Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon in Virgo

Occurring within seven hours of perigee, the syzygy Full Moon in Virgo beckons the fertile earth’s patient procreativity. As the solar light newly bathes in Pisces’ oceanic undercurrent, the lunation’s ruler, Mercury, resides in polarity to its domicile and exaltation. Orchestrating the Moon and resurfacing from under the beams as it enters its pre-shadow phase*, the Messenger merges intuitive guidance with the prudence of meticulous artistry.

The lunation’s emphasis on the exiled Messenger is further exacerbated by its conjunction with Neptune and the absolute, elemental air-void that permeates the celestial composition. As the stars swerve past the vacant airy trigon, the consummation of immediacy pervades earthly obligations. While the Virgoan lunation affords the patient application of physical productivity, its operative fortitude is primordially instinctual and dynamic.

At 0°42′ Virgo, the Full Moon is in the bounds of procuratorial Mercury, where the Messenger is traditionally deemed noble and eminent. However, currently exiled in Pisces, Mercury navigates tempestuously alongside Neptune and the Sun. Although graced by Jupiter, the traditional logician must still operate via dynamic intuition, an illogical method for the calculating Courier.

Nearly exact (at a distance of 36′), the full Moon in Virgo conjoins fixed star Regulus. The effulgence of the royal Persian star, cor leo, is attributed to the qualities of Jupiter and Mars. With the Virgoan Moon, Regulus promotes natural leadership propelled by amorousness and devotional drive. Embracing the lunar Bethulah, the Lion’s Heart bestows the courage to succeed amidst adversity.

Virgo Decan I: The Orb-Weaver

Virgo’s first decan evokes emblems carved by laborious temperance. Akin to the seemingly precarious grace of a gossamer’s glint, there is occult fortitude in the prudent cultivation of cyclical artistry. Assembling each silken filament with painstaking toil, the orb-weaver’s magnetic labrynthine becomes its efficient source of food. However, in order to accomplish this meticulous feat, a somber sacrifice is made in the form of energetic expenditure.

Noted by Agrippa, “the first face of Virgo ascendeth the figure of a good maide, and a man casting seeds; it signifieth getting of wealth, ordering of diet, plowing, sowing, and peopling”. As such, the agricultural artisan recurrently surveys the fertility of the strewing soil, patterning a craft capable of life-affirming sustenance. Both the spider and human laborour exchange physical hardship for nature’s nourishment. Echoed in the Picatrix, “this is the face of sowing, plowing, the germination of plants, of gathering grapes, and of good living”. The material sphere’s abundance is afforded to the weaver of intricate webs, fermenter of fertile soil, all at the humble cost of interminable perseverance. Arachnid or human, nature’s discerning eye secretively calibrates its offerings to the worker’s degree of servility.

Lunar Mansion Twelve: Al-Sarfah
The Full Moon in Virgo falls under the twelfth mansion of The Changer, Al-Sarfah. Thematic of juncture and severance, this lunar mansion is depicted as a man battling a dragon. When the Moon journeys through this mansion’s renewed cycle, Al-Sarfah cautions against conflict and confrontation [3].

In parallel to its Ptolemaic influences, Saturn and Venus, Al-Sarfah alludes to Saturnian limitations, while affording Venusian affirmations of harvest and allies. Nearly echoing the descriptive tone of the Full Moon’s bounds (for intimate strife enshrouds Virgo’s first two terms), both mansion and Egyptian term coincide with a cautionary restraint in personal relations.

Full Moon in Virgo: Configurations and Bounds

The full Moon carves an applying trine with the scarlet malefic. As the ferocious star overcomes the Moon, Mars is hosted by Venus (in Venus’ prolific and fertile term). In Taurus, the Warrior must abide by the benefic’s reconciliatory rules, a foreign concept to the naturally severing properties of (malefic) Mars. Via sign and degree-based trines, the full Moon aspects both malefics, Mars and Saturn, respectively. Likewise, the Saturn-Venus-Pluto copresense harmonizes with both luminaries.

The Piscean Sun is copresent with Neptune and Mercury, as the watery stellium is overcome and ruled by jubilant Jove. Of the three stars, Mercury applies via degree-based square to Jupiter, as the latter star overcomes the Messenger. Fortunately, still in its domicile, the Greater Benefic’s sign-based square to the Piscean stellium (including degree-based square to Mercury) lessens its tension. Resulting from Mercury’s thricely cast sextiles to Saturn, authoritative friction, while likely, is afforded amelioration. Under this lunation’s lens, the primary sextile is visually scrutinized, as the Messenger’s partile ray to Saturn nearly calibrates the ethereal Piscean sway with the Stoic’s stability.

In repetitive trios, the applying, degree-based Mercury-Jupiter square (exact the following day at 21°06’ Pisces-Sagittarius), is the first (of three) during Mercury’s journey through Pisces. Likewise, the first Mercury-Neptune conjunction (previously exact at 15°34’ Pisces) currently separates and applies on March 24th and April 2nd, respectively. Finally, the Jupiter-ruled Sun is in the terms of Venus, as the emerald goddess structures her affirmations within the boundaries of Saturn’s stoicism.

Excessive Earth and the Elemental Air-Void

Full Moon in Virgo

Of the seven visible stars, Jupiter remains in his fiery domicile as excessive earth coagulates the Virgoan Moon’s elemental composition. Newly undulating in Pisces’ oceanic current, the Sun accompanies the Messenger, merging water with the strewing soil. While excessive earth overtly focuses on preserving existing conditions, practical efficiency and material concerns potentially dominate theoretical and ethical principles.

The Elemental Air-Void

As the solar light’s departure from Saturn’s stoic Water Bearer projects the lunation’s air-void, experience is primordially manouvered by the material, emotive, and dynamic spheres. Depleting its abstract qualities, against this elemental composition, the subtlety of air is concealed. Consummated by immediacy, personal detachment is a notable challenge, coupled with the Messenger’s tempestuous exile in Pisces.

Since the unifying properties of air are compromised, uncooperative behavior compromises partnerships, surging hesitance while adjusting to new people, ideas, and insights. In essence, the air-voids’ impediment spawns from an inability to objectively approach internal and external circumstances.

Irrationality surges as a response to poorly assimilated ideas. While the body’s response to the inconceivable can produce physical ailment and aggression, these reactions are (however inappropriately) intended to abolish threat. Physically, excessive air can lead to a highly activated and extremely sensitized nervous system. Consistent meditation and restful, recuperative retreats are necessary for replenishment and the prevention of cerebral exhaustion.

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Full Moon in Virgo: Summary

Nearing exact perigee, the Full Moon in Virgo illuminates the earth’s prudent fertility. Scrutinizing the sect light, the Piscean Sun bestows intuitive guidance merged with the patience of meticulous artistry. However, in exile and polarizing its Virgoan domicile and exaltation, Mercury’s opposes the very lunation it governs.

Simultaneously in the bounds of Mercury, the lunation’s emphasis on the exiled Messenger is exacerbated by its conjunction to nebulous Neptune and the elemental air-void that permeates the celestial composition. As the stars swerve past the vacant airy trigon, the consummation of immediacy pervades earthly obligations. While Jupiter overcomes the Piscean stellium (Sun, Mercury, and Neptune) via degree and sign-based square, the absence of air necessitates reason before instinct.

While the Virgoan lunation affords the patient application of physical productivity, its operative fortitude is primordially instinctual and dynamic. Gathering these insights, mindfulness in relational efforts requires the application of impartial surveillance. Acclimating to air’s sanguine temperament, a third-person narrative must aid the tempestuous Messenger.

* The Full Moon at 0°42′ Virgo is exact on 2/19/19, at 10:53 AM EST.
* Two hours prior to the full Moon in Virgo, Mercury begins its pre-shadow phase at 16°6′ Pisces at 9:19 AM EST, on 2/19/19.


References:

Agrippa, Henry C., The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

Warnock, Christopher, The Mansions of the Moon

* Etchings by K. Kalynovych.


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November 2018 Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Odilon Redon, Ophelia, 1902

Mercury Retrograde

The synodic cycle of Mercury completes a set of movements in approximately 116 days, repeated thrice within the 365-day calendar year. As the sway between Mercury and the Sun reaches exactitude, the triad repetition of this relationship forms an approximate triangle within the zodiacal sphere. Consequently, it is the inferius (Latin for ‘below’) or inferior conjunction that occurs during Mercury’s retrograde motion. Here, the Sun and The Messenger traverse opposite paths as Mercury speeds, with accelerated momentum, past the Sun. As a visual spectacle, Mercury’s retrograde motion is an act of invisibility, synonymous with an oscillating odyssey into shrouded or hermetical realms.

November 2018 Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

Mercury enters and remains in its shadow zone from October 28th to November 16th, is retrograde from November 16th to December 6th, and completes its post-retrograde shadow from December 6th to 24th.

In Sagittarius, Mercury is in its sign of detriment. Mercurial Sagittarius seeks to rise and separate, in alignment with its hot and dry, fiery elemental properties. In contrast to the unifying properties of water (as experienced via Mercury’s previous Scorpio ingress), fiery Sagittarius is propelled by primal, individualistic needs and instinctive knowledge coupled with energetic optimism. Because of the all-embracing properties of Sagittarius, the challenge of Mercury in Sagittarius is one of discernment between the extraneous and the critical: a task, for example, succinctly executed by Mercury when ingressed in its domicile and exaltation of Virgo. Nevertheless, Mercury in Sagittarius offers opportunity for expanding individualistic expression, spontaneity, and the illumination of wisdom. Its pathway is opportune for the reassessment of our self-expression and instinctual spiritedness. As part of the fire trinity, Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius begins to re-evaluate current sources of creative fuel and inspiration, blazing beyond the accumulated detritus of life.

Mercury Retrograde

Odilon Redon, Strange Flowers

The November 2018 Mercury retrograde heralds the necessity for equilibrium amidst a plethora of options. Scattered thought-patterns are the partial result of Mercury in its detriment of explorative Sagittarius, but the Messenger is simultaneously under the beams (come November 22nd, as the Sun ingresses into Sagittarius) and retrograde, amplifying the challenge to discern between an abundance of possibilities. As a whole, November is gorged with celestial activity. Aside from Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, the nodal shifts into Cancer and Capricorn, respectively, the new and full lunations (in Scorpio and Gemini, respectively), Uranus’ regress into Aries, Mars’ ingress into Pisces, and Neptune direct in Pisces, Venus stations direct on the same day as Mercury’s retrograde (approximately 14.41 hours prior to). Clearly, there is an over-abundance of planetary transitions in the mutable and cardinal modes, and, as a result, Mercury retrograde suggests fully exploring options instead of committing to any singularly specified agenda. This entails patience and the acute ability to detect the essential from the superfluous components of information. While caution should be taken throughout the retrograde period, as with most Mercury retrogrades, the most critical times for transactions, electronic and communicative challenges, transportation, and decisiveness occur during the few days prior to and following the precise retrograde and direct stations.

Venus stations direct 14 hours and 41 minutes prior to Mercury retrograde. 

Mercury Retrograde

Odilon Redon, Underwater Vision

November 2018 Mercury Retrograde Aspects

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Mercury retrograde encompasses three major aspects (elaborated below), echoing the urgency for clear communication and impeccable honesty. Because the logical mind is enshrouded in emotional and illusory subjectivity via Neptune and Luna, it is imperative to remain immaculate with our words.

Mercury Square Neptune

The centerpiece of Mercury retrograde is the nearly exact (13′ orb) Mercury-Neptune square, remaining within 1° orb from November 13th to November 20th. Having both planets retrograde adds intensity to themes of deception, illusion, and deceit, now amplified by the imaginative stimulation of nebulous Neptune. Tasks requiring concentration, lucidity, and detail-orientation will prove challenging, for the will is embedded in exploring inner dynamics of sensation. Mercury-Neptune can accentuate miscommunication and its literal loss in delivery. Precision is pivotal when an aspect influences potential confusion, especially under the current of Mercury retrograde. Simultaneously, avoiding confrontations in attempts to either ameliorate or maintain secrecy will only escalate pertinent issues. Remaining impeccably honest with our words is the best course of action, as is maintaining clear and realistic communication. Challenging Mercury-Neptune aspects request that reliance be placed on the logical and factual, in contrast to intuitive guidance, as the latter is potentially distorted throughout Mercury retrograde.

Odilon Redon, Girl With Red Poppies, 1898

Moon Square Mercury

The Moon-Mercury square introduces somewhat of a battlefield between the intellect and the emotive sphere. In essence, the mind and the heart become discordant and can hinder reasoning and deductive faculties. This aspect is swayed by the emotive expression, often dominating logical discernment. Again, in the context of Mercury retrograde, this manifests as a critical time in communications, particularly those that involve emotional expression. There is a compelling necessity to express issues, as Moon-Mercury aspects often invite emotional and psychological realignment. Perceptions and the subjective realm can oscillate at this time, which is why remaining honest will be paramount in resolving mercurial issues.

Moon Conjunct Neptune

The Moon-Neptune conjunction further amplifies the emotional sensitivity, potential deception, and perplexity stirred by Mercury retrograde. Not unlike the Mercury-Neptune square, the fantastical realm is stimulated, yet this particular aspect cautions against forms of deleterious escapism in order to avoid health issues. The Moon-Neptune conjunction introduces sincere empathy, coupled with the alleviation afforded by forthrightly expressing issues with trustworthy friends. However, once again, there is potential for misinterpretation, delusion, and dubiousness, as this aspect stimulates the emotive sphere without any realistic foundation. This aspect activates vivid dreams, the general dream-state, and is best incorporated into the production of artistic endeavors.

Mercury Retrograde and the Full Moon in Gemini

The Full Moon in Gemini occurs on November 23 at 0º52′ Gemini (decan I), where Luna opposes Jupiter. Likewise, the luminaries and Jupiter are tangled in a T-Square to Mars. Mercury, the dispositor of November’s Full Moon, conjoins Jupiter, and stirs themes of potential inaccuracy and exaggeration. Equilibrium between ambition and ethics will surge for inspection, as will our necessity for accurate communication.

November 2018 Mercury Cazimi in Sagittarius

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2018 November Mercury Cazimi, exact at 5°03’ Sagittarius

Mercury Cazimi

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. For the purposes of this article, I will be focusing on the tighter value of 16 arc minutes. 

On November 27th, Mercury retrograde is afforded a brief portal of protection, in exact Cazimi at 5°03’ Sagittarius. The applying Moon-Mercury trine provides necessary psychological equilibrium and emotive insight. Most importantly, this aspects balances the emotional core and rational intellect. In Leo, the Moon receives reception from the Sun, echoing the fortifying properties of Mercury Cazimi. This Cazimi conjoins Jupiter in a Sagittarius stellium of all-encompassing beneficence. To a lesser extent, Jupiter is mitigating the condition of Mars, as it oversees both the second and fifth places. While this is not an ideal election for mercurial work, the Cazimi portal does offer potent insight and strength to the otherwise impaired conditions of Mercury retrograde.


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology.

Oil paintings are by Odilon Redon.


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