FULL MOON IN VIRGO – Get your boat in the water but adapt if the current changes direction (March 9, 2020)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonNOTE:  Although not as short as the last Moon Update, this one will again need to be a bit shorter than usual due to continued back-to-back deadlines.  Hopefully, things will settle down by the time of the next Moon Update. 


In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 10:47 a.m. on Monday, March 9.  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 20° of Pisces and 20° 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.

With all Full Moons we are being asked to evaluate how effectively we are balancing two seemingly opposite areas of our lives, and this Virgo Full Moon is no exception.  The Sun is in Pisces, which is all about unity, compassion, emotions, intuition, gentleness, psychological health, and spirituality.  The Moon is in Virgo, which is about practicality, analysis, rationality, efficiency, physical health, and precision.  Where the Virgo Moon wants to analyze our emotions, the Sun in Pisces is saying, “Just flow with life and enjoy the ride.” 

The Virgo Moon longs for routine and predictability.  Unfortunately, those desires are likely to be difficult to come by around the time of this Full Moon because the Sun in Pisces is in a very close conjunct (0°) to Neptune.  Neptune is the ruler of Pisces, so this is akin to the Piscean energy being given a shot of espresso.  We may feel that our longed-for Virgo order and perfection is doing battle with a foe that cannot predict.  To Virgo, this is utterly confusing.  This unpredictability could manifest in many different ways.  For example, we may start something only to find that things are not as they appear, don’t go as planned, and sometimes result in the antithesis of orderliness . . . namely, chaos. 

However, all of this doesn’t mean that we should withdraw and avoid action.  In fact, the opposite is true.  We still are experiencing a plethora of wonderful, action-oriented energy thanks to a stellium (i.e., a close grouping) of 4 planets in Capricorn (i.e., Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto).  Capricorn is a cardinal energy, which means we need to act.  In fact, it’s basically essential that we take concrete, practical action right now.  If we don’t, it is likely we will feel frustrated, irritable, cranky, and even depressed. 

Luckily, at the time of the Virgo Full Moon there are several very positive aspects between the Sun/Moon and some of these planets in Cap.  For example, there are supportive trines (120°) between the Moon and Mars/Jupiter, which means the Sun is also in sextiles (60°) to both planets.  Given the strong, positive presence of Mars, we will have the energy and courage we need in order to take the next indicated step.  Jupiter will help us keep the big picture in mind and take ethical, wise actions, and the Saturn will help us be responsible and practical.  Pluto often means that hidden information will be revealed; however, given the positive aspects involved at the time of the Full Moon, it’s likely that any secrets that come out will help and not hinder our progress. 

We just need to understand that the Piscean/Neptune fog may be so thick at times that we can’t see the path or the direction we are headed.  When the unexpected happens, we need to be very flexible and trust that “God has our back.”  This is one of those times when we will benefit from letting go of the oars and floating downstream.  If we can do that, then we may find that Spirit has a much better plan for us than we could have even imagined. 

But believe me, I DO understand that letting go of control is hard for us human beings!  But the alternative of sitting on the shore eating bon-bons and you watch other boats floating by will only lead to frustration and missed opportunities.  The need for action means we have to put our boat in the water.  We may not fully realize where that boat is going to end up, but now is the time to have faith that clarity will come with time! 

On the same day as the Virgo Full Moon, Mercury ends its retrograde phase and goes direct.  It may take a few days to pick up steam, but those intuitive, Piscean ideas that have been internally brewing for the past 3+ weeks will likely start to take form in the external world.  And although this is a time when action is strongly recommended, it would be best to delay making any major decisions for a few days, especially given all the foggy, chaotic Piscean/Neptune energy swirling around us.  Focus on actions that require progress or finishing up projects that have already been started. 

Mercury will be in Aquarius for the next few days, which will give us a window of opportunity when some of the mental fogginess will lift.  We may find we are more open to new ideas, but we will also be able to be more objective and rational.  However, on Tuesday, March 17, Mercury will move back into Pisces, where it will remain until April 12.  That means we need to continue using our intuition when making decisions.  Also, our imagination and creativity will be enhanced, especially when it comes to problem solving, speaking, or writing. 

Overall, this Virgo Full Moon is asking . . . more like demanding . . . that we take steps forward with a willingness to not necessarily see where the path leads.  We may end up exactly where we intended . . . or not.  We have to trust that Spirit will always take us where we need to be for our soul’s evolution, growth, and healing.  The time around the Full Moon is all about trusting, surrendering, and having faith (Pisces), while also using our analytical abilities (Virgo) to support us along the way to wherever we are headed.  For example, the Pisces energy is telling us to trust our intuition, but the Virgo Moon can help us make sure we aren’t being deceived or “taken in by false promises.”  We can also use that Virgo Moon to analyze our emotions and then use those feelings to guide our next step.  But overall, we need to get out there and put our boat in the water, while remembering that it’s essential that we make necessary adjustments if the current changes direction. 


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  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


Full Moon at 20° of Virgo

  • Monday, March 9, 2020, 10:47 a.m. PDT
  • Monday, March 9, 2020, 1:47 p.m. EDT
  • Monday, March 9, 2020, 5:47 p.m. GMT

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