What exciting times we find ourselves in. As September first dawns we are showered with a treble-fold delight of cosmic energy!
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo – August 30th – September 22nd 2016
Starting with Mercury becoming Retrograde (August 30th – September 22nd) in it’s home sign of Virgo. With Mercury being the planet or God of the Mind and Communication. It is a mental energy, . During it’s Retrograde we are called to pursue internal investigation revolving around the Mind and Communication. We are given a chance to re-visit and re-evaluate in order to re-new any issues that may have affected us during the last 3 months during Mercury’s Stationary Period. Have you had any issues of Communication within the last 3 months? Does something need clearing up? Could you be clearer, more concise or more compassionate with your communication or with your mind?
All transits, be them Sun, Moon or Planetary offer us the opportunity to explore on a deeper level the different parts of our psyche and experience greater Psychological Integration.
With it’s emphasis on re-evaluation, Mercury Retrograde can often bring up things or situations from the past in order to clear and release them. This can often bring confusion, frustration or a sense of ‘going round in circles’ coupled with Mercury’s influence on Electrical Energy (our bodies work through electrical signals) anxieties, stress or tension do have the ability to become heightened.
But, as earlier stated this is a time for re-visiting and re-evaluating. This is not a time to become exasperated or rush. Be easy on yourself, spend quiet time in communion with self. This energy at it’s deepest level encourages digestion, clarity and a time to release old ways of working. Ask yourself; What does my internal dialogue speak to me? To what kind of feelings does my inner dialogue lead me to? Do I talk myself down or do I bring myself up? If I feel lost, what information do I need in order to feel more stable and grounded?
The absolute blessing with this Retrograde is that Mercury is comfortably at home in it’s own sign; the practically intellectual, no nonsense sign of Virgo. Boom! What better a sign for the God of Communication and Information to reside in! The efficient, clear and factual energy of Virgo perfectly compliments Mercury’s intentions for learning around Mind and Communication. And with such a harmonious pairing any work done in now will experience a sense of ease and positive cosmic blessing. The Mind and Communication love to be clear and Virgo loves clarity.
In it’s high expression, Virgo favours healthy compartmentalisation, so, this energy really does come with a marked sense of putting place to some of our scattered mental energies, discerning between what is useful and what is not in order to bring focus. the mind is a terrible master but a wonderful servant. What irrational, self-limiting or out-dated beliefs does your lower mind still hold? How can ration and logic be used for the greater good? We are being called to make use of our mind’s positive and constructive purpose.
Virgo is also a beautiful service orientated sign with an unrelenting focus on the contribution to the needs of others. Bringing a positive, humanitarian aspect to self-pursuits. This energy heightens the need to embrace our intellectual gifts and share them for the good of humanity. This energy is a welcome one at the beginning of the Age of Aquarius through which Society is coming together into a place less concerned with ‘believing’ and more secure in ‘collective knowing’. Through using our intellect and common mind to aid humanities growth, stability and purpose.
This is the perfect energy to bring clarity, determination and focus.
New Moon in Virgo – September 1st 2016 – 9:04 AM
Interesting! This months new moon is also in Virgo! If you’ve read all of the previous paragraphs, you’re likely to be more familiar with the energy of Virgo. So let’s talk about the New Moon.
The New Moon is the time in the cycles when the Moon is at it’s closest to the Sun. It is being blasted by the beautiful, enhancing, revitalising rays of the Sun’s energy. It becomes filled with positive charge, bringing new beginnings and revitalisation which then shines upon Earth.
In Mundane Astrology, the moon represents our Soul; our emotional habits, interactions and reactions toward every day life. As Humans our emotions often run in cycles, just like the cycles of the moon. We have a tendency to get stuck in emotional patterns, cycles or ways of feelings. With the New Moon we embark upon a new emotional cycle. The New Moon brings an energy of new beginnings, a chance to break habits, a potent time to focus intention. A time to change and welcome positive changes going forward.
In Astrology, the planets, Sun and Moon always work with the energy of the sign they’re currently in so the Moon at this point is working to apply Virgo energy to our Emotions. Fun! With this energy we are being called to take a more down to Earth approach to our Emotion. To use rational and logic to keep things practical and moving in the right direction. Virgo is a grounded, self-reflective sign that does not mind looking at it’s own behaviour in order to improve in life. For this reason, Virgo is a great sign to explore issues of the moon. It can calmly purvey, gain clarity and move forward. In this way, Virgo evokes responsibility and self-preservation.
Virgo’s focus on mind-body-spirit connection enacts itself through an interest in health, with many Virgo’s being involved in the medical professions. With it’s practicality, Virgo applies this to working life, physical health and daily routines all of which are closely connected to our emotional health. This New Moon in Virgo brings us a magnifying glass with which to examine the little things in our lives. The things that we all know could make us feel much better. How’s my well-being? How’s my physical health? How’s my emotional health? Could my daily routine work better for me?
Goal Driven Virgo promotes structure and order but also loves to see something tangible for it’s efforts. And rightly so, Virgo works hard! So take this as a perfect time to take inventory, organise (perhaps through making lists) and put into place ideas that are going to help you move forward.
This is the perfect time for new beginnings. Most importantly though is the release of fear through the acceptance of responsibility and the intention to experience growth.
And Hey Ho! Look here, there’s also a Solar Eclipse in Virgo! – 1st September 2016 – Seems like everything is in our favour, huh?
Now it’s about to get super exciting! On Thursday we experience the first Eclipse in a 5 and a half month cycle of transition taking us through to February 2017. Occurring when there is a Near-perfect alignment of the Earth, the Moon and the Sun. In energetic terms, this could be worded as ‘Our every day awareness (the Earth) becoming more aligned with Conscious Awareness (the Sun) through Soul (the moon). Essentially, Eclipse Cycles bring with them ‘Consciousness Upgrades’, they facilitate a period of expansion, of further spiritual, emotional and intellectual understanding. Eclipses allow us to appreciate our depth and to honour what needs to end whilst simultaneously moving forward and realigning with our highest intentions. Solar Eclipses often highlight an issue or a theme needed to be worked on, endings of beginnings and with it’s placement in Virgo, lover of truth, there’s a good chance that this eclipse will bring a focus on things that you can’t ignore. But not to worry.
The Eclipse is beautifully complimented by Mercury Retrograde in Virgo enhancing our abilities to release old mind-sets that no longer aid us in order to reach new levels of consciousness. Recognising when we are acting from a place of fear and moving into that place of love.
All in all, this seems like a great time for expansion. Like every sign, Virgo is not without it’s fair share of worry or self-doubt, but with stable mind, these issues usually stay minor and can be easily overcome. So if through these changes you find yourself in doubt, allow yourself recognition, give yourself a pat on the back, accept your gifts, your beauty and know that the only way is up.
This week welcomes Jupiter into Libra which I’m sure will bestow some lovely, positive energy to us all. More exciting times!