Virgo Full Moon: A Gardener First

This full moon is at 11.22 Virgo on March 1 at 7:51 pm (ET)

 from Emily Dickinson's Herbariam,  Houghton Library, Harvard University

from Emily Dickinson's Herbariam, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Emily Dickinson was known locally as a gardener long before she was known as a poet. "I was reared in the garden, you know," she wrote once in a letter to her cousin. Her north node (her destiny, and what she hungers for) was next to Saturn in Virgo, the sign of the gardener, herbalist, and writer. Her herbarium, recently digitized by Harvard University, is arranged with a Virgoan sense of elegance and attention to detail. The scientific names are pasted on each one in a charmingly Piscean scrawl (nodes come in pairs; her south node was in Pisces.)

If women's botany was seen as a contribution to science and not only as a hobby back then, perhaps Dickinson's meticulously curated herbarium would have been noted as a professional achievement, rather than only a personal one. Between Pisces and Virgo runs a current of art and science, both quite alike in their attention to the details of life, their responses to the wonder of it all. With Saturn conjunct her Midheaven, she was powerful, serious, lasting, even if other people in her world had no idea at the time. 

This full moon is opposite Neptune and a full stellium of other celestial bodies floating through Pisces, the sign of the poet and bard, and trine Saturn in Capricorn. Virgo is the unassuming sign, the person who is likely to be known as a home gardener, even as she's privately creating a legacy of poetry that will still be read over a century after her death. This is a full moon that reminds us, however we're known, however humble, anything we dream is worth doing. Saturn in Capricorn, in a time when women seem to be rising to power, supports you in achieving what you set out to do. Done is better than perfect, practical Saturn reminds us, and it can still be done well. At this full moon, turn your attention to whatever your own private herbarium might be. Work on it without seeking permission from the outside world. Small work, unseen work, can be powerful. It may still outlast the time when you thought you were doing it purely for your own enjoyment.

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Virgo New Moon: Mending

This new moon is at 27.27 degrees of Virgo on Wednesday, September 20th at 1:30 AM EST.

 Source: Broken Teacup by Amelia_mg on  Flickr

Source: Broken Teacup by Amelia_mg on Flickr

It's Virgo season, and beside the sun and the moon we have three other planets in Virgo: Mercury, Mars, and Venus. The moon makes one strong aspect, opposing Chiron in Pisces. Chiron is about our wounds, and in Pisces, especially emotional and spiritual wounds. Pisces, unfathomable, encompasses everything. But it's overwhelming to try healing all your wounds at once. That's why Virgo focuses on the particular. A doctor stitching up a wound so that it heals perfectly does so one stitch at a time.

While I was thinking about Virgo energy, I was reminded of The Magicians series by Lev Grossman.

*Spoiler Alert*

The main character, Quentin Coldwater, attends Brakebills, a college for magicians. Brakebills students are assigned a discipline according to their talents, but Quentin doesn't discover what his discipline is until after he's graduated. At the time of discovery, he's disappointed. He has a special touch for the mending of small objects. Nothing big or fancy. Just the ability to repair small items, like a teacup, using magic. But it's this ability that later allows him to accomplish something enormous: repairing and rebuilding an entire world with his trademark precision and care.

*Spoiler Over*

Our collective wounds right now feel overwhelming. It seems like the entire world needs healing. It's hard to know where to begin. Virgo's medicine is practical healing. We can start small, mending one small piece of the larger whole at a time. Our culture prefers big gestures, big voices, big everything. Getting the small stuff done isn't glamorous. But doing one thing at a time is the only way to reach any goal. Some people get things done by marching for justice with a megaphone, but there is always much less glamorous work to be done in the background of any movement: stamping envelopes with requests for donations, researching political actions, organizing meetings, answering emails, editing outreach materials. This is the Virgo work of mending.

With enough patience, the quiet mending of small objects can lead to the creation of entire worlds. At this new moon, whether you're healing your own wounds, helping someone else to heal theirs, mending a piece of your own art, or making home repairs, remember that it's all done one stitch at a time.

What are you focusing on at this new moon? Feel free to share in the comments!