As I looked at the chart of the full moon for September 4, 2009, I was struck by a sense of melting and collapsing (Pisces) into an aesthetic world (Ceres and Mercury in Libra sextiling Venus in Leo), like a romantic dream (full moon disposited by the triple conjunction) woven (a Saturn in Virgo structure) in shimmering light. This feeling brought me into the world of tapestries and as I began to look at images from the Hunt of the Unicorn series, I noticed the theme of a woman in gentle embrace with a unicorn.
My sense is that the unicorn symbolizes Pisces imaginary healing energy and the woman symbolizes Virgo as channeler of good health. I thought about the guys in the tapestries freaking out over unicorns because their healing powers were a hot commodity.
“The unicorn is the only fabulous beast that does not seem to have been conceived out of human fears.” writes Marianna Mayer, author of The Unicorn and the Lake. She continues, “In even the earliest references he is fierce yet good, selfless yet solitary, but always mysteriously beautiful. He could be captured only by unfair means, and his single horn was said to neutralize poison.”
This full moon in Pisces is at the tip of a yod centered over a sextile from Venus in Leo to Ceres in Libra which says to me Aesthetics, like a beautiful fashion show, flowing, swishing, flashy, pretty and tailored, while backstage and in the tension all around, the grand square tense by contrast to fashion’s illusionary beauty. Mercury is barely moving, about to go retrograde on Monday, September 7, which is Labor Day in the U.S. when we pause and honor the Virgo in us all.
In the full moon chart, Sun is conjunct Pallas in Virgo. Pallas Athena was born in full armor and had a spear. She was born with a job which was to protect and bring luck in warfare and for the next couple of weeks this will be our job too.
The symbol I associate with this moon is a goddess embracing and protecting the powers and vulnerability of the unicorn. For the next two weeks in preparation for the new moon in Virgo, while Mercury turns retrograde in Libra, we can re-think how we embrace our own inner beast so sought after in the shadows of the hunt in our lives.
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