New Moon in Virgo

Tuesday, September 2, 2016, 4:04 AM central

VirgoThe new moon is a time of beginnings and opportunities. This is a time of manifestation, making choices, making plans. Jan Spiller published a book, New Moon Astrology, which is one of a few books I keep close. I recommend getting a copy, if you don’t already own it. I also recommend you go to Jan’s website to calculate your Grandaddy Power Period. This period is unique to each person’s chart, based on when the Sun is transiting the 11th House of your birth chart. The 11th is the house of Karma. Follow her suggestion and use this as your first wish, “I want to easily cut through any fears or negativity that may arise in the month following my Power Period, and emerge with flying colors.” This truly will help ease your mind when the powerful changes start happening.

Mercury, Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus Retrogrades

Mercury (turns direct September 22nd)Pluto (turns direct September 26th)Neptune (turns direct November 19th), and Uranus (turns direct December 29th) are all four in retrograde right now. It’s important to check your calendar and the commitments you’ve made. Honestly assess if you can honor them. It’s important to go within, meditate, stretch your body, journal, do a little soul searching. Okay, maybe a lot of soul searching. Maybe you can assemble a search party… You’ll need it to navigate the change that is taking place in your life. Introspection is key right now. If you look within and don’t like what you see, write it down. Read what you’ve written and see if there’s something you can realistically change for the better. Then meditate on that change for a while. The New Moon reboots, and this month’s change might shake you at your core. Let go of your preconceptions, and let some of that fresh energy work during the retrograde days.

Solar Eclipse

Retrograde energy is not the most powerful thing going on. There will also be a solar eclipse during the new moon. Only those in southern Africa will be able to witness it, but we should all feel its sting. It’s going to be leading that soul-searching party, and it plans to call out those parts of us that need to change. This is going to feel more like berating than encouraging. We’ve been in the unsettling Pluto Retrograde for quite a while, and we all feel a little edgy and argumentative. So, this ring of fire is likely to leave us a little singed. Remember the New Moon reboots. Check your pride at the door and try to listen to the message. Meditate on it for a while before you sit down to write out those wishes.

What to do

You have until later today at 12:04 PM (central) to write down 2 – 10 wishes by hand. Write them simply and in plain language. Let your intuition guide you, not logic. Wish what you mean, not what you think you should, not what you aren’t sure about. Date and keep what you write (I use sticky notes in a paper calendar). Don’t waste your wishes on other people, they are yours and yours alone, and they should never be used to influence the will of anyone else.

Once you have written down your 2 – 10 wishes, let the Universe have them. If you notice new opportunities, take them. They are the gift you asked for. Change can be a little difficult, especially if you’re afraid or don’t believe you can have what you want. Try your best to remain calm and believe this can be yours. I write to get myself through fearful or uncomfortable times. If you’re not good with words, draw, dance, sing, get out in nature, whatever you need to do.

What’s special about a moon in Virgo?

The moon in Virgo makes us want to put things in order. Wishes you might want to think about involve exercise, work, details, discernment, conscientiousness, bringing order out of chaos, blame, and health issues related to digestion and elimination. Clear your work space before you sit down with your wishes. This will keep you from getting distracted…

Something yummy

September is the beginning of apple season. It’s not hard to make your own apple sauce. In a small, heavy sauce pan, dice three of your favorite, crisp apples. Add a splash of water, a square inch of ginger root, and some cracked black pepper. Keep the apples moving over low heat until they become very soft (you should be able to smash them with the back of a spoon). Add honey to taste. Leaving the peels on the apples and smashing them with a spoon makes this a rustic treat. If you want something more refined, peel the apples before you put them on the heat, and use an immersion blender to make them smooth. Enjoy over waffles, on toast, or as a side dish or dessert.
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