Pisces Full Moon, 9-6-2017

Full Moon 9-6-2017

This lunation has the sun in Virgo at 13 degrees, and the full moon at the opposing sign of Pisces, 13 degrees. Our daily lives may be concerned with the nuts and bolts, with organization and boundaries, with health and exercise and daily tasks, but our emotional selves will want to dissolve, to lose ourselves to something greater and explore our spiritual depths. We strive to find balance between the two during this lunation.

We are also coming out of a Mercury retrograde, with Mercury finally moving forward at 28 degrees of Leo. This means he’ll be touching on the eclipse point from August 21, and we should expect important communications that reflect the intensity of the eclipse and its North Node presence. Our communications will not only be important, they will be fated.

Mercury at 28 degrees of Leo is also conjuncting Mars at zero degrees of Virgo, which means Mars has also touched on the eclipse point. Our force, our physical presence, how we take action in the world will be doubly important now. Both Mars and Mercury will emphasize the Virgo theme, will make us enthusiastic to engage in service, in practical day to day matters. I would expect that anyone who has had challenges or blockages to achieving a goal may find those obstacles swept away as though in a tide, leaving the path clear. If you were heavy with burdens before, they may well be lifted, and leave you dizzy with relief.

This Pisces moon will be inconjunct Venus at 13 degrees of Leo. Our feminine side will want to let down our hair, and we may feel indulgent, and the Pisces moon will not mesh as it seeks to direct our emotional side to the spiritual, perhaps making us feel a little out of sorts. We want to enjoy the finer things, but feel guilty for it and we can’t pin down why.

Uranus in the last lap of Aries, retrograding at 18 degrees will also trine the personal planets of Mars and Mercury. Trines emphasize quickness, and events may fall into place like a puzzle. He will want to show us how to reap the rewards of being truly ourselves, to be independent and rebellious, and by now, after years of Uranus in Aries, we will ideally have learned to identify what we need in our lives to be individuals, and this may have required personal sacrifices in the service of rebellion. We can now communicate those needs, and take action as required.

Neptune at 12 degrees of Pisces also aspects the luminaries; he will be conjunct the moon at 13 degrees of Pisces, and opposite the sun at 13 degrees Virgo. This emphasizes the desire to give til it hurts, to lose ourselves in a purpose, a calling, a bliss, a drug, a song — whatever calls to us. Work hard under the Virgo sun during the day, and then turn on the music full blast and dance your heart out by yourself or with a good friend, or even a new romantic interest.

Pluto at 16 degrees of Capricorn also trines the earthy Virgo sun, supporting us in our daily tasks, making our attention more keen, our sensibilities more discerning. Nothing passes unnoticed under our watchful eye, now. We’ll want to get to the bottom of things, and you may end up fixing mistakes left over from the previous Mercury retrograde in the nick of time, making your hard work seem effortless and as though nothing went awry to begin with. Pat yourself on the back, and take pride in your work. Your sense of security and self-satisfaction should prove affirming, and that will be a reward in and of itself.


A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook from Amazon.

Full Moon in Virgo, 3-12-2017, Impressions

Virgo Full Moon 3-12

I’m trying out this awesome new software from OpenAstro.org for Linux. (I’m still getting used to it!)

On this Virgo full moon, the prominent aspect is Mercury in Pisces at 27 degrees moving into exact square to Saturn in Sagitarrius at 27 degrees.

Their are several oppositions and squares at play during this full moon in Virgo the natural ruler of the sixth house, the sign of work, day to day concerns, daily tasks, health, organization, pets, and exercise. Let’s highlight those of interest one by one:

The North Node (Rahu/Dragon’s Head) at 2 degrees of Virgo is also conjunct fixed star Regulus, off by 1 orb. Regulus conveyed great fortune to a native by raising them high above the state they were born into, but equally capable of bringing about a proportionate “fall”. Traditionally in Leo, due to the precession of the equinoxes, Regulus passed from Leo to Virgo in 2012. The North Node, taken to represent our karmic future and soul’s quest, always moves backward, and thus is preparing to align with that star as it moves through the beginning degrees of Virgo to pass into Leo.

With this shift we should keep in mind that there is often a release — whatever theme, task, challenge, mission, or debt the sign placed upon you comes to an end. What does this portend as the North Node comes conjunct the “Kingmaker” star? Look to the kings and queens in your life, or how you might be assuming a kingship yourself, or are you meant — or failing — to take leadership in the area that Virgo applies to in your nativity?

Saturn is our big mover and shaker in 27 degrees of Sagitarrius, and is at the center of three squares. He forms loose squares to the Virgo moon and the Pisces sun at about 5 degree orb, making it a softer aspect. However, the intense aspect here is Pisces Mercury forming an exact square to Saturn in Sagitarrius at the 27 degree mark.

Ironically, I’m already getting a taste of this myself. In gathering my birth certificate and other incidentals, I discovered my birth certificate did not include the names of my parents and would be useless to me in my efforts to apply for a passport (which Sagitarrius rules, being the natural 9th house which rules foreign travel.) The lady who I made an appointment with to look over this paperwork completely forgot we had an appointment, and was an hour late to meet me — reminiscent of Mercury in retrograde, though in this case, what we have is a very sleepy, Pisces Mercury who is dropping the ball under Neptune’s influence. This miscommunication has forced me to jump through bureaucratic hoops to sort these papers out. Saturn in Sagitarrius would be proud!

Expect miscommunications in similar vein to the themes of the Neptune/Saturn square we experienced recently, only on a smaller scale, this time with Mercury in watery Pisces, perhaps dreaming too much, lets his mouth run away with him or makes promises he can’t deliver when Saturn puts his hand up to silence the noise. You might be called to deliver on those promises or contracts after all.

Politically, this might make for some interesting occurrences as we have a president notorious for off-the-cuff remarks and a news media that has more to gain from “infotainment” than value-driven news reporting that characterized journalistic standards of the past. Mercury, the ruler of journalists and writers, will make his presence known during this square in those fields.

In addition to those squares with Saturn, we have several loose squares to Pluto, who is transiting Capricorn at 19 degrees. Capricorn, an earth sign along with Virgo. Prominent squares to Pluto are Jupiter in Libra at 21 degrees, and Uranus in Aries at 22 degrees.

Pluto is also trine the Virgo moon, but wherever Pluto is involved, expect to have your mettle tested, even under “favorable” aspects like trines. Since Pluto is in Capricorn, which is Saturn’s house, we must look to where Saturn occupies the chart, as this is where Pluto is driving his energy.

This Plutonic power, therefore, feeds into the Mercury/Saturn square — while many have found Pluto in Capricorn to be a difficult aspect, citing the 2008 financial crises as being a part of Pluto’s movement into Capricorn, I find that there is no better planetary influence than Saturn for harnessing the immense power of Pluto — Pluto takes to Saturn’s discipline, which we sorely need lest Pluto rage without control.

This Mercury in Pisces is also in loose opposition to the Virgo moon — Virgo wants to keep emotions tight and within well defined boundaries, but the urge for the Virgin to “confess” under Mercury’s dreamy influence might undermine attempts at efficiency where Virgo is concerned. Idle gossip at work could backfire! Naturally, where the natal house positions fall under these signs for the native, comes into play.

Mars in Taurus forms a loose trine between Saturn in Sagitarrius and the North Node in Virgo, and will be making himself known best by channelling his martial aspect into endurance and aggressively hunting down investments and things of value. This will be doubly important as Venus is currently in retrograde, at her detriment, but she rules the signs of Taurus and Libra, and so both these signs carry special weight on their own — Mars in Taurus to emphasize the active pursuit of beauty and value, and Jupiter in Libra, asking us to see to our relationships and maintain those friendships, for when all else fails, we will need people we trust around us.

Yet, with Venus in retrograde until April, this will present challenges in how we deal with our friendships, our relationships — romantic ventures will likely stutter and stall, for those of you expecting sparks, and with tax season coming up, I’ve already heard reports of people falling victim to identity theft and having their tax return end up in the hands of a thief. Here, there seems a perfect conjunction of nefarious pursuits indicating Venus’s interests and Mars in Taurus, alongside the Saturn/Mercury square and Pluto.

If you broke up with someone under the influence of the solar eclipse previously, they will likely boomerang during Venus in retrograde.

If all this seems like a confusing cosmic soup, take heart: a good way to deal with these tensions and pressures is to take a hint from the glorious Venus, that mistress of love. Move slowly. Take your time. Speak less, and when you do, do it with consideration and grace. The Taurus Mars will also want to move with the slow endurance of the bull, that ancient fertility symbol, seeking to smell the roses. Yet, a chance to reconnect with friends under this Jupiter in Libra period, is also conducive to a Venus in retrograde period. Shake out those old dresses you’ve forgotten about. Throw a tea party, gather the women in your life, and celebrate them — the Virgo full moon will add her female energy to the mix, and don’t take anything anyone says too seriously.

 

Astrological Portraits: BBC’s Sherlock as Virgo

MythologyĀ  and storytelling — its place in astrology — is a never ending fascination of mine. While watching the recent BBC special the “Abominable Bride” over on my side of the pond, it occurred to me that there’s few characters who so embody an astrological symbol more than Sherlock. Having read Doyle and seen various interpretations, I think it’s fair to say that the modern revision has probably single handedly launched Benedict Cumberbatch’s career and suddenly made the dour detective sexy again.

Virgo probably isn’t the sign that comes to mind when people think “sexy”, but Virgo’s alignment with the concept of “virgin” is no indication of their actual sex lives. When we understand Virgo’s generalized characteristics, it’s fascinating to see how well BBC’s Sherlock is intertwined with it. From the detective’s manic attention to detail, interior sense of organization (mind palace, anyone?) we see the light of Mercury infusing nearly everything this new, retold Sherlock does, able not only to use every new device and gadget available to him, but to also communicate across social strata and various landscapes. All the while, Sherlock maintains a well-defined sense of identity that is never porous. When this sense of identity is threatened, as in the “Hound of Baskerville”, all systems shut down and he reaches a level of near hysteria, before order is restored and Sherlock’s identity is once again salvaged by rationality. Virgo, or the Virgin, earns its names in many respects, but also for the virginal quality of identity, through which nothing will penetrate.

Even the creators seemed to hit on this, albeit subconsciously. In building the modern character, they leave it in the air as to the nature of his sexuality, preferring to let things play out later on when the story warrants it. No better descriptor for a visual representation of the Virgo concept is given than when Sherlock manipulates his way into Irene Adler’s residence in “Scandal in Belgravia” — disguised as a priest, no less. In older definitions of what it meant to be Virgin, it meant a woman who owned her sexuality without answering to anyone, rather than a state of intact virginity. The concept of Virgin taken to its extreme is evident in Sherlock’s donning of the Roman collar. To the viewer, the character smacks of sexual naivete, but his mastery over his work suggests vast experience, titillating the viewer by these opposing contrasts, for we sense the Roman collar is a facade, a sham. His work smolders with funnelled libido.

As it is with many perfectionists, one need not be a Virgo to see how intense people become when focused on the details of their life’s work, often at the expense of the rest of their lives. It’s more apparent to us in public displays like the arts, where we can appreciate the violinist who has mastered his art through years of rigorous study, though we may only view the result. We can see it when we fall in love with a work of fiction, swept away by the heady illusion which often comes at the expense of years of perfectionist devotion to the word.

Naturally, the usual inclination is to perceive Sherlock’s character as being that of Scorpionic influence; after all, delving deep into the occulted is what this character builds his reputation on. That cannot be discounted. While Sherlock’s occupation speaks to Pluto, it would have no serious force without Virgo’s mastery in craft and attention to detail to bring it to bear. But I also think it’s no accident that as fixed star Regulus moved into Virgo in 2012 from its home in Leo, it’s interesting to wonder if our cultural values will reflect this in such heroic — or anti-heroic — characters. Certainly, it weighs heavy on my mind as the North Node prepares to conjunct Jupiter in Virgo at the start of 2016.