The Spring Equinox is around the corner on March 20th. I am feeling the spring cleaning vibe, so I’ve been slowly de-cluttering and donating what doesn’t make my heart swell & has the MEH vibe. Perhaps the upcoming Full Moon in Virgo on February 19th at 7:53 am (PST) is another influence, as the astrological sign has the characteristics of a master organizer and is known to be a lover of structure. The Virgo Full Moon makes you aware of the state of your mental, emotional and physical health, thus may lead to changes in lifestyle and getting the support you need to release old wounds.
If you are creating space in your abode like I am, cleansing yourself of stagnant and low vibrating energy is crucial. Or maybe you want to do release work as the upcoming Full Moon on February 19th will be the last one before the Spring Equinox. Virgo is influenced by the element of earth, so the release ritual for the Full Moon will involve plant medicine. The Full Moon has the ability to magnify your emotions and feelings by illuminating what is bubbling underneath the surface, and is also ideal for cleansing crystals and other sacred tools in the moonlight.
You are welcome to use my ritual or adopt parts of it to help you create a personalized one. Please remember that there is no wrong or right way, only do what FEELS right in your heart. I don’t recommend doing the release ritual before the Full Moon, as the moon is in the waxing phase, which is traditionally associated with growth, action, positive transformations, personal development, and honing your energy. I suggest waiting until after the Full Moon because the moon starts to wane in strength.
The ritual for the Virgo Full Moon is simplistic, but potent and requires a permanent marker, black candle and bay leaves. You can find bay leaves at your local grocers. Bay leaves have been used for aeons, both medicinally and ritually due to their versatile magical properties, which include attracting abundance, enhancing confidence, assisting with dream work, purifying + consecrating sacred tools & spaces, protection, and spell breaking.
Create sacred space and when you feel stillness in your heart then light your candle. I prefer to use a black one, as the colour is associated with protection, which also helps hold space for the release work. Reflect on what and/or who you want to cut the chords with and most importantly WHY! Journalizing may help you with the reflection process. When you feel centered, on the back of a bay leaf write down feelings associated with the situation that you want to release or the name of the person that you want to sever ties with. I recommend using a new bay leaf for each person and situation, as you don’t want to mix energies.
Focus on connecting to Grandmother Moon. With gratitude in your heart thank her for her assistance with the ritual, and then burn your bay leaves one by one. As each bay leaf burns, visualize yourself breathing in divine light through your nose and releasing smokey coloured energy out through your mouth. You can place the burning bay leaf in your cauldron or another heat safe dish. I recommend doing the ritual outside as you don’t want the energy released to stay in your home. If you need to do the ritual indoors then open a nearby window or door to allow the energy to escape.
You may feel the release immediately or you may need a few weeks to feel lighter, especially if you are letting go of a difficult situation or a person that you have a long history with. If you don’t feel a shift in your energy, please have faith in the release work and yourself.
To delve deep into the questions that the Full Moon in Virgo conjures up, you may want to lay Tarot or Oracle cards. You can use the Virgo Full Moon Spread to unravel and explore the themes further. Please tag me in your spread on Instagram, as I’d love to know how you connected! You can include #mooninsights in your post to connect with others in the community.