The New Moon occurs at 11:04 p.m. tonight at six degrees of the mutable Earth sign of Virgo. The Sabian Symbol for this degree, as classified by Marc Edmond Jones and Elsie Wheeler in 1925, is "A Merry-go-round". Tropical storm "Irene" has swirled a wide path round-and-about New England, having been downgraded from Hurricane status. The cyclic action implied speaks to the ups and downs of emotional life and the repetition of seeing/experiencing the same old thing. The big question seems to be: where are you going in circles and what have you decided about getting off the merry-go-round?
As Virgo energy is about skill-building and discernment, I hope you have come to some self-knowledge of what isn't working and what you can do to break the cycle. The dizzying affect of a merry-go-round can be intoxicating to a child, but at some point, we all want to feel equilibrium. That's where our experiential momentum can lead us... when we've had enough of the same old stuff and know it's time to make a change, then we can grab for the brass ring! We have watched it time and time again as the wheel turned and have thought about our strategy over and over... time to go for it; whatever "it" is, don't you think you're ready to change the scenery?!
More Virgo themes have to do with diet and nutrition and how we take in and digest information literally and figuretively. Also, orderliness and cleanliness, as in " a place for everything and everything in it's place". Maybe the winds and/or water has been the catalyst for cleaning things up? Virgo is a sign of mulling things over mentally and is known for over-thinking things, especially when it comes to problematic issues. Try not to make mountains out of molehills and prioritize instead. "How important is it..." is a good approach for setting up your to-do list for the month ahead. It's a great time to initiate a health regime as well, especially one that includes herbs and vitamins or natural foods with less preservatives. Want to kick a bad habit, apply your focus now!
Another cosmic happening this week is giant Jupiter's retrograde motion on Tuesday. Venus,(love, money and values) and Jupiter,(expansion and luck) are in harmony in Earth signs, Virgo and Taurus respectively, very early in the morning. This union supports being selective about where we place our valuables and/or, our affections. Almost immediately after this conjunction, Jupiter turns retrograde for the next four months, reminding us to be thrifty and not to increase our debt; Jupiter is after all in the fixed Earth sign of Taurus! We could expect gold prices to stabilize and banks to be trying hard to hold on to what they've got, which is what we all should be doing!
Libra Moon works hard on Tuesday to keep things in balance, but change and upheaval are the order of the evening, as Luna makes two tough aspects, first opposing unstable Uranus, then squaring off with destructive Pluto. The Moon continues to meet challenges on Wednesday as she interacts with constrictive Saturn, then belligerent Mars. Try to keep your thoughts under wraps and maintain the peace as the balance of power shifts for these two days - not an easy week!
Scorpio Moon comes in on Thursday afternoon, increasing the moodiness and/or creativity of joint endeavors. Scorpio has rulership over shared resources and anything we feel passionate about, so expect people to be guarded and possibly suspicious if you ask for something they aren't willing or able to share, unless you make an offer first, which they cannot refuse - just make sure it's a win/win situation for all involved!
Friday continues the theme of joint and shared values and resources under Scorpio Moon. The Sun in Virgo supports this theme as our outward energy is directed toward cooperating with Jupiter in Taurus, a similar affect as the Venus/Jupiter aspect mentioned above, but with much greater power! The Sun represents life-force and Jupiter expands whatever he comes into contact with, so watch out for exaggerated promises or the urge to do too much.
After an intense week, Sagittarius Moon helps to lighten the mood Saturday evening and makes it a good time to socialize with friends. Expect to meet some new people or encounter a new situation. Then, next Sunday, the First Quarter Moon may bring an obstacle of some sort that needs to be dealt with and I'm guessing that it will have to do with whatever health regime or schedule you mapped out for yourself at the New Moon, (today). As Sagittarius is future-directed and Virgo can't see the forest for the trees, remind yourself not to get caught up in persnickety details... find some balance and tweak those plans!
Here's something to read and sing along to that speaks to this New Moon's theme:
Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat and Tears
What goes up must come down [cowbell enters]
Spinnin' wheel got to go 'round [full drum kit enters]
Talkin' 'bout your troubles it's a cryin' sin
Ride a painted pony let the spinnin' wheel spin
You got no money and you got no home
Spinnin' wheel all alone
Talkin' 'bout your troubles and you never learn
Ride a painted pony let the spinnin' wheel turn
Did you find the directing sign on the
Straight and narrow highway
Would you mind a reflecting sign
Just let it shine within your mind
And show you the colors that are real
Someone is waiting just for you
Spinnin' wheel, spinnin' true
Drop all your troubles by the riverside
[1: Catch a painted pony on the spinning wheel ride]
[2: Ride a painted pony let the spinning wheel fly]
Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!