The full moon in Pisces is the second full moon of August 2023 (making it a blue moon—more on that later + ritual ideas) and opposes the sun in Virgo. There are many similarities in these signs: they both have a feminine frequency, are highly intuitive, desire to be of service, and are mutable signs, which means they thrive on change. But there are some stark differences, too.
Pisces is a fluid shapeshifter, while Virgo tends to be rigid and set in its ways. Pisces may allow life to sweep it up and take it wherever it pleases, while Virgo may try to control every aspect of a situation and stick to “the plan” at all costs. And where Pisces may lack boundaries, Virgo often creates too many.
As always, the lesson of this full moon is to transmute the shadows of both signs and find a healthy middle ground. Create enough boundaries to protect your energy, but not too many that you don’t allow people, opportunities, or change in. To balance your inner feminine and masculine—find comfort in the unknown, lead with your intuition, create a plan, and take action in the outer world. To release the need to be perfect and be open to the unexpected.
When we give up the need to control everything and recognize that we are in an endless dance with the Universe, we find our way to things far greater than our narrow minds dare to imagine.
The energy of a full moon
The full moon phase is a time of letting go of what doesn’t serve or empower you, meeting your shadows, expanding, and celebrating all that’s wonderful in your life today. It occurs roughly every 29 days and is a time in the lunar cycle when we are called to channel our energy outward, get outside, socialize, and tend to things in the external world.
What is a blue moon?
The full moon in Pisces 2023 is a blue moon because it’s the second full moon in August. This is rare because a full moon happens roughly every 29 days. Most months will only ever have one full moon unless the full moon takes place right at the start of the month and there are enough days for a second full moon.
This is where the saying “once in a blue moon” originates from. Full moons are always deeply magical and expansive, but the energy of a blue moon is like a full moon amplified. It’s also said to be a time when the veil between the two worlds is thinner, making it easier to meet the shadows in our subconscious and connect with our intuition.
When is the full moon in pisces 2023?
LA, United States: 30 Aug 2023 at 18:35
London, United Kingdom: 31 Aug 2023 at 02:35
Sydney, Australia: 31 Aug 2023 at 11:35
Click here for the exact time of the Pisces full moon 2023 where you live.
The full moon phase always lasts 2-3 days, so if you plan to do a full moon ritual, do it while the full moon energy is still potent.
What is the full moon in pisces 2023 about?
Intuition over logic
The first theme of the Pisces full moon is heightened emotions and intuition. We are a society encouraged to lead with the mind, but this is not the way. When we lead with our hearts, we can access deeper wisdom and knowing that the brain cannot, and we move onto our soul path. From here, we can use the mind to plan, strategize, and act in the outer realm.
On the Pisces full moon, waves of emotions and intuitive hits will wash over you—don’t resist them. Let yourself feel and release any emotions that are bubbling up.
Create space to pause and tune in to your higher self. What can you hear, feel, sense, and see? Pay attention to any signs you receive, particularly in your dreams. Are you willing to trust what you already know, even when it doesn’t make logical sense and there’s no roadmap to guide you?
Flow like the feminine
Pisces and Virgo are both highly feminine signs (energetically), but our society is dominated by the (distorted) masculine, which means generally, we aren’t versed in connecting with and running our feminine energy. But we need both frequencies at different times, depending on what we’re doing. And the feminine always comes first because the feminine is the unknown, the void, the inner realm. The work we do inside is what shapes our outer world. So, no amount of pushing and strategizing can take you to where you dream of going if you haven’t done the inner work.
On this full moon in Pisces, can you release the need to force, control, or micro-manage, whether in your work, hobbies, or relationships? Can you trust that the Universe will meet your needs even when you are not controlling everything?
This release of the reins will move you into the feminine flow, where there is more acceptance, fluidity, and openness to what life brings you. You can think of it like a surfer riding a wave—the ocean is wildly unpredictable, but the more you accept this, the more skill and wisdom you will have to meet every wave.
Walk the bridge between the worlds
Pisces is a highly spiritual sign, so when the full (or new) moon is in Pisces, we have greater access to the spiritual realm and our subconscious. It’s easy to forget that we are all deeply spiritual beings because we live in a world that is fixated on the physical.
But if you’ve ever received and followed guidance that has led you to incredible abundance, or had a dream about someone only to bump into them the following day, or decided to book a specific plane journey rather than another (and arrived at the airport and saw the other one canceled), then you are no stranger to working with your intuition and psychic gifts.
We all have them, but some of us have greater abilities because we tune in and work that muscle more frequently. So, on this Pisces full moon, are you willing to go beyond what you can see, journey into the unknown, and feel the oneness of everything?
Look for the deeper wisdom in everything
Our lives are a unique collection of experiences, people, places, ideas, values, and lessons. They may seem mostly unrelated, but everything is connected, like a red thread running through every second of your life.
The full moon in Pisces is an invitation to see the bigger picture, especially through darker moments of hardship, struggle, and pain. The ultimate mission we are all on is to evolve into our highest selves, and every interaction and experience we have serves this greater purpose. But it’s up to us to read between the lines and uncover the lesson.
A serious undertone
The opposing energy of Virgo, coupled with Saturn in Pisces, adds a slightly serious flavor to this otherwise dreamy full moon. The message is not to ditch all your responsibilities or let your inner child completely run the show. Keep your heart up in the clouds and your head in reality.
Saturn may push you to make a big decision, bring some powerful lessons your way, or point out where you are not quite fulfilling your true potential, all of which can feel heavy. But Saturn only does this because he wants you to be the best version of yourself you can be, and we always know when we’re falling short.
So don’t see Saturn as rain on your parade. See it as a reminder to not get totally swept into the clouds and the gentle push you may need to turn your dreams into a tangible plan you can follow.
A full moon in pisces ritual
Below, I’ve curated a list of full moon ritual ideas to step into the whimsical frequency of Pisces. I often decorate my altar using the zodiac to inspire me, so think about the colors, crystals, candles, and objects that best represent this feminine, intuitive, spiritual water sign.
There is no right or wrong here—choose one or a few of these ritual ideas, do them all, or create your own. But begin by cleansing your energy and the energy of your space. I like to light a candle and visualize my energy being cleansed. You might want to burn incense or use a salt spray or diffuser.
1. Find pockets of stillness
On this full moon in Pisces, make slowing down and reflecting a part of your ritual. Get comfortable with stillness and silence, with the company of you and only you. Connect with your body and take some deep breaths. Meditate if you feel called to.
Allow sensations, thoughts, and emotions to arise, observe them as a witness, and allow them to pass like a cloud overhead. If something sticks around like a storm brewing, you can journal about it afterward.
2. Connect with your intuition
The full moon in Pisces is the perfect time to connect on a deeper level with your soul and lead with your heart. There are so many ways to do this.
I love to journal, spend time in nature, work with oracle and tarot cards, and look for messages in my dreams. Pisces is a super dreamy sign, so you may have more vivid dreams around this full moon packed with intuitive messages.
3. Run the feminine template
Connecting to the divine feminine can help you tap into the feminine frequency of the full moon in Pisces and move from force into flow. There are many ways to do this:
- Address the wounds you have around the feminine
- Connect with your sacred cycle
- Spend time in nature
- Allow yourself to receive
- Do something creative
- Be with other women who are also running the feminine template
4. Create a self-care ritual
If you tend to be dragged down by the shadow frequencies of Virgo (rigidness, perfection, control), then doing some self-care as part of your full moon ritual can help to soften your edges.
Self-care can look and feel very different depending on what you need and which body layer you tend to. For example, if you feel physically drained, you might opt for a massage or a bath. If you feel spiritually depleted, maybe a meditation class or reading a spiritual book could nourish you. Tailor your self-care ritual to your needs.
5. Be in water
Pisces is a water sign, so your full moon ritual can include the element of water, which will help you connect with Pisces’s fluid, boundless energy. Plus, water is incredibly cleansing and healing, even more so if you have a lot of water signs in your birth chart.
Indulge in a luxurious bath ritual, add a chalice of water to your altar, or go for a dip in the ocean or a lake. Sometimes, I do my entire moon ritual in the bath. Let your intuition guide you.
6. Set & honor new boundaries
If you lack boundaries, tend to please people, or are overly sensitive to other people’s feelings, setting some more boundaries (and sticking to them) is essential. Boundaries protect your energy, keep your spiritual channel clear, and help you maintain a pure connection to your soul and Source. At their core, boundaries are about making yourself your priority and taking care of your needs. Without these boundaries, you will struggle to feel at peace or centered, become vulnerable to dark forces and negative energy, and feel overwhelmed and powerless.
We need boundaries for all areas of our lives, whether at work, in our romantic relationships, with friends, with technology, etc. A boundary could be setting a limit for your time on social media each day or how often you’ll meet up with friends each week. It can also be learning to say “yes” or “no,” depending on how available you are in that moment and what you need.
Think about where you lack boundaries in your life, and create a ritual of setting new boundaries that protect you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
7. Make magic
Pisces is a magical, mystical sign, and this full moon is also a blue moon, which means magic is heightened. Now is the time to cast spells (even if it’s just with your words), dream of the impossible, hold your deepest desires and intentions in your heart, and believe they can come true. So make a wish, pray to your guides, and observe how the Universe is already filling your world with magic.
Ready to celebrate the full moon in pisces 2023?
How will you work with the energy of the Pisces full moon and celebrate with ritual? Share your thoughts and rituals with me in the comments below!