The Moon joined the Sun at 20 degrees and 10 minutes of Virgo in the wee hours of the morning, 2:41 a.m. to be precise. This is a Partial Solar Eclipse and while only visible over southern Africa and Antarctica, it's affects are still felt around the globe. With the lunar and solar energies combined in Virgo, we have the opportunity to focus on making sense of our lives, being productive and taking care of ourselves.
The Sabian Symbol for 21 degrees of Virgo is A Girls Basketball Team. This image implies cooperation, team efforts to achieve a desired outcome and the fun of doing things with others. Yes, you have to work on yourself, but you cannot get much done without the assistance of others. Undertake the game joyfully to reap rewards later from your joint efforts!
It's interesting to note that at the exact time of the New Moon, both Lights are interacting minimally with the other planets. Except for an inconjunct from the Sun and Moon to Uranus, making adjustments necessary, the only other aspect of significance is an opposition to Chiron in Pisces. This highlights the adaptable nature of the Mutable signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Chiron is known as the Wounded Healer and his talents include the process or experience of the healing path. Today's New Moon helps point out where we are on this part of our journey to wholeness and what we need to change as we strive for growth.
Virgo teaches us about adaptation through analysis, skill building and service. What we digest mentally or physically is of concern to this Mutable Earth sign. In our quest for perfection, we often need to clean out and rid ourselves of waste, whether that means changing our diets to more healthy foods or ridding ourselves of negative thinking. Closer inspection of what you are putting into your digestive system (Virgo rules the intestines), and an honest look at how your attitudes are affected by negative thought patterns, ("nothing ever goes right for me" ) is what this New Moon wants you to focus on. Along with knowing how you can best serve the whole, Virgo reminds us that it's about the details and getting "it" right, whatever that may be in your daily life. Use this New Moon energy to make better habits for yourself.
A few words of caution here to those Virgos, Virgo rising or Virgo Moon people out there... you already tend to overthink things, be a perfectionist or worry about, oh, nearly everything... so go easy on yourselves! Baby steps... and don't criticize yourselves so sharply. It's not about being perfect, it's about the daily routine and maintaining healthy attitudes and nutrition! When it comes to criticism of self and others, I know what I'm talking about, as I have a Virgo Moon, Mars and Saturn and know all about self esteem issues and judgement. I've been working on this part of my personality for years: I'm a work in progress! If this New Moon opposes or squares your natal Sun, Moon, or other personal planets, you will be aware of where you need to make healthier choices and affect change in your life.
In the New Moon chart, giant Jupiter is opposing nebulous Neptune which affects how we see the world and our place in it. Remember to nurture and care for yourself first before trying to fix anyone or anything else. Jupiter is newly in Virgo, accentuating the ability to polish our skills, take care of ourselves and feed the world. Do what you can as part of a group effort and watch out for delusional thinking with Neptune's ability to put on the rose-colored glasses. Both these planets have to do with our spiritual connections and the unseen threads connecting us to the greater good. Do what you can and be patient with yourself and others. You're moving in the right direction!
In the meantime, ask yourself, what team do I want to be on and where can I be of service the most. While doing that, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~