Virgo Full Moon, March 8, 2012
Disciple: One who is pledged to serve humanity, who is beginning to comprehend group work; who realizes the Life force of nature; who is transferring her/his consciousness out of the personal into the impersonal; who realizes her/his responsibility to everyone and everything that comes under her/his influence and to the Whole.
A full Moon seeks to unit opposite, yet complementary energies. The full Moon takes in the golden light of the Sun, transforms it and sends it back out into our night as glowing silvery light. This alchemical transformation of Light washes us an awareness of the possibilities of change, for the Light is the same, and yet different. Each month, the full Moon takes the essence of the solar Light and brings us a new piece of Wisdom, a new insight into Life, a new awareness of Self, for the Moon's magic is the source of transformation and growth here on Earth.
The 2012 Virgo full Moon occurs on
Thursday, March 8 at 1:41 am PST, 4:41 am EST, 9:41 am GMT.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 19* Pisces is: A Master Instructing his Disciple. This symbolizes the transfer of power and knowledge which keeps the original spiritual and creative impulse of the cycle active. While this image suggests the relationship of guru and disciple, if we take ownership of our own spiritual growth, we can also see this as an image of the Ego being guided by the original impulses of our Self.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 19* Virgo is: A swimming race. Swimming takes us into the watery realm of feelings and the unconscious, psychic dimensions of life. As in all competitions, we ultimately come up against ourselves, testing our own endurance, speed and skills. The race gives us a community to interact with, a group that is engaged in the same efforts as we are. We help each other be the best we can be when we put ourselves to this friendly test. It's not about winning; it's about playing well.
This Virgo full Moon takes in the mystical light of the Pisces Sun and reflects back to us the transformative light of discipleship. The Master passes on his tradition; it is in the swimming race that the disciple if tested. Pisces opens our perceptions to unseen realities; Virgo strives to understand and discern how those realities shape us. Pisces' energy unites us to Cosmic Consciousness, which Virgo's energy helps us incarnate that higher Wisdom in body, mind and spirit.
But it takes discipline to be a disciple. The words disciple
and discipline both derive from discere
which means "to learn' or "to teach'. The
function of a disciple is to focus a stream of energy of some special kind upon
the physical plane where it can become an attractive center and draw to itself
similar types of ideas and thought currents, feelings and visions .
I am not suggesting that the Virgo within us needs to find a guru and
become her/his disciple. What I do
suggest is that we need to become the disciple of our own Soul purpose. We need to take this time to learn who we are
and teach what we are. We have to occupy
our world with our authenticity. Know
who you are and choose well what you want to be a focus for.
I saw this painting by Raphael at the Vatican and was awed by it. He depicts all the ancient philosophers, including the great female philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria. They were all teachers - and at one point, disciples.
If you've been following the astrological news, you know that the big "background' energies for the next few years are the Pluto/Uranus squares and Neptune in Pisces. We are all participating in the revolutionary energies of Uranus in Aries, which is our cosmic wake-up call to become the heroes/heras of our own stories amidst the breakdown of our patriarchal culture -- Pluto in Capricorn. We are blessed by the outpouring of spiritual and creative energies which are more easily available to us now that Neptune has returned to its own sign of Pisces. The Waters of the Cosmic Ocean are rising up. You might be experiencing this through tidal wave dreams.
With these background energies supporting us, now we turn to the smaller details of our own lives. This year we have to look into our hearts (Venus), our minds (Mercury) and our desires (Mars) and discover what really nurtures (Moon) us. Not what we've been told we desire, but what we really desire. Three of these personal planets go retrograde this year, helping us to re-align their energies. Mars is retrograde in Virgo from January 23 to April 13. Mercury goes retrograde about three times a year, and is about to go retrograde on March 12 until April 4, blending Aries and Pisces energies. Venus will go retrograde in Gemini on May 15 until June 27, passing in front of the Sun on June 5th. Take these retrogrades seriously. We are being given a cosmic boost to help us re-align our desires, our love nature and our ability to speak our Truth. We will be fine-tuning and honing ourselves for the hard work of attuning to these next years of cultural change.
Once we know our own minds, hearts and desires, we have to use our Will (Sun) to "make it so'. We've begun the process by grounding in our relationships (Saturn in Libra) with justice and balance and by returning to an awareness of the important things that sustain Life (Jupiter in Taurus). Now we begin the task of making the changes we've imagined concrete.
As above, so below. As within, so without.