Names for this month’s Full Moon: In the north and west…Full Cottonball Moon, Eagle Moon, Moon of Whispering Wind, Sore Eyes Moon, Little Sand Storm Moon, Full Warming Moon; in the southeast…Little Spring Moon, Moon of Winds, Strawberry Moon; and in the Midwest, Catching Fish Moon, Snow Crusted Moon, Spring Moon, Full Sap Moon.
Whatever you choose to call this month’s full moon, those of us in the northern hemisphere know it to signal the coming of warmer weather and longer days. You are probably finding yourself longing to be in the great outdoors (without winter coats, boots and gloves) soaking up the sun, planning outings, opening windows chasing out the stagnate air of the previous months, cleaning up the yard and planting gardens. You can almost feel yourself throwing off the darkness of winter, spreading your wings and breathing in the fresh, warm breezes of spring. And why not? The Vernal Equinox, or Spring, arrives on March 20th…when the sun shines directly over the equator giving us equal daylight and nighttime hours.
On March 4th, Venus went retrograde and will remain there until April 15th. Venus, aligned with the heart chakra, reveals itself in our lives as attraction and receptivity, defining the nature of what we allow into our lives. Therefore, the more we understand and are clear and open about what we want and accept into our lives, the more likely we are to draw that to us and into our hearts. The more mature, developed, and clear we are, the greater the capacity for a person to achieve unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance and love.
As always, the full moon symbolizes the fulfillment of a lunar cycle; starting at the absence of light with the New Moon, reaching its perfection at the Full Moon, then recycling itself with the slow departure of the Full Moon’s light, diminishing into the still, quiet darkness of the ever birthing New Moon. Let’s take the time during this Full Moon to nourish our senses and sensibilities.
- With the vestiges of winter upon us, take a morning to go out of doors and breathe in the fresh, cool or cold air. Let it traverse throughout your body, touching and awakening you from your winter slumber.
- As you ‘lean into’ the coming spring changes, remember to give thanks for the passing winter months and its restorative, longer nighttime hours.
- Indulge yourself in these last days of winter and reflect on all you have come to know about yourself, your life, your goals and your priorities.
- Identify the one or two things you have come to know about yourself in these last 6 months that make you smile and feel good about who you are.
- Don’t rush your mind, thoughts or activities into spring; instead, for the next 8 – 10 days spend time witnessing and honing that which makes you smile and feel good about yourself.
- Venus retrograde is a good time to reflect and reassess your goals and values, and your ability to exercise unconditional, nonjudgmental acceptance and love.
There is no greater power in Heaven or on Earth than pure, unconditional love. The nature of the God force, the unseen intelligence in all things, which causes the material world and is the center of both the spiritual and physical plane, is best described as pure, unconditional love. Wayne Dyer