In a couple of days, it will be the full moon, and like all new moons and full moons, I did a spread aligned to the moon’s current themes as a part of my recognition of the moon’s cycle and influences upon us. Today’s spread is about the medicine within, and brought to you by Sharron Basanti of Seeds of Shakti.
1. What medicine does the Virgo Full Moon offer?
Ten of Swords – You are coming to the end of a harsh and harrowing journey. It hurts so bad, the pain you have sustained is great, but with the end of one journey comes the promise of something new beyond. Although you are not yet at the “something new” stage, the Virgo full moon offers you the tail end of that long and arduous path that you’ve been struggling down.
2. What area in my life needs more structure and organization?
Wheel of Fortune – No shit. *Clears his throat.* Right. So the reference here has to do with how one feels when the wheel is turning, yeah? Consider that you stand on a playground merry-go-round. If you stand at the edge of the ride, then as it spins you feel the centrifugal force so strongly that it is hard to hold on, let alone do anything other than hold on. By the same turn, as you move closer to the center of the ride, the pull to the outer edges is decreased. You can stand up straight and not hold on so tightly, etc. There is less pulling against you… and less chaos as a result.
What needs more structure and organization in my life is my perception of life as a whole. I need to move towards the center of the wheel… I need to center and ground and find that balance that can only be found by finding one’s center instead of being pulled wildly outward toward the edges.
3a. What lifestyle changes would my body benefit from?
Hanged Man – More time taking a pause. More personal time. More time settled within those quiet and still places that allow me to find myself and thus find perspective and peace. When things are feeling off center and chaotic, it is difficult to focus on your health and well being.
3b. What lifestyle changes would my mind benefit from?
King of Pentacles – Again we see a reference to being grounded and focusing upon one’s roots. The King of Pentacles indicates that I need to focus on the stability and security that I have spent a lifetime accruing. Allow it to provide reassurance and take strength and comfort from the fact that everything stable in my home life right now.
3c. What lifestyle changes would my heart benefit from?
The Empress – And a connection to the earth and grounding again is indicated here in the Empress, who provides a reminder that caring for yourself and others needs to be more important than more material pursuits. This card indicates that during this full moon, it’s important to keep my focus set upon my self care and the care of those around me. And here we again see an encouragement to get out in nature and benefit from mother nature’s influences on my own mind, energy, and emotions.
4. What project that has been on the back burner forever needs to be revisited and completed?
Seven of Wands – I often see this card as “fighting the good fight”, and to be honest… that effort along with everything else has had to be on the back burner lately while I dealt with my depression. I do not think that this is the kind of endeavor that can be completed, but I do think that as I stretch further towards the light at the end of my depressive episode, I will be able to re-engage in standing up for and defending those things I believe in.
5. Message from the Ancestors.
Page of Swords – Remember that this is a learning experience. Not just the depression, although that too is its own learning experience. But life. Life is a learning experience. it’s not a race or a battle, but rather one learning experience after another on a journey towards growth and becoming more (and better) than what we are today.