IN A NUTSHELL, here are the basic positive qualities of Virgo and Pisces:
• Virgo: Discriminating, practical, analytical, precise, dependable
• Pisces: Sympathetic, mystical, intuitive, forgiving, adaptable
When listed out like this, it’s easy to see how both signs possess admirable qualities — but we can also see how we might find it difficult to be both discriminating and sympathetic, practical and mystical, analytical and intuitive, precise and forgiving, dependable and adaptable.
And yet, this is our challenge with Monday’s Full Moon! On our way into balance, we may find ourselves seesawing and going into overload — which means we can find ourselves representing the lower-vibrational qualities of these two signs:
• Virgo: Criticalness, skepticism, nervousness, rigidity
• Pisces: Hypersensitivity, moodiness, avoidance behavior, over-idealism
EVERY SIGN has basic positive characteristics that, if taken to the extreme, can take us out of balance. The inherent sensitivity of Pisces can become hypersensitivity; the skills of discrimination demonstrated by Virgo can become hyper-criticalness, especially when we are under stress. With Jupiter aspecting both the Sun and Moon at the time of the Full Moon, some of these seesaw effects may be increased.
Jupiter is in Gemini, emphasizing our desire to find answers, to gain the information and insights that will move us forward. As Jupiter squares the Sun in Pisces, our desire for peace and enlightenment is heightened. As Jupiter squares the Moon in Virgo, our desire for practical solutions is also strengthened.
ASTROLOGER Bil Tierney writes about the potentials available through this type of configuration (a mutable T-square with Jupiter at the apex) in his book Dynamics of Aspect Analysis:
“If this T-square is used constructively… the individual is better able to clearly translate and promote his acquired insight and wisdom with versatility, adaptability, and even a sense of humor (quite often a necessary asset for spiritual growth)… [and] can play an important part in helping others understand the creative life principles guiding human evolution along a path of even greater inner enrichment.”
An important part of accessing this positive potential will be cultivating that sense of humor that Jupiter can inspire, while also maintaining our abilities to discern and perceive reality (Moon in Virgo), trusting that we are supported on our journey (Sun in Pisces), and staying open to the messages from our higher wisdom (Jupiter in Gemini).
THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the location of the Full Moon (in the eighth degree of Virgo) reveals a greater depth of intention:
“A five-year-old child takes a first dancing lesson.”
As simple as this image at first appears, we find great symbolism in effect, as interpreted by Dane Rudhyar in his book An Astrological Mandala:
“At this stage, we witness at work the transitional phase which may lead to mastery… if the child is ‘five years old,’ the implication is that he is entering the level of consciousness represented by the number 5 — the five-pointed star that outlines the Potentiality of Initiation.”
It appears that this Full Moon is an initiation of sorts. Through experiencing its energies, we have opportunities to come into even greater alignment with our spiritual path, given a willingness to learn and perfect the steps along the way — our cosmic “dancing lesson.”
And all of this, of course, is in perfect accord with the emphasis on Pisces right now — which increases on Monday, when Venus joins the other five planets already in the sign.
MARCH BEGINS on Friday, and the planetary aspects for the day seem to be acknowledging a shift in the energy field. Pluto forms a sextile aspect with the Sun, providing opportunities for us to see the truth of our reality (Pluto in Capricorn) while still maintaining our open-heartedness and compassion (Sun in Pisces).
And, Saturn forms a trine aspect with the Sun on the same day, which will help us make progress toward our goals. In particular, Saturn in Scorpio assists us in having both the deep emotional insight and the practical discipline that are necessary as we navigate the ever-changing terrain of our lives.