Sunday’s Full Moon is in Virgo, the sign that in modern times is seen as an old maid, secretary, librarian, or OCD housecleaner, but to the ancients represented the Goddess. Virgo is the only constellation in the Zodiac that depicts a woman, and she is “Virgin” in the sense that the Goddess, as the Great Mother, created life all on her own, no partner required.
The Virgin archetype evolved to mean sovereign, an independent woman, often referring to priestesses who dedicated their lives to the Goddess. These priestesses were not “virgin” in the modern meaning of chaste or sexually inexperienced. Quite the opposite – these Virgins were the sacredly sexual temple priestesses who initiated adolescent girls and boys of the community through sexual rites.
Embodiments of the Goddess, they used sexual energy to heal (including healing men returning from war), and to regenerate the life force to ensure that the land would be fertile and crops would be abundant. With the onset of patriarchy and the destruction of all things Goddess, it’s no wonder Virgo had to hide Herself as the frumpy, unassuming, sexually repressed housekeeper/librarian/secretary – She had to go underground.
At 26 degrees Virgo, this Full Moon is conjunct the Fixed Star Labrum (Latin for lip), which is on the “lip” of the Cup constellation. Labrum is associated with psychic power and intelligence, and also with the Holy Grail. The Grail legend begins with an image of the land that has become infertile, a wasteland – a clear sign of the lost or suppressed feminine. The stories preserve the “heretical” teachings of the underground, demonized-by-Rome early Christian sects that held that Jesus had a wife or lover, Mary Magdalene, who carried his child (or children).
This Full Moon says: it’s time for the Goddess in each of us to come out, be seen and take the lead. Perfectionism, Virgo’s shadow, is one of the ways we can sabotage and block the creative power of our own inner Goddess. Believing we’re not good enough, knowledgeable or skillful enough, thinking we need to take one more workshop, get another degree or certification. Postponing our sacred work and staying stuck in our smallness. Where are you telling yourself you’re not ready? Where are you holding back your gifts? Where are you playing small, afraid to step into your divinity?
For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 26 degrees Virgo. The areas of life signified by that house are where this Full Moon is calling you to: heal, embody and express more of your Divine Feminine nature; get a new perspective on and make a shift in your work, health, daily routines and rituals; release perfectionism, criticism and judgment; and take the risk of claiming your sovereignty and sharing your gifts.
- Emily Trinkaus
Calling all priestesses! Grab your broom and get witchy with your priestess sisters in the virtual galactic temple – this Friday. Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with these powerful Full Moon energies in our fun and informative galactivation teleclass. All women are welcome, and you just need a phone to participate. Details here.