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February 15, 2019
Moon insights by Candace Looft, of Beyond the Veil Tarot / Collage by Janeva Zentz
Keywords/Themes: Dreamwork. Compassion. Crisis. Animals. Helping those in need. The Earth. Natural treatments. Energy work. Earth and Water themes. Emotional healing. Isolation and reflection. Body Positivity. Healthy boundaries.
Every Full Moon is an exchange between the masculine Sun and the feminine Moon, illuminating the sky and shining a light on certain subjects. This particular illumination is at a 0 degree, suggesting this is both a new beginning (zero) and a completion. This matchup on the Virgo Pisces axis is a reflection of the balance between tending to our responsibilities while being sure we aren’t taking on more than we can manage. A major epiphany may surface that you are taking on the energy or responsibility of those around you. This may be both physically or emotionally. With several placements in Pisces, this could leave you feeling like it's hard to focus and ready to crawl back into bed.
The next lunar month shifts into the very intuitive, deep, and pensive energies of Pisces. The Sun moving into this sign will lead us down a rabbit hole of psychic insight in the weeks ahead. As emotions run high coming off the recent Cardinal squares, we now have some time to reflect, and heal. The Moon in Virgo focuses on our daily lives. Suddenly we become more aware of our bodies, our food, and digestion. Virgo is associated with all the busy work that makes up our daily routines. There will be much more of a focus on your physical, and mental health now than usual.
Thankfully there are a gang of planets in Earth signs to help us ground out this energy. Mars in Taurus is heavily supporting the Moon in Virgo, showing us that any work done now can physically body wise feel supported. Be that changes in our diets, or perhaps our relationships with the third-dimensional world. If there is something that you need, real tangible support is on the way. In the following two days after this Full Moon, the Virgo Moon will build into trines with Saturn, Venus, and Pluto in Capricorn. These planets help lay the foundation for these necessary changes and transformations. You may feel like you need to get a lot of “work done” and actually find yourself a lot more productive than most days. The key is to know when to take a time out, take a lunch, take a break and tune into yourself, then continue on with your regularly scheduled day. Don’t throw yourself into overdrive.
Jupiter in Sagittarius is overly optimistic with what you THINK you can get done and will square off with Neptune and Mercury in Pisces. Be careful not to verbally commit to things you actually can’t honor or show up for. Sometimes a full schedule and a long list of responsibilities just aren’t possible. Watch out for overextending yourself. Sometimes working harder isn’t all that much smarter. Energy preservation is so essential with this Moon. Less really can be more. Uranus in Aries at the final degrees makes trines to the Moon, allowing you to take responsibility for yourself, and break free of any old patterns of lashing out. New and innovative ways to find balance and independence are surfacing now.
Both Neptune and Mercury are making a conjunction at the time of this Full Moon. It’s important to note this, because next month at the beginning of March, Mercury will go retrograde back through these waters. Something at the time of the Full Moon will come to you, be that an intuitive message or a dream. Whatever it is you will be working through this particular issue, or crisis in the weeks ahead. This is an energy of intuitive downloads or spiritual lessons, which means you may have to sit with it in meditation and work out WHY it’s taken place, and how to RELEASE it. This may be easier said than done, especially considering Virgo’s mercurial energy wanting to psychoanalyze the details.
The truth is, what comes to you now may be so otherworldly that you simply can’t put it into words, which is ok. Take your time. Reflect on situations you aren’t too sure about. Don’t rush the process. The important thing to really acknowledge is these emotions may not even belong to you. Don’t absorb everything. Let go of any despair or potential guilt associated with this issue. Avoid victim mentality and reach for the higher octaves of love and transcendence.
Everyday Ritual Recommendations:
DO // Consider getting a foot reflexology session, foot massage, or consider a detox. Virgo and Pisces rule the intestines and the feet. Some may benefit from making changes to their diet and consider a short term fast.
BE // Aware of the subtle energies around you. Take note of symbolic dreams. This is a very intuitive psychic moon. It’s possible you need time away to reflect and meditate to really tune in to how YOU feel. Practice boundaries in a loving manner.
WATCH // Ram Dass’s Netflix movie, “Going Home”, to really help tune in to your higher self and awareness.
READ // Marie Kondō’s, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”
WORK WITH // Water and earth elements. Animals. Grains. Lavender (try these Lavender Ritual Mists and Candles!). Peppermint. Skullcap. Anise. Thyme. Lemon Balm. Moss agate and Amazonite.
Candace Marie of Beyond the Veil Tarot has her degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Theology, and studied at the School of Evolutionary Astrology. She is also a graduate of Sacred Crossings Death Midwifery School, and a root worker and herbalist. Read her bio here, and catch more of her work on Beyond the Veil Tarot.
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