Rather than dismissing ourselves as unchangeable creatures of habit, we can instead direct our own change by consciously developing new habits. In fact, the more new things we try ~ the more we step outside our comfort zone ~ the more inherently creative we become, both in the workplace and in our personal lives. ~ Janet Rae-Dupree
On September 15th, Mercury will station direct, ending its retrograde phase. This week, just before that station, we go through another period of orientation and adjustment to what we would consider to be normal. The information we received and the seeds that were being planted and germinated during the New Mercury phase last week, will begin to grow once Mercury is in its direct phase again. But it is this week that we are gradually shifting our perspective, gaining greater clarity, and feeling like we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
One day before Mercury stations we have a New Moon in the Mercury sign of Virgo at 21º Virgo 59’. Planets are always stronger when they station. And as the lord of the New Moon, further strengthened in its own sign of Virgo as well, this adds a little extra edge to the Virgo Moon this year. Just a fabulous Moon for all things Virgo, and even more.
As I mentioned with the New Moon in Leo last month, we are in the midst of a series of New Moons (all the way through the New Moon in Taurus in May) that are all in alignment with unpredictable, changeable and unabashedly authentic, Uranus. This is the planet of miracles. The planet of surprises and possibility. The planet that even has the capacity to show us glimpses of the future and what could be.
People are creatures of habit. We tend to do things the same way over and over again. We create routines. It helps us to remember things. They are comfortable and familiar. But over time what once served us so well, can also get us into ruts and bind us to promises and habits that we can’t seem to get ourselves out of. That is where the unique genius of Uranus transits can come in really handy.
In some way we are being urged to step out of our usual comfort zones. Not to the point where you will become totally stressed out and overwhelmed. But by stretching yourself just beyond your comfort zone, and into what Janet Rae-Dupree describes as “the awkward and unfamiliar territory of the new and untried” it can open you up to all sorts of possibilities. Stretching beyond the familiar is good for us. It forces us to learn new things and acclimate to a better life and lifestyle. And has a surprisingly beneficial effect on our physical and mental health and well-being.
The retrograde phase of Uranus is a time to internally process all the changes in our lives. Either we are trying to make sense of the changes that have already occurred, or accustoming ourselves to any changes that we are hoping to make in the future. It is when Uranus is retrograde, that we are also being asked to get in touch with our own inner truth, so that we can strive to live a more authentic life and lifestyle.
Some weeks after the retrograde station of Uranus it always makes a trine to the Sun. This happens every year, but rarely does it coincide with a New Moon as it does this year. This is when we are becoming acclimated to any changes we have made, or hoping to make in the future. The New Moon is asking us to try something new, to be innovative, and to step, just enough, outside of our usual comfort zones. And if we are willing to do so, even just a little bit, Uranus can reward us with a whole new perspective and outlook. And sometimes just by being willing to look at a situation from another perspective, we can suddenly see solutions where previously we saw none.
You cannot have innovation, unless you are willing and able to move through the unknown and go from curiosity to wonder. ~ Dawna Markova
Virgo New Moons are great for trying something new in the work space, starting a new project, learning new skills, simplifying and organizing your life and routines. It is a good time to begin a new health and wellness program, tweak a diet or begin a new fitness program. This Moon in particular has an affinity for new gadgetry or technology that will help to make your life simpler and get your work done in a more efficient manner.
Some possibilities for the New Moon in Virgo on September 14th might be:
- Starting a new health regimen. This can include making dietary changes, beginning a new exercise program, or simply following up with doctor’s orders.
- Switching up your daily routines. That can be as simple as eating at a different time, walking or driving a different way to work, or doing things in a different order. Even small changes can have extraordinary effects on our perspective.
- Freeing up your schedule, just enough so that you have more time to do something else. Something that you’ve been wanting to do for some time.
- Rearranging things in your home or work space. Once again, even small changes can open you up to new possibilities and creative ways of looking at things.
Virgo is a sign that strives for organization, and finding solutions. It is a sign that loves patterns, spreadsheets and efficiency. It is also a sign that continually strives for that ever-elusive concept of perfection, and so is naturally geared towards improvement, always searching for better methods and practices. And Uranus is here to lead the way, letting us all know that you don’t have to keep doing things the way we always have in the past. That there just might be some innovative solutions to the problems that plague us and our world. May it be so.
New Moons are times of new beginnings, and if you wish to use this New Moon to set intentions or make positive affirmations for the month ahead, do so during the New Moon phase when the Moon is at its youngest and filled with potential. The New Moon phase begins with the New Moon on Thursday, September 14th, at 9:40 pm Eastern time; 6:40 pm Pacific Time, and on Friday, September 15th at 2:40 am Universal Greenwich Time. The New Moon phase ends with the Crescent Moon on September 18th. Some positive intentions or affirmations for the New Moon in Virgo might be:
- I organize my life and my environment, in order to create more space for inspiration and creative ideas to come in.
- I seek this wisdom by doing service, by strong search, by questions and by humility. ~ William Q. Judge
- Recognizing that health is the greatest of blessings, I will do what I can to promote my own and other’s well-being.
- I stand in awe at nature’s bounty and wisdom, and its capacity to restore health and vitality.
- May I honor Goodness, the Goddess and the Creator through service to all that lives, whether or not they have a voice of their own.