Full Moon in Virgo – 19 February
The sun just moves into Pisces and it’s hit by a full moon. And at the same time all three of the interpersonal planets: Mercury, Venus and Mars, are conjunct transpersonal planets. Please allow me to explain the terms before we continue.
The Sun and Moon are not planets, they are known as luminaries. They characterise us at the PERSONAL level.
The moon is what we are born with, what we grow up with. It deals with our needs, how our own needs are met and how we respond to the needs of others. It can be described as the principle of nurturing. It operates largely outside of our conscious control. It is our automatic, instinctual response to situations.
The sun is the principle of consciousness, what we wake up to, what we grow into, what we strive to become. It is the only source of light in the solar system. All the other bodies – planets, moons, asteroids and centaurs – reflect the light of the sun. ¸
Mercury, Venus and Mars are the INTERPERSONAL planets. They deal with how we relate to other individuals.
Mercury deals with communication: the sharing of ideas and information, the education of the child into the language it needs.
Venus is the principle of attraction based on our appreciation of beauty and desire. It gives us our sense of value, what we hold dear, what we will pay for and what we will fight to preserve. »
Mars is the animal connection. It may manifest as physical chemistry or as the urge to compete.
Jupiter and Saturn are the SOCIAL planets. They describe the ways we bring up a child into society.
Jupiter encourages, says “Come on you can do it!”
With Jupiter we have our goals and aspirations, our urge to grow, travel and explore.
Saturn admonishes and warns, says “No don’t do that! That’s wrong, that’s dangerous.”
Saturn gives us limits, teaches us control through discipline, gives us a sense of what is real and what is not.
The outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were not known to the ancient world and were only discovered with the aid of technology. Their influence goes beyond the personal and the social. It is TRANSPERSONAL and generational.
Uranus breaks the limiting protective shell of Saturn with its rules, conventions and social norms. It thinks ‘out of the box’ because it doesn’t recognise any box. It invents, it makes new. Its action is sudden because it has nothing to do with linear time.
Neptune is imagination, our gateway to the infinite. It dissolves the boundaries between inner and outer, between self and other, asks “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” Presents us with the universal context of our existence, the cosmic ocean in which we swim.
Named after the lord of the underworld in Greek mythology, Pluto is concerned with “Tod und Verklärung” – death and transfiguration, the cycle of life. It is the use of power to create or destroy. It is the power of taboo and the breaking of taboos.
We are currently in the process of discovering other bodies further out beyond Pluto – bodies whose orbital periods are not just longer than the human lifespan but longer than human history. These are bodies whose astrological associations we are only just beginning to understand, whose actions may be to do with our life on this planet and our survival as species. But these do not concern us here, nor do the centaurs such as Chiron, Pholus and Nessus. They will have their say at the appropriate time.
Please note that these descriptions of the planets are merely sketches – there is much more to say for each of them.
So, back to the full moon on February 19th, with the three interpersonal planets conjunct the transpersonal planets.
Mercury is conjunct Neptune.
Venus is sandwiched between Saturn and Pluto
Mars is conjunct Uranus.
Neptune conjuncting Mercury can affect communication, on the one hand causing confusion between what is said and what is implied; on the other hand giving us insights into the hidden messages and underlying assumptions.
Venus, between the limiting force of Saturn and the transformative power of Pluto could manifest as the toughest of tough love. This requires discipline backed by compassion and total integrity. It may even be necessary to just walk away. Or it may be a time away from the emotional needs of others.
Mars has just moved from Aries into Taurus and Uranus is about to follow. Whatever else is going on, this is a time of courage and the ability to take risks.
Our day to day interactions with each other take on greater resonance at this time.