The fortnight between the New Moon and Full Moon favours growth, action, new plans and ideas. Once the Full Moon culminates in the night sky, there’s time to pause, to contemplate how far you’ve come, where you’re at. What to let go of, what requires completion, where is praise due, what have you achieved so far?
Learn from your Opposite
This Full Moon falls at 3 degrees Virgo/Pisces on February 22 2015 [18:20 GMT] with the Moon in the analytical sign of Virgo and the Sun in Virgo’s opposite sign, go-with-the-flow Pisces. Opposite signs in the zodiac have opposite natures and they can learn from each other, they need what their sign lacks and the other sign excels at.
Virgo is the sign of analysis and is excellent at paying attention to detail. At its best a perfectionist, orderly & precise; at its worst a worrier, overly critical & demanding. This week’s Full Moon is perfect for worrying and we’ve been doing a fair amount of that in our house this week.
What Virgo looks like in real life
Daughter’s school/play schedule is super busy; hubby’s juggling work & other priorities with an employer who keeps changing the timetable; I’m cramming in a writing contract and trying to find time for bigger plans and schemes whilst also being a mother, lover, housewife, dog walker, etc.
If your life has similar challenges with many different balls to juggle, it’s no surprise that there will be times when you’re stressed and tired and have too much to think about. At this Full Moon of order (Virgo) v. confusion (Pisces), perfectionism (Virgo) v. go with the flow (Pisces), the first step is to consider what you could let go of for now, which decisions you can postpone for a while, what’s urgent, what’s not.
In my case a relaxing bath before bed often does the trick. There are times when you need to actively download your mind, to stop, to empty it out. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet of the mind and its opposite sign Pisces is ruled by boundless Neptune.
Choose Your Chill Pill
Here’s your clue to how you stop worrying or learn to worry effectively. What benefits you in being able to slow down, relax, chill. What would Pisces do in response to Virgo’s worrying? Water is Pisces’ domain so the shower, a bath, swimming are all prime contenders.
Yet any activity where you can stop the chatter in your head and instead tap into your intuitive instinctive nature is of huge benefit to you. Neptune rules the spiritual realm so meditation, mindfulness, walks in nature are ideal or losing yourself in a good book, enjoying a large glass of wine, pondering life which is very different to worrying.
Mr Virgo’s Dilemma
This week’s Full Moon reminds me of a story from way back in my own life. I used to rent a room in a shared house and the owner who lived in the house with us was a Virgo. He was a talented percussionist and a master of precision. He was also a hypochondriac and as there were five of us sharing one large fridge, he created a marking and ordering system in the fridge so everyone knew whose food was whose or at least that was the plan. It didn’t always work out that way.
One morning I was sitting eating my breakfast and Mr Virgo was staring into the fridge without moving. Eventually I had to ask him what he was doing. Mr Virgo: ‘I’m worried that I’ve marked the wrong milk’. Me: ‘Oh, have you marked someone else’s’; Mr Virgo: ‘No, it’s one of mine. I’m worried I’ve got my order muddled up’. I paused for a bit and replied, ‘Perhaps that’s one worry you could let go of’. That broke the spell and laughing he joined me at the kitchen table.
Don’t Worry Be Happy
So whilst the Full Moon is in Virgo, yes please, get your life in order, attend to your diet, tweak your daily habits, stick to your deadline but don’t try and order your life so meticulously that you are then worried about forgetting your routine and there’s no room for flow and a tiny bit of chaos and ease.
And most importantly learn to drop those worries somewhere; in the shower, in the bath, before you go to sleep, in nature. Let them go, deal with one task at a time, close some of the tabs in the browser of your mind, download them elsewhere, choose one new adventure, one new path and head off down it boldly with your head held high. Don’t worry, be happy – perfect advice for the Virgo Full Moon.