The desire to make some changes in our lives is strong on the New Moon at 14° 38′ Virgo on 6 September 2021, 05:52 PM PDT. An exact trine to unpredictable Uranus in Taurus is the reason why. These can be anything from a minor change to our daily routines increasing efficiency to deciding to move across country for a new job. Earth signs dominate the New Moon chart which increases the likelihood our choices will affect us not just in theory but in tangible ways.
Where dissonance creeps in on this New Moon is through the differences in opinion between the planets in air and those in earth. Mercury, Virgo’s ruler, is in Libra and has an important part in this. It is still trine Saturn in Aquarius, a really excellent influence for seeing things clearly and dispassionately. Nonetheless, our brilliant ideas will likely to considered too idealistic by the earth contingent. Success can come from consciously including the basic practicalities in our decision making process. Libra wants an equitable solution and Aquarius seeks to ensure humanity as a whole benefits. The earth signs are concerned with making sure logistics and costs are covered.
It is Venus in Libra who in under the most pressure. To be sure, Venus enjoys the support of Jupiter in Aquarius via a trine but she is being squared by heavy weight Pluto in Capricorn with an irritating semi-sextile to picky Mars in Virgo thrown in for good measure. We may find ourselves questioning what we value. Venus in Libra might seem a bit frivolous but she knows how important it is to see the beauties in life as well as the sorrows. It might feel like an extravagance (Jupiter is Aquarius) to visit an art museum or enjoy a theater production, and for many it probably is. However, we can all take time to appreciate a beautiful sunset or flowers blooming in a nearby park. Sometimes it is a matter of shifting one’s perspective to focus on finding the small beauties in our daily lives, something Mars in Virgo ought to understand.
It would be a bad idea to put ourselves deeper in debt (Pluto in Capricorn) in order to finance our need for beautiful objects, in part because being in debt can leave us at the mercy of our creditors (Pluto in Capricorn at work again). This can apply to borrowing from loved ones, not a good plan for many reasons including feeling like that gives them more control than is comfortable.
Going back to Mars in Virgo who is trine Pluto in Capricorn and inconjunct Jupiter in Aquarius as well as making a waning opposition to Neptune in Pisces, we might benefit from taking a long look at our actions too. In general any task that requires a methodical, detail oriented approach will benefit greatly from the Mars-Pluto trine. Mars in Virgo excels at detail work but can suffer from an excess of nervous energy which can interrupt the work flow. Being trine Pluto in Capricorn helps this Mars by increasing its patience and tenacity. Thankfully Neptune’s influence is rapidly fading and Pluto can prevent Mars from being distracted by Jupiter in Aquarius’s promises of fun. We can do this!
We need to remember to be kind and generous with ourselves and allow time to decide how best to utilize the momentum of this New Moon in Virgo. Usually the New Moon itself is a quiet time, perfect for contemplation. The pressure from Uranus in Taurus on the luminaries may leave us feeling the need to hurry, not a good idea because that can lead to accidents and missteps which are also side effects of Uranus . Another even better reason to take our time and proceed in a careful, methodical manner is Mercury in Libra will be going retrograde on September 26 and that means having to review what is happening now. Libra has a reputation of being indecisive when in reality, Libra is simply making sure all the relevant information is made available and taken into consideration before making a decision. In other words, summon the energy to practice patience for now as well as being kind and tolerant. Peace and love to all.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
Image: “Hello Moon” by Sherri Conley
This Week’s Major Aspects
06-Sep-21 Venus square Pluto and trine Jupiter, Mars trine Pluto.
Controlling relationships. Secrets exposed. Financial manipulation. Or – choosing joy over fear. Motivation to change for the better. Strength to overcome.
07-Sep-21 New Moon in Virgo, Sun trine Uranus
Start small. A tingle of anticipation. Awakening to what needs to change. A revolutionary new start.
08-Sep-21 Mercury opposite Chiron
Painful conversation. Reticence. Doubting choices. A need to carefully weigh up the information to hand. Check in with a mentor.
09-Sep-21 No major aspects
10-Sep-21 Venus enters Scorpio
Deepening intimacy. The power of love. Love that changes your world. All or nothing in relationships. Emotional intensity in matters of the heart.
11-Sep-21 No major aspects
12-Sep-21 No major aspects
New Moon [14 Virgo 38]
– September 7, 2021 (01:52 GMT+1)
At the time of the New Moon, all is dark. You only see the sliver of the crescent moon a couple of days after the exact moment of the New Moon.
Traditionally, you set your intentions at the time of the New Moon. Then, you make a wish when you first see the crescent Moon in the night sky.
At the exact moment of the New Moon, the Sun & Moon sit side-by-side in the zodiac in earth sign Virgo.
Virgo is the star sign of order & analysis, list-making & strategy, resourcefulness & measured behaviour. It’s linked to work and routine, lifestyle and health, self-care and service to others.
Therefore, this is an excellent New Moon to start a new habit or begin any activity that feeds you, nurtures you, grounds you & strengthens you.
The Uranus Factor
The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn. One planet in particular stands out during this New Moon and that planet is hyper, live-wire Uranus. At 14 degrees Taurus, Uranus is making an exact trine aspect to both the Sun & Moon.
When Uranus is involved, you can expect the unexpected, be ready for the diversion, the swift change of pace. Uranus is the rebel & activist.
If you haven’t found anything to protest about or get frustrated in recent times, you’re not living in the world. It’s hard to settle and continue with your daily routine as the world goes mad around you.
The other planet in Virgo is Mars so use your anger, your irritation to stoke the fires that burn deep within, that urge you to make a difference. You might sign a petition, join a protest, voice your concerns or uphold your beliefs. Uranus is the trigger, the spark that unites the collective.
The Call of the Moon
And yet, the call of this New Moon in Virgo is to continue living your life well, to restore order, calm the mind and not let fear or worry take hold.
A New Moon in a feminine earth sign is the ideal time to put one foot in front of the other, to allow the constancy and beauty of nature to soothe your soul, to be grateful for the rituals and routine of your daily life.
Much nurturing and care is needed now. Start with you, the ones you love, heal self & others, help and be of service, then gently move out into the world.
Happy New Moon
For the second time in twenty years, California is holding a recall election for its governor. Like Gray Davis in 2003, the at-risk chief executive is a Democrat, Gavin Newsom, less than two years into his first term, former mayor of San Francisco. Unlike the successful challenge mounted by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, there is no high-profile Republican candidate running to unseat Newsom in 2021. Rather, upwards of 40 little-known candidates have ponied-up to the electoral bar, from across the political spectrum, but Newsom is not among them, as the current governor is not allowed to run to replace himself.
To be held September 14th, voters will be presented with two questions on the California Recall ballot: first, whether to retain Newsom in office or remove him; and then, stating their preference for his replacement, which option they can exercise even if they had voted to keep him. Mail-in ballots have been sent to every registered voter, which may boost turnout in this off-year, off-season election, possibly giving Democrats an advantage in retaining the seat. Newsom is consistently polling just above 50% saying he ought to remain in his job, but should he drop below that level, he will be replaced by whoever has a plurality of votes, no matter how few are cast; there is no runoff provision to winnow the field. Currently polling best among his would-be successors, with roughly a quarter of the vote, is Republican Larry Elder, an African American conservative talk radio host and author.
So the polls tenuously endorse a Newsom victory – what do the stars say? Born 10 October 1967 at 5:13 AM PDT in San Francisco, California (Rodden Rating AA), Gavin Newsom has a firm grasp on power, with Pluto exactly conjunct the 21 Virgo Ascendant and squared natal asteroid Gavini at 26 Sagittarius, combining two personal celestial markers (Ascendant and Gavini, for Gavin) with the source of personal power. In itself, Gavini is also exactly conjunct asteroid Nike, named for the Greek goddess of victory, so winning comes naturally to Newsom. Asteroid California at 24 Pisces on the Descendant, T-Squared Gavini/Nike and opposed Asc/Pluto, shows the venue for Newsom’s personal power and victories; California’s angularity identifies it as a pivotal locale in Newsom’s biography.
The Sun at 16 Libra conjoins asteroid Newsome (for Newsom; thus both his PNAs conform to the typical pattern of aspecting Sun, Moon or Ascendant in the birth chart) and opposes Saturn at 8 Aries, moving Gavin Newsom into government work (Saturn), specifically in the role of Chief Executive (also Saturn). The Moon at 16 Capricorn is exactly at First Quarter square with the Sun, and creates a T-Square of the Saturn polarity, suggesting, among other things, the likelihood of government (Saturn) housing (Moon).
Newsom was cheated in this natal potential during his tenure in San Francisco by the fact that the City by the Bay has no official mayoral residence; and he voluntarily voided the celestial manufacturer’s warranty when he abandoned the California governor’s mansion barely three months after moving in, opting for a private residence just outside Sacramento. Perhaps third time will be the charm: with asteroid Whitehouse at 16 Cancer filling out the Grand Cross, and exactly aspected to the Sun and Moon, an Oval Office run seems likely in the future, giving Newsom a crack at fulfilling the cosmic government housing proviso at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
On September 14th, the Governor and his state are appropriately highlighted for the Recall Election, with the transit Sun exactly conjunct asteroid California at 22 Virgo (just one degree past Newsom’s natal Ascendant) and opposed asteroid Gavini at 27 Pisces, placing both in the spotlight. But not so fast! Neptune is also part of the mix, conjoined Gavini and opposing Sun/California from 21 Pisces (highlighting Newsom’s natal Descendant/California pairing, suggesting his personal/Gavini relationship/Desc with the Golden State/California is in flux/Neptune), an indication of possible confusion at the ballot box, or disappointment in the outcome (both Neptune keywords). (One likely source of the confusion could be that Democratic voters who support Newsom on Question One will not realize that they can also voice a preference for his successor, thus skewing the Question Two results towards a Republican challenger.)
That looming threat for princes and potentates, symbolized by the ongoing Jupiter/Damocles conjunction, which has taken down more than one public figure of late, remains in effect at 24 and 26 Aquarius, making this recall effort part and parcel of that current energy. Also of note, a potential controversy regarding the vote itself. Conducted largely by mail, transit asteroid Maillen (phonetic stand-in for “mail-in”) at 14 Taurus is an exact match for transit Uranus, and is stationary, turning retrograde on September 6th. This could indicate an unexpected or controversial (Uranus) development in the process, as related to mail-in ballots (Maillen), or perhaps a sluggish retrieval of that vote (the stationary status).
Transit asteroid Newsome at 29 Aries exactly opposes asteroid Sisyphus at 29 Libra, a symbol of repetitive action which neatly suggests the recall vote itself, and this polarity is T-Squared by transit Pluto at 24 Capricorn, identifying the playing field as Newsom’s personal power base, and perhaps evoking a devastating transformation (also Pluto) in circumstance. The Newsome/Sisyphus opposition also forms the spine of a Boomerang Yod with inconjuncts from Newsome to Sun/California and asteroid Nike at 22 Scorpio, though the orbs here are a bit wide, indicating that Fate has a major role to play in the outcome.
More closely bound up in this pattern is Newsom’s natal Uranus at 26 Virgo and natal asteroid Victoria at 28 Scorpio, named for Nike’s Roman counterpart and the root of our word “victory.” This suggests an unexpected win, but Neptune is once again the fly in the cosmic ointment, with natal Neptune at 22 Scorpio, exactly conjoined transit Nike, spreading uncertainty like a fog.
This contest is not a typical one, in that Newsom is not directly running against anybody, but rather, against his own performance as governor, as Californians rate it. That said, Larry Elder’s prospects do look good for the day, with transit asteroid Lawrence (for given first name Laurence) at 25 Scorpio conjunct winning Nike, and transit asteroid Larry at 26 Capricorn conjunct both transit Pluto at 24 Cap and transit Victoria at 3 Aquarius, doubling down on the victory vibe (Nike, Victoria) for Elder (Lawrence, Larry), with prospects for increased personal power (Pluto again). Both Larry and Victoria are strategically embedded at station, perhaps indicating a literal “turning point” in Elder’s life (win or lose, this election is likely to be a watershed moment for him and his career). Larry resumes direct motion a week before the election, while Victoria turned direct on September 2nd, both still at their station degrees. However, given the peculiar circumstances of this vote, this may refer only to a theoretical win of Question Two, voided and rendered moot by a Newsom victory on Question One. A third Larry referent, asteroid Laurentia, appears at 23 Gemini, closely opposed asteroid NOT, a general disqualifier, at 22 Sagittarius, and T-Squared Sun/California, suggesting a cosmic nolle prosequi for the conservative talk radio host in his quest to be California’s next governor. Larry Elder may find himself the winner of a contest that doesn’t apply.
And that, for now, seems the most likely outcome. But with Neptune, certainty is always a mirage.
There is a New Moon in Virgo (@ 14 degrees) on Sept. 6, 2021.
This is the time of focusing back in after the expansive energy of the summer. The merging of solar and lunar energies at a New Moon creates new doorways to walk through, new windows to open, bringing entirely fresh points of view (if we choose to see them).
Because this particular New Moon is linked to the Moon’s Nodes it has a special significance for the current direction of global collective consciousness. Virgo, and Pisces opposite, are considered signs of initiation … any pressure on these nodal points can move us into a crisis, triggering a deep purification of what no longer serves us. That pressure is coming from the planet Neptune.
I’ve written before about how the nodes of the Moon are an intersection point between the earth sun and moon ~ called the ‘Collective Destiny Points’ (this is where eclipses occur). The nodes describe the lessons a society must go through at a given time, and any planets at right angles to these points show us what has to be dealt with and integrated before we can fully step into our future. With the nodes currently in Gemini and Sagittarius, we are being called to open up to a diversity of viewpoints (Gemini) while we re-examine our core belief systems (Sagittarius).
Critical thinking is essential at this time!(Virgo)
Neptune is making that difficult by blurring ‘reality’ and bringing a lot of confusing, mixed messages, and false facts mixed with fear to the global consciousness. Neptune rules our hopes and dreams, as well as our unconscious fears. It also rules the immune system and viruses! There are so many narratives floating around right now, and we have to figure out which ones to believe and which to discard. Beware of lies and illusions! You may think you know what is going on, and you may be right. Or – you may be mistaken.
Neptune is a highly spiritual sign who’s purpose is to dissolve our barriers and melt away the rigid boundaries that separate us from all that is. That can be a good thing, and it can also be very challenging. When Neptune comes into your life expect things to go a bit sideways as you learn to surrender and trust.
I’m seeing and hearing a lot of shame and blame right now. It’s always ‘those guys’ who are at fault. Venus calls us to accept each other, even in the midst of our differences. Find middle ground. We are all in this together, one planet, one human race.