• the devil is in the details but so is salvation (anon)

    On the 30th of this month there will be a New Moon at 06°47’ Virgo, a Mutable, Earth sign ruled by Mercury which is also presently transiting this sign together with Mars (closely conjunct the lunation) and Venus.

    This could therefore be a supercharged New Moon with Mars adding argumentativeness to an already hyper-critical Virgo Moon that always wants to be of help. The tight trine to Uranus retrograde in Taurus could add a crave for emotional excitement as shyness and inhibitions (typical of Virgo) take on a more sensual hue and become easier to overcome.

    This lunation has in fact 5 planets in Virgo (Mercury in its home sign, Moon and Sun, Mars and Venus) putting huge emphasis not only on our well-being but also that of the environment. These planets, each in their turn, have already or will make aspects to the following planets:

    Trine Uranus R at 6° Taurus, trine Saturn R at 14° Capricorn, square Jupiter at 15° Sagittarius, square Neptune R at 17° Pisces and finally trine Pluto R at 20° Capricorn so it’s going to be quite a busy month.

    At the time of the New Moon there will be 8 planets in Earth signs, 1 in a Fire sign and 1 in a Water sign which adds to a lot of practical sense with little intuition and empathy and no help in seeing the big picture as reality unfolds or foreseeing the implications of our practical reactions to external stimuli since we have a total lack of planets in the Air signs.

    However, the fact that 7 of the planets are actually in Mutable signs does give restlessness as well as flexibility to the New Moon chart although we made need others to give us a “kick start” with only 2 planets in Cardinal mode and staying power may also be low with 1 planet only in Fixed modality.

    The house axis involved in this lunation is the 6th-12th, Virgo-Pisces involving such matters as discrimination vs universality, order vs chaos and criticism vs compassion. The New Moon will involve those persons with planets/angles between 05-10° of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces).

    New Moons are times when the Sun and Moon are conjoined in the identical degree of the same sign and this causes the Moon to remain hidden from our view.

    “The New Moon, of course, is in the sign of the Sun, and the double emphasis on that sign is said to have meaning in terms of what we experience that month. The Sun’s sign now given extra emphasis by the addition of the Moon, is a seasonal theme.” Author M.K. Simms reminds us in her book “Moon Tides, Soul Passages.

    It’s a great moment to set intentions for the coming month regarding the matters of the house where it falls in our natal chart. These lunations can be seen as moments of “seeding”.

    Whilst astrologer Raven Kaldera calls this the

    “Maiden’s Moon”

    during which we are invited to search solace in solitude rather than desperately trying to fill the room with other auras.

    In Virgo, the New Moon focusses on our welfare (both physical and mental) and asks us to choose between what nurtures us and what harms or poisons us (Neptune) giving order to the chaos (Pisces) that surrounds us.

    The Sabian symbol for 7° Virgo: “A harem”. Indicating a fateful (even if sought after) subservience to the vagaries or desires of the emotional nature.

    For the antiscion point at 24° Aries: “Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window take the shape of a cornucopia”. Indicating openness to the influx of spiritual energies.

    “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion”. Dale Carnegie

    What are your intentions for this New Moon?



    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 40-42, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 67, 154, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Simms M.K. (2006) “Moon Tides, Soul Passages”, Ch. 1 Moon and the Constancy of Change, p 15, Starcrafts Publishing, Exeter NH, USA

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