We have a full moon in Virgo happening. The chart for it is basically a lot of easy and nice energy, so it should be a positive time. There’s a lot going on in the skies right now, so change is in the air.
The sun is on a very positive star, Achernar: “Success in public office, religious benefits, access to another realm.” “Gives a love of knowledge and science, much travel and many changes, a position of authority, but danger of accidents especially at sea and of drowning. [Robson*, p.44.]” “Well-placed, it promises happiness and success by giving good morals, faithful adherence to one’s religious beliefs or philosophical inclinations. According to tradition, Achernar is credited with bestowing high offices in the church.”
The only negative connotation here is the possibility of drowning and shipwrecks. That’s pretty tame, because some of these fixed stars are really negative in definition. Okay, most are…but this one is a nice one. The sun is three degrees off, but this star is powerful in magnitude, so I’m counting it. Also, it fits with the theme of the other planets in this lunation and their fixed stars. It resonates. There seems to be a theme of political and religious leaders figuring strongly in this full moon. You’ll see what I mean when I go into the other planets in this chart. People may be feeling more spiritual with this full moon. Optimism can run strong right now. You may find people acting in a way that restores your faith in humanity. People will be true to their word and you may get some unexpected kindness from someone that you never expected. The only aspect the sun makes is the typical opposition to the moon.
The moon is on 18 degrees of Virgo, so this is a virgo full moon. You want to look and see if you have any planets on that degree plus or minus five degrees, so 13-23 virgo, pisces, sagittarius, and gemini. If you do, you’ll feel this full moon more than most. Virgos will feel it the most intensely. Also look to which house has the sign virgo on the cusp. That is which areas of your life will be heightened. Like the sun, the moon doesn’t make any other aspects either.Virgo is very service oriented, so again, you may receive some sort of help from someone. Maybe you’ll be the one to help someone else out. The moon in virgo is dutiful and faithful. It wants to do what’s right and what serves others. On the downside, the moon here can be a bit critical, but hey, it’s for your own good. They’re just trying to help you become a better person because they care about you. But still, it can be cutting to hear that your hair needs to be combed or you should really send your shirts out to be pressed because it’s better, hint: You don’t know your way around an iron, buster, and your hair looks like Don King’s. So, people can be a little persnickety right now. By the way, “persnickety” is thee word to fit a virgo at these times and pretty much only a virgo would even use that word.
No offense to Don King and his fans, but he’s seriously the first person who popped in my head when I thought of unkempt-like hair. You can relate, no? He was known for his hair, it was his thing. Interesting fact: Don King’s mercury is in virgo. Yep. Can you believe it? It’s on Denebola, which explains the rebellion with his hair. He’s also a leo. They like big hair. And the full moon is right on his mercury. I mean, it’s like exact. I just now found all of this out by coincidence because I never looked at his chart until his hair popped into my head, and then I got curious, and being an astrology geek, I just HAD to look at his chart. Turns out, just by happenstance, the full moon falls on his mercury. I love synchronicity!
Anyway, Moving on…..
Venus is joined with jupiter and in easy aspect to neptune, so love is in the air. This is a time when women feel like getting dressed up, going to the spa, and being seen. It’s a very romantic feeling and love can be very beautiful right now. There can be a poetic, dreamy feel to relationships right now. Spring Love! Venus is in opposition to saturn, so that puts a damper on things, but I also think the breaking away from saturn can show a breakthrough in relationships. Whatever tension and restriction you had before is lifting. How fab. Enjoy this energy. Lilith is with jupiter so there’s a lot of passion in relationships. If you’re looking for love, this is the kind of stars you want in the sky, you know how people say that the stars were lined up perfectly when they met someone? This is what they meant. So, go out and mingle. Do it.
Shocking news abounds with Uranus joining with mercury. It’s unexpected and sudden and maybe a little unsettling. This could lead to all kinds of mundane events, like a stock market upswing. The grand trine makes that seem possible. (I’ll get into the grand trine shortly.) Mercury and uranus are also conjunct vesta, which rules the home and family. There could be surprising news around marriages and children now. Someone may become pregnant unexpectantly or we may hear of people we thought were happy separating. The home can be suddenly impacted in some shocking and sudden way.
Mars on Zosma can indicate abuse of some kind. Maybe abuse of power? It’s in easy aspect to pluto (trine) and also in easy aspect to jupiter (trine) so it’s forming a grand trine which packs a lot of power — for good or for ill. This is the beginning of our grand trine that is a pretty big deal in astrological circles. (We get all worked up over this type of stuff.) It has the heavy hitters of Jupiter, Pluto and Mars. These are all powerful planets in their own right. When you put them all together in a triangle of free flowing, dynamic energy, stuff happens. So, let’s break it down….Mars is action, men, aggression, military events, and sexuality. Pluto is big business, big brother, the underground, crime, transformation, power, also (like Mars) sexuality — healthy and unhealthy, death, and other people’s money and assets. Jupiter is religion, justice and truth, honor and integrity, colleges and universities, powerful men, kings and rulers, spirituality, and freedom. So if you combine all of these keywords, you can see what may happen. For instance, we can have something big happen with corporations or on wall street. We can have something big happen with leaders of nations and religion. There could be a major sexual scandal breaking the news under this influence, possibly about a political leader or a very high powered, prominent religious figure. We could find out more sordid things about the Penn State scandal. I don’t like mars on zosma for this. Like I said, zosma can show abuse, and when it’s involved in a grand trine with Pluto and Jupiter, it can be on a large scale and really ruthless.
Transiting asteroid, karma, is on dreaded algol right now. Karma asteroid can indicate mass events having to do with karma. It being on algol makes me a bit worried, but it’s not a planet, so it may not be too bad. Remember my old article about Hurricane Irene when asteroid Irene was on algol? Well, it did show the hurricane, but nothing too bad happened. We had a grand trine then too and I really think that helped us out. The grand trine then was Jupiter, Sun/Moon, and Pluto. That was a new moon and mercury was stationing direct, so there are some similarities there with the charts. More synchronicity – It’s abundant tonight for some reason. So, maybe something dire will happen, but it will turn out okay in the end, and we were just very worried for nothing like with Irene. We’ll see. Pluto is close to Facies, which can indicate earthquakes, so that’s possible. I hope not, because algol can indicate major disasters as well. And like I said, the trine protected us last time, so it may do the same thing this time. I wonder if the tornadoes in the Midwest is represented by this? Algol can represent brutality against females, especially sexual violence. That worries me because of the grand trine with mars, pluto and jupiter (venus is approaching too) and with mars being on zosma. I hope we don’t see some really horrific crimes against women in the news.
This grand trine can affect people by making them feel very empowered. That’s a good thing, and for many, that’s how it will play out. But for someone who’s already a bit Machiavellian, this energy can make them almost diabolical — really going overboard in their schemes. They could get caught, thus providing us with the shocking and sudden news I mentioned, or the beneficial nature of the trine can allow them to get away with it. A lot will depend on the person’s natal chart and how they’re being hit by this aspect. If you have any planets at 5-13 degrees of taurus, capricorn or virgo, you’ll feel this one the most. You can get a lot accomplished with this trine, but don’t go overboard. If you have any personal planets on 5-13 degrees scorpio, this configuration will be making a kite formation in your chart. A kite formation adds some tension to the easy energy of the grand trine. The tension will depend on which house the scorpio planets are in and rule, plus which houses and planets the grand trine is hitting. A kite can be a bittersweet type of experience. You will have extremely negative energy combined with extremely positive energy. It’s a push pull feeling. Good news, bad news types of talks and situations.
The grand trine becomes exact on March 13th, so the energy is beginning to build now, and will reach its peak on that day. The way you feel and what happens around this full moon will alert you to how this trine will play out for you. It’s also going to show what issues you’ll be dealing with during mercury retrograde, since mercury is stationing at this full moon. Mercury turns retrograde on March 12th. That’s the just the day before the grand trine perfects to exact. Wow, this is an important week coming up and this full moon will get the ball rolling! The full moon presages mercury retrograde and the grand trine. Mark March 12th down on your day planner — pay attention to what happens now, so you know what you’ll be dealing with until mercury turns direct on April 4th. Also look back to March 30, 2011-April 23, 2011, because mercury was also retrograde in aries back then. It was different degrees, but it’s in the same sign this retrograde cycle as well, so it will finish that particular story for you. At the very least, it will bring that story back up for you. Want to hear something interesting? Turns out that the last time I wrote a lunation column was — wait for it — during mercury retrograde in aries. And no, I didn’t plan that at all. How cool is that?! Synchronicity. Everything is a cycle. You can’t see those two columns on my site, because they accidentally got lost during the following retrograde, never to be seen again. The only reason I remember them is because their titles are sitting there in my saved drafts folder, but there’s no words to them. They have titles but blank pages. It’s like they’re mocking me. I hate that I lost them. I’d delete the “saved drafts” but I keep hoping that somehow, someday, I’ll find out a way to get them back. I really have no idea what happened to them. I didn’t edit them. Poof, just like that, they were gone! I was very upset. So be careful you don’t lose any important work since mercury is acting all crazy again. Back everything up now.
Buckle up, it’s going to be an exciting month!