March 1, 2018: Virgo Full Moon (exact at 7:51 pm EST)
The Virgo Full Moon calls on us to see both the differences and the similarities. While we may be drawn to classify and criticize, remembering that everything is connected—even if we can’t immediately perceive it—can yield a greater acceptance of self and others. This Full Moon provides an opportune time to focusing on healing imbalances in our physical bodies through meditation, prayer, dreamwork, and our creative imagination.
If we find ourselves called on to be of assistance, it’s important to remember that service need not equal sacrifice. To give is one thing, to give everything away is yet another. If we don’t replenish our personal ocean of inspiration, we will experience an emotional drought that will not only deplete our life force but also our ability to be of service to others.
This Full Moon features Neptune aligning with the Sun and opposing the Moon. Reflecting this, we may find ourselves more called towards the poetic, numinous and compassionate. We may also want to make sure that we’re focused upon our boundaries; this may help us to not feel drained by others or our environment.
Additionally, during this time, Mercury and Venus come together in Pisces, both forming a harmonious trine alignment to Jupiter. We may find extra value in our dreams as well as find ourselves magnetized to experiences of art—whether movies, music, writing, painting, et al.—through which we can lose ourselves (and through that find new levels of feelings).
This month’s Full Moon falls at 12 degrees of Pisces (the location of the Sun) and Virgo (the location of the Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a Full Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Pisces, Virgo, or the other mutable signs—Gemini and Sagittarius—it may impact you more intensely.
Virgo Full Moon Stellar Reflection Questions
- How can I be less critical of myself?
- What insights do my dreams contain as to how to bolster my well-being?
- How can I be of service without sacrificing my energy/principles/integrity?
- With whom do I feel energized and with whom do I feel that my energy dissipates?
Virgo Full Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Pisces is associated with the feet, pineal gland, and the immune/lymphatic systems while Virgo rules the intestines and digestive system. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this Full Moon.
Why not give your Pisces-ruled feet a treat during this Full Moon? If it’s not convenient to schedule a salon pedicure, you can easily do one at home. Soak your feet for a few minutes in a warm mineral-salt bath. After drying your feet well, massage them with some lotion or body oil. You can add a few drops of peppermint oil for a pedi-pick-me-up or some myrrh oil if cracked heels need some tending. As you rub your feet, consider paying special attention to the reflexology areas associated with the small intestines—governed by the sign Virgo. Use this map to find the locations of these sole connections. You can then apply polish if you want.
Sandalwood essential oil is a divine fragrance that can help you open to the Piscean gifts of imagination and connection that are more accessible during this time. It is a great aid for a meditation practice and said to stimulate the pineal gland, associated with psychic abilities in spiritual traditions. Sandalwood is calming and centering and may help alleviate spells of anxiety. Like with other essential oils, you can use sandalwood in many ways; for example, you can mix it with body lotion, use it in an aromatherapy diffuser, or add a few drops to a mister bottle of water and use as a room spray. (Note that the widely used sandalwood variety, Santalum album, is now close to extinction in India because of unsustainable harvesting; therefore, look for alternate varieties such as Santalum austrocaledonica.)
March 17, 2018: Pisces New Moon (exact at 9:12 am EST)
During a Pisces New Moon, we can initiate new ways in which we can dive into our well of compassion, our artistic nature, and our knowingness that we are a reflection of and connected to everything. We may open into that Piscean space where boundaries disappear and empathy flows.
During this time, not only may our nighttime dreams be more vivid but so may our daydreams, both serving as vessels for creative delight, personal and collective reintegration, and healing awareness. If we find ourselves wandering in our minds, it would be of benefit to not discount the ideas, thoughts, and images that come through to us. During this Pisces New Moon, the veil to our subconscious may be thinner and therefore we may be able to better access its jewels of wisdom.
The Pisces New Moon inspires us to connect in with the well of compassion that resides within each of us. As we dive into our empathetic hearts, it’s important to remember that giving of ourselves doesn’t need to equal giving away of ourselves. It’s one thing to hold space for another and desire to foster their enhanced joy, and another to let go of our needs and sacrifice ourselves in that pursuit.
Pisces represents the numinous and the place where we dive into the soulful remembrance that we are love and love runs through us. The last sign of the zodiac, Pisces is the realm of water, the wellspring of emotions, and the invisible appearing more visible.
As Chiron is aligned with the New Moon, occupying a spot in Pisces close to the Sun and Moon, being especially tender with ourselves feels important as we may connect with deeply etched sorrows; if we can tune into those and see how we can channel them in service of our—and possibly others’—healing, we may find that this time offers even more potent opportunities for growth. Reflective of that, it may appear as if we are being called by a siren’s song to give birth to deeply soulful healing, divine connection, the magic of our imagination, being moved/touched/inspired by the whispers of beauty all around us, and the love that is both our birthright and the stream that weaves through us all.
This month’s New Moon falls at 27 degrees of Pisces (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Pisces or the other mutable signs—Gemini, Virgo, or Sagittarius—it may impact you more intensely.
Pisces New Moon Stellar Reflection Questions
- What are my longings?
- Is there anyone to whom I can offer forgiveness?
- How can I more readily let love stream from my heart?
- How can I be more self-compassionate?
Pisces New Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Pisces is associated with the feet, pineal gland, and the immune/lymphatic systems. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body and areas of health around the time of this New Moon Solar Eclipse.
If you don’t already do so, keep a notebook by your bed. When you wake up, jot down any threads of your dream that you remember. Don’t worry if you can’t remember the whole “story line” as even capturing select images, people, or scenes may provide great fodder for learning, wisdom, and healing. If it feels right, bring the journal with you during your waking hours to write down any inspiring daydreams that you may have.
Also known as tulsi, holy basil makes a delicious non-caffeinated “tea” that provides a meditative sense of centering while at the same time boosting the immune system and helping the body guard against stress. Holy basil is delicious hot or prepared as iced tea. Holy basil is also available as an essential oil to be used in aromatherapeutic applications.
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