Full Moon in Virgo: Seeing in the Darkness
Sunday morning’s Virgo full Moon at 10:54am EST has the Moon at 23 degrees Virgo with the Sun at 23 degrees Pisces. This full Moon has some very intense aspects which are telling us there is no going back (I know, this theme keeps coming up) and we must trust our intuition and continue to move forward; there’s no hiding from the chaos, there is no hiding from the darkness so we must make our way through it. The word chaos comes from the Greek khaos meaning vast chasm, void.
Certainly that’s the “reality” most of us continue to find ourselves these days with old structures dissolving, even feeling like the structure of reality itself is becoming undone and way too fluid for comfort. When I looked up the Asteroid Chaos sure enough it is a strong player in this full moon, squaring both the sun, moon & Chiron, trine Jupiter, inconjunct Pluto and sextile Uranus; that’s a whole lot of energy dancing with the Void right now. We are being awakened into the paradox of not knowing anything (what the hell is going on in our outer reality) and YET our inner knowing is not just waking up but is on fire, so to speak. And that inner knowing brings me to another really important piece of this full moon: Cassandra.
Cassandra was one of the daughters of King Priam and of Queen Hecuba of Troy. The God Apollo was taken with her and bestowed upon her the gift of prophesy. When she refused his sexual advances, he became enraged and cursed her: she could see future events but not altar them and even worse- no one would believe her prophesies. Cassandra saw that the Trojan Horse was filled with Greek soldiers who would destroy Troy but no one believed her. Interestingly, Asteroid Kassandra was conjunct Chiron (the wounded healer) on Nov. 8, 2016. And now for this full moon, she is meeting up with both Uranus and Eris, the goddess of discord.
Eris was the Greek goddess who was not invited to a wedding while all the other goddesses had been invited. She was not invited because as the goddess of discord she tended to stir things up. In retaliation, Eris tossed a golden apple into the party with the word “to the most beautiful one” inscribed on it. Of course all the other goddesses began to fight over who could lay claim to this apple- and this title. Eris was the daughter of Nyx the Greek goddess of night. And guess who created Nyx? Chaos.
So when we step back and consider all these energies active, connected and showing us what’s active in our collective and personal lives, we begin to understand the intense forces at work that are about transfiguration. Eris and Kassandra are in strong direct (conjunct) relationship with Uranus the planet of revolution and change. And that is exactly what this full moon is illuminating for us: the chaos, discord, prophesy, the cursing of prophesy and the warning of what will happen if we don’t listen to Cassandra’s prophesies. And right now we are all Cassandra- knowing that something is terribly wrong and off kilter in our collective regarding so many things. We are also experiencing directly and struggling with the ones who don’t believe us, who tell us to get over it or that it’s “fake news;” the ones who tell us we are wrong in order to silence us. Our gifts of seeing and knowing in this time, this critical time are demanding our integrity and conviction not in spite of the naysayers and the disbelievers but in direct response to them.
How you orient yourself and your contribution is completely up to you…and only you can choose. There is no wrong path of participation right now- bring your gifts, your convictions, your integrity, your light, and your love to what you are choosing consciously to pour into the collective right now. We are being called into action not because we are ready but because we are needed and it is time.
As structures that we’ve known are dissolving, the Universe is inviting us to consciously be in relationship with the Void, the Great Mother. The Great Mother is not a person or a place. She is everywhere and nowhere. She IS. And She defies containment. It is our inner knowing that will guide us through this time.
This full moon also has Saturn square the Sun, Moon, and Mercury. Saturn is the task master in this reality. If you’re not living the truth of your Soul purpose you will get hit by what I’ve termed the “Saturn smack down” and this energy is very much activated right now. I know things are intense. I know things are almost, very close to unbearable and yet: Here. We. Are. And Saturn is asking us to stand strong, to stand in any way we can and to honor the call of our Souls to warrior for the Light, for Love and for Humanity.
Although this full moon is part of the eclipse season but not an actual eclipse- it feels no less than- that’s for sure. But I think this is the new normal: heightened times. Heightened consciousness. Heightened calling to our work. This full moon is asking us: what do you stand for? Why are you living? What’s the point? These are not easy times. These are not comforting times. We must be in our hearts. We must be present. And the Universe is calling us to show up. How are you showing up? How are you both warrioring and nurturing yourself through this? What do you need? What do you need to give?
Chaos would ask- what are you holding onto out of fear and what do you need to let go of? Cassandra would ask- what do you see? And Eris is asking- what are you willing to denounce, to not play it “safe,” to risk not being the “well” behaved” woman/person…Transfiguration is never about ease- it’s being courageous enough to step into the fire, to surrender to the process and to your calling that will transform you and your life forever. Everyone loves the Phoenix rising from the ashes but rarely do we talk about the intensity of being burned up in the fire… just remember that right now, we’re all in the chaos fire together. You’re not alone. Those of us who see, we recognize each other. ~NC
“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”
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