Full Moon in Virgo: A Purging Process

Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them.
They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities,
and be intentional about new habits.
We can make our new normal any way we want.
-Kristin Armstrong


The Full Moon in Virgo on March 12 brings a dry outlook amidst the tides of the last few weeks. This is a sobering Full Moon and we have the opportunity to reset our stance as the light shines on the chaos and structures of our lives. In this Earth sign, the Full Moon asks us to come back down to reality for a moment and attend to the details and responsibilities of our existence.

Efficiency is not as simple as it sounds and must be developed day after day until the habit is well established. Under the Full Moon in Virgo on March 12, you could find yourself vividly aware of how you go about setting yourself up for success or… failure.

You might have the urge to discard the clutter that has accumulated over the last few months. Whether the mess is internal, external or general, this Full Moon is excellent for getting rid of what is weighing you down. This purging process is further supported by Venus who is currently retrograde. Amongst many other things, Venus is linked to luxury and beauty and this is an excellent time to discard the clothes and objects which are causing stagnation and perhaps donate them to charity. Creating space might not come as easily as we hope and conscious discipline might need to be applied. With Mars in the very first degree of Taurus, our earthly abode and the material reality that surround us is doubly emphasized. Our attention is on the objects that surrounds us and we could feel the polarizing need to acquire and discard simultaneously.


Narrow-mindedness, irrational fears, and excessive worry could very well be highlighted this  weekend. Mercury – the ruler of the Full Moon in Virgo – is in the sign of its detriment and fall at the time of the Full Moon. Mercury will also be in a square with Saturn in Sagittarius adding a dash of mental anguish to this already unhappy placement. Choose your conversations and words wisely and monitor your thoughts. Chances are the lack of clarity around a situation could create more anxiety than its worth. Avoid guilt-trips and mentally straining situations if you can do so. Next week will provide illuminating solutions that are not visible at the moment. For now, simplify where you can and do not become hyper-critical or overly concerned with a situation that is out of your control or simply not your fault.


Our desire to have everything right and our inability to do so might be highlighted on this Full Moon. However, the opportunity to find some form of contentment in organizing and simplifying is available. Processes are what bring lasting changes and we now have the ability to make the small adjustments needed to bring bigger results. Reset your stance by purging your space. Attend to your body and its basic needs. Nurture and calm your mind with meditation and breath and most importantly: don’t sweat the small stuff!

“We love the imperfect shapes in nature and in the works of art,
look for an intentional error as a sign of the golden key
and sincerity found in true mastery.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

The Moon will be Full on March 12, 2017 at 10:54 EST at 22º of Virgo


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“In those days I coerced oracular assurance
In my favour out of every sign.”
― Ted Hughes


The changing tides are sweeping through your life and March could make you feel like re-evaluating your allegiances. There are a lot of questions in the air at the moment and you might be wondering about your next step – which is closely linked to your partnerships. Relationships will be a big theme this month for everyone. You are caught between your own needs and the difficult requirements of a relationship, either personal or professional. A tension that has been building  for the last several months is ready to be addressed. This could be related to your investments versus the investments of someone else and you could be struggling to find the middle ground. A good dose of pragmatism coupled with a trust in the unfolding process is required. Find inspiration in your current limitations and you will be pleasantly surprised at what you are able to come up with. Pisceans are endowed with the ability to see a kingdom in a grain of sand. There is no reason to let cynicism swallow the part of you that  believes in the inherent goodness of others. The Sun in Pisces until March 20 will illuminate your inner landscape allowing you to assess where you are in relation to where you would like to be. Take advantage of this light to clarify what is obscured and to reconnect with your sense of vitality, power, and authority.


Venus goes retrograde in the middle of your sign this month. On March 4, the planet we most often connect with beauty, relationships, attraction, money, and values is moving backward. There is no reasons to panic. First of all, Venus only appears to be moving  backward from our perspective here on Earth. Venus turns retrograde approximately every 18 months in various signs of the Zodiac. Last time she/he did her little retro dance in your sign was in 2009. If you want to have some insights as to what this retrograde could mean for you, think back to March and April of 2009. Is there anything significant that was happening then in regard to relationships, love, art, money or beauty? In other news, the Sun moves into your sign on March 20. Until then, spend some time integrating the lessons of the last year. Clean out your mental and physical closet and if you can, spend some time assessing your achievements. You could be feeling extra slow or lacking energy in the first part of the month so do not push yourself to climb mountains unless you really have to. Collaborations and partnerships with others could feel extra tedious but also extremely rewarding so use patience and understanding to get what you want.


A lot of good things can come out of our limitations and life’s minor annoyances often serve to lead us toward what we need. Often this process happens without our awareness and it’s only looking back that we understand the valuable lessons hidden in our troubles. March could be one of those months where you have little patience for the road blocks and curve balls thrown your way. You might find it harder than usual to stay cool-headed and you will have to work extra hard to stay tolerant. This could be a valuable lesson especially in regard to understanding your own process when it comes to what drives you. Passion and anger are two sides of the same coin and one cannot exist without the other. What fuels you can also destroy you and that is where the secret of your struggle lies this month. Your dreams could collide against a need for pragmatism and some sacrifice will need to be made. It is not enough to work day and night to achieve our goals; keeping a sense of perspective and even slowing down will allow for the quality you so desire and are known for. Your inherent appreciations for things well made does not mix well with deadlines and stress. Remember this when you rush to get everything accomplished this month.


It looks like all of your inspiration this month will come from your wider social circle. You could feel imbued with a new sense of optimism in regard to your calling and ready to put the efforts needed to succeed. March could be a busy month at work and there could be a bit of tension in your personal life as a result of this.  The Full Moon in Virgo on March 12 could bring matters  to a head on the home front and you might have to deal with some unpleasant responsibilities there. March is a good month for socializing even though some unresolved tensions keep threatening your peace. The support you need continues to be available if you want it but the help won’t come on its own; you will have to ask for it. There could be an old acquaintance coming back into your life or you could find yourself going back in time to a place you used to hang out. Either way, expect a surprising blast from the past to come and haunt you. There is a good mix of ambition and creativity available to you this month so don’t squander it on trivial arguments and let sleeping dogs lie. You do not want to waste all of your precious energy on things that do not really matter. Keep your goal in your mind’s eye and monopolize on the opportunities which are knocking at your door.


Your intuition reached new levels in the last few months and you have been able to tap into a fantastic reservoir of insights. This is serving you well and you can apply your findings onto innovative projects. The only down side of being finely in touch with the rhythm of nature is that you can’t tune out and disconnect. Your level of receptivity is such at the moment that you can easily tap into the collective cloud. However, sorting out which transmissions are meant for you and which ones should be left alone is not easy. The problem with receiving a bunch of confusing signals is knowing how to process them consciously so they do not undermine you. The receptivity is also making you more susceptible to toxic people and negative influences. This month, practice intuition hygiene and make space for the essential. Learn to filter out the messages you receive so that it doesn’t sap all of your vitality. Choose wisely what you want to let in. There is a fine balance between receptivity and absorption, between using your intuition for creative purposes versus swimming in the quagmire. Being inspired doesn’t have to be a burden; you can be creative and have boundaries: revise them. Spend time attending to the leaks and protect your mind from unwanted signals and pay attention as to where you are investing your time and energy.


The Full Moon in Virgo on March 12 will highlight your spending habits and how you have managed your assets so far this year. Pleasure and indulgence are a marvellous thing and life wouldn’t be the same without the ability to spoil ourselves. However, you are on creative duty and you must stay focused on the task at hand. Make sure you do not celebrate your victory prematurely. You need to find the discipline to see a project to the end before opening the champagne bottle. There might also be some confusion in regards to shared assets or a debt and that will need to be dealt with. Clear out the fog in the first part of the month, if possible. Budgeting and organising your expenses will definitely pay off so make time to do it. In the second part of the month your attention could turn towards learning and expanding your horizon. You might have opportunities to step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. This could come through a relationship and literally be opening a whole new space for you to explore. You could also be craving more freedom and this is closely linked to your ability to generate creative ideas. You might need more space in order to create more or it might be that you need to step out of your routine to find some inspiration. Gathering the right amount of  discipline to attend to your responsibilities while also fulfilling your need for something different will be a work in progress this month.


There was an important New Moon and Solar eclipse in Pisces at the end of February. This eclipse was the last one in a series on the Virgo/Pisces axis that started 18 months ago. You can probably feel that a long process that’s been happening for a year and a half is finally coming to an end. It is very likely that you are starting to see the seeds that were planted in new soil taking root. Something completely new is sprouting on the horizon. On March 12, the Full Moon will be in your sign and will illuminate the path ahead and perhaps some potential road-blocks that could arise. Important decisions will need to be made if you want to give shape to an idea or a project. Dreams and reality will need to be mixed in equal parts. You are endowed with both pragmatism and imagination right now so I would definitely take advantage of this time period to materialize an ambitious idea. However, you have to be ready to put in hours required and work hard to get where you want to be. Whether you are getting the support you need from your associations depends greatly on you; ask for help if you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list. Seek the allies that can help you move ahead with your vision.


A process of redefining what love and beauty means to you will soon to be underway. Your relationship to Venus is about to undergo a transformation and there are a few things you can do to prepare. First of all, assess the relationship terrain you are walking on: is it solid? If you were given permission to re-design how you experience love and beauty in your life, what would be the first thing to go? What would be the first thing to stay? What do your relationships say about your self-worth? What does beauty mean to you? Is your self-worth connected to your image in any ways? Start sorting out the assumptions you have carried about what love means to you and see if something is ready to be let go. Be aware of any degrading or damaging ideas that keep you stuck in old and out dated patterns. I would suggest that you assess the type of people you surround yourself with and what that says about you. What are you compromising to keep the peace in some of your relationships? Is it worth it? What sacrifice are you absolutely not willing to make anymore and are you ready to let it go? Your scales will oscillate between commitment and independence in the next few months – be ready.


In light of recent events you could spend the next several months shedding old misconceptions you have about partnerships. You are being fully supported even though it might feel like a difficult process. It’s pretty simple: the more you resist the flow, the more you will swim against the current. There could be a bit of confusion around a romantic or professional situation and it could be difficult for you to think clearly about it especially in the first part of the month. Everything comes at a cost, whether you are willing to pay the price or not is another story and you will have to think hard about that. A new awareness is emerging in your life and your priorities are slowly shifting. What used to be important might not be as relevant now but old habits die hard. It might take a while before you are able to fully implement some new elements into your routine. There are a lot of transitional dynamics for everyone at the moment. One way you can ensure your success through this period is by staying flexible. Keep your goal in mind while being receptive to the opportunities that present themselves. Nothing is written in stone  and you can definitely work this to your advantage.


Until very recently, you had the patience and the time to dedicate to your various collaborations and partnerships. However, you are arriving at the end of your rope in regards to how much you are willing to endure. There are many good things coming out of your associations these days but you are itching to have more freedom to say and do as you please. You can do this in a diplomatic way without ruffling any feathers but you will need all the honey you can find. You also know that you can’t totally walk away from your partnerships because they are bringing you a lot of benefits and you don’t want to lose them. The big riddle on the horizon for you has to do with finding a way to work with others that doesn’t make you feel stifled. A process of revision is beginning and a lot of it will have to do with your various commitments. Sorting out which ones are still benefiting you and which ones have to go may take some time, but it has to happen. The dissatisfaction you feel could be coming from the fact that you are compromising too much. You might have been eager to take on the work load a year ago but you are starting to realize how limiting this is for your well-being. Start thinking about ways you could lighten your load by delegating some of your responsibilities. You might not get instant results but getting the ball rolling is a good start.


Your boundaries are currently being redefined to include a broader territory. What you thought was set in stone might not be after all and you are being taken out of your comfort zone. Of course the new discoveries you are making were initiated by you but they are now taking a life of their own and you must learn to improvise around them. You might also have to contend with limitations that were impose on you by someone else. The easiest route would be to go along with what is presented to you at this time but that option might not sit well with you. There is just the right amount of tension in your life right now to allow rapid transformations. You can use your current situation as a stepping stone but you must remain flexible creatively. You need the right amount of effort and faith in this unfolding process for you to reach your desired goals. Knowing exactly where to cast and having the right amount of patience is what gets you the fish. However, if you reel in too quickly after you catch it, the line can easily break due to the vitality and strength of the fish. You must tire him out first and that takes a lot of patience. Be alert and ready to seise the opportunities at this time but be willing also to wait until the perfect occasion presents itself.


Most of the opportunities presented to you at this time are coming from your networking abilities. This is definitely a period of expansion and you are broadening your scope of influence through your associations. Now that the pieces are in place, the section of the puzzle you will have to resolve is linked to your resources. You have many excellent ideas and you need to convince the world to support them. It won’t be enough to rely solely on your assets and you might need to start looking for funding options available. There could be some new opportunities coming your way that could increase your income so keep yourself available. Time management will be another big thing to keep in mind if you want to get everything done within the deadlines. If you can let go of minor distractions and focus on the work at hand you should be able to accomplish a lot this month. Keep your energy for what is essential and do not squander your precious resources on a project or idea you know won’t yield much. Focus on what’s essential and what you absolutely need to deal with, the rest will fall into place especially of you learn to delegate a bit more: find your allies.


With the upcoming Full Moon in Virgo on the 22nd of February and more extensively with the transit of Jupiter in Virgo and the Nodes of the Moon on the Virgo/Pisces axis, where most of the eclipses will happen this year it seems like anxiety is on everyone’s lips.

Chronic anxiety has become a modern epidemic affecting millions of people. We can never be good enough for the standards of perfection. The pressure is to be productive, efficient, beautiful, healthy, active, successful, driven but relaxed AND happy. How is it even possible to breath through this type of burden? With the increasing speed of life through technology, we are wired, stimulated and constantly comparing ourselves to an imagined standard of perfection. This is a very cruel and deceitful game.

Putting pressure on ourselves is fantastic to accomplish some of our goals. But we also have to accept that perfection is not the ultimate goal and that life is perfect in all of its messiness.

Sayaka Maruyama

In their 20 years of treating and studying trauma survivors, Drs. Dennis Charney and Steven Southwick have identified ten common practices in people who have shown resilience in the face of extreme stress.

• Maintaining an optimistic but realistic outlook
• Reliance upon own inner, moral compass
• Turning to religious or spiritual practices
• Seeking and accepting social support
• Imitation of sturdy role models
• Staying physically fit
• Staying mentally sharp
• Cognitive and emotional flexibility (finding a way to accept that which cannot be changed)
• Looking for meaning and opportunity in the midst of adversity
• Facing fear (ability to confront one’s fears)

The Full Moon in Virgo on Monday might increase our desire to have everything perfectly compartmentalized. But with the Sun in Pisces we might also need to know when surrendering to the tides is necessary.

We are in a relatively calm period and March will pick up speed again. Take advantage of this time to get yourself in order and prevent possible stressors down the road. Get rid of unnecessary pressure or accumulated responsibilities and BREATH.

Reference from: Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation