Happy March Full Moon!
Our only Full Moon of the month is this Sunday, March 12th.
It is in the sign of Virgo. The Sun is in the sign of Pisces.
It happens to correspond with daily savings time.
It comes just about one week before the Spring Equinox (for us Northern hemisphere dwellers.)
The Equinox is observed by Wiccans, Neopagans, and some Witches as Ostara, a fertility festivals that celebrates the season’s change from dark winter to brightening spring. On the same day is the Persian New Year. Holi, a major Hindu holiday that celebrates the triumph over good and evil, and the end of winter and beginning of spring, is on March 13th, the day after the Full Moon.
March is the month in the Northern Hemisphere that begins the great bird migration. Keep your eyes up. Listen to birdsong—day dream about what lies inside that little winged creature’s skull, about what its bright eyes have seen and hunger for.
This is a transition month. More time with the stars slides into more sunshine. Nature visibly turns the wheel. Take time to tune into the needs of your body. Before we grow, we must nourish ourselves: physical, emotional, mentally. Remember that moments are impermanent. Use awareness of this fact, while maintaining emotional and physical care. These tools are free and can be accessed always. Challenges are meant to be acknowledged, worked through, and released. When we treat hardship as a beckoning for pause it becomes another bead on the string. It’s no longer so much a knot or broken clasp, obstructing the line.
The late, great, Zen-like artist Agnes Martin who was born this month 105 years ago tells us:
“…increase in disappointment does not mean going backward in the work. There is no such thing as backward in anything. There is increased and decreased awareness, that is all, and increased awareness means increased disappointments…That which seems like a false step is just the next step.”
So. This Full Moon. A pre-spring Full Moon. For some, a rock bottom Full Moon, as it is darkest before the dawn (as they say). The Full Moon that glows above us just before the amount of sunlight overtakes the night into longer days, permeating our physical self with positivity, brightness and activity. In the United States, this Full Moon is commonly referred to as the Worm Moon, or the Sap Moon. The earth is defrosted, matter is softening. Sap, the blood of the trees, flows freely at this time. According to astrologer Diego Basdeo: “The astrology this month is great for growth through deep spiritual transformation that is oriented towards hope but is grounded in practical practice. Things might feel shaky, deep in the feels, but this can be the spur towards greater hope, beauty, and justice for all.”
In the Many Moons Workbook, contributor Jess Schreibstein urges us to find nourishment and grounding. She gives us two different recipes, vegetarian and meat-using, for bone broth. Jess writes:
“Where do we go from here? I think the answers come from our gut. You’ve probably heard the saying “trust your gut.” So much of our intuition comes from our stomach, not our heart or head. Our stomach sit right in our core, our solar plexus chakra, our center of power and identity. When we’re fed and nourished and our digestive fire is burning, we can propel forward with rooted purpose. We’re confident, balanced, energized, and empowered.”
We go around and around, our own cycles much like the Moon. Be mindful of your own patterns and cycles— they will be illuminated at this time. Be mindful that everyone around are in their own periods of illumination, transformation, and that others' reactions *might* not have much to do with you at all. Many of us are in the process of transition and transformation—how could we not be, right now, with what is in front of us, with what we all face, collectively?
At this moment, thank your self for being here. For coming out, for being present for who and how you are, no matter how messy and unknown you may feel right now. For witnessing your own transformation, and continuing to be present for the those around you: perfect strangers or strange bedfellows. To your promises to your self and for your community’s safety and well-being and nourishment. Take the time in your life to breathe, ground, and focusing on what you can control. Remember, we can always transform any type of energy into something more useful for our higher self. That’s one of the qualities that makes us witches!
Helpful crystals at this time: Ruby in fuchsite, picture jasper, mookite, kambaba or “crocodile” jasper, tiger’s eye: blue and brown
Journalling questions: What is a pattern coming up for me that I must face, head on, in this present moment, in order to enact lasting change?
How can this pattern be favorably shifted by remaining grounded and present? What would that look like? What would that mean for my physical self, my higher self? Those around me?
Where is the discomfort merely a reminder of a former self, and where does it point me towards shedding a skin I am ready to cast off?