New Moon in Virgo, September 2013

Thursday 5th September 2013 9:36 (AEST)

Over the last few months we have been working on our inner selves but now it’s simply time to knuckle down and do the mundane chores that have been ignored. New Moon in Virgo energy enables us to continue our work without the emotional turmoil that the other signs can bring. It can also highlight things that have been neglected and need to be resolved. Use this time to get your metaphorical house in order by cleaning and tying up loose ends so that you can see the ‘wheat from the chaff’.

This can be both a time of disappointment as well as celebration, as some of our seeds will have taken root and can now flourish, while others will wither and die. This is the natural law of nature and the pragmatic new moon in Virgo can help us through.

Whereas the natural world relies solely on its instinct, humans have the unique capability of freedom of choice. We have the ability to assess a situation and make choices and the new moon in Virgo this month helps us to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff’ so our harvest is that much more successful.

The Virgo moon, like Gemini, is ruled by Mercury. However, Virgo illuminates the practical, useful and detailed side of communication. We are able to see our situation, projects, work and creative endeavours with more clarity, enabling us to prioritise and accurately assess what needs to be done next.

Virgo urges us to slow down over this month, despite the urgency many of us are feeling. This is a time to be patient if things are not flowing as you want them. Sometimes we just need to step away from the pressure to be able to make the right decisions. When we act in haste without allowing the natural flow of nature to guide us, we can create unnecessary conflict and obstacles.

Exercise discrimination and pay attention to actions rather than what people are saying. The old adage “actions speak louder than words” is very fitting for this moon. Whatever you choose now will have a rippling effect throughout the following seasons.

Work, relationships or health may suddenly turn bitter or bad under a new moon in Virgo and you may find yourself suddenly feeling discontented and unfulfilled with life and what you are doing. Over the full moons in Aquarius we had time to reflect on how to start living for the ‘good of the whole’ rather than for personal gain. This theme keeps re-appearing and for good reason. Virgo reminds us that when we serve others our lives become happier and we feel more fulfilled.

The new moon in Virgo can also increase feelings of pessimism. Rather than becoming overwhelmed with worrying thoughts that you cannot do anything to change, switch off the TV, do some exercise, join a meditation class, go to a drumming circle and take a break from any friends/family that are draining you with their negative energy.

Virgo inspires us to clean up our act, and start living more healthily. It also brings out the healer in us, allowing those among us that have healing potential to start exploring and strengthening it. If you are feeling sluggish, tired, and have had an indulgent winter, this is the perfect moon to detox, as we are more disciplined, systematic and methodical.

Virgo is symbolised by the abundant goddess (mother earth), reminding us we are living on an abundant planet, where nature provides everything we need for life. We must in turn serve, nurture and take care of our mother, so that she can continue providing for us.

I will end this Moonscope with the very wise words of Kent Nerburn (author, sculptor, theologian):

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you possess. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.”

With Gratitude, Blessings and Love to my moon sista Rebekah Shaman for this post.

“Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.” ~ Ayn Rand

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” ~ Henry Miller

New Moon in Virgo Ritual

There may well be a feeling of frustration as so many plates are spinning it is getting impossible to stay in control. This is a good ritual to do if you are feeling stressed out and need to prioritise tasks and workload.

Find some time in your busy day to be quiet and peaceful. Have a notebook or paper and pen handy, light a candle, and sit comfortably on the floor, feeling yourself grounded on Mother Earth. If you can, do this outside in nature. Breathe deeply three times and as you exhale breath out any stress and tension you may be holding in your body.

Now close your eyes and focus on your breath. Slowly become aware of the sounds around you. Bring yourself gently back to the present if you feel your mind wandering. Everything can wait – this is time for you.

Calmly begin to mentally list all the things that need to be done. Just allow them to flow out without getting attached or stressed about how or when you will do them. This exercise is about bringing things to the surface where they can be more easily dealt with.

When you feel the process is complete, gently return your consciousness to the outside world, open your eyes, and write down the things that arose, however small or mundane. The importance and amount of information doesn’t matter, your heart does not have rational values, and the most seemingly unimportant tasks, (like making a phone call) can hold a powerful meaning.

Once you have a list begin to prioritise each task, not only rationally, but with a sense of its value. Be realistic, setting outcomes you believe are achievable. As you concentrate on each item, imagine and experience it completed. Don’t allow rational thoughts, stresses or worries about how or when you are going to do them to interfere. Experience and enjoy the feeling of their completion and trust that you will effortlessly find the space and time to do what needs to be done.

When you have finished, put the list in an accessible place, and strike each task off as they are completed – remembering to thank yourself and the Universe. This will bring a sense of achievement and fulfilment and will help to reduce the stress levels.

Take this opportunity to also let go of a habit or addiction that is no longer serving you. Utilise Virgo’s discipline and perseverance to follow through your commitments to your health and well-being, even if it’s only till the next new moon. Alternatively, taking up a new hobby, exercise or diet will help you feel more disciplined and connected to your body.

Finally, this is the perfect time to perform random acts of kindness and senseless acts of love. Include family, friends and strangers. You don’t need to do anything specific, just keep your eyes open for the opportunity to support or help others, however small, and you will find your life will be richer and more rewarding for it.

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