The New Moon in Virgo reminds us of the importance of rhythmical living and looking after the ‘little things’ in life. Virgo is the archetype most concerned with separating the wheat from the chaff, the essential from the unessential by refining and purifying our thoughts, habits and routines. Virgos are known for their analytical minds, their ability to discern, their willingness to service and self-improvement. In the yearly round, Virgo, ‘the Virgin’, is the sign of pregnancy, preparation and transition, the phase before giving birth to a new idea, a new project, plan or direction. When considering the current Marriage Equality debate in Australia, the Virgo period appears to be quite timely for questioning and clarifying collectively & personally held perspectives. Are we collectively ready to give birth to a different concept of marriage? The relationship planets Venus and Mars are also in Virgo, as well as Mercury, symbolising the importance of examining carefully what partnership and marriage means to each of us. The New Moon in Virgo suggests to take a logical rather than a passionate approach. Nevertheless, the exact opposition from Neptune to Mercury signifies that there is some confusion and division about the issue.
The Black Moon Lilith is square to the New Moon. In myth, Lilith was the first wife of Adam; she fled into exile because she refused to comply with patriarchal rules and domination. She was punished for her disobedience and therefore ended up feeling resentful and rebellious. Archetypically, she stands for those parts in our psyche which have been condemned and suppressed. She is the symbol for hidden aspects of our humanness, the shadow that needs to be made conscious before it becomes destructive. If she is not honoured she can turn into a goddess of revenge. Lilith has been travelling in conjunction with Saturn since July, highlighting the conflict between those who feel entitled to preserve traditional values (Saturn) and those who demand marriage equality (Lilith). Lilith can ‘radicalise’ the urge for autonomy and equality when she feels suppressed or ostracised. She signifies the growing force of discontent of those who feel excluded from mainstream culture, as well as the danger that derives from widening the divide. Uranus, the higher octave of Mercury, forms a very close quincunx to this New Moon, inspiring us to defy convention and explore new perspectives. Additionally, Uranus will be forming the last of three oppositions to Jupiter on September 28. We are living in times where old beliefs systems are dying and must be replaced by new values and concepts; it is only a question of time when the new seeds will be sprouting and growing roots. The current Jupiter/Uranus cycle started in 2010. We are now in the phase where the original vision must be clarified and realised.
The Virgo New Moon is opposite Chiron. In myth, Chiron is a centaur, half human half animal. He has been regarded by many astrologers as the symbol of our multidimensionality, meaning that we are part of this Earth but also are connected with the universal consciousness and multi-dimensional web of life. In the natal chart Chiron indicates our core wound that we have brought with us, as well as coming to terms with our soul’s journey in a body that is vulnerable. However, our perceived ‘imperfections’ often are our greatest gifts and become the milestone in our personal healing process. Chiron orbits between Saturn, the preserver of existing traditions, and Uranus, the symbol of change, revolution and the overturning of old collective structures. Concerning the current debate, Chiron reminds us to bridge the gap by expanding our perspectives, so that those who feel marginalised and excluded become part of an ever evolving mainstream culture.
New Moons are great for a fresh start and setting intentions. In Virgo, we are reminded to take a practical approach. It is essential to keep an open mind and avoid playing the ‘blame game’. It’s a good moment in time for establishing new directions and focus on projects that require lots of research, detailed planning and ‘down to the point’ communication.