Happy New Moon in Virgo! This New Moon becomes exact at 8:51 PM New York time on Monday, September 6 (00:51 GMT on September 7). This New Moon in the detailed and picky mutable earth sign of Virgo forms a harmonious, nearly exact trine (just 1 minute of orb) to freedom-loving, adventurous Uranus, which is still Retrograde in Taurus.
We are still under the influence of the 'Lucky Double' Aquarius Full Moon from a fortnight ago. Jupiter conjuncted that Full Moon, making the 28 days following it a very lucky time! This New Moon now trines Uranus, causing unexpected lucky surprises. This is probably the best time of the year to take a calculated risk!
Uranus is an opportunistic planet, just like Jupiter. Uranus-type opportunities tend to come unexpectedly, suddenly, or spontaneously. Although the majority of this article will be focused on the themes associated with the meticulous, pragmatic and logical aspects of Virgo, it's important to also remember that Uranus's powerful benevolent influence on this chart reminds us to be open to all opportunities over the next 28 days, however they may be presented to us.
Uranus is also associated with the energy of freedom and revolution. Its influence in this New Moon chart encourages us to break out of our comfort zones and to maintain newfound success through disciplined repetition of that which is working for us.
Virgo is an earth sign that is represented by The Maiden. It is associated with Persephone in Greek mythology. Virgo is very much associated with the wheat crop, as the ancients thought that Virgo—the second-largest constellation in the sky—appeared to be a woman with wings carrying a sheaf of wheat. In the Northern Hemisphere, the final third of summer (Virgo season) has historically been the time when the most crops are reaped. In order to reap crops, it requires discipline, planning, and pragmatism. These are three qualities that the sign of Virgo models for the rest of the Zodiac.
Virgo means virgin in Latin. The sign of Virgo is also associated with purity and self-sufficiency. The Virgo glyph is an 'M' with a tail that turns inward, representative of Virgo's ability to introspect and discern. It also may represent sexual shyness, as Scorpio, the most outwardly sexual of signs, has a glyph that is an 'M' with a tail that is an outward-pointing arrow, representing a phallus.
Virgo is a mutable sign in Western astrology, because it comes at the end of a season. In many parts of the Northern United States, Canada, and Europe, the deciduous leaves change colors (or at least start to) during Virgo season.
Being a New Moon, it is the best time during the lunar cycle to start new projects. Any projects that you start on this particular New Moon should have a lot of good luck energy behind it to succeed in the long term, as long as you stay committed and disciplined and plan things wisely.
With action-paced Mars in Virgo trining slow-moving Pluto—which is still Retrograde in Capricorn—it is an opportunistic time for us to solve longstanding frustrations and issues in our lives through action, especially when that action involves a fresh start or a new way of doing things (this is due to Uranus's benevolent influence here). The key term here is breaking out of our comfort zones.
So here are some questions to journal on that pertain to this theme:
What project(s) have I been putting aside for awhile that if I were to get started on, would give me the opportunity to move out of frustration, stuckness, or repeating patterns?
What project(s) or daily ritual(s) could I get started with that would teach me how to be better disciplined overall in my life?
How could I put safeguards in place to make sure that I stay on track for the long-term with these projects and daily rituals, so I don't just abandon them in a few weeks like I maybe have done with New Year's Resolutions in the past? (I'm not picking on you, the reader—we all have done this!) Examples of safeguards might include working with a coach or therapist, having a partner, family member, or friend remind you to stay on track, or to join some sort of online group where the members motivate one another.
How can I break out of my comfort zone? Which courageous steps would help me do that?
DISCIPLINE, LOGIC & PLANNING
Virgo the Maiden can seem cold, but she is simply introverted. She is a model of discipline, pragmatism, and logical planning. Applying this left-brained, Divine Masculine aspect to our lives can help us to experience greater success in life. With Mars--the planet of action--also in Virgo, this is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with these Divine Masculine virtues.
Two of the best traits of Virgo are being organized and detailed. Having things in order improves efficiency in all areas of life, and helps you to avoid unnecessary hangups that are due to being disorganized. I'm a Lunar Virgo and I tend to be pretty organized when it comes to keeping track of numbers and records. When I was a kid, I ran a backyard baseball league and obsessively kept stats (I was batting champion one year). I really, really love statistics, whether it's about baseball or finances or whatever. One thing that isn't an inherent strength for me, though, is organizing possessions.
I'm committing to doing some cleaning and organizing of my physical environment during the remainder of this Virgo season. What are you committing to organizing or cleaning during this Virgo season?
As a Lunar Virgo, I have a discerning, skeptical and logical mind. It's seemingly an odd trait to have for an intuitive, but I find that the skepticism and discernment helps me to more often than not separate true intuition/psychic receivings from illusion.
Logic and pragmatism are important virtues on the spiritual journey. Science says that adults make approximately 35,000 decisions every day. Most of these decisions are relatively inconsequential, and most of these decisions are made with the left-brain/logical mind (e.g. what to cook, how to drive to your destination, following protocols in your work).
I believe that we should strive to establish a healthy balance between the left brain/logical side and the right brain/intuitive side in order to be the most effective humans. Learning to plan effectively and to follow through with plans and protocols helps to 'water' the left brain side. My Awakening the Divine Masculine Mastery Empowerment Course dives deep into this topic and gives you practical exercises to improve in these endeavors.
Here are some general tips for improving your use of discipline, logic and pragmatism:
Write down daily and weekly goals. Set intentions soon after every New Moon for the next 28 days. Put these goals in a journal or somewhere where you can see them daily [e.g. a wall in your office or the refrigerator (after you remove any inessential postings on your refrigerator, of course)].
Keep a list of daily rituals on a clipboard or a whiteboard and check off each completed ritual as you do them
Schedule a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning and organizing time
Schedule daily, weekly or monthly rituals (e.g. meditation time, cleaning the house or backing up your files) in your smartphone or Google Calendar, if you use one
Keep a journal on your bedstand and commit to spending 5-10 minutes each night writing down some thoughts on your day and some thoughts/ideas for the days ahead
Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the king of communication. During Virgo season, interpersonal and internal communication comes to the forefront so that we can improve both!
The most effective way to become a better communicator is to learn to listen better. By listening better, we are giving the other person the gift of being heard, which is so often the underlying reason why we have conversations with one another in the first place: it feels good to be heard.
The best interviewers out there are the ones who you can tell listen very well. They are present in the conversation and thus they ask compelling follow-up questions that make for a really interesting interview. A poor interviewer will usually be nervous, stuck in their head and ask only the pre-written questions, as they are not really listening to what the interviewee is saying.
Being present in our interactions with others enhances our quality of life immensely. Conversations become much more enjoyable when you listen better. And by listening better to someone else's stories and experiences, it is more likely that they will reciprocate to you by listening to your own stories and experiences. Being heard opens the heart and makes us want to make space to hear someone else.
Another great tactic is taking a pause before you respond to anything anyone says. It is never wise to respond to anything someone says with anger, as anger only will make a communication issue worse or cause further problems. Making it a habit to pause before responding gives you a buffer that ensures you won't say something you later regret.
Even when you're not feeling triggered, taking a pause before responding allows you another moment to collect your thoughts and to make an even more effective statement. Those with high levels of charisma generally pause before speaking or responding.
Another important part of learning better communication is boundary setting. It is OK to tell someone no. It is OK to tell someone you're too tired, or you need space to yourself. It is OK to tell someone you need a break. It is OK to tell someone you're uncomfortable or it's not a good time. It's OK to reschedule commitments. It's OK not to respond right away, or at all. Honoring these feelings builds healthy self-esteem.
The most difficult people in your life to set proper boundaries with may very well be family members. They have known you for a long time, and they may think that it's OK to treat you like they treated you when you were a child. They may not be able to see or perceive how you have evolved.
With family members, you must remember that you are allowed to evolve and you are allowed to change your boundaries when you feel it is necessary. Sometimes, a family member will actually be open to discussing boundaries if you give them the chance. It's best to always give others the benefit of the doubt, though if someone really won't honor your boundaries--family member or not--you may sometimes need to reduce or even fully walk away from communicating with them.
Another really awesome way to improve communication during Virgo season is to give out more complements. People love receiving complements, and you'll find that as you dish out complements to others you'll find them coming back to you in unexpected and heartwarming moments!
IMPROVING INNER DIALOGUE
As I have said, Virgo is concerned with communication, as it is ruled by Mercury. Thus far we have discussed the theme of communication with others, but what about dialogue with yourself?
One of the most difficult aspects of the Awakening journey is the challenge of mastering your mental body. In order to master this lesson, it requires a great amount of discipline and practice. Someone with little control over their mind will be able to progress spiritually in many ways, but will simply not be as happy as someone who has really learned to master their mind.
When it comes to this topic, one of the most important things to understand is that thinking is not always the same mechanism. Sometimes you are actively thinking thoughts--for example while you are logically trying to solve a problem; while other times thoughts are actually thinking you. The reason for this is something called T-Fields. T-Fields are clouds of energy that are located within your energy field and in spaces in homes and businesses, or wherever people congregate. T-fields can be passed from person to person kind of like a virus. This is why if you have dinner with some pretty negative people, for example, you're probably going to start thinking negatively yourself. And if you have dinner with some really positive, upbeat people, your thoughts are going to become more positive!
This is why your living environment really matters. If you live with negative people, you are going to be more likely to be haunted by negative thoughts because of the T-fields. If you live in a building with a lot of dark energy, you likewise are going to be subject to more negative thoughts if you haven't sufficiently cleansed your living space spiritually.
So whether you know it or not, most of the time thoughts are actually thinking you, and not the other way around. The more that you cleanse your energy field and do your spiritual work, you are able to let go of the subconscious patterns that were unconsciously imprinted on you by your parents or caregivers when you were between the ages of zero and seven. As you shift these subconscious patterns into more supportive subconscious patterns, naturally the resonant T-fields in your aura will shift to more positive T-fields. If you are then able to surround yourself with positive people more of the time, you will find your thoughts permanently shifting for the better.
The other thing that is really important to remember when it comes to improving your inner dialogue is the breath. People who breathe shallowly most of the time tend to not have the most supportive inner dialogues, as when the breathing is shallow, the nervous system is stressed. A stressed nervous system will generally produce stressed thoughts.
When you remember to breathe deeply as you are going about your day, you are likely to experience a levity in your thoughts. This is why, as I said, I recommend a daily deep breathing practice for most everyone.
Here's a good 3-step process for getting yourself out of a spiral of negative thinking:
1) Take 3 deep breaths into the abdomen, extending the length of the exhale with each successive breath
2) Ask yourself this question: What can I be grateful for, right now? Speak what you are grateful for out loud, ideally. The words that you speak out loud carry much more power and weight than the words in your head.
3) Force yourself to smile for 10 seconds or longer!
An extremely effective way to improve your inner dialogue, especially in the long term, is to use affirmations. As our subconscious mind makes up 95% of our thinking, the way to truly make a difference in our inner dialogue is to change the subconscious mind. This can be achieved through hypnosis, subliminals and affirmations.
The subconscious mind is like a hardened rock that is difficult to change. But by chipping away at the subconscious with new, higher-vibrational statements repeatedly, the subconscious then begins to shift. This is the idea of affirmations: what we repeatedly say becomes our reality.
A great exercise for this Virgo New Moon is to make a list of 10 affirmations and repeat them 10x each morning and night in the mirror! I'm committing to doing that for the next 28 days, who's with me?!
If improving inner and outer dialogue is an aspect of the Spiritual Journey that really appeals to you, then I encourage you to purchase my Change Your Reality by Changing Your Words Mastery Empowerment Course.
DAILY RITUALS TO IMPROVE PHSYICAL HEALTH
The pragmatism and ritualism of Virgo also assists us in improving our physical health and vitality. Use the remainder of this Virgo season to implement new strategies to enhance your physical robustness. Start taking some new supplements (or start taking ones again that you maybe had taken in the past), and recommit to daily meditation and exercise.
If you'd like assistance in maximizing your physical health and vitality, whether you are in great health already or struggling with chronic health conditions, then please consider booking a Medical Intuitive Reading with me.
VENUS TRINES JUPITER: GOOD LUCK & HEALTHY GROWTH IN RELATIONSHIPS
Venus is in balanced and calm (but detached) Libra, trining a still-Retrograde Jupiter in Aquarius. This aspect emanates an energy of romance into the collective. Those in romantic relationships may experience an impromptu honeymoon phase where things are all 'lovey-dubby'. Paired with the most recent Full Moon's Grand Air trine between Venus, Saturn and the North Lunar Node, those in romantic relationships may feel like they want to be in it for the long term.
The Venus-Pluto square is still active, though, so 'big' issues could come up to test the long-term viability and sustainability of committed romantic relationships.
For those that are single, you may feel a burning desire for romance. With Mercury in Libra as well, it's a good time for new partnerships to come together, especially when both people have similar views on what sort of world they want to create.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and productive New Moon in Virgo!