week starting 2/21/16
It’s cleanup time! And we’re talking literally here, like when the kindergarten teacher sings that “put your toys away” ditty. This Monday, February 22 the full moon in neat freak Virgo blows the whistle on our sloppy habits. Full moons complete a six-month cycle begun by the corresponding NEW moon. Since this one wraps up a September 13 solar eclipse, it will be especially motivating. And maybe downright obsessive-compulsive in moments. Ah, well. Virgo is a sign that lives for structure, order and routine! And with these moonbeams overhead we’ll happily and furiously start picking up after ourselves. But don’t get it twisted: A Virgo full moon is hardly boring. It’s more like a serenity prayer—it works if you work it. Don the proverbial rubber gloves and go at those messy areas of life. Think of how much easier you’ll breathe when you’ve decluttered your desk, annihilated the dust bunnies, paid all your bills and cleaned out your Inbox. Right? Since Virgo is the analyst, follow the prompt and get your taxes done early. Crunching numbers into a realistic budget can also bring peace of mind. As the saying goes, as without, so within.
There’s another house to get in order under this full moon: your body (AKA your soul’s address here on Earth). Put down the digital devices and tune in to your systems. As you scan yourself from head to toe, where are you feeling achy, tight or out of alignment? Earth sign Virgo loves natural healing and healthy digestion, so before you pop an Advil for that headache, reach for an 8oz glass of fresh water. Flood your body with tons of fresh H2O all week—dehydration is often the hidden culprit behind our minor pangs. A mug of warm water with lemon can help bring the body to a healthy, alkaline state. And don’t forget that eating vitamin-rich, digestible food can be a form of “medicine.” Gut health is the key to overall health, as it governs your mental health and a strong immune system. We love this informative piece (http://kriscarr.com/blog/how-to-improve-your-gut-health/) by Virgo wellness warrior Kris Carr. Popping probiotics can help your gut a ton, as well. And see what happens if you cut out the refined sugar and white flours and pump up the dark leafy greens and lean proteins.
Move your body often. If you can’t make it to the gym, what CAN you do? Get up for hourly stretches or walks around the block. More physical activity can do wonders for the sedentary desk jockeys among us! Instead of the bottomless refills at the coffeepot, try antioxidant rich matcha for your afternoon jolt (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6256/Load-Up-on-Antioxidants-with-Healthy-Matcha-Tea.html). Holistic treatments like massage and acupuncture can also realign your systems. Of course, there is a time and a place for legit MDs too, and the Virgo full moon also reminds us that early detection is the best way to nip what ails us in the bud. Get those routine checkups on the calendar if only to quell the rumblings of your inner hypochondriac.
On Sunday, February 28 the brilliant Sun makes an exact connection to ethereal Neptune—a bizarre mashup that takes place once annually. This year (and until 2026) they’ll pair up in dreamy Pisces, the sign that governs our soul urges. But the effect is a bit like shining a light into fog. For a few days on either side of Sunday, it will be hard to see anything except what’s directly in front of us. But hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We often spend so much time worrying about the future that we miss the richness of the present moment. Take a weekend break from future-tripping or plotting your ten-year life strategy. (A relief after Monday’s Virgo full moon!) Instead of wondering, “What am I supposed to do with my entire life?” figure out, “What would inspire me NEXT?” Turn inward for answers instead of looking for external gratification. The sixth sense (or third eye) will be especially activated with psychic Neptune being lit by the Sun. But some digging will be required, too. Journal, meditate, listen to music in the dark. The Sun-Neptune merger wants us scuba diving into the depths of our souls to find hidden treasures—and maybe do a little tidying up while we’re at it, which DOES work well in the after effects of Monday’s moonbeams. Ah, the beauty of balance.