Sunday, March 16th, Virgo, 10:08 am PST
With this Full Moon in Virgo you may be feeling like you want to take more time for yourself, quiet and on your own. Today is a wonderful time to do so. Virgo energy may also be working through you in your need to organize your life, rearrange your home, take care of your to-do list. Initiating those new projects, or any new project or relationship, might feel a bit challenging right now as Mars is in retrograde. Mars is the planet of forward movement, and while it is in retrograde (until May 20th) it can feel a bit like you are trying to run through quicksand. There is so much resistance in the air! On top of the already intense energy of Full Moons!
The last few days I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be in the moment, and accept what is. It seems a funny time to be thinking about this as I myself have had lots of resistance in areas where I am normally the first one to jump in, and I had a rather challenging and intense week with things that usually bring me so much fulfilment. We all know the teachings out there about the importance of being in the moment, and not living at the effect of the feelings brought on by living in the past or the future (I would categorize these as thoughts of the mind), and how this awareness of being present can bring peace. To that point I learn more every day how an awareness of being in our body can help us to do this, noticing how things feel and even more by what comes up when we move the body (being active, dancing, running, etc...). And how by doing this a truth about the present moment is revealed, how things can come to the surface and how things can be transformed by moving the body. But, I think a lot about where this might get a little tricky for us. There certainly are moments where having this type of awareness brings us feelings of gratitude and peace, but what about times when we need to simultaneously hold two truths, like love and anger? Or times when the truth of the moment is something that is hard to sit with, like pain or resistance. These are the moments where being in the moment actually becomes really challenging. How do we learn to stay with ourselves in these moments? How can we learn to sit with and honor these things that might not be pleasant or comfortable? Or! The thing I think we all struggle with is how to sit in the question of all this, how to sit in the unknown, and just be with our feelings, not trying to find an answer or a solution. All the while watching ourselves create tiny or big distractions so we don't have to go there.
I don't have an answer for all of this, and in a way I'm not sure there is one. There is no solution, and that's the challenge. How to just be in the unknown, and in the moment, even when the moment is uncomfortable.
James Hall Nasmyth and James Carpenter
From: The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite, 1874