By Molly Hall
This year’s Virgo Full Moon is on March 16th, 2014 at 1:08 pm (Eastern). Find your time with the World Clock Converter. This year’s lunar peak along Virgo-Pisces happens at 26 degrees (and 2 minutes). Where is Virgo-Pisces at 26 degrees in your own chart?
Find this degree along the Virgo-Pisces axis to spiral in to the themes that could be swirling for you. I used these words of constant change to mirror the mutable nature of these two signs.
The mutable phase in each trio (cardinal, fixed, mutable) is the time of rearranging, loosening the fixed hold on how things have been. Here we get a mood lift, when we’re flexible, and able to let old mindsets dissolve — tolerating the void like uncertainty — as a new awareness dawns.
At the Virgo Full Moon, there’s a high beam on the mind-body connection — how are thoughts, and what you digest affecting your body? The Sun is engaged, in Pisces, for spiritual vitality — heeding the messages of the soul (in dreams, knowings).
Here’s the Virgo Full Moon chart (2014), where we see Saturn playing the role of psychic healer and stabilizer. Both luminaries are in a flow with Saturn — Sun is trine and Moon is sextile.
Saturn in Scorpio brings serious emotional fortitude to the business of purifying and purging. This is an excellent time to clean house, both your real space, and your body and soul.
Pluto-ruled Scorpio is the excavator, and this is a time to dig into the fertile, yet dark potential that lies dormant within. Very often, I find that when you let more of yourself live, there are big adjustments to be made — in the daily routine, in the need for solitude. As you retrieve parts of the soul, there’s a different standard for the day. And a new sensitivity.
It’s a re-sensitization that then demands a new rhythm for life and work. Now is a great time to experiment with practices and activities that allow your wholeness to take root.
In a time like ours, what practices are effective, in this process of accelerated change? It’s not about being perfect, with perfectionism being a Virgo peccadillo.
Full Moons bring rising inner tides — the material of the psyche is surfacing. This Full Moon brings home the reality that it’s useful (and a lifesaver) to have a basket of strategies that work in different situations.
This is a time to experiment, listening to the soul’s promptings, on what will aid in the integration process. What gives you confidence, to ride the waves, and even if you’re knocked down, find your center again? Sometimes what’s needed is to Do Nothing — to simply let the waters wash over and trust the process.
Virgin Land, The Seed
The Full Moon is in Virgo, who is often depicted as an earth goddess, and maiden of the harvest. The Sun is in Virgo in September, and that’s when we glean what’s been sown in the Spring and Summer. But the roots of Virgo as earth goddess, holding an ear of corn, is traced to ancient Mesopotamia, according to Deborah Houlding of Skyscript UK.
Houlding writes of Virgo the Maiden that the Mesopotamians would have placed most significance upon the time that the full Moon illuminated its stars during the Sun’s transit of Pisces. For the Mesopotamians this occurred in early spring, just as the first signs of corn appeared above the ground. Thus the Babylonian reference for the constellation was Ab Sin, ‘the Furrow’, depicting the virgin land about to bear its fruit.”
And this is the thing — Virgo star lore is about both the harvest and the virgin land, where the seed is germinating. Writes Houlding, “Some have argued that the constellation depicts ‘the woman and her seed,’ with the palm branch being seen as an ancient symbol for the seed.”
What are the elements needed to thrive? What combo from the infinite choices available take you where you want to go?
The Beauty of the Small
At the Full Moon, we’re invited to manifest with sure-footedness, from a real grounded awareness. Virgo is a sign of presence, and one that observes the smallest details. A great expansion happens now from being here now — in your body, where you are. A great renewal comes from letting go of what keeps you from settling in, and knowing the power of presence.
What strikes to the nervous system cause you to escape from being present? This can be a time of clearing, simplifying and purifying. You become the Virgin, whole-unto-herself (or himself), able to take in new experiences, and be changed by them.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand,
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
Read more about the Virgo Full Moon for 2014.