Virgo typically is a “nuts and bolts” sign, more concerned with handling the gritty details of daily life. However this Full Moon at 03° 34′ Virgo on 22 February 2016, 10:20 AM PST has the master illusionist, Neptune in Pisces, hard at work sending out mixed signals.
Neptune opposes the Virgo Full Moon while conjoining the Pisces Sun. Ideally Virgo supplies the practical know-how to bring Pisces’s dreams into reality. The Sun-Neptune conjunction is waxing and will be exact on February 28, creating the perfect conditions for vivid dreams! This is a wonderful time to take note of your day dreams as well as those that come at night.
Because Mercury rules Virgo, its role on this Full Moon is critical and Mercury is in an awkward position this time. On the plus side, it is conjunct Pallas in Aquarius which increases the ability to see patterns in the information we have to work with. Mercury in airy Aquarius is generally rational and far seeing, also a good thing. The wide sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius is welcome because Saturn helps this quirky Mercury sort the practical solutions from overly idealistic ones.
The downside is a semi-sextile to Neptune in Pisces. One of Neptune’s messages is to have faith, and it is particularly strong now with Neptune in its home sign of Pisces and conjoined the Pisces Sun. So we have Neptune whispering in our ear to take things on faith when it would be far more advisable to make sure we’re working with accurate information. Please take time to do your homework and get a second opinion, or more, before making important decisions. The big picture here is the ongoing square between Saturn and Neptune, and the issues raised on this lunation may reverberate down the road later this year.
There is one other planet influencing Mercury and that is Venus in Aquarius. The Venus-Mercury conjunction will not be exact this time but Venus is still able to convince Mercury to be more tactful and use charm rather than the knife . . . at least some of the time. Mercury in Aquarius has a brilliant but rather cold, analytical approach to problem solving. Not to mention Aquarius is a fixed sign and Mercury here does not readily change its mind.
The Uranus-Pluto square is still resonating but thankfully doesn’t have as great an impact on the luminaries as it did on the Aquarius New Moon. This time Saturn in Sagittarius adds some restraint via a trine to Uranus and a semi-sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. We may finally be able to be more creative about finding simple, practical solutions to the issues that have been dogging us forever. I certainly hope so!
Mars in Scorpio is not in the thick of things this time either. He still is making a waning sextile to Jupiter in Virgo though this influence is fading now. Those who have personal planets or an Ascendant from 20° to 26° in either Scorpio or Virgo should still get a nice boost in energy. Use this to complete ongoing projects, perhaps those set into motion on the New Moon.
What we learn on the Full Moon in Virgo needs to be evaluated with care and it probably won’t be easy with Neptune’s siren song calling us to dance ecstatically. Best pay attention though because the next test coming up is a powerful Solar Eclipse New Moon in Pisces on March 8. Then Saturn will become the Taskmaster when he creates a T-Square with the Luminaries opposing Jupiter in Virgo. Keep at least one foot on the ground at all times when dancing to Neptune’s tunes . . . please.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.