The Moon in Astrology
The Moon represents our internal world of emotions, feelings, inner security, deepest personal needs, the unconscious and intuition. Our feelings of inner safety come from what is familiar to us. This represents subconscious patterns previously developed which have become instinctual relating to our past.
The Moon is also associated with our mother or our most nurturing parent, our inner mother, our inner child (Moon’s energy is strongest in childhood), home, ancestors or the past and family. It is receptive, responsive and reflective while protective, reacting instinctively and spontaneously.
When we look at our natal chart, the placement of our moon will disclose how we see ourselves, our emotional tendencies and what archetypal patterns are operating under the surface. It also tells us how we protect ourselves and how we make ourselves feel safe and comfortable always ensuring feelings of safety.
The Moon rules the sensitive sign of Cancer and the 4th House which is one of the cardinal signs that moves us from past to future on a moment to moment basis. This is due to of the Nodes of the Moon; the South Node (past what is familiar) and North Node (future where new experiences await). Depending on where your Moon’s Node positions are in your natal chart, your Moon position will tell you how you transition between the two or from past to future.
In your natal chart (the time of your birth) the Moons location tells you your emotional tendencies while the Moon’s current location as it moves across sky impacts on our feelings and behaviour in the present. She speaks to us through our feelings and emotions.
The Moon is Reflective. Our feelings of security are created through consistent and familiar behaviour, reflecting back to us a constant reality. Because of these feelings of familiarity, it produces a sense of belonging that nurtures and protects us in turn giving us inner security.
The Moon in our natal chart will tell you how you see yourself and how you nurture yourself emotionally. As we go through life we are continually in a process of evolution and it is through our emotional body we grow and mature, not through our intellect. It is no wonder that the Moon’s natural home is in Cancer, 4th House where we seek our inner security with the opposite of Capricorn being where we seek outer security and maturity.
Dysfunctional Side of The Moon:
Because the Moon symbolizes our feelings it’s important to address the shadow or dysfunctional side of the Moon as well. Best described as emotionally self-indulgent, timid, wishy-washy, over reactive, moody, lazy, indecisive and imaginative. Pure emotion. If unhealthy or distorted imagination is fuelled by pure emotion it leads to feelings of emptiness and irrationality.
About the Sign of Virgo
Virgo strives for perfection so firstly organisation is crucial and the flexibility to adapt to change enables for relaxed perfection. Criticism and judgement are necessary to achieve what we are striving for as this will us serve ourselves and others best. The key is not letting the criticism get too negative especially to ourselves, that serves no one.
Virgo always has its focus on improvement, it can be very critical, judgemental and even nit-picky looking at things with the discerning eye to point out what’s wrong in a situation.
The most endearing and strongest qualities of Virgo is being of service. In focusing on the details, it helps us to fine tune our lives by taking in an enormous amount of information and helps us sift through that which if most useful to us. This is what makes Virgo one of the most productive and efficient signs of the zodiac.
Key Virgo Facts:
- Virgo Ruling Planet: Mercury (Information, Messenger, Communication, Intellect)
- Virgo Ruling House: 6th House: routine, wellness, health, service, focus on improvement
- Virgo Shadow: over critical and judgemental of others, nit-picky, feelings of not good enough or not worthy, if not perfect not good enough
- Virgo Symbol: The Virgin
- Virgo Medical Ruler: Pancreas, small intestine, digestion
- Virgo Element: Earth
- Virgo Modality: Mutable (adaptable, flexible, able to adjust to change)
- Virgo Counterbalance Sign: Pisces
Full Moon in Virgo
No matter where our Sun or Moon is in our Natal Chart (Birth Chart), we are all effected by the Full Moon in Virgo.
This Virgo Full Moon energy is asking you to look deeply at the details of your life and disregard what you don’t need. You do this by getting still and “listening”.
Meditation is a great way to do this. It’s another tool you can use to access the unseen, remember to first listen and then you can do what is needed. The Virgo Full Moon invites us to be more flexible, so we can adapt to swift changes in our lives.
Tuning into your body and make a conscious effort to honestly look at your health and where you need to make changes. You may need to look at your routine and adapt to a better health regime. You may need to look at other things that may not be serving you, such as people, habits and attitudes.
At this time the Virgo Full Moon faces the Sun in Pisces, it’s opposite sign. Both these signs correlate with our thinking. You may find yourself daydreaming and getting lost in your thinking about your future. The Full Moon in Virgo brings us back to Earth helping us find ways how to bring our dreams into reality.
Suggestions for You to Do During the Full Moon in Virgo
- Implement a structure to get things done
- Look at your routines regarding your diet and well-being, see where you can make changes
- Treat your body with a massage,
- Do things to help you relax more and take a nap
- Clear out any clutter around the house and the yard
- Pay attention to important details
- Pay attention to self-criticism and criticism of others, does it get too negative?
- Loosen up once in a while, remember no one’s perfect
How the Full Moon in Virgo Coincides with Your Cycle
A welcome feeling of relief describes this week perfectly creating a space or window of time to recover from the previous week. While this week can be uncomfortable physically nourishing, nurturing and remineralising your physical and emotional body is so important. The Full Moon in Virgo may bring to the surface modes of thinking and feeling certain habits and attitudes that do not serve you anymore making it time to let them go. Letting go is not always easy and a detailed process is required for those with strong Virgoan energies. The teachings of Byron Katie called The Work gives you a process to release stressful thoughts. Self-healing is the greatest service you will give to yourself.
This would have to be the optimal week for the Virgo Full Moon. In this climatic phase of the moon’s energy it expresses itself inward igniting the intellect and thinking processes. Your analytical skills will focus on the details make you a powerhouse of quick decision making. The Virgo energy will not suffer that which does not serve and will quickly discard anything that is not useful. The ideal week for clearing out mind clutter and clutter in your environment.
You may find this week the need to be alone perhaps in meditation, self-inquiry or reflection. Take this time to look at your health, if you feel like sleeping go have a nap. Keep an eye on your nutrition, hydration and exercise. Pay attention to your thoughts, remember your estrogen levels crash abruptly this week leaving you feeling low. If you are struggling with an issue you will need that discerning eye of Virgo to help you with a break-through.
Feelings of things being difficult striving for perfection is draining even when you know it should be easy. It is no wonder feelings of failure begin to creep in. A change to your daily routine is ideal in the Full Moon of Virgo maybe just what you need, even if it’s just getting up five minutes earlier.
We are told to strive for perfection in every area of our lives. Ambition is an important asset but it can be draining. Today with low hormones, striving for perfection can tip you over the edge into suffering and torment. Coupled with the Full Moon in Virgo you may tend to feel this even more, Virgo is always adapting and fine-tuning as perfection is a destination not a starting point.
*** The Full Moon in Virgo will activate a certain part of your chart and you will see which part of your life will be most affected.
As always, it is recommended you take time to do meditation, look at your nutrition and what you are putting into your body and how it’s making you feel.
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