Longing for sanity? Solid ground? This year’s Virgo Full Moon on March 1/2, 2018 has your fix.

It’s powering up our abilities to analyze, communicate and problem solve, even as emotional high tides crest.

Christina, Zodiac Poetry, enumerates its gifts:

“The Virgo Full Moon is an infusion of clarity, a moment of lucidity, a glimmer of awareness.”

Welcome possibilities all, as we emerge from recent eclipses into a Pisces-dominated sky. As my forecast calls it:

“The Moon is beaming down anchors – or life preservers – as we float on the sea of life. Or flounder, as it’s felt for some of us lately.”

“Don’t expect a smooth ride, though. This Full Moon teems with factors that could cloud and complicate perceptions and actions. … All this water is linking us effortlessly. Connecting is deep, profound, candid and revealing. Granted, fears can bubble up through that link to infect relationships, but so can intense feelings that you may not have allowed yourself to acknowledge.”

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Let’s look at how astrologers around the Web size up the lunar action.

Virgo Full Moon

To astrologers, Virgo is a mutable earth sign, governed by mental Mercury. Together, they produce restless spirits endlessly striving for an elusive “perfecton.” Befitting Virgo’s bent for self-improvement, astrologers have advice for navigating the event.

Grasp the sign’s tools, advises Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology/

“The Virgo Full Moon will attempt to ground you with a sharp correction, and (because Virgo is useful) there will be tools for you. Work with those tools (improve, do what’s right), pay attention to the facts that are revealed, and you should be ok.

“If you’re trying to get a handle on an addiction (to a substance, habit or person) this Moon is favorable. There’s something to look forward to if you ‘take your medicine’ and correct your situation.”

Embrace what comes to light. Christina, Zodiac Poetry, elaborates:

“With pristine accuracy, this Full Moon will help us organize our understanding of where we currently are in life, illuminating the areas we’re called to work on, while giving us the information and motivation we need to tackle them immediately. Everything will feel a little more obvious, a little more transparent, a little less ambiguous, even though the sheer candor and sharp veracity of this detail-oriented, clear-cut Full Moon are hardly going to coddle our Ego and appease our desires. On the contrary, the eye-opening quality of this plenilune is almost guaranteed to make us uncomfortable – at least at first, and especially if we resist and refuse to recognize our role and responsibility in the scheme of things.”

I Think, Therefore I Want

Logic-driven as this sign is, this Virgo Full Moon has our hearts on our sleeves and minds. Virgo’s ruler Mercury, the cosmic messenger, is tightly conjunct the love goddess Venus.

She’s flooding thoughts and messages with desires, and they’re hardly trifles and baubles. They are intense and powerful, because the planetary pair is tightly trine expansive, beneficent Jupiter in Scorpio.

The trio promises increase, says Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology:

“This Moon’s fix/solution/upgrade will lead to more (Jupiter). The ending will not really be an ending, but an invitation to do more with what you’ve learned (even if the fantasy is punctured). Mercury/Jupiter looks to the future as information spreads outwards (optimistic thinking). Venus/Jupiter can bring more of what’s desired.”

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Fog Advisory

Adding to the complexity:  This Moon’s developments may not be as they seem – or may show that appearances have been deceiving – thanks to a tight opposition to illusionist Neptune.

“This culmination/ending will be all about a truth that pierces the illusion.

“Neptune is the dream/fantasy/escape. The Virgo Moon in opposition to this can spell the end of a fantasy, or a result that delivers some clarifying diagnoses. Virgo can be cynical or healing, depending on how her analysis is applied.”

Nadia Gilchrist, Ruby Slipper Astrology

“The Moon can fall victim to negative Neptune because of its tendency to do things unconsciously. The Moon (Public) can be very easily hypnotized by Neptune’s promise of salvation. Moon opposition Neptune is not out to deliberately deceive, though it can seem that way.

“This can be a Joan of Arc or a Florence Nightingale. So the hard aspect of the opposition can actually save this aspect from dissolving into the mists altogether and give it some practical application. This fantastical imagination works very well in show business since the hard aspect turns the fantasizing into something concrete, the movies with all their glamour and melodrama are just perfect for this Full Moon (If you keep a critical eye out for the matrix programming!). Generally this aspect one of the most sensitive and compassionate but we just have to be careful that the idealism is not misplaced, unrealistic and impractical.”

Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology

“This may increase your emotional sensitivity to such a level that you misunderstand others and become confused about your own feelings. You should take extra care in your dealings with others because you are likely to get the wrong impression and they will get the wrong impression about you.

“There are positives. Neptune stimulates your imagination, creativity and compassion. Good things to do during this two-week moon phase include charity work and visiting sick or elderly friends and relatives. Relax with a movie or music or try singing in the shower. Try to relax and not take life too seriously.”

Jamie Partridge, Astrology King

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Push Back

Expect to respond, no matter what you see (or don’t) or experience. The Moon and Sun are (widely) squaring off with Mars in Sagittarius, ruler of our drive and the masculine. He’s the focal point of a T-square to both lights, which is also called “the bendings.”

The practical effect, according to my forecast: “Uncomfortable information is coming up in ways that demand we deal with it.”

Elsa Elsa also sounds caution:

“There will be tricks and sneak-attacks (gaslighting) but a person can easily do themselves in under a sky like that.  A person feels criticized (Virgo), sees no way out (Pisces) and acts out (Mars in Sagittarius). Kids put on capes and jump from the top of their house, thinking they can fly. Mars in Sagittarius takes risks. Mash that with Pisces and you come up with ‘leaps of faith.’ Imagination will be stretched under this Full Moon.”

Suit Up & Step Up

Fortunately, grounding and stabilizing are at hand, thanks to a trine from the Moon to order-loving Saturn.

The link is a lifeline and a tool. Jamie Partridge, Astrology King, explains:

“It gives the patience and emotional strength to handle sensitive or difficult relationship issues. Saturn common sense and reality will clear up any self-delusion or fantasies you may have about others. Saturn gives a grounded feeling if you are feeling upset and eases the Neptune feeling of confusion and disorientation. However, this aspect is not as strong as the opposition to Neptune. Your instincts may not be so deceptive, but you should still not rely on them.

“You can take responsibility for your challenging behaviors. You can draw on extra self-discipline, patience and determination to break bad habits and improve your life. Detoxify your body and soul.

“Saturn also provides support structures to help you. You can seek emotional support and nourishment from your family or partner.”

And We’re Off!

While Saturn delivers maturity and stamina, a trine between Mars in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries spurs action.

I see it as part of this Moon’s toolkit for navigating the trickiness of this Moon.

“That includes the ‘Just do it!’ hair-trigger motivation of a trine between first responder Mars and Uranus, awakener, rebel and agent of unpredictable change. Energies could erupt so quickly that you look back stunned at what just happened – or what you have just done.”

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Other Considerations

Beyond the basics on which most Western astrologers agree, there are myriad other astrological “bells and whistles” developed over the centuries that can add nuance and inspiration to interpretations. Here are a few for this Virgo Full Moon.

Fixed Stars

The Moon is conjunct the fixed star Zosma, on the back of Leo the lion.

“Unusual for restrained Virgo energy, this star brings a lion’s bite to the Full Moon. … It brings up themes of the victim/savior archetype.”

Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology

“Moon conjunct Zosma can cause depression but also good instincts and visions. Also drug addiction or sensitivity, motion sickness or anxiety felt in stomach. This is not a happy star with a nature like that of Saturn and Venus.”

Jamie Partridge, Astrology King

Asteroids & Minor Planets

The Moon is tightly opposite Hebe, the Greek goddess of eternal youth and cupbearer to the gods. She embodies the notion of service (or slavery), as well as hebephilia (attraction to post-pubescent youth).

The Mercury/Venus conjunction is also conjunct Chiron, which represents wounds that will not heal.  My forecast considers his role:

“His presence makes it probable that melancholy, pain and other weird sensations have more to do with long-standing issues than with players and situations in time present. And some of those issues might not be yours at all. In the midst of so much Pisces, we’re all sponges and empaths, consciously or not, affected by the plight of all humanity.”

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Each astrological sign can be divided into three sections, known as decans (10 degree divisions of the Zodiac). This Moon is in Virgo decan 2, which is ruled by Venus.

Marina Macario, Darkstar Astrology, describes the decan’s effect on the Full Moon:

“This is an extreme position for the Moon where there seems no grey area at all. Either it is a sinner or a saint. The sadomasochistic tendency here is very strong, where pain is a theme for good or ill.

“We have the choice to be the empathic nurse or the torturer, much depends on the evolution of the soul or how conscious we are. Those who let themselves become literally unconscious through the use of drugs or alcohol lay themselves open to being possessed by demons who enjoy inflicting pain on others.

“On the positive side, this Full Moon is just perfect for the artisan and craftsperson who is very skilled and produces very fine and detailed works. Their precision and perfectionist traits are enhanced by this Virgo Full Moon to the highest potential. This can be utilized working with styles that require intricate and delicate operation of tools, like lacemaking, etching or fine jewelry making.

“At this Full Moon, we can weave our heart and soul into each of our creations. Another tendency for those touched by this Full Moon will be the inability to take criticism from its superiors. Especially affected are the very people who dish out a very cutting critique of others. At this sensitive Full Moon however they will feel extremely wounded if they receive the same back.”

Sabian Symbols

Over the years, astrologers have devised systems to assign meaning to each degree of the Zodiac. The most popular of the past century has been the Sabian Symbols.

The Sabian Symbol for the 12th degree of Virgo is: “After the Wedding, the Groom Snatches the Veil Away From His Bride.”

In his commentary on the Symbol, astrologer Dane Rudhyar gives the keynote as:

“The penetrating and unveiling power of the trained mind.” He elaborates, “In ancient cosmologies the male god often appears in three roles as son, husband and father of the woman element of nature. Nature is fulfilled by the human mind and will that overcome her; she resists only better to be subdued by the power that transcends her, and by transcending her gives her a spiritual awakening.”

Lunar Mansion

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The Virgo Full Moon falls in Lunar Mansion 12, which the Arab astrologers called Al Sarfah (the Changer). Donna Woodwell of Donna Philosophica nicknamed it “The Dragon”:

“The mansion’s purpose is self-improvement through conflict. Challenge yourself. Take responsibility for your own actions. Be inspired by others to improve yourself.  But don’t disown your demons or give in to envy and jealousy.”

Summing It Up

This Full Moon promises a blend of logic and illusion, talk and telepathy, sober living and temptation, mature, considered practicality and hair-trigger responses.

And turn on your fog lights. Warns Elsa Elsa: “Bottom line, there is a lot of fog out there and it is already rolling in. Common sense tells us to be careful when it’s foggy out.”

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Lunaria Datebook

Last Moon Phase: February New Moon in Aquarius
Next Moon Phase: March New Moon in Pisces

March Full Moon Times and Dates:

San Francisco: Thursday, Mar. 1, 4:52 p.m. PST
New York: Thursday, Mar. 1, 7:52 p.m. EST
São Paulo: Thursday, Mar. 1, 9:52 p.m. BRST
London: Friday, Mar. 2, 12:52 a.m. BST
Istanbul: Friday, Mar. 2, 3:52 a.m. TRT
Mumbai: Friday, Mar. 2, 6:a2 a.m. IST
Tokyo: Friday, Mar. 2, 9:52 a.m. JST
Sydney: Friday, Mar. 2, 11:52 a.m. AEST

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