Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, and additional resources for the March 2022 full moon in Virgo.
The March 2022 full moon falls in the sign of Virgo. The Virgo archetype is logical and practical, with an eye for detail and the steadfastness to go after their goals. This is a sign that thrives on meticulous planning, on honing skills to perfection and gaining mastery over their chosen vocation.
Spiritually, the Virgo archetype teaches the principle of devotion. One way to understand this principle is by looking at it through the lens of one’s devotion to their craft. While all the buzz seems to point towards profiting from your passion, there are numerous examples of famous writers and artists who held down a day job for most of their lives. Franz Kafka was an insurance clerk, Harper Lee was an airline ticketing agent, Mark Rothko was an elementary school teacher and Paul Gauguin was a stockbroker. They could all have given in to the dull drudgery of making a living, but they didn’t – and the world is much richer for their devotion to their craft.
This March 2022 full moon also highlights the ways in which we communicate — be that with our loved ones, our wider communities, or ourselves. It also illuminates the the power of owning your voice, which isn’t always easy. There’s a lot of anxiety that it can bring up, around how we are perceived; how our words translate; and what people may think of us. It can lead to fears of being “found out” or ostracized – neither of which is a rational fear.
There is also the power of our internal voice: the inner critic, ideas of perfectionism, all the ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds’ that rattle around in our heads. This full moon invites us to examine how often our mental chatter holds us back, and to question the ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ that govern our lives.
Astro-Tarot influences for the March 2022 full moon
To throw some more light on the astrology of the Virgo full moon, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. This full moon falls in decan 3, which is represented by the 10 of Pentacles. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with The Hermit, which is associated with Virgo.
The Daily Pause Oracle Deck
I designed this beautiful, 40-card oracle deck to bring in some stillness, to give us a word or an idea to reflect on as we go about our day.
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As I look at these two cards, the word that comes to mind is contentment. The contentment that we seek, that we all long for, is, in many ways, a work in progress, it’s rarely a constant. There is always something that rocks the boat, some hurt – real or imagined – that punctures our bubble.
And yet, entire book shelves are filled with books that promise peace, happiness and joy – all of which weave together into a feeling of contentment. But these states are always fleeting and are ever only really experienced when we hold them loosely in our hands…when we are attentive to what is happening in our lives…and are intentional in choosing at least some of our experiences and some of the things to which we direct our attention.
And that is where, I think, we stumble. Attention. Or rather how fragmented it has become. While it is true that throughout history, philosophers and thinkers have lamented an increase in distraction, in the 21st century it seems to have taken on epic proportions. It’s easy for us to get sucked into social media, base our worth on external validation, doomscroll, and live our lives with our eyes glued to screens and our ears filled with the cacophony of external voices.
But contentment seeps in in the quiet spaces. It requires us to pay attention to what we are doing and how we are feeling in the moment of that doing and after that doing. It requires that we have some space for reflection, a few moments when we can slow down and just listen to ourselves.
And while it is true that there are seasons when this is easier, it is also true that we can steal some quiet moments without the distraction of screens or to-do lists to just hold some space for ourselves.
And that is what The Hermit and the 10 of Pentacles speaks to. Within that sense of stability that forms the core of contentment that the 10 of Pentacles promises, is a bit of The Hermit…this sense that while things around you can certainly contribute to your contentment, at the core of it all is you and you alone. While happiness, peace, joy are often relational feelings, they are also individual feelings. They are also things that we experience depending on how we look at the world, or what view we take of the world we live in.
They say that thoughts become things, and while there is definitely a core of spiritual bypassing that can easily run through this statement, on one level what it simply means that your thoughts or the way you react to situations can have a domino effect on the rest of your day.
For example, if you allow your anger over something like, let’s say, spilt milk spill over into the rest of your day, your entire day is impacted by that one event. Your anger makes you rash, you don’t pay attention to what you are doing, and that leads to further missteps.
But if you had taken a few minutes to feel the anger over that spilt milk, and then taken a step back and chosen how to respond to what happened, perhaps you wouldn’t have lashed out at your partner or child. You could, instead, have accepted that mistakes happen, acknowledged how frustrating it is, but then chosen to deal with it calmly, and that, too, would have a domino effect on how the the rest of your day unfolds.
What I’m driving at here is that we almost always have a choice in how we respond to situations, or how we find beauty in the darkness.
And that perhaps is the lesson of this full moon — a reminder to make some space for yourself and to find your core of peace, and then to allow that peace to radiate out into your actions and words and the way in which you show up to the people and the situations in your life in the weeks and months ahead.
Sabian Symbol for the March 2022 full moon in Virgo
The Sabian Symbol for Virgo 27 degrees is A Baldheaded Man In Uniform Has Seized Power.
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I have to admit, my jaw dropped when I saw the symbol for this full moon and how literally it points to current world events. In 360 Degrees of Wisdom: The Sabian Oracle, Linda Hill writes, “Baldness has long been associated with macho strength and testosterone. The fact that he’s seen as being ‘In Uniform’ shows that this person has, or needs to be given, a position of authority or ‘Power’. However, this ‘Uniform’ may give him more of this perceived ‘Power’ than perhaps he should have or deserves to have.” And while symbols aren’t really literal, in this case, this symbol seems to hit too close to the bone.
So, I’m going to leave it up to you to interpret this symbol as you will. Though it does seem to point to real world happenings, look at it as symbol and metaphor, and see what insights you can glean from it.
Tarot spread for the March 2022 Virgo full moon
Here’s a tarot spread to tap into the energy of this full moon.
1. Holding space: How can I hold space for difficult emotions or feelings?
2. What’s arising: What is rising to fill the space?
3. What’s the ask: What is it asking of me at this time?
4. Mamma moon says: This is always an encouraging message
If you share your spreads on Instagram, please use the hashtag #moontarotstories or tag me @moderngypsy.in so we can connect with each other.
Journaling questions for the full moon in Virgo
Not a cardslinger? No problem. Here are some journaling questions for you instead.
What does contentment mean to you?
What would a contented life look like? How can you bring some of those moments in your everyday?
What does holding space mean to you?
How can you hold space for your big emotions?
Resources to support you during this full moon
Find beauty in the darkness: My personal experience of putting this full moon essay on contentment into practice
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