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Full Moon 16º Virgo Mar 7, 2023


〰️ Invite grace to enter 〰️

Certain Full Moons feel particularly juicy, and this one definitely falls in this category. As it culminates on the Pisces-Virgo axis at 16°40, it also waxes to a square to our favorite rebel Mars, still annoyingly out of bounds and ready to rumble. The Sabian Symbol for the Moon degree is fittingly «A volcano in eruption,» pointing to the rather ominous prospect of that famous cup that finally is runneth over. However, the Sabian for the Sun degree, «An easter parade,» seems to add a gentle touch of grace upon us all. It points to the need to nurture the link to the spiritual realm where the Soul lives and find strength where there is strength to be found.

As the mutable qualities are highlighted for this Full Moon, the energy could easily swing from high above the clouds into a dark pit of despair in no time. The battle for survival and getting through the day while mobilizing strength to transcend all the challenges requires dedication and energy. Thankfully that energy is now available if we can find proper focus. And herein lies the Herculean struggle. As so much happens on the inside and the outside, the mind can flip from one thing to another somewhat randomly. So we need to flex our muscles and concentrate.

The Full Moon happens while Saturn rests on the very last degree and minute in Aquarius and enters Pisces the day after. Mutable signs are the last signs before the opening of a new cycle, so combine these two factors, and we get a feeling of finishing up something. Maybe it is a bad habit now ready to be replaced by a more constructive one. Perhaps it is a chapter in a life that is about to move to the next level or something else. But in one way or another, this is a transition.

The whole year of 2023 is a transition as Pluto will ping pong between signs, and March month, starting with this Full Moon, will give us a little taste of what’s to come, colored by where it lands in our charts. There is much to be said about Saturn in Pisces, but as a starter, it might be a creative exercise to reflect upon the very contrast between Pisces, ruled by Neptune, and Saturn, the natural ruler of Capricorn. They seem to be contrarians, but if any sign could use a strong Saturn, it would be Pisces. Time management, structure, discipline, and maturity are the elementary skills of Saturn, but Pisces is timeless and wants to flow freely because this is where the magic happens. However, Saturn, well aware of consequences, demands results. It is safe to say that once these two principles work things out, there can be a huge growth in a person’s life, not to mention the vast creative potential that occurs when they cooperate. Dreaming won’t cut it. Disciplined action needs to be applied as well.

And if we spend a little time to reflect on the Sabians for this particular Full Moon phase, we might see how we can become stronger when we embrace our spiritual and mundane routines as we seek truth in all we do and create the needed changes. We need to learn to realign after chaos hits. Chaos is change, and it is part of life. There is no way around it. So our dedication to making it work invites grace to enter. Some things are way too big for us to handle on our own. Take one thing at a time and let the rest find its way.

We need to make sure that we are flexible and manage to adapt and correct our priorities as events unfold. This phase is very much colored by a strong martian pull, making it difficult for us to feel grounded and even harder to unwind. As the square between the Sun-Neptune to Mars grows stronger day by day, fighting our own sense of futility, powerlessness, and overwhelm could be the core of our struggle. The light is being challenged by darkness.

Taking good care of the body has never been more critical than right now. The energies are floating, changing, and constantly morphing, anger can pop out of nowhere, and people might feel generally tense and ready to lash out. Stay off the grid if the grid makes you sad and worried. The internet might not be the cozy, warm place we need right now, so a better option is to go out and look to the heavens. Embrace nature. Spend some time in the sun. Let the rain wash our faces. This sanctifies life. We all have this opportunity, and we just have to take it.

And then we can continue, recharged, to work diligently towards our goals, not missing one spot.

Sol W Jonassen

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