A Full Snow Moon comes our way, reaching it’s peak around 3 am on Saturday, February 27th EST, so look to the sky on Friday evening.
Falling in the detail-loving sign of Virgo, lets zoom in close to the phenomenon of snow.
Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley captured more than 5000 snow crystals on film. He was born in 1865 on a farm in Jericho, VT. His mother took note of his curiosity for nature and managed to pull enough money together to buy him a microscope. Just before his twentieth birthday, Wilson took his first photograph of a snowflake. He called these snow crystals “miracles of beauty”.
Snowflakes are (for the most part) hexagons, with each one being completely unique. Hexagons have 6 sides, and can be created with the interlacing of an upward and a downward triangle. Virgo is the 6th and most humble sign of the zodiac. Humility to look closer at common things (like young Bentley did) is a doorway to the miraculous.
This Full Snow Moon in Virgo is an invitation to, in the words of my favorite astrologer, Alice O. Howell,
“be humble enough to study the obvious“.
In her book, “The Web and the Sea”, O. Howell draws attention to the fact that a triangle is the first way that space can be enclosed. She goes on to muse about how angles of triangles always add up to 180 degrees, so if two triangles were to get together, as they do in a hexagram, we would have the full 360 degrees of a circle.
The triangle, as the first possible enclosed space, opens up the whole concept of inhabited space, something that Philosopher Gaston Bachelard delights in writing about. He says,
“Inhabited space transcends geometrical space”
Inhabited space can be intensified. When a snow storm rages outside, the intensity of inhabiting your own house is likely increased. Add a cup of hot cocoa and a good book and it increases ever the more!
Bringing more awareness to how space is inhabited does wonders to soothe the soul. Gaston writes:
“Our soul is an abode. And by remembering ‘houses’ and ‘rooms,’ we learn to ‘abide’ within ourselves.”
The sight of a Full Moon can evoke the satisfaction of well-inhabited space; a feeling that there’s no place we’d rather be.
Maybe it is the inhabited space of a Full Moon, or someone you love, or a blooming flower that serve as that that second triangle. In hexagonal bliss, the full totality of the circle is experienced. Virgo’s humility to look closer and deeper into her everyday world unlocks the wellspring of wholeness from her opposite sign, Pisces.
The latest podcast is all about the seductive beguile of the planet Neptune. Wherever Neptune is found in the birth chart is a place where the beauty and the spell of the sirens live within.
The collective unconscious is the ocean that lives within each one of us. During dreamtime, Poseidon’s chariot is literally navigating us through an ancient world of memories, connecting to more memories.
Tune out and tune in!
PODCAST –then scroll down to find the episode “Neptune, the song and the memories of the sea”.
The subject of Mercury keeps you guessing the more you look into it. It is the archetypal Trickster as well as our own minds. It is our words and thoughts as well as all of the information that we take in from our surroundings.
He is Hermes (Greek) and Thoth (Egypt). Both of these Gods are connected with communication, perception, writing, learning and zipping around as messengers to the other Gods. Hermes wears a winged helmet, whereas Thoth’s head is that of an ibis, a bird.
Why the concept of flight associated with the head? Does it point towards looking into the speed of thought? Could it point to the feeling of flight as being free and light, as in soaring in the clouds? The mind, speed, flight, freedom… what is the sacredness that is being preserved in these archetypal images?
Let’s take a look at some other familiar Tricksters. We already have this concept of flight associated with the mind in Hermes and Thoth. What do we see in the others?
One common similarity here is that each of these animals have pointy ears. Looks a bit like a winged helmet doesn’t it? If we search onward it becomes evident that pointy ears are found on many a Trickster.
What’s amazing about Mercury is how one association continues to lead to another and quickly. For instance, the fact that Bug’s says “what’s up doc?” is curious because of the caduceus association with medicine. Go into any doctor’s office today and you are likely to find this symbol hanging on a wall or on the cover of a pamphlet. Let’s look at the symbol again.
I wrote another post a while back entitled “The close relationship between the heart and mind (Sun and Mercury)” in which I talked about the way the lungs and the heart (Mercury and Sun) are so closely connected in the body. Mercury is never far off from the Sun. These are themes that I find very significant when further exploring the true role of Mercury in our psyches. We know that is always close to the heart and we know that it is by nature a trickster. It often gives us the “switcheroo” just look at what happens with our eyes! The perception of the eyes are ruled by Mercury.
So if the nature of Mercury is to flip things upside down AND it is always associated with the Sun (life, love, the heart) we might hypothesize that we should strive to “think with our hearts and love with our minds” as Alice O. Howell says. For anyone who doesn’t know, Alice O. Howell is my favorite astrologer and I encourage everyone to buy her books! Think with our hearts.. very Yoda!
How do we do that? I don’t know! But I do know that something feels good about this notion, at least to me. So often our minds are slaves to things we DON’T love. We put our attention to things that feel bad and get stressed and upset. So often our hearts are screaming at us and we don’t listen. We just keep doing what we’ve always done and rationalize it with our minds! A little balance is in order here. And a little humor (Mercury!)
Just a little thought to keep in your heart, or a little feeling to keep in your mind. Until next time!