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Lunar News: New Moon in Virgo
Astrological vibe check: sentimental hypnosis
New Moon at 21° Virgo, September 14th, 7:39 PM MST.
Prepare for a palpable vibe shift this week as the Virgo New Moon calls on us to take an inventory of our harvest and make ready our hearths for a seasonal shift.
Virgo is a mutable sign, meaning it doesn’t have any fixed identity or attitude toward anything. At best, Virgo is flexible and responsive; able to turn on a dime and make swift changes according to the needs of the moment; a problem solver. At worst, Virgo is shifty and manipulative; unreliable and distracted; unmoored. The New Moon is going to give us a balanced taste of all of these qualities because the lunation will be ruled by a disgruntled and drifting Mercury who will be stationing direct a few hours after. In Virgo, the Sun and Moon meet up to sit down together and hash out their responsibilities, tasks, and goals for the upcoming seasonal shift at next month’s equinox. Mercury is hosting the luminaries as house guests, but his hostile and grumpy mood swings are putting the two on edge. This will trickle down to us Earth-side by making us feel irritated. It calls for extra sweetness and patience in our daily goings-on with everyone, from lovers, to coworkers, to cashiers.
Normally, New Moons are good for intention-setting and drafting creative visions for the next six months. In Virgo, we’re going to feel an impulse to get all our ducks in a row, sit down and do the tasks of life administration to ensure the rest of the calendar year goes smoothly. If you choose to do this sort of busy work this week, make sure to carve out time to review it a second time. Mistakes are more likely to be made with Mercury getting confused and dizzy as he turns himself around.
Another added mood to this New Moon is its wide (by 5°) opposition to Neptune in Pisces. We’re likely to feel sentimental and nostalgic thanks to Neptune casting a hypnotizing spell over the Sun and Moon. This is even more of a reason to double and triple check your work. Certain objects might get misplaced—sunglasses, car keys, your hopes and dreams—and when this happens, just give yourself some time and don’t forget to look behind things. Neptune likes to remind us with a bittersweet sting of all the things we’ve lost or forgotten. Sometimes the lost things would prefer not to be found. We must employ good discernment in these moments and understand when to let things be.
After all is said and done with the New Moon, Jupiter and Venus will make their final square to each other, finally closing this chapter of their Summer together. At the height of the Summer season, Jupiter in Taurus proudly and boisterously advanced toward Venus, not being shy at all making his intentions clear. Venus, too distracted by her harrowing journey to the underworld, parried these forward moves from Jupiter, but briefly revisited his propositions during her retrograde. Feeling desired gave her a brief reprieve from all the turmoil. Girls can have a little regression, as a treat. Now that things are moving normally again, Venus will visit Jupiter in this stressful dynamic for the last time with the strength to softly reject him once and for all.
The wildcard of the week will be Uranus’ trine to the Virgo New Moon. Uranus likes to buck expectations and so perhaps we’ll feel invigorated by the fresh start this lunation gives us, feeling ready to let things go and enter boldly into the new season. There might also be an impulse to act out and go on a bender. With this kind of chaotic energy thrown into the mix we don’t necessarily have to surrender control to whatever happens, but we also don’t have to clench our way through it either. Surfing is the perfect metaphor here. Let the wave crest and fall, don’t fear it, don’t swim away, just ride the wave to whatever heights or falls it takes you.