Mercury conjunct Neptune Pisces – February 19 2019 (06:37 GMT)
Full Moon [0 Virgo 42] – February 19 2019 (15:54 GMT)
This coming week, the Sun enters Pisces on Monday 18th February followed swiftly by the Full Moon on Tuesday 19th February at 0 degrees Virgo. The Sun in Pisces opposes the Moon in Virgo.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury and Pisces’ co-ruler is Neptune. On the same day as the Full Moon, there’s a Mercury/Neptune conjunction at 15 degrees Pisces. Therefore, Pisces energy is coming in with a real whoosh. This could be an emotional Full Moon.
Virgo v. Pisces
During the Virgo Full Moon, there’s usually a sense of busy-ness, when you want or need to be productive and get things done (Virgo’s realm). At this Full Moon, however, the planets in Pisces have the stronger pull.
They are whispering to the Moon in Virgo to give in, to surrender and let go. Consider whether this is relevant for you and how you want to make the most of this strong Pisces energy.
What will bring you fulfilment? You may choose to devote yourself to a creative, romantic, spiritual or caring activity. You may choose to let go and rest deeply and find a spa bath, a warm sea or a fantasy world to lose yourself in.
Whereas Virgo’s ruling planet Mercury enjoys the busyness of the mind, Pisces’ modern ruler Neptune wants to go with the flow, be intuitive and tap into its sensitive nature through dreams and imagination, not words.
Both points of the Virgo/Pisces axis are highlighted now. Through the confusion of ideas, thoughts and feelings which emerge, your goal is to find a route to clarity, efficiency, order. Yet, there might be another way, one that’s connected to not knowing, being willing to go wherever life leads, to surrender to life rather than try to direct it the way you choose.
Mercury’s Shadow Phase
This fits with Mercury’s shadow phase which begins during this Full Moon. I don’t often pay close attention to the shadow phase of Mercury which elongates the three week Mercury retrograde phase to eight weeks.
This time around, there’s a good case to make the most of this extraordinary period when Mercury’s diving deep into Neptune’s realm. If you’re ready to lose yourself, go off piste, experiment, try something different, here’s your opportunity.
The only proviso is if you’re already feeling untethered or unsafe. Mercury, the planet of precision, isn’t comfortable in Pisces’ boundless realm. If you’re in danger of losing your mind or the fine line between madness and creativity tips too far in one direction, don’t cast aside your anchor in gay abandon.
Instead, focus on the earth sign energy that’s currently strong, take one step at a time and feel your way forwards while keeping your feet firmly on the ground.
Mercury’s Long Swim
If you are in a romantic, creative or spiritual phase in your life, know that this will continue throughout March while Mercury is retrograde in Pisces. In fact, it’s only during mid-April, when Mercury finally completes its journey through the star sign that represents wisdom, spiritual knowledge, vulnerability and escapism, that your long swim through Pisces’ realm is finally over.
There’s no one way to experience this boundless Full Moon. Instead, consider the symbolism laid out for you and apply this to your current situation.
What do you need right now? Is life urging you to let go and surrender? Are you willing to sacrifice yourself for the needs of others? Do you want to lead your life differently so you can tap into your subconscious, stir your imagination, listen to your dreams and encourage your creative and/or spiritual source to emerge?
It’s a peak moment in the astrological year when you’re being encouraged to dive in, connect with your self on a deep level and reach outwards to connect with humanity, the universe and life.