Tired of Lying in the Sunshine ~ New Moon in Virgo-September 20th, 2017

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today

On September 19th/20th, 2017 the New Moon in Virgo will occur at 27 degrees. As the high priestess of divine order, Virgo oversees the exploration of the mysteries of matter. Thus, this New Moon will usher you into deeper reverence for life’s rhythm of bloom and decay.

This is the first New Moon since last month’s Solar Eclipse in Leo, so a renewed cycle of creative and emotional energy is beginning. Whereas last month’s eclipse was tinged with some of Leo’s uproarious melodrama, the character of this subsequent New Moon in Virgo will offer a much quieter refuge where order can once again begin to emerge from the chaos.The final days of Virgo always have a melancholic tinge, for it represents the death of summer, a celestial memento mori for you to ponder.

Did this last summer seem like the shortest one you’ve ever known?

Remembering a lifetime of summers gone by may lay a heavy burden upon you. Somehow, your muddled memories of misspent youth just don’t seem to answer the question,“Where has all the time gone?”

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way

If you become overwhelmed at this New Moon in Virgo, seek comfort and inspiration from those who are wiser than you. Find healing rituals and environments. And if you’re in the mood to allow music to help you to distill your feelings, I recommend listening to Pink Floyd’s, Dark Side of the Moon.All the songs on Dark Side of the Moon manage to transmute the deepest melancholy into the most heartfelt beauty. But there is no song that describes a more primal or universal despair than Time.

Beginning with the jangling sound of clocks chiming, this song illuminates the experience that everyone has when they wake up and realize that they have been squandering precious time. There may be nothing more heartbreaking than to admit that you have let life pass you by, but facing this grief is a necessary part of learning to live with more attention and focus.This New Moon in Virgo will be happening just a couple days before the equinox, making this concrescence of lunar and solar energies a significant time to contemplate the earth’s annual cycle of light and darkness. Under Virgo’s illumination, there is no time like the present to acknowledge your own mortality. This is not to lead you towards a fixation upon death, (there’s another season for that) but it is meant to inspire you to appreciate the bloom of life with devotional fervor.

At a New Moon in Virgo, it would be wise to assess the disorder in your life and implement some appropriate rituals that can restore your grounded sense of purpose and peace of mind. Examine your flaws and weaknesses with the intention to purify your character. And above all, dedicate yourself to making better use of your time, no longer letting apathy and disinterest dull so many divinely gifted moments.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today

And then one day you find ten years have got behind you

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

In the last degrees of Virgo, ignorance is not bliss. In the Virgin’s mind, ignorance is to live without meaning and die a pointless death. Spare yourself from enslavement to ignorance by investing more time in your own self-care, self-study, and self-criticism.

Re-dedicate yourself to offering your service to the world, even though you may not always receive praise. And re-affirm your loving relationship to your arts and skills even though you may not always feel nurtured by them.

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines

At about the same time as the New Moon, Venus will leave Leo and enter into Virgo, joining the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars. With such a high concentration of planetary energy focused in Virgo, your personal experiences may include an upsurge in what you perceive as painful criticisms. But becoming more aware of your flaws so that you can be healthier, safer, or more skilled is a key element of this New Moon’s healing potential.

If you can maintain enough humility to accept criticism where it is due, even from less than angelic messengers, you can use this New Moon to inspire a new devotion to healing your heart and refining your mind.

The ruler of this New Moon in Virgo is Mercury, who will be making an opposition to Neptune in Pisces. Though Mercury is in his most potent placement in the zodiac, this aspect will cast a sense of mental uncertainty upon things. Feeling dazed and confused, the meaning of many messages may be misinterpreted, taken out of context, or deliberately warped.

The most powerful aspect is between the New Moon and Chiron in Pisces, known as the wounded healer. This sensitive opposition will be probing you to uncover fears and wounds from the past. Rather than remaining haunted by your hidden weaknesses and perceived failures, you can now improve your standard of self-awareness. Set a precedent for your healing by having compassion for yourself. Remember that, for the most part, you have always done the best you could what you knew at the time.

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

As Virgo’s ideals are submerged into the oceanic realm of Neptunian fantasies, you may find yourself swept up in dreams of perfect spheres, Praxitelean proportions, and utopian kingdoms. Though some of your rational thinking may be led astray, there is potent visionary potential here. After all, dreaming the impossible dream can offer genuine inspiration for making better choices in the real world.

Ideals of perfection offer a reason to to keep growing whereas perfectionism offers an excuse to remain stagnant. Therefore, do not allow yourself to become ensconced in a daydream about an indefinite someday when perfection will finally be attained. Instead use this New Moon in Virgo as a time to do something practical to improve your circumstances now

  The time is gone, the song is over

Thought I’d something more to say


All artwork by Alfons Mucha


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