This Saturday, February 27th, we will be welcoming in the Full Moon in the beautiful grounded earth sign of Virgo. February’s Full Moon is also called the Snow Moon, the Ice Moon and the Storm Moon. Even though Mercury has now stationed direct we are still in the post retrograde shadow until March 13th. Virgo is actually ruled by Mercury, the planet of elevated thought, communication and travel. Virgo’s symbol is the maiden goddess carrying a sheaf of wheat (representing the harvest season but also the gathering of wisdom) - so again, we can turn our attention to thinking about the wisdom we have gathered over the winter and how to integrate that into the fresh energy of Spring. We can also use this gathering of wisdom in relation to our experiences during Mercury Retrograde, it’s likely that over the last few weeks we have had difficult emotions and baggage churned up and old karmic patterns resurfacing. We could just breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all over in a few days or we could spend some time sitting with the pain and discomfort of what’s been illuminated.
This is really what full moons are about, we use the light of each full moon to shine awareness on our inner darkness. We ask, what is hurting that needs to be healed? What do I need to let go of in order to move forward? What wisdom lies in my suffering? The Virgo energy invites us to see our pain as a teacher. As Buddha said ‘Suffering has many good qualities’ - it shows us what we have left to master.
For this full moon, we will have the sun in the water sign of Pisces (the sun entered Pisces on Feb 18th) and the moon in the opposite sign of Virgo. Pisces is a deeply spiritual sign and enjoys spending time swimming in the depths of the unconscious - their shadow side can be favouring the spirit world over being grounded in reality and connecting to others, they are sometimes described as being aloof or unable to cope with the realities of day to day life. Virgo is also a spiritual sign but their Earth element gives them the ability to embody their spirituality here on earth whilst being present.
This Virgo full moon can help us to balance these parts of ourselves - the ability to journey to our soul world but also the ability to embody what we’ve learned from our time in the soul world with our feet firmly on the ground. Virgo full moon asks us how can we balance the Spiritual with the practical? How are we showing up for our spiritual life?
Another key theme associated with Virgo is healthy habits. With Virgo’s love of being organised and healthy and winter beginning to recede, now is a great time to check-in with our daily habits and start to make tweaks to honour the change of the seasons. We can ask ourselves if our current daily habits are leading us where we want to go? Are we choosing things that make us feel good, well and balanced or are we relying on quick fixes and instant gratification? What would it feel like to add in new routines to our day now the days are getting brighter and longer? Perhaps a little bit of yoga first thing in the morning or a few minutes of meditation? Perhaps we could add in a new bedtime ritual of tv and phone free time and a calming practice like Yoga Nidra. How are we supporting our body at the moment? How are we caring for ourselves? Think NOURISH rather punish. How are your nourishing yourself both physically and spiritually?
This could be another powerful time to moodboard - use the intuitive energy of both Pisces and Virgo to get a clear vision of where you’re headed and how you’re going to get there. Again, balance the ability of Pisces to dream and wonder with the organised and practical energy of Virgo...Virgos and Maidens know how to get shit done :) Make lists, create new pages and spreads in your bullet journal, create a plan of action!
Virgo rules the gut and because of this they have very good instincts and are deeply guided by their intuition, this is also a big part of the Pisces energy. Virgo’s archetype of the Virgin and the Maiden is very much to do with the idea of being sovereign - being self assured, self reliant and deeply connected to our wisdom and intuition. Do you trust yourself? Do your trust where you’re being guided to go? Or are you resisting?
This Full Moon we can also connect to Virgo’s other archetype of the Priestess. Virgo is associated with the Priestess due to it’s connection to the earth, the cycles of the seasons and also their connection to the divine and need to be of service. How could you use this Full Moon to awaken your inner priestess? Do you celebrate the turning of the seasons? Is there ritual, meditation, and faith in something beyond the ordinary in your life? Do you feel connected to a higher purpose? If so, what is it?These questions will help us to build on the work we did during the Capricorn New Moon and also our enquiries about serving the collective for the New Moon in Aquarius. In your journal write down the word Priestess and create a mind map around this word - what does it mean to you? How does it make you feel? How can you connect to this archetype within yourself?
Set some time aside this full moon for ritual and devotion as a way to connect to your priestess archetype. Perhaps connecting with a particular Goddess or Deity, or creating a beautiful full moon altar honouring the Earth element and the sign of Virgo. And spend some time connecting to your body and your intuition. Place your hands on your belly and ask yourself questions and listen to your gut. How does the answer differ from the answer that your head has told you? This full moon would also be a wonderful time for embodiment practices such as dance, drumming, lunar yoga and chanting.
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