Episode 199 | Virgo New Moon: The Power of Self-Sufficiency!
This week: The Virgo New Moon tastes a lot like Neptune; Mercury turns direct, but takes a minute or two to get up to speed, especially with five other planets still retrograde; the Sun in Virgo sets ego aside and unites with Uranus to explore alternative ways of being; Venus makes one final square to Jupiter with a lesson about bouncing back in the face of disappointment; and April answers a listener question about how to appeal to each sign of the zodiac. Plus: Pisces goes first for a change, a mess or a mystery, and people are not signs!
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[3:11] This New Moon opposes Neptune and forms a grand earth trine with Uranus and Pluto. Consider the transformations that could happen if you step up to the plate, in an unorthodox way, to help those in need.
[4:59] This New Moon begins a new Lunar Phase Family Cycle. The First Quarter phase in this cycle is exact on June 13, 2024, the Full Moon on March 13, 2025, and the Last Quarter Moon is on Dec. 11, 2025.
[7:04] Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon Periods. On Sep. 12 (8:06 AM PDT), the Moon squares Uranus at 22°59’ Leo-Taurus. It’s VOC for a little over two hours before entering Virgo (10:18 PM PDT). Leo likes standing out, but being part of a group can feel pretty special sometimes.
[8:03] The Moon in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn on Sep. 15 (6:49 AM PDT). It’s VOC for about four hours before entering Libra (10:44 AM PDT). This is a moment to contemplate how being independent and self-contained actually contributes to our personal power.
[8:58] On Sep. 17, the Moon in Libra squares Pluto (6:06 PM PDT). It’s VOC for just a little under two hours before it enters Scorpio (9:58 PM PDT). If you tend to be too conciliatory with others, think of how you can reclaim power by asserting what you believe is fair and just.
[10:14] Mercury turns direct on Sep. 15 (1:21 PM PDT), at 08°00’ Virgo on the Sabian symbol 8 Virgo, First dancing instruction. Mercury turned retrograde on August 23, 2023. For a moment, six planets were retrograde: Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. It’s time to slow down and relax.
[12:14] Also on Sep. 15 (6:24 PM PDT), the Sun trines Uranus on 22°56’ Virgo and Taurus. The Sabian symbol for the Sun is 23 Virgo, An animal trainer, and the symbol for Uranus is 23 Taurus, A jewelry shop. Give up that idea of who you have to be and explore alternatives.
[14:29] On Sep. 17 (12:18 PM PDT), Venus makes the last of three square aspects to Jupiter. The other two squares in this series were on June 11 and August 22. It’s been a process of learning how to handle disappointment or how to handle getting too much of a good thing.
[16:10] Listener Elliott asks about what appeals to different astrological signs. April takes a crack at answering – but remember, people are not signs!
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