Infinite patience brings immediate results.
Wayne W. Dyer
This week of the Full Moon in the sign of Virgo, we are visited by an old friend who, over the years, has frequently appeared on important lunar dates. Welcome this week, to the Seven of Pentacles.
As we observed last week, the Pentacles of the Tarot inform us of the physical world and practical matters in our lives: our health, our money and resources, our homes, and our work. And the Seven is considered a number of magic, spirituality, and initiation into deeper levels of Mystery. It is also a “lucky” number.
In this card, a young man contemplates his garden. His vine is laden with fruit, the Pentacles of abundance. He has done what he can to cultivate this garden.
Now, he gazes with tender appreciation at what he has worked for. He seems to be considering whether or not his results are ready for gathering, or if he needs to wait a little longer. Perhaps there are still a few more chores needed, to assure optimal results.
As we all know, what he reaps will depend upon what he has sown. Like him, if we are not clear from the start as to what our true intention is, how can we know if we are successful?
And, just as vitally, we must patiently grant the spaciousness for Nature to unfold in Her own divine timing.
And speaking of timing…
This week we will have the first Full Moon since that big blue one back on Jan. 31. That’s right; there was no Full Moon in February — a phenomenon that only happens every 19 years.
But waiting in the wings this Thursday March 1, at 7:51 p.m. EST (or 0051 GMT on March 2), we welcome the Full Moon of Virgo. This Moon is known by many names, including the Worm Moon, because, according to the folks at Space.com, at this time, there are thaws between freezes, so the ground softens and earthworm casts show up, inviting the return of the robins.
(Here in North Carolina, we see robins all Winter, but few earthworms).
Other names for this important Full Moon are the Crow Moon, the Crust Moon (because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night), Hyacinth Moon, Lenten Moon, Sap Moon (related to another lovely name, the “Maple Sweetness Moon”), Chaste Moon, and Daffodil Moon. My friend — and perhaps one of the most brilliant Moon-watchers on Earth — the sublime Cate Kerr, likes the names “Awakening Moon,” and “Rebirth Moon.”
It is worth noting that this Full Moon is the last one before the great shift that occurs at Equinox.
For our friends in the lands below the Equator, their warm days are slipping into Autumn. They are deep in the midst of their own harvest season, and I wish happy abundance to all!
Meantime, here in the Northern Hemisphere, Springtime beckons, and we feel the stirrings of Ostara, which will arrive in only a few weeks.
Although Winter is probably not completely done with us, it will be melting away soon. Already there are signs that the quickening of the green world is underway. Here at Laurel Hill Cottage, the birds are beginning their courtship, buds are swelling, and hope stirs for renewal and new life (hence the many names to that effect for this Moon).
In addition, this Full Moon will be in the Earth sign of Virgo, since the Sun is in Pisces (Full Moons are always in the opposite sign from the Sun’s placement in the zodiac).
As our wise weekly astrologer, Annie Heese of Cafe Astrology notes,
With the Virgo-Pisces service axis involved, this Full Moon presses us to find a balance between day-to-day functions and routines, physical health, and the need for order (Virgo) and vision, spiritual health, disorder, and the infinite (Pisces).
Virgo rules the tools and techniques that we use to deal with day-to-day life, while Pisces rules the tools that we use to deal with our spiritual selves…
This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between work and service, practicality and impracticality, criticism and acceptance. With the Moon full and bright in the sky, symbolic “illumination” occurs in our own lives.
The young man has obviously been toiling for some time to achieve this lush garden. He pauses to reflect, perhaps daydream. The Seven of Pentacles beautifully captures this moment of Earthy, fertile Virgo meeting with dreamy, idealistic Pisces.
The Fullness of Time
People tease that Virgos are the “control freaks” of the zodiac. I would instead prefer to say that Virgos simply believe that excellence is a requirement for a virtuous, worthwhile, and fulfilling life. And excellence demands focus, organization, and attention to detail.
But every gardener or farmer soon learns big lessons about how much authority a human can actually have.
For instance, in the garden, natural ripening is a process that only happens in the fullness of time.
We humans love our illusion that we can master and manage time. But no matter how precisely we may try to schedule and measure it, we are all, in the end, subject to the laws, rhythms, and whims of our Mother Earth and Her cosmic neighbors.
There is only so much that we can control with our labor and diligence. The rest is up to the rain, wind, heat, daylight, and of course, Mystery.
Thus, the young man has done his part, cooperating with the Earth’s wisdom and timing. He knows that the pace of Nature is a gift, not an obstacle.
Striking a balance between pushing and resting, his patience is rewarded with the good fortune of the Sevens.
The Blessed Garden
Under this week’s growing light that culminates in the Virgo Full Moon, envision your plans in detail. Use Virgo’s gifts of meticulous organizing and preparedness. Then, as lovely Luna shifts into Her waning cycle, winnow away the chaff.
Like the young man in the card, take your time and align your work with the natural flow of growth and change.
Echoing the messages from last week’s card, to what purpose are you laboring with your life’s energy? Is it in harmony with your visions and dreams of your highest potential?
By our friendship with Nature and by inviting Time to be our ally, good fortune ripens. By cultivating patience, we will see our effort yield plentiful results.
When we are willing to sow our seeds with awareness, to take stock along the way, and, if necessary, adapt our path, we can produce our life’s blessed fruit that will be our gift to the world.
May your garden be blessed.