Here we are at the start of another Moon phase, with today's New Moon in Virgo bringing focus to the daily chores, scheduling and minutia of our lives. The kids go back to school and parents sigh with renewed appreciation for the orderliness of school year structure. It's time to get all your ducks in a row as we make the yearly transition from summer into Fall. While the Sun preceded the Moon into Virgo two weeks ago, and we have a little over two weeks until the autumnal Equinox, it's this new Lunar phase kicking in that allows for real organization and progress.
There are a couple of ways to look at Virgo, a mutable Earth sign ruled by mercurial Mercury... change your mind and you change your life! There's the inner component of working on healthy new habits and the outer component of making things neat and tidy in your environment. First, the inner... in order to make changes that stick, one needs to set one's intention for positive growth and change and work with self-talk, (that's the mind part). F or instance, if you want to quit smoking, every time you have the urge for a cigarette, you replace the thought "I could sure use a smoke right now..." with " I am no longer a smoker!" Say it out loud each time and your subconscious begins to believe you, as you back it up with a different action of a drink of water, stretching or taking a deep breath - anything but a smoke!!
As to diet and nutrition, Virgo rules the intestines, where the body decides what nutrients to use where. So any dietary change you feel you need for your improved health, this is the time to weed out the bad habits and work on the good ones. It does however, take continual vigilance and that's the
beauty of Virgo's assistance, whether it's cutting sugar, gluten or dairy out
of your diet, or quitting a bad habit, you now have the added support of being able to pay attention to the details. Use the same type of self talk as above, followed by a positive action and practice it all day, every day. As Virgos know, the devil is in the details. Set your intention, tell yourself and the universe about your new healthy habit and practice it each time the thought comes into your head, until it becomes instinctual!
Outwardly, organization allows you the freedom and time to do many things productively instead of floundering around looking for that one piece of paper that you need tonight and three other things are left undone because you spent a couple of hours going from one place to another discovering new things that need attention or just being distracted. I know what I'm talking about here... it's been a life-long struggle to become more organized and when I am, my life flows in a more harmonious way!
Mercury moves into the Cardinal Air sign Libra next Monday, September 8th for 3 weeks. Until then, while Mercury is still in Virgo, get your desk cleaned up, make your appointments and get it in writing. Oh, and avoid being super critical with yourself and others! Once Mercury is in Libra, communication and interactions can become more balanced. The focus definitely shifts to relationships of all kinds and talking about relationships and what it would take to regain harmony becomes the norm. Speaking about peaceful moods and sharing ideas, as well as listening to your partner are all on Mercury's agenda from the 9th to the 29th.
Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!