Declutter and Keep the Balance:  Virgo New Moon and Aries Full Moon

After a memorable 44 day retrograde journey into shadow land and into reassessing relationships and what we value, Venus stationed direct on the 4th of September enabling a slow move towards achieving one’s new desires. Within hours of Venus’s pause to change direction, Jupiter stationed to go retrograde and Jupiter will remain in retrograde motion until the very last day of 2023. This introspective and reflective journey may help us to connect with a deeper and more personal sense of justice, contributing positively to a new perspective on life. While this may involve minor ego deflation we can anticipate gaining deeper insights into spiritual and philosophical matters. While Mercury returns to forward movement on the 15th of September, right around the time of the Virgo New Moon, Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, and Saturn are all still apparently travelling backwards. This leaves Mars in Libra as the only planet moving forward at its usual speed, making its presence especially palpable and putting an emphasis on co-operation and diplomacy in our actions.

The Virgo New Moon occurs at 22 degrees at 11:39 am on the 15th of September. This degree of the zodiac is described as: A Royal Coat of Arms Enriched with Precious Stones. The message here is that being true to one’s heritage or beliefs will empower one with strength and stability. The Moon and Sun are making a harmonious trine to Uranus, bringing in a sense of originality and excitement and perhaps some unexpected developments. A wider opposition to Neptune brings a spiritual or escapist element and perhaps more flow to the Virgo perfectionist tendency. With the Sun and Moon in the sign of Virgo, our security is linked to service and analysis and it’s a good time to plan to declutter your life and develop healthy habits and routines.

The Sun moves into Libra on the 23rd of September marking the Spring Equinox with equality seeking Libra manifesting on this day as equal day and night. The chart for the Libra Equinox sets the background tone for the next three months until the Summer Solstice on the 22nd of December. With Libra’s ruling planet Venus forming an exact trine with Chiron at this time, harmonious relationships are a key theme over the next few months. The Sun was recently making a transformative trine with Pluto ensuring that life perceptions are infused with a powerful urge towards depth of experience and total rebirth.

The Full Moon occurs at 7:57 pm on the 29th of September at the 7th degree of Aries, represented as: A Person Succeeds in Expressing Themself Simultaneously in Two Realms. The reference is to the first realization of the dual nature of human beings, akin to the dualism of sky and earth and spirit and matter. The challenge is to set action in view of both its spiritual and material implications. This will be the final Super Moon of 2023, with its additional healing light emphasising the need to balance individual rights with the greater good and the need for self assertion with relationship needs.

The month ends with Mercury, now travelling beyond its retrograde shadow point, forming an expansive trine with Uranus as an indication that change is in the air, despite the overall retrograde direction of planetary energies.