Pisces Full Moon: The World Without Us


In the middle of an exceptionally busy week when a series of deadlines had worn me down to a nubbin, I dragged myself to a client’s office to do some bookkeeping. Bookkeeping is such precise, Virgo work that I enjoy doing it now and then; it’s a bit like working a crossword puzzle. In an uncertain world, there’s something comforting about getting numbers to line up right.

But everything went wrong on this particular morning, as it often does when you’re feeling rushed and overextended. I was buzzing with tension; my attention wandered, and I kept making foolish mistakes. In the end I made a catastrophic blunder in the checking account reconciliation, blurted a frustrated profanity, and nearly burst into tears.

This client has known me for many years; he’s no stranger to my moods, but somehow likes me anyway. So today, as I sat there with blurry eyes, apologizing profusely for my mistake, he just came over and stood by my desk. “You need a break,” he declared. “If you keep pushing yourself so hard, you’re either going to become a very angry person, or just a very…” He struggled for a word. “A very stiff one.”

During Virgo’s season, the world of work beckons with such allure that before we know it, things can get out of hand. Suddenly our calendars are packed far too full and we are wound far too tightly. We look at the world and see only its imperfections, an endless Dead Sea Scroll of tasks that need Virgo’s capable hands to sort it all out and its methodical brain to analyze the root causes of the problems.

But when you begin to look at the world as a problem to be solved, you may forget that it’s also an enchanting mystery that defies both logical explanation and our best efforts to keep it tidied up. Fortunately, the world does its best to remind us, delivering shape-shifting numbers that stubbornly refuse to be wrangled, or trickster hard drive malfunctions. When we’re too entrenched in Virgo’s linear mindset, even our keen minds begin to rebel, refusing to stay focused. When we overdose on Virgo, our wise spirits instinctively reach out for a gentle antidote of music, beauty, and daydreams – all of which can be found in its opposite sign of Pisces, the sign of this Full Moon.

I came home from my bookkeeping excursion longing to take my client’s advice and have a bit of a break, but a writing deadline loomed at the end of the day. I dutifully, if wearily, sat at the computer to wrestle with the article.

A half an hour later, the phone rang. A dear and cheerful friend would be in my neighborhood later in the afternoon; would I be available for an impromptu visit? My Virgo sense of duty immediately flew into a tizz… “But you can’t! You’re on deadline!” In a split second, my Pisces self intervened and called for a general strike. “If you’re too busy to see a friend,” admonished a sassy voice from my heart, “then you are just too busy for your own good.” Indeed. I embraced the visit, which ended up being exactly what I needed. Not to mention that relaxed and renewed, I later knocked out the article in record time.

The world seems especially chaotic just now, with overwhelming natural disasters and the depressing morass of governmental gridlock. Like an old house fallen into disrepair, so much of our world needs fixing – and Virgo loves the challenge of a renovation. But even Virgo becomes overwhelmed in the face of so many tasks; and since much of the world seems beyond our control, we may overcompensate by overdoing it with the more human-scale tasks in front of us, taking on more than we can conceivably tackle.

But at this Full Moon in Pisces (in aspect to taskmaster Saturn), remember that trying to do too much to save the world, without taking time to remember why it’s worth saving, is a recipe for anger and brittleness. Pisces grasps that entropy is the natural condition of the universe; that without constant maintenance by mankind, the world would take care of itself quite nicely, thank you. In his book, The World Without Us, Alan Weisman hypothesizes that within about 20 years of humans disappearing from the earth, New York City would already be in a state of advanced decay. Whether you consider that a scary thought or an intriguing one probably depends on how comfortable you are with a Pisces view of the world.

“There is so much work to be done!” Virgo insists, and it’s true enough. But at the Pisces Full Moon, we’re also reminded that “dust we are, and to dust we shall return.” Virgo, who holds strong opinions about dust, shudders at the very idea. But our wise Pisces natures shrug in cheerful acceptance of life’s inherent messiness, the missed deadlines, the world in disarray, and the house that needs dusting. At this Full Moon, take your cues from your heart, and relax a little. Sneak away for lunch with a friend, or take in a movie. The world will keep turning even if you take your eye off of it for a minute or two—and even if your checking account doesn’t balance.

© 2007, 2017 April Elliott Kent. All rights reserved

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9 Responses
  • Kitf
    September 4, 2017

    Excellent advice!! Oooh I will so follow it ❤️ Thank you!

  • Inez Singletary
    September 5, 2017

    I enjoyed this beautifully written missive.

  • Meg
    September 5, 2017

    I love this so much April. Thank you! I have moon in Virgo so I am constantly trying to improve myself and my overwhelming imperfections, along with everything in the outside world too. No wonder I frequently suffer from tension and burnout. The balance is in the wonder, the mystery, the mess and the let go….lovely.

  • Ieneke van Houten
    September 5, 2017

    Lovely article and good advice. This is the polarity to which I resonate most strongly.
    Another manifestation of Virgo/Pisces complimentarity. That wonderful dreamy atmosphere you get at a perfectly orchestrated wedding, or walking into an upscale restaurant or resort. The overall impression is the result of paying attention to a thousand tiny details. Did I share that already? Whatever. Piscean Shrug. Thanks for the introduction to Kim Akinta, wonderful visuals.

  • Sarah
    September 6, 2017

    As a virgo I have found it very hard to stay grounded lately and I live in a state that is on fire and have friends and family in the flood zone its been a great scene of loss and not being able to snap out of it the fixer that I am is feeling very unfixed I long for sunset that do not blind you with Red and sky that is blue again instead of socked in with smoke
    being able to just stop and breath pull oneself together and push forward has been hard
    My husband is a Pisces along with my daughter I find them very laid back right now it a lot
    of times the other way around . sorry lost my train of thought were I was going with this just not the virgo in me that for sure

  • Gretchen
    September 7, 2017

    I live in the Pisces-Virgo tango! (Pisces sun, Virgo rising) Im not sure I will ever settle into this dance, but it would be nice to not trip over myself so much. Thanks for the write up, its nice to know this is how it should feel and that I will just always need to take and probably should just schedule breaks and let them be enjoyed because they help fuel productivity!

  • Jean Merritt
    September 7, 2017

    Thank you April- I know this dance well, with a Pisces Moon and Virgo Rising it makes for part of an interesting life.

  • Mary Bartel
    September 8, 2017

    Good morning April, You explained it to a “T” the full moon and giving me much hope. I’m tortured by picses and I’m a virgo. Pisces and virgo are like night and day but you gave me a great understanding and help dealing with it. Thank you so much.

  • Cheryl Cuttineau
    September 16, 2017

    This is exquisitely written! I just happened onto your website by accident–wink wink there are no accidents–and discovered this cornucopiea (sp?) of beauty and wisdom. Keep up the good work!