The New Moon takes place at midday (BST) on September 17, 2020 at 25°Vi00′.
This is a strong Earth chart, but the Moon and Sun are opposed by watery Neptune. It’s like a landslide, Mother Nature has a will of her own (Ceres is out of Bounds) and nothing is assured or certain. With the focus on Virgo, we long to make a fresh start, scrub away problems, cleanse mind body and soul. But it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, beaten back by the tide, confused or defeated before we start.
The lights are squaring the Nodes and this too makes it a wobbly picture. Some astrological research suggests that these periods can be particularly challenging citing disasters, both natural and manmade and extreme tension in the collective psyche. Certainly for many of us, this has been a tense year and with Mars now retrograde and triggering the Saturn-Pluto conjunction once again, the heat is on. It’s unsettling and the onus is on each of us to explore where we can take personal responsibility (without trying to shoulder the weight of the world).
The question to ask is ‘where can I make it better? What one small thing can you do during this lunation that will improve circumstances? Use your imagination and set the seed of intention. Mercury, the ruler of this lunation however is squaring massive Jupiter, giving rise to big ideas and sweeping judgements. But it’s the little things that need our focus, the small tweaks, the quiet concentration. The New Moon is on the Sabian symbol ‘A Boy With A Censer Serves The Priest Near The Altar’. It’s about focusing on what is sacred and letting all else fall away. Instead of falling into illusion and delusion, we need to hold space for soul work without losing our connection to reality. Use Virgo’s discernment to carefully analyse the next steps. Thankfully the trines to the Capricorn planets give us an anchor and a place to go if we feel out of our depth. Do what needs to be done to keep life ticking over. Drink water. Balance work with rest. Keep a positive mindset. Concentrate on what is meaningful. Let go of the need for everything to be perfect. It might be messy right now but that doesn’t mean it’s broken.
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We can feel the tides beginning to turn on this New Moon at 25° 01′ Virgo on 17 September 2020, 04:00 AM PDT. What a difference it makes to have two more planets in air and fire. Nonetheless, the Virgo Sun and Moon are doing their best, supported by a trine to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, to keep our lives focused on the importance of the small details in our daily lives.
It is the personal planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars, who are all now in fire and air signs. Mercury is in Libra, Venus in Leo and Mars in Aries. This puts their messages at odds with the rest of the planets in earth and water. The differences in opinion are highlighted on this New Moon in Virgo.
Mercury in Libra wants to emphasize the need to be fair-minded and open to opinions from all sides. A square to Jupiter in Capricorn finds Mercury challenging belief systems held by the powers that be. What we need more of is respectful listening. We don’t have to agree with what is being said but we do need all parties to temporarily suspend judgment and listen carefully. Libra is a big fan of hearing both sides (or more) of the story. Though getting the true facts may be a problem because Mercury in Libra is also inconjunct Neptune in Pisces which contributes confusion and misunderstandings. We’ll need to persevere!
Another challenge has to do with the waning square between Venus in flamboyant Leo and unpredictable Uranus in Taurus. While this square can add spice to a love affair, it can also create big problems with financial matters. Impulse spending and deciding to make a large investment on the spur of the moment usually don’t end well.
We’re right in the thick of things when it comes to Mars in Aries squaring Saturn in Capricorn. The first square was exact on August 24 and the final square happens on September 29. Mars is now retrograde and we’re probably beginning to experience the results of rash choices made during late August. No need to keep bashing our heads against the proverbial wall. What may serve us better is stepping back and reevaluating our position. Saturn responds to careful planning based on solid accurate data . . . he pays no attention whatsoever to temper tantrums or threats. Just saying.
One of the true blessings in the sky now is the ongoing sextile between Jupiter in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter is now direct, improving the effectiveness of this sextile. Look for solutions that combine practicality with compassion to take advantage of this positive influence.
Best be prepared for previously hidden information to surface on this New Moon in Virgo, thanks to Pluto aspecting the luminaries. There is no doubt it will be very useful information but we will need to choose to utilize it of our own free will. We can use this New Moon to contemplate where we want to go from here. And whatever we decide, please remember to continue practicing kindness, patience and tolerance towards others as well as ourselves.
We are on the verge of the next New Moon, this one in the earth sign Virgo. New Moons are great for setting intentions and using the energy of a new Moon cycle to plan your month ahead.
Virgo is the most organised and efficient star sign, emphasising the strong earth sign energy this week. During the New Moon phase in Virgo, make lists, sort your filing, get things organised and ship-shape and work out a realistic/practical schedule for the month ahead.
Virgo rules craft and skills and helps us all pay attention to the details of life. This is the time to initiate new regular habits that benefit your everyday routine, your body and your health. Virgo rules work, also your well-being.
This New Moon is strong earth energy which is good news as fiery Mars retrograde in fire sign Aries has been ruling the roost of late. This earth sign New Moon feels like a counterbalance to anger, drama, things feeling out-of-control.
Mercury-ruled Mutable Virgo
Yet, it’s also important to remember that even though Virgo is one of the earth signs, it’s a mutable, i.e. flexible/changeable sign and ruled by Mercury, planet of the mind. Grounded isn’t a good description for Virgo, although it is for the other two earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn.
Hence the title of this New Moon article – ‘don’t worry, be happy‘. If you know anything about Virgos, they can be great worriers. I remember a Virgo I lived with many years ago who said ‘I’m worried that I’ve got nothing to worry about at the moment!’ – lol. Only a Virgo…
Be aware that your mind might be going a little bit crazy at the moment – mine is! – and your dreams might leave you feeling frazzled and worn out, because they’re so busy – mine are!
Take steps to calm your mind, ground yourself, be in nature, saunter slowly through life, appreciate the small things and whatever brings you comfort.
There’s power in this week’s New Moon as the Sun & Moon at 25 Virgo make a supportive trine aspect to the triple conjunction in Capricorn, Jupiter at 17, Pluto at 22 and Saturn at 25 Capricorn.
Consider what you’re building towards and how to create foundations in your life that highlight your long-term goals or sense of security.
At the very least, focus on getting the basics in life in place – a roof over your head, food to eat, somewhere warm to rest. Pare back and deal with the essentials of life.
The New Moon picks up an opposition to Neptune in Pisces too, which adds to the mutable feel of this New Moon – Neptune’s realm is vast and boundless. Although as Neptune is at 19 Pisces, the earth sign trines are stronger.
Yet, this does feel perfect for being close to water, a lake, a river or the sea. Swim in nature’s bounty and open yourself to the magic of the natural world.
Stop, clear your mind and see what comes to you when you’re in flow, un-rushed and unhurried. Give yourself time to dream during this powerful New Moon. This is where true creativity hides, when you allow ideas to appear that are unexpected and delight you.
Here’s a quick guide to the areas of your life highlighted by this week’s New Moon in Virgo. Read both your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign:
Virgo: Self, image, name, your identity
Libra: Retreat, quiet time, seclusion, service to others, introspection
Scorpio: Friends, groups, social networks, social concerns, hopes & wishes
Sagittarius: Career, vocation, status, your role in the public eye
Capricorn: Travel, education, learning, your philosopy of life
Aquarius: Joint finances, sex, life’s mysteries
Pisces: Relationships, your 1-to-1’s both personal & professional
Aries: Health, work, your everyday lifestyle & routine
Taurus: Children, creativity, entertainment, love affairs, luck
Gemini: Home, family, your past, where you come from
Cancer: Communication, siblings, neighbours, your local community
Leo: Money, resources, your personal values
Virgo is a sign that sometimes gets a bad press for playing small but the best way to create change in life is to take one small step at a time towards your chosen goal. Making big demands on yourself doesn’t pay off but creating new daily practices can change the habits of a lifetime.
Wait until the silver slither of the crescent moon emerges in the night sky at the weekend. Then, you can make your New Moon wish and tend to your garden of life.
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