New Moon in Virgo — 20 September 2017 at 3:29pm
A new moon marks the beginning and end of the 28-day lunar cycle. Use this energy to set intentions, make a fresh start, turn over a new leaf or begin a project. The best time to launch anything new is during the first two weeks of the lunar cycle.
The September new moon occurs on 20 September 2017 at 3:29pm at 27° Virgo. The astrology of this new moon continues the theme of change that began with the total solar eclipse on August 21 (this is the first new moon since the eclipse). The Virgo new moon will bring healing energy so we can mend wounds that may have surfaced during the turbulent past few weeks (eclipses, solar flares, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, drought). With the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars all in Virgo, this new moon is one that emphasizes this discerning earth sign’s supreme priestess healing energy.
Eclipses mark the beginning of a six-month phase with certain goals or aims. Each new moon within the eclipse cycle represents a new stage of development of these long-term goals. With healing at the forefront of this first new moon of this new eclipse cycle, the universe wants us to clean up the mess. In order to move forward, we must focus on the healing process. Healing is painful and chaotic and can cause you to treat yourself or others critically or judgmentally. It is important that no matter what wounds surface, that you treat yourself with loving kindness.
New Moon Aspects
Jupiter Opposite Uranus
Jupiter opposite Uranus can create major changes in circumstance. The more restricted you have felt, the more upsetting the change is likely to be. In fact, you may feel like making a completely new start—or the universe will make one for you!
Sun Quincunx Uranus
Sun quincunx Uranus can cause nerves to run high, tension and anxiousness. An unexpected event, accident or change at work may force you to alter your routine, behavior or plans. Try to go with the flow, if you resist, you will suffer losses or miss out on good opportunities.
Sun Opposite Chiron
Sun opposite Chiron makes you consciously aware of a karmic wound that can be so damaging and painful, it affects your will to live. Deep healing, patience, self-care and self-love are the only solutions. Think baths, massages, crying, nature immersion—there is hope on the other side.
Spring Equinox — Saturday, 23 September at 6:02am
The September 23rd Equinox is the turning point of the year—the halfway point on the cycle through the stars. At the Equinox, the Sun shifts into Libra, an air sign all about balance, harmony and collaboration.
As the Sun shifts into Libra, we are reminded of the goals and lessons we started during the last Equinox in March—which was the start of the astrological year. This equinox is the midway point of the astrological year and where we start harvesting what we planted last April. Whatever goals and intentions we sewed during that time are likely to be blossoming to their fullest potential—as long as they have been watered and nurtured during the months in-between.
The Equinox is named so because the hours of day and night are of equal length. It is the time where we come back to complete zero—to neutral ground. On every Equinox we are asked to get ourselves into balance and to find the equilibrium between all that life has dealt us so far.
The September 2017 Equinox is also highlighting the balance that is needed between feminine and masculine energies. In fact, the current astrological weather is really asking us to step into more of our feminine power and ground this energy into the world. We need to soften and to bring more compassion, empathy and understanding into our lives.
As we move through the final months of 2017, we are wrapping up whatever lessons we needed to deal with and facing up to any truths that have now become a reality. This is highlighted by two major planetary shifts that will happen between now and the end of the year: Saturn and Jupiter will move into new zodiac signs.
Saturn in Capricorn
Saturn will move out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn on December 21st where it will stay for another 2.5 years. Saturn is much more at home in Capricorn than in Sagittarius, but before it changes signs, we are going to feel things rocking. Whatever lessons or themes Saturn has been working with since December 2014 will start coming together for completion.
Jupiter into Scorpio
Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance, will also be shifting out of Libra and into Scorpio on October 11th where it will remain for the next 12 or so months. Jupiter’s move into watery Scorpio will mean intense emotional depth. If there are any stuck or lingering emotions, Jupiter in Scorpio will help us release them over the next 12 months (with a focus on power, sex, money and magic).
As we pass the Equinox point, the energy is going to simmer down and things are not going to feel as heightened as they were at the start of the year. There is a calming energy that comes with this turn—welcome news and a much needed break!
Energetically, the new moon is a time of darkness, low ebb, rest and reflection. Take this time to go within, re-set and prepare for the new lunar cycle. Set beautiful intentions and plant hearty seeds.