Moon is traveling through Virgo today and opposes Neptune in Pisces just after 6pm EDT. We feel this applying throughout the day as our capacity to be efficient and productive and organized (Moon in Virgo) subtly dissolves (Neptune in Pisces), rendering us better off doing any work requiring those virtues in the morning hours. But this brings an important flow later in the day, one that takes us downriver to exactly the place we are meant to go, even though we didn’t plan on it. Virgo Moon wants to be in control of the situation, while Neptune in Pisces renders that futile. Trust in the Way, says Neptune. When we quiet ourselves and allow the dance to unfold we find peace. Keep peace into the evening so we can rest well and make the most of Venus in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn tomorrow!
• Venus and Mercury conjunct at 28° Virgo this morning at 11:08am EDT
• Full Moon at 21° Pisces late tonight (early tomorrow) at 12:34am EDT
• Mars at 17° Virgo and Neptune at 17° Pisces (opposition) at 1:20am EDT (both T-squaring Jupiter at 16° Sagittarius)
It is always good to feel into your life sometimes instead of always trying to figure it out and get it all perfect. Full Moons are when things are most exposed, and when it is in Pisces it exposes our vulnerabilities, the things we neglect, and things that are out of our control, but it also emanates an etheric swathe of divine serenity. A feeling that everything is going to be okay. This is always a nice feeling, of course, but the rub is that the full Moon opposes Sun in Virgo, where it is cavorting with its usual compadres, Mercury and Venus (and presently Mars). Virgo is the ultimate focal point of grounded consciousness. It brings that celestial serenity down through our root and gravitates us to the Earth’s core. This axis of the zodiac is the most paradoxical of all axes. Applying it to everyday life, however, it can best be conveyed as doing and not-doing. This paradox is repeatedly mentioned in Taoism. “Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place.”
This cluster of inner planets and Sun in Virgo opposing Moon and Neptune in Pisces is asking us to recognize this dichotomy in our lives. The dilemma between doing and not-doing. So much can be drawn from the tapestry of merely existing that it often feels as though nothing else needs to be accomplished. God already accomplished everything for us. But Virgo demands that we take that stellar awakening and understanding and apply it to everything we do, because we of course have to DO. What are we doing? How are we doing it?
Mercury and Venus at 28° Virgo brings such a culminating sense of achievement to our work and our relationships in life. Although this transit is already separating, the residual effects are hopefully beautiful for you. We are beginning to graduate into the realm of Libra tonight, with Mercury crossing into the Venusian sign at 3:15am EDT. Our personal needs and reflections upon the management of our lives is shifting into the needs of others and how we can work together to better achieve collective serenity.
But Mars opposes Neptune! That devilish Mars can throw wrenches into plans and do things we don’t expect or want. Things that, during transits like this especially, can be completely out of our control. Like our feelings about doing and not-doing. Agitation, anxiety, stress, fear. They can take us for rides we never would ask to go on. But Neptune in Pisces asks us to have faith that the struggles and trauma and setbacks are stepping stones to a richer and more fulfilling destiny. They’re obstacles we must overcome to reach the divine serenity emanating from the orb we call Neptune. This transit, especially with Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius squaring them, brings tremendous growth of consciousness, even if it comes disguised as trouble or strife. See what you can find in any struggles you encounter that may be silver linings leading you to greater greatness. YOU instead of you. Blessings.
Mercury Cazimi in Virgo
Let’s get busy!
Cazimi is a medieval astrological term referring to when a planet is so close to a conjunction with the Sun that it is “in the heart” of it, which is the literal translation of cazimi. Mercury will be conjunct the Sun at 28° Virgo tonight at 9:30pm (EDT). This cazimi only happens in Virgo every year or two. Let’s explore that….
Mercury will be supercharged by the Sun in one of its own ruling signs (Virgo) today and tomorrow, prompting us to finalize and complete our projects, check everything off our lists, perfect that spreadsheet, put a more perfect coat of finish on that furniture, run those extra two miles, eat the healthiest salad, and be the best we can be before we need to go face other people. We want to be in control of our lives. We want to be able to manage and handle everything that comes our way…perfectly. And we at last want to be recognized for it all!
Virgo is the last sign of personal ego development before we recognize the need for others in our lives (Libra). This is why it is the sign of perfecting, fixing, maintaining, as well as our health. It is how we manage our lives, it is how we work, how we function. The last stop on our own train of selfhood before everyone else gets on board. We want to look and function our best for that significant other in our lives, right? Well, the health of that relationship, and our relationship to everyone, depends on how healthy our relationship to ourselves is. This is what we analyze in Virgo, what we care about. We want to be beautiful, productive, healthy, and in control.
Mercury also rules Gemini, which is the sign of gathering information and knowledge, studying, and trying to figure everything out. Virgo, Mercury’s other domain, is the act of implementing that knowledge and making it work as best we can; what you do with your Gemini knowledge.
When Sun and Mercury come together, it is a merging of the energies of Leo and Virgo. These two signs are next to each other in the Zodiac and represent, respectively, the expression and refinement of our personal ego development. They create a sense of need and duty to perform, accomplish, and be recognized. They challenge our capacity to function as optimally as possible. When they are in Virgo, we are pushed to shore up all possible malfunctions, rid ourselves of any unhealthy patterns, bring our lives into a place of peak management, and show the world the results. Think of it as a car that needs work. Today we are focused on fixing every single thing wrong with that car so it will run smoothly for years and years to come. And then we break out the soap and warm water and hand-wash that car until it looks like it’s brand new. Then we vacuum the inside, polish the dashboard, and Windex the speedometer.
It should go without saying, but it is important to understand why we do all these things. We function better, things work more smoothly, tasks get accomplished, progress is made, we are rewarded for our efforts, we are recognized and can feel better about who we are and what we do. We now identify with how important it is to function properly, to work hard, and to stay healthy.