Full Moon in Virgo — March 05, 2015, 18:05 UT

The Moon was full in Virgo on March 5, 2015. In the opposing sign Pisces, the Sun was in conjunction with two minor planets, Chiron and Borasisi. Chiron has been called the rainbow bridge. In conjunction with the Moon was asteroid Iris, named after the personification of the rainbow.

7 Iris was discovered in 1847. It is one of those early asteroids which were considered planets at the time of their discovery. The rapidly growing number of bodies between Mars and Jupiter led to their reclassification as asteroids by 1854. Iris is bright and quite large. It is the fourth brightest object in the asteroid belt, and with about 200 km wide diameter, almost as big as Chiron.

In mythology Iris is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods, particularly Hera. She is a female equivalent to Hermes and Mercury. Iris is often represented as a young maiden with golden wings on her shoulders and a caduceus in her hands. She travels with the speed of the wind, connecting gods and mortals. She is a guide and adviser, and her presence can be seen as a sign of hope.

Chiron was the first centaur planet discovered (in 1977). Astrologically Chiron is a symbol of healing and transformation. The healing is usually achieved through some amount of pain. Chiron raises awareness, whereas Borasisi tends to blur it.

66652 Borasisi is a binary Kuiper belt object discovered in 1999. The companion is named Pabu. The names come from a fictional creation myth told by Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Cat’s Cradle.

Quoting Vonnegut, “Borasisi, the sun, held Pabu, the moon, in his arms and hoped that Pabu would bear him a fiery child. But poor Pabu gave birth to children that were cold, that did not burn; and Borasisi threw them away in disgust. These were the planets, who circled their terrible father at a safe distance. Then poor Pabu herself was cast away, and she went to live with her favorite child, which was Earth.”

In the novel, the fictional religion of Bokononism is based on lies. One who believes harmless untruths will have peace of mind and a happy life.

The sign Virgo is associated with tendency to discriminate and prioritize. Be careful what you throw away from your life just now. Take notice of Iris’s subtle advice.

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