Collective Voice: Full Moon in Virgo

As far as opposites go, Virgo and Pisces are actually pretty likely to get along. Neither is really the sort to dig in over a conflict. So when the moon in Virgo opposes the sun in Pisces — in other words, a full moon in Virgo — these mild-mannered signs don’t typically put on a big emotional display; it’s usually more of a sweet moment on a collective level. However, the full moon in Virgo on March 9 might have a little edge to it.

Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, and for this upcoming full Virgo moon Mercury plays a prominent role. The day of the full moon, March 9, is the very end of Mercury’s retrograde period — the day Mercury stations direct and begins to move forward again. Mercury has been spending a lot of time in Pisces lately, but at the point of its station it will actually be back in Aquarius.

What does this mean for the full moon? Well, Aquarius is a fixed air sign, and one of the things it does best is speak truth to power. Virgo isn’t a sign you’d normally associate with power, and neither is Pisces, but both speak to the collective experience in a way that Aquarius can definitely amplify.

Lurking in the shadows of all this is Saturn, which will be at the same degree of Capricorn as the sun and moon in Pisces and Virgo, respectively. This is a friendly angle (earth signs and water signs are generally pals) but Saturn never comes to party; it pushes you to get things done. It adds gravity to what might’ve otherwise been a lighthearted full moon. Where Pisces is superficially about art and beauty, we might instead be immersed in discussion about our deepest beliefs and convictions. Virgo’s tendency to gather clues and evidence, meanwhile, makes this a very powerful time to present research findings with real impact.

Another important thing to know about Mercury in Aquarius at this time is that Aquarius is itself ruled by Saturn. It’s almost like Saturn is pulling all the strings of this meetup: keeping Mercury focused on its target, and organizing the fluid, sometimes-haphazard connections of Pisces and Virgo into something powerful and directed. In my earlier post on Mercury in Pisces, I wrote about the importance of getting your grounding during earth moons like this one; it will be even more important here as you find your place in a bigger collective.

One last thing that strikes me about this full moon is its timing on a Monday, the day that the Moon is said to rule each week — and the day that, for better or worse, sets the tone for how the rest of the week will go. I expect this to be a week that sees a lot of productive conversation.

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