Virgo Full Moon: Water & Earth Thursday March 5th at 10:05am PST
It is raining as I write this, something we have not gotten enough of in Southern California in the past year, and something I have grown incredibly grateful for.
As I listen to the sweet sound, I am reminded how much Earth needs water and water needs earth. Even though this month started with a hybrid Aquarius/Pisces new moon, the sun is now fully in Pisces watery realm and the full moon waxing above will be in the mutable earth sign of Pisces celestial dance partner, Virgo. But even outside of the mutable energy, in astrology, earth is usually paired with water, and fire with air. I think about that sometimes. All of the elements naturally work together and support each other. We need all the elements to full thrive on this planet. But there is a quality to water and earth that brings power, just as it comes to fire and air.
Balance or imbalance, as the dance of human life is always one of pulsation and duality. When water and earth work together as they are right now, Pisces bringing cleansing rain that lulls us into a state of deep dreaming and rest, preparing us as the offering of water into earth; earth as Virgo that is working to awaken for the upcoming spring equinox, full of seed and potential soon to blossom and bring abundance.
But sometimes, we get too much water into earth and seeds drown and lose the soil, mud slides, flood and more can occur, devastating the crops and endangering the harvest. Or, there is not enough water, and the earth is dry, brittle, unable to find the fecundity needed to bring life forth. We experienced that drought last year, and it was frightening and humbling.
It is a delicate dance and one we have little control over, as Pisces teaches. Pisces is the last and oldest of all the signs, and she shows us the importance of surrender and higher source. Ruled by Neptune, which can activate our psychic intuition or fog up the mind, Pisces water is a flow that needs its partner.
Virgo, as an earth sign ruled by Mercury, is a unique vibration. I used to question what mutable earth means, anyway? How can earth, that which is meant to be solid, also be mutable? Another Pisces teaching, nothing is what it seems. And in Virgo’s case, it’s mutability is explored through the human body, another seeming solid form that is constantly evolving, or through sand, which was once stone, and now slides through fingers, reminding us that we are all changing all the time. What is it that turns stone to sand? Water.
Virgo is the healer, ruling the energy of the body, Virgo is the karma yogi, she who is of service, who offers herself to the strength of the water to be molded and shifted into what spirit needs her to be. Virgo is a mystery, her name coming from the word Virgin, which actually refers to the truth that she belongs to herself. She is whole unto herself, even though she is always changing. She is also allied with the critic, the perfectionist, which can happen if she is not able to act in service, to belong to herself or to be in relationship with the healing waters that are part of her dance.
The month ahead has many more offerings for us, particularly on the the 20th where a new moon/total solar eclipse and spring equinox occur. When the Virgo full moon peaks, it is our chance to get grounded, get grateful and get into action in the spirit of service and change. The Virgo healing starts within, so cleansing your body and home is a great opening. If Pisces has you drowning, get out onto the earth or onto a yoga mat to dry out a bit. If you are feeling like you are lacking the Piscean connection, allow water to join your full moon ritual through taking a steam or soaking in a tub. Virgo likes action and especially with her hands. She is happiest in motion, so stretch, swim, touch, write, weed, clean, etc, etc. As long as you do it with the intention of healing service, the movements will be intuitive and guided.
As challenges and changes arise, remember that under the Pisces sun, we are all one, and it is all an illusion. And under the Virgo moon, though you feel the separateness and stability of your body, mind and the earth, the unity and balance is available to you, through service and healing. And if either of those words are too abstract for you, ask that giant early spring moon how you can be of service to bring about healing for yourself and the world. Ask it to the water, the moon, the earth and as you drift off to dream.
I pray for the continuing cleansing blessings of water, and for the abundance, beauty and healing of earth. I pray for the balance within, without, above and below of the elements as we humble ourselves through the last weeks of winter and head into the new season. Happy full moon!
Bekah Finch Turner is also a regular contributor to chakraboosters.com, home of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™. She is a yoga teacher, shamanic practitioner and moon devotee. For more information on her work and writing please visit www.sacredwayyoga.com.