We are near the middle of the season of the harvest maiden, Virgo, heading towards the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern hemisphere. At this harvest time of the year we prepare ourselves, working to reap our metaphorical harvest, tending to the details that will see us through the seasons to come.
Work, attention to detail, the maintenance of our daily lives, including the care of our bodies, health and the necessary daily routine, fall under the watchful eye of the Virgin.
Virgo is a symbol for purity and wholeness. With Virgo, we learn to pour devotion and care into our work, as an act of service to ourselves and others. In her down to earth way, Virgo teaches us the process of engaging in meaningful work and service as a way to the divine.
The shadow side of Virgo is the loss of self in work without joy or meaning. The Virgin’s shadow is being lost in infinite detail, being unable to see the forest for the trees. Mars at this Full Moon has just entered Virgo too, turning the pressure up. Criticism, of the self, of others and of life, experiencing overwhelm and anxiety are indications of being out of balance at this Virgo time.
With Virgo holding down the Earth element, we look to the Pisces Full Moon to offer us some respite from the daily grind with her wild, sweet waters. The Pisces Moon is a mystical, healing and mysterious Moon, offering us the poetry of star lit seas, release, siren song, a glimpse of the divine and compassionate healing rooted in the interconnectedness of all of life.
Life began from the waters, and Pisces is our link to the cosmic womb. This cosmic womb holds the collective memory of all of life, and our remembrance of being at one with the divine. The shadow of Pisces is delusion, addiction, escapism and madness, stemming from feelings of separation from the divine. The antidote to this is Pisces’s polarity Virgo, who teaches us how to ground our divine inspiration through practice acts of service, through mastery of skill and craft, materializing the boundless and transcendent into form.
This is a wonderful full Moon for letting go, for emotional cleansing and healing. It is also a fine time for deep dreaming, of dreaming into being that which we wish to see take form and foundation in our lives.
~ Wishing you a most magically inspired and beautiful Full Moon in Pisces ~
Photograph by Bruce Chatwin