Posts Tagged ‘Yod’

February 27, 2021 Full Moon in Virgo

At 3:17 a.m. Eastern on February 27, we have a Full Moon in Virgo, closely trine Uranus in Taurus. These Earth signs offer a chance to ground electric, emotional energy into something tangible. Pay attention to sudden insights and inspired solutions.

2/27/2021 3:17 a.m., Kalamazoo, MI

This Full Moon at 8°57′ Virgo forms the apex of a Yod — aka Finger of God — formation with Chiron in Aries and Saturn in Aquarius as the base of the isosceles triangle. (You can see the green lines pointing to the Moon, and the blue line connecting Saturn and Chiron, which is the glyph that looks like a black key, as the base.)

Yod’s create huge tension and a divine mandate. Formed of two quincunxes and a sextile, they demand integration of signs with nothing overt in common.

This setup suggests a powerful opportunity for healing, leadership, and mentoring. Chiron was not only a wounded healer; he raised Asclepius — the god of medicine — and taught him how to heal. Virgo is a sign of service, symbolized by the vestal virgin “keepers of the flame.” Chiron in Aries sextile Saturn in Aquarius focuses this devotion and healing around the rightful place of individuals within the larger community. This Full Moon highlights what we independently need for personal healing, in tension with changes to traditions and structures that support the greater good.

Asteroid Hybris conjuncts Saturn at 8° Aquarius, suggesting a need for moderation. Hybris — from which we get the word hubris — takes things too far. Beware of overconfidence or “reading your own press release.” We each have roles to play in the complex reality unfolding before and within us. Leadership and expertise in one area does not mean perfection in all areas! With knit picky Virgo as the Yod’s apex, our minds can joust with emotions, ego, resistance and innovation. Sometimes Virgo gets overwhelmed by too many details that don’t make sense.

The Sun at 8°57′ Pisces offers a release point. Pisces evokes the bigger picture and a dissolution of ego. As much as we wrestle with the big questions, sometimes we need to “let go and let God.” When in doubt, say a prayer and sleep on it!

I love the Sabian symbol for this Full Moon. (Always round up for Sabian Symbols.):

PHASE 159 (VIRGO 9°): AN EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER AT WORK.

KEYNOTE: The urge to express one’s individualized sense of value regardless of tradition. (See more here.)

According to The Collector, “Expressionism was characterized by broad brush strokes, bright color pops and abstract styles. It aimed to express rather than depict physical reality. … Expressionism as an art movement can be very broad and difficult to characterize. It spans across different countries, mediums, movements and periods. Expressionist art was therefore not defined by a set of aesthetic principles, but rather as a tool of expression and societal commentary.”

Sounds like the tense Yod and Uranus trine of this Virgo Full Moon! If you feel like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” …

“The Scream,” by Edvard Munch, 1893

… remember to lean into that Pisces Sun release point. Sometimes it takes a little”Fish Magic.”

“Fish Magic,” by Paul Klee, 1925

Just as Edvard Munch and Paul Klee were both Expressionist painters, with any astrology forecast, we can choose to engage these energies in different ways. Dane Rudhyar echoes this idea at the end of the Sabian Symbol for Virgo 9:

“But there is a great difference between being an origin of development pregnant with futurity, and deliberately sought for ORIGINALITY.”

Thou Art That — yet also This.

Door Number 20 ~ Oak, Ash and Thorn, aka the Isis Portal

I spent this past weekend, Monday and Tuesday painting a door given to me by our Goshen landlord when I took over the Blue House as an office next door. This was a skinny, dirty door with a shoelace handle, and we lugged it from Goshen when we moved to Kalamazoo in 2017. At some point, I felt eager to paint another door, but David told me he threw it away in our purge after arriving. He really thought he had, so whenever I wished I could paint this door, he’d say, “No, remember, I threw it away. I’m sorry.” I just couldn’t get it into my head that he had really thrown it away, no matter how many times he told me.

Fast forward to the weekend before Thanksgiving when David suddenly decided we needed a lighting upgrade in our dining room. He changed the chandelier to LED lights with an LED dimmer, and the flicker, hiss and tone drove me batty. It wasn’t just “Laura’s sensitive to light and sound,” this was awful! Like, I will never eat at home again kind of bad. He switched things back to incandescent with a new dimmer and installed 60-watt incandescent bulbs instead of 40’s. That change also caused an audible hiss and strobe effect: back to the 40-watts, but David had gotten used to much more light.

We compromised by buying a three-headed LED floor lamp for the corner, which meant moving plants to different locations. It also opened up the other side of the dining room window, as that plant went into our bathroom, replacing a plant that really wanted to go up front. The former plant location looked barren, but having a plant on only one side of the window looked imbalanced. We agreed to keep the area clear and that we’d know the next thing when we encountered it.

We spent a lovely Thanksgiving at David’s cousins’ house with their daughter, son-in-law, grandkids and friends from Canada. When new people ask what I do, I always need to intuit what kind of answer to give. This time I said, “I’m a life coach and an artist,” intending to gloss over both topics without going too much into either one. I didn’t mention “intuitive” or “writer” because I didn’t want to get into those discussions as an unknown guest at someone else’s close family gathering.

“Ohhhh, what do you paint?!”

“We need to see pictures.”

Each new person who walked into the room learned: “Laura paints doors. Yes, doors! We really need to see some photos.”

I pulled up the Divine Doorways and Porta-Portals page on my phone, so I could show them a few quick photos, but the talk continued all day. Our hostess volunteered to get a truck so she could drive me to galleries with all my doors. David and I explained that I’ve been painting canvases lately, because the doors are so large and heavy. Someone mentioned getting me more doors just for gallery showings, as which point, I said, “Oh, I do love doors! They’re so much more fun to paint than canvases. There was this one small door, a real skinny one from our last landlord, but David threw it away.”

“Actually, I found it.”

“YES!” (insert triumphant arm motion) Continue reading