Key points: Aug 30th, 3:37 am PDT
Moon conjunct Sun at 6˚46’ Virgo
Virgo stellium involving Mercury, Juno, Sun, Moon, Mars and Venus
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The Moon is in new phase conjunction to Mercury, emphasizing new thought patterns around how we see ourselves, and this often brings up strong emotion. In virgo, this can also pull up energy of self-improvement or personal development, and we just have to keep reminding ourselves that as much as there is always room to improve or make something better, we are already always enough. This is pulling in the Black Moon Lilith Rx in Pisces opposition to the New Moon.
This opposition can bring up the back and forth feelings of comparison to God/Goddess, the deep, profound questioning of “am I enough?” and from there, how to strategize in alignment with what is most supportive for our integration work at this time. BML often helps us to pull out the shadow aspects that have been fragmented in our psyche that are seeking reconciliation in some way. The untamed, unwelcome, “wild” parts of our inherent nature, which is simply who we are, that has for whatever reason been judged, demonized, cast out, ignored or simply rejected.
Think about the ban against discrimination of African American hair that has currently just been passed in a few states in the US. This is a bill that is allowing people to have the right to wear their hair, literally the way that it grows out of their scalp. Talk about what is natural, or inherent in our being that has been cast out or demonized in some way. This is a really good example of something going on collectively where we are seeking to integrate our shadow. It can still bring up a lot of the pain associated with having been cast out for being yourself in the first place.
That is the nature of Black Moon Lilith, showing us where our natural self has been excluded from the realm of socially acceptable. So it is our job to re-integrate those parts, as it is not only damaging to an individual to not be able to fully be themselves as they naturally are, but obviously on a collective scale we stand to gain a lot the more open we are to integrating these parts that have been lost or abandoned within our collective psyche.
This whole energy being included in the New Moon in Virgo will carry into the rest of this Moon’s cycle, so think about the seeds of self-love that you are planting right now. This is a sort of radical self-love that I’m referring to, not just loving what looks good on the surface, or loving what is socially acceptable, but rather loving all the parts.
Virgo as an archetype carries the energy of sainthood. This is where and how we purify ourselves to be the best version of ourselves we can be, so that we are in right relation with our role in life.
This Virgo stellium is involving a purification of our minds, our internal reflections (Mercury), our soul contracts and commitments to being our best selves (Juno), our self-image and emotional well-being (Moon), our purpose & vitality (Sun), our action language and desires (Mars) and how we attract what we are seeking (Venus). This is a personal planet stellium which is the most common given that they move rather quickly through almost all the signs each year, but nonetheless potent for really working consciously with Virgo energy.
With Black Moon Lilith Rx in Pisces within a 7˚ orb of Neptune at 17˚ Pisces, also Rx, I would include Neptune’s influence in this new moon, especially because the Full Moon in Pisces, September 13th, at the other end of this cycle will be in a new phase conjunction to Neptune. So, for now, the way we are working with this relationship is to help us to dissolve whatever is in the way of the authentic truth of our being, or whatever is in need of purification, to allow us to get that much closer to our inherent divine nature. This makes me think of Virgo season as a time to connect with the practices that support our temples, so that we can honor and revere them in all the ways possible.
This is a generally good time for taking a look at our eating habits, as Virgo rules the assimilation process. You can think of a new kind of mantra, instead of “you are what you eat”, instead, “you are what you assimilate”. Really, no matter how well we think we’re eating, if there is something off about our digestion process and we can’t assimilate all the nutrients, or there’s a build-up of toxins, our temples are going to let us know that they need support.
This is an excellent time to refine the existing self-care and wellness practices we’re familiar with, but also a great time to try something new. Something that can ground us in a deeper way, something to tether us to the Earth and the health of our temple in a way that we haven’t yet discovered. Virgo is a Mutable sign that loves to learn new things, and to try new practices, especially around self-improvement, health and personal development. So what new kinds of wellness practices have been calling to you?
I should also mention that the New Moon is in a first-quarter phase trine to Uranus, our great awakener and liberator. He’s also Rx, reminding us to continuously pull in the energy of redefinition, recalibration, re-invigorating, re-awakening, and so on. This strength of Earth signs, during this New Moon time, including the Capricorn planets also loosely in trine to Mars and Venus is pulling in a combination of new energy and letting go, which is always part of a New Moon, but specifically in relation to what’s going on with the outer planets.
The first-quarter trine of the Virgo Stellium to Uranus differs in energy to that of the disseminating trine to the Capricorn planets (Saturn and Pluto). First quarter trines pull in a sense of ease around adjustment to inviting new energies in, a waxing phase of pulling in greater alignment with our resources. It could also be finding the skills (Virgo) that pull in greater resources (Uranus in Taurus). This is a time for grounding into the newness of our Earthly experiences that are calling out new energies to be integrated and shifted.
We are working collectively with Uranus in Taurus for the next 6 years, so this is a long-term awakening to better use of our individual and collective resources, but whenever we have strong aspects to Uranus through the other transiting planets, we will get a special taste of what is seeking awakening or liberation between the archetypes involved, so right now this is a special time to awaken to the highest potential of how Virgo can operate in our lives. This can mean new jobs, roles shifting within already existing jobs, this can mean starting school or a new program, or a new physical practice that is more aligned with your values, or sustainable living or health and wellness in general.
The disseminating trine from the Virgo stellium to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, plus the South Node, is involving more of a cutting away of old habits that keep us out of alignment with our authentic nature and therefore our health. So this is definitely a time to up our consciousness around what our bodies are telling us. If you are even the slightest bit tired, take a nap. If you feel the slightest of a headache, listen to it, and inquire as to what your body and mind and overall energetic field need.
This is not a time to “push through” whatever our to-do list is, no matter how tempting it may be during a busy bee Virgo season. If you haven’t noticed this pattern already this year regarding the lunar nodes, south node in Capricorn, north node in cancer, we are not necessarily being rewarded for pushing ourselves farther than we can authentically go. This is a time for upping our overall self-care and wellness routines so that we can even continue on this path of service and sharing our gifts with the world.
It probably sounds cliché to repeat this, but really, think of your well. If it’s not full, you will not be able to fulfill those Capricornian or Virgoan duties, so think less is more with just about everything except water. More water is more water, so taking baths, drinking water, herbal teas, cutting down on the acidic food and drink intake, all of these things will support us as we are shifting the seasons toward the Fall Equinox.
So just to recap, because I know we’re all busy this season, look at wherever you have Virgo in your chart (think between 0-15˚ or so), and the corresponding opposing degrees of Pisces to include Black Moon Lilith and also Neptune, these are the areas of your life where you may be undergoing a sort of self-disillusionment, and a re-integration of your full, wild self. Remember you are inherently perfect, and already always enough, as you are here on this Earth. You’re supposed to be here, doing what you do, because you are here. This is a fundamental tenant of loving what is, as you include yourself in your profound love and gratitude for life.
Bowing to you on your evolutionary journey, happy New Moon in Virgo!