virgo new moon

collage by Emily

Monday’s New Moon in Virgo (7:13 am Pacific) is strongly flavored by the conjunction of Mars and Saturn – potentially stirring up feelings of frustration, anger, fear, pressure and powerlessness.

This Mars-Saturn energy has been building all week, making us aware of limits and obstacles, and asking: What do you really want? How do you go after what you want, and is that working? How committed are you to your desires and passions, and do you feel empowered to pursue them? Are you afraid to get what you want? Mars-Saturn in Scorpio focuses attention on intimacy, sexuality, money and vitality.

Mars and Saturn conjoin about every two years, signaling the end of one two-year cycle and the beginning of a new one. Their previous conjunction – the start of the cycle that’s now coming to a close – was on August 15, 2012 (read my post about it here). What was up for you then around these themes of desire and commitment, action and responsibility? How have you grown and changed since then?

saturnAs we start a new Mars-Saturn cycle, you can work productively with this energy by: identifying the underlying feelings stirred up by outer events, and taking time to really feel through the fear, anger, etc.; writing a list of your desires (be specific) and what you want to have created two years from now; and making a plan of action to increase your vitality.

As the sign of regeneration – the cycle of death and rebirth – Scorpio has to do with letting go of what’s NOT working, so consider what wants to be released in order to feel more aliveness and create what you want in this new cycle. This is also about finding the right balance between pragmatism and playing your edge.

The Mars-Saturn conjunction culminates (i.e., is exact) just a few hours after the New Moon, and the co-incidence of these two events marks a major re-setting of energies. The New Moon is in Virgo, which has a natural affinity with Scorpio – both signs are associated with healing and magic, and with the Priest/Priestess archetype. This is a super-witchy New Moon! Invoke your magical powers through ritual, ceremony, intention-setting, prayer and meditation.

Mercury the Magician, the ruler of Virgo and presiding deity of this New Moon, is powerfully placed in its home sign Virgo, which is also the sign of its exaltation. Mercury forms a precise sextile – 60-degree angle of excitation – to the Mars-Saturn conjunction, increasing the magical healing mojo of this New Moon. The Virgoan superpowers of discernment, refinement, synthesis and analysis can be applied to the Mars-Saturn mandate to clarify your desires and get strategic about pursuing them.

piscesBe aware that there’s also some potential for distorted thinking, getting lost in illusion, and falling into escapist behaviors. The New Moon opposes Neptune in Pisces, while Mercury opposes Chiron in Pisces. Both aspects increase sensitivity to the pain and suffering of the collective and of our beloved planet, and that heightened sensitivity can feel overwhelming, bringing the temptation to go into denial, delusion and despair (shadow Neptune/Pisces). It can be easy to want to check out, go unconscious, and float around in an out-of-body trance state. The problem with this is that our place of power is actually in our bodies.

The high-vibration integration of the Virgo/Pisces polarity looks like being fully embodied and connected with the Earth (Virgo) while also hooked up with our infinite Source selves (Pisces). To the ancients, Virgo was the Goddess, and our ancestors knew that heaven is right here on Earth, that our bodies are sacred vessels for spirit, that all matter is inherently infused with the divine. Neptune in Pisces (2011-2025) wants to dissolve the moldy old Piscean-Age paradigm that says god and heaven are somewhere way out there and your body is sinful and dirty. The Virgo New Moon calls for spiritual discernment and seeing through the illusions that keep us powerless so we can reclaim our sovereignty.

virgoTo get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 2 degrees Virgo. (If you don’t know how, check out my teleclass below!) The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: reclaim your sovereignty; make a new beginning in health, healing and wholeness; perfect your skills; simplify, organize and increase your efficiency and productivity; and release judgment and accept the perfection of what is.

You can get more insight into what the Mars-Saturn conjunction is about for you by finding the house in your chart that contains 17 degrees Scorpio. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re being called to: clarify your desires and passions; take steps to restore your vitality; recognize how you may have sabotaged yourself from getting what you want; and take responsibility for creating different results.

– Emily Trinkaus

Get witchy with me on Monday! I’m offering a special teleclass: DIY New Moon Magic. Learn the astro-technical details about how to work with the New Moon, including how to find where it’s happening in your own birth chart. We gather (by phone or online) at 5pm Pacific, but the class will be recorded so you can listen any time. You can buy the recording here.