Virgo New Moons tend to have that “back to school” or “back to business” feeling. After the Leo party, it’s as if the practical and efficient energy of Virgo crashes the party to remind us that it’s time to get back to the daily routine. The laundry needs to be done, the house is a mess, the closets need to be purged of summer gear, and what about all of the personal grooming we’ve let go wild over the last month of summer? All neurosis aside, this could be one of the most loaded and significant New Moons of the year. Although at first glance it’s a seemingly flexible mutable New Moon in Virgo, the sign of purification and work, it also happens to coincide with a potent astrological merger between two of the most formidable planets in the heavens: Mars and Saturn. Mars rules iron in alchemy and Saturn rules lead, so you can feel the weight and heaviness of this collision. If you’ve been feeling like it’s nearly impossible to get out of bed let alone get anything moving for the past few weeks, it may have a lot to do with the way this combo can create a feeling of grinding metal or driving with the brakes on.
Mars and Saturn joined in Scorpio is quite a martial influence that can generate stubbornness, anger, vengefulness, fear, jealousy and power trips. Have you noticed all of the violence and shadow energy rearing its head in the collective this summer? There is a determination and intensity in the air generated by the powerful fixed energies of Leo and Scorpio which have been dominating the scene since mid-July. Mars has been gaining on Saturn since the last Full Moon which might explain the battlegrounds erupting all over our relationships and our world over the past few weeks. These two planetary gangsters will make their exact tryst on this same day of this New Moon and square Venus in Leo. The translation of this potent configuration is not only a battle between the sexes but a profound war between such human dramas as: power and submission, control and surrender, fear and desire, love and pride, jealousy and generosity, darkness and light, strength and weakness, (just to name a few). Luckily, the Virgo influence helps us to use our highest level of discrimination and choose our battles carefully. It’s best to go deep and go within like the Hermit during this lunar phase. Another powerful archetype making her appearance under this New Moon that falls in the fixed stars of Regulus is the Strength Card (8th Major Trump) in the Tarot. It’s the famous depiction of a beautiful but gentle woman taming a lion. This image is the perfect reminder of how important it is to summon our strength and courage and to tame our inner angry animal with love and tenderness. If ever there was a time to be the change we want to see in the world, it’s on this New Moon.