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Astrology Horoscope: October Full Moon
On March 13th at 6:03 PM (PST) the Moon will conjoin the Sun at 23 degrees Pisces. This marks the last few days of winter in the northern hemisphere before the Spring Equinox on March 20th. Astrologically, the Sun moves out of the sign of Pisces and into the sign of Aries at this time. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is associated with new beginnings, new energy and new possibilities for renewal and growth. In the last few days of winter, you may want to prepare for the change by meditating on your dreams and plans for the coming year. A Spring Equinox ritual can be helpful for channeling your visions and helping them to manifest.

One idea for an equinox ritual is to start by making an altar that honors the new spring energy. Find a space in your house where you can place fresh new spring blossoms, a few white candles, a few bird feathers and some bells or chimes to ring in the new season. You may want to add other items to the altar that remind you of this new season. For the ritual, take some time to clean your house and bathe yourself and put on fresh new clothes. This helps to purify the energy in preparation for the ritual. Then take some time to light the candles and honor the coming season with some words of welcome. Then make your thoughts and intentions clear by saying them aloud and asking for assistance in this coming time. This is a time to cleanse and rejuvenate. Your intentions will carry strongly if you speak them aloud and from the heart during the equinox.

The Virgo-Pisces Polarity

In my last article, I focused on the Full Moon in Virgo. Virgo is associated with releasing our need for self gratification in order to be of service to others. Through daily tasks such as cleaning the house, taking care of children or preparing meals, we can give of ourselves in acts of compassion to the people around us. The simple tasks that we perform in day to day life can then be seen as a vehicle for spiritual growth and opening our hearts.

Astrologically, Virgo sits at the other end of the zodiac from Pisces. Two signs opposite each other are called a polarity and often their mythologies are entwined. As an earth sign, Virgo is associated with the more basic and mundane aspects of service and as a water sign, Pisces is associated more with the emotional and spiritual aspects of service. Spiritual service is a concept common to many religions. Through worship of the divine, we gain a deeper sense of our own inherent divinity and our essential spiritual nature.

Devotion, Surrender and Transcendence

In Indian Philosophy there are numerous branches of yoga. In the West, we are most familiar with the branch known as hatha yoga, the physical branch in which we perform asanas or postures. We are less familiar with the form of yoga known as bhakti. Bhakti yoga is associated with the practice of devotion or worship, in which practitioners open themselves up completely from their heart towards divinity. Through complete surrender and adoration of the divine, the adept becomes enraptured with the sacred and seeks to ecstatically merge with the divine. Hundreds of years ago in India, devotional poetry was written in honor of Krishna. The poetry was more than simply words describing Krishna and his life. These odes were deeply felt poems filled with love and adoration for Krishna. Through complete devotion and surrender, these poets described how to love fully and deeply from the heart.

The practice of bhakti yoga is found in many different spiritual traditions. In the Sufi tradition, practitioners dance and twirl ecstatically in order to find communion with Allah. In the Lakota Indian tradition, Sun dances are performed in which adherents pierce their nipples with sharp hooks attached to rope from a center post and then dance around the post for days until they have transcended a sense of themselves in service to the Great Spirit. In certain Christian sects, churchgoers sing and pray with such fervor that they lose themselves completely in their adoration of Christ.

For many of us in a modern, rational world, it can be difficult to release our need for control and logic and become completely immersed in adoration of the divine. This is also not a practice that is suited to everyone. There are dangers inherent in this practice if one becomes too wrapped up in spiritual devotion and loses track of one's basic necessities. But for many of us, techniques of devotion and surrender can offer a way to transcend our petty concerns, and to open our hearts to blissfully merge with the divine. Spiritual techniques such as prayer, chanting, meditation, yoga and dance are all time honored methods of connecting with a spiritual source. Heartfelt devotion and service to the sacred is a powerful way to develop ourselves spiritually.

In the great wheel of the zodiac, Pisces is the last sign before the wheel begins again with Aries. Pisces symbolizes endings and also a return to the Source point. Pisces beckons us to leave the concerns of the world behind and to return home, to return to Spirit. Techniques of spiritual service are vehicles for returning to that Source. May this New Moon be a time of spiritual reconnection. 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:

  • Your Health and Neptune: Part 1   12/12/2002
  • Lunar Health Cycles   2/27/2002
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  • Lunar Health Cycles   11/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/15/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   10/1/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   9/14/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/31/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/16/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   8/2/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/18/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/4/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/17/2001
  • Lunar Health Cycles   6/4/2001
  • Pluto, Your Health and Herbs   4/30/2001
  • 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
  • Michael Stipe Shuns the Spotlight   9/16/2000
  • Michael J. Fox   8/21/2000
  • 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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