• cranky feelings and fuzzy thoughts with a certain bend towards feeling unappreciated….

    There will be a Full Moon at 22°12’ of the sign of Virgo on March 12th. Virgo is a mutable Earth sign ruled by Mercury.

    Full Moons are also known to be times when things climax, when we decide that enough is enough for certain aspects of our life because we avert an intensified conflict between two major areas of our life and we need to find a way to honour both. They shine a light on the area that is “hidden” and in this case, in traditional astrology, all matters concerning the 6th house and the sign of Virgo. This is certainly more evident when the Full Moon closely aspects any personal planets or angles in your chart (20-25° of the mutable signs: Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini), it also depends on the houses involved in your individual chart.

    The house axis in traditional astrology which is involved in this Full Moon is the 6th – 12th one, Virgo-Pisces; intellect vs intuition, effort vs surrender, judgement vs compassion etc.

    Virgo and the 6th house, in modern astrology, respect the physical body and thus fitness regimes and diets which are involved in the healthy functioning of our bodies, it also includes our daily routine and work. Its shadow side however tends to treat the body as a slave, pushing it to its physical limits until injury or illness force us to pay attention. Virgo is very discriminating and delights in helping people, its shadow part tends to judge and falls into servitude by keeping itself over-occupied in the hope of escaping feelings of powerlessness and loneliness. In traditional astrology however the 6th house represents any person “who serves us” such as people who work in our homes including craftsmen, it also represents ill-health and unpleasantness among other things.

    This Full Moon could thus be a good moment to step-up the ways that aid our emotional well-being. However, with the Moon in opposition to Mercury the ruler of Virgo and both also square Saturn in Sagittarius this could mean cranky feelings, fuzzy thoughts and give a general sense of inadequacy to our words with a certain bend towards feeling unappreciated.

    In his book “Moon Phase Astrology”, author Raven Kaldera calls this Virgo Moon phase the “Spinner’s Moon” – he or she who spins the thread of life for each and every one of us. He suggests we use this time to count our web of obligations, whom we owe, who owes us and how we feel about these obligations. And, moreover, who will be there to catch us should we fall? For him, this is also a good time to render service to others in a selfless way.

    In Pagan Traditions this Moon is known as the “Sap or Worm Moon” because sap rises in March but the ground also softens during this month, and worms begin to burrow out of the ground, thus the name worm moon. This is a good time for healing magic. Think of the sap as the blood running through your veins carrying health and healing.

    The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 23° Virgo is: “A lion tamer displays his skill and character” indicating the need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfil one’s destiny.

    For the Sun at 23° Pisces: “A “materializing” medium giving a séance” indicating the ability to give one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires.

    “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept” Ansel Adams

    Which area of your chart is this Full Moon illuminating?


    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 207-209, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 165, 283, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Thomas’s Old Farmers’ Almanac – circa 1792, https://www.paganspath.com/magik/moonnames.htm accessed on 7th February 2017

    Image: Metamorphosis Archives by Jiri Ptacek