• Fake it ‘til you make it?

    The Full Moon will occur at 08’57’ Virgo (antiscion 21°02’ Aries) and the Moon will be the only planet on the Western (highly adaptable to opportunities, but somewhat dependent on others in many ways) side of the lunation chart with all the other planets being enclosed inside the nodal axis on the Eastern side (independent, strong-willed, and more individualistic).

    The Lunation chart is lacking in “get-up-and-go” Cardinal energy whilst abounding in both Mutable and Fixed, a contradiction. The Elemental imbalance with an almost even division between Earth, Air and Water totally lacks in the Fire Element which as well as indicating a certain lack of drive could also add pessimism to the chart.

    Moon in Virgo is rather a perfectionist by nature and tries to give some practical reality to the chaos a Pisces Sun might suggest. Both signs however have a very creative touch to them.

    The Moon’s dispositor is Mercury, recently turned direct in Aquarius and sandwiched between Saturn and Jupiter, being influenced by the characteristics of both these planets may be rather nerve-racking for this future-oriented Mercury especially since Mercury and Saturn have both had a recent and probably tumultuous contact with Uranus (square).

    Sun, within orb of Venus in dreamy Pisces may seem happy and a peace with all but it is nevertheless still in an opposition to a rather demanding Moon which is itself approaching a trine aspect to Uranus and has just left a quirky quincunx to Saturn. Things aren’t as they seem.

    Push and pull seems to dominate.

    The house axis 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.

    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 (06-11° of the mutable signs: Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini), it also depends on the houses involved in your individual chart.

    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.

    The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 9° Virgo: “An expressionist painter at work.” Indicating the urge to express one’s individualised sense of value regardless of tradition.

    For the antiscion of the Moon at 22° Aries: “The gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires.” Indicating abundance made possible by humans’ togetherness and cooperation.

    For the Sun at 9° Pisces: “A jockey spurs his horse, intent on outdistancing his rivals.” Indicating intense mobilisation of energy and skill in the drive for success in any social performance affected by the competitive spirit.

    “We often confuse what we wish for with what is.” Neil Gaiman



    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 66, 156, 273, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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