This week includes the first of two March full moons. The full moon of Virgo opposite Sun in Pisces. The opposites in the zodiac can be described as the six conversations in astrology. Pisces and Virgo are in conversation, and this is another aspect of the phenomena of the Full Moon. When the Moon is full, it's opposite the Sun. Pisces opposite Virgo is formlessness opposite form, vast intuition in conversation with minute details of what is tangible, spiritual inclusion talking with critical discernment. So the full moon is a chance to engage with these opposites, and your own opposites.
Opposites are two sides of something that only exist with each other. Form life on earth is this way - opposites create each other - they dependently co-arise.
We can think of them as polarities to balance in the middle of, or we can think of them as modalities to employ discerningly depending on what is needed in the moment. Astrology is a language for energy, and language helps direct our attention.
What we attend to grows.
What do you attend to?
What do you want to attend to?
Is there a gap between those two?
What needs to be done to close this gap?
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Question - When do you let yourself take a break from initiating?
Meditation - Tiny breaks.
Assignment - Aries is the beginner of things, so often! Loving the beginnings, loving to initiate projects of all sorts. The support this week lies in letting the project itself be taking a break from the project. Even if it's tiny, the tiniest. We tell ourselves we don't have time, we don't have time to take breaks. But I've noticed that time works paradoxically - try it out - when you take a tiny break and don't miss your life during that tiny break, the time you have to complete tasks blooms from within. Experiment with this. Initiate breaks.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Question - When was the last time you were touched?
Meditation - Touch as vital force.
Assignment - Many people have a need to be touched, but especially Taurus. You live in the senses, life is constituted through the senses. Give yourself the gift of asking for touch this week. Risk that vulnerability if it doesn't happen regularly. When it does happen, pay attention, drink the vital force of it in. If no one is around to touch you, TOUCH YOURSELF, exactly the way you want to be touched. This is very important. This is not to be underestimated.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Question - How often do you attend to your feet?
Meditation - Your feet connect you to life.
Assignment - I think to remind Gemini of feet a lot, because there's an Air tendency to stay up close to the clouds. In the spirit of balance, there really can't be too much attention given to the feet. They do endless amounts of work for us, and they are the direct conduit we have to the earth which literally physically sustains our lives moment by moment. Connecting to this fact feels good, brings us back to our bodies, and offers a dose of the ground for your Airy loveliness.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Question - What role does color play in your life?
Meditation - Color as cue toward the divine.
Assignment - What colors are you regularly surrounded by? How does this affect your vitality? What colors do you wear? Take note of colors, give yourself permission to bring in color as cues for what is in resonance with you. Colors can remind us of things we already know, they can serve as direct access to feelings we want to cultivate. You can curate colors but you can also just pay attention to colors. A white wall is actually not white, it's full of so many colors. It's our attention and our brushing over that tells us we've already seen what it is. This kind of attention to color just feels good, helps us not miss life.
LEO (July 23-August 22)
Question - When do you breathe filling all of your lung capacity?
Meditation - Breathing as actualizing.
Assignment - Hey! This might sound obvious but I've taken it on as my job to point out the underrated obvious in life. When you breathe, remember that you're breathing. This is never not the assignment. But also, lean back in your chair or wherever you are so that your ribs expand. Then breathe. Feel the front of your body open. Do this five times a day this week. Do it as often as you remember. Remind yourself that breathing oxygen is a great accomplishment. Anything else is a bonus.
VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
Question - How often do you track the moon?
Meditation - FEELING THE FULL MOON.
Assignment - Let yourself connect to the Full Moon in your sign this week. Feel the conversation between Pisces and Virgo, the opposites I mentioned in the introduction. Feel the feelings of the Full Moon - in other words practice being a Pisces. You can lament the sensitivity that washes over us at the Full Moon, or you can embrace it. I recommend embracing it. Your tendency is to tell yourself that your emotional life is not practical. Tell yourself a new story about what is practical, and include space and time for feelings to flow freely through you. This will contribute to more vitality, less stagnancy.
LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
Question - How often do you get in water?
Meditation - Get in water.
Assignment - Get in water. Take a shower. Take a bath. Do actual, physical things to your body as a way to attend to your inner life. Especially water this week. If you can get in a bigger body of water than a shower or bath, do that. Turn down that mind with the support of the Emotional Opening Opportunity that is the Full Moon.
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)
Question - What practices in your life offer you faith in yourself?
Meditation - Faith in yourself.
Assignment - Hey! Jupiter is in Scorpio this year. Did you know that? From last October through the beginning of November, 2018. Jupiter brings a sense of possibility and change, new access to faith, to possibility! So, at some point this year, (likely a few times) Jupiter will conjunct your sun (meaning sit on / pass over). This is a good access point to connecting to faith in your process. At times this can mean an infusion of change and possibility, at times it can be a chance for travel, at times it can produce a sense of overwhelm at the bigness of life itself or sudden changes. Go with it - cultivate possibility, expansion and faith in regards to your identity and life force - by asking yourself what practices help you access this feeling, and then following through on doing them regularly.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)
Question - Where are your outlets for sharing your philosophical side?
Meditation - Letting philosophy be present!
Assignment - You might have a need for sharing your philosophical approach, or way of making sense of things. Does this have an outlet? Sagittarius has a strong need to express, and this need can be distorted into oversharing if it is neglected. Care for yourself by asking yourself if this need is present, and then finding regular outlets for this expression. When you don't deny your need to take up space, you can connect to your own thriving more regularly. Here's some inspiration for taking up space / expressing this need. Also, watch The Artist Is Present this week!
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)
Question - What body practices do you sustain?
Meditation - Practicing being in a body.
Assignment - Are you dancing? Are you practicing any movement? When does body movement happen for you? How does this connect to your emotional wellbeing? If you're out of practice, return to one. Find one. The senses of the body are how you make sense of the world which means they must be tuned as instruments of information-perceiving. This is a responsible act. This is a life-giving act.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18)
Question - When do you feel the comfort of space around you?
Meditation - Spaciousness.
Assignment - Give yourself a lot of space. Listen to the space. Listen to what the space tells you. Connect your feet to the ground while you do this.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20)
Question - When do you practice discernment?
Meditation - Discernment as self-protection.
Assignment - Pisces can think (feel, really) the best of people and so sometimes be labeled as 'naive'. The principle of Virgo as mentioned in the introduction can be so helpful to stay in conversation with, for Pisces people. When both signs are in their default unconscious mode, Virgos see Pisces are being naive, not 'practical', and Pisces see Virgos as being petty, or not visionary enough. These signs in opposition ask each other to come into balance. Discernment is a key capacity of Virgo. Pisces you can learn from this. Find Virgos to study, and explore what your own version of discernment looks like. Are you chronically overworking? Are you chronically overestimating what you can do in a day? Ask Virgo questions about time! This can help you practice balance.