virgo full moon

collage by Emily

We’re already riding the waves of Thursday’s Virgo Full Moon (10:06 am PST) – are you feeling it? The urge to clear out the clutter, organize your space, simplify your life, purify your body? The need to get to the essence and clear out the excess so you can focus on your priorities?

This lunar cycle, which started on February 18 with the Aquarian-Piscean New Moon, is so freakin’ intense. The pressure is amping up toward the seventh and final exact Uranus-Pluto square (March 16), soon followed by the super-charged Solar-Eclipse-infused Spring Equinox (March 20).

Translation? Lots of wild energies swirling about, many potentials and possibilities and known and unknown unknowns. Major endings, major beginnings, and feeling pulled and/or stuck between the old and the new.

The world is burning, the stakes are high. As Mary Oliver asks: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? (“The Summer Day”)

In that same poem, Oliver, who has a Virgo Sun (and shares my birthday!), writes: “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is./I do know how to pay attention” – a beautiful reflection of the Virgo-Pisces polarity activated by this Full Moon. Watery Pisces, currently occupied by the Sun, Neptune and Chiron, signifies the ocean of consciousness, the infinite, the dreamtime, the great mysterious Mystery, all that is ultimately ineffable and unknowable. Piscean energies have been super-strong, amplified by Saturn’s square to Neptune – the modern ruler of Pisces – all of which can feel blissful and ecstatic, but also potentially overwhelming, confusing and exhausting.

virgo full moon

Virgo stained glass at Chartres cathedral

Earthy Virgo balances out the deluge by helping us get grounded, anchor into our bodies and the center of the planet, and reconnect with the here-and-now reality. Virgo says: when you really pay attention, when you approach everyday life with reverence, when you are fully present, the world opens up to you as the miracle it is, you see the God/Goddess in the tiniest details.

The much-mocked cleanliness and purity of Virgo is not about being uptight or prudish, but about clearing out the clutter and chaos that distract us from the quality of attention needed to be clear channels for the Piscean flow of consciousness and for working MAGIC.

Tosha Silver, in Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead, gives an assignment that’s perfect for working some practical magic at the Virgo Full Moon. If there’s some area of your life that’s feeling stuck or otherwise problematic, choose one small area in your home – one disorganized drawer, cabinet, corner or closet – to clean out and restore order, and dedicate that cleaning to healing and resolving the issue in question.

Virgo is also the sign of integration, synthesis and digestion (literally and figuratively), and we’ve got A LOT to digest from these first few months of 2015. Mercury the Magician, the ruler of Virgo, is just now emerging from its Retrograde shadow (woot!). The Retro influence, which started on January 6, when Mercury entered its pre-Retro shadow, is finally coming to completion as of March 3, bringing a very welcome dose of CLARITY.

mercury in aquariusMercury in airy Aquarius, where it’s hanging out for an extra-long time due to the Retrograde (January 4-March 12), stirs up some seriously buzzy mental energy, a whole slew of innovative ideas and perspectives and possible futures – all very exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. The Virgo Full Moon helps us discern which of these possible futures are truly nourishing to our bodies and spirits, aligned with our path of service, and ultimately “workable” in the reality of our lives.

As the Uranus-Pluto square calls us to courageously step out in our full authenticity and power, the Virgo Full Moon brings to light any shadow Virgo issues of perfectionism that get in the way of giving our gifts to the world. “I’m not ready yet, I need to take another class/workshop/training, my skills aren’t perfect yet, I don’t have a 10-year plan…” etc. – sometimes there’s truth in these thoughts, but sometimes it’s just our old friend FEAR. The Virgo part of all of us is learning to understand perfection as a process and practice, not an end result, and the best way to perfect our skills is to use them. Start where you are, take the first small step, and then the next step will become clear.

For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 14 degrees Virgo. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  clean, organize, streamline and simplify; come more fully into the present so you can better work your magic; purge perfectionism, guilt, shame, criticism and judgment; harvest results from past efforts and integrate your experience; take a close look at how you’re using your time, energy and efforts.

– Emily Trinkaus

virgo full moonCalling all priestesses! Grab your broom and get witchy with your priestess sisters in the virtual galactic temple – this Tuesday. Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with these powerful Full Moon energies in our fun and informative Galactivation. Can’t make the live call? No worries, you can participate by recording. All women are welcome, and this is a teleclass, so you just need a phone or interweb connection to participate. Details here.