Virgo New Moon – September 5, 2013
The New Moon forms at 13 degrees, 04 minutes Virgo at 4:38 am PDT on September 5, 2013. We are less than a month away from the end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The sunset comes earlier now. The harvest season has begun. It is time to take stock. The Sabian Symbol for the Virgo New Moon at 14 degrees is: “An Aristocratic Family Tree. A deep reliance upon the ancestral roots of individual character.” The previous symbol for 13 degrees Virgo is: “A Powerful Statesman Overcomes a State of Political Hysteria. The focusing of the collective need for order and structural interdependence into a personage who incarnates the answer to this need.” These symbols accurately describe the gathering storm in the Middle East.
As I write this we are four days from the New Moon and one week from the exact square of Mars and Saturn on September 9, at 5 degrees of Leo and Scorpio respectively. The tense and deadly situation involving the use of “weapons of mass destruction” (poison gas) against the citizens of Syria by their own government and leader has come to a head. The President of the United States has abruptly changed his course of action by now seeking authorization from Congress before he launches a “limited military strike” against Syria as an admonishment for their heinous behavior. But this pull back from the brink occurred only after much public outcry in the US, a decidedly tepid response from European governments, and no support from the United Nations. Most telling however is the response from the United Kingdom where Parliament appears to feel that this is the Iraq war situation all over again and refused to join ranks with the United States by voting against Prime Minister David Cameron. The two Sabian Symbols depicted here describe this situation to a T. This is indeed a situation of political hysteria of global proportions! It is quite literally true that at this point the entire population of Earth is interdependent and unable to act unilaterally without upsetting everyone’s apple-carts and perhaps even starting yet another war. The deep ancestral traditions of all nations – their political, religious and cultural heritages figure heavily in the outcome of this crisis. Oh, by the way, Congress returns to work in
Washington D.C. on September 9, just as the square of Mars and Saturn becomes exact and begins to separate. It should be interesting.
This New Moon in Virgo is a time to reflect on what we are harvesting. Chiron in Pisces opposes this New Moon leaving the door open for healing and resolution. When we merge the discerning energies of Virgo and the compassionate awareness of Pisces we have a winning combination. Sometimes an opposition can be a stalemate, but in this case it feels more like the potential for a super highway of communication and great leap forward. Times are tense but if we can access our own discernment cooler heads can prevail and in this case, healing can occur. We are coming into a time when we will be asked to revise our relationship to deeply held notions and cultural canons. We are not necessarily being asked to discard our values and principles but we are being asked to look at them in a new light and through a new lens. Doing this will in fact clarify and reinvigorate our commitment to transformation at personal, global and universal levels. We and our world are both simpler and at the same time more complex than we can currently imagine. So relax and re-vision. Trust me when I say that a rigid world view will not be useful in the coming months and years.
In the meantime, think about this:
“It was the best of times it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we has nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities” (1859)
I’m going on retreat for the next week. I’ll be thinking about it too. See you all at the Full Moon!