New Moon in Virgo | Sunday, September 9
17 degrees | 11:01am PST
“I realized that the expression ‘blow my mind’ was born of the fact that America had cemented access to imagination and fantasy and that it would take dynamite to remove this block! I believed Leary’s emphasis on the fact that we only use one percent of our mind or potential, that everything in our education conspires to restrict and constrict us.” - Anais Nin, The Diary
There are times when staying down to earth requires exceeding the limitations of a marriage to the rational. Virgo is the sign of literal healing, and of understanding how to care for the systemic whole. It takes us to the roots of an organism, showing us the deeper work required for healing. But the roots that Sunday's New Moon in Virgo point to require a powerful imagination. Opposite Neptune, this New Moon magnetizes our attention toward something much subtler and more full of contradictions than Virgo, with its fondness for the rational, would choose for itself.
And so, this Moon urges us to recalibrate, and allow our sense of holistic health to expand exponentially, so that healing becomes an exercise in relating to the interconnectedness of everything and the non-linear nature of time. Like Neptune, this process is "out there." Neptune totally dissolves boundaries, and overwhelms us with awareness of just how much our actions impact all of existence. It exposes the entanglement of roots: that your roots can't be disconnected from her/their/his roots. Virgo Moon vs. Pisces Neptune brings about an acute sense one's smallness, but of one's participation in the butterfly effect.
So what does that mean practically? It means that even though Eclipse Season is over, we’re going to be overwhelmed with the importance of sticking to our healing path. It means that we will need to begin systematically removing whatever relationships, circumstances, habits, or projects are not supporting that healing journey. Because while we're distinct bodies above ground and require the spaciousness to take in the nutrients we need, when we look below, our own health impacts much more than would be readily apparent.
By now, we're deep into the healing journey of the past two years. We're very close to harvesting that medicine. So close that the idea of compromising that medicine isn't remotely appealing. Just remember that whatever poisonous factors we we haven’t released in the growth process yet could truly damage the medicine we’ve been cultivating for so long.
With this Moon, we essentially have the opportunity to sober up to the extensive nature of our healing projects’ needs. The intoxication of this summer’s frenzied dance of luminaries dies a little more every day as we continue tending our gardens. While for some, the diminishing inebriation will be relief and for others it will be hangover, Virgo Season is making us all increasingly capable of hearing the weird and ancient wisdom that the earth emits.
On September 4, Mercury also ingressed into Virgo, further accentuating our minds’ receptivity to these chthonic messages. The capacity to perceive the roots of our current conditions is stronger every day now, and we have new access to the ancestral hum generated so far beyond the outer reaches of the mind’s grasp. The Mystery of our lives as organic beings continues to reveal itself.
But of course while Mercury’s entrance into Virgo has made grounding easier, it’s also made contemplating the heaviness of the world around us easier. Saturn stationing direct on September 5 added weight to the recognition of personal responsibility and accountability. This Moon sings the earth’s grief to us, and the intuitive logic that we ought to do right by what we hear becomes harder to deny.
Luckily this Moon is supported by a sextile from Jupiter and a trine from Pluto, so that while there is uncertainty to deal with, energy flows easily into our desire to face the shadows. If we can light the way through these corridors with optimism and courage now, we can unlock the strength to have faith that generational and global healing is actually a possibility on Earth.
So let’s remember to take a look at what we’re healing on the global scale: an unsustainable economic reality that has for many centuries driven us to prioritize atomized individuation and economic “productivity” above the health of our physical, spiritual, and collective bodies. While Virgo season encourages industry and the maintenance of personal boundaries, we have to remember that if we partake in industry that doesn’t make space for rest and the celebration of togetherness, we’re perpetuating a system that has hurt far more than it will ever heal. Personal work has to be done to the end of a beneficial coexistence.
A final word on personal work for this lunar cycle: just a few hours before the New Moon, Venus vacates her captivating Libran home, and plunges our desire bodies into the peculiar tunnels of Scorpio, full of smoke and mirrors. Suddenly the act of connecting with others becomes host to a feverish curiosity that ultimately should be sated. But a morbid fascination could also result. Ethics like honesty, personal integrity, and respect for others’ autonomy are important here, because Venus will station retrograde in this sign in early October. All Scorpionic explorations you indulge in from now until then will be revisited, and the meaning of their consequences will be amplified throughout the rest of this year. So when you let loose, just do it with open eyes and the best of intentions.
And in the meantime, New Moon blessings. May the Dark Moon be gentle for you.
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