The imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write
This week of the Full Moon in Virgo, we are visited by an old friend who, over the years, has frequently appeared on important lunar dates. This week we welcome once again the Seven of Pentacles.
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.
Plus, the sevens of the Tarot are ruled by Saturn, and indicate possible restrictions, course correction, and, like the “Big Seven” of the Chariot, they may caution us to remain steadfast in the face of changing circumstances. They are often indicative of a crossroads choice.
As you can see, the vine the young man tends is laden with fruit, the Pentacles of abundance. He has done everything he can to cultivate this garden.
Now, he gazes at what he has worked for. He seems to be considering whether or not his results are ready for reaping, or even if they are what he had in mind at the beginning.
Imagining a Fruitful Future
What an interesting time of year for this harvest season card to appear, for in the Northern Hemisphere, we are on the opposite side of the Wheel of the Year. And yet, a quick browse through past visits reveals that late February is a surprisingly common time for its appearance, particularly during the week of the Virgo Full Moon.
Although above the equator, the growing time of year is still off in the frozen distance, there are only four more weeks before the arrival of Ostara/Spring Equinox.
The proof can be found in the heaps and stacks on my floor, for this is the time of year when those of us who love to dig in the Earth have collected new piles of tantalizing seed and plant catalogs. Although the cold of Winter has not yet departed, we sit by the fire and dream of lush new greenery come Spring and Summer, which are not that far away.
And now that Mercury, the planet of technology, travel, and communication, stationed direct on Saturday, we can begin to make some forward progress.
So this would be a good time to gaze off into the distance, like the young man in the Seven of Pentacles, and moodle.
Put yourself in his boots, off in the future. When harvest comes around again, as it will, what lush produce do you want to see before you?
What plans are you making for the coming seasons of growth and expansion? What results would you like to see in your life? Now is the time to dream and make your garden ready, whether it is a literal flower and vegetable bed, or a metaphorical ground for new endeavors.
Of course our friends below the Equator are approaching Autumn Equinox, that most ancient and happy harvest celebration. What a perfect card for you! All of your previous planning has now begun to show its fruition. Yet, as the Seven shows us, there is still some time to pause, fine-tune, and adjust before you gather in the results of your labors.
The Full Moon in Virgo
As you probably know, when the Moon is Full, it is in the opposite sign of the zodiac from where the Sun is (which is what “opposition” means). Thus, in this time of Sun in Pisces (in tropical astrology), the Full Moon will be in Earthy Virgo.
Annie Heese at Cafe Astrology offers timely illumination:
Early Saturday, a Full Moon occurs in Virgo when the Sun in Pisces forms an opposition to the Moon in Virgo. The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon. It is an emotional time – a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships.
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.
Some sort of crisis (which can be a crisis of consciousness) or sudden awareness of a lack in our lives provides us with a golden opportunity to explore our emotional needs within the context of the house polarity where the Full Moon occurs in our natal charts.
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.
I find it interesting that this Tarot card actually features the use of a literal tool (the young farmer’s hoe) and, as Earthy Pentacles, it points to the pragmatism of “day-to-day life.” Yet, his daydreaming expression shows there is an emotional component that his labor also entails.
In addition, at Hare in the Moon Astrology, Lorna Bevan notes:
This week opens with a G1 Geomagnetic storm recalibrating the Frequency Fields just as Mercury stations to turn direct at 11 Aquarius between Saturn and Jupiter.
Weigh up your options but allow a few days for the Trickster storm to settle before committing to anything important.
A good time for some more idling, dawdling, and puttering. She continues:
With Venus merging with Pallas – archetype of strategic wisdom – before entering Pisces on the 25th, mend fences and smooth over disagreements in the build up to Saturday’s Virgo Full Moon.
After the polarising push-pull between the outworn old and the incoming new of Saturn square Uranus last week, the Earth energy will bring a welcome restoration of balance, stability and grounding.
Seize the opportunity to catch up with yourself physically, emotionally and energetically after February’s Aquarian overload of white noise. You may be surprised what you’ve downloaded and absorbed whilst you were flatlining.
This is all the more important since March is a set to be a pivotal month in a pivotal year.
If you’ve been waiting/yearning for a signpost out of the old world/Wasteland, in March the first Aries Equinox of the new 20 years cycle of Saturn/Jupiter in Aquarius maps out new realities along with entirely new Agenda: Collective Recovery Beyond the Hero/Heroine’s Journey.
(Bold text is Lorna’s, colored highlights are mine).
And as the ever-brilliant astrologer Elisabeth Grace points out, quoting Blain Bovee of this Full Moon, this is “an apt support for last Wednesday’s Saturn-Uranus square, as it suggests ‘social advancement in the wake of an old order; opportunities for rising up while the prevailing order is setting down like the evening sun.'”
So much of the prevailing order has brought ruin and death to the 98%.
What might we plant instead, for the dawning of the new growing season? What might we like to see rise up?
Making Friends with Time
And how can we use the time given to us as an ally, rather than as an antagonist? For one of the most powerful lessons of this card is that ripening is a process that happens in the fullness of time.
We humans love our illusion that we can dictate 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 and rhythms of our Grandmother Gaia and Her cosmic neighbors.
There is only so much that we can control with our labor and diligence. And then the rest is up to Nature.
So, too, this young man has done his part, and now he has no choice but to surrender to the Earth’s own wisdom. Thus, he learns that the pace of Nature is a gift, not an obstacle. His pause may look like idling, but imaginative daydreaming can bring the richest rewards.
Like him, take your time and align your work with the natural flow of growth and change.
Before you rush off to your Next Thing, take this breather to linger a moment and reflect. Replenish your reserves. And be sure to give thanks for the abundance already given to you.
Plan your new garden of material support with dedication and patience. May it become a flourishing temple of blessings.