VIRGO FULL MOON - 9 March 2020
Exact at 5.47pm GMT, 12.47pm EDT
There surely is a lot going on in this cosmos of ours at the moment! This Virgo Moon very much highlights health and healing, as it is in the health-conscious sign of Virgo. The Sun is currently in sensitive, compassionate, empathetic Pisces, directly opposite the Moon in humble, health and service oriented Virgo, the sign that seeks purity and perfection. This is the healing axis, and so the focus during this Moon is on our spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. It is interesting that we also have Chiron, the Wounded Healer forming an exact square to the Nodes of the Moon, which puts even more emphasis on health and healing. This is also a supermoon, which means that the Moon has an even greater impact on our mind, body and spirit than your average Full Moon. There certainly is a sense of things coming to a head as the Moon reaches its peak on Monday.
Virgo is that part of ourselves that is aware of what is going on in the body and seeks to find ways to cleanse, purify and heal ourselves and also help others do the same. In the extreme this can bring hypochondria, as we imagine all sorts of things wrong with us that aren’t even there, simply by being close to someone who is ill or because someone tells us that we don’t look well. It is amazing, the power of the mind over the body, and Virgo is a sign that knows this all too well. We all have the power to invent symptoms in our minds that then become reality, and equally we have the power to heal ourselves with a mixture of love, faith, diet, healthy routines and the power of positive thinking and creative visualisation. Pisces represents the power of our imagination, which can help or hinder, depending on which direction our minds are running in! Pisces is the part of us that connects to spirit and prays for help when all else has failed. Pisces also dissolves boundaries, which includes our immune system. People with a lot of Virgo/6th house and Pisces/12th house energy in their chart tend to be more sensitive to toxins and have a weaker immune system than most.
Virgo is the part of us that seeks to improve ourselves, always striving to do better, although in the extreme this can manifest as being intensely self-critical, perfectionist and always feeling like we need to do better. Virgo is the sign of crisis, which is sometimes needed to wake us up and make the necessary changes that we may have been resisting or denying. Crisis can come in many forms, although a health crisis is a very effective way of helping us to see the bigger picture and remember what is most important in life. A crisis can really help to put things into perspective and put us back on the right path. It can also ignite our empathy and compassion for others, which are some very beautiful Piscean traits. It is interesting that we are experiencing a global health crisis just as we approach the Virgo Full Moon. There is certainly a huge amount of focus on Virgo cleanliness, purification and healthy routines at the moment, while Piscean issues around boundaries, immunity and vulnerability are also very prevalent right now.
Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is also right next to the Pisces Sun during this Moon, which greatly emphasises Pisces sensitivity and vulnerability, and can also bring the potential for confusion, illusion and smoke screens, making it hard to know what is real and what is made up. Pisces and Neptune represent the collective unconscious, and with Jupiter in Capricorn forming an aspect to Neptune there is the potential for paranoia and fear being used as a tool for control. There is a huge amount of planetary energy in Capricorn at the moment, the sign of authority, hard control, fear, limitation, power structures, societal rules, boundaries and judgement, and with Jupiter in this sign there is the potential for an exaggeration of this energy and for people espousing some more conservative, prejudiced and intolerant beliefs and opinions. Jupiter is the preacher, the planet that represents our beliefs and that which we put our faith in, and it is currently in Capricorn, a sign known for its conservatism. This is the biggest planet, so it has a tendency to magnify the energy of the sign it is in, and so we may find ourselves dealing with a magnification of fear and realism which can easily turn into pessimism. Jupiter in aspect to Neptune can also make our imaginations run wild, all in the wrong direction! This combination brings the potential for fear and control based paranoia and hysteria.It is important to be as self-aware as we possibly can at the moment, as it may be very difficult to know what is real and what is simply our own fears.
Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is also forming an exact square to the Nodes of the Moon, which brings great potential for growth and healing, both personally and collectively, although not without bringing up our weak spots and vulnerabilities. Chiron represents “the wound that cannot heal”, so we may be more aware than ever how our core wounds and insecurities keep tripping us up and hindering our growth. This is a time when we are asked to try to let our protective walls down, however, and try to express how we really feel. Instead of being defensive when we are triggered, or going into fear and withdrawing, we are asked to embrace the Cancer North Node and allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to express our true emotions. We are encouraged to ask for help instead of putting up the brave front and suppressing our feelings. Instead of trying to keep it all under control we are asked to admit that we are struggling. We may find ourselves more easily triggered during this time, but amazing growth can come from reacting in a different way, rather than from our old conditioning.
It is very clear how Chiron square the Nodes is manifesting in the world arena, with a Chirotic health crisis that is bringing the Capricorn South Node sharply into focus as we are witness to the extreme conservatism and fear-based control on the part of certain power structures, with walls and borders being strengthened and intolerance, bigotry and judgementalism becoming more and more rife. Chiron, in the form of this virus, is bringing up a huge amount of Capricorn fear, Virgoan hygiene concerns and Neptunian paranioa, but it is also propelling us towards the Cancer North Node, which represents our growth potential at this time. The virus is bringing up some important issues and helping bring a change in priorities and behaviour. The Cancer North Node asks us to focus less on the external, such as getting ahead in life and keeping up with the Joneses, and more on our inner sanctum, such as home, family and our emotional health. We are, quite literally, being forced into a more simple way of living, as people are staying at home and not travelling so much at the moment.
It is interesting to note that Chiron and Uranus are working in tandem at the moment, so the two are very much playing off each other. Uranus is currently in Taurus, the sign of finance, values and Mother Earth. At the same time as Chiron is forming a square to the Nodes, Uranus is forming a harmonious trine and sextile to the Nodes. Uranus is in Taurus for seven years, during which time we have the potential for a complete overhaul, or revolution, of our financial system as the old, outmoded, antiquated way of doing things is swept away, making the way for a system that reflects our changing needs and values. It also brings an opportunity for some amazing change and innovation in terms of the ecological crisis that we are currently facing. This Chirotic health crisis is literally triggering a financial crisis and could bring a change in values that is much needed as people are now being forced to stay more local (Cancer North Node) and travel less frivolously. It is quite likely to trigger an “eat and shop local” movement, with less reliance on foreign trade, as well as an examination on the way we treat animals and a rise in vegetarianism. Mother Earth herself is forcing us to wake up!
It will be interesting to see the effect that this health crisis has on the financial system in the long term and how a financial crisis might bring a change in our behaviour, priorities and values. It is also important to note that all of this is occurring under the backdrop of Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, exposing the rot in our power structures and potentially bringing a detox and transformation of the patriarchal system. We are currently seeing the darker side of Capricorn being revealed, in the form of nepotism, extreme conservatism, hard control and a divide and rule mentality within many of our power structures. Saturn is forcing us to see things as they really are, without the rose tinted spectacles, while Pluto brings any material out from under the carpet that we may have been in denial about before now. There is no escaping the reality of whatever we are facing right now, and it is so very important not to succumb to fear. Fear is an incredibly destructive force indeed. If we can be mindful and keep a close eye on ourselves, making sure that we do good things for ourselves that generate a healthy outlook, love and positivity, this can really help.
Mars, the warrior planet, is marching through Capricorn as well at the moment, which could also bring the cards out onto the table. Mars is the planet of anger, assertion, action and aggression, and in Capricorn it could mean that we put a lot of energy into achieving whatever goals we may have set for ourselves. Mars in Capricorn is very disciplined, focused and achievement oriented. We may find ourselves reining in our natural impulses and recognising how we are held back from acting on our desires. Indeed, we may literally be prevented from acting or asserting ourselves, and physical activity may be limited or restricted. We could also find ourselves quite angry at those in authority, as hypocrisy and double standards are more in our face than usual .Indeed, those in authority or power may literally use Martian aggression or force. It is also possible that material could come out that has hitherto been repressed or suppressed. Mars is good at getting things out into the open, although with a sextile from Mars to Neptune, hopefully this will be done with kindness and compassion, for the good of all.
Mars is going to join forces with Jupiter on 20 March at 22 degrees Capricorn, the same degree as the Saturn Pluto conjunction back in January. This brings the potential for the Mars in Capricorn energy to be magnified and exaggerated, and for people to bravely or aggressively assert their beliefs. Things can get a bit out of control when Mars and Jupiter get together, although it could be good for self-confidence in achieving our goals. Mars will then move on to join Pluto on 22 March, which could either be amazingly transforming as we bravely face all that we have been hiding from, finding the courage to act on our soul’s desires, or could be bring up some rage and be quite volcanic and destructive. Pluto is the planet of power, the God of the underworld, and if you combine this energy with Mars, the warrior planet, we have the potential for the use to force or aggression to gain power and control, or to bravely confront our shadows, both personally and collectively.
This is quite a Moon! Wherever Virgo and Pisces are found in our charts is where we find the focus of this Full Moon. Similarly, with the Sun at 19 Degrees Pisces and the Moon at 19 degrees Virgo, anyone with personal planets or angles between 17 and 21 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will feel the energy of the Moon most acutely. However, anyone with personal planets around 4 degrees of the fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) or cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) signs will be feeling the energy of Chiron the Wounded Healer and Uranus, the Awakener and harbinger of change. It is quite likely that this Moon could bring a lot of material for us to look at, including some of our more sensitive, vulnerable-making issues. It is important to remember that a crisis can be very helpful, as it can help to put us back on the right track if we have strayed away from it for whatever reason. It can force us to make changes, adjustments and improvements to the way we live that we may have been too apathetic, scared, lazy or selfish to make before, even though we knew we needed to. It can reveal the cracks that may have been covered over as we looked the other way. It can wake us up.
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