It’s Full Moon again! Full Moons bring fruition and revelation. What seeds did you sow at the last New Moon? How have they taken root? Now is the time to look at those New Moon intentions and decide what to do next. Time to consider what needs to be released. Time to slow down a little and consider the places in your life that are full, ripe, and abundant – celebrate the fullness and practice gratitude. At the same time, consider the things that have reached their peak or natural ripeness, and need to be transformed or released or diminished. Want less of something in your life? Say so now, and watch it dwindle as the moon wanes.
I see an opportunity for us, as we enter wise-womanhood, to connect more profoundly with the great natural cycles in which we are embedded. As we release our monthly cycles of ovulating and bleeding, we gain a greater perspective. Released from the tumult of our monthly tides, our energies are freed for wider connections. We look up at the moon with new eyes, knowing her ways intimately in our own bodies, and now ready to connect more profoundly with spirit and emotion, and develop greater wisdom. This is analogous to our potential to widen our perspective and our connections from the intimate circle of the family to the greater circle of the tribe or community, as we open into our role as elder.
Go out into the evening on the Full Moon, find a place with a wide horizon (wide like your own new horizons) watch the sun set, and draw a line straight across the wide earth – that point opposite the setting sun is where you will soon see the Full Moon rise. The question to ask yourself under each Full Moon is this: What is being illuminated?
Today’s Full Moon is in the sign of Virgo. Virgo brings structure and coherence to our work and daily lives. She gives form to our ideas, she serves the grandeur of our dreams and our imagination by creating supportive containers for them to grow and manifest. What is being illuminated now about the structures of your life? Virgo sits across the Zodiac from Pisces, her opposite. Virgo structures and organizes, Pisces dissolves and merges. A healthy life is a life that works this polarity to its fullest, understanding that the timely dissolution of structures is just as important as their creation.
As the moon wanes over the next two weeks, we make our way from the examination of our life structures this Full Moon in Virgo heralds, towards a powerful New Moon Eclipse with the moon in Pisces. Lunar eclipses, which happen a few times each year, signal times of transformation. Pisces is the sign of the poet, the dreamer, the dancer, the artist. Pisces is the home of the ocean of our unconscious, the realm of dreams and fluid connection without boundaries. This is the realm of mystery and karma, of dissolution and release. The practice of dissolving outworn structures, the practice of releasing what no longer serves, is the great practice of this life, and becomes more imperative at midlife. At our age, we have become intimate with this knowledge. We have begun to understand on a visceral level just how important it is to develop skill in the act of releasing, and to cultivate peace and acceptance in the face of dissolution. We also begin to see that far from being morbid, the practice of release can be a joyous one that opens us to a new lightness and freedom, and brings us more of the sweetness of life.
This Virgo Moon is illuminating the structures in your life, and asking you to decide which ones need to be dissolved. She is highlighting the patterns of your daily life, the containers you have created for your dreams, and asking you if these structures and boundaries still support your growth, or whether they have begun to confine you. You may take the opportunity of this lunation, as we move towards the ultimate release of Pisces New Moon, to practice the art of release. Let the light of this moon illuminate those structures in your life that no longer serve, and use the energetic support of the waning moon over the next two weeks to help you release those things. Be aware of the lightness and freedom that are available to you as soon as you make the decision to release. If the release is painful, comfort yourself with Piscean immersions – the healthy ones – immerse yourself in art, dance the night away, take long naps, long swims, and long soaks. Beware the shadowy immersions of addiction and self-pity. Keep moving through, love yourself deeply and care for yourself gently.
If you wish, you can share your illuminations here in our circle.