Are you a good girl or a bad girl?
The Full Moon
The Full Moon is a time to gather and begin the process of letting go and releasing what doesn’t serve our highest being. It’s time to do our inner work to release toxic thoughts, habits, situations, and people. It’s also customary to give some sort of sacrifice — traditionally this is done to ensure the blessings and abundance in our life keep coming back to us so we can continue harvesting the fruits of our labors from our New Moon intentions. We sacrifice our negative emotions, fears, upsets, disappointments, wrongdoings in order to release the karma that goes along with it.
We set our intentions and goals for the month at the New Moon and work and labor hard to make our goals come true and manifest. At the Full Moon, that’s when energy begins to wind down as the Moon makes her descent into the Dark Moon over the next two weeks. As we follow the Moon’s ebb and flow in our businesses, the last 14 days should have been very busy time for us.
And now, with the Full Moon, it’s time to take stock of where we’re at, of what we’ve accomplished over the last two weeks, and wrap up any major projects we still have lingering or unfinished. At this time we pull our energy inwards to focus on self-work and inner healing.
The Legend of the Constellation Virgo
The legend of the constellation Virgo is associated with the mythology surrounding the creation of the seasons. In the Wheel of the Year, we notice that Virgo is the period in which, agriculturally, the last harvests of crops are undertaken.
In the beginning of the formation of our planet, the Earth was not tilted at 23.4 degrees. This means that we did not experience the seasons like we do today. It wasn’t until a separate protoplanet collided with Earth, knocking it on it’s side, removing the top chunk of the sphere and later, this formed our moon. Hundreds of millions of years later, our planet developed the seasons because of this tilt.
The legend or mystery behind the formation of the seasons is in the Greek myths of the Goddesses Demeter and Persephone. Demeter, the wheat and agricultural Goddess, made sure that there was plenty of wheat year round. Earth was literally a paradise, with the poles experiencing eternal winter, and the rest of the world experiencing eternal summer.
Demeter had a beautiful daughter named Persephone, who was the virginal Goddess vegetation. She would nurture and breathe life into all plants. Hades, the God of the Underworld and brother to Zeus, coveted Persephone and her beauty, and innocence. Hades conspired to kidnap Persephone so that he could marry Persephone and keep her for himself.
Once Demeter realized her daughter was gone, she fell into a depression and wheat no longer grew. Without Persephone to breathe life into vegetation, no food grew. The world fell into a deep winter as Demeter and Persephone were absent. The people were starving, and Zeus eventually heard their cries for help.
Zeus promised the people that if they could prove that Persephone was being held against her will, he would free her from Hades. Hearing wind of this, Hades tricked Persephone. Hades presented a spelled pomegranate to Persephone, a winter crop that grows from September until February in the Northern Hemisphere. Persephone ate the fruit — 6 seeds to be exact. For every seed that Persephone would eat, she would be obligated to stay with Hades one month out of the year.
To reconcile the quarrel, it was decided that Persephone would live half of the time in the Underworld with her husband Hades, one month for each of the pomegranate seeds she ate. The other half of the year, she would return above ground to be with her mother, Demeter.
And so from the end of Virgo until the beginning of Aries, Persephone lives in the Underworld and her mother stops cultivating wheat, allowing winter to fall over the world. Every spring, Persephone is restored above ground, and heralds the beginning of spring.
In the story of Persephone, we engage in so many archetypes of the darkness and the light. If Hades showed up at my doorstep on a black Harley Davidson motorcycle with full sleeve tattoos, slicked-back black hair and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, I might just run off with him too. We’re engaging the narrative that speaks to the side of us that yearns to “be good girls” and do what is expected of us but also honoring the side of us that has an affinity for the dark — the side of us that wants to actively rebel against those old narratives. It’s up to us to find that balance.
To add on top of that, as Spiritual Leaders and Spiritual Business Owners we recognize there is this movement out there that tries to shame or humiliate anything that is not love and light. Personally, I am more about using my body as a pendulum and not relying so much on what other people tell me is good vs bad — and moving towards what feels good or moving away from what don’t feel good — for myself, and this is an exercise I highly recommend everybody try for themselves.
I feel that, especially as women, we are indoctrinated to feel that we can’t make those decisions for ourselves, but we can. Part of being a successful business owner is trusting our intuition and personal guidance system. No apologies or excuses necessary.
We are both light and the dark simultaneously. We are virtuous, innocent, pure… and rebellious, indulgent, and dirty. And it’s beautiful.
- What projects do I need to wrap up over the next two weeks?
- What are 5 things I am grateful for right now?
- How can I bring more love and light in my business?
- How can I be more of a rebel in my business?
- How can I find balance in the light and the shadow that makes up the wholeness of who I am?