Written by Dr. Shara Eisen
Happy Birthday Virgo, and a Happy Virgo New Moon to all. The summer was intense in more ways than one for most of us, and as it winds down and we move into the autumn, school and work routines normalize, and the shorter days remind us of the cooler weather to come. The planets have far fewer retrogrades than last month, many projects that have been on hold begin to move forward. Virgo is one of the best signs for accomplishing all sorts of projects— from organizing the garage to starting a side business. While not all Virgos are the organized librarians as they are stereotyped to be, they are one of the signs that are happiest when being of service and may truly enjoy work as much, if not, more than play. They have highly capable minds, making some of the most loyal friends, and are typically balanced and sensible regarding diet, exercise, and routines. This makes the Virgo New Moon an auspicious time for creating new routines or at least making some changes in a positive direction, especially regarding health and exercise. It is an excellent time to find a new healer, be this an acupuncturist, chiropractor, or naturopath. If you simply want to use your time more wisely, by spending thirty minutes each day walking, learning a new language, or practicing guitar, the change will be more likely to stick if you begin around this new moon.
Venus will be going into Scorpio this month, where she will stay until January 2019, with the exception of November, when she backs up into Libra. Venus typically takes well under a month to transit a sign, so this is quite an extended visit. Though her retrograde period won’t begin until next month, we may already begin to feel the effects as she begins to move into the “shadow” (the part of the zodiac over which the retrograde motion will occur). Astrologically speaking, Venus symbolizes our love nature, which will be in one of the most passionate and intense signs of the zodiac. We are not likely to be happy with relationships that feel overly mental or superficial. We will be seeking deeper connections in these next few months. Astronomically speaking, we will cease to see Venus in the Western evening sky after the sunset, as it moves “backward” and so close to the sun that it will be invisible, so enjoy the beautiful evening star while you can.
Virgo – “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods” (Albert Einstein).
Digging deeper pays off this month. Yet, if the schedule is as full as it tends to be, then you could be at risk for missing out on some of the huge releases that patiently await within the realms of the psyche. We only judge others as much as we judge ourselves, and some of the quantum leaps are likely to relate to some uncomfortable feelings like guilt and shame. Trying to appease our internal critic with non-stop action turns out to be a trap, so this month take more time out and notice that these beliefs are actually built on a house of cards. Self- acceptance is easier said than done; it takes some effort, but it is some of the most rewarding effort that you can make.
Libra – “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows anyone” ( Mark Twain).
Libra, your symbol is the scales, which reflect the fairness, justice, and balance that you are forever seeking. Consider the infamous Libra dark and twisted sense of humor. You are the nicest of all signs in the zodiac, which means that in order for the scales to balance, the opposite of “ nice” has to go somewhere. The invitation this month is to make friends with your dark side, or even just the part of you that doesn’t want to be patient, kind, agreeable, and supportive. This may be highly unsettling for you loved ones as you let this other part of you out of jail, but it will do wonders for helping you feel more whole and vitalized in the long run.
Scorpio – “The true scientist never loses the faculty of amusement. It is the essence of his being” (J. Robert Oppenheimer).
Have you ever been so happy that you felt uneasy? Do you ever notice that life is working out very well and then start to wonder when the proverbial other shoe will be dropping? This is an excellent month to be considering all of the ways that you keep states such as joy, contentment, and peace away because you just can’t quite get comfortable with it. That means that this is an excellent time to focus on your goals and dreams, knowing that the biggest blocks are coming from within yourself. Are you attached to some aspects of your personality that are cynical, complaining, or overly serious? If you are not too attached, this will be an excellent time to shed some old skins and travel lighter.
Sagittarius –“ If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can transform a million realities” ( Maya Angelou).
If anyone can turn base metal into gold, it would have to be the ever-optimistic Sagittarius. This month is about learning that hard work does not actually have to be hard, or even work for that matter. Sagittarius is one of the signs that is known for frequent career changes (though if you have a more stable sign like Taurus or Capricorn on your M.C.: career point, you may be an exception). There is nothing wrong with this, as you likely have an innate understanding that life is supposed to be primarily invigorating and not stultifying. If a job becomes too stagnant, then you will typically move on. This is a time to assert whatever you might need in terms of better work conditions, a promotion, or a new enterprise altogether that fits the grand adventure that you require life to provide.
Capricorn – “He who strives to make himself free is the real preacher. Hundreds come from all sides, no one knows whence, to him who is free, and are taught by him. When a rosebud blooms, the bees come from all sides, uninvited and unasked” (Sri Ramakrishna).
You are at the beginning of a reaping part of a larger cycle, which is great news, as a lot of your hardest work is behind you. Let things develop without too much ambition or attachment to the results, and you will like what you see. It is when you are too uncomfortable with relaxing and allowing that you experience the most stress and the most frustrating results. People are going to be more and more drawn to the peace and wisdom that you are learning to radiate, if you have more or less managed to reel in some of the old self-defeating conversations and beliefs. Planning travel, or taking trips, is indicated this month as a way of helping you move out of some of the old stress patterns.
Aquarius – “ The words written here are concepts. You must go thru the experience” ( St. Augustine).
Aquarians tend to fall into 2 groups: those who over plan and overcommit, and those who can’t be pinned down for much of any real commitment. The former will do great this month to prioritize time for absolutely nothing at home. It is really a time to enjoy what has been built. If you have a beautiful home that you rarely get to enjoy, this would be an excellent time to simply putter around in the garden or catch up with some friends on the porch. Keep it low key and you will find what you have been needing. The latter group will have more energy and vitality this month by making just a few more plans and commitments, but still the need to stay close to the nest and avoid spreading yourself too thin should be prioritized.
Pisces – “ We may have all come on different ships, but were in the same boat now” ( Martin Luther King Jr).
Relationships may take the center stage this month, so if you are single, this is not the time to embark on a personal retreat; find where the people like yourself are gathering, and maybe they don’t even need to be too much like yourself. Whether or not you are currently involved in a romantic relationship, the primary relationship between you and you can greatly prosper by extending more breaks, credit, and appreciation towards yourself. Most people are starved for appreciation, and the more that you give to yourself, the more you will naturally want to give to others. Few things will transform a relationship more dramatically than making a point to extend a steady stream of gratitude toward your partner.
Aries – “ There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those people who people in general take to be happy” ( Seneca).
Plenty of people assert that they have little or no concern for what others think of them, but this disregard for the opinion of others is easier said than done. Even though you are one of the most independent signs in the zodiac, you too can fall into the trap of caring too much about reputation and the opinion of others. Some of this can be perfectly healthy, but if you are curbing your true self and expression then you will suffer. Consider that your life may need more “you” and more “life” in order to work the way you would like. Consider adding a few hours in your weekly routine this month that are devoted to something you are doing in the name of your own expression and passion.
Taurus – “ Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us depends on us ( Thomas Holdcraft).
Relationships will be a focus this month, both romantic as well as with our children, if you have them. Having fun makes you more magnetic than most any clothing or make up are likely to accomplish. If you and your partner are falling into a rut, consider that you might need to learn a hobby or sport together, or take a class that you would both enjoy. If single, any of these will be excellent ways to meet someone compatible. Regardless of whether you are focused on your child, partner, or both,one of the top indicators of a healthy, thriving relationship is the amount of respectful, effective communication that is practiced. So, then, why are so many terrified, avoidant, or both when it comes to communicating? This is the perfect time to make some changes in this realm if needed.
Gemini _ “Swear not by the moon, th’inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable” ( William Shakespeare).
Gemini, your sign is the twins, and this is a month where you can expect to feel that duality in a few different ways. The emotions will be looming large now, and this may be experienced simply as a poignancy and a fullness, where simple experiences are taking on richer tones as you are moving a little more slowly through your days. Your mind is one of the fastest in the zodiac, but this fast mind is a double-edged sword. The slower you move and think this month, the better it all flows for you. In the past you have at times moved with the wind, and there may be loved ones asking for more constancy from you if you are resisting slowing down on your own.
Cancer – “ Although the connections are not always obvious, personal change is inseparable from social and political change” ( Harriet Lerner).
This is a culling period for many of the people, habits, and possessions in your life, with a looming question: what is still truly useful and bringing value? Many of your mainstays may be finding themselves on the chopping block as something is determined to lighten the load and find what is truly essential. There may be some loved ones making demands on you, and you will be far less tempted to keep the peace than you have in the past. You may even doubt your sanity as you see some of the far reaching changes that you are in the process of creating, but you are being led through this transition, into something much lighter and more joyful, so there is probably no reason for concern.
Leo – “ Everything turns out to be a gift – that’s the point. Everything that you saw as a handicap turns out to be the extreme opposite” ( Byron Katie).
Career and money are on your front burner and this may be a time where you can finally get the recognition that you deserve in your career. Whatever you thought was a challenge, achilles heel, or block to getting a raise, promotion, or some sort of acknowledgement, will end up being either a non-issue or even working out as an asset. There may be a person or two that are a little too harshly critical for you this month, which can be brutal for the infamous leonine pride. Yet, this is a time when you can actually brush this stuff right off or even address it in a manner that can put an end to petty behavior with dignity.