The Full Moon at 26 degrees Virgo is one of harvest, personal renewal and body-mind-soul integration. Being so close to the Equinox, this moon signals a major turning point not only in the year but in our lives, mostly likely for the better no matter how things appear on the surface. We are noticing that many of our prayers have been answered, perhaps not in ways we imagined or requested. Seeds we planted are beginning to bear fruit, and efforts we have made are beginning to show signs of how we have progressed.
Being a feminine earth sign Virgo brings out our abilities to act and select with a high level of integrity and refinement, whatever gender we happen to be. It brings out our feminine powers of the kind intuitive discernment that can be immediately applied in practical, tangible ways to better ourselves and our endeavors. As long as we don’t get carried away with a “fix-it” attitude or become dominated by another’s, then we can manage to get a lot done. There can be deep mind purification in facing challenges with the willingness to tackle them down methodically, versus shunning them or plunging into them in a manner of self sabotage.
The Sabian symbol for this moon is:
“A Group Of Aristocratic Ladies Meet Ceremonially At A Court’s Function”.
This indicates that even in times of war, struggle, famine, and hardship we tend to benefit from cultural and feminine traditions that help keep us and others in line so to speak – honoring changes with grace rather than resistance.
With Mars Retrograde in Libra conjunct the North Node relationships are undergoing many challenges as issues of control, fairness, equality, and human rights take precedence over fun and romance. The asteroid Vesta supports the direction of this combined energy where it needs to go, but still requires a great deal of self-determination, effort and focus to see specific goals through. Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio isn’t letting anybody skips steps either, but it is well aligned with this Full Moon so that we know exactly what steps we need to take. Patience and perseverance are both needed at this time.
The Cosmic pressures are currently such that we must finally recognize the patterns that we have held locked in place and how we have prevented our own progress. By noticing our own misconceptions, our resistance and disgust with those who have wounded us or those we care about, along with the pent up rage accumulated over lifetimes, we are faced with a major opportunity to clear house spiritually, so that the Divinity of who we truly are can fully inhabit our bodies. Why would any of us willingly and consciously house anything other than that in our bodies?
This means that because of noticing our harmful habits we are looking and wanting to find more ways to self nurture through various forms of earthy medicine, minerals and food. The Virgin symbolizes more than sexual chasteness; in ancient times a virgin was meant to describe a woman who was self-contained in her essence. She honored the temple of her body, replenishing it with nutrients and rituals rather than casually giving herself away. She could simultaneously have been a servant, a healer, a priestess, a warrior and/or a woman of the wilderness. This is the inherent ability of the Virgoan person.
Compassion and forgiveness are keynotes of the Sun in Pisces, which is reflected in its polar opposite sign as Virgo’s willingness to humbly be of service. Forgiveness of the self is in some ways more difficult and therefore important than the forgiveness of others. Of course when we hold spite and anger toward others we further hurt ourselves with that anger and possibly keep that other person locked into their own harmful patterns by focusing on what we hate about them. I won’t lie – not doing this is easier said than done.
New Agers and God worshippers out there can talk all the fluffy idealistic love and compassion they want, but when push comes to shove…who wants to hear it? In actuality we are often living in a world where brutality, suffering, and hardship forces humanity to crawl on its hands and knees for those very things it needs most. This is precisely what the Cardinal Grand Square between Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter is pushing our society deal with and figure out. Are we going to act with gentleness and sweetness (that will be the day…when astrology becomes obsolete), or are we going to step up to the plate and just do whatever dirty work we’ve been avoiding but now must be done? We don’t get to not act, but we get the choice of whether and how to act or react to stress and injustice. We can choose whether this work will be done with a positive or indignant attitude. Many of us will get to choose who to work with and who to walk away from. There will be a lot of walking away for the next few weeks, since Mars is in Libra but not in any kind of position to fight.
The Sun in Pisces reminds us that what goes around comes around. This should help us to stand back and get a better view of our situations, whether they seem good or bad. Maybe we created what we are experiencing with either our own abundance or lack of sound judgment, maybe we were perpetrators or victims, or maybe we were just lucky and the list goes on. There is not necessarily a spiritual connotation to everything that happens in life. We must remember however that the more emotion imbued into anything, the more karma it generates. It’s also not necessarily our job to make sure someone else gets their “just desserts”. It’s our job to be true to ourselves, which will be our insurance for a better life ahead.
Virgo can be the High Priestess of the Zodiac, as in her highest manifestation she is intuitive, practical and wise. She help us to cultivate our finer qualities in order that we may use them to benefit others in some way. Her subtle beauty is contained in an air of authority and autonomy – she does not cast pearls to swine. Details are attended, yet energy is reserved only for what is worthy and important. She is like the Divine Nurse who directs us to the doctor within that actually has the power to heal. She helps those in need with a hand up – not a hand out. May we be inspired to do the same.
Virgo image by Josephine Wall