Virgo New Moon, 27 Degrees, 9-20-2017

Virgo New Moon 9-20-17

For this lunation wen will be faced with the contradictions and complexities of the Virgo-Pisces axis. Both are signs of service, yet, how that service is focused is radically different.

With Neptune in Pisces at 12 degrees, this mighty planet forms an opposition to the personal planets — Mercury at 12 degrees Virgo, in its dignity — and Mars at 9 degrees Virgo. Coupled with the nearby luminaries at 27 degrees Virgo, we have a heavy emphasis on all those traits that Virgo uniquely exemplifies. (I wrote a character portrait of Sherlock as Virgo here.) Those traits are discernment, rationality, critical analysis, an emphasis on health, exercise, daily habits and rituals, pets, and day to day work. Virgo organizes and pulls an efficient working system out of apparent chaos — a chaos readily supplied by the Pisces end of the spectrum.

What I’ve noticed in this period from the Pisces full moon earlier in the month to this Virgo new moon is the contact between Mercury and Neptune in Pisces is either amplifying or creating an effect similar to Mercury in retrograde; several times this month, I have made several wrong turns and been disoriented, making small communication errors along the way. This is typically unlike me, even during a retrograde period, but my natal alignments face a Neptune square to my North Node/Saturn Virgo, and so I am experiencing a potent effect during these particular lunations.

However, I think it’s no accident that some of my co-workers have found themselves sleeping through their alarms, a friend of mind lost money in an idle speculation, and another made promises in a state of Neptune-enthusiasm that in fact, later became untenable when the Virgo moon demanded an accounting for. The Virgo pull is more fundamental during this lunation due to both luminaries and two personal planets occupying the sign, so the if anyone was swept up by the Pisces full moon, they are being anchored back to earth by the discerning Virgo who is not putting up with any nonsense or excuses for a failure in judgement. We’ll have to pay for our mistakes if we want to surmount the Piscean/Neptune fog that surrounds us.

Add to it that Venus has just hit 0 degrees of Virgo, which means she is in her Fall; she will not find easy expression here. Money and love will be under scrutiny and relationships which were bouyant and optimistic previously might sink under the Virgo moon. However — consider that Venus has also passed that eclipse point from last month. I take this to mean that events which unfold now in the realm of Venus may be fated, and even unexpected. If a love falls apart, or a serious money matter crumbles, it is to make way for something else on the horizon. Keep a look out — what comes forth now will echo through the next 18 years of our lives. I suspect that any matter of love or money that survives Venus in Virgo’s careful weighing of value will likely be here to stay. When you hit rock bottom, you can only go up from there, after all.

Uranus in his late degrees of Aries also trines Venus in Virgo, so this should make for some strange events under the umbrella of Mercury, since Virgo is ruled by Mercury. Contracts that seemed to have gone up in smoke might come back to life, revived with unexpected payments, or there might be a communication from a secret admirer where you least expect it.

Pluto in Capricorn also makes a trine to Mercury in Virgo, which might signify a quickening effect. Words spoken, communication exchanges of weight and importance will be prominent. If you wanted to ask a deeply penetrating question, now is the time to plumb the depths and get to the heart of a matter. Use Pluto wisely, he will help you keep confidence and secrets.

Black Moon Lilith at 24 degrees of Sagittarius, conjunct old man Saturn at 21 degrees of Sagittarius and moving forward, is chasing saucy Lilith so they will conjunct exactly again in the near future. The shadow sexuality, that powerful glamor that is the domain of powerful women who own their sex in all its intensity, will have the ability now to gain a great deal of power through influence, and doors may fling open that were once closed. The concept of sex does not have to be represented by a physical act, here — this could be a psychological seduction as well, such as a singer whose songs “seduce” on a mass level. Black Moon Lilith trines the North Node in Leo as well as Uranus in Aries. Women who can channel this powerful force in their work are going to find the world is ripe with opportunity for recognition of their talent.


A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook from Amazon.

Pisces Full Moon, 9-6-2017

Full Moon 9-6-2017

This lunation has the sun in Virgo at 13 degrees, and the full moon at the opposing sign of Pisces, 13 degrees. Our daily lives may be concerned with the nuts and bolts, with organization and boundaries, with health and exercise and daily tasks, but our emotional selves will want to dissolve, to lose ourselves to something greater and explore our spiritual depths. We strive to find balance between the two during this lunation.

We are also coming out of a Mercury retrograde, with Mercury finally moving forward at 28 degrees of Leo. This means he’ll be touching on the eclipse point from August 21, and we should expect important communications that reflect the intensity of the eclipse and its North Node presence. Our communications will not only be important, they will be fated.

Mercury at 28 degrees of Leo is also conjuncting Mars at zero degrees of Virgo, which means Mars has also touched on the eclipse point. Our force, our physical presence, how we take action in the world will be doubly important now. Both Mars and Mercury will emphasize the Virgo theme, will make us enthusiastic to engage in service, in practical day to day matters. I would expect that anyone who has had challenges or blockages to achieving a goal may find those obstacles swept away as though in a tide, leaving the path clear. If you were heavy with burdens before, they may well be lifted, and leave you dizzy with relief.

This Pisces moon will be inconjunct Venus at 13 degrees of Leo. Our feminine side will want to let down our hair, and we may feel indulgent, and the Pisces moon will not mesh as it seeks to direct our emotional side to the spiritual, perhaps making us feel a little out of sorts. We want to enjoy the finer things, but feel guilty for it and we can’t pin down why.

Uranus in the last lap of Aries, retrograding at 18 degrees will also trine the personal planets of Mars and Mercury. Trines emphasize quickness, and events may fall into place like a puzzle. He will want to show us how to reap the rewards of being truly ourselves, to be independent and rebellious, and by now, after years of Uranus in Aries, we will ideally have learned to identify what we need in our lives to be individuals, and this may have required personal sacrifices in the service of rebellion. We can now communicate those needs, and take action as required.

Neptune at 12 degrees of Pisces also aspects the luminaries; he will be conjunct the moon at 13 degrees of Pisces, and opposite the sun at 13 degrees Virgo. This emphasizes the desire to give til it hurts, to lose ourselves in a purpose, a calling, a bliss, a drug, a song — whatever calls to us. Work hard under the Virgo sun during the day, and then turn on the music full blast and dance your heart out by yourself or with a good friend, or even a new romantic interest.

Pluto at 16 degrees of Capricorn also trines the earthy Virgo sun, supporting us in our daily tasks, making our attention more keen, our sensibilities more discerning. Nothing passes unnoticed under our watchful eye, now. We’ll want to get to the bottom of things, and you may end up fixing mistakes left over from the previous Mercury retrograde in the nick of time, making your hard work seem effortless and as though nothing went awry to begin with. Pat yourself on the back, and take pride in your work. Your sense of security and self-satisfaction should prove affirming, and that will be a reward in and of itself.


A compilation of the full and new moons of 2018 will be available in late 2017, called Lunations, 2018, which will be made available as an ebook from Amazon.