The phases of the moon are one of the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and a deeply rich source of thought and interpretation for Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current New Moon and suggest a “creation activity” associated with the sign of this New Moon, based on the work of the late astrologer Jan Spiller from her book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
New Moon – Let’s Start Something!
The Virgo New Moon will occur on August 30th at 6 degrees and 46 minutes; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 6:36 am. It takes 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. Just before the New Moon begins, the last 3 days of the previous moon phase (Waning Crescent) is known as the Balsamic Moon. Those days are ideal for meditating, reflecting, and releasing; all in preparation for the New Moon.
The first 12 to 24 hours after the New Moon begins is an ideal time to initiate energy. We will explore, specifically, each New Moon in a sign using Jan Spiller’s concepts and suggested actions later in this article to see how best to take advantage of this period of inspiration and inception. New Moon energy is ideal for a first date, trying something you have not done before, going somewhere for the first time, or creating with art and words. Each month, if you keep track of the New Moon, you should endeavor to do something new or begin something by aligning with the “newness” of the Moon as the energy of “right timing”.
New Moon in Virgo
Since Virgo is earth energy, and the sign the Mercury rules, this New Moon is ideal for starting a new diet or exercise routine. Virgo is the “I serve” energy of the Zodiac. What is something you need to initiate with regard to your health, the skills you use in your work, or things in your life that need fixing or repair?
This New Moon will occur between the 6th and 7th degree of Virgo, making its Sabian symbol 7 Virgo, “A harem”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the withdrawal from reality in one aspect as a means for regrasping it in another, here dramatized by an acceptance of regimentation as a species of insulation against life’s demand for some more dynamic manifestation of the self” (The Sabian Symbols, 306). The keyword is RESTRAINT.
From 8/29 to 8/31 the energy of the New Moon will be its strongest. If you get to read this article ahead of those days, you can think about what you want to “fix, heal, and solve”, how you want to add to your skills toolkit, and who needs your service and support. You can use the Balsamic Moon from 8/26 to 8/28 to reflect and meditate on how you need to do the small things to take care of the big things. As with all things astrological, timing is everything, so it’s important to know the time of the New Moon in your time zone. I will be looking to address my health and service concerns after 6:36 am EST.
New Moon Wishing (A Tribute to Jan Spiller’s Work)
I enjoy practical uses of astrology, and there are many. Quite a lot of my professional work involves looking at the astrocartography of my clients, a “Fancy Nancy” term for location, relocation, and travel astrology. It is a very testable form of astrology, so I was immensely pleased when I came across Spiller’s book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True. In it she details the process for “making wishes”, which is what I like to call a “grabby phrase” to get non-astrology people to peer inside her book. More seriously, it is the Law of Attraction intention setting using astrological timing in the high energy just after the New Moon.
Spiller says, “Wishing is really a matter of deciding what we WANT to create and getting clear on our intention.” (New Moon Astrology, 2) This technique is an act of conscious responsibility, not a lazy entitlement. There is actual work to do. This work involves knowing the time of the New Moon in your time zone and preparing to act within the first 8 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated.
The strength of the New Moon is at its optimum within the first 24 hours after the transition out of the balsamic phase of the Waning Crescent Moon. Once the New Moon is active, you need to get a notecard or a piece of paper to write your wishes down, or invest in and use a nice leather-bound journal. I know we all have a notes option on our cell phones, but handwriting the wishes/intentions is part of the energy ritual.
Spiller recommends making up to 10 wishes, but no more, because too many requests will disperse energy; I generally do around 5, sometimes less (3-4) or more (6-7) depending on which New Moon it is and what is going with my life at the time. One constraint that helps the wishing/intention process is making statements in line with the New Moon in the sign of the day you write your wishes/intentions.
Wishes/Intentions in Virgo
Knowing your chart will actually help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I have a number of points in Virgo – Zeus, my Midheaven, Pallas Athena, Uranus, and Pluto – in my 11th House of Community. This New Moon will be very near Zeus (power and authority) when it is exact and pass over the remaining points after the peak moment. Since my Midheaven (career point) is in this sign and house, I can plan to initiate new projects related to my business.
So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere you can be comfortable, or where you exert energy to work, like the desk you might use at home to work on your monthly bills or the desk at your work. Get your favorite pen and prepare to write your wishes/intentions. The wording is very important and Spiller suggests starting each sentence with, “I want …”.
Here’s what she says to wish for when the New Moon is in Virgo: physical health/diet/exercise, work/job, efficient organizing, clear discrimination, helpfulness, order, and relaxing perfectionism. (New Moon Wishes, 84). And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about the during the day of 8/30:
- I want to easily find myself enjoying foods that are healthy for me and avoiding ones that are unhealthy for me.
- I want to find a new technique or knowledge related to my work that I can incorporate in my sessions with clients.
- I want to find myself easily solving problems without worry or frustration.
Once you have them written down put them somewhere you can store them and go back and review them after time has passed. I have a nice wooden box I keep mine in that is in my office. Another good place is a box in your bedroom or a nightstand by your bed. Keep in mind that the quality of the paper, the pen, and the storage location all matter. Being intentional in all aspects of the process matters.
And lastly, consider getting Spiller’s book; this is just a primer article; if you want to find out how deep the well is and how fresh the source, then there is no substitute for reading all 312 pages of her book!
Happy New Moon Wishing!