Full Moon in Virgo: Solve by Subtraction

Full Moon in Virgo: Solve by Subtraction

The Full Moon in Virgo occurs the 12th of March 2017 at 22°13’’ of Virgo.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Virgo or the house where your natal Mercury is found for more insight.

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this lunation.

You can also find out more about how to work with full moons here.


“The soul does not grow by addition but by subtraction.”

-Meister Eckhart 


Solve by Subtraction

Watching, worrying, calculating.

Always concerned with what may go wrong, what may be missing.

To-do lists, schedules, dotting i’s and crossing t’s.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: most folks can’t work like a Virgo. They don’t have the hustle or the mettle to keep pace with these virginal queens.

If you want something done, you might call Capricorn for its executive poise, or Aries if you needed a Mad Max-esque injection of energy. For innovation, you might call on Aquarius, and for brainstorming, Gemini.

If you want something done well, however, you call Virgo.

This Full Moon you’ll have the opportunity to do something very well with Virgoan vim – at least, once you figure out what isn’t working and make the necessary adjustments. I’m purposely calling this an ‘opportunity,’ because this Full Moon’s energy might demand we re-frame what sits in front of us.

It would be too easy to say we’ve hit a wall.

The funny thing about walls is that no matter how wide or high you build them, there’s always a way past them. 

We’ve all had moments where ‘the buck stops here,’ and this Full Moon may dish up something similar.

The ruler of the Full Moon in Virgo is Mercury, which is currently sailing through the dreamy, imaginative landscapes of Pisces. Mercury in Pisces is known as the weakest placement for the planet of communication, contracts, and the mind: what satisfies our gray matter is a linear, black and white, logical approach, while Pisces provides fairy tales, harmonic chords, and finger paints. You’ll have great fun, but you might not get anything done, and it might not make a lot of sense to anyone else (which is often the case with good art).

Mercury has a second problem, which is that he’s getting a thumping from Saturn. Saturn creates limits and boundaries and demands we work hard and take responsibility. He loves to say no or to deny us the things we want, but he loves it even more when we exceed our limits through toil.

Putting this together, dreams (Mercury in Pisces) could come in contact with a limit (Saturn).

Just re-work it, edit it, fix it. Engage all parts of the Virgo toolkit until your ideas start to resemble something that can stand the test of time.

Unpack your mind and purge some of the pain (Sun conjunct Pallas, Chiron, and trine to Vesta). Find a way to heal the dream (Mercury in Pisces conjunct Chiron). Some of what you fear may never come true, even if there’s some turbulent terrain around (Vesta opposite Pluto, Jupiter opposite Uranus).

Help may come from Mars, our drive and sense of courage, newly entered into Taurus. Mars in Taurus is a slow march towards success; right now he’s in beautiful connection with the North Node, a point of growth to which we feel pulled. Mars’ placement speaks about the importance of a steady pace and getting settled into the trenches for a long-term campaign.

And if by chance you’ve hit a wall somehow, remember that subtraction can be growth, too.

Dismantling the wall is the first step towards overcoming it.

Asteroids + Other Bits

Hide yo’ kids, Hide yo’ wife,” Lilith is here, and she wants to play.

If I weren’t already sure that the messages received at this Full Moon would be final (Mercury square Saturn), asteroid Lilith conjunct the Sun and Dark Moon Lilith conjunct Juno would have driven that point home for me. These points are two-thirds of the Lilith trifecta: Asteroid Lilith (1181), Dark Moon Lilith (h13, aka Waldemath Moon), and Black Moon Lilith (h58, aka ‘mean apogee’).

[If you are interested in Lilith, you may wish to check out this audio from Demetra George – I can only cover so much here!]

Lilith has a long and troubled history, starting with her role as Biblical Adam’s first wife.* Tossed into the Garden of Eden and tasked with the creation of the world, Adam and Lilith set about naming all of the many animals, vegetables, and minerals that would one day make up the Earth. Except, of course, for the pressing problem that they could not come to agree on a single name for anything. She said potayto; he said potahto. As an added insult, Adam insisted that he would have to ‘lie on top’ in the biblical way, and Lilith was having none of that – reminding him, “We are equal because we are both created from the Earth.”

Eventually, Lilith realized Adam would never treat her as his equal and decided to leave; unsurprisingly, she was shunned and exiled. Rumors sprang up, as they often do post-facto, that she was getting down and dirty with lascivious spirits in a seaside cave and having all their evil demon-babies. Lilith was demonized as a winged, clawed banshee who flew in the darkest part of night, snatching children from wombs (miscarriages) and seed from the loins of men (impotence).

Oh yes – hide yo kids, hide yo wife, indeed.

Of course, this isn’t the full truth. Long before Lilith ended up with Adam, she was the handmaiden of Inanna in her sacred rites of renewal, and in the myth of the Huluppu tree, she embodied the psychic bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. Some consider Lilith the first feminist, owing to her need for independence and her rock-solid boundaries against her husband’s petulance; some have even compared Lilith to the protagonists of ‘Thelma & Louise’ who choose death over repression.

Lilith’s tale became a warning to other ancient ladies who were thinking to give their men the slip. Leave, and you will be exiled. Speak out, and you will be punished. If you challenge your husbands, the myth tells us, you ultimately challenge God, too.

You will never be happy; you will fly alone, you will be feared and hated.

Lilith says no. There’s no middle ground, no compromising, no ‘I’ll think about it.’

Lilith draws a line in the sand and never relents.

She is the original totem for women who are attacked, abused, and maligned for their refusal to submit to society’s request that they talk a bit quieter, take up less space, and intersperse their speech with obligatory, incessant apologies: “I just wanted to ask”, “Sorry, could I just”, “Sorry, would you mind if…?”

Sorry, sorry, sorry. Just, just, just

All that sorry, and for what? No one ever seems to accept our apologies, and nothing feels very just.

Watch for real-world versions of Lilith popping up at this Full Moon. Sun conjunct asteroid Lilith suggests a desire to determine our truth, move freely and be heard. Asteroid Juno, the Goddess of Marriage, conjunct Dark Moon Lilith suggests a release of pain, bitterness, and rage within partnerships.

Stop hiding.


March 12th, 2017, Virgo 22°13”

Full Moon in Virgo 2017 march

*Lilith is a complicated figure in ancient myth; the story of her original role as Adam’s wife was possibly satire (which makes me like it even more) and written as late as the 8th century CE, but the līlītu, evil female spirits of the wind/water, are well documented from ancient Babylonia onwards.