FULL MOON IN VIRGO – God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (February 22, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 10:19 a.m. on Monday, February 22. With this Full Moon, the Sun in Pisces will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Virgo. To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 4° of Pisces and 4° of Virgo in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.

As is true of all Full Moons we are being asked to explore whether we are in balance between the two signs that are involved. With this Full Moon, the two ends of the teeter-totter are Virgo and Pisces. And as is true with all 12 astrological signs, both signs have positive and not-so-positive modes of expression.

  • With Virgo, the most important key word is probably discernment, meaning the ability to analyze and discriminate between what is true or false, what is right or wrong, what is healthy or unhealthy. The important thing to remember with Virgo is that discernment doesn’t mean judgment. We each have to determine what is true, right, and healthy of us, and we also need to avoid applying those same “rules” to the lives of others.
  • With Pisces, the most important keyword would be spirituality, which means the connection with God/Source/Spirit in whatever way we each feel is valid for us. The important thing to remember with Pisces is that if we get caught up in the idea that we need to be perfect in order to loved by God/Source/Spirit or even by others, then we can want to escape into illusion, powerlessness, addictions, martyrdom, and even exploitation of others.

The gifts that Virgo brings to the table are analytical ability and a willingness to work selflessly in service to others. Pisces provides compassion that helps us continually recognize the many ways in which we are interconnected to all things. One of the most effective ways to resolve any imbalances between Virgo and Pisces is to explore how we can be of spiritual service, because Virgo is all about service and spirit is related to Pisces. However, we do need to avoid Pisces’s shadow tendency to be a victim or martyr. Our service needs to be a win-win in order to have a healthy balance between these two signs.

Other ways we can use the powerful energy of this Virgo Full Moon is to reconnect with the Divine in whatever way we understand it, use discernment to determine where we need to take action versus surrender in our lives, and to explore how you can take better care of your body, mind, and spirit. Due to the interconnectedness of all life, our bodies are as much a part of God/Source/Spirit as our souls. However, Virgo’s shadow side can cause us to forget this fact and overwork our protoplasm in the name of “service.” Luckily, the presence of Pisces during the Full Moon is a reminder that to do so is a dishonoring of spirit.

Right before the Full Moon, the Sun moved into Pisces, which often ushers in a month of both heightened spirituality and tendencies toward escapism, avoidance, defeatism, and/or denying reality. But overall, the energy this month is often softer and filled with more compassion than most months during the year. Neptune is the modern ruler of Pisces, and it is closely conjunct (0°) the Sun and is in opposition (180°) to the Moon. This could result in unrealistic expectations of ourselves or others. It will help if we can remember that our goal is to find our unique way of giving our gifts to the world, without sacrificing ourselves, comparing ourselves to others, or judging ourselves as lacking in any way. As Stephanie Austin says about the Virgo Full Moon, it’s a good time to “find our inner magic.”

And as the most spiritual of planets, Neptune adds further emphasis to the need for all of us to understand at even a deeper level that we are all precious beings of Light that came here to the Earth plane for a spiritual experience. Our souls are perfect, and we need to move beyond our societal programming that says otherwise. Yes, we can make decisions that aren’t always “the best,” but our souls learn so much while being here on the Earth plane, even from our mistakes. It’s all good!

During the Full Moon, Chiron is conjunct (0°) the South Node and Jupiter is conjunct (0°) the North Node. Chiron and Jupiter also form the second of three exact oppositions (180°) on the day after the Full Moon (Tuesday, February 23), with the first conjunction happening last November and the third coming up in August 2016. Healing of very deep issues is possible now, both individually and on a societal level. Given both the South Node and Chiron are in Pisces, this healing and growth will likely involve new levels of acceptance and forgiveness both of ourselves and others. But now is a good time to do this because the opposition between Chiron and Jupiter will soften the inner critic and allow us to see spiritual truths that may have evaded us previously.

Also on Tuesday, February 23, a tense t-square (right triangle) is formed in the sky above us when Saturn squares (90°) the opposition (180°) discussed above between Chiron and Jupiter. In a nutshell, many of us may begin to question our belief systems and may even experience “a crisis of faith.” Shifts are needed. This may require letting go of outmoded beliefs or teachings, as well as the construction of a new personal philosophy about “life, the universe, and everything” (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). Much can be learned now from teachers and mentors, as long as we keep in mind that no one has all the answers, which is a common Piscean illusion. As a result of this questioning of our beliefs, existing projects may need to be re-evaluated and different choices may be required. This t-square is important! Although its influence is most prominent around the time of the Full Moon, it will be around to a lesser extent through the end of March.

Thursday, February 25, brings us a sweet sextile (60°) between Mercury and Saturn. There is a great deal of productive potential in this aspect; however, as is true with all sextiles, we need to consciously take advantage of it and not just let it slip away as a “nice day.” Positive ways to take advantage of this energy would be talking about how to create more structure in our lives, making travel plans, studying, or speaking with those in authority.

The next day (Friday, February 26) another sextile (60°), this time between Mercury and Uranus, could bring with it electrifying conversations that spark some exciting new idea. Today, we are definitely more open to considering new options for existing projects or solving long-standing problems. Varying our routine today, at least to a certain extent, may stimulate some of those new ideas. This aspect is very positive for group meetings, technology, science, and metaphysics.

The conjunction (0°) between the Sun and Neptune, which was present during the time of the Full Moon, becomes exact on Sunday, February 28. This annual meeting can go one of two ways as reality (Sun) and spirit (Neptune) merge. For those living near a body of water, we know that when the Sun hits the water, it came result in fog. Therefore, some of us may feel lost in a fog during this time. However, if we keep our eyes on the shore and don’t lose sight of reason or reality, then Divine inspiration is possible. Our intuition is heightened, and we will likely be picking up on unspoken moods or energy for the days before and after this exact conjunction.

On Monday, February 29, we are gifted with another sextile (60°). This one is between Venus and Saturn, which brings a sense of maturity and realism within our relationships and financial decisions. New opportunities may become clear today, and small advances are possible. Due to the involvement of Saturn, help or support may come from those who are older or in positions of authority.

After several relative days of calm, Friday, March 4, could be a difficult day within our relationships due to a square (90°) between Mercury and Mars. Mercury tends to be vocal and doesn’t always have the best filter. Mars can be aggressive or defensive. And a square means that there’s a necessary turning point that needs to be dealt with. Put that all together, and conversations could be challenging. However, if we can avoid a tendency to use words as weapons, Mars could give us the courage we need to deal with difficult situations and clear the air.

Two planets change signs on Saturday, March 5:

  • Mercury leaves mentally active Aquarius and moves into emotionally deep Pisces, where it will remain until March 23. Mercury is a not a comfortable in Pisces. It likes to think things through. But in Pisces, Mercury is expected to “feel” things through. It may be difficult to separate our thoughts from our feelings right now, which is especially true right now due to the large astrological emphasis on the watery sign of Pisces right now. Conversations may be more meandering than focused while Mercury is in Pisces. Misunderstandings are also more likely because there is a tendency to suppress our feelings, and they, therefore, don’t get expressed clearly. But our thinking can also be very imaginative, and engaging in any creative activity that uses words will be very enjoyable.
  • The same day, Mars moves out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius. Due to the red planet going retrograde in May, Mars will remain in Sag until the end of May, move backwards into Scorpio for June and July, and then move back into Sag again in August, where it will remain until the end of September. While Mars is in Sagittarius, our actions will be motivated by our ideals. The term “wanderlust” explains the energy of Mars in Sag. We may enthusiastically start projects only to abandon them because something new comes along. All of us need to be careful not to set your expectations too high . . . remember Sagittarius is the archer with his arrow pointed to the sky! Luckily, though, many will feel an urge to explore new things, which is great timing given we will be experiencing a total solar eclipse on March 8 that will stimulate important changes for many of us.

Overall, this Full Moon in Virgo is an opportunity to focus on the importance of both spiritual service and taking care of our physical body because it houses a piece of the Divine. Although our human tendency is to focus on our differences, this Virgo Full Moon and the strong Pisces/Neptune influence is reminding us that our spiritual goal is to recognize that we are not separate from anyone or from anything, including the Divine. We need to focus now on what connects us rather than what divides us. This may require letting go of long-held beliefs, some of which may have come from our early childhood upbringing, societal rules, or relationships/groups that we have outgrown. The t-square that is formed toward the end of the month will influence us through March, so we need to be patient with ourselves and others as we redefine our understanding of life, which is no small task! With this Full Moon, I believe it is a good time to remind everyone of The Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”


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Full Moon at 4° of Virgo

  • Monday, February 22, 10:19 a.m. PST
  • Monday, February 22, 1:19 p.m. EST
  • Monday, February 22, 6:19 p.m. GMT

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