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Full Moon in Virgo: You're micromanaging again! (2.24)


The Full Moon in Virgo perfects on February 24th at 6:31am CST. The Sun is in Pisces and the Moon in Virgo are opposing at 5º creating a Full Moon. These are culminations, the climax of an annual cycle whether by fate or by our own hand. You may notice that New and Full Moons dominate our monthly experience, but they also work in 6 month cycles, the events that take place this month will integrate themselves completely by the New Moon in Virgo on September 2nd 2024 and this lunation may feel like a culmination of the events that began at the last New Moon in Virgo on September 14th 2023. The purpose of these articles is to hone a deeper understanding of these cycles, articulate the archetypes we may see as a collective, and to advise any challenging astro weather for a calmer mind and spirit. If you enjoy these, you can subscribe to my newsletter to be notified when a new post is uploaded.


Aspects:

Venus at 9º Aquarius square Jupiter at 10º Taurus (1º orb)

Mars at 8º Aquarius square Jupiter at 10º Taurus (2º orb)

Venus at 9º Aquarius conjunct Mars at 8º Aquarius (1º orb, separating)

Sun-Moon at 5º Pisces-Virgo conjunct-opposite Mercury at 2º Pisces (3º orb, separating)

Sun-Moon at 5º Pisces-Virgo conjunct-opposite Saturn at 9º Pisces (4º orb)

Sun-Moon at 5º Pisces-Virgo sextile-trine Jupiter at 10º Taurus (5º orb)


Delineation:

God, what a Full Moon. This is truly the kind of astrology that speaks to the stereotypical archetype of a Full Moon– ominous, critical, emotional, complete. Instead of the wolf that transforms to its animalistic nature and back again all in one night, this is something of a longer, more painful transformation that has required adjustment over the last six months. I remember the New Moon in Virgo back in September as a stuck feeling, a new opportunity but with no clear path to grab hold of it.


Many people fell ill last Virgo season too, it was so obvious in the astrology with Saturn oppositions on the Virgo-Pisces axis, sickness is such a Saturnian teacher. Everything has to stop, everything has to uproot so that we can restructure around illness. We have seen the consequences for not taking the time to do that too, it spreads through the body and the community and the world, it creates soul level burn out, it requires support from people who are separated from us by a wall of insurance or credit or not-so-full pockets. The problem with sickness is that people don't really care. Like trauma, it isn't a unique experience. Everyone has been sick at some point and while that should create more empathy and intimacy, it often creates a desensitization to the issue.

I do feel that whatever occurred for you back at the New Moon in September 2023 likely required a practical approach, planning, re-evaluation, a special focus on the "guts" of a thing, the health of the input. I imagine it was a long hard look at what it takes to actually achieve the fantasy, the dream, the ideal. Maybe you even had to sort of, "give up" on some other dream or ideal to reach another. If you did manage to face reality back in September, this Full Moon may reward you in some way.


In the February Newsletter I wrote: This lunation is just days before the Saturn-Mercury cazimi which is deeply relevant as this Full Moon is ruled and opposed by Mercury inching towards Saturn. The cazimi is a birth of a planet. At the time of the Full Moon, "gestation" is a word that comes to mind, or maybe more accurately, "active labor". In the weeks following this lunation, we may see our ideas and perspectives birthed, issues and unresolved matters from 2023 may see more clarity, but it's an illogical kind. One that grants power to possibility, an affirmation of growth. The planets on the Virgo-Pisces axis are harmonious with Jupiter who is instigating the "push" out of the comfortable womb as well as granting relief to the uncomfortable carrier. A revealing, a birth, a portal is opened, the details form in a screaming bundle of joy.


That last line, "push out of the comfortable womb as well as granting relief to the uncomfortable carrier..." it is likely that we are one or both of these archetypes at the time of the Full Moon and are needing to get real about which one we are and why, have you been carrying something that you desperately need to push out? Or have you been the one coddled in the womb who now needs to face the state of your life? Relief does come with both.


Since this lunation is opposed by Saturn and Mercury, who are both headed into the heart of the Sun, this time is about spiritual and emotional fortitude. We may need to tame our crashing waves or put forth the effort to water our spiritual dryness and disconnection. Support or "helpers" are available to us, but it's not necessarily coming to us in the ways we may crave, but instead in a way that will teach us something valuable. There has to be a restructuring somewhere and sure, maybe that means adopting healthier habits, but it could also mean finding a way to relax. Micromanaging often hurts us more than it helps, Saturn in Pisces is testing our resolve to remain calm and cool through emotional warfare. Short term fixes and bandaids aren't working here– we need to adopt a long term mindset. Find the line between escapism and romanticism, there is a difference! Finding joy in the little things is necessary, but pretending may perpetuate these picky behaviors, acting as a blockage to inner peace.


Something that I am noticing more than ever right now is that my anxious, self critical voices have been overpowering in these weeks leading up to the Full Moon. Virgo can become shrill, tightly wound, upset, nervous, overwhelmed, narrowly focused on the minute details in a way that confuses and provokes the unnecessary. If you are noticing this within you or someone else, it could be time for a drastically different approach, one that seems almost uncaring and unbothered on the surface but one that ultimately preserves itself. Maybe self preservation is key to this Moon, this is how we can survive and thrive, by softening.


The same approach we adopt in response to illness may not work in the way we'd like it to (metaphorically). Isolating the issue, stripping it down, disinfecting, treating with antibodies, routine and consistency until it's all better– if it has the privilege of getting better– logic may not work in the way that we'd like it to right now. Maybe the issue isn't a genuine illness, but one of the heart, emotional stress, or fatigue, the approach then has to become softer. We may have to completely rethink something at the time of this Full Moon or, if you did already back in September, this could be a time where you are evaluating whether or not your new system works and adjusting accordingly. Pisces season this year is granting us many new responsibilities and opportunities for maturation. If Saturn were in Virgo, maybe it would be as simple as adopting a routine, but when Saturn is in Pisces, we are trying to contain the uncontainable and the concept of strict routine works against us. It may be time to adopt an intuitive process for a challenge, especially if you've already exhausted all of the logical avenues.


That being said, routine is something that I think our nervous systems are definitely craving right now among such intense change that we've seen over the last few weeks, months, and years. I only mean that routine may feel extremely difficult to establish in a mutable season– we need to somehow allow for both flexibility and for consistency. Maybe that means you try to have lunch at the same time every day or you are doing something small for yourself that helps you reach the current goal you have. The smallest things are what make the biggest differences, Saturn wants us to forego instant gratification and this is especially difficult in our Pisces houses because this is where we just wanna flow, man! It isn't easy to set limitations in our Jupiter influenced corners because this is where we want experience, explore, this is where we experience compassion and joy– but there is much more capacity for joy when we are honoring necessary boundaries, especially to reach a more sustainable kind of joy.


With the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction coming up this April, I imagine many people will be launching life changing projects, going on profound trips, learning coveted bits of knowledge, all Jupiter ruled things, but Saturn in Pisces demands that we face reality and are realistic about what these things cost too– maturity, money, planning, and the like. This is a lunation to assess and prepare for what you want to create by being honest about where you are right now. Remember how honesty truly is compassionate, even if it feels harsh for a moment.


Happy Full Moon,


Your friendly neighborhood astrologer,


Katie

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Feb 25

Love your writing. Thank you for sharing it with us. Happy Full Moon to you too! 💜

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Thank you for taking the time to read it! Much love!

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