Illuminated Gathering: Virgo, Spinner’s Full Moon

[one_third][/one_third][two_third_last padding=”0% 0 0 0″]A Virgo full moon masterfully weaves itself into our lives this Sunday, making it the perfect day to plan a moon gathering for this weekend. Seasonal Astrologist, Allie Couch, brings us some fated insight and ideas to get your gathering spun with perfection.


As we swim our way through the dreamy, mystical, and artistic seas of Pisces Season, a grounding full moon will come along in the not-so-emotional sign of Virgo. In opposition to this solar season’s vitality; a vitality that influences all of us to use symbolism and composition to attach meaning to the full spectrum and complexity of life, we blossom with a new found ability to actualize practical purposes in the outer world.

Virgo is a sign of fate and as we stepped into the Virgo new moon initiations, in early September, we started a six month journey to analyze, refine, and hone a skill or skills that we saw as being ‘useful’ or ‘purposeful’. There is a purity to this sign of the Virgin which conflicts with the messiness of human relations. Because of this, a pendulum swing happens as we refine and develop this ‘pure’ and ‘useful’ purpose, one that may have taken us between moments of needing the help of others to develop to one of utilizing what was learned to purify our own lives. At the full moon, this skill is actualized in some way that pushes it, and us, out into the world. An ability to refine, organize, and analyze has gifted us with a beautiful capability and now we recognize that it’s this capability that can bring a recognized purpose and usefulness to our lives. We see that this is a service we can offer and one that is needed by humanity.

[one_sixth][/one_sixth][two_third]We now start a six month journey to offer our useful purpose to our close peers, communities, and then to the world at large, all the while, spinning a web of connection that maintains purity from needing to engage in the messiness of emotional interaction or subjectivity. Rather, this web is spun to bring support and connection to an objective fate or specific need, purifying health and process. This is where Virgo gets it’s connection to the principle of serving. [/two_third][one_sixth_last][/one_sixth_last]

[two_third padding=”0% 0 0 0″]THE GATHERING

We love us a full moon gathering at CosmoMuse as the high tide that full moons bring creates an opening to put our needs in the spotlight. This complete illumination is urging us to step into the outer world with what’s developed and celebrate the things coming into actualization—or mourn for things that didn’t make the cut and are now needing to phase out of our lives. With a close group of loved ones, either side that you are spilling over with (actualizing or releasing), is given communal support and nurturing.

At this Virgo full moon, take the time to ask your gatherers what it is that they’ve been honing and training in, or taming, in their lives. At 22 degrees of Virgo, the Sabian Symbol speaks to a readied faith in yourself after taming and mastering a wild aspect of ego: An ego refinement.

Here are some great questions to allow each person to address in the moon circle:

What part of yourself do you feel is ready and more polished to give to the world?

Do you feel a rising purpose or fate in your life?

Is there a skill, service, or aspect of your ego that is feeling a need to phase out of your life right now, no longer serving the fate, or usefulness of your life direction?[/two_third][one_third_last][/one_third_last]

[one_sixth][/one_sixth][two_third]With all that is illuminated after these questions, use some critical thinking skills to see if there might be some way to help each person feel more comfortable with spinning their web of use and purpose in the outer world. Do any of the skills or purposes of those at the gathering relate or can some of these things be practiced on others there to help boost confidence in this coming-out time? How does each moon gatherer see the use of each other’s new fateful callings? Maybe allow a bit of response and reaction to each person, adding to the never ending need of Virgo energy to refine, analyze, and purify. [/two_third][one_sixth_last][/one_sixth_last]

[one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]SEASONAL ACTIVITIES

Some kind of seasonal art or activity is always a lovely, grounding, and communal enhancing thing to start your moon gathering off with, followed by a shared meal, and then the moon circle. To learn how to organize the flow of a full moon gathering and our version of what you need, you can find this info in our 2017 Seasonal Astrology Guide (download the PDF version here or purchase the print version here).

With this being a very practical and earth oriented full moon, we think it’s the perfect gathering to actually learn a skill and bring in a professional or one of your crew who’s good at this skill to give a simple and short 101 class: knitting, macrame, crochet. With Virgo being tied to the sympathetic nervous system, making epsom salt bath soaks is another great thing that might encourage everyone to go home and take a relaxing soak, taking a bit of pressure off of the perfection that Virgo is tied to. Have each person bring an herb, dried flowers, or essential oil that’s seasonal so people can make their own soak mixtures that speak to them. Chamomile and lavender are especially great relaxers. As this is the Native American Magpie Full Moon, having soil and little containers for planting seedlings, could also be fun. Have each person bring spring seeds so there’s a nice variety and make cartons of seed starters for herbs, veggies and flowers. Here’s a great tutorial.

Virgo New Moon Eclipse: Queen of Lifestyle

[one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]The early morning of Thursday, September 1st, 2016, kicks off a month of eclipse season and with it the Virgo New Moon Eclipse (or a Virgo Solar Eclipse). Eclipses always coincide with new and full moons, as well as makes them 100 times more potent. If one hits a natal planet or major point in your chart, you can expect sweeping changes. For a new moon, they’ll be in the form of initiations and doors opening that never had been for you. You don’t need to have a Virgo Sun to feel the epic shifts coming our way tomorrow. I know plenty of people who are going through big shifts because of this event, in the area of their life that Virgo rules – although a natal Virgo planet will feel this the most.

Virgo is the sign of refinement and perfection with no time for frills and fuss. They need efficiency and purity. Our digestion and gut instinct are ruled by Virgo and it’s the sign that helps us create our daily processes from how we chose to get our work duties done, to how we structure the flow of our day and our routines. In this sense, it rules our health, wellness and lifestyle. Virgo wants us to run like a well-oiled machine: Early to rise, get our workout in, a 10 minute meditation, make a green drink, get showered and groomed, off to work with energy and purpose, post-work errands, make a healthy dinner, tidy up around the house, a batch of laundry while having a quick read-up on something useful – news or an article on how to work more efficiently. NO ROOM FOR FRILLS. This sign is pure and clean. Wherever this sign is in your chart, you will be thoughtful, purposeful, intentional, contextual, perfectionist and sophisticated. [/two_third_last]

[one_half]Simplicity and a mantra of quality over quantity follow this sign around. They know how to create the best lifestyle for anyone, based on the contexts of their lives. If you know a Virgo and need help organizing how you setup your days, give them a shout. They may seem shy or unapproachable on first glance, but at heart this sign NEEDS to feel useful and LOVES to be of service.

With tomorrow’s eclipse, you can be sure that the area Virgo rules for you will see exciting developments and you may have new opportunities around bringing purpose into yours or others lives. In the least, more organization and purpose will be felt.

Here’s a breakdown per sign on how you may feel the events of this lunar cycle:

Aries || Aries Rising
Your work projects and lifestyle, in general, will have an open window to be completley redesigned.

Taurus || Taurus Rising
Your creative expression and leadership style could get a surge of fresh vitality with a hint of efficiency and productivity in your wake.


[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]Gemini || Gemini Rising
Get ready for a more efficient and healthy home. You may be moving, renovating or simply spring cleaning.

Cancer || Cancer Rising
Communication and the way you think and write may get new opportunities to show off just how detailed and contextual you can be.

Leo || Leo Rising
Your sense of value and self worth may get healthy boost with new lifestyle and purposeful work coming your way.

Virgo ||Virgo Rising
This is your big reset of the year. Chose wisely what your agendas a passions are and watch as door fling open to help you move those forward. Obviously, these will be filled with purpose and useful lifestyle notes.

Libra || Libra Rising
The cosmos are oping up to you with new inspiration. You may have a chance to bring compassion, art and spirituality to lifestyle with a new opportunity.

[one_half]Scorpio || Scorpio Rising
You are being given a window to connect with new groups and friends who like to collaborate like you do – efficiently and with purpose.

Sagittarius || Sagittarius Rising
Your career could be seeing fresh opportunity and a chance to show the world how you can help them be more healthy and live with more purpose.

Capricorn || Capricorn Rising
Opportunities to broaden your horizons through your lifestyle and work could appear.

Aquarius || Aquarius Rising
Purity and purpose in your investments (time and resources) could bring empowering circumstances to your door.

Pisces || Pisces Rising
Relationships are on the rise for you. New developments could appear here that create a healthier and more productive you.

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