On Sunday, September 9, 2018 (11:02am PST and 2:02 PM EST) the moon begins its new cycle in the earthy and practical sign of Virgo. The sign that is finely attuned to details, prefers order, and is all about precision. She is wired for service and what she does is also who she is and you’ll most likely recognize her for it, too. The key behind her work is that it must be meaningful to her. When she’s functioning at her best, she’s clear about who she is, what she does, where she’s going, and knows with unwavering clarity where her place is in the world. Her shadow creeps in through worrying, nitpicking, and scrutinizing over every little thing and every little detail. To put it simply, she’s been known at times to become a little obsessive.
So what does this mean for this New Moon? Here’s a hint: A big emphasis over the next couple of weeks will be about finding some clarity. Here’s the interesting part, sometimes when we are in need of a vision things often feel even more unclear. If this is you, just relax, and know that what you’re looking for might not come from “out there” as much as from within. Virgo isn’t concerned with how things look, but rather how things work and the meaning behind them. So be sure you allow your self some time to be still and to find the meaning that lives underneath. If you don’t know where to start – begin with what appears to be out of focus. You don't need to change it just yet - just get clear on what appears blurry in your life. The good news is that Virgo has the potential to help us see who we really are and so there’s a good chance that our vision will naturally start to open.
I should also mention that Mercury is in Virgo (Note: the ruler of Virgo is Mercury) and well truth be told when it’s in Virgo it has the ability to locate the flaws in well… everything. This doesn’t have to be a negative unless you let it. Of course there’s the potential to become overly critical and beat the self up with all the ways you might feel like you’re falling short. I’ll be blunt: don’t do that. The good news is that when it’s functioning at the highest it helps detangle or unlock anything that’s been holding you back. In other words, it offers you freedom in the purest sense. Oh, and Virgo likes to grow. So the best medicine for any unsettled idea, thought, or emotion is to find different ways to work on “bettering” yourself. This isn’t calling for your complete perfection, but rather a deep acceptance of who you are and what you’re here to do. It might even help you become more focused with what you want or need to accomplish.
Sitting in direct opposition to this New Moon, we find Neptune swimming in Pisces. This simply reminds us to not fall for any illusions. If you can’t step into it and feel it’s realness whatever it might be, then it’s really only a mirage. You can always test an illusion by trying to lean into it. Just remember an illusion can’t hold you. On the high end, Neptune might be there to help you connect more compassionately, and deeply to your imagination. This might awaken something that’s been waiting and wanting to come to life. Since Neptune can be rather slippery, we must remember that there’s a fine line between deception and inspiration. We must learn how to discern the difference. Virgo helps with this and reminds us to put things through the test so we might find out what or who will last.
I’d like to add that this New Moon is making a helpful aspect to Jupiter in Scorpio and also to Pluto in Capricorn. Since Jupiter is about expansion, abundance, and faith, there’s a good chance that what you are or have been working on is ready to open up to its full potential. Pluto is associated with death and rebirth and a very close encounter with an “in your face” kind of truth. Since it’s a supportive aspect we can trust that whatever has been holding you back these last few months is now ready to become uncovered and transformed. And you might even find that secrets become known and it's quite possible that lies become revealed. Since we’re still talking about Pluto, we need to remember that it does require some deep, honest, and intense reflecting. In other words, it will be important that you claim your truth.
One last thing to keep in mind, Venus is moving into Scorpio and will stay here until January 2019. Let’s be honest Scorpio can be a little too intense for miss Venus and when she starts to retrograde expect a lot to become uncovered or unraveled in your relationships.
So with this New Moon practice radical self-care, give yourself a break, and find ways to accept who you are, where you are, and where you are going. Don’t be afraid to dive in deep and make the necessary changes that push you further into your full potential. At the very least - be prepared to be the one who “sees” your beauty, flaws and all, and remember you are here to become not arrive.
While we all might feel pulled during this New Moon to see the details and become more clear on what we are here to do, we will each experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Virgo is located in your chart or if you have a natal planet associated with it. If you are interested in a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.
[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Virgo. The sign is not gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.]