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Astrology Horoscope: October Full Moon
On February 27th at 1:17 am (PST), the Moon waxes full in Virgo. This is the last Full Moon of the winter (in the northern hemisphere) and a time to prepare for the first breath of spring arriving after the next New Moon. Sometimes we may feel a fair amount of stagnation in these cold winter months. Try to avoid eating late at night and drink plenty of water  or herbal tea throughout the day. The water will help flush out any toxins that are stored in the body. Aerobic exercise and eating lightly around this time will also help reduce stagnancy.

Virgo and Service

One way to learn astrology is to view each sign as part of a cyclical continuum, beginning with Aries and ending with Pisces and then starting over again. Each sign represents a developmental stage of life and a stage of growth. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the seed being planted and the first breath of life of a newborn. After the first steps of Aries, Taurus represents a growing understanding of one's body, its relationship to the world around it and an attachment to the things nearby. Gemini  represents inquiry and curiosity as one stretches out into the world. By Cancer, there is a sense of deriving security and comfort from the world around one and especially to the family structure that has been created. Leo describes the process of separating from the family structure to develop an ego and a sense of self-importance.

Virgo sits in between the sign of Leo and Libra and represents a bridge between these two signs. It is associated with cleansing and purifying the system. Virgo describes the process of winnowing out the negative and destructive aspects of our nature in order to prepare for the sign of Libra, when we merge with a lover to create a partnership. With Leo, we may become too ego centered and self-aggrandizing. Virgo helps in the process of releasing our ego attachments so that we can connect more fully in a love relationship symbolized by Libra. Virgo is also the last sign beneath the horizon in the horoscope and is the last sign associated with the self. The signs above the horizon are more connected with partnership and with one's work in society.

For this reason, Virgo plays a key role in the process of establishing a true sense of self. Ultimately, Virgo points to the need to serve others as well as oneself. Through service and compassion we truly develop the attributes that can make us complete. When we are only concerned with how much money we are making, how good we look physically or how high we have risen in our career, we begin to lose track of the more important things in life. Virgo points to the need to pay attention to how much care and compassion we are giving to the people around us. Small acts such as cleaning the house for one's family, cooking a meal for a friend, praising a co-worker for their skills or spending time with a child are all Virgoan acts of service. As a society, we do not place as high a value on these simple and mundane tasks, but tend to reward those who work long hours in a career in order to become a "success." Though it is important to develop one's own pursuits in life, it is equally important to give of oneself and be of service to the community.

Virgo and Livelihood

The Full Moon in Virgo is a time when we can consider how we are releasing our own needs in order to be there for others. By looking at our livelihood, we can ask ourselves in what way are we serving the needs of others. All professions are in some way related to service. A social worker may be helping the ill and disabled, a janitor may be keeping a building clean so others can do good work, a sales clerk may be helping others buy needed clothes or food. When we look beyond the mere appearances of our work to the essence of what we are doing, we usually find that we are being of service in some way. Through service we are giving of our hearts to help others and we are developing our ability to release our own needs for the sake of others. Oftentimes we may struggle with our job and find it mundane and boring. By returning to the concept of service, we can see that each moment presents an opportunity to give fully. Each moment of our work can become a meditation on the concept of service and compassion. Through seeing our lives as a meditation on service, we develop a healthier sense of our true selves, our true work here on Earth. Blessings!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at jon_keyes@msn.com. Go to Jon's web site at jonkeyes.com

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Other StarIQ articles by Jonathan Keyes:

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  • Pluto and Your Psyche   4/16/2001
  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
  • Your Health and Saturn Part 2   11/13/2000
  • Your Health and Saturn   10/30/2000
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  • Animals and Astrology Part Two   7/3/2000
  • Animals and Astrology   6/12/2000
  • The Astrology of Stones Part 2   5/15/2000
  • Astrology and Stones   5/1/2000

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