It’s time to celebrate all things Virgo on this New Moon at 27° 27′ Virgo, 19 September 2017 10:30 PM PDT. Virgo is one of the signs most often overlooked and underappreciated. The truth is we need all our great Virgo folk who show up and do their usual excellent job with little fanfare. These are often the people who keep the essentials running day to day, the sort of thing most of us take for granted. There are five planets in Virgo on this lunation and a total of six planets in earth. Plus there is a total of seven planets in mutable signs which adds up to mutable earth (Virgo) dominating this chart.
The Virgo Sun and Moon are under pressure from an inconjunct to unpredictable Uranus in Aries and a stifling square to Saturn in Sagittarius. Since most earth signs do NOT like surprises, even mutable Virgo, that is exactly what could throw us off course. The square to Saturn deepens the need for going with the safer options too. Virgo can turn into a compulsive fact checker under these circumstances, usually not a bad thing unless carried to an extreme. Additionally the luminaries are further agitated by a semi-sextile to Jupiter in Libra.
As I see it, the heart of the matter is Virgo simply has other priorities than Aries, Sagittarius or Libra. Virgo is an earth sign, first and foremost. It deals in what we experience through our physical senses, not what fires up our imagination or minds. And because Virgo energy dominates this New Moon, it makes sense we take time to look at whatever we’re dealing with in our lives through Virgo’s lens. What will make a difference in our daily lives and routines? Are there adjustments we can make to improve our health and sense of well-being? Where can we delegate more effectively to reduce stress? These are the sort of questions Virgo wishes us to ask . . . sensible, down to earth ones.
Mercury, Virgo’s ruler, is right in the thick of things. It conjoins Mars, opposes Neptune in Pisces and is trine Pluto in Capricorn. The Mercury-Mars conjunction in Virgo is razor sharp and can discern subtle differences with great accuracy. This is a marvelous setup for doing serious editing of all kinds. Neptune’s tendency to embellish the truth is offset by Pluto’s penetrating insights, perfect for doing the sort of critical analysis Mercury in Virgo excels at. Manuscripts and other creative projects submitted for review could come back from editors pared down and error free.
Venus arrives at the Virgo party only a few hours before the New Moon, and she finds herself in an odd position. By the numbers, she makes harmonious aspects to Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries but not so much by the signs. She does strengthen the Virgo presence even though she is semi-sextile the luminaries by degree. Nonetheless it is kindly Venus, so I’m going to say she will soften the impact of the waxing opposition between extremely independent Uranus and cooperative Jupiter. Anyone involved in negotiating differences in opinion where love and money (or both) are concerned stand a better chance of success by choosing a pragmatic solution over an idealistic one.
This New Moon in Virgo is the perfect opportunity to take steps to simplify our lives, reduce the clutter and focus on the essentials. Practicing mindfulness and living in the now are both ways to get back to basics. Water and earth folk will probably love this lunation though it may take longer for fire and air types to adjust. Like it or not, clearing away the debris left from the eclipses is going to take time and now we are being given the tools to do so. Peace and patience to all.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.