Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, this lunar event is an opportunity for both self-reflection and self-expression.
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If you've felt foggy, dreamy, romantic, empathic, and maybe like you've been moving through life wearing rose-colored glasses over the past few weeks, you can thank Pisces season. The mutable water sign, ruled by Neptune, the planet of spirituality, is interested in anything but logic. Meanwhile, its opposite — or sister — sign, mutable earth sign Virgo, is ruled by Mercury, the planet of information and communication. And as we near the tail end of the season of the Fish, a full moon in Virgo underlines the importance of striking a balance between rational and illusionary thinking.

Although full moons can usually be felt for several days before and after they occur, the March full moon in Virgo will be exact on Friday, March 18 at 3:17 a.m. ET/12:17 a.m. PT, encouraging you to tune into your intuition and express your needs.

Here are all the details and how you can make the most of the communicative full moon in March 2022.

What Full Moons Mean

First, some basics on the astrological significance of a full moon: Because the moon acts as your emotional compass, ruling over your intuition and sense of security, it tends to amplify all of those themes when it's at its most full and luminous.

Whether you're encountering road-rage drivers, noisy neighbors, or simply finding yourself in the midst of a total WTF moment, full moon energy can spur lots of wacky behavior. But the real dilemma here is that full moons turn up the volume on your emotions — especially the kind that have been neglected and require addressing stat. For that reason, full moon drama often stems from people projecting — or, more healthfully, opening up about — their pent-up pain, stress, or trauma.

Full moons are also culmination points of regular astrological cycles. Just like your fave Netflix binge, you have various "plots" going on in your life at any given moment, and whichever story began around the corresponding new moon (the opposite of a full moon, when the celestial body isn't illuminated by the sun from our vantage point and appears completely dark) in the same sign might reach its natural conclusion. For instance, this March 18 full moon in Virgo is linked to the September 6, 2021 Virgo new moon.

Themes of the Virgo Full Moon for March 2022

Mutable earth sign Virgo, symbolized by the Virgin or the Maiden, is ruled by the messenger planet Mercury and rules the sixth house of daily routine and wellness. Cerebral, analytical, service-oriented, perfectionistic, and industrious super-communicators, people who were born with their sun or other personal placements in Virgo are often at their most gleeful when they're harvesting information (after all, the Maiden is often depicted holding a sheaf of wheat) and sharing it in a way that is of use to others.

You've likely heard about them being uber-organized nerds who drool over spreadsheets and lists. And while that may be the case from time to time, Virgo people just feel the most centered when they have go-to routines, whether that's a regular yoga practice to quiet their overactive minds or a color-coded file drawer to help them stay on top of their business. As heartfelt as they are helpful, their love languages tend to be acts of service or words of affirmation. And this March 2022 full moon, occurring under the influence of the mutable earth sign, will motivate us to take a microscope to our emotions in a detail-oriented Virgoan way.

That said, full moons that occur under the influence of the sixth sign of the zodiac have an intellectual quality, bolstering our ability to connect with others on a mental level. But spirituality isn't left out entirely. Although water signs often get credit for being the most intuitive of the zodiac, heady Virgos find the most inner peace when they hone the connection between their mind and body. Hardworking and committed to emotional self-improvement, they have the power to get very comfortable tuning into — and listening to — their inner voice. That said, this lunar event is an opportunity to do the same.

Speaking of spirituality, this year, the Virgo full moon in March 2022 also opposes Neptune, the planet of dreams, which tends to cloud rational thought, which is also in Pisces. This could feel a bit like a Mercury retrograde in the sense that seeing the world through a super-charged emotional, imaginative lens will make it tougher to pin down definitive facts. Instead of pushing for concrete info, it might be best to focus on tapping into your imagination, creativity, and emotions.

This tone is underlined by the fact that Jupiter, the planet of fortune and expansion, is sitting close to Neptune, emphasizing its themes while opposing the moon and magnifying emotions that are coming up for you now.

You'll be reminded that all of this intense activity brewing in both your head and in your heart is actually for the greater good of long-term transformation, thanks to a harmonizing trine between the moon and Pluto, which rules death, rebirth, power, and regeneration. This is a moment in which heightened emotional experiences could take relationships to the next level.

Who the Virgo Full Moon In March Will Affect the Most

If you were born under the sign of the Virgin or Maiden — approximately August 23 to September 22 — or with your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars) in Virgo (something you can learn from your natal chart), you'll feel this March 2022 full moon more than most. If you want to get even more specific, check to see if you have a personal planet that falls within five degrees of the full moon (27 degrees Virgo). If so, you'll most likely be connecting to your spiritual side in a powerful, potentially transformative way, thanks to the influence of Pluto.

Similarly, if you were born in a fellow mutable sign — Gemini (mutable air), Sagittarius (mutable fire), Pisces (mutable water) — you might feel like it's time for a reality check related to your personal and professional relationships, as the full moon will affect your fourth house of home life (Gemini), tenth house of career (Sagittarius), or seventh house of partnership (Pisces).

The Intuitive Takeaway

Full moons are generally fertile ground for emotional outbursts and loads of drama, but when the transit occurs in a grounded, cerebral sign like Virgo, it could feel more like a productive catalyst for self-improvement. It's important to remember that as a mutable sign, Virgos have the innate ability to adapt and enjoy personal growth in the process — perhaps especially when emotions are running high.

No matter how you're experiencing it this year, the Virgo full moon in March is a chance to gather information — intellectually and intuitively — and then get clear on the details that are most crucial to hold onto as you move beyond this chapter.