurred. You may experience coincidences, déjà vu, vividly symbolic dreams (Pisces rules sleep and the subconscious), or strange "signs" like repeating numbers on the clock or coins (especially dimes and pennies). There's a message there, so follow the clues. Is there an ancestor with whom you feel a special connection? Ask this person to be your guide from the other side. Hey, you just never know. Put up his/her picture, or add something to your environment that carries a sentimental and energetic reminder.
2. Practice compassion and nonjudgment.
Compassion is a huge Pisces theme, and it's one of the most healing forces on the planet. We can only experience compassion when we catch ourselves judging other people and instead try to step into their shoes. Easier said than done? Oh yeah. But judgments keep us divided, which leads to a deep sense of existential loneliness. That awakens compulsive, controlling behaviors, the ones that send us spiraling into unhappiness, addiction, and manipulation. Who have you been judging in your life? Do an experiment, and try to view this person through a lens of compassion. What do you see? Where are they struggling? If you've been uncompassionate toward yourself, where could you be kinder?
3. Try freewriting or journaling.
This may seem like 101 advice, but it's pretty amazing how quickly your inner voice can reach you when you just put pen to paper and let the s**t flow out. We're fans of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, mainly for its brilliant practice of Morning Pages. For the uninitiated, you begin your day by freewriting three pages. Dust off your diary or buy yourself a beautiful new one to rewire that pipeline to your soul.
4. Dance with abandon.
Brace yourselves, people, this full moon can bring up some turbulent emotions. It might even make you feel a little "cray-cray" in moments. Since there's no way around the madness, pick a healthy outlet for release. Pisces rules the feet and is also an avid music hound. There's no better place to lose yourself during a Pisces full moon lunar eclipse than in the middle of the dance floor. Whether it's an ecstatic dance class, trance dance meditation, mosh pit, or outdoor club, find a strobe light and let loose. (One Seattle teacher's Dance Church class has become one of Tali's favorite activities!) Exhaust yourself at an electronic music show, or tear up the club until the sun rises. Just dance, dance, dance ... then, come home and soak your feet in a luscious foot bath of Epsom salts and essential oils.
5. Write a love letter to manifest romance.
Secret crushes, surreptitious affairs, clandestine rendezvous: The full moon lunar eclipse in Pisces permeates the air with a Romeo-and-Juliet vibe. But instead of getting swept up in anything torrid and tempestuous, remember that Pisces also brings the power of the pen, at least the poetic one. Write an ode to your true love, or the one you hope will fill that role. Hit send, or drop it in the mail on lightly scented stationery. (P.S.: Results from a full moon usually flow in within two weeks.) Does s/he love you or love you not? Ah, the crashing highs and lows, the thrill of suspense: This is what these Piscean moonbeams live for, so enjoy the roller coaster ride. If you're single and option-free, write the poem to your would-be lover and set it on an altar for two weeks. Romance the letter with rose petals, crystals, and other sacred objects for manifesting love.
6. Channel your inner mermaid/merman.
Ruled by Neptune, god of the seas, Pisces is the zodiac’s mermaid. Find a body of water — be it a bathtub full of scented Epsom salts, a natural hot spring, an ocean, or a swimming pool — and dip a hand, a toe, or your whole body in it.
7. Respect thy elders.
As the last of the 12 zodiac signs, Pisces is connected with the final years of life, the time when memories fade and blur and thoughts become less lucid. Who are the elders in your neighborhood? Your family? Take time to sit and talk with a fascinating octogenarian in your world. Listening to stories about "the good old days" will be a heartwarming experience under the light of this full moon eclipse. As our society tends to cast the elderly aside, your visit will probably have a profoundly uplifting impact. But it goes both ways, so expect to get an earful of inspiration in return.
8. Release suffering through forgiveness.
In Piscean terms, forgiveness means release. Releasing judgments, grudges, pain, and codependence. Releasing responsibility for fixing something that can't be fixed, for changing what's already happened. Piscean forgiveness means radical acceptance of what IS. From there, we can ask: What can I do right now that would make a difference?
Suffering comes from a refusal to accept a situation as it is. It's different from grieving — when we suffer, we give up our power. We stay stuck in the past, helpless and victimized. When we grieve, we acknowledge our emotions, but we still stay empowered, present, and able to act. What could YOU do today that would get you unstuck from suffering?