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The Medicine & Magic of the Full Harvest Moon
Golden grasses, heavy with seed, bend and sway in the slanting sun. Fields are painted with swirling colors of autumn blonde, brown and green. Sweet peaches are on the table and crisp red apples hang in clusters on the trees. Tomatoes ripen on the vine, peppers are picked and pickles are pickled. Nights are noticeably cooler and the days, while still lusciously warm, are touched with the magical, transformational hand of Indian Summer.
As Autumn Equinox approaches, the Virgo lunar month gifts us with the fruition of the Harvest Moon, one of the most magnificently beautiful and bountiful full Moons of the year. It’s a time to take pause, to be thankful and grateful, count our blessings and say our prayers. Virgo is all about health and healing, daily practice and self-improvement. It’s about work and service, being helpful and assistful, cultivating humility and making our world a better place in which to live and thrive. The vestal Virgin, the goddess of the harvest, medicine women, healers and herbalists, dieticians and exercise gurus come together under the Virgo mantle. And when the Moon grows full under the Virgo sun, we feel the earthy, medicinal power of the Mother Earth in all her harvest glory, coupled with the transcendental power of spirit - the divine cosmic will to which we must ultimately surrender.
The Virgo/Pisces full Harvest Moon illuminates two opposite but complementary energies that wrap themselves around each other like a genetic double helix. Somewhat like a teeter-totter, they are inherently intertwined as balancing expressions of the same pole. Logic and imagination, discernment and acceptance, effort and faith are just a few of the polarities associated with the 6th and 12th signs of the tropical zodiac. And this week, we shall experience the full range of the Virgo/Pisces polarity as the Pisces Moon moves into the exact opposition aspect of the Virgo Sun, which takes place on Sept. 12th @ 3:27 am MDT.
Enjoy both the magic and the medicine. Happy Harvest Moon.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Lunar light shines upon themes of Pisces/Virgo as the full Harvest Moon comes to fruition Sept. 12th. Balance analysis with acceptance, effort with faith and logic with intuition. Life is a magical, mystical journey in which we are rewarded according to our actions. It’s truly a yin and yang process of reaping what we sow. Cultivate a happy, healthy garden.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) The flexible, mutable quality of this week’s full Harvest Moon may have you seeking stability or looking for shelter in the storm. Clouds gather, the earth shakes and thunder roars. Lightening gives birth to rain, the sun gives birth to rainbows. No matter what the scene or situation, listen to your heart. Trust truth, see beauty and cultivate inner goodness.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) Evolution is a process of becoming and the evolutionary intention of these times is powerful and profound. Look amidst the chaos and confusion for the illuminating light of spirit as it leads you through forests of darkness and doubt. It all comes down to choice: faith or fear, outrage or acceptance, hubris or humility. Surrender to goodness.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) The metamorphic quality of mutable full Moons gives birth to mystical prophecies and magical beings. Shamans and shape-shifters, witches and fairies, saints and angels gather at harvest to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the Mother Earth. Breathe deep, count your blessings and open to abundance. Cultivate attitudes of gratitude, travel above and beyond.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) You may feel the strong pull of self-will or a powerful sense of self-determination as the Moon grows full. Temper desires to control or dictate with the practice of acceptance and the art of compassion. Recognize your part in every play and be responsible for your actions, words and deeds. Whatever happens, make it better, not worse.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) This week’s Harvest Moon shines light upon your most important personal relationships, including the one you have with yourself. Good self-esteem comes from doing things that make you feel good about you. Good relationships are built with honesty, respect and integrity. Show up for yourself and others, clean and sober, one day and minute at a time.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) The Virgo/Pisces polarity falls on your solar 6t and 12th house axis, which translates as a place of inherent opposition and ultimate balance between the physical and spiritual worlds. Pay attention to internal dialogues, perceptual realities and behavioral reactions to external stimuli. Forgiveness, compassion and prayer are allies, anger and self-pity are not.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) The annual Harvest Moon is an exciting and intriguing lunation for Scorpions. The poignant pull of impending autumn stirs the soul and stimulates the spirits. Seek like-minded companions with which to celebrate the changing seasons. Focus on the freedom of honesty and the liberation of responsibility. Hope, dream and play for the collective good.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Looking for love? Wherever you go – close at home, or out and about – there you are! Don’t be surprised if lovely ladies or macho men come knocking at your door or appear magically in front of you at work or play. There is something unusually attractive about your energy these days – the power of the positive, the joy of faith – be authentically you.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) As powerful Pluto stations in your sign, and prepares to move forward, pay close attention to any potentially obsessive or compulsive behaviors that could turn the corner to addiction. This is a time of great personal transformation, when you can see darkness and have both the courage and ability to bring it to light. Be brave, be bold and be willing. Do it right.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) You may feel strongly motivated and clear about what you want and what is right – for you. As you take the wheel, consider the journey. Are you prepared with maps, information and supplies? Aired the tires, checked the oil and put fuel in the tank? At the end of the day, it’s totally up to you. Accept responsibility for your status and leave the rest to you-know-who!
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Congratulations on another milestone in interactive self-realization. The part you play, the things you say, the way you behave when you find yourself sharing and pairing – committed or non-committed – comes to light this week. What do you see reflected in the mirror of your relationships? What are you seeking? Enjoy the beauty, live the joy.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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