Full Moon in Virgo: Know Thyself

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At 7:54am the Moon will be full in the sign Virgo on February 19, 2019. The Full Moon arrives at 0° Virgo, opposing the Sun at 0° Pisces. How perfect for Virgo, the healer, to arrive at the beginning, and to sweep us forward into the new. The Full Moon in Virgo comes at the start of Pisces season, and is lit up by Chiron’s ingress into Aries. This Full Moon is here to help us rewrite the narrative of our suffering. To find power in the details. To release into the fullness of our life. An axis between body and soul glows between the Sun in Pisces and Moon in Virgo. Where does your body bloom? And where is your spirit? We can now find new ways to heal, as well as new ways to serve.  

Each Full Moon is initiated by an opposition between the Sun and the Moon. The space between head and heart encourages us to reach outward, to release. It enables us to see things from a dual perspective. Past and future come into focus, and in this moment we find new paths to manifestation.

Virgo is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. Symbolized by the virgin holding a shaft of wheat, connections to the mythic Persephone abound. Virgo is a virgin in the sense that she is indeed a young woman, but it doesn’t mean that this sign is obsessed with purity. In fact, Virgo knows how deeply complicated, messy, and divine the body and its excesses can be. Remember that Persephone, abducted by Hades while out picking flowers, spends half the year as queen of the underworld, and half the year with her mother, Demeter, in the realm of day. There is a story about duality here, about balancing light with shadow, and about the power of the unconscious. 

Virgo’s ruler, Mercury, also moves from day to night, as he guides souls to the underworld. He is the only god who can move between realms freely, and does so on a continual basis. As the psychopomp, Mercury brings us to the realm of dream each night. The god of messages, the intellect, travelers, and shepherds knows all about truth and lies, about honor and duplicity, about life and death.

In ancient Rome, the Vestal Virgins were another manifestation of the Virgo archetype, as they devoted most of their lives to the protection of Vesta’s temple and were granted autonomy in return. No need to marry for the sake of family or property, and able to pursue educational and spiritual paths.

Young Roman women who were chosen for this role took a 30 year vow of chastity. The 30 year period was broken up into 10 year stretches in which the girls were students, servants, and then teachers. This beautifully corresponds to the three decans within each 30° space of the 12 zodiac signs, through which each sign starts as a beginner and ends as a master of that particular domain. Synchronicities are always everywhere

In Greek myth, Chiron was the centaur who could heal any with his medical expertise, but could not soothe his own wounds. He symbolizes karmic suffering, service, and healing. Since the discovery of asteroid Chiron in 1977, some astrologers have posited that Chiron is the true planetary ruler of the sign Virgo, due to the sign’s affinity for themes of healing, servitude, and transformation. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to this seemingly simple earth sign, which brings me back to our Full Moon discussion. 

What were you doing 6 months ago, my dear? When the Moon was New in Virgo, we initiated a particular cycle of manifestation. Seeds that were planted back in early September are now coming to fruition, thanks to the love and care you have poured onto them through the fall and winter. Look back in your diaries, think back through your dream journals—what was just beginning back in September? Whether you were hurting from some emotional or cosmic pain, or taking your first steps toward freedom in any sense of that word, it is likely that you have come closer to a place of manifestation of those dreams. I hope it is as lush for you as you needed it to be. 

The Full Moon in Virgo highlights themes of service, rituals of health, rituals of the body, and the domain of small things—small creatures, small objects, details. Ask yourself how you are caring for yourself. Are you ever in your top three priorities on that never-ending to-do list? It is so easy to bury ourselves in responsibility, to move through our days avoiding the reality of our body, and our mind-body connection suffers as a result. Full Moon in Virgo brings a mint-scented compress to your temples, and asks you to make time to recalibrate, to self-soothe, and to pour your love into yourself. Establish routines and rituals that serve you so that you can serve others. We all know that saying about not being able to pour out libation for others unless our own cups are filled. Virgo Full Moon is a reminder of this. It is also a reminder of that simple maxim from the Delphic oracle: Know thyself.

With the Virgo Full Moon we are asked to tend to the body. With the Sun in Pisces, we are asked to tend to the spirit. Our intuition cannot exist without the body it takes residence in. And our psychic power, our empathy, our emotions, cannot properly manifest or be felt with full intensity without a loving connection to our physical form. This is not a mandate to “get healthy,” but rather a gentle reminder to acknowledge the reality of your physical life, and answer some questions about how to better support it, and find love for yourself in the process. 

On February 18th, the asteroid Chiron left Pisces and entered Aries. This is highly significant for us, as the asteroid of the karmic wound and the karmic gift shifts from the last sign of the zodiac to the first. A new cycle has been initiated my dears. If Chiron in Pisces was an invitation to root deeply into the ocean of pain we have stored away in our unconscious, Chiron in Aries is an invitation to rush at that pain, head on, as only the fiery ram can do. With Chiron in Pisces, we were given the opportunity to really get to know the depths of what pains us. We were able to sink to the bottom of that sadness, that karmic pain, and to wallow in the wine-dark depths. 

In that rich darkness, we were given tools. We were made aware of the exact intricacies of our difficult problems. We were shown maps to the center of our karmic hearts. We know how it works now. Now, it is time to rush at it, to embrace it. Think of Aries, he is a ram. Perched on high cliffsides, rams charge at their enemies, locking horns with them, in battles for control and dominance. I’m not advocating that any of us rush into danger, emotional or physical. But what I am suggesting is that perhaps a new cycle is here for us. One that looks a whole lot more like actively engaging with our wounds, rather than melting into them. We all need different medicine. I’m hoping that the influence of vestal Virgo, who often appears to us as nurse, doula, midwife, social worker etc., can help us on a path to healing, under this spiritual and Neptunian Pisces Sun. 

With pomegranate and tincture,

Celestial Hermit 

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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.

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