Date: March 6, 2023
This is the last Full Moon of the astrological year. On March 20 we start a new year when the Sun enters Aries on the Spring Equinox here in the Northern hemisphere. This last Full Moon perfects at 16 degrees and 40 minutes of Virgo on Tuesday March 7, at 5:40 am Mountain, and 7:40 am Eastern time. This lunation chart is remarkably lacking in fixed energy. A lack of fixity tends to have us unanchored. When there’s not enough fixed vibes it’s difficult the maintain and sustain, so finishing things to the end is trickier. We have less focus and stick-with-it’ness. Uranus is still in Taurus, which is fixed. But, Uranus is not a steady planet so it’s not a stabilizing force. Saturn is in the fixed sign of Aquarius, but it’s sitting at 29 degrees and 59 minutes poised to change signs within the hour of the Full Moon.
The Sabian symbol for the degree of this Full Moon from Lynda Hill’s website is super interesting, and not what you’d expect from the supposed reserved sign of Virgo. It’s actually more in line with the Uranus in Taurus which just happens to be trine the Virgo Moon. Lynda says:
Volcanic Eruptions Bringing Dust Clouds, Flowing Lava, Earth Rumblings
This situation implies situations, attitudes or emotions that slowly gather steam, build up and suddenly explode. It pictures situations of catharsis. There may be, at times, an effort to hold things inside, but after a while there can be no more resistance and everything gets forced out. This can be in the form of anger, or passion, but it can also be the explosion of insight and creative ideas. It also works far better to just let things blow, as resisting the urge to let go can cause enormous pressure to build up. Look to see if the force of emotions is really related to current situations.
Cathartic release. Thoughts or ideas pouring out. Torrents of emotion. Anger that needs expression. Pressure cooker environments. After shocks. Volcanoes. Earthquakes.
Over-suppression of energy. Explosive emotions. Tantrums. Choking the air with dust clouds. Overreactions. Flipping out. Shocking news. Creating rubble.
When emotions are high as described above, it’s made trickier by the fact that Mercury, the planet of communication is in Pisces. When tensions run high, it helps if we can put what’s bugging us into words, but when Mercury is in the fishy sign, words are illusive and this can make frustrations potentially messier. The gift is Mercury in Pisces is empathy, so operating from a healthy place of empathy will allow us to communicate on a different frequency and allow us to consider each other when navigating disagreements.
This Full Moon marks a big shift in energy for all of us. Since December 21st 2017 we’ve been living with Saturn in its own signs. Rigid, restrictive, productive and serious. We couldn’t get away with much- or at least that’s what a lot of us felt. But now Saturn is about to shift into Pisces. Pisces is the sign with the least amount of fixity. For all of us, any structures in our lives that are fragile are at risk of dissolution. Walls and boundaries can melt away. So can limiting beliefs and restrictions we’ve placed on ourselves that we don’t need anymore.
In January I was lucky enough to go to a retreat taught by Kelly Surtees where we looked at predictive techniques and how they would hit our charts in 2023. On the day we did the major transits for this year, we were to pick one of the outer planet transits and join that group to discuss how we each thought it may effect us or how it’s played out for us in the past. One person got to share their thoughts before the structure (Saturn) of the group totally dissolved (Pisces) and we all broke off into smaller discussions. As above so below indeed.
Some of the themes of Saturn in Pisces are sacrifice, dissolution, structures dissolving, general feelings of guilt and emotional suffering. It can also represent Saturn giving form and structure to the spiritual parts of life- creating the space to develop a strong spiritual practice perhaps. In my opinion, for the first little while, it will feel like pouring yourself a drink and undoing your pants after an uptight Christmas dinner, when the serious relatives have gone home early and the rest can relax. The novelty of perceived liberty will eventually wear off though, and everyone will realize there’s a huge mess to be cleaned up.
If you have personal planets between 0 and 7 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and/or Sagittarius, this Saturn shift will be significant for you in some way this year. Saturn transits are not easy- they generally require us to grow up one way or another. I know for me- the last time this transit happened 28 years ago, the events could have been devastating. But, I grew more as a person during that Saturn transit than I did in the rest of my adult life combined. I don’t think I have as much to learn this time around (I hope), but I have started seeing a therapist…just in case.
Use this full Moon to let something go. Is there a limiting belief that’s fulfilled its usefulness? Let that shit go! Be extra kind to yourself and work on being patient. xoxo