FULL MOON IN VIRGO – We cannot help others if our well is dry (March 18, 2022)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.



  • My heart aches for everyone being impacted by what is happening in Ukraine. As is true of many of you, I am sending my prayers and healing energies to this region on a regular basis.
  • Although the astrological influences described in my Moon Updates can be applied on a societal/collective level, my goal has always been to explain how they can best used for our individual evolution. You may elect to apply information from my Updates to world events, but my focus is on helping each of you on a personal level.
  • Finally, I want to remind everyone that I firmly believe that all astrological influences, whether applied individually or collectively, only indicate possibilities and potentialities. It’s up to each of us to consciously choose the higher or lower expression of the energies being described.


In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 12:17 a.m. on Friday, March 18.  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 28° of Pisces and 28° 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.

All Full Moons involve finding a better balance between the two signs involved.  This time, those signs are Pisces and Virgo:

  • The best qualities of Pisces include being compassionate, emotional, intuitive, spiritual, gentle, and healing. The lower expression can involve being dependent, passive, chaotic, secretive, or using avoidance, denial, or escapism to cope with life’s events.
  • The higher expression of Virgo includes being practical, efficient, precise, analytical, and health conscious. The lower expression could mean being overly perfectionistic or picky.

One way to achieve a balance between these two signs is to acknowledge their needs.  As the final sign of the Zodiac, Pisces’s focus is on how “we are all one,” which means we understand that what influences one person can influence all of us.  With Virgo, its qualities are best expressed if we can surrender our ego and focus on how we can be of service.  One way that these two signs can work together is to understand that when we serve one, we are serving all.  I find this very reassuring.  When I think of all those needing help, there are times when I feel like I’m not doing enough.  However, this Full Moon can remind us that simple acts of kindness with those around us can have far reaching consequences.

Pisces is very prominent right now, and it is the sign most prone to falling into feeling victimized or powerless.  We can fight these tendencies by focusing on what we DO have control over in our lives.  This includes having compassion for ourselves and for those in our lives.  We definitely need to love ourselves enough to protect our body, mind, and spirit.

Self-protection is especially important now.  Whenever there is a strong Piscean influence, it can be a time when some of us become susceptible to outside energies, especially if we are a highly sensitive person (i.e., HSP).  We need to carefully monitor our energy levels during the time of this Full Moon.  If we notice a dip in our energy, then it’s important that we pull inward, nurture ourselves, engage in activities that “feed us,” and regain our center before we move back out into the world to serve others.  An empty well cannot provide nourishment to anyone.

All Virgo Full Moons focus on organizing.  This could include, among other things, cleansing out spaces or information (e.g., our home or office), our bodies (e.g., changes in dietary habits), our emotions (e.g., releasing toxic feelings or old resentments), and/or our thoughts (e.g., cleaning out beliefs or thought patterns that are holding us back).  As we do this, we do need to avoid the perfectionistic tendencies of Virgo.  We need to remember that our efforts can be effective without being perfect.  If notice ourselves becoming self-critical (or critical of the attempts made by others), then we need to access the Piscean compassion that is available to us.

As usual, this Full Moon is being impacted by several important aspects:

  • The Sun is conjunct (0°) Jupiter and Neptune, and both Jupiter and Neptune are conjunct (0°) Mercury. All 4 of these planets are located in Pisces, so there is a great deal of Piscean energy in our lives right now.  This increases the opportunity for expanding our spiritual understanding, intuitive abilities, and/or creativity.  This is a wonderful, high vibrational energy!
  • The Sun, Jupiter, and Neptune in Pisces are all in oppositions (180°) to the Moon in Virgo. Although this might indicate that the watery Piscean energy would overpower the grounded Virgo energy, the Virgo Moon is actually part of a very supportive earth grand trine (i.e., equilateral triangle) involving Pluto and the North Node.  (NOTE:  This is a weak grand trine because it involves the North Node rather than a third planet, but Pluto is a powerhouse of energy and all orbs are fairly tight.)  The earth signs involved (i.e., Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) will likely provide us with the grounding we need so we don’t get lost in the lower expression of Pisces (e.g., avoidance, escapism, victimization, codependency).  It should also assist us in accessing the wonderfully spiritual Piscean energy so we can use it in practical, stable ways.  Within the grand trine, the trine (120°) between the Moon and Pluto is particularly close, which will provide us with the extra power and energy we need to explore our emotions or desires.
  • At the time of the Full Moon, there are quite a few aspects between several planets and the Nodes. Overall, this could mean that events happening now have a fated or karmic feeling to them.  Without individually analyzing the large number of aspects involved, it is important to mention that Saturn is squaring (90°) both Nodes.  This means that we may need to break down past structures or commitments in order to create a better version of ourselves.  Additionally, we may need to explore and heal our past (South Node in Scorpio) in order to move into a more peaceful future (North Node in Taurus).  If we aren’t sure where this applies in our life, then it may help to look for where we are feeling stuck.  It may help us get unstuck if we explore what is calling us into the future and then address whatever is keeping us from moving in that direction.  Luckily, all of the other aspects to the North and South Nodes are supportive ones, so we are being given a wonderful opportunity to do this work at the time of the Full Moon.
  • Back on Saturday, March 5, Venus and Mars both moved out of Capricorn and into Aquarius. They will remain in Aquarius until April 6 and April 16, respectively.  Venus in Aquarius can mean that we are more open to unconventional relationships, and we will feel much more comfortable when we are in social situations that recognize and encourage our need for freedom and independence.  When Mars is in Aquarius, our energy levels can be a bit erratic, but we are much more likely to become team players and be less concerned about personal power.  At the time of this Full Moon, Venus and Mars are closely conjunct (0°) each other.  The higher expression of this pairing could mean improved relationships that focus on expressing feelings, achieving harmony, and creating something beautiful together.  However, the lower expression could mean that we can become competitive or demanding in our interactions.  We also need to be a bit careful because we can be prone to making impulsive purchases that we may later regret.
  • However, both Venus and Mars are squaring (90°) Uranus. The square aspect and the planet Uranus both represent change, so we may have sudden insights about what needs to change in our relationships or finances in order to feel more freedom and/or create increased intimacy.  Uranus’s influence may also cause us to feel restless or rebellious, and we will likely long for more independence.  (See below for more about the square [90°] between Mars and Uranus.) 
  • Luckily, both Venus and Mars are also in very tight sextiles (60°) to Chiron. If we are willing to face our vulnerabilities and inner wounds, then there is support for healing our relationships and finances through our actions.  Providing reinforcement is a sextile (60°) between the Sun in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn, which provides an opportunity for powerful, heartfelt communication that combines both compassion with honesty.  The potential for a positive outcome is further supported by the conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Jupiter in compassionate Pisces.  This can increase our sense of optimism and help us view situations in terms of “the big picture.”

Two days after the Full Moon (i.e., Sunday, March 20), the Sun moves into Aries.  This marks the Equinox when the Northern Hemisphere moves into spring and the Southern Hemisphere shifts into fall.  Astrologically, this is believed to represent the beginning of a new astrological year.  We may feel it’s time for a new start!  However, when the Sun moves out of Pisces and into Aries, it is often experienced as an abrupt and intense shift.  We suddenly leave our watery, sensitive inner world and come out into a world filled with bright, fiery sunlight and a strong urge to go, go, go!  The higher expression of the Sun in Aries includes feeling more enthusiastic, spontaneous, courageous, assertive, and pioneering.  The lower expression, though, can cause us to become more impulsive, short-sighted, aggressive, or taking action without caring about the consequences.  We all need to consciously stay in control of our thoughts and feelings during this next month.  However, there is some good news:  If anything remains to be wrapped up from the previous astrological year, the Sun in Aries will give us an extra boost of energy and the courage to face any difficult tasks or issues.

Further support for taking needed action is provided on Tuesday, March 22.  This is when the square (90°) between Mars and Uranus becomes exact, which is a very powerful aspect.  We may have an influx of creative ideas about how to tackle a particularly big project or solve a seemingly impossible problem.  This exact aspect could also provide us with the energy we need to make important changes in our life, including making major alterations to our plans or goals.  However, I bring up this aspect because it does have a potential downside.  If we feel ready to move forward and we believe there is something blocking our progress, this aspect can increase the chances that we may feel rebellious or even aggressive.  For a day or two around this aspect, we may feel ready to fight for freedom, both for ourselves or others, especially if we see that independence and freedom is being threatened.  Unfortunately, this aspect can also cause us to be distractible or impulsive.  We may even be willing to take risks that are unwise or not well thought through.  This could cause our actions to be ineffective.  If we are feeling a need to take action on or around March 22, it might be best to delay for a day or two, if possible.

On Sunday, March 27, Mercury joins the Sun in Aries, where it will remain until April 12.  For those who have felt like their thought processes have not been as sharp or clear over the past few weeks, this shift into Aries will help the mental fog to lift.  Mercury’s visit to Aries will be relatively brief (i.e., about 2 weeks), but it’s likely to be memorable.  Our thoughts and words will start coming fast and furious, and we may have so many new, pioneering ideas that it leaves our heads spinning.  This is a time when our thoughts and words can be bold, assertive, honest, and straightforward.  Before expressing ourselves, we are well advised to take a deep breath (or two) in order to be sure that we are taking the needs and feelings of others into consideration.  Another influence of Mercury in Aries is a felt need to make decisions quickly.  It is advisable to slow down that train a little bit because we can become impatient or impulsive when Mercury is in Aries.

Overall, this Virgo Full Moon can be thought of as the transition zone between the previous astrological year and the new one beginning on March 20 when the Sun enters Aries.  However, March 20 should not be considered a hard deadline.  There will still be tasks that need to be completed after the Equinox is in our rearview mirror.  The good news is that the influx of Aries energy will help us make progress toward completion.  Our goal should be to unload any past burdens so we can enter the next year feeling lighter.  Remember, this cleaning out process can include anything in our lives (e.g., things, thoughts, beliefs, relationships).  Luckily, there are many planetary aspects that will be providing us with support, including a very powerful trine (120°) between the Virgo Moon and Pluto that will give us with extra energy we need to make any needed transformations and heal any emotional issues that might be holding us back.



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Full Moon at 28° of Virgo

  • Friday, March 18, 2022, 12:17 a.m. PDT
  • Friday, March 18, 2022, 3:17 a.m. EDT
  • Friday, March 18, 2022, 7:17 a.m. GMT


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