The opposite of any sign represents its opposite and complement, its unconscious underbelly, its nemesis and its key to wholeness. Virgo is a part of all our selves that strives to be effective, capable and functional in the world, with standards that push towards mastery. It is an earthy mix of intelligence, mental acuity, inbuilt humility and dedication to service that overlays a deep, still, powerful goddess layer. Its preference is to create a world that is ordered, structured and functioning well, an imposition that stems from a deeper intuition about the natural flow of things.
Every Pisces Full Moon challenges this status quo on a yearly basis by flooding the period with watery, boundary-less, emotional fluidity producing great chaos, undermining, yet potentially enriching, carefully laid plans. It's a way that life stops us getting too unbalanced towards any end of an energetic spectrum. Pisces reminds us of unity, emotional openness, of dreams, visions, ecstasy and potential madness, swinging the pendulum back the other way towards the unconscious and the mystical.
This Full Moon is an exaggeration of this swing, as the Moon is conjunct Chiron, the Wounded Healer and Neptune, the ruler of Pisces. The Moon in Pisces alone has been called the psychic sponge position and in a natal chart describes an individual who is exquisitely and excruciatingly sensitive, emotionally, psychically and spiritually. This intense sensitivity opens them equally to both light and shadow, with a particular gift for absorbing the energy of others, good and bad.
Chiron and Neptune share the ability to open up an individual. Beyond this level of sensitivity, in a collective chart, they act to flush out a whole heap of psychic-emotional material, especially absorbed and wounded energy in both oneself and from others.
This is part of a massive purification surge, as well as an awesome time of healing and great openings, psychically and spiritually, as long as you are putting yourself in the right places. It will come with both emotional chaos and fluidity, a time that requires caution as to what energies you expose yourself to and one that can be used to great effect in your healing processes.
Alongside this massive psychic flux, each end of the Sun/Moon opposition has great aspects to Pluto in Capricorn, Mars in Scorpio and squares to Jupiter in Gemini. Pluto is having its second exact square to Uranus, another peak in this radical transformative rollercoaster, one that coincides with Pluto going stationary and turning into forward motion on the 18/19th. The Sun/Moon aspects put us in a good position to make use of its power and to move well with the demands of deep change and potential empowerment.
Mars, like Pluto, also sextiles and trines the Sun/Moon and the two sextile each other.
In Scorpio, the warrior god is in one of its most powerful positions - deep, penetrating, tenacious, powerfully erotic. They say never go into battle against people with Mars in Scorpio because they will fight to the death. Scorpio itself is a mixture of great sensitivity embedded in the Plutonian realms of power. Mars here, in great contact with the Sun, Pluto and the Moon/Chiron/Neptune conjunction, puts it in alignment with the sheer psychosexual clout of Pluto and the exquisite sensitivity of the Piscean conjunction, both so close to the essence of Scorpio.
On the ground this means that we can draw from great power and sensitivity when we act or direct our passion, will and desires in the world. Rarely do you get such a fantastic meeting between planets reflecting our ego structures and the bigger urges of collective will and processes. The ability to act both powerfully and with sensitivity means that we can ride the waves of the big processes and make clear decisions - to change what we need to change, to draw from the deepest reserves in order to complete big projects or deal with complex, personal challenges.
The Mars/Pluto part of this recipe is especially good for breaking new ground in our healing and spiritual processes. In this month of great flux, in which even the earthy Virgo goes wobbly as its surface structures get challenged, we can use our will to penetrate into that flux and its deeper mysteries. Both Pluto and Chiron specialise in taking us to previously unknown parts of self, including our wounding, so here we have an awesome opportunity to aim well in cooperation with their calling.
I'm reminded of what one of my teachers described as yogic will - to be able to stay on the edges of the unknown and hold the line as we wait for the veils to part, even when it gets very scary.
One of the great things about this is that it's not just about our inner life, but anywhere that we act and direct our energy - in our outer worlds, into our relationships, our careers, our finances. The same power potential is available.
Daniel Sowelu (BSc, Dip Ed)is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 32nd year of private practice.
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 35th year of private practice.