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Full Moon in Pisces: Let’s Get Lost

by April Elliott Kent I’m four days into a two-week “staycation” – that is, a vacation spent entirely at home. I’ll admit that the astrologer in me found it a bit strange to begin this vacation just after the Sun had entered Virgo, the sign of work. But fortunately, this Friday brings a Full Moon in Pisces, with its seasonal call to review the balance between work (Sun in Virgo) and rest (Moon in Pisces).

I’ve traveled more than usual in the past nine months, and on the face of it that might seem like a series of mini-vacations. But every trip has included at least one work-related event – not to mention the logistical rigors of arranging care for the cats and house, packing, and making sure the travel arrangements are in order. It’s a cliché, I know, but every “vacation” has left me more desperately in need of rest. Things had definitely reached the point where I was too tired to be very effective in my work, let alone creative. And so, I put out the “Gone Fishing” sign (Pisces reference?) and took a time-out.

So far, I’ve had no problem downshifting. I’m taking naps, watching movies – and bit by bit, taking our house apart, cleaning it, and putting it back together. Next month we’ll celebrate 15 years of living in this house, by far the longest I’ve lived anywhere in my life, and as you might expect we’ve accumulated a vast amount of junk and crud during that decade and a half. Last month we cleaned out the scariest Black Hole of Crap in our house – the closet in the master bedroom. Inspired, I turned to our long-neglected pantry. Then, I managed to file and throw away baskets of junk that had been collecting dust in a corner of my office for years. I’ve even color-coded my client files!

The floodgates opened, and now it seems there’s no stopping me. As I wrapped up my work last week, I found myself daydreaming about cleanser and little organizing shelves for the cupboards. I’d sneak odd half-hours between clients and answering email to clear out a drawer or cabinet. It seemed that the tasks I’d spent years avoiding had suddenly become my refuge; setting things right was more refreshing than an afternoon power nap.

Those close to me were surprised enough to learn that I’d be taking a real, honest-to-goodness vacation. When they found out how I planned to spend my time – cleaning, purging, and organizing the house – they were aghast. “But don’t you want to just… relax?” they’d ask. But the thing is, all this hard Virgo work has actually been surprisingly restful. Not sitting at the computer for hours on end is restful. Not answering email, planning projects, writing articles, or booking appointments is restful. Being in my body as I sort, scrub, rearrange, and vacuum is very restful indeed.

Pisces’ territory is the realm of retreat and restoration, including sleep, the daily core dump of our unconscious data. But there are ways to retreat and rest that don’t involve sleep at all, such as immersion in the single-minded pursuit of some task – like housecleaning, for instance. This Pisces Full Moon makes aspects to Mars in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn, so perhaps there is more to my little housecleaning flirtation than meets the eye. Scorpio and Pluto are reminders that even a seemingly innocuous interest may become a preoccupation, compulsion, or even obsession as we use it to coax the unconscious out into the light, where we can wrestle with it. The more formidable the unseen foe, the greater the power that can potentially be released. We need only give ourselves some measure of daily, restful downtime – Pisces’ bailiwick – to access that power.

After four days I finally felt a desire to sit down at the computer again to write this, so I suspect my zealous embrace of Olympic-caliber housecleaning will fall short of a full-blown obsession. In the meantime, I’m doing this work with the intention of appeasing the feng shui gremlins of my subconscious. And while this passion lasts, I’m enjoying one of life’s greatest pleasures: waking up in the morning with delicious enthusiasm that “today, I get to do that!” Today, I get to jettison a little more of the debris that’s been cluttering my personal force field. Today, I get to make room for new and joyful things. Today, I will get thoroughly and deliciously lost, happily scrubbing and sweeping and tossing and rearranging, setting my house – and my spirit – in order. Today, though I appear to be working very hard indeed, I am in fact resting – and very much at peace.

© 2012 April Elliott Kent

16 comments to " Full Moon in Pisces: Let’s Get Lost "

  • Rachelle

    I can so relate, April. Being a Sun in Pisces/ Moon in Virgo, I find myself often looking for the balance between my tendency to float aimlessly on the currents of daily life and my need to accomplish an endless list of tasks I have set up for myself. I usually feel best and most satisfied when I am checking off tasks completed but I think that’s because the Virgo Moon, shining brightly from its Mid-Heaven placement, seems to have more legitimacy than the dreamy Pisces Sun sleeping at the Nadir. I find the garden to be my favorite place for finding this balance. I can wander aimlessly amongst my plants, telling them how beautiful they are, while always finding fun tasks that need doing.

  • Cecelia Gruss

    I love it! Not only do you avoid the stress of a regular vacation… you get to enjoy the results for months afterwards. Have a wonderful time!

  • I can feel the need to clean out those hidden areas in my house/life clamouring for attention. For me, it is the linen cupboard, desk drawers and filing cabinet. My goal – to do one of those today 🙂

  • Julie Shear

    I’ve been getting into housecleaning lately and, surprisingly enough, enjoying it! Once started, all kinds of projects can’t wait to be done B-)

  • Michele

    Amazing that you should write about “waking up in the morning with delicious enthusiasm that “today, I get to do that!” I had a friend send that message to me just two days ago. And here it is again. The universe appears to be telling me to change my “I have too much responsibility and too much to do” attitude. It would be great to wake up that way NO matter what tasks lie before me. Maybe I should paste the word “enthusiasm” to the ceiling in my bedroom, because I’m having a hard time remembering to be joyful about the day ahead. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Michele, I know exactly what you mean. Usually when I find myself approaching each day without enthusiasm it’s the result of a kind of perfect storm of self-neglect: over-scheduling, repetition of the same tasks, and a lack of life/work balance.

      “Too much responsibility” is definitely Saturn terminology; are you going through some tough Saturn transits? When others are relying on us, it can be hard to pull the plug and walk away. Sometimes, it really isn’t possible because of the nature of our responsibilities (no money to take time off, children or ailing parents depending on you for their care). But for many of us most of the time, it’s simply a question of taking our responsibilities to ourselves as seriously as we take our responsibilities to others. Good luck and happy Full Moon wishes to you – April

      • Michele

        Excellent suggestions! Thank you. And thank you for taking the time out of your vacation to write words that lift our eyes from the trenches to the heavens. Blessings on your work.

  • Sun ruler Moon in Pisces, Ascendant ruler Venus in Virgo. This opposition is where I live. Like Rachelle, the garden is where I find myself.

  • Victoria

    I always laugh when I read your blog entries. We have a very similar chart, I am a Leo with Sag rising (8/18/57) so we always seem to be doing similar things.

    Right now, I am unemployed and I am spending time cleaning and decluttering my house.

    I’m about to start on the basement and garage, a daunting task because I am the third generation inhabitant of an 80-year-old family house whose previous owners kept everything “because you never know when you’ll need it.”

    Personally, I have 3 planets in Virgo so I love to deep clean and toss things out. How I wish I loved every day cleaning…..(sigh), maybe some day!

    No one can believe that I am enjoying myself immensely but I am!

    Good luck with the on-going purge! 🙂

  • kaoru

    how very funny. i did exactly the same thing! resting at home by cleaning and sorting things up in the house and NOT planning projects, scheduling, working at my computer… and i had decided it to be 2 weeks, too. i had crazy year also traveling, juggling many projects and i very much needed this break to clear up house, psyche and emotions and get back to my body (which must be something to do with virgo, though) i felt like i am reading my own article or something… i couldn’t help it not to write to you!!!! but my plan after these two weeks is to travel somewhere to really rest and go to some retreat… hope you are well as well and have a good thing coming to you, too.

  • Gia

    This sounds wonderful! I too love to lose myself in seemingly mundane tasks like cleaning, organizing, weeding, it’s so cathartic. Maybe it’s my sun in the 6th house. Good for you, it’s so satisfying and ultimately restful.

  • perfect. This is just what I am going through now, balancing of work and rest. Today just felt like a day calling for rest. Projects aside and just relaxing at home. This is so good to do for our creative minds. It gives them a chance to recharge rather than spin wheels and get nowhere fast! Have fun with your staycation 🙂

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