Happy New Moon in Virgo moonbeams. This new moon is referred to as a black moon and a super moon - black moons are when you get two new moons in a month and it's called a supermoon due to it's proximity to the earth. We are now shifting from the playful, fiery, sun ruled Leo to the more serious, grounded, earth ruled Virgo which seems to fit in with the shift from August into September and the new academic year. It's that time of year where we begin to establish routines again after the free flow of the summer months and start planning for the rest of the year. Routines, healthy habits and getting organised are all key traits for Virgo so use the energy of this new moon to help yourself begin to transition from summer into Autumn.
As well as their love for an organized life, Virgos also have a deep connection to the spiritual, the divine and a higher purpose - this is due to Virgo being ruled by the planet Mercury, the planet of elevated thought, communication and travel. They also have a deep connection to the earth as they are an Earth sign.
Keywords associated with Virgo: intelligent, independant, focused, organized, spiritual, discerning, hardworking, grounded.
Themes: Health, habits, routines, slowing down, purpose, sacred service, coming back down to earth
Virgos are organised, love planning and attention to detail. As we are about to start the new academic year you can use this opportunity to get organised. It's the perfect time to fall in love with stationary, organizers and the art of the bullet journal. Bullet Journals are a wonderful way to track habits, keep records, plan your time and create lists in a fun and engaging way. Type in bullet journals to pinterest or #bujo on instagram and enjoy some epic journal inspiration.
Virgo and the body
Virgo rules the digestive organs - the large and small intestine, spleen and pancreas and also the nervous system. Because of this, most Virgos tend to be very health conscious and careful about what they put into their bodies. This is the ideal time to have a look at our lifestyle and health habits as we head into the Autumn months - self care is very important to Virgos, important questions to ask yourself:
- Am I always eating in a hurry or do I take time to eat slowly and mindfully?
- Am I eating nourishing, seasonal, whole foods that make me feel good or am I relying on convenience foods?
- Am I making enough time each week to move my body - walking, running, yoga, dancing or swimming? If not, how can I make space in my week for this?
Because of Virgo's connection to the gut, they also have very good instincts and are guided by their intuition. How often do we allow ourselves to be guided by our intuition and gut feelings? Or do we allow our rational mind to take over. An interesting journaling practice is to ask yourself about two situations from your past, one where you followed your intuition and one where you ignored it. Where did these situations lead you? How did it feel in both instances? How did it feel to ignore your gut and how did it feel to follow your deep inner knowing? Intuition is a powerful aspect of the divine feminine - awakening, trusting and being guided by your intuition is a powerful way to awaken the priestess within.
The Roman goddess Vesta is a maiden goddess of the hearth and home and represents self reliance, purity, sacred service and the archetype of the priestess. Inspiration we can draw from Vesta is developing or reconnecting with our own self reliance. Asking ourselves how much we rely on or are effected by the opinions of others. Virgos are known for their independence and strength of character.
The Hindu Goddess of knowledge, learning, and the creative arts. We can call upon Saraswati to empower our mind, to bless our projects and to watch over us as we study. She is another example of a self reliant Goddess. Sally Kempton refers to the 'Saraswati woman' in her book 'Awakening Shakti' - a woman who is perfectly happy to be alone, immersed in sacred study, self development and service to the divine. Does the Saraswati woman appeal to you?
Pachamama is a South American Earth Mother Goddess. She is a fertility Goddess and also oversees planting and the harvest so she fits in beautifully to this time of year where we begin to both plant hardy seeds for next year and harvest our crops from this year. She also oversees the sacred balance of things and can be wrathful when when we are taking too much from the Earth without giving back. In light of recent events throughout the world, this is the perfect time for us to deepen our connection to the Earth Mother and pledge ourselves to be in her service. What actions can you take over the coming months to be of service to Pachamama?
Demeter is another maiden Goddess associated with harvest and fertility. She is a grain Goddess and also rules over the cycles of the seasons. We can ask for her help as we transition from summer to Autumn. Our fast paced world has lost connection to the sacred rhythms of the earth, we are expected to be the same all year round, our working hours don't change and in some instances (like christmas & new year) we get busier when we should be slowing down. It's up to us to tune into these natural rhythms and walk a different path, this is the way of the Priestess! Part of your journaling practice could include how you can start slowing things down for Autumn, ensuring you have plenty of time for rest and restoration.
Due to Virgo's link with the Priestess archetype, it's a really nice opportunity to connect with the misunderstood and undervalued Goddess Mary Magdalene who was a High Priestess. Books to connect you to this powerful Goddess:
Magdalene Revealed - Megan Watterson
You are a Goddess - Sophie Bashford
The Chalice and the Blade - Riane Eisler
As mentioned, one of Virgo's archetypes is the Priestess due to it's connection to the earth, the cycles of the seasons and also their connection to the divine and need to be of service. How could you use this New Moon to awaken your inner priestess? Do you celebrate the turning of the seasons? Is there ritual, meditation, and faith in something beyond the ordinary in your life? Do you feel connected to a higher purpose? If so, what is it?
Virgo's symbol is the maiden or Virgin and is often depicted as a maiden goddess carrying a sheaf of wheat (representing the harvest season but also the gathering of wisdom). Tuning into the Virgin archetype doesn't mean that we have to be celibate, we instead, can focus on having purity of spirit. Asking ourselves if we are operating on a higher or lower plane, are we getting sucked in to petty dramas and worldly concerns? and how could we transcend and operate from a place of higher purpose. So much of our energy is wasted on worrying what others think of us, trying to establish our reputation and present a certain version of ourselves to the world, what about if we used this energy for spiritual development and journeying towards higher states of consciousness?
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” - Rumi
Virgos have a deep connection to the earth and often act in ways to be of service to the Earth Goddess - caring for the environment, living in harmony with nature's cycles and living with consideration and modesty. We can ask ourselves if we're living a balanced, eco conscious lifestyle or if we've fallen in to the trap of consumerism. This would be a wonderful time to inspire yourself with environmental groups, documentaries or even doing a permaculture course. There are loads of wonderful free courses available:
Free Permaculture E Books
Free Permaculture Online Course
Virgo is ruled by the 6th Astrological House of Healing & Health so one of it's archetypes is the Healer. Also, because Virgo rules the harvest - the picking and sorting of crops - it has an affinity with healing herbs. See below for herbs associated with Virgo and this time of year.
Essential oils to use for Virgo are Marjoram, Myrrh, Frankincense, Bergamot, Valerian and Thyme. Here's a recipe for a solar plexus balancing tummy oil:
25ml base oil of your choice
5 drops Bergamot
2 drops Myrrh
2 drops Frankincense
3 drops Marjoram
(not suitable for pregnancy, breastfeeding or if going out in the sun directly after using).
Rub the oil on your tummy in circular motions, from right to left.
Nettle, Elderberries, Thyme, Rosehips, Turmeric & Valerian. Here are some lovely drink recipes for working with Virgo and the approach of Autumn:
Nettle & Peppermint Tea
Simply mix looseleaf dried peppermint and nettle leaves to boiling water and leave to steep for a few minutes, drink and enjoy. Nettle is a diuretic so just be sure to drink a lot of water alongside it.
Elderberry, Rosehip & Hibiscus Hot Toddy
This is perfect for boosting the immune system as we head into Autumn and therefore flu and cold season. Using a handful of dried elderberries (you can buy these from Neal's Yard Remedies), a handful of dried rosehips and loose leaf hibiscus. Add ingredients to a saucepan along with a mug of water and infuse on the stove at a low heat for 15 minutes. Option to add a teaspoon of Manuka honey to boost it's power.
Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a small amount of boiling water in a mug and mix in to a paste. Pour a mug of milk (your choice of plant based milk) into a saucepan and add the turmeric paste, mix thoroughly. Simmer on a low heat but don't let the milk boil. You could add ginger and honey into this or just have as is. We also like to pop ours in a blender to make frothy.
Due to the link with gut health, adding in gentle twists to your yoga practice and a focus on belly breathing would be ideal during Virgo season.
September 2nd is the beginning of a 10 day festival called Ganesh Chaturthi held in honour of the Hindu God Ganesha. Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles so a wonderful to Deity to connect with when embarking on new projects. He is also often referred to as an Earth deity and is linked with the base chakra so perfect for working with the Earth element too.
New Moon Ritual
Each new moon time is a chance to set intentions for the month ahead and to spend some time in quiet reflection.
Set up some sacred space at home where you won't be disturbed. You might like to set up an altar dedicated to the earth element using crystals, stones, leaves, plants and flowers that you've gathered. Light some candles, put some essential oils or incense on and change into clothes that are comfortable and non restrictive. You might like to make one of the drink recipes and bring this with you to your sacred space. You'll also want your journal, an oracle card deck and some crystals - Citrine, smokey quartz and emerald are lovely to work with for Virgo.
Once you have gathered everything you need, find a comfortable seated position or lie down, making sure your are warm enough and using any cushions to support your body. Close your eyes and spend some time focusing your awareness on your breath. After a few moments of settling in, begin to bring your awareness to your belly. As you breathe in, breathe down into your belly and allow it to expand with each inhalation, on your exhalations, sigh your breath out the mouth and with it let go of any tension, worries or old stories. Do this for a few rounds of breath until you feel yourself beginning to slow down. Then, bring yourself out of this mini meditation and come to sit in front of your altar.
Choose an oracle card from your card deck and allow the card to speak to you, make a note of the card in your journal. Then set a page aside in your journal for your Virgo guiding questions and answer the following questions:
- Do I feel self reliant? How much do I depend on others? How much time do I spend alone?
- Do I feel connected to a sense of purpose? If so, what is it? What is my soul calling?
- How often do I listen to my intuition? Do I allow my gut feelings to guide me or do I ignore them in favour of rational thought?
- What is my relationship to the earth like at the moment? How much time do I spend in nature? How could I improve my connection to the Earth Goddess?
- How can I start to slow down as we head in to the slower, Autumn months?
- What is my sacred service? What gifts do I have that I can share with others? how can I be of service to myself, my loved ones and my community?
- What Goddess/Goddesses am I inspired to work with this month?
- Am I operating from a place of purity or am I getting pulled down by petty dramas and low vibrational energies? How can I rise above?
- What new health habits can I establish for the month ahead?
- Where can I schedule in more time for self care?
Dedicate another page of your diary for your new moon intentions. You can use the following sentences to help you:
For the New moon in Virgo I am going to create the following habits....
For the New Moon in Virgo I am going to connect to the Priestess within by....
For the New Moon in Virgo my offering of sacred service will be...
For the New Moon in Virgo I am going to bring balance to my body, mind and spirit by....
You might like to create your own ritual to seal/set your new moon intentions such as writing them on a beautiful piece of paper and rolling it up into a scroll and setting it on your altar for the month, or you might like to craft something to represent your intention.
We hope you have enjoyed this blog post and wish you a happy new moon dear ones. As always, we love to hear what you've been up to so please share in the comments what you're doing to welcome in this powerful New Moon.
New Moon blessings to you all xx