Self Expression

New Moon in Virgo: Doing what is Necessary

On Monday, August 25th there is a New Moon in Virgo. New Moons are always times of planting seeds for a new cycle of manifestation. In Virgo we are planting the seeds of discernment. As an archetype Virgo is the energy of making adjustments in a step by step manner to make things more perfect. There is a detail orientation in Virgo unmatched in the Zodiac. This New Moon comes at a time when we are witness to the breaking down of the old guard and an emergence of a new paradigm.

Virgo’s goal is to make things work more efficiently. No matter what the job, Virgo comes in with it’s checklists and informational manuals and gets to work on making it better. So this is a wonderful New Moon to start a new health regiment, begin to clean out your closets, whether metaphorical or actual and start making your life work better for you.

The Chart for this New Moon is quite potent. The Sabian Symbol for 3 degrees of Virgo is “Two Guardian Angels” , Invisible help and protection in times of crisis. A comforting symbol at a time when the old paradigm in breaking down and the new paradigm is being formulated as we go.

As we look around, Nations, leaders, and certain groups are acting in the same ‘old’ way, power over, victim/victimizer, destruction of the nature environment in the name of sovereignty and dominion. The folly of this is almost laughable, if it wasn’t so tragic. There seems to be no corner of the world untouched by violence, upheaval and strife. So what’s the answer? This New Moon has some suggestions.

In the chart of the New Moon is a Yod or Finger of God configuration. This interaction between 3 or more planets creates the necessity to make adjustments. The planets involved are Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Uranus. Uranus in Aries, as the focal point of the yod, asks the question how can we become who we are uniquely meant to be. Aries requires ultimate freedom in order to function, yet Aries energy unchecked can create a very destructive atmosphere as everyone feels as if their way, is the right way.

Saturn and Mars are within arc minutes of their biennial conjunction, yet their relationship in this New Moon chart to each other is a balsamic one. Balsamic conjunctions ask us to let go, forgive and come to understand that we are all one. Asking Mars & Saturn, the planet of war & the planet of authority in the sign of death (Scorpio) to let go and forgive, may seem like magical thinking, yet it is exactly what we need in order to give each other the space and freedom to become our true selves.

Mercury in Virgo makes an opportunistic sextile to Mars and Saturn. This kind of sextile gives us the opportunity to reformulate our ideologies to create a more progressive equitable future. Mercury in Virgo is more than happy to work out the details of this! This does take some adjusting on both the part of Mercury, the mind, and Uranus, that drive to be free. So what mental constructs need to be released in order to make freedom for all a workable solution?

We are indeed in a time of crisis. Crisis brings into focus what is truly important. When we are in crisis we must function in the present moment , unconcerned with the past or the future. Yet it is within the present moment that we co-create our reality and determine our future. It’s time to truly figure out how to move forward in this time of great change. It will take time, patience, organization & discernment. So this Virgo New Moon is the perfect time to get started.

New Moon in Leo: Creating the New You!

The Summer of 2012 has been a challenging one for many on a personal and collective level. Circumstances beyond our apparent control seem to come at us in waves. At times we can dodge the waves, other times we can ride them and sometimes they seem to overtake us. It would be safe to say that no one has gone unscathed on some level.

Friday August 17th there is a New Moon in the sign of Leo. Leo is the sign of creative self-expression and self-actualization. The ruling planet of Leo is the Sun, the center of our solar system. The star whose gravitational force holds all the bodies that orbit it in alignment. In an astrological chart it is the Sun is the integrative or wholeness principle. All experience is filtered through the energy of the Sun. It is the bottom line.

The overall energy of 2012 has been one of reevaluation, review, release and transformation. This has been especially true of our mental bodies and most specifically our logical left brains. Many of the ideas we have held sacred have been challenged, we have had to move away from our more logical mind as an overloading of information inundates us each day, and toward our intuitive or right brain. How the information feels has become more of an accurate representation of whether or not the information is viable.

This New Moon in Leo invites us to recreate ourselves. To take the lessons we have learned over this tumultuous period and integrate them into a more authentic ’self’.

Leo rules the heart, the central core of our body. This NM requires us to move into our central core touch our joy and build from there.

There are some very helpful aspects in the New Moon chart to aid us in creating just that. Most notably are two sextiles to the NM from both Mars and Saturn in Libra. These two planets just began a new cycle of becoming on Aug 15th when they were conjoined at 25 degrees of Libra. These sextiles offer us the structure and the energy to build our new selves.

As Saturn has been moving through the sign of Libra since October 2009 we have had much opportunity to renegotiate our relationships and come to understand what is necessary in our relationships. In 2012 Mars had it’s biennial retrograde phase in the sign of Virgo, requiring us to review and reevaluate how we expend our energies and how we could improve ourselves to be more healthy and whole. With all this behind us we are in a much better position to base our ‘new selves’ on hard earned wisdom and experience.

There are also some more challenging aspects to this New Moon. An inconjunct between Pluto in Capricorn and Mercury in Leo requires us to make adjustments in how we get our creative self-expression out there to the masses. As much as we would love to blurt out our new understandings, there are socially acceptable ways to get the information out without creating a backlash. Sometimes it’s best to blurt, this is not one of those times. Our information is valuable and even though you may have to jump through some hoops, it’s worth the trouble.

An opposition between Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn asks us to be aware of power struggles within our relationships, especially those within the family of origin. Uranus in a square to this opposition creates crisis that can free us from some of the constraints we either put on ourselves or are put on us.

And last, but far from least, Neptune is in a square to the nodes of the Moon. This square has been in force all summer, creating confusion as our cherished ideas about the structure of our reality dissipate into the ethers. Letting go of old mental structures while searching for spiritual meaning. Soon (August 30th) the nodes will shift into Scorpio/Taurus and the direction of our evolution will shift yet again.