How do you access your creativity and moreover, how do you find time and space in our ridiculously busy world to develop and express a creative instinct? This is a question I suspect more than a few people ask themselves constantly.
Many others struggle right below the level of a question, somehow not bringing the matter to the surface. I think that once the question bubbles to the top of awareness, you’re already pretty close to working it out, though it seems that part of the creative process is using creativity to figure out how to express yourself, given all the usual tensions.
Pisces is considered one of the most intuitive, creative signs, and Virgo is one of the most analytical and mental. The two signs depend on one another for grounding any process of creativity or development. Pisces is the realm of inspiration and ideas. Virgo is the realm of tangible focus, documentation and breaking something into steps and work flow.
It’s pretty obvious how the two work together to get results. And now we have the Virgo-Pisces axis fully activated. The Moon is full in Virgo on the Moon’s Day (Monday, Feb. 26) at 3:26 pm EST. Before that happens, the Moon ingresses Virgo Monday at 1:52 am EST. Here is the chart and here are the minor planets.
As of this posting, it is at the end of its run through Leo, close to a conjunction with the hypothetical planet Transpluto. The message of that aspect is that self-criticism slays creativity.
The Full Moon is the Moon opposing the Sun; the two bodies are in opposite signs when this happens, which makes sense given that the Sun is now in Pisces. ‘Full’ means that you can see half of the Moon (the other half is pointed away from the Earth) and it also means a full opposition.
The Full Moon is a direct meeting and also a point of differentiation. It can help resolve a deadlock or a quandary, and I am seeing this aspect as carrying the momentum of integrating Pisces and Virgo.
Notably, Mercury stationed retrograde in Pisces on Saturday. While this phase, lasting through March 17, can frustrate efforts in the rational world, it can stoke creativity. I often hear artist- and musician-types describe how helpful this aspect is. My own art project, Book of Blue, always seems to thrive under retrograde Mercury. Perhaps it’s the inner communication that makes the retrograde so creatively fulfilling. So we have that in the background of this Full Moon.
I think that often the ‘creative quandary’ is a struggle between an idea and how to materialize it. I can tell you from facing a lot of blank pages and doing 14 annual editions of Planet Waves that it really does start with the first word, casting the first chart or sketching out the concept. From there, you keep going, developing things as slowly or as quickly as you can work comfortably.
It’s necessary to work both ends of the equation, ongoing — the inspiration side and the technical/materialization side. When one is stuck, go to the other. Sooner or later you’ll get them working together.
This Full Moon is exactly aligned with Jupiter, the ruler of Pisces. By exactly, I mean we are splitting hairs — all three points are at 7+ degrees of their respective signs, Virgo, Pisces and Gemini. So this is really three exact aspects at the same moment — Moon opposite Sun, Moon square Jupiter and Sun square Jupiter.
That’s also known as a T-square. As Genevieve Hathaway pointed out to me either in an email or an article, Jupiter in this setup is like a huge battery powering the Full Moon, looking for someplace to go. That someplace is up to you to figure out where.
I just looked up the word ‘quandary’ in Etymology Online, my favorite website after Solotouch. The word means “state of perplexity,” and it has a mysterious origin; it’s potentially associated with the Latin word quando, which means when, or rather, when? Think of the creative quandary as being a perplexing question of when.
I’ll tell you when: now. With creative experiences, the answer to when? is always now. You may not go the whole distance now, but you can start now. That’s why, if you have any creative aspirations or designs at all, it’s essential to keep a pen and notebook with you at all times.
Now, the Full Moon chart does point out a few pitfalls to this process. They come in the form of the minor planets, of which I will describe three that are included in the alignment. When I see a T-square, the first thing I want to know is what’s out there in space at the fourth end of the square? In this case that would be around 7 degrees of Sagittarius.
This is how the Full Moon looks like in high resolution. If you set the orb to two degrees on either side of the lunation, there are 11 planets in the aspect structure, not three. There is not time to go over all 11 planets (we’ve already covered three — Moon, Sun and Jupiter) but I will add messages from three more.
At the fourth leg of this aspect pattern, in Sagittarius, we have an asteroid called Hebe and a newly named centaur planet named Orius. To me this is about making sure that the point of what you’re doing is not trying to please your audience. There is a time and place for doing that, and it is NOT at the beginning or even the middle of a creative process.
Hebe is about codependency (presumably with the audience). Orius, a whole new critter for astrologers to work with, has been delineated by the centaur oracle himself, Phil Sedgwick, as involving “relationship matters and the social perceptions of those relationships and through the lens of how those interactions may affect social standing.” So skip the social standing issue, too. Don’t worry about your ‘reputation’, especially if you don’t have one yet. Do what is real for you.
Then Achilles shows up, very close to the Moon. That says: beware of false lack of confidence. Don’t give yourself reasons not to be confident. Don’t critique your own work. Just do what you do, as sincerely and as well as you can.
I’ll add two more. Teharonhiawako is saying, what you’re doing is not holding up the world, it’s just what you’re doing — the impact comes much later. Sauer is saying, watch out for denial: something is or isn’t art; you are or aren’t an artist; whatever. Forget that bullshit.
Sharpen your pencil, clear a picture card, dust off your video camera, charge the battery, tune the guitar, squeeze some paint onto the palette and get busy.