The New Moon this month is in Virgo. When the Sun and Moon reach the same point in our zodiac wheel, it marks the end of one Lunar Cycle and the beginning of a new one. It’s a good time to release the energy of the last month and begin setting intentions for the next 28-day cycle in line with your evolving values.
Virgo is the embodiment of refinement and service. She often feels like a contradiction within herself. She is a mutable sign and yet if you know a Virgo you probably know that they can be set in their ways. Ruled by Mercury (the planet of communication) yet they are rarely the chattiest person in a room. Virgo brings the focus inwards and makes us re evaluate what it means to be mutable and how Mercury really functions.
Each season starts with a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) to initiate the shift in energy, it is followed by a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) they sustain energy and hold focus. As we change between seasons, we have mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) they are often more flexible and welcome change and transitions.
Whilst Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces are unmistakably mutable, Virgo has a different approach. Virgo focuses on refinement, it’s a unique take on mutability. Refinement isn’t possible if you hold on to old ideas and methods. It only works if you embrace change for the better, everything shifting and progressing and improving, there is something unsettled about always seeing the ways in which things can be improved and that is how Virgo likes it. If it can be improved, then we should aim for that.
Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, it represents our mind and communication. In Gemini, Mercury loves talking and socialising so it can be easy to think of it as being a talkative influence. But its rulership in Virgo feels quite different. In Virgo we see that chatter turned inwards, we see the analytical mind, working the details, processing data. Virgo takes all of the mental energy of
Mercury and makes it practical. It is an earth sign. So, whilst in air signs Mercury collects information and is always learning, Virgo makes it useful. Facts are tested and categorised, figures are placed in rows, homes are organised and tidy, skills are perfected, information is put to use, because what use is all that information if it isn’t implemented?
Mercury rules this New Moon and will be in Libra making aspects to Saturn in Aquarius and Chiron in Aries. This diplomatic Mercury is calling in support from Saturn to bring about the justice that Libra calls for and healing that Chiron facilitates. We have seen louder calls for justice at a societal level since Saturn first entered Aquarius in 2020. Those wounds are still raw and mostly unresolved so it will be so important for us to draw on the healing energy that Chiron brings and to look at the ways in which our own wounds may be denying healing for others. The tact and diplomacy of Mercury in Libra will be seeking connection and resolution so this could be an opportunity to open those conversations again and seek to build some bridges and create a fairer more beautiful world for us all.
We also see Venus at home in Libra, making aspects to Jupiter and Pluto. This brings added passion and power to those Libran themes of justice and harmony. The Sun and Moon may be in Virgo but the following day the Moon will move into Libra and meet Mercury and Venus so this focus will become stronger in the following days.
This New Moon will also trine Uranus exactly at 14° in Taurus, and Pluto will trine Mars. These aspects bring energy for transformation and a new moon activating Uranus- the rebel, the activist could be another catalyst for social justice.
For a New Moon in an earth sign there is a lot of potential for shaking things up. Virgo welcomes refinement, she is in service to the collective and there is an opportunity here for us to make powerful positive changes both personally and collectively
This energy will be felt most strongly by people with planets in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
Virgo reminds us to get organised so a great way to start this cycle is a cleansing the clutter ritual in the form of a wardrobe clear out or a deep clean. It doesn’t sound all that magical, but it will really help you align with the energy of this New Moon, and you will be surprised how things begin to flow when you de clutter.