September 20, 2021 at 6:53pm CT—It might seem strange that I’m going to spend a little time talking about Virgo before directly addressing the Full Moon in Pisces. But I hope you’ll bear with me.
Virgo is the great optimizer. It’s the perfecter of processes. As a humble and well-ordered sign, Virgo works efficiently behind the scenes to bring something to perfection before offering it with devotional reverence. Virgo is the months of iterative practice that build a flawless performance. It’s the skilled and harmonious pacing in a well-run kitchen delivering exquisite culinary delights that lead to 5 star reviews. Virgo is the countless rehearsals nobody sees, the late night editing process, and the unassuming digestive system extracting only the essentials. Virgo is Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery—Gladwell has his Sun, Venus, Uranus and Pluto in Virgo.
As the image above suggests: the Virgo part of our charts is where we’re asked to do our own editing and optimizing inner work so we can offer a more refined user experience. Virgo asks us to commit to an emotional hygiene routine—spiritual practice, therapy, exercise, spending time in nature, serving others, etc—so we can show up as our best selves. Look to see where Mercury—ruler of Virgo—is in your chart to understand how you can best restore and resource yourself so that your systems run smoothly.
And then there’s the notion of service. Whether it’s service to a cause, the greater good, or to a more evolved Self, you’ll always find Service as a prime motivator with Virgo. Since Virgo doesn’t feel the need to call attention to itself, it often plugs away in private, like a caterpillar growing into its liminal cells in the darkness of the cocoon. There are no witnesses, only dedication and commitment to bettering oneself. It’s no surprise that Virgo corresponds to The Hermit in the tarot.
Pisces Full Moon
How does this relate to the Full Moon in Pisces? At the Full Moon, the Sun and the Moon directly oppose one another. In this way, they bear symbolic witness to each other. At this point in their relationship, the Moon fully reflects the light of the Sun, spotlighting the culmination of the month-long journey the Sun has been on. In Virgo, this journey has been about doing the inner work or behind-the-scenes processes in our Virgo House that the Full Moon at the end of Pisces rejoices in.
If we take a look at the chart, we see the last aspect the Moon made before opposing the Sun was a sextile to Pluto. This Full Moon chart tells the story of digging deep to our core truth to find our integrity. It’s here where our power lives. For many of us—especially if the lunation lands in your profected house for the year, or the Sun/Moon is your Time Lord—Virgo season has been about quietly and systematically deconstructing the Virgo part of our charts to locate our liminal cells. In doing so, we’re equipping ourselves to fly just like the emerging butterfly.