The moon is on her way to being full this Saturday, February 27 in the earthy sign of Virgo at 2:17 am CST. Full moons occur every month when the sun and moon are in opposite signs at the exact same degree. For this particular full moon the sun is in Pisces while the moon is in the opposite sign of Virgo.
Zodiac Facts: Virgo
Key words for Virgo: perfectionism, analysis, service, virtue, precision, responsibility, criticism, neurosis, modesty, moderation, organization, virginity and obligation
Virgo is an earth sign meaning practicality, results and reality take center stage. Earth signs are security-conscious and value the pragmatic and the pragmatic. While air signs like to talk about and contemplate abstract theories and philosophies and water signs love talking about feelings, it’s earth signs that seek the tangible and the secure. Virgo is a sign prone to nervousness and anxiety and are at their best when they’re busy and productive.
Every sign belongs to a modality; in astrology a modality refers to the attitude and nature of a sign and there are three modalities; cardinal, fixed and mutable. Virgo belongs to the mutable modality meaning they tend to be flexible and adaptable. Not ones to give up at the first sign of trouble, if a situation isn’t working it’s Virgo that can pinpoint the problem and come up with a solution. There are four mutable signs; Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini. Mutable signs lean toward the tolerant and accepting because they understand there are many sides to a situation. This ability to adapt and find solutions gives Virgo great perseverance even in the most difficult of situations. The darker side of Virgo energy is the sometimes relentless pursuit of perfection. Learning to do what you can and then let go is a big lesson for the Virgin.
Every sign has a ruling planet and in the case of Virgo that planet is Mercury, the cosmic messenger of the gods in Greek and Roman mythology. Mercury is linked to communication, the mind, language, writing, newspapers, magazines, transportation and in our modern world the internet and social media. Mercury is also associated with quick-wittedness, coordination and ingenuity. Virgo’s analytical and organizational abilities are compliments of their ruling planet Mercury. All this mental activity makes the Virgin more of a thinker rather than a feeler.
Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the twelve houses in astrology and for Virgo this is the 6th House. The astrological 6th House is the part of our chart that is linked to health, our everyday work environment, small pets, service, diet and hygiene. We see this 6th association show up in Virgo’s sometimes obsessive health regimes and diets. The Virgin also has an innate sense that they’re here on this planet to be of help hence the reason you’ll see them in the health field and service oriented careers.
In the tarot the first twenty-two cards are the most powerful and they’re known as the major arcana. Each major arcana card relates to a sign or planet. Virgo’s two tarot cards are the Hermit (associated with the actual sign Virgo) and the Magician (associated with Virgo’s ruling planet Mercury). The Hermit represents Virgo’s need for withdrawl and seclusion in order to calm their active minds while the Magician represents Virgo’s mental prowess.
Zodiac Facts: Full Moons
Being that the sun and moon are in opposite signs during a full moon, there tends to be an air of tension. We can feel like we’re being pulled in two different directions and our goal is to try and find the balance. Full moons bring situations to a head and they tend to have an air of completion and release about them. Full moons can cast a light on what is hidden or kept secret. It’s during a full moon that we may be forced to deal with a hidden aspect of ourselves. In psychological circles this is known as the shadow-self and when dealing with the shadow it’s best we keep in mind this is not a one-time event and we’re done, it’s a process.
Full Moon in Virgo
Since we’re dealing with an opposition here we have to think about the two signs involved Pisces (current sun sign) and Virgo (current moon sign). As mentioned earlier Virgo is very cerebral and likes to analyze while Pisces is more prone to flow and float. If we’ve been cracking the whip on ourselves or others and expecting perfection, this Virgo full moon would be a time to surrender this addiction to perfection. In fact spiritual baths can be a simple but effective ritual for a full moon. Just soaking in a salt bath and paying attention to our breath allows us to relax and get grounded (the earthy part of Virgo).
If you want to set an intention, do this now before the full moon energy. Set your intention, repeat it daily and then release it to the Universe during the full moon.
Charging your crystals is another full moon activity. You can place them outside in a dish or in your windowsill.
Since the energy of the full moon is so intense you may want to do a relaxing meditation to alleviate stress.
If you want to work with crystals and incorporate them into a relaxing and grounding mediation this week think about using stones known for grounding and protection like hematite, black tourmaline, black obsidian, picture jasper and smoky quartz.
One last thing to think about; Australian astrologer Yasmin Boland who wrote the book Moonology feels the full moon is the perfect time to work with forgiveness. This goes with the theme of releasing during a full moon. Before the full moon you can write out the name or names of people in your life you need to forgive. You can say a prayer and release them to the Universe on the night of the full moon.