Post-Pisces Full Moon 2017

Many things that have been blurring my vision of late became clear the past few weeks and days… like how easy it is to get in our own way, to let our own concepts about how things should be, our hopes about how things will be, our identification with who we think we are and what we want and need, to become the self-imposed limitations that bind us to suffering.

The Buddhists teach it so well, the art of non-attachment ~ to accept things as they are, to wait and see, to find a way to shift our perspective to one of equanimity, wherein we see the value of what is, rather than dwelling upon all the things we don’t have.

Life is so busy and often monotonous in its relentless repetition of routine requirements, the demands of daily life (food, sleep, order, function) can feel stifling, showing no mercy.

So much of the time I find myself caught up in tasks, one to the next, managing small children, wrangling them in and out of the car, diplomatically adjudicating endless disputes, manipulating ways to make things happen with minimum fuss, while struggling to get all The Things done each day.

This experience has drained me lately, it seemed that my faith had abandoned me, I felt forsaken by the Universe for weeks. Now there are glimmers of light and I recognise that my own ego’s ideas about What I Need are meaningless. In the interests of sanity+satisfaction my expectations must be released rather than tenaciously clung to as a part of my very being.

Just because I don’t understand, or can’t see what is really happening, it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening, or that it is wrong, or that I’ve made a mistake, or that I’m being punished…

Like Pythagoras’ own theorem:

“the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides”

which is a very prosaic way of saying that it is not what we see but what we do not see that is the interesting bit.

The mystery of life swirls around us. Many (politicians, powers that be, consensus majority et al) choose to perceive things in a way that supports their own (old-paradigm) materialistic views. Their passé perspective that life is a series of transactions measured with ones and zeros, with value estimated in dollars and cents…? I think, despite their self-assured demeanours and loud mouths, they are more lost than any one of us who is able to humbly bow in reverence, recognising the futility in attempts to control, admitting we have no idea what is happening. Those who see the strength and wisdom in surrender, AKA The Meek, may indeed inherit the earth.

For now, the gods must laugh at our antics, lest they cry at what we seem hell-bent upon bringing to bear… despite, nay because of the gifts we’ve had bestowed upon us ~ consciousness & free will

this very breath at this very moment

Our apparent collective ineptitude provides all the fuel for humility we could ever need. The search for the Holy Grail, the meaning of life, eludes us despite all technological advances, CCTV at every junction, 24 news channels…

Religion disappoints us, preaching rubbish rules and regs to which we must subscribe in order that we get a chance to sit atop a sun-drenched cloud by Jesus’ side someday, or brainwashing the beautifully supple young minds with poisonous seeds of hatred and violence. They want us infidels punished, in the hopes they might get to cavort with virgins for eternity on The Other Side.

Truly, we must concede the whole mess is a mystery

Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr writes “mystery isn’t something you cannot understand – it is something that you can understand endlessly!”

We never get it completely. There is an ever deepening spiral of evolution taking place within us (and so without). The more we participate with this, surrendering as required and engaging when called to do so, the more inspired enthralled and awed we become… we recognise that life is magic and we are fools to fall into any other mindset.

We have a part to play in the unfoldment of this grand cosmic plan. We must only have the courage to abide.

Virgo Full Moon 2017

Sunday night’s (12th March, 10.55pm AWST) Full Moon in Virgo is a special one! Amid all the challenging energy playing out between Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun and Moon, Mercury and Chiron invite us to go beyond our assumed limitations…

As the Moon’s energy builds, and we perhaps become more aware of our woundedness, there is the potential for us to default to old ways of thinking and being. We find ourselves in crisis, inwardly lamenting our flaws, vulnerabilities, perceived weaknesses, and believing that we are destined to succumb to our past…

Loss and trauma must be processed authentically ~ felt, honoured, experienced, mourned ~  over time and sometimes periodically. As we evolve and mature, we might reflect on our wounds from different points of view and benefit from new insights, deepening our healing. No one has the right to tell another how to grieve, or that we ought to “get over it” “move on” “toughen up” “lighten up” et al, we must each honour the process of grief in ways that feel personally meaningful.

While Chiron can represent parts of our psyche that defy logical comprehension, and wounds that remain despite our best efforts to “cure” them, we need not feel these aspects of ourselves are necessarily limiting. Mercury is supporting us to transcend the idea that we are bound to old trauma. We are not asked to forget, but to let go of our attachment to who we have been.

Wounds sustained over lifetimes might remain with our soul, colouring our perceptions, causing us to respond in certain ways to certain stimuli, much of which occurs unconsciously ~ we are unaware of our bias. This Full Moon allows us to see more clearly the ways in which this effects us, and encourages us to accept ourselves, warts and all, without allowing ourselves to remain stuck in old thought forms.

We are not who we were. Our old wounds can contribute meaningfully to our individuation, but when we allow our conscious minds to replay our old stories ad infinitum, we are doomed to abide by an old paradigm of thought that keeps us reliving the past.

Though our ego perceives the shedding/letting go of these stories as a sacrifice ~ a threat to its identification ~ it is time to transcend all that! Recognise that denial, rejection, numbing or projection are simply the ego’s attempts to maintain status quo, seeking control and power ~ illusory though these are.

This weekend the cosmos empowers us to release the old, see things anew, welcome the insights that come…

feel the tenderness within (ouch!) and courageously stay with it.

Sagrada Familia ~ emerging from the Barcelona earth

We might even channel our feelings

 into conscious expression of our individuation

~ more fully ourselves

than we have ever been before

Jupiter departing Virgo ~ to arrive Libra

Jupiter’s passage through the sign of Virgo comes to an end tonight as the jovial King of the Gods moves into Libra until the 10th of October 2017. This past 13 months has offered many meaningful lessons from the Virgo archetype including discernment + discrimination, service + contribution, humility + perfectionism, crisis + choice, health + healing, method + practice, attention to detail + conscientiousness, analysis + appraisal of self.

The transitional archetype of Virgo allows us to dismantle and examine our fundamental creative urge, tempering our Leonine self-expressive impulse with an attitude of giving ~ noblesse oblige.  Armed now with such understandings we embark upon an expansive new phase of engagement with others. The coming year will bring bountiful Libran harvest to the extent that we can yield to Jupiter’s optimistic influence and buoyant enthusiasm.

Jupiter warrants a warning: overconfidence can be awkward, regrettable, even dangerous. Many errors in judgement occur under the benevolent guidance of Jupiter. However, it is also the boldness of Jupiter that motivates us to pursue and achieve dreams others might dismiss as impossible ~ ridiculous ~ foolhardy ~ those of us too afraid to follow Jupiter’s road less travelled are then required to reflect upon a life half lived, and that torturous too-late question

what if…?

Libra is the sign of balance ~ the act of harmonising, a dynamic and ongoing process of adjustment. This phase invites us to expand our balancing abilities, learning about our dual natures as we relate to others, seeking commonality with our fellows rather than concentrating our energy upon the ways in which we differ. We engage open-mindedly with alternate perspectives that broaden our own views, while remaining true to our own crystallising personal beliefs, allowing for the adaptation that evolves a species.

We don’t necessarily have to agree, or limit our connection-cultivation to those like-minded few. We seek instead to be open, nurturing our loving hearts, and building bridges of compassion and empathy. By its nature, to truly connect with others is to expand the self, and so Jupiter in Libra nourishes this growth via cooperation.

Libra’s low-road is recognisable by excessive people-pleasing tendencies, and a compulsive yearning for approval. To be constantly distracted by concern for what others are thinking is to be out of alignment with one’s own rhythms and inner balance. We lose sight of our own authentic path. This year will be a time of enriching our own inner equilibrium too ~ we learn what we require to maintain personal homeostasis.

The true Libran aim is justice ~ fairness and equality, and compromise can be key to this outcome, but to sell oneself short as a peacekeeping measure is a delusion (“peace at any price is no peace at all” Eve Curie). Too, Libra can err and demur endlessly in ambivalence that renders it inert and impotent. Jupiter’s benevolent attention can easily be dissipated by over-indulgence in effortless good times.

Jupiter’s trip through Libra will see it aspect slow moving change gods Uranus+Pluto. Jupiter effectively enhances all he comes into contact with (think King Midas’ golden touch) and so we can anticipate further intensification of these (personal & global) revolutionary times. Manifestation of the energies always depends upon our consciousness ~ the more aware we become of our karma the more empowered we are.

Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn have been in a 90° square since 2012. This Uranus~Pluto cycle began during the swinging sixties (exact ’65-’66) at the Virgo conjunction, heralding the beginning of the so-called New Age. Since then (as the conjunction separated and then the square formed) the Earthly tumult can be attributed to the dynamism between these two intense archetypal forces, and the ways in which we have channelled them.

We need only switch on the news to find sufficient illustration of the prevalent energies and manifest themes ~ war, poverty, violence, oppression, struggle abounds ~ and the potential for Jupiter to  amplify this negativity exists of course. But to recognise also that this apparently low-road global manifestation of the archetypal vibes is a reflection of the current collective consciousness. Jupiter adds faith and optimism to this mix, and its movement through Libra inspires diplomatic conflict resolution. Jupiter will first square Pluto in late November and then again in March and August 2017; the opposition to Uranus will occur in late December, then again in March and September 2017.

So, we’ve clearly got some work to do! And Jupiter through Libra is perfect for the job! As we become more conscious in our own individual lives we contribute to the collective awakening, and Jupiter’s time in Libra enhances this with the potential for real connections being formed between increasingly conscious people. As we come to recognise the limitations inherent in solitude, and embrace the realities of modern life (making good use of  the world wide web and social media, for example) we can welcome the opportunities to embrace interdependence.

There are over seven billion of us on this planet. We are intrinsically social creatures ~ wired for connection. While we may be able to function satisfactorily solo, Jupiter in Libra urges us to make efforts to build “real-ationships” with others ~

2009_0104christmas08ny090144finding ways to connect

authentically

wholeheartedly

consciously

We recognise each other as an equally meaningful contributor and integrate the truth

1+1 = >2

Virgo New Moon

Thursday the 1st of September (5.05pm AWST) brings us the Virgo New Moon Eclipse. And such a special one this is: farewell to Jupiter as it transitions into Libra and beyond on its 12 year cycle through the zodiac. Let’s make use of the simple and practical inspiration of Virgo, unearthing the numinous potential in the small things.

The North Node~Moon~Sun conjunction in humble Virgo, in opposition to the South Node+Neptune in dreamy Pisces, and anchored into a T-square by the Mars~Saturn conjunction in spirited Sagittarius. Once again the vibes are highly mutable, so we do well to adopt a flexible and adaptable attitude, welcoming the changes that face us now, and prepared to release the past with grace and an effort to forgiveness and compassion.

Forgiveness is tricky. My experience tells me that it is both a process, as well as the positive result of a process. It comes not through the espousal of ideals that have more to do with who we want to be than who we really are. But, once we have grasped that those who’ve wronged us have done so in ignorance (that is, they haven’t come to know their Divine nature) and are embroiled in the egoic material world traps that kid us into believing we must compete and impose and manipulate and betray in order to advance, we sense true compassion. We create space for empathy in place of the burdensome grievance that keeps us bound in knots of anger, resentment and victim-thinking. For so long as we remain in the grips of a grudge-bearing mentality, there can be no room for forgiveness.

BUT

in order to come to a place of authentic forgiveness (which may be only partial, and is subject to demur and falter and recoil, often repeatedly, before strengthening and deepening), we need to allow ourselves time (within the dark chrysalis) to feel the betrayal and suffering. Not perpetual wallowing in self-pity but accepting and observing the feelings, emotions and sensations that emerge from the pain. Within this we will uncover golden wisdom and transformative truth that helps us to see that our perspective is not the only one, and that, were it not for the actions of the “perpetrator”, we could not’ve come to this moment of metamorphosis that frees us like a butterfly, and empowers us in its alchemy.

We’ve turned the offering of lead into pure gold

~ wisdom ~ strength ~ healing ~ power ~

We understand that none of us is perfect, and it is in our imperfections that we uncover the most liberating and transformative gifts of our lives, including forgiveness. There is only love when we recognise the universal predicament of our human frailty.

The ruler of the New Moon is the now-retrograde Mercury, conjoined with Jupiter at 28° Virgo. In our honouring of this coincident beginning and ending we now pause to consider the gifts offered by Jupiter’s 13-month (since August 2015) journey through Virgo. How have we expanded our sense of service? How have we learned to discriminate in order to better focus upon our mission? How have we healed? Where do we find potential for further development?

One of Virgo’s lessons is that of humility. We come to recognise our own fallibility. We allow it to be seen by others. We drop the performance and come to our knees as we recognise that it is in service we make our specialness sacred. As we forfeit our ego’s limited perceptions of success (personal gain, fame, fortune) we find something of lasting value…

Beautiful virginal painting spied somewhere in the Louvre

our contribution

our fulfilment

our gift

our legacy

 

~ our commonality is our blessed humanity

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Between the 31st of August and the 22nd of September 2016 Mercury will retrograde in Virgo. With an attitude of openness and flexibility we may truly and meaningfully benefit from such periodic reflective phases, though they might appear to bring mere delays and diversion.

Virgo teaches us the numinosity of service, and Mercury (the traditional planetary ruler of Virgo) represents our powers of perception. There are many demands upon us in this modern world ~ family, work and social life. Of course it is important to ensure we allow adequate time for Self ~ nourishment of body, mind and soul. However, we might also find replenishment of spirit by broadening our view of contribution, reframing our perspective to source strength and inspiration from the ways in which we serve others.

My own experience as a stay at home mum has been challenging at times as the relentless demands of housewifery/ Cherub Management are many, monotonous and sometimes seem meaningless. With a shift in perspective, learning the Latin origin of the word sacrifice ~ to make sacred ~ I have found a way to view mundane life as grist for the mill of my personal growth and come to truly value my role as wife* and mother.

Mosaic image in a church in Monte Carlo
Mosaic image in a church in Monte Carlo

My own evolution has occurred as a direct result of this Yin (inward) phase of my life. Had I remained in the Yang (outward) world of career and social orientation I’d have not enjoyed this expansion of my inner life and may never have understood the depth and significance of the sacred feminine. I have come to find joy and satisfaction in embracing and consciously cultivating my feminine~Mother responsibilities of protector, initiator, nurturer, empowerer.

Of course, in considering all the options available we remember that low-road Virgo is hyper-critical, pedantic with myriad OCD-tendencies. This Mercury retrograde holds the potential for these few weeks to degenerate into a period of irritable nit-picking, and frustrated attempts to get things done and court that unattainable mistress Perfection.

We can make excellent use of this time and energy by reconsidering our methods, habits, practices, patterns, paying homage to the devil in the details, crossing T’s and dotting lower case j’s, without becoming excessively harsh in our appraisals of self and others.

Too, Mercury’s retrograde will retrace the steps taken by Jupiter since October 2015. The cosmos now offers messages of Divine import that consolidate the benefits and healing brought about by Jupiter’s journey through Virgo. We can now come to understand the deeper meaning of this phase of the 12-year Jupiterian cycle. The Lunar North Node remains in Virgo (until May 2017), thus continuing to build upon the vision (re)imagined under Jupiter’s optimistic influence.

And when Mercury follows Jupiter into Libra on the 8th of October we will be emboldened by this retrograde phase and its offerings as we go forth ever-expansive, evolving, co-creative custodians of this magical earthly home.

*not technically married, but in a solid relationship for almost 16 years.

Sagittarius Blue Moon

Twenty-sixteen’s second Sagittarius Full Moon (AKA Blue Moon) on Monday the 20th of June is again lorded over by Jupiter ~ jovial King of the Gods ~ merging with the Lunar North Node at 15° Virgo.

Jupiter enhances and expands all it comes into contact with, and has a reputation as a harbinger of glad tidings. The North Node reveals our path towards evolution, both personally and collectively. As Jupiter and the North Node fuse energies we are bestowed with a special kind of Full Moon blessing: if we are open, receptive and awake we glimpse our potentiality and plant a seed of optimism, faith and audacity.

Virgo is often associated with the pursuit of perfection ~ perfectionism. Research professor and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist Brene Brown describes perfectionism as “a hustle… a never-ending performance… an addictive and self-destructive form of shame” (2012). Virgo also teaches us discernment, in this case between perfectionism and striving for excellence ~ we re-learn the lessons we try to teach our children about aspiration, application, effort until at some point we arrive at good enough ~ not resignation but acceptance that we have done our best, and that is enough.

perfection is in the realm of the divine ~ gods&goddesses

The masculine goal-oriented patriarchy in which we live has us convinced that if only we try harder we can attain elusive perfection, but this belief is deluded and illusory, driving us ever-closer to exhaustion and despair. To re-connect with our feminine receptivity restores the balance (and our sanity) with acceptance and surrender.

The best we human beings can aim for is wholeness

To make efforts to live with integrity and in alignment with simple virtues (kindness compassion forgiveness humility) is noble and wise. Sagittarius urges us to abide by a higher power that guides us with morals and ethics, so we accept our fallibility, aim to improve, learn from our mistakes. But we cannot be perfect. We are fundamentally flawed. We are wounded. We are broken.

“there’s a crack in everything ~ that’s how the light gets in” Leonard Cohen

We aspire to evolve but not to the detriment of our wholeness. We must respect and honour both our light and our darkness, because attempts to deny and ignore do not make them go away. Our fragmented aspects lay in wait in the shadows of our psyche, stewing in rejection, until an opportunity presents for them to manifest. Perhaps as road rage, or drunken debauchery, or acts of violence, or sickness and suffering. Like a misbehaving child, the unconscious seeks our attention and usually demands it at inconvenient times and in embarrassing ways. To actively engage in a process of individuation feels to me to be a liberating and rewarding alternative. Preferable to unleashing one’s demons on a joyfully unsuspecting crowd in a nightclub; preferable to scapegoating others with our own projected shadows.

Inside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Inside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

With the Sun (opposite the Moon) in the critical degree of Gemini, Mercury’s role in the still active Grand Mutable Cross is significant. At home in Gemini, Mercury can be functioning well as a curious data hunter/gatherer, or poorly as one who is overloaded with information and refusing to hear new perspectives. Beyond Gemini’s accumulation of apparently random and unassimilated intelligence, Sagittarius brings all the pertinent information together and says

“I understand”

Instead of perceiving life as impossibly absurd and cruelly capricious there is meaning behind any and all of our human experience ~ a light in the darkness. Rather than allow ourselves to be swept up in enmity against the “enemy”, we need only make space for love and change.

We simply abide ~ in joy, reverence, respect, wonder and awe, trusting that, despite the atrocities, we have reason to hope.

 

Brown, B. (2012) Daring Greatly: how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. Penguin, London.

Jupiter goes direct

The first of the parade of retrograde planets to return to the natural flow of things, Jupiter turned direct today at 13° Virgo. Jupiter AKA Zeus: Jovial King of the Gods blesses us with faith confidence and optimism. Traditional astrologers call this giant planet the greater benefic as his influence was perceived to be one of good fortune ~ lucky even!

I view Jupiter not so much as a bringer of good luck but certainly as the cosmic life vest: his gaseousness expands (inflates?) all it touches, gifting us with buoyancy and resilience in the face of almost anything.

Like King Midas, whose foolish wish that all he touched would turn to gold, then died of starvation #canteatmoney Jupiter can make fools of us all. Under auspicious Jupiter vibes we can become over-confident and over-extended. I can link many an ignominious gaffe to transiting Jupiter, my own included. Cue blushing. BUT it is the sort of boldness bestowed by Jupiter that daring ideas require in order to launch. We can plant seeds now that could later prove to yield bountiful harvest. We may look back and cringe at our audacity, but be simultaneously grateful for it too. Jupiter can be the great initiator.

Jupiter now moves through Virgo until 10th of September, when it will enter Libra. The coming four months call us to make good use of this gift. Virgo symbolises discernment discrimination and details. Perhaps, it is this meticulous conscientiousness that sees Virgo so often minimised to finicky and pedantic. According to Liz Greene, Virgo originally simply meant unmarried woman (1991, p.59): she is not a kept woman, nor a wife: she is at nobody’s beck and call. The epitome of fertility goddess, but self-contained, not needy and demanding. Virgo is the Earth Mother ~ nurturer and healer to us all.


 

Under this blessed influence we all stand to gain…

blending faith and humility

a bold vision with work ethic

lofty ideals with service

 

And when Jupiter and the Lunar North Node fuse energies near the end of June we align with our evolutionary purpose. Perhaps between now and then, as we use the reflective retrograde season to our benefit, we will gain clarity in our orientation.

 

Pisces New Moon

IMG_2693The annual Pisces New Moon (Wednesday 9th March, 9.55am AWST) brings us this years only total solar eclipse. The subtle Pisces energy has been building in recent weeks: the Luminaries (Sun&Moon) have joined landlord Neptune and long-term tenant Chiron, while Mercury (planet of perception~thought~communication) crashes on the couch for a little over a fortnight. The Moon’s South Node too is aligned to this house party. Mercury’s arrival on Saturday now allows for us to cognitively access the spiritual growth ushered in by slow mover Neptune. And as Chiron remains fused with the South Node of the Moon, our past and the wounds we have sustained can now become the growth medium that allows for healing and transformation.

The Pisces Virgo axis symbolises the guru~disciple relationship: the handing down of wisdom from generation to generation. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a master instructing his pupil” and so we are reminded to open our minds; to listen and learn. We are warned against arrogance. And of course we can relate. We’ve all been students, novices, apprentices. We know there are times in life when we must bow humbly before a mentor and accept our shortcomings in order to benefit.

My spiritual teacher recently urged: “be the disciple to your own experience”. Rather than accepting the word of another as gospel, we must recover our own truth. Instead of putting all our faith in ideas that were foisted upon us in our tender years, or allowing our ego to singlehandedly navigate our path through life, perhaps we should tap into our own innate wisdom.

We know our truth. We can feel it.

When we are still and receptive we can sense something…

the tiniest little voice

the subtlest vibration

the faintest vision

Life is busy, full of myriad distractions. Spare moments are few and filled with Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube…

We can let low-road Pisces delude us with fantasy escape and illusion.
But if we can grant ourselves a moment of quiet. A few breaths. Some solitude. Magic happens…

We nourish our connection and it grows. Like reinforcing brain pathways: practice makes perfect.

This is the true gift of Pisces: the fishes immersed in the ocean of pure consciousness. When we dive into the realm of mysticism dreams and mystery we are embarking on a journey into the unknown. There are treasures to be found that urge us onward~inward. While they might appear to lack value in a monetary cents or in terms of “the real world” they support an unending expansion of our inner life that nourishes our soul. We are charting a course through unmarked territory en route to our own unique divine destiny.

We find that as long as our search for meaning takes place in the material world we are lost. Home couldn’t be closer. And it’ll be there whenever we are ready to return.

Virgo Full Moon

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The annual Full Moon in Virgo occurs on Tuesday 23rd February at 2.21am local time (AWST). Virgo represents humility, service and sacrifice, health and healing

Mercury ruled, Virgo is a mind-oriented earth sign, but differs to the Yang energy of its airy counterpart Gemini. Virgo is discerning and allows for the intake of information in a way that discriminates, sorting the wheat from the chaff. We are supported now in being able to see what is truly required as we venture forth towards a bright future.

The Virgo~Pisces axis is where we find the Moon’s Nodes until May 2017. This is a time to consciously move away from low-road Piscean vibes: escapism, delusions, victim mentality. This Virgo Full Moon is a reminder to us all to serve in alignment with the highest good. We are all connected and when we act from a place of integrity we nourish ourSelves, our others, as well as our connection to Source~God. The word sacrifice comes from the Latin, to make sacred. When we can view service as an opportunity and a privilege we rise to the realm of high-road Virgo.

Jupiter is also in Virgo and remains in conjunction with the Moon’s North Node, buoying our genuine efforts toward expansion, growth and evolution. Jupiter blesses us with faith and optimism, but low-road manifestations (over-confidence and tendency to overindulgence, for example) can lead us off track. Here we can learn from Virgo: honest Self-appraisal can strengthen us. But guard against excessive criticism of Self and others. Be kind.

Directly opposite is Chiron, almost exactly conjunct the South Node in Pisces. A time for healing old hurts is imminent. Chiron is the wounded healer and a great cosmic teacher. The fusion of these symbols facilitates the transformation of our traumas. Baby steps. Acknowledgement of our pain is the beginning. From here there is much work to do. If we wallow in our woundedness believing ourselves to be victims; if we anaesthetise the pain rather than transforming it, we fall prey to low-road Pisces.

As the Virgo Full Moon ruler, Mercury (messenger of the Gods) blesses us with incoming information, further supporting our evolutionary efforts. Aquarius is where we’ll find Mercury now and this sign links us to both past and future. Remain open, of mind and heart.

Mars too is involved, via a square to both the Sun and the Moon. Mars’ continuing journey through Scorpio is enabling the unearthing of our dark matter. As Mars agitates the luminaries there is more fuel thrown on the fire, so conflict and over-reactions are possible. Remember to breathe.

The illuminating nature of the Full Moon, and this lunation’s relationship involving Chiron~South Node indicate that wounds we’ve sustained in our past are triggered at this time. Feelings and emotions resurface. Our health might lag (our body links the divine to our experience in an effort to bring attention to issues we are avoiding). Events themselves may catalyse a thought process or some insight into old pain. Whatever, this is a powerful Moon that precedes the March eclipse season, and if we are feeling the strain of it as it builds, we do well to apply ourselves to a little inner work.

Note the signs. There are many. Indulge in a little navel-gazing and let your mind wander. Dream. Journal. Make space for new understanding. And, as the magical Moon waxes to her fullest the next few nights remember to take a peek out the window, or better yet, get out and bask in that glow!