The Full Moon began releasing its potent energies on March 7 at 4:40 a.m. Pacific. The Sun at 16° Pisces opposite the Moon at 16° Virgo presents a powerful theme of discernment coloring the last half of the lunar cycle which calls us to carefully differentiate between our imagination and reality. While the Virgo Moon grounds us in the practical is-ness of our day-to-day lives, the Sun in Pisces opens us to envisioning our role in the cosmos. Their close flowing alignment with Uranus in Taurus enables us to integrate these archetypes: Moon trine Uranus helps us identify where we need to bring order to our lives; Sun sextile Uranus stimulates insight about how to realize needed changes, giving us the motivation to take the necessary steps.
This Full Moon is also a moment for creative inspiration related to imagery, imagination, and a sense of universal love. Three planets are gathered in the watery sign of Pisces, with the Sun at the midpoint between Mercury and Neptune. This stellium connects us to the wisdom of the cosmic intelligences and allows our imagination to take flight. However, we must also be aware of the shadow side of Neptune’s influence, which can lead us down a path of delusion and disappointment if we try to force our will on the world.
Adding to the intensity of this Full Moon, Jupiter’s waxing conjunction with Chiron becomes exact on March 12 at 14° Aries. This alignment brings emotional wounds and childhood traumas to the surface, compelling us to confront them at a deep level. This can be a difficult process, as these issues often reside in the unconscious and may be painful to revisit. Combined with the Piscean energy, this alignment calls us to find compassion, courage and patience with ourselves, and avoid behaving in ways that could cause harm to ourselves or others. Jupiter helps us optimistically embrace this challenging opportunity for growth and self-awareness.
Other alignments emphasize the importance of taking responsibility during this Full Moon. The Sun and Moon in a dynamic T-square with Mars in Gemini reminds us to take ownership of our actions or run the risk of creating conflicts that could damage our lives and relationships. More importantly however, Saturn enters Pisces less than an hour after the Full Moon peaks, representing a significant tonal shift for the planet of responsibility, structure and integrity that spends on average 2.5 years in a sign.
In Pisces, Saturn brings its focus on discipline to our internal spiritual state and ability to love unconditionally. The Full Moon’s amplification of deep wounds needing healing occurring in sync with Saturn’s ingress may signal the beginning of a process that will mature over the next couple of years. Pisces is known to correlate to situations that dissolve our entrenched egoistic mental structures blocking us from knowing our true soul selves. Saturn here correlates to a strong need to explore our unconscious depths to discover these structures which helped us to survive in the past, but now are hindering our growth. We can overcome fears likely to arise by seeing them impartially, as something from which we can learn. Approaching any growth process from a neutral position is what allows us to feel compassion for ourselves and others as we go through it.
Saturn in Pisces asks us to accept the reality of the life we are living rather than spend precious time dreaming about having a different life. Only when we focus with total attention on what is happening around us can we make better choices that will change our destiny. By being willing to take responsibility for our decisions and put in the hard work it takes to learn how to successfully navigate this challenging world, we earn the freedom to put more energy into manifesting our dreams.