StarGarden MoonWatch for the Full Moon, March 14th, 2006
I’m Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho, and you’re listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the full moon and lunar eclipse of March 14, 2006
The full moon of March is in the sign of Virgo, the archetype of the Virgin who presides over the harvest and the tarot image of the Hermit, who lights the way to an honorable life for others.. The full moon also features a rare penumbral eclipse, in which the moon is shadowed entirely by the earth’s penumbra, or outer shadow. The effect is one of subtle shading or dulling of the moon’s light. As the careful observer of detail and routine, Virgo’s watchful and sensitive energy will notice and reflect this delicate shading. Perhaps the fairy tale of the princess and the pea is worth remembering, if we visualize the true princess as the image of virginal self-possession who represents purity of intention and sensibility, rather than sexual innocence and naiveté. Think of the princess tossing and turning in sleepless discomfort because of one pea lodged at the bottom of a pile of mattresses by the exacting old queen, who sees this sensitivity as the mark of true royalty. The privilege Virgo brings us is not one that divides along such hereditary class lines, but the privilege that comes from the integrity of serving a greater perfection than social hierarchy will allow. In fact, at this eclipse, the Virgo moon’s function may well be to point out those dynamics in our social habits and routines that are unhealthy because they keep us in a state of separation from one another.
Remember that surprising and paradoxical Pisces new moon beginning this lunar cycle inviting us to see the symmetry between waving hello and goodbye ? Now with the eclipsed Virgo moon, our dreams for the future and the return of past issues may seem to collide in chaos. Yet this allows us to explore what new practice of wholeness we might learn if we embrace surrendering to the unmanageable. The moon’s square to Pluto in Sagittarius could set up history lessons, visits with people or trips to places in our past, and in general provide the tension necessary to help us face the truth serum in the stories we need to tell to be healthy and useful “light bearers.” Traditionally, as the hermit, Virgo withdraws to process what is needed to make a situation work. At this eclipse, we may find the thoughts or realizations we have avoided facing or articulating may have to be spoken or written out. But this may be difficult, since the experiences we are trying to articulate do not fit readily into the usual categories of Virgo’s repertoire. Yet powerful communication is still possible.
In the Newbery classic, a Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, Meg, her father and Calvin escape from the dark planet Camatotz by tessering through time, only to arrive on a strange planet with a dense atmosphere inhabited by beasts with fur and tentacles who feel and know the stars, but do not see light. One of them is given the care of nursing Meg back to health. The telepathic “conversation” they have about what “light: is can help us explore how to surrender our fear of a situation in which our habitual way of knowing is upended or reversed:
“Perplexity came to her from the beast. ‘What is this dark? What is this light?’ We do not understand. Your father and the boy Calvin have asked this, too. They say that it is night now on our planet, and that they cannot see. They have told us that our atmosphere is what they call opaque, so that the stars are not visible, and then they were surprised that we know stars, that we know their music and the movements of their dance far better than beings like you who spend hours studying them through what you call telescopes. We do not understand what this means, to see.
‘Well, it’s what things look like,’ Meg said helplessly.
‘We do not know what things look like, as you say, the beast said.’ We know what things are like. It must be very limiting, this seeing.”
Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how to use our sensitivity to function beyond the habitual sensual, emotional and mental polarities we are most familiar with in the next two weeks and even the coming months:
Aries: Your sense of compassion for someone who is suffering may have you working to make them more comfortable, perhaps by embracing their needs as a whole instead of haggling over which parts are important.
Taurus: Your children or loved ones may be hatching big or dreamy plans for the future that worry you. Trusting that all plans will surrender to the highest truth of the situation can help you discern how to be of service.
Gemini: Need to do research for work or school, or discuss something important with a friends or a group? Whatever you are shy about may find detailed and generous emotional expression through a faith in the big picture.
Cancer: Educational or spiritual upsets may send you back to a quiet place to sort things out before speaking up. The truth is bigger than the immediate situation, and you want to be exacting about how you articulate it to others.
Leo: Friends or partners may seem to be jumping ship or not following through, but your faith that things will work out surprises even you. This could help you initiate or articulate plans that sustain your needs at home.
Virgo: If you tend to worry before you leap, this full moon may have you leaping first and never quite getting around to the worry. This reversal could bring healthy change in routine, friendships, or with partners.
Libra: That situation you’ve been trying not to worry about now needs to be addressed. Luckily, you’re not inclined to hide from the need to change things. You feel that talking it out will now bring powerful change.
Scorpio: The way you express yourself through social or creative work could take a very serious, public turn this full moon. An overhaul of resources and a convergence of support can be deeply transformative on all sides.
Sagittarius: Powerful forces of life and death could be prompting compassionate understanding and growth. It’s almost as if your home or immediate enviroment becomes a laboratory for spiritual innovation and insight
Capricorn: Once again, you may be talking about things you never dreamed you’d have the confidence to say. But the force of truth is with you, and you believe it is possible to embrace the gift of unlikely interactions.
Aquarius: A partner may be working hard or worrying about resources. While you aren’t seeing things in exactly the same frame of mind, you are willing to initiate discussion about how to change this trend in the future.
Pisces: Travel or learning about history or foreign customs could become a huge educational experience that changes your starting point. You can learn most by being in the moment and relying on your own discretion.
It’s important to remember that in the fairy tale, after the prince has searched far and wide unsuccessfully for a true princess, the real one shows up unannounced on a dark and stormy night, drenched from the weather, alone, without the spectacle of an entourage or a formal invitation, or splendor of appearance. The only credential she has that she is a princess is her own integrity. The eclipsed Virgo moon asks this same integrity and trust of us, especially when we are shown that life is what happens after you make the plans. And yet even when our most cherished plans go awry, if we trust that breakdown has landed us in just the right place, we are then in the position to experience the sublime, as Meg does when the strange creature Aunt Beast sings to her: “It was a music. . .[that]. . .seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment, she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real.” At this full moon, we have the opportunity to let go of polarity and embrace totality, as we hear the light, feel the light, and keep it light!