Chiron ruler of Virgo

Full Moon in Virgo March 12 2017: Order out of Chaos

Every Full Moon is full of gifts and blessings, and this one is no exception.  Virgo is an earth sign, which means it helps us to ground into our bodies and the physical realm.  Ruled by Mercury, the planet of the mind, it also helps us to ground our thoughts and ideas into a structure and organization that can aid us in finding greater balance.

Balance and integration is critical right now, since there is an abundance of planets in the more transcendent sign of Pisces including the Sun, which opposes the Virgo Moon.  Pisces takes us into mysterious and unknown regions of imagination and dreams, calling us like the Sirens of the ancient world to leave behind our mundane reality and enter into a realm of magic.

The Moon is at her most powerful at the Full Moon, when her light outshines the light of the Sun and the instincts and emotions of the Moon dominate the Solar consciousness.  The Virgo Moon is in her ascendance now, and anchors us to the earth as we try to fly beyond it.  This can create a sense of imbalance and perhaps even inner chaos as we strive to find the clarity of ordering the mundane details of our lives (Virgo) in the midst of an explosion of creative power (Pisces).

There is a tight conjunction of planets to the Pisces Sun right now, including Chiron (wounding and healing) and Mercury (the mind and communication).  Chiron facilitates our deeper wisdom and knowledge of our own emotional motivations, and Mercury opens the mind to greater clarity.

Mercury is the traditional ruler of Virgo, and I have long argued for Chiron as the modern ruler of Virgo, so the significance of both Virgo rulers conjoined with the Sun at this Virgo Full Moon accelerates the power of this soul-opening alignment.  A harmonious trine from Pluto (power and transformation) helps to inspire us to utilize this energy for our highest good.

The gift and blessing of this Full Moon is in finding solid ground (Virgo) in the midst of magic and transcendence (Pisces); to facilitate an intellectual understanding (Sun/Chiron/Mercury) that is balanced with a spiritual knowledge (Pisces), and the ability to create order (Virgo) in the midst of chaos (Pisces).

By | 2017-03-12T09:24:26+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Moon|2 Comments

Powerful Virgo New Moon on Friday

art by Oxana Zuboff

The New Moon on Friday September 18, 2009 captures all of the powerful September planetary events and provides us with an opportunity to pull them all together for the new lunar cycle.  New Moons, remember, represent the beginning of a brand new lunar experience as the Moon conjoins the Sun and their dance begins anew.

The New Moon is actually the dark of the Moon – the Sun completely obscures the Moon’s light, and we begin the new cycle in a void.  This is an opportunity to let go of the lessons learned from the previous lunar cycle and begin the anew in the sign of Virgo.

Virgo isn’t a very exciting sign – it won’t bring fame or fortune like Leo, and it won’t attract passion and power like Scorpio.  Virgo is all about the necessary things we have to do to maintain life in a body like eating right, getting enough exercise, making sure our teeth are brushed and our house is clean.  But Virgo also inspires the powers of perception and discrimination.  Under Virgo’s influence we are able to sort through the complex factors that tend to confuse as and achieve clarity and purpose.

This New Moon sits right on the Saturn end of the Saturn/Uranus opposition, suggesting that the tension here between the Uranian drive for change and the Saturnian drive for discipline and convention will be exacerbated, but the Virgo influence will attempt to impose some kind of order on this tension.  Virgo wants to be prepared for everything, and needs a road map before beginning any kind of new adventure.  During this New Moon we will be called on to create a plan and a strategy (Virgo/Saturn) to help integrate the change that is sure to occur (Uranus).

Because Saturn and Uranus are in opposition, there is a tendency to want to favor one side over the other.  Perhaps we are more comfortable with Saturn and don’t want change.  Or maybe we are adventurous and chafing at the restrictions that Saturn has imposed, and ready for Uranus to take over.  But oppositions require balance; both ends of the equation must be integrated.  Uranus opposes the New Moon, so change is inevitable.  The only thing missing now is the plan, and the New Moon in Virgo can provide this.

Because Chiron is, in my opinion, the transformational ruler of Virgo, the power of Chiron to teach and infuse us with wisdom is at work in this New Moon.  Chiron teaches us through our own emotions and feelings.  When we feel something uncomfortable lurking within us, rather than reach for the beer or the candy bar turn your attention within.  See what emotion needs to be faced and released.

But this healing power of Chiron goes beyond emotional healing; there is also the impetus to create perfection and balance in our lives so that we may experience the body truly as the temple of the soul.  Under Chiron’s influence, as we heal we become less distracted by life in a physical form and more aligned with the soul’s experience.

Chiron is still enmeshed in the triple conjunction with Jupiter and Neptune, and as we have been discussing here all summer the call of the soul has been paramount under this planetary combination.

Pluto is powerful in this lunar chart, having just changed direction last week and still stationary, having only advanced by one minute at the time of the New Moon.  Pluto sits on the Ascendant of the chart in the charts for Washington DC and New York, and the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune trines the Libra Midheaven.  This suggests that issues of power (Pluto) will take center stage during this lunation, and most of us along the East Coast will feel it.  Pluto requires that we eliminate waste from our lives, and he’s not always nice about it.

There’s no doubt that this is a major time of transition, and this New Moon can help us to move forward.  If, however, we attempt to hold onto the past, which will be tempting as Saturn embraces the New Moon, transition will be that much more difficult.  This is a time of letting go, but having a plan (Virgo) within which the process can occur.

By | 2009-09-17T08:56:28+00:00 September 17th, 2009|Moon|Comments Off on Powerful Virgo New Moon on Friday

Uranus and rulership

There is a lively discussion going on at Dharma’s place (Astrotabletalk) over the question of planetary rulership and especially Uranus as ruler of Aquarius. Dharma’s had a series of articles about Saturn and Uranus, the co-rulers of Aquarius and. The question of whether Uranus has been misnamed is a thorny one although it does seem appropriate to the penchant of Uranus for throwing aside convention and trying something new.

Since I have Saturn (established rules) in square to Uranus (radical change) in my own chart, I have a tendency to throw out the old rules I don’t like (such as the application of words like “afflicted” and “planets in detriment” for the sake of a more transformative view, but I am very attached to others, such as the established mythological connections to the planets.

Dharma, being an Aquarius himself, suggests that the question of rulership is, as he puts it, “a bit of a dog’s dinner” and brings up the question of Ceres as ruler of Virgo. I joined in the discussion and my ideas kept going so I thought I’d reproduce my comments here.

The argument about Ceres’ rulership has already begun. My position is that Ceres is a better fit for Cancer, especially using my argument for Ceres as the higher octave of the Moon.

Virgo’s co-ruler is Chiron – Chiron perfectly fills out Virgo’s roles in service and health. Virgos resonate strongly with the story of Chiron as do planets in the sixth house.

The point in the previous thread about the more positive aspects of Aquarius are well taken, so here are a few more points about Uranus:

He was born by Gaia to be equal to herself, hence the connection with equality and justice.

Uranus is the starry sky of the heavens and thereby represents the highest ideals of humankind.

According to Cicero, Uranus’s castration story was a popularized superstition of the tale of Uranus as “the highest element of celestial ether or fire which by itself generates all things [and was] devoid of that bodily part which required union with another for the work of procreation.” Hence the connection of Uranus to the higher levels of creativity and insight.

As ruler of the heavenly abode of the gods, Uranus connects us to the higher levels of awareness and brings flashes of insight and electricity.

Someone loved Uranus and wrote this hymn for him:

“To Ouranos (Heaven), Fumigation from Frankincense.
Great Ouranos, whose mighty frame no respite knows,
father of all, from whom the world arose;
hear, bounteous parent, source and end of all,
for ever whirling round this earthly ball;
abode of gods, whose guardian power
surrounds the eternal world with ever during bounds;
whose ample bosom, and encircling folds
the dire necessity of nature holds.
Ethereal, earthly, whose all-various frame, azure
and full of forms, no power can tame.
All-seeing source of Kronos (Time), for ever blessed,
deity sublime, propitious on a novel mystic shine,
and crown his wishes with a life divine.” –

Orphic Hymn 4 to Uranus


By | 2007-06-22T10:57:00+00:00 June 22nd, 2007|Astrology|Comments Off on Uranus and rulership