The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for February will occur on the 24th at 5 degrees and 23 minutes in the sign of Virgo; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 7:30 am.
It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprise what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest”, when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning, fading, and preparing for a new cycle.
The February Full Moon, commonly known as the Snow Moon, reflects the snowy landscapes of winter. With origins in various cultural traditions, including Celtic, Old English, and Native American, it symbolizes the stark beauty and cold stillness of the season. In Celtic lore, it’s also called the Hunger Moon, evoking the scarcity of food during this time. Native Americans refer to it as the Ice Moon or Storm Moon, highlighting the harsh weather conditions.
There are also several special types of Full Moons: The Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years) or the second Full Moon in the same astrological sign.
This Full Moon will take place in the 1st decan (first 10 degrees) of Virgo, making it a Virgo/Virgo Full Moon. The planetary influence involves Mercury, the ruler for Virgo. The Full Moon in Virgo, ruled by Mercury, illuminates the realm of practicality and analytical thinking. Virgo’s influence urges us to focus on details, organization, and efficiency. It’s a time to assess our routines, refine our plans, and pay attention to the smaller elements that contribute to our overall well-being and success. This lunar phase encourages us to prioritize our health, work on self-improvement projects, and attend to mundane tasks with precision and care.
With this Full Moon at 05d23m, the Sabian Symbol is 06 Virgo, “A merry-go-round.” Marc Edmund Jones says, “This is a symbol of a cyclic and necessary intensification of any personal being, as emphasized on the side of normal or everyday experience. Pleasure is the simplest possible form of creative exchange, and it always encourages and refines the individual’s range of potentiality. Here is a receptiveness to every turn of opportunity to be found in the immediate situation, and a willingness to attempt its demonstration.” The key word is: DIVERSION.
This Full Moon will occur on 02/24/2024, which totals 16, which reduces to 7. In numerology, the number 7 embodies the essence of introspection, spiritual depth, and intellectual exploration. It symbolizes a quest for knowledge, inner wisdom, and a desire to understand the mysteries of life. As a number associated with contemplation and analysis, 7 encourages individuals to delve into the depths of their thoughts and seek higher truths. It represents a period of introspective growth, offering a chance to refine one’s understanding of the self and the world. Embracing the energy of 7 involves cultivating a balance between intellectual pursuits, spiritual insights, and a profound connection to the mysteries of existence.
In numerology, when a Full Moon occurs on the 24th day, reducing to the number 6, it signifies the culmination of efforts and the fulfillment of responsibilities. This lunar phase encourages finding equilibrium between giving and receiving, nurturing relationships, and seeking stability in all aspects of life.
During a Full Moon, individuals of each zodiac sign may experience a heightened emotional and energetic influence that aligns with the sign in which the Full Moon occurs. This energy can trigger various feelings, from a sense of culmination and achievement to heightened emotions and a call to action. It often prompts reflection on the areas of life associated with that particular sign, encouraging self-awareness, release, and initiation of new endeavors. How a person feels during a Full Moon is influenced by their individual birth chart and how the Full Moon aspects their natal planets.
Aries: The Full Moon in Virgo prompts Aries to analyze their creative projects with precision, emphasizing attention to detail and practicality in their bold endeavors.
Taurus: Taurus seeks to organize and streamline their home environment during the Full Moon in Virgo, finding joy in creating a nurturing and efficient domestic space.
Gemini: The Full Moon in Virgo encourages Gemini to communicate with clarity and practicality, focusing on expressing their ideas in a precise and articulate manner.
Cancer: Cancer finds emotional fulfillment in nurturing others and attending to practical needs during the Full Moon in Virgo, fostering deeper connections and a sense of security in relationships.
Leo: During the Full Moon in Virgo, Leo shifts their focus inward, channeling their confidence and self-expression into personal development and practical pursuits.
Virgo: The Full Moon in their sign prompts Virgo to reflect on their personal growth journey, seeking opportunities for self-improvement and embracing a meticulous approach to their aspirations.
Libra: The Full Moon in Virgo encourages Libra to analyze and strengthen their partnerships, focusing on practical ways to enhance harmony and mutual support.
Scorpio: Scorpio delves into self-analysis and transformation during the Full Moon in Virgo, seeking to uncover deeper truths and cultivate personal growth.
Sagittarius: The Full Moon in Virgo inspires Sagittarius to channel their adventurous spirit into practical goals and meticulous planning, aiming for success with a strategic approach.
Capricorn: Capricorn focuses on refining their professional endeavors and achieving practical success during the Full Moon in Virgo, embracing meticulous attention to detail in their career pursuits.
Aquarius: The Full Moon in Virgo stimulates Aquarius’s innovative thinking, encouraging them to apply practical solutions to their unique ideas and contribute to progressive initiatives.
Pisces: Pisces delves into introspection and spiritual exploration during the Full Moon in Virgo, finding inspiration for their artistic pursuits in practical and methodical approaches to creativity.
If you happen to be born during a Full Moon, then you will feel every Full Moon in some significant or acute way because it is consistent with your birth Moon phase. It is well worth your effort to find out the Moon phase at the time of your birth. If you learn your birth Moon phase, you will likely discover that same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state.
With the Full Moon in Virgo illuminating your natal chart, it signifies a time of practicality and attention to detail. This phase encourages you to analyze and refine your projects with precision and efficiency. Embrace a methodical approach to self-expression, focusing on honing your talents and organizing your creative endeavors with meticulous care.
By Philip Young, PhD
is a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. He provides spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing).
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