We are experiencing a mighty week with the Virgo new moon upon us at 25 degrees, September 17, 2020 at 7 am. We will have a difficult time accessing the more sensitive side of our emotions under the influence of Virgo, who organizes, plans, and analyzes, who communicates and creates firm boundaries. The moon and sun both firmly planted in that 25th degree are more interested in straightforward answers to direct questions, and this energy will be at play at work as well as at home. Perhaps with so many little ones heading back into school — or staying home for an extended and undetermined time period — this will be where our ability to plan our days, our diets, our exercises, our tasks, will be put to the test and we will have to answer for our shortcomings as well as our successes. More likely still, anything that has been hidden in our personal lives or career will have to be aligned to a more harmonious center. It was fine in the world of pre-2020 to be a workaholic, or to be a stay at home parent. Perhaps those roles are being mixed, reversed, and muddied. Virgo is here to establish new ground rules.
There is an order to the cosmos, and there is an order to reading an astrological chart. Normally, I would delve into other, closer planets, but it is suitable to discuss Mars, who has begun his retrograde through the sign of Aries, at 27 degrees. This puts him at a slight inconjunct to the sun and the moon, and if we are set back by the troubles of Mars attempting to express himself and failing, we may feel the brunt of that in ways that are not easy to resolve. Neighbors may chomp at the bit and never solve their arguments, people who are meant to assist us might be uncommonly, and irrationally, defiant. Plans that were meant to be carried through, suddenly fall through because of someone else’s poor planning. Stopping to take a breath and be calm will serve you well here.
Mercury is important in this lunation because Mercury rules over Virgo. Mercury is transiting through Libra at 17 degrees, and may help balance out the Virgo earthiness with an intellectual air and a dash of beauty, softening and facilitating others through communication. Also at a slight inconjunct to Mercury is Neptune at 19 degrees of Pisces, which may allow our communications to be less than honest. At best, we can hope for a fairly innocuous flattery, but be careful with how far you take it under the influence of Neptune.
Venus is at 12 degrees of Leo, pouring fire onto the mix. She represents the female, the mother, the wife, and she may provide a powerful feminine force to the raucous journey Mars has been taking us on. More importantly, she also has everything to do with matters of love and fortune. We may be star struck by a glittering attraction, or better yet, the potential to earn money or be visited by and unexpected windfall with Uranus in Taurus forming a square to Venus as well. The square may create tension here, and if it is not an unexpected windfall, it could also be an unexpected bill! It’s no accident that scientists have been a buzz lately about the sighting of phosphine gas in Venus’s atmosphere.
At one end of this chart in Capricorn, sharing the same earth element as Virgo and Taurus, the heavyweight of the ring: Jupiter at 17 degrees, Pluto at 22 degrees, and Saturn at 27 degrees. Jupiter already began forward motion earlier, and now it is Saturn who is grinding to a halt and preparing to move forward again. We may not want to contemplate that during this summer, and since the early spring, we have in fact been in a holding pattern while backward moving time lords quietly rearranged the furniture while we were out. They will be opening doors soon for us to come back in and give us an opportunity to put things back to rights. They are not finished with us yet!
A long last, we should have spent this period reformulating plans, discarding ideas that did not work, rethinking our long term plans, regretting too much expansion in all the wrong areas, and considering how much we had to contract. Once Saturn and Jupiter move forward together, we will have a little time to say good bye to Capricorn before they slip into Aquarius and martial new challenges for us. No doubt, Saturn’s journey through Aquarius will be only the beginning of a recovery from our present, and the taskmaster and disciplinarian will want us to be on our best behavior.