The Moon becomes full when she’s opposite of the Sun. It’s Pisces season, which means that the Full Moon takes place in Virgo (the sign opposite of Pisces). Pisces is the mutable water sign that’s ruled by Jupiter. During Pisces season, the Sun illuminates the parts of our charts that contain Pisces. Pisces naturally swims into the depths of the ocean. This sign is intuitive. This sign feeeels. This sign has a longing; a longing to merge with the water, with the creatures of the ocean, with the corals, with the sand.
Pisces wants to merge with the divine and wants to transcend the mundane. Pisces transcends by merging with the Other. The Other may be a deity. The Other may also be nature. The Other may be found in a person, maybe via sex. The Other may also be found with support of a substance like alcohol or LSD. Pisces often seeks intoxication, either by love or drugs, or both. Pisces has a deep need to become One. The two fishes want to become one. The two fishes are in fact one. Together they are one sign. The fishes are just not aware of it.
There’s a deep longing with Pisces. Life feels incomplete and dry, lacking depth and moist, when the Other is not there. But, at the same time, these fishes don’t like to be caught in nets. Pisces needs freedom. Pisces needs space to swim. Fish don’t belong in bowls, they belong in the oceans. The two fish want to become one, but they actually make sure it won’t happen. The two fish swim around each other in circles, forever and eternally. That’s the glyph, the astrological symbol, of Pisces: two fishes swimming around each other. They are not swimming ‘at’ each other, as if they are actively trying to become one. They actually don’t want to become one, because if they dissolve in each other… what will be left of themselves?
As soon as Pisces gets caught in a net, it needs to cut itself free from the constraints. As soon as the fishes partner up, they want to separate. It’s the same type of push and pull, of meeting and separating, as we see with yin and yang, Shakti and Shiva. Feminine and masculine exist, because they are separated. Duality within unity. They both depend on one another; there’s no feminine without masculine and vice versa. Shakti (the material world) exists for Shiva (consciousness) to witness Her and to experience Himself.
People with prominent Pisces placements (especially with the ascendant, ruler of the ascendant, Sun, Moon and/or Venus in Pisces) know the opposition of these desires all too well. The desire to merge versus the desire to be free and independent. It’s not uncommon for people with prominent Pisces placements, to go through a lifelong lesson of boundary setting. Whether it’s about setting boundaries with people or with substances. Pisces is skilled at swimming alone and swimming too deep into the depths of the oceans, getting lost in the dark. Pisces is also skilled at swimming in schools of fish for too long and thus forgetting about their own unique path and personal direction.
It’s obvious why Venus is exalted (honored) in Pisces. In this sign, the goddess of love is skilled at giving until she gives herself away. In this sign, the goddess of love is capable of experiencing ecstasy in connection, art, sex and spiritual practice; so much so that she tends to forget about her own needs (getting lost into God or getting lost in orgasms). There’s such a thing as too much of the good stuff (wine, chocolate, even sex). Pisces is skilled at seeking out divine experiences and having hangovers the day after. Pisces always needs to come back to themselves afterwards. Which, by the way, doesn’t mean that we can’t find ourselves through yoga, conscious sex or prayer. We can definitely find the Divine within ourselves through such practices. It’s a journey: finding Oneself through merging with the Other. Going out to come back home.
People who have no prominent Pisces placements, but who’re dating someone who does have such placements, or who has a friend with prominent Pisces placements, might find it confusing. Because one day you experience a deep connection, the next day the fishes are gone… Why did they leave? After having experienced a powerful meeting of souls, Pisces needs to search for themselves in the deep dark waters of the ocean. They may have gotten a little lost in you. Now they need to be on their own for a while. Don’t worry though. After Pisces has found themselves, they usually will resurface.
During Pisces season we’re supported in connecting with one another. Empathy, compassion, love. Pisces season is about emotional connections, feeling the feels, caring for each other. Which also entails a lesson in connecting with the self, in caring for oneself. Feeling oneself. Nurturing oneself. The Full Moon in Virgo reminds us of that. The Full Moon arrives on February 27th at 3.17 am ET / 9.17 am CET at 8 degrees Virgo.
Virgo is ‘the one that belongs to themselves’. The Full Moon in Virgo is conjunct the asteroid Vesta. Vesta is the ancient Roman goddess (Hestia; the Greek goddess) of the sacred fire. The Vesta priestesses, in ancient Rome, were the guardians of the sacred fires in the temples. These priestesses were virgin priestesses; like nuns they were devoted to the divine. These priestesses were dealt the task of keeping the fires alive; they were punished by death when the forsook their task. Vesta is also the goddess of home. Home is where we keep the fire burning. Home is where it’s warm. At least it should be. Vesta speaks to our fires. The fires in our homes. The fires in our hearts. Home is where the heart is, right?
With the Full Moon in Virgo, and especially with the presence of Vesta with this Full Moon, we’re asked to attend to ourselves. To turn to ourselves. What fire keeps me going? What is my passion? What burns inside me? Do I keep my fire small, because I’m afraid of it? Do I nourish it? Do I feed it gasoline; does it burn everything? Do I keep it contained? Do I allow it to spread free? The inner fire, in Ayurveda, is called Agni. We need a healthy amount of Agni. We need it to process our food, to digest. We need Agni to transform, not just food but anything. Ayurveda teaches us to balance Agni. To strengthen it, when it is weak. To temper it, when it is too strong for our own good. How is your Agni? This Full Moon in Virgo offers a beautiful moment to ask that question.
In the midst of Pisces season, with the Full Moon in Virgo, we’re supported in attending to our fires. To the fires in our hearts and the fires in our homes. We’re supported in connecting with the divine within. Pisces seeks out the Divine Other. There’s also a Divine Self. Virgo knows this. Vesta priestesses knew this. Virginity isn’t so much about abstinence, as it is about finding the Divine Within instead of in the Other.
With this Full Moon I invite you to honor yourself. You’re an expression of divinity. You’re a child of the great goddesses and gods. You’re allowed to celebrate yourself. It’s something that so many of us tend to forget; to celebrate ourselves. Light a candle, for you. Burn incense, for you. Place flowers on your altar, for you. Celebrate your passions and your desires. That’s where your fire is. Your fire is found in your passions and desires. You need your fire, your Agni. Celebrate it. Honor it. Make offerings to it. Vesta / Hestia will happily attend your ritual and nourish your fire.
I wish you a beautiful Full Moon weekend. Below follows the astrology forecast.
March 3rd Venus sextile Uranus
Uranus has had quite the impact on us, so far in 2021. Saturn in Aquarius has been squaring Uranus in Taurus, since he entered Aquarius in December 2020. The square became exact on February 17th, and will become exact twice more in the upcoming year. Throughout 2021 this square aspect between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus is felt. It just becomes more intense when the square aspect is exact. I’ve written quite extensively about this aspect in previous articles and on Instagram; I won’t go in depth at this point. But to sum up: Uranus signifies freedom, revolution, innovation and rebellion, while Saturn signifies boundaries, tradition, restriction and authority. The struggle is real…
Uranus in Taurus is under the ruling of Venus. The goddess of love and beauty is the ruler of Taurus and, thus, any planet that resides in Taurus is under the ruling of Venus. Venus is currently in Pisces, where she’s exalted (which means she’s honored and which means she’s supported in bringing about love and other pleasures). Venus is also close to the Sun, which weakens her powers. But still, Venus is there and she hasn’t abandoned us. On March 3rd, Venus in Pisces sextiles Uranus in Taurus. Venus may have a positive influence on Uranus. She may lessen his thirst for rebellion. She may also support him in bringing about pleasurable changes and good surprises instead of the ones that are challenging.
March 4th Mars enters Gemini
Mars moving into Gemini will feel like a breath of fresh air for Mars, and probably also for those of you who are ruled by Mars. Mars was in his detriment in Taurus (a sign of Venus); the god of war isn’t really equipped to go to battle with heavy natural woolen blankets. In Gemini, mutable air sign, Mars will have more space to roam free. He may use his sharp tongue and filthy words on the battle ground. Mars in Gemini supports passionate discussions and fast thinking; we can make use of it for trouble shooting, but we should be wise of the emails that we’ll be sending. Wherever Gemini is in our chart; the area and topics of life under the guardianship Gemini, are up for some challenge.
March 5th Mercury conjunct Jupiter
This is the third and final conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter in Aquarius. Mercury met with Jupiter when he was direct and just entered Aquarius in January. Mercury met with Jupiter again, when he was retrograde, in February. Now that Mercury is direct again, and on his way out of Aquarius, he’s meeting with Jupiter for the third and final time. Mercury is still in his post retrograde shadow. This final conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter helps to resolve the last bits of retrograde issues, helps to gain last needed clarity on your future plans and/or helps to gain final ideas for the blueprints you’re sketching. Big plans and minor details have to potential to come together. This is a good day to be future oriented. What are of your life needs some restructuring, forward movement, growth and innovation?
March 11th Sun conjunct Neptune
When the Sun conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, shortly before the New Moon in Pisces arrives, we might gain some clarity where there’s been confusion. Neptune brings both dreams and reality checks; inspiration and mental confusion; losing yourself in spiritual practice and losing yourself in substances; the opening of the mind and the getting caught in obsessive mystical thinking; faith and anxiety. Neptune is the bringer of clouds, fogs and mists. Whatever mystical landscape Neptune is designing in your chart (look at the house (and potential planets / points) that Pisces is on in your chart), the Sun will shine his light on it on the days surrounding the 11th of March. Whatever judgement that has been hiding under mist, whatever reality check that has been hiding under fog, whatever vision that has been clouded; with the Sun’s rays cutting through the watery air, the hidden stuff might finally be illuminated.
While the Sun conjuncts Neptune, the Moon will be waning. Use the insights that you receive, to let go illusions and say bye to confusions. The waning Moon will help you to let go of the old that’s no longer serving you. When the New Moon arrives two days later, you’re offered the chance at a fresh start; embarking on a journey with a clearer vision.
The Sun will conjunct Neptune at 20 degrees Pisces. In case you have personal planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) or the Sun, Moon or personal points (ascendant, descendant, MC or IC) at 18-22 degrees Pisces; this transit is noteworthy for you. The topics related to the planets / points tell you what this transit might be about. For example; if you’ve Venus at 18-22 degrees Pisces, this transit might offer you insights on love and relationships in general in your life. The Moon is related to emotional life, home, safety, family, women. The Sun is related to the ego, identity, life force, purpose. Etcetera.
March 13th New Moon Pisces
I’ll be back with updates when the New Moon is at our doorstep, as always.