NEW MOON IN VIRGO – Order from chaos, baby steps, and fear versus faith (September 19, 2017)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 10:29 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 28° of Virgo.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 28° of Virgo in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence.

Welcome to what probably will feel like a beautiful New Moon.  After all the intense energy of the last two months, this earthy Virgo New Moon will help us all ground ourselves, integrate what has happen recently, and create order out of any chaos.  All New Moons provide us with new emotional starts.  With Virgo, relevant keywords include practical, efficient, detail-oriented, analytical, organized, and humble.  Yes, we do need to consciously avoid the judgmental, critical side of Virgo (toward self or others); but if we can do that, this New Moon’s energy can feel gentle and healing.

Another lower expression of this sign’s energy can be perfectionism, but the healthier use of Virgo’s energy is discernment.  With this Virgo New Moon, it’s time to “clear out the clutter.”  This is especially true because the Sun is in the final degrees of Virgo, so we may feel an unusually strong need to clean out closets, the garage, our filing system, etc., before the Sun moves into Libra on Friday, September 22.

However, keep in mind that the clearing out process isn’t just for physical spaces.  For some, the focus may be our minds and hearts.  Virgo is also very focused on the body and what we need in our present reality in order to take care of our health.  Whether our decluttering process occurs on a physical, emotional, and/or mental level, good questions to ask ourselves at this time include, “Is this still serving my needs?” and “Has this outlived its usefulness and is it time to let it go?”

The Moon and Sun are both in opposition (180°) to Chiron in Pisces, which can make us more sensitive than usual to the collective suffering of others.  Chiron is “The Wounded Healer.”  It teaches us that our greatest wounds can be our greatest gifts to the world if we are willing to work through any denial and acknowledge their existence.  Remember, we don’t have to be perfect (the lower expression of Virgo), but we do need to be committed to our healing journey and to doing what is necessary to take care of ourselves.  Virgo is also about service, so this New Moon is telling us that the more we heal our own issues, the more available we will be to serve others in profound ways.

In addition to Chiron, the planet Neptune is also in Pisces at the time of this Virgo New Moon.  This Piscean energy can soften Virgo’s typical “do-do-do” approach to life, which can be a good thing when we are going through the often difficult process of weeding out what no longer serves us . . . physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually.  Pisces tells us that to do this effectively, we need to approach our own wounds and the wounds of others with an open heart and unconditional love.  Instead of criticizing or judging, we need to focus on soothing the wounded inner child.

Whatever we decide to keep in our lives needs to nourish us.  The Virgo energy also helps us see that our greatest happiness and joy is often achieved through simplicity, cutting out the extraneous, and/or refining what already exists.  And the Piscean energy will support us in intuitively knowing the answers, if we allow ourselves to maintain a big picture approach to the de-cluttering process.  Luckily, Mercury is trining (120°) Mars in earth signs at the time of this New Moon.  This will give us the mental (Mercury) energy (Mars) to bring some of those Piscean visions into reality.  This aspect supports us in being very productive, enthusiastic, and mentally alert and aware.

But we shouldn’t ignore the fact that Saturn squares (90°) the opposition between the Sun/Moon and Chiron.  This forms a t-square configuration (i.e., right triangle) in the sky above us.  T-squares are powerful and demand change in some area of our lives.  The planet being squared (i.e., Saturn this time) often provides outlets or guidance regarding what will help us resolve the challenges presented by the opposition.  If left to its own devices, Saturn can be a Debbie Downer.  Around the time of this New Moon, we need to watch for any tendency toward feeling hopeless and thinking that nothing will ever change.  If we observe these tendencies, we need to redirect our energies.  Yes, we need to decide what we want to happen in the future in order to make sure we are moving in the right direction.  But then we need to focus on the present.  What concrete steps can we take right here, right now?  That is what Virgo is all about.  Small steps, if taken in the right direction, eventually create a successful journey . . . but only if we don’t stop or get stuck lamenting over not making enough progress.  Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and have faith!

And faith is big part of the Virgo New Moon.  Mercury is in an exact opposition (180°) to Neptune, which can cause us to feel confused and easily swayed by illusions.  But the beauty of astrology is that we are forewarned about this possibility and can avoid its impact by, instead, using this aspect to tap into our intuition.  The way out of Netpunian fear is through faith.  The lower expression of Neptune would have us believing that we are powerless and a victim.  However, Neptune is also the most spiritual of the planets.  So instead of falling into hopelessness, we need to consciously choose to have faith and listen to God/Source/Spirit, angels, guides, and deceased loved ones that are continually telling us that we are powerful beyond measure and that we can trust in the Divine Order in all things.  How do we move from fear to faith?  We need to pay attention to our internal dialogue and make a conscious choice about what we are choosing to tell ourselves.  Luckily, the Virgo energy will help us do this analysis, and the Pisces energy will help us love ourselves during the process.

On the same day as the Virgo New Moon (Tuesday, September 19), Venus moves out of Leo and into Virgo, where she will remain until October 15.  While in Leo, Venus was very sociable and outgoing.  In Virgo, she is now looking at all the relationships that she initiated while moving through Leo and discerning which category those relationships fall into . . . a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  Within our relationships, love will be expressed in practical ways while Venus is in Virgo.  We will also find it very satisfying to serve others, and we want our love, entertainment, and any financial expenditures to make sense and have a purpose.

Sunday, September 24, sees an opposition (180°) between Mars and Neptune, which will influence us for a few days before and after the actual event.  We may suddenly feel that something in our life is becoming very unclear and nebulous.  We may also begin to have doubts about whether our efforts are going to produce results.  We need to remember that this is just a temporary phase.  Navigating this lull in our confidence will be easier if we can relinquish our need to be in control and, instead, follow our intuitive guidance, which may provide us with answers we didn’t see until now.

On Wednesday, September 27, Jupiter and Uranus make their last of three oppositions (180°), which is a planetary dance that started all the way back in December 2016.  As they execute these final steps in their dance, we may feel restless.  We might have a sudden urge to make a big change of some kind, although whatever change we are considering is likely something we’ve been thinking about since the first time Jupiter and Uranus opposed each other at the end of last year.  And remember, when Uranus is involved, we can either choose to change or we will be changed.  So if this change is in our highest good and we are doing something to block it from happening, then we may have events happen to us that often feel unpleasant.  With Uranus’s energy, sometimes breakdowns need to happen before a breakthrough is possible.  But regardless of how the change occurs, we need to have faith that the goal of the Universe is to help us grow and learn.

The next day (Thursday, September 28), Pluto ends its annual 5-month retrograde period and begins moving direct again.  (NOTE:  It began its retrograde period on April 20.)  Because Pluto moves very slowly, it will take several weeks before it regains its forward momentum.  While retrograde, Pluto asked us to explore our inner psyches and heal issues related to power and ambition.  If we have done this work, Pluto’s direct motion will give us the power we need to pursue our dreams using power and not force.

On Saturday, September 30, Mercury moves out of analytical Virgo and into diplomatic Libra, where it will remain until October 18.  Mercury in Libra can be indecisive, but that’s because it sees all sides of a situation.  This can be very helpful in contentious situations.  Quick decisions may be difficult, but we are verbally very gracious.  We are more inclined to look for win-win solutions and seek ways to keep the peace.

Then on Sunday, October 1, we get the gift of ENERGY!  If you’ve been waiting to undertake a project that you have been avoiding, this could be a great opportunity!  ENJOY!  Mars will trine (120°) Pluto, which are the two powerhouses in the sky, and this aspect will influence us for a few days before and after October 1.  This supportive aspect will not only provide us with courage, motivation, and strength, but also power . . . and lots of it.  The only warning is to make sure we use the energy constructively.  If we don’t have a specific project to work on, it would be best to engage in some type of physical activity as a way to vent the energy that could build up.  But given all the recent Virgo energy that is still hanging around us, this is a good time to accomplish practical, detail-oriented tasks that require us to breakdown projects into smaller steps.  It is very likely that we will find ourselves feeling emotionally lighter as we get these pesky tasks accomplished.

Overall, this New Moon in Virgo is asking us to use our skills of discernment to determine what is currently serving us . . . or not.  It is also assisting us in making order out of any chaos and helping us find practical, simple solutions to achieve our goals.  Given the strong influence of Chiron/Neptune in Pisces, we are also being asked to undertake any decluttering with a loving heart rather than falling into the lower expression of Virgo’s critical nature.  But there’s a great deal of support for us to do this in a way that leads to healing.  And that healing will open doors to opportunities to give back to the world through responsible service.  So remember, “Don’t try to overhaul your life overnight. Instead, focus on making one small change at a time.  Over time, those small things will add up to big transformation.  Don’t give up!”  (Unknown)


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New Moon at 28° of Virgo

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 10:29 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:29 a.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 5:29 a.m. GMT

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