This Full Moon falls on the healing axis of Virgo and Pisces. As such, it has the capacity to be deeply healing for our lives and relationships. There is a huge amount of Pisces activity at the moment, with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune and Chiron the Wounded Healer all in this sensitive, impressionable, empathetic sign. As such, there is the potential for really connecting with others; seeing past their faults, “wrongdoings” and flawed humanity and connecting with their true essence and spirit. This, of course, can be very healing, as walls and protective barriers dissolve and open-hearted relating takes their place. Pisces represents unconditional love, compassion, empathy and helps us to recognise that we are all in this together and come from the same melting pot.
All of this Pisces activity does also bring the potential for confusion and chaos, whereby what we thought was real turns out not to be so. Pisces does have the ability to create smoke screens and make everything a bit unclear and foggy! It blurs the line between the mundane world and the world of spirit, so all is not necessarily as it seems when Pisces is in operation. Pisces is the part of ourselves that prefers to see life through rose-tinted spectacles, which is all well and good until something knocks them off and reality hits us over the head! With all of this Pisces activity we are very likely to be having a very active dream life at the moment and they could be a source of amazing guidance if we pay attention to them.
The Moon is in Virgo, opposite the Pisces Sun and Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, so we are invited to find balance between the energy of the two signs rather than veering too far in one direction. While Pisces can quite easily cause us to go off into fantasy land, only seeing what we want to see, Virgo invites us to use the art of discernment and look at things in a more realistic light. However, one of the dangers of Virgo is for us to become so aware of our lacks, imperfections and faults that we analyse ourselves to death and are much too hard on ourselves. This is where some Pisces balance comes in, because she reminds us that we are perfect in our imperfection and are loved unconditionally by God, Creator, the Divine. Virgo represents the principle of humility, but takes too far this can cause feelings of inadequacy, shame, humiliation, inferiority and cause us to mercilessly criticise ourselves and our shortcomings, becoming our own worst enemy. It is all very well doing the work on ourselves and being willing to see how we can improve ourselves, as long as it doesn’t go so far that we take the blame for everything.
Pisces urges us to have some compassion for ourselves and our loved ones, seeing the true beauty within instead of blaming, shaming or finding fault. We are all just flawed humans, with our wounds and imperfections, doing the best we can with the tools we have been given. All we can do is keep working on ourselves, and beating ourselves up or self-flagellating simply isn’t the way to go! Virgo can create crises that make us all too aware of where we are going wrong and what needs improving, but while a bit of self-analysis is helpful, it can so easily tip over into worry, anxiety, shaming and taking all the blame for something that maybe isn’t completely our fault. Virgo is very good at the art of discrimination, helping us to recognise where we may be deluded or under the spell of illusions. As such, this time could mean that the rose tinted spectacles come off and we are finally able to see ourselves and whatever situation we are in as they really are, rather than the fantasy we have created. This could be very helpful indeed.
With Jupiter in Scorpio at the moment, about to go retrograde on the 9th, we are certainly being given the chance to peel back layers of illusion and face up to the darker parts of our make-up that we would usually prefer to deny or that are simply hidden from our view, “eclipsed”, or some kind of blind spot. Jupiter is forming a minor, helpful aspect to this Moon, but more importantly he is currently in harmonious aspect to Pluto, the planet of soul, power, transformation and the ruler of Scorpio. This combination has the potential for a huge amount of soul growth if we are willing to delve deep into our psyches and be brutally honest with ourselves about what we find there. It may not quite fit in with the pretty picture we have painted about ourselves, but if we don’t face up and allow ourselves to see the truth then it will just be there, operating in the shadows, controlling the show. A great deal of emotional honesty is required here, but the rewards will be great. We will be better able to see the whole picture, rather than just the pretty parts.
Saturn, the Lord of Karma, is also forming a harmonious aspect to the Sun and Moon during this lunation, and over the past few days has been helping us to see ourselves in a more realistic light and to take responsibility for our actions. His presence further compounds the sense that layers of illusion are being peeled back and that whatever “spell” we have been under is lifting, revealing things as they really are rather than however it seemed. Saturn encourages emotional maturity and a willingness to be a grown-up and take responsibility for our part in whatever situation we find ourselves in, rather than merely seeing ourselves as a victim. This is not to say that we should judge ourselves too severely, or fall into the trap of self-flagellation and guilt, but rather that we should be willing to “own our stuff”. Saturn teaches us a lot about the law of cause and effect, so we could be better able to see how the past has served to bring about whatever situation or state we find ourselves in now. The layers are being peeled back.
An interesting configuration is forming for the Moon, which will be exact on the 4th of March and holds the potential for a great amount of either wounding or healing. It could go either way I suppose. We have Mercury, Venus and Chiron the Wounded Healer all coming together in the same degree of Pisces, which could bring about conversations which have the capacity to really get to the heart of the matter, helping us to see each other as we truly are and allowing one another to see our true essence and spirit without any barriers or walls. There is the potential for such compassion, tenderness, kindness and true forgiveness, as we come from a place of unconditional love and open-hearted acceptance. Such amazing healing can come from this place, as the defensive walls melt away and we surrender to our true feelings, allowing others to see the tender, vulnerable parts of ourselves that we might usually be afraid to show. Of course there is the potential for our defences to be lowered so much that we allow others to say or do something to wound us, but that is the risk we always take in trusting another human being. Better to trust and be disappointed once in a while than never to trust at all.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon, at 12° Virgo, is: “After the wedding, the groom snatches the veil away from his bride”, about which Dane Rudyar says: “The Keyword is UNVEILING….. an unveiling of mysteries, long protected by secrecy”. This symbol brings the feeling of us no longer being unable to hide behind any veils, in the form of pretences, or delusions, or illusions. The act of snatching a veil away could force us to remove any walls or barriers between us that may be preventing from really seeing one another and seeing each other’s true essence; our truth. It also forces us to stop hiding from ourselves and removes any pesky blind spots. There is no hiding anymore. This symbol corroborates all of the other planetary energy of this Full Moon, reinforcing the sense that the layers are being peeled back and the veils of delusion and illusion are being lifted. What is being revealed to us is anything that has been shrouded because we have been unable to see it until now.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.”
From “The Great Wagon” by Rumi.
Picture by Mark Hansen