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Pisces Full Moon: Swimming in Spiritual Waters

Pisces Full Moon: Swimming in Spiritual Waters

It is time to take advantage of all the soul work we have undertaken during this wild astrological year, and finally release any obstacles that prevent us from experiencing (and sharing) connection, bliss, and ecstasy on a daily basis. The power of Pisces is its ability to call forth our cosmic resources and deepen our spiritual capacities. However, if we resist the flow of Pisces energy at this important time, we will likely be mired in darkness, disconnection, and self-criticism that could culminate outwardly in behaviors like numbing out, drug or alcohol use, or martyrdom…things that render you powerless.

Do not give your power away. Step fully into your power, and stand in the waters of the unconscious by owning the fruits of the spiritual work that you have done over the last six months on every level: conscious, unconscious, shadow work, emotional healing, and transcendence. 

With the shedding of the final layers of the resistance, and by owning your spiritual power, you honor this moon’s energy and are lit from within by the wisdom of your unconscious and the unfoldment of your own evolution as a spiritual being. When we stop resisting and release our own shadows in this way, we shine the light for others to see their spiritual potential. This is the greatest gift of this work. As one who walks with the power of this moon, you have the opportunity to share this light with others!

Alchemical Ritual for Pisces Full Moon: 

For Pisces, nothing is more important than transcendence. The two fish that represent Pisces enjoy swimming in the waters of spiritual connection more than anything else. When Pisces can’t achieve this connection (or, when it denies it to itself), it often comes by numbing out—either through martyrdom, drug and alcohol use, or other avoidance and non-committal behavior. To get Pisces to tap into the high side of its energy signature, it is wise to remain connected to a spiritual practice that saturates you with the divine connection you need. This ritual helps to bridge the gap between our inner and outer realities so that you can swim in the spiritual waters while keeping your feet on the ground.

This ritual requires water. If possible, take a bath before the ritual to immerse yourself in the natural element of Pisces. You may fill a sacred cup or vessel with water and place it in your ritual space. Gather your favorite crystals (Aquamarine, Amethyst or Lapis Lazuli are good choices if you have them) and a candle or two in front of you. Use sage, sweet grass or palo santo to cleanse yourself and space by casting the smoke over yourself and encircling your own body three times. Find a symbol that activates you spiritually and makes you feel connected to the source. This can be anything—a religious icon or relic, a picture or an object. Light your candles, sit comfortably in your space and hold the symbol as you close the eyes and say the following invocation:

May the highest qualities of Pisces and this Full Moon allow me to connect to my highest spiritual connection and my deepest soul purpose.

Spend a few moments in quiet contemplation as you absorb the connection to source inspired by the invocation and ritual. Feel what comes up from inside you as you clear your mind and allow your soul to communicate your highest needs. Be delighted at what arises. As you receive insights, place the ring finger (or first finger) of your right hand into the water you’ve place in the ritual space and anoint yourself with it by lightly touching your forehead, your sternal notch at the base of the throat, and your heart. Do this as many times as necessary.

When your ritual feels complete, bring your hands to prayer at your heart, chant Om three times, and snuff the candles. Anoint your symbol with the sacred water and place it somewhere that you see it every day in order to be reminded of the connection you have cultivated in this ritual. Let it be a reminder of how to connect to your source, and also, of how connected you are at all times.


By Alanna Kaivalya

Alanna believes Yoga is for everyone and each student can develop the self-empowerment needed to embark on a personal journey to meaningful transformation. On this principle she founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga emphasizing the individual path while honoring tradition. Teaching students since 2001, teachers since 2003, Alanna has written and developed teacher trainings worldwide for top studios and independently. In January she debuted a comprehensive 200hr-online teacher training with YogaDownload. She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, has authored numerous articles and two books: Myths of the Asanas, an accessible practitioner’s guide to stories behind beloved poses; Sacred Sound, a yoga “hymnal,” illustrating the role of chant and mantra in modern practice. Look for her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat, in Autumn 2016.She lives in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog.

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