As we swim through the dreamy waters of Pisces, we meet the rays of the Full Moon in Virgo (11 degrees, March 1st, 4:51pm PST). What had been shadowy and vague becomes clear and distinct under Virgo’s gaze. The Sun, Neptune, Mercury, Venus, Chiron, and Vesta, are all chillin in Pisces, inclining us toward poetry, mysticism, flow, rest, dreams. Opposite them, the moon highlights Virgo, offering discernment, detail, and a critical edge.
While all this Pisces energy is beautiful and dreamy, without balance Pisces can tend toward escapism, addiction, lack of boundaries, confusion, fogginess. The Virgo moon shines a light on any of these tendencies. What do you see about yourself more clearly now? In what ways do you tend toward escapism or addiction? When you do see yourself more clearly, harness Pisces’ compassion and forgiveness, so that you can come into deeper self knowledge in a loving and kind way, rather than through criticism and judgment.
This Full Moon should be quite sweet, even as we come to see some details in fine relief, like the cobwebs in the corner. Jupiter is trine Venus, which is one of the most pleasant and flowing aspects, good for creativity, and socializing. Saturn is trine the moon, offering Saturn’s more positive influences: ease of work and focus, ability to plan and organize, discipline, commitment.
There are a few aspects suggesting that this could be a time for sexual healing, whether healing through sexuality itself, or healing wounds around sexuality. Jupiter in Scorpio, notorious for its intense sexuality, is trine to Venus (relationships), and Chiron (the wounded healer). I find that Chiron in a trine aspect is more likely to relate to the healing rather than the wounded part of Chiron. Although sometimes past wounds are highlighted in order to enable the healing process. If that’s the case, take the time to reflect, journal, or talk to someone you trust, and be gentle with yourself.
At the same time, the asteroid Vesta is conjunct Mars and they are square to all the activity in Pisces. Vesta is associated with the Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome, who were charged with tending to the flames of the City, an important and honoured role. However, prior to the Hellenistic period, the Vestals were considered virgins, not because they were bound by celibacy as they were in the Roman era, but because they were not married, they belonged to themselves, not to any man. They were revered as high priestesses with magical power, and they symbolized sexuality and fertility, as well as protection of the hearth flame. They performed sexual rites, and sexuality was seen as sacred. It was the rise of patriarchal culture that saw women’s sexuality as depraved and impure.
This is the story, deeply ingrained within us, of how sexuality has been used against us for so long, to control us, of how we came to be ashamed of sexuality, and shamed for it, of how we became divided against ourselves, as we are inherently sexual beings. So with Vesta conjunct Mars there is an opportunity to revisit our deeply ingrained feelings around sexuality, to consider to what extent we see it as sacred vs. profane, and to what extent we feel shame around it, or subject others to shame.
We may use this energy to look within ourselves to see how the story of subjugation and control of and through sexuality manifests within us, in our bodies, minds, and hearts, and through this witnessing, we may heal. We can merge the sacred power of sexuality with Mars, the principle of assertion and physicality in order to find an exalted masculine within us that reveres all forms of sexuality, which has deep respect and reverence for the feminine, and offer impetus and energy to the potent and healing sexuality of Vesta.
Circling back to the Full Moon in Virgo, opposite 6 bodies in Pisces: Vesta is often connected with Virgo, the Virgin. And we might understand Virgo in a deeper way in this context. Virgo is pure, not because she is chaste, but because she is independent, and understands sexuality as sacred. The waters of Pisces are soothing and healing. Pisces also signifies the source, the waters from which we all emerged, the potentiality of all being. When we bathe in Pisces’ waters, there an opportunity to become whole again, to connect to the ground of all being, to wash away the wounds, to remember our sanctity, to remember who we are.