Storm energy: Welcoming the Full Moon in Virgo

Five of Swords

From the Starchild Tarot

I can’t be the only one who feels like this year is already flying by… How is it already March? It seems like we just rang in the new year.

And with that, we have our third Full Moon of 2017 coming up this Sunday, February 12. The Moon enters the sign of Virgo on Friday, March 10 at 5:07pm EST and stays there through the weekend, reaching fullness on Sunday, February 12 at 10:54am EST.

But the Moon exits Virgo later on Sunday, at 10:36pm EST, so if you are hoping to connect with the earthy energy of this Full Moon, make sure you do it before it begins to move on again.

This Full Moon will connect back to themes and intentions that came up for in early September, when we experienced the New Moon in Virgo. That Moon was accompanied by a solar eclipse, and so it can be particularly important to pay attention to what’s changed for you since, or what changes you’ve still been avoiding.

Virgo is an efficient, grounding energy. It prioritizes health, self-care, healing, and the act of service. But its shadow tendencies can lean towards perfectionism and unrealistic expecatations, which can either be imposed on the self or on others.

Interestingly, this Moon is also called the Storm Moon. While storm energy may suggest a certain level of chaos that would contradict Virgo’s steady sensibilities, I think there is synergy between the two ideas.

The Five of Swords showed up for this week’s message. The Swords connect to the mind – our worries, fears, and truths. Honesty must prevail with this suit, otherwise someone might get hurt. Virgo, being such a perfectionist, can be known to make biting remarks.

In the image for the Five of Swords, I see a women standing behind a row of swords. Behind her is the Full Moon. What is happening in this card? Is she behind those swords because they represent an important truth for her, and she knows that is backed by her intuition and connection to the universe?

Or, is she blocked by these swords? Sometimes, the statements we make – “I would never do that,” or, “I can’t do this,” paint us into corners that we can’t find a way out of. And that’s the stuckage that Virgo can create. Expectations are important, but they are only productive if they keep you moving forward. And if those expectations are placed on others, then again, they must be constructive, not restrictive.

Because not only do we set others up for failure when we create expectations that can’t be met, but we also set ourselves up for failure.

For example: I hate it when friends bail on plans, especially at the last-minute. But I know that sometimes, I might be in a position where I just can’t keep a commitment. So I’m careful to keep my expectations in check: When do I really need to draw the line, and when do I need to be flexible? There is a happy medium, and this Virgo Full Moon can help all of us to find it.

This is also where the storm element can come in. A storm helps to clear the air, to wash away any dust and debris that’s collected over time. It allows us to see what’s under it all.

So if you have some rigid or outdated expectations for yourself or for others that are making you feel boxed in, work with this Moon to see whether it’s time to let some of that go. And if you need to stand taller in your truths and create some stronger boundaries, then go for it.

If it helps, here is a mantra you can work with throughout the week:

All storms pass. I am ready to the skies to clear.

And if you’d like to work with this Full Moon, here is a tarot spread to try out:

1. Where do I need to raise my expectations for others?  
2. Where do I need to lower my expectations for others?
3. Where do I need to push myself?
4. Where do I need to ease up on myself?  

Until next time,

Liz xo

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