The Gift of Receiving Yourself
Full Moon in Virgo, 11 degrees
March 1, 2018 at 4:51pm PST
Today, March 1st, the full moon was in Virgo at 4:51pm at 11 Degrees. In Western astrology, Virgo is the High Priestess. She is associated with sacred work (Dharma), cosmic order, getting things done in a step by step manner, and being of service. Virgo also means virgin in Latin. This doesn’t mean Virgo is chaste. It actually means she is ‘self-sufficient,’ being ‘unto herself’. Think about it. For the last several thousand years of patriarchy, the feminine was usually under the care of another, a father or husband. However, a priestess or goddess needs to be virgin, unto herself, separate, not beholden or owned by father or husband.
Virgo is also what they consider a Great Goddess because many goddesses are attributed to Virgo. They fall into 3 primary categories, earth mother goddesses such as Ceres, maiden goddesses such as Persephone and justice goddesses such as Astrea.
A few months ago, I was studying the 7 dances of the Shiva, with one of my mentors, Amy Aarabi. The second dance is by the goddess Gauri. Gauri is very similar to Virgo. She is a maiden goddess and a goddess of the earth. There is also a lot of discussion in the astrology world about the possibility that Virgo is ruled by Chiron the wounded healer. Personally, I think this is exactly correct. Chiron is about embracing your wounds to receive the gifts they offer, to be of service to others. Virgo is all about being of service to others. Gauri’s essence is exactly that, to receive the gift of embodiment you must receive your gifts, positive or negative. In receiving your limitations, you become more empowered, more embodied and more in service (a Virgo trademark) to your community. Isn’t that Dharma after all? Dharma is about accepting and embracing who we truly are, what we have been given, and then living that fully.
This full moon is illuminating our Dharma, our sacred work. It is encouraging us to receive our limitations so that we can be more fully who we are and share our gifts. As with all full moons, the moon and sun are in opposition. In this case, the moon is in Virgo and the Sun is in Pisces. The Sun is not alone in Pisces though, there is a cluster of planets in Pisces (Neptune, Mercury, Venus and Chiron). All this Pisces energy can make getting things done, Virgo’s preferred way of being, very difficult. Watery Pisces can add creativity, intuition, as well as confusion, addiction (checking-out) and depression. To make things more difficult, Mars our planet of energy is involved in a T-square with the Sun and the Moon. A T-square is unstable and unpredictable. Mars is also in Sagittarius. Sometimes Sagittarius is impatient, so there may be a feeling of agitation or anxiety. You may feel like moving forward towards your purpose, but feel confused at the same time. The good news is that Jupiter (expansion) in Scorpio (transformation, power) is in a positive relationship with both Mars and Mercury (a planet in the cluster of Pisces). This gives Jupiter the opportunity to be a great negotiator between the need to ‘go with the flow’ Pisces style or ‘get it done’ Virgo style.
The numerology of this full moon also supports this idea of Self-Sufficiency. This Full Moon is at 11 degrees Virgo. 11 is the Aeon, giving us the ability to view personal and professional issues from a holistic perspective. 11 also reduces to 2 (1+1) which is the High Priestess of the tarot! Seriously, I don’t make these things up! The High Priestess constellation is about sustaining self-sufficiency and self-resourcefulness! When we can embrace our gifts, whatever they are, we are more at peace and balanced in our lives so that we can be more resourceful and of better service to others. A perfect manifestation of Virgo.
Andrea Carvalho, musings on the journey to vibrant embodiment.