Full Moon in Pisces, August 31, 2023, 1:35 GMT 

At the end of the summer, the Full Moon in Pisces marks an inward-looking perspective. Mercury, Venus, and all the outer planets are moving retrograde. This period is about focusing on inner processes, sorting through old baggage and reorientation.


Moon in Pisces conjunct Saturn retro, opposite Sun in Virgo

The Moon in Pisces conjuncts retrograde Saturn. There is a sense of melancholy in this combination, which can manifest in many ways. There is the existential level – an experience of collective pain. We may want to transcend it or escape, but that is not an option. Or we may feel victimised and blame others, even if the responsibility is (at least partly) ours. The Moon seeks redemption, but Saturn, as the gatekeeper, hands out guilt. To gain access to this realm requires letting go of ego trips.

The collective experience of suffering brings people together and generates a sense of joint identity. Such cohesion can have positive sides, but is also dangerous if mass psychology takes over. It is hard to maintain personal boundaries. Flow with the changes and try to grasp the larger context. The Sun in Virgo’s job is to keep the ship on course, fit the pieces together, and integrate the experiences.


Mars in Libra quincunx Saturn in Pisces

Mars in Libra can be indecisive. When quincunxing retrograde Saturn in Pisces, that tendency is even more emphasised. No matter what he does, there will be unwanted repercussions. He can’t help but affront someone. It is unavoidable. Principles of justice don’t necessarily gel with mercy and forgiveness. Mars must go beyond the template and seek the real story underneath, which is often far more complicated and messier.


Mercury retro in Virgo quincunx Chiron in Aries

Emerging details must be confronted before the deeper issue can be addressed, and deep-rooted pain can heal. Life constantly teaches lessons, but it is not enough to go through them. The experiences must be understood and their nugget of wisdom integrated into the psyche, or we will have to repeat them.


Mercury retro trine Jupiter and Uranus in Taurus

Retrograde Mercury forms a trine with Jupiter and Uranus, drawing these planets together, even though they are not yet conjunct. Jupiter and Uranus in Taurus are stubborn, insisting on quite conservative ideals. Despite the retrogradation, Mercury can bring unexpected opportunities or solutions to a larger issue. Yet, all that glitters is not gold. Whether its solution is a boon or a bane will become apparent much later. It may not be all bad, but there is probably a price to be paid that has not been factored into the equation.