Virgo New Moon: Mending

This new moon is at 27.27 degrees of Virgo on Wednesday, September 20th at 1:30 AM EST.

teacup mending.jpg

It's Virgo season, and beside the sun and the moon we have three other planets in Virgo: Mercury, Mars, and Venus. The moon makes one strong aspect, opposing Chiron in Pisces. Chiron is about our wounds, and in Pisces, especially emotional and spiritual wounds. Pisces, unfathomable, encompasses everything. But it's overwhelming to try healing all your wounds at once. That's why Virgo focuses on the particular. A doctor stitching up a wound so that it heals perfectly does so one stitch at a time.

While I was thinking about Virgo energy, I was reminded of The Magicians series by Lev Grossman.

*Spoiler Alert*

The main character, Quentin Coldwater, attends Brakebills, a college for magicians. Brakebills students are assigned a discipline according to their talents, but Quentin doesn't discover what his discipline is until after he's graduated. At the time of discovery, he's disappointed. He has a special touch for the mending of small objects. Nothing big or fancy. Just the ability to repair small items, like a teacup, using magic. But it's this ability that later allows him to accomplish something enormous: repairing and rebuilding an entire world with his trademark precision and care.

*Spoiler Over*

Our collective wounds right now feel overwhelming. It seems like the entire world needs healing. It's hard to know where to begin. Virgo's medicine is practical healing. We can start small, mending one small piece of the larger whole at a time. Our culture prefers big gestures, big voices, big everything. Getting the small stuff done isn't glamorous. But doing one thing at a time is the only way to reach any goal. Some people get things done by marching for justice with a megaphone, but there is always much less glamorous work to be done in the background of any movement: stamping envelopes with requests for donations, researching political actions, organizing meetings, answering emails, editing outreach materials. This is the Virgo work of mending.

With enough patience, the quiet mending of small objects can lead to the creation of entire worlds. At this new moon, whether you're healing your own wounds, helping someone else to heal theirs, mending a piece of your own art, or making home repairs, remember that it's all done one stitch at a time.

What are you focusing on at this new moon? Feel free to share in the comments!

Pisces Full Moon: Ocean

This full moon was exact at 13.53 degrees of Pisces at 3:03 AM on September 6th.

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.
— Arthur C. Clarke

The moon is full and the waters are rising, overflowing cities. Torrential rains are flooding people's homes. This full moon conjunct Neptune--modern ruler of Pisces and Roman God of the Sea--is turning our attention to the destructive power of water. Natural disasters like these hurricanes have the power to make us realize how small we are. Conversely, they have the power to bring people together, to make us larger with our common humanity.

Full moons bring events to fullness. The word "disaster" literally means "ill-starred," a calamity reflected in the positions of the stars or planets. I don't believe that astrological patterns cause events, but they do mirror them. As above, so below. I'm struck by how much this full moon feels like February's solar eclipse in Pisces. Eclipse energy moves in six-month cycles. In February, the new moon was conjunct Neptune. Jupiter was opposite Uranus and square Pluto, then as now. I wrote about loss, about the feeling of water washing everything away, about collective grief and collective action. It's relevant at this full moon as well.

The traditional ruler of Pisces, Jupiter, holds the energy of expansion. And true to Jupiter, these hurricanes are giant. Jupiter's opposition to Uranus in 2017 could be summed up in two words: "big surprises." We're not done here. We can't ignore how small we are. We can't ignore the suffering of others far away from us. We can't ignore climate change. Pisces, as usual, overwhelms us with the whole of it and makes us feel everything. We experience phenomenons like this one collectively.

I'll say of this full moon what I said about the solar eclipse in February. It's about compassion in it's highest form: being able to empathize with someone whose experience is far different from yours, even someone you once hated or feared. A Pisces moon asks us to find some universality in our experience, to imagine what it must be like to be someone else, and then to act on that empathy.

Happy Birthday to all the Virgo babes!

Happy birthday Virgo! The sun is in your sign, so you get a discount on readings.

Book your 90-minute Story of You reading for only $139 using this special link.

(normally $199)

This offer is valid until September 22, 2017. Only valid for clients with sun in Virgo. One special offer per client, good for one-time use. Offers cannot be combined.

Solar Eclipse Horoscopes

The eclipse may have happened this afternoon, but the energy is still in effect for at least another week.

Read my post on Wanderlust to find out what the solar eclipse means for you.

Wanderlust: What the Solar Eclipse Means for You

Wanderlust: What the Solar Eclipse Means for You