FULL MOON IN VIRGO – It’s time! (February 27, 2021)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Intermediate Astrology CourseIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 12:17 a.m. on Saturday, February 27.  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 9° of Pisces and 9° 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.

Full Moons ask us to evaluate if we need to make any adjustments to the balance between the qualities of the two signs that are involved.  This Virgo Full Moon involves the signs of Virgo and Pisces:

  • Virgo can be described as practical, efficient, precise, analytical, and health-conscious. The lower expression can lead us to be picky, critical, and/or perfectionistic.  It’s the sign that is often associated with the health of the physical body.  Many medical professionals and energy healers have their Sun in Virgo or have a lot of Virgo in their natal chart, although any sign can very effectively fill these roles. 
  • Pisces can be described as compassionate, emotional, intuitive, and spiritual. The lower expression can include being secretive, chaotic, passive, dealing with addictions, and/or playing the victim or martyr role.  It is the sign often associated with psychological and spiritual health.  Many mental health professionals, religious leaders, psychics, and mediums have their Sun in Pisces or have a lot of Pisces in their natal chart, although, again, any sign can effectively fill these roles. 

Full Moons have a tendency to tug on the lower expression of the signs involved.  With a Virgo Full Moon, that often manifests as perfectionistic tendencies.  However, we need to remember that we all have free will choice about how any sign is expressed. 

Although these signs appear to be opposites, Virgo and Pisces can actually support each other.  For example, our physical health (Virgo) often has a psychological component to it (Pisces), and vice versa.  Also, the often overly analytical approach of Virgo can be softened by the compassionate, emotional approach of Pisces.  Pisces is known for being ungrounded, but Virgo is an earth sign that can help bring the sign of the fishes down to earth.  One way this might manifest:  Pisces has been known to come up with amazing ideas, but it also has a tendency to believe “all-things-are-possible.”  Virgo can help sort through all these options and separate the wheat from the proverbial chaff. 

This Virgo Full Moon has the Sun conjunct (0°) the Venus, which means Venus is in opposition (180°) to the Moon.  Venus just entered Pisces on Wednesday, February 24, and it will remain in Pisces until March 22.  While in Pisces, Venus wants to love everyone and wants everyone to love each other.  We are more compassionate, tender, and affectionate than usual, but we can also be more susceptible to the influences of others.  Luckily, having Venus involved with this Virgo Full Moon may serve to soften any of Virgo’s perfectionistic tendences by reminding us that sometimes things don’t need to be perfect in order to enjoy the simple things in life. 

At the time of the Full Moon, we are still under the influence of the first of three squares (90°) between Saturn and Uranus.  (See the last few Moon Updates for much more about this powerful aspect that will influence us throughout 2021.)  This first square was exact on Wednesday, February 17, but it will continue to be a powerful presence for a few more weeks.  Uranus’s astrological purpose is to shake things up, and the square to Saturn means that the target of its efforts are the foundations and structures in our lives, both personally and collectively. 

Luckily, support is provided at the time of the Virgo Full Moon by a trine (120°) between the Moon and Uranus, which means there is a sextile (60°) between the Sun and Uranus.  These positive aspects may make it easier for us to adjust to anything new that might be coming into our lives.  In fact, this would be a beneficial time for all of us to embrace something original or unique.  If we can strive to be flexible and adaptive, then this can be an exciting time, especially if we are willing to be open to something that is outside of our usual wheelhouse.  Additionally, these positive astrological aspects may mean that we are less likely to fall into the lower expression of Piscean energy (e.g., victimhood, addiction), but we do need to be open to unique ways to get our needs met. 

Further support for this Virgo Full Moon is provided by a trine (120°) between Mars and Pluto.  This free-slowing energy between two powerhouse planets will likely provide us with ample energy.  It’s time for our goals to come into focus, and we may feel ready to take decisive action to go after what we want.  This powerful energy can help us feel more capable of moving past any obstacles that we might encounter because are determined to succeed.  This aspect is usually associated with being courageous and confident, but we do need to be careful not to overpower others with our enthusiasm or determination. 

Mercury is in an odd position during this Full Moon in Virgo.  It’s tightly sandwiched between Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, with all three planets in close conjunctions (0°) to each other.  Mercury is a planet associated with thinking and communication; Jupiter focuses on being hopeful about the future; and Saturn is associated with the structures created, especially in the past.  This likely means that many of us will be thinking or talking about how to bring into the present and future the wisdom we have learned from the past.  Being positioned between these two planets means Mercury could act as a type of mediator.  For example, Mercury could assist us in thinking about ways to address the many differences between Jupiter and Saturn, such as being optimistic versus pessimistic or forward-thinking versus traditional.  Given Mercury is currently moving direct, this means that in the coming days it will be moving closer to Jupiter and further away from Saturn.  This could mean we are moving toward optimism and thinking about the future and further away from pessimism and traditional approaches.  Just one final note:  Whenever Mercury and Jupiter come together, we do need to remember to stop talking long enough to hear what someone else has to share. 

Because Neptune moves very slowly, it is still squaring (90°) the North and South Nodes in Gemini and Sagittarius, respectively.  We’ve talked about this in previous Moon Updates, but around the time of this Full Moon, it’s getting more support than usual.  Squares represent turning points.  Neptune’s squares to this Nodal Axis are asking us to use compassion, universal consciousness, and intuition in order to figure out how to use the wisdom we have gained from the past (South Node in Sag) and apply it in ways that help us learn and communicate more effectively (North Node in Gemini).  These goals are being supported at the time of this Full Moon by two different planets.  Mercury and Jupiter, which are conjunct (0), are both is forming trines (120°) to the North Node and sextiles (60°) to the South Node.  These supportive aspects may help us clarify what our intentions are for the future while being more open-minded than usual. 

On Wednesday, March 3, Mars moves out of earthy Taurus and into airy Gemini, where it will remain until April 24.  Although this isn’t necessarily an easy placement for Mars, it can be fun.  Typically, Mars is very determined and focused on going after its goals.  However, when in Gemini, Mars’s actions can be scattered, as if it’s not sure where to put its energy.  Actually, it’s more accurate to say that Mars in Gemini wants to put its energy everywhere!  This can lead to being ineffective.  However, if we can relax into the multi-directional nature of Mars in Gemini and try to be flexible and adaptable about our diverse foci, then this can be a high-energy, face-paced 7-weeks that will certainly not be boring!    

Because Mercury went direct on Saturday, February 20, we are now in a 2-month period when there will be no planets in retrograde until April 27 when Pluto changes direction.  As we discussed in the last Moon Update, this is a time when moving forward should be relatively easy because there is nothing astrologically holding us back.  Having no planets in retrograde actually doesn’t happen very often (estimated about 7% of the time), so we should take full advantage of it.  If there is something that we feel ready to “go after,” then now would be a good time.  It’s as if all the planets are supporting our efforts and little will be hidden or obscured.  We should have ample energy to go after what we want.  However, as is taught in every good defensive driving class, sometimes caution is still warranted, even when we are seeing a “green light.” 

Overall, this Virgo Full Moon is pretty exciting.  The energy is grounded and centered but also gentle and compassionate, which is a great combination!  Given we have no planets in retrograde for the next two months, the doors are open to new possibilities.  Yes, all of 2021 will continue to see some “shake-ups” due to the year-long series of squares between Saturn and Uranus; but for the time being, we have a green light to move forward.  Around the time of this Full Moon, we are being provided with a great deal of energy, and many of us will feel called to do something new and different.  This may require making some changes in our responsibilities, especially in our home or work environments.  But this is a good time to make those changes, and any adjustments will very likely free up our time and/or energy and, thereby, afford us more freedom.  There is a great deal of hope in this Virgo Full Moon.  Just one final note:  Given this is a lunar event that involves both Virgo and Pisces, we are well-advised to listen to both our body (Virgo) and our heart (Pisces); both have important insights and perspectives to share with us.    


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  • Saturday, February 27, 2021, 8:17 a.m. GMT

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