Happy Full Moon in Virgo! This Full Moon becomes exact on Saturday, February 27 at 3:17 AM New York Time (8:17 GMT).
Virgo is a mutable Earth sign that brings logic, order, practicality, ritual, communication and understanding into focus. It opposes the sun in the mutable water sign of Pisces. Virgo seeks to understand, while Pisces simply feels. During this Full Moon time, we have the opportunity to find a balance between thinking and feeling and to use logical analysis and communication to our advantage.
Virgo's ruler Mercury has gone back Direct, and although it is still in its Shadow phase, communication is getting clearer again with each passing day. In fact, we have entered a two-month period where all planets are traveling Direct. This is a rare opportunity to make tremendous steps forward in your life. The themes of clearing and recalibration that were characteristic of the most recent Eclipse Season and also the weeks following it have now given away to the theme of forward progress.
Virgo rules the 6th house in astrology, which includes the themes of physical health, practicality, logic, organization, goal-setting, action and community service. These themes are the focus right now. In short, is time to get your life in order. It's a time to let your logical mind serve you. Your physical body and daily rituals should be the focus over the next 28 days. Journaling will be extra helpful at this time.
To figure out what you need to work on during the next 28 days (and beyond), start with what's closest to you – your own flesh and bones. How has your body been feeling? Have you been sleeping enough? Have you been exercising? Are you eating well? Are you drinking enough water? Are there some medical issues that need to be addressed?
The name of the game now and for the next 28 days is self-care. Putting yourself first is a great act of kindness toward yourself. And of course, the more your own cup is filled, the more effectively you are able to help others or make them smile. Ultimately, you come into this world with yourself, you are with yourself 24/7 and you leave this planet with yourself. No one else is going to put you first.
Self-care is not an easy thing to master, because we tend to fall into patterns of complacency. It is normalized on our planet for people to get into a routine consisting of survival (working for money), taking care of home/family, sleep and entertainment. Most people leave little wiggle room to optimize their physical and mental health through healthy routines.
It's something that I've struggled with as well and thus it's a consistent lesson I am being called to master. Self-discipline is what separates those who experience a high level of success as opposed to moderate or little success.
Both being and doing are relevant and important in a spiritual awakening journey, and even though it might at first glance seem contradictory, self-discipline with daily rituals can not only amplify and assist your ability to create and accomplish ('the doing')--but it can also assist you in better learning how to be, as good daily rituals will clear your mind of toxic thoughts, ground you and get you excited about life.
Here are some suggestions for adding some supportive daily rituals in honor of this Virgo Full Moon:
belly breathing meditation
Brain Gym exercises
yoga or tai chi qi gong
pulling a daily tarot card
daily walk, jog, or bike ride
daily fresh juice
daily healthy smoothie
saying “I love you” to yourself in the mirror upon awakening and before bed
daily reading time
Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping)
daily cleaning/organizing time
a new healthy diet
Here are some tips for implementing and actually keeping up with supportive and healthy daily rituals:
start with one or two things at a time; keep disciplined with those one or two rituals before adding another one
Plan ahead! Make it a no-brainer for you to actually do the ritual. Examples: clean your juicer right after using it so it doesn't seem like such a chore; place your running shoes right by the front door the night before; put your yoga mat right next to your bed; put your journal on your nightstand; set alarms on your phone for times when you'd like to do a certain ritual.
keep a daily checklist on paper, your phone, or a white board
have a consistent bedtime and wake up time
Strive to do rituals at a consistent time of day: this trains your brain to expect that you're going to do the ritual (e.g. a walk/run after lunch).
Create some sort of reward system: allow yourself a treat if you do your rituals for the whole week!
schedule leisure time throughout the week
Don't try to schedule/plan too many rituals at once: make it reasonable and attainable
charge your phone in another room in order to prevent yourself from dawdling
Be mindful to avoid dopamine-releasing activities at night (e.g. movies; video games; social media scrolling; pornography; eating junk food; drug or alcohol use). Go to bed earlier if you find your nighttimes being unproductive or lending to addictive habits (going to sleep earlier is better for the body, anyhow).
put on music that will make it easier to do whatever you're desiring to do that part of the day (e.g. classical music for studying; rock or pop for exercise; mantras for meditation)
CLEANING HOUSE (LITERALLY)
If you are a Virgo sun or rising sign, you're likely pretty organized already, but for the rest of us, this Virgo Full Moon is a much-needed reminder to clean up and organize our environments! It is certainly easier to have a calm and organized mind when your living environment is clean and organized.
If your home is pretty messy, the best places to start are the areas where you spend the most time (e.g. bedroom, car and living room)--as these areas will most directly affect your energy field and mind. INTEGRATING LOGIC WITH INTUITION When the Virgo Full Moon rolls around annually, we get to see this interesting and important polarity play out between logic and intuition. The sun has joined Neptune—the planet of mysticism, intuition and illusion—in Neptune's home sign of Pisces (where it is also currently joined by Venus). My moon sign is in Virgo, and this could be why I believe that one of my primary contributions to the spiritual community is my advocacy for the use of logic and practicality. Although there is a wealth of wonderful, helpful and practical information, guidance and psychic predictions out there on the Internet, the space is also riddled with misinformation, airy-fairy premises with little practical application, and false channelings. It's because of my own past experiences with false channelings, not-so-talented psychics, misinformation, and the illusions of the mind that I feel it is so important to emphasize the use of logic. I don't wish to use this particular article to go into a detailed diatribe on all of the false predictions that circled the spiritual communities of the Internet over the past year, but I would just like to point out that not everything you hear or read is necessarily accurate or a true channeling, regardless of who it is being channeled from or what the source is. I believe it is healthy to keep the viewpoint of a healthy skeptic, even if something feels true. You can believe something and still be open to it being wrong or incomplete. (And yes, there are true channelings out there, but many are partially or fully coming from ego-mind.) For those who work with me or know me personally, they are sometimes surprised at how logical I am, considering my psychic abilities. In fact, I believe that one of the reasons that I tend to be pretty clear and accurate with my psychic faculties is because I run whatever information I garner from my psychic pathways through a logical filter of “Does this make sense?” Logic and intuition don't have to be enemies. For example, I am a Medical Intuitive using psychic vision and abilities to receive information about what's going on inside the body, however I have also studied human anatomy. It's hard to see what's going on inside the body if you don't know where the organs are! I regularly read abstracts of medical studies. I have extensively studied supplements and I continue to do so. I have stacks of alternative medical books at home. I often encourage clients to get alternative medical tests done if they can afford them, and I believe everyone should get a yearly blood test to keep track of some crucial markers. I believe test numbers can be a good complement to intuitive information. One of my favorite books is Expansion for Ascending Consciousness by Todd R. Deviney, which is an in-depth channeled scientific explanation of the quantum physics of the Universe and Ascension. After reading the book, I realized that most everything short of answering the primordial questions, “What is God?” or “What is Source?” can be explained via science and math. I highly recommend checking it out if you are scientifically-minded or if you're curious. It's a very slow read, as it carries an incredible amount of information. But it's mind-blowing, and there's absolutely nothing like it that you've read in any more mainstream scientific publication. My point is that logic isn't something that needs to be demonized while we are on the spiritual journey. You can live from your Heart and make some important decisions from the gut while still using your logical mind to navigate the majority of your life. I mean, if you really think about it, most of the decisions you make throughout your day are logic-based. You have a set of things you need to/want to accomplish during the day, and you use your logical mind to go from one step to the other. I'd like to address the topic of intuitive eating. Many people are following this trend, which I think is great as long as logic isn't completely thrown out the window. I think it's a great idea to pay attention to what it feels like your body is needing (e.g. more protein, more fat, more fruit); however, I do believe you should have a general plan as well that is based on logic. For example, if you're trying to lose weight, you want to go either high-carb/low-fat, or low-fat/high-carb. Intermittent fasting is a great option for some people, and that's something that should be planned out logically. Fasting won't work if you listen to your body, as naturally you're going to get hungry and want to break the fast. The length of the fast should be pre-planned, as should what you're going to eat going into and coming out of the fast. My advice is to not choose supplements or homeopathic remedies based purely on intuition. I've tried doing that or doing it with muscle testing, and I didn't have a whole lot of success. Rather, consult someone (like myself or someone else you trust) who can give you a plan based on which supplements or remedies will logically ameliorate the conditions or symptoms you're intending to work on. I have a great respect for homeopaths, who use a logical progression of questions to evaluate the patient's constitution, then often use a bit of intuition to choose a remedy if there are several possibilities, as is usually the case. Eckhart Tolle--who is the person I respect most in the spiritual community--was once asked in one of his talks how to make decisions. I am paraphrasing from memory, but I recall him saying to first use your logical mind to eliminate any potential choices that aren't possible or don't make sense at the time. Then, from a place of presence, use your intuition to choose. I love that perspective; we are logical beings and we don't need to throw logic out completely. Sometimes what's most logical is the only really feasible or realizable choice. When logic says there are several choices that are plausible, feasible and realizable, that's when it's a great opportunity to utilize intuition to make the best possible choice. When intuition is strongly telling you to choose one thing over another—even if it might seem less logical than the other choice—then you should at least acknowledge and consider what your intuition has to say, as long as there would be at least some logic to choosing the at-first-glance less logical choice. Again, we don't want to throw logic completely out the window—for example, if you felt a strong, undeniable call to walk off trail in a park, even if you couldn't explain why, your logical mind could at least give a plausible explanation for it, like perhaps there is a special rock or stone or place that you are meant to see. Your logical mind could warn you to watch out for poison ivy or oak along the way. That would be an example of a reasonable and healthy merging of logic and intuition. The thing is, though, what seems like intuition isn't always actually intuition, which complicates things. I have seen and spoken to a lot of people who thought their intuition was telling them to do something and it turned out it was an illusion of the ego-mind. This happened to me during a period in my life when I was taking part in a lot of plant medicine ceremonies and I was way too much in my head and misinterpreting intuition. Here's a good example of this. Years ago, I was in the supermarket with my dear friend who is now on the other side. We had been talking about intuition over the days prior and trying to figure out how to better use it. He randomly grabbed some sort of boxed product from the dry section and left it in the frozen section with the ice cream. I asked him why he did it, and he said that intuition told him to. It was then that I realized there is a fine line between intuition, impulse, and illusion derived from the ego-mind. Both intuition and illusion lie in the realm of Pisces and Neptune. To discern which is which isn't easy and in fact for most of us it will take a lifetime of figuring out. It's not something I have completely figured out myself yet either, but I do the best I can and always try to merge logic and intuition as much as possible. I wrote an e-book a few years back called Developing the Skills of Discernment and Intuition. It's free; if you'd like a copy, you can e-mail me at email@example.com. In general, intuition is very subtle, while ego-mind is often coercing, impulsive or has a story behind it (for example, my dear friend went on to explain to me that the boxed product was 'supposed' to be with the ice cream for some reason). My favorite method for making decisions is to check in with the body. What does my body feel when I think about (Choice A)? What does my body feel when I think about (Choice B)? Even this exercise can sometimes lead you astray (when there's a feeling to push through to get to something that's important), so weigh this against your logic before making a final decision; however I find it to be a very good and highly accurate method to make decisions. Most of the time, going with what feels good to your body will lead you down the best path. Another good method is to put your hand over your Heart and ask if a certain decision is in the Highest Good for your evolution? Then feel the sensation in your Heart. Does it feel like angel wings in your Heart are going up (likely an aligned decision), or the wings are going down and kind of dying (maybe not so aligned of a decision). The tarot is a fantastic tool to assist in decision making, however it should not be a replacement for actually making the decision. I have really become best friends with my tarot deck over the past year (why did I ever take a few years off of it?) and I find it to be really helpful in showing me the energies present in the situation I am inquiring about. However, the tarot will never make a decision for you; it's only there to help clarify the situation and to give you a sense of possible outcomes. And it should be noted that fear or anxiety will cloud the cards when you are reading for yourself and can sometimes give you false readings, so if you're anxious or fearful have someone else read for you. Another fine line that is difficult to discern is fear versus intuition. If you are feeling the need to avoid something, is that your intuition or is that a fear? Again, it's hard to tell—but the number one thing I would pay attention to is whether there is a long story behind it (likely fear), or if it's a subtle feeling that you should avoid something (likely intuition). In some cases, logic may be telling you to make a certain choice, but a subtle feeling is telling you to avoid it. In that case, do pay attention to your intuition (and again, if you think about it further, you should be able to come up with a logical explanation as to why you should listen to your intuition in that case). Ideally, logic and intuition line up. That's the sweet spot, and it's hard to make a bad decision from there. Even if the decision doesn't work out in the end, or unexpected results come about from that decision, it would be hard to blame yourself for the decision you made. Likely, if the outcome wasn't what you wanted, it was exactly the experience you needed anyways. I'd like to quote Tolle from a 2018 video Can We Trust Our Feelings and Intuition? - YouTube to give us some more clarity on discerning true intuition: “Intuition comes out of presence...there is a quiet strength behind your feeling...you may not be able to explain to others why...there is a peaceful quality to it.” As I wrote earlier, this negotiation between logic and intuition is a lifelong journey. It's one of many manifestations of the interplay and cooperation between the left (masculine) brain and the right (feminine) brain. Establishing coherence between the left and right brains is an important part of the spiritual journey. Physically, Brain Gym exercises and the Cortices Technique are helpful (search for them in your favorite search engine or on YouTube). Balancing logic and intuition in your life and honoring and utilizing both is another important journey in establishing greater balance between the brain hemispheres. LETTING GO OF FEAR AND WORRY Another aspect of Neptune is fear, especially fear caused by illusion. Have you ever seen the acronym for FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real? That is a great moniker to remember at this time. Release worry and fear, and get into the Piscean flow of life. One of the Shadow aspects of Virgo is overthinking, fear and paranoia. When this overthinking arises—as it does from time to time for all of us (including moi, with my moon in Virgo!)--use the breath to settle your mind, and turn your attention toward gratitude and beauty. My animals, nature and music always does the trick for me. Worry is the act of using the Virgo mind against oneself. As Tolle says, “Either accept the situation or change it. All else is madness.” Worrying about something does nothing to improve the situation. Solutions, which come from the higher aspect of the Virgo mind, arise when one is relaxed and feels safe. This is why sometimes solutions to problems come when you least expect them to, like when you're in the shower or on a walk. You're relaxed, receptive and not pushing too hard for a solution or overthinking, and boom! a solution comes! My parents are worries, their parents were worries, so naturally I've always been a worrier. I'm always working on quieting my mind. What I have discovered is that worry is never actually about the situation at hand; rather it's a pattern of ego-mind that simply transfers its influence from one situation to the next. The situation is not the problem; it's the underlying pattern of worry. So the solution is almost always to divert one's attention to the present moment, and to beauty and gratitude. And the more deep breathing you do throughout the day, the more relaxed your nervous system is and the less overactive your mind will tend to be.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the king of communication. The most effective way to become a better communicator is to learn to listen better. By listening better, we are giving the other person the gift of being heard, which is so often the underlying reason why we have conversations with one another in the first place. It feels good to be heard.
The best interviewers out there are the ones who you can tell listen very well. They are present in the conversation and thus they ask compelling follow-up questions that make for a really interesting interview. A poor interviewer will usually be nervous, stuck in their head and ask only the pre-written questions—as they are not really listening to what the interviewee is saying.
Being present in our interactions with others enhances our quality of life immensely. Conversations become much more enjoyable when you listen better. And by listening better to someone else's stories and experiences, it is more likely that they will reciprocate to you by listening to your stories and experiences. Being heard opens the Heart and makes us want to make space to hear someone else.
Another great tactic is taking a pause before you respond to anything anyone says. It is never wise to respond to anything someone says with anger, as anger only will make a communication issue worse or cause further problems. Making it a habit to pause before responding gives you a buffer that ensures you won't say something you later regret.
Even when you're not feeling triggered, taking a pause before responding allows you another moment to collect your thoughts and to make an even more effective statement. Those with high levels of charisma generally pause before speaking or responding.
Another important part of learning better communication is boundary setting. Be honest with yourself and others about how you're willing to communicate and what's acceptable (and unacceptable) as far as the way that another person communicates with you. There will be times when you simply don't feel like communicating, and that's OK—honor that.
It is OK to tell someone no. It is OK to tell someone you're too tired, or you need space to yourself. It is OK to tell someone you need a break. It is OK to tell someone you're uncomfortable or it's not a good time. It's OK to reschedule commitments. Honoring these feelings builds healthy self-esteem. The most difficult people in your life to set proper boundaries with may very well be family members. They have known you for a long time, and they may think that it's OK to treat you like they treated you when you were a child. They may not be able to see or perceive how you have evolved. With family members, you must remember that you are allowed to evolve and you are allowed to change your boundaries when you feel it's necessary. Sometimes, a family member will actually be open to discussing boundaries if you give them the chance. It's best to always give others the benefit of the doubt; though if someone really won't honor your boundaries--family member or not--you may sometimes need to reduce or even fully walk away from communicating with them. Another really awesome way to improve communication is to give out more complements. People love receiving complements, and you'll find that as you dish out complements to others you'll find them coming back to you in unexpected and heartwarming moments!