New Moon In Virgo

New Moon in Virgo: September 20, 2017

 

September 20, 2017 @ 12:30 am we have a New Moon in Virgo near the very end of this zodiacal energy. Yes, we are about to move through the Autumnal Equinox and into the energy of Libra. The 28* Virgo New Moon has come along to remind us of our need to get things in order, to be precise, to review our reality and determine what we actually need so that we can simplify, streamline and focus.

Chiron, known as ‘the wounded healer’, sits almost exactly opposite the Sun/Moon bringing to the forefront any insecurities that may be lurking within us so that we can at least begin to create strategies to address them.

Saturn in Sag squares both the Sun/Moon in Virgo & Chiron in Pisces (called a T-Square in Astrology speak), giving us plenty of opportunity to step up and be counted. Saturn in Sag is a mobile energy and can facilitate rather more timely decision making. This fiery Saturn urges us to face down challenges in a courageous manner and believe in ourselves—(that’s the ruler, Jupiter, whispering encouragement from the background).

Mercury in Virgo, now direct, is conjunct Mars and trine both Pluto in Capricorn & Pallas in Taurus, so if you suddenly are flooded with all sorts of ideas about cleaning up and getting real, don’t be surprised. Allow the inspirational energy to fuel you and throw out your junk, re-decorate your bedroom or finish whatever project is gathering dust in your cupboard.

The energy with this lunation is focused on all things practical and useful so expect a busy time ahead even though dreamy Neptune is facing down the Mercury/Mars duo. I know you have all heard that Neptune brings fog and confusion but it can also bring an element of spiritual insight which, if followed with consciousness, leads to illumination. Example: You are cleaning your closet (a very Virgoish activity) and come across old keepsakes and suddenly have an epiphany! “I don’t need this any longer!” (That, my friends, is the kind of insight that a well-functioning Neptune can bring—a sudden parting of the clouds of deception and there is a flash of truth standing in front of you. It does take effort to stay focused on what life is really all about—not the collection of things but rather the creation of experience—but if you are a seeker of spirit, it’s the kind of effort that you WANT to put into the process, right?

So, enjoy this blast of Virgo and let it flow through you and inspire you to action!

 

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are:

A BALD HEADED MAN

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A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE MOON

 

Baldness can suggest a number of things; an overly active intellect, a strong presence of female energy, a need to ground, symbolic purity of thought, to name a few. The mind is necessary in order to formulate sensible plans of action. All of us, whether female or male must seek to balance the so-called ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ energies within us. All of us must not get lost in our imaginings but rather find ways to make those dreams that we conjure up real. And it is vital that we check and re-check everything that we think so that our thoughts are filled with light and love because thoughts actually are the element that creates the manifest reality. If you think bad things then bad things is what you will ultimately get so keep those Neptunian meanderings as positive as you can. (I know it’s hard, especially in these crazy times, but that doesn’t mean we should not rise to the challenge and try to do it.)

The second symbol is just plain gorgeous. Its suggest a promise of manifestation after hard work done. The garden is a result of order and planning. The night is a time of respite and restoration. The image is full of mystery and magic. How do those seeds grow from their shriveled up dry selves into those luscious plants that bear fruit for us? I don’t know but I’m glad it happens.

Together these symbols demonstrate that if we put in the effort, work hard, integrate and balance, we can then reap the rewards that we have earned.

 

I love it!! Do you?

 

Full Moon in Pisces

 

 

Full Moon in Pisces, September 6, 2017 @ 2:04 AM

 

Well, how did you all do with that wallop of creative juice that hit you with a one/two punch in the last few months?

The Leo New Moon which we enjoyed in July and again in August surrounded us with the energy of creative expression. Lovely. But, as with all things in life, nothing is nothing unless you actually make it into something. Now with this dreamy Full Moon in Pisces, we have the opportunity to let those creative ideas simmer and sizzle and gradually take form!

There are a couple of things to ponder with this concentration of energy. Firstly, think about the energy being highlighted. Leo is all about opening the heart and singing your own particular song at the top of your lungs. So, take a look at your life and determine how you can best express yourself. This is not exclusively about artistic expression. It could be anything that has to do with a singular and exquisite expression of self.

Secondly, a New Moon in any given sign is usually followed by a Full Moon in the partner sign so, technically, this upcoming Full Moon should be in Leo’s Partner sign, Aquarius. But it isn’t. We skip Aquarius altogether and jump right into Pisces energy. Think about that and see what floats to the surface of your mind.

Pisces, at the highest level is the energy of bliss. This could be bliss in any area of life. This summer, however, that blissfulness has turned its eye towards the fullest expression of the creative self.  New Moons lay out the potential and Full Moons reveal the manifestation of that potential. If it occurs.

The best-case scenario for this combination of energies is that we allow whatever creative force is flowing within us to blossom and reveal itself. You could be trying to have a child. You might be in the midst of starting some new enterprise. You may suddenly conceive of some new diet or exercise plan. Or, you may be an artist and have a burst of inspiration in connection to your artwork. This is creativity in all of its various forms. And with Pisces as the lens for this creative force, there is a potential to take that energy into its highest and most spiritual level of manifestation. Pisces is the all-encompassing OHM.

Of course, Pisces energy is not only about bliss and so-called enlightenment. If the energy is manifested unconsciously, it can produce confusion, a muddled psyche and an inability to see the truth of any given situation. Creative impulse can just dissolve into a dreamy and unfocused reverie. We could waste hours of valuable action time as we contemplate what we might do or attempt to figure out what we should do.

The gold in Pisces MUST be founded on the hard work of Virgo, a practicality and definition of purposefulness that is necessary if we want to follow the inspiration all the way to its complete revelation. This is even more necessary to be mindful of since this Full Moon is aligned to Neptune; the archetype for spirituality, yes, but also for confusion. Neptune is the ruler planet of that ethereal Pisces energy. That’s what I call a ‘double, double’. Two for the price of one! We will have to be extra mindful to keep our noses to the grindstone this coming month.

So, that is the caution. Enjoy the blissfulness. Embrace the dream but don’t get lost in the translation of that impulse into real terms. Ideas are nothing if they do not assume a concrete form.

Mercury stations direct at the exact degree of the last New Moon, 29 Leo, with Mars slightly ahead @ 1*Virgo, having finally left Leo. Change of focus is in the air. Seize this opportunity to tie up loose ends of anything that has been simmering in your mind and get ready to begin a whole new phase of activity. It’s the end of the summer, folks, and there is work to be done.

This Mercury/Mars union is involved in a grand fire trine with Saturn, 22* Sag & Uranus/Eris, 29* Aries/24* Aries. When Mercury & Uranus connect in this way, there is a potential for inspirational ideas. With Saturn in the mix, there is a capacity for implementation. Throw in Eris and the unpredictability quotient increases exponentially. Saddle all of this onto the back of that old workhorse, Mars in Virgo, and you have all the ingredients for tangible results! Jupiter is also involved, now direct in Libra, speeding on to crash into Scorpio and in contact by opposition with Uranus/Eris and in sextile to Mercury/Mars & Saturn. Anything that is undertaken is sure to be magnified and augmented.

Pluto supports that Moon/Neptune by sextile with the promise that if we can maintain our focus, we will find the gold. This Pluto/Neptune sextile is a generational marker for our times, folks and the real potential of this energy is that spiritual search will be rewarded, that we can and should transform our connection to the entirety of life as it exists on this plane, that this is one of our prime directives at this ‘turning of the ages’.

So, make some plans, set some intentions and make sure your tools are in good working order. The way to maximize potential is to get ready to do it. Grasshoppers might have fun in the sun but it’s the diligent ants that get things done. Of course, if you do find yourself getting lost in reverie, be kind to the old ego. Taking a break can be useful when there is so much work to be done.

So, pay attention to whatever it is in your life that you may have been avoiding or denying. Don’t get lost in excuses but rather, when you feel the impulse to deny the truth of any given situation because you’d rather stay in the illusion of it, force yourself to at least admit the reality to yourself. The first step in any healing or corrective process is admission that healing or correction must take place. Don’t be an ostrich! If your head is stuck in the sand, your eyes can’t see what is right in front of your nose.

And, honestly, you students of astrology have read all the horror stories about Pisces and Neptune and lack of focus and confusion and avoidance but the real story is all about SPIRIT, the spirit of goodness, the spirit of forgiveness, the spirit of love. It’s a sweet energy, the long-released sigh after a job well done so keep focusing on that and not the negative.

 

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are:

 

A LADY IN FOX FUR ( 14* Pisces)

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A FAMILY TREE (14* Virgo)

These images are truly Piscean in nature highlighting both the external image and the internal foundation for that image. We all create an illusion of self, the ‘lady in fox fur’, which may not be representative of the whole picture of who we truly are. We put on a show. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just a thing that we, deep within ourselves, must be aware of. There is a reality that exists behind the manufactured image that is projected. It is this reality that will fortify us if the image begins to crumble or tarnish. And as you focus on creating that external image of self, that ‘lady in fox fur’, bewitching, provocative, enchanting, do not forget who you really are, where you come from, the legacy that you are carrying forward on behalf of those who came before and for the benefit of those who are yet to follow. Magical (Pisces) creativity (Leo) is the stuff that makes life exciting and practical mindfulness (Virgo) is what gets us to the finish line.

 

A Pisces Rumination

Rumi says:

“You are not a drop in the ocean: you are the ocean in a drop…”

 

 

End Note:

Take some time to just sit with this upcoming Full Moon on Wednesday. I have noticed over the years of my own ‘moon-watching’ that this Full Moon (the Pisces Full Moon) is potentially one of the dreamiest and most magical Moons of the entire lunar year.