On Thursday, the Sun, Moon and Earth will be in precise alignment to one another to form the Virgo New Moon/Annual Solar Eclipse at 5:03 a.m. (Eastern), an eclipse which will be seen across portions of tropical Africa and Madagascar. This super-charged New Moon places a strong emphasis on words, ideas, interactions, transportation and organizational skills. Considering Virgo is a sign ruled by Mercury (retrograding in Virgo) there is a strong possibility that the careless use of words could have long-term repercussions while any errors committed over the course of the next two weeks will also linger longer than we’d expect.
From a personal standpoint, this New Moon Eclipse in Virgo (combined with Mercury retrograde two days prior) marks a one-month period in which to work quietly on a project that holds particular meaning to you while spending some time reflecting on what it is you really, truly wish to do. What is your soul asking you to achieve in your brief time on Planet Earth? Are you being overly critical of yourself or of the people you love? Do you find yourself replaying old scenarios that only make you feel bad? The combination of a new cycle opening in Virgo while its ruler, Mercury is retrograde in the sign is a potent combination that can help you cut through the noise if you’re willing to stop talking, start reflecting while beginning to work on things that truly matter. Everything else is just noise and a waste of your precious time.
Here we go. The third of four Mercury retrogrades this year commences on Tuesday, challenging our assumptions and certainties on numerous levels over the next three weeks. The planet of communication and transportation calls a time-out as it stations retrograde at the very end of Virgo (29Vir04) before turning around and heading back toward mid-Virgo until the Autumn Equinox (Sept. 23). Considering Mercury is an analog of Virgo, the devil lies in details that can be easily overlooked which in turn could find their way into the workings of anything set into motion at this time. Instead of setting a project loose out there, this would be a better time to study, research, test, experiment, review, contemplate and assimilate new information while waiting until after the Equinox to set your refined plans in motion.
Lunar Gardening Report
Meh. Not much in the way of planting days this week with the Moon closing out a cycle ahead of Thursday’s New Moon/Solar Eclipse. You could do some fertilizing Saturday and Sunday, but I’d wait to feed or plant until next weekend when the Moon is in its opening Crescent Phase in Libra. Cutting grass and baling hay; yanking the roots out of invaders alongside harvesting and drying come highly favored when the Moon is in Leo this week.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Daylight -0040/UTC)
Saturday, Aug. 27: The waning Cancer Moon sheds a more emotional light over today’s interactions while the Venus-Jupiter conjunction lends itself to love, romance, sexuality, partnerships and/or spending money on non-essentials. This is a grand aspect for making a favorable first-time impression or simply showing more love and appreciation toward someone deserving of it. If you have clear skies and a decent view to the western horizon, look low 40 minutes after the sun sets to spot Venus and Jupiter combining their brilliance at the edge of the solar glare. Excellent night for dating, dancing, partying and otherwise engage in uplifting social activities with a devil-may-care attitude blowing off the small stuff.
Sunday, Aug. 28: The Moon continues its journey through Cancer and an ideal day to focus on home and family matters as well as spending some solo time if that seems appropriate. This would also be a favorable day for entertaining at home or discussing family history with parents or grandparents. Unexpected shifts or changes in plan are possible late afternoon while a more buoyant, upbeat tone pervades the late night hours.
Monday, Aug. 29: With the Moon now darkly-waning in Leo ahead of Thursday’s New Moon Eclipse and tomorrow’s Mercury retrograde station, this would be a good day to clear the decks and prepare for turbulence. Early today, Venus makes a conjunction to stationary Mercury at the backdoor of Virgo suggesting an exchange of words between partners or perhaps a situation where one’s emotional intelligence briefly contacts the logic centers of the brain. From here, Venus glides into her home-sign of Libra like a crepe-draped Ava Gabor, where she’ll be living in the lap of luxury for the next three weeks, darlink. This is a very favorable location for Venus when it comes to glamour, beauty, pleasure and romantic trysts although not the deepest, most discerning placements, either. Whatever…while in Rome…
Tuesday, Aug. 30: Mercury Retrograde. The planet associated with rational thinking, transportation, speech, writing, mail, journeys and connections enters into its third retrograde period of the year this morning at 9:04 a.m. at the very end of Virgo (29Vir04). Chances are good that we’re undergoing some sort of information surge at the moment which can be somewhat overwhelming at times while we need to get used to the idea that things aren’t likely to continue flowing in their typical fashion. With the Moon currently in its closing Balsamic Phase, the emphasis is on completions and eliminations or simply lightening your load before the next solar-lunar cycle opens on Thursday.
Wednesday, Aug. 31: On this final day in August, the Leo Moon is VOC until 11:22 a.m. when it enters Virgo, using a check-list to mark off final business before tomorrow morning’s New Moon Eclipse commences a new cycle. Otherwise, we’re still getting used to Mercury, only now moving off yesterday’s retrograde station with things moving slowly but quite loudly.
Thursday, Sept. 1: The Virgo New Moon/Annular Solar Eclipse opens a potent new solar-lunar cycle this morning at 5:03 a.m. toward the front-end of Virgo (09Vir20), focused on critical thinking, reevaluations, organization and multiple details. As this New Moon is a Solar Eclipse, there isn’t a cazimi window period as the solar-lunar dynamic is in serious flux, with new business waiting until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. With this eclipse taking place in Virgo, a sign ruled by Mercury (retrograde), Virgo qualities are under close review for the next three weeks while continuing to reverberate for months to come. Following the actual eclipse (visible in tropical Africa and Madagascar), the Moon will go on to form a string of tense alignments with a particular emphasis on duties, restrictions and limitations as the Moon and Sun tangle with Saturn throughout the day. A sense of emotional gravity could mark the late night hours while we see authority taking a strange and twisted road into tomorrow afternoon.
Friday, Sept. 2: The freshly-hatched New Moon remains in Virgo while the Sun goes on to oppose Neptune for most of the day, lending confusions, deceptions, misdirections and flat-out lies to the mix. With the Sun currently illuminating the Saturn-Neptune square (exact in a week), I would imagine this is being reflected in the insanity surrounding the elections and current state of make-your-own-reality memes. Today also marks the second of three Mercury-Jupiter conjunctions which would suggest Big News or more of the same blustering, billowing jingoism that we’ve grown so accustomed to. As the first pre-retrograde Mercury-Jupiter (Aug. 22) set the stage, we’re probably revisiting some aspects of it while the story won’t be fully told until the contact takes place a third and final time on Oct. 11. Watch for the Moon VOC in Virgo at 6:13 p.m. and remaining that way until it enters Libra just before 9:00 p.m. and all is well with the world once again.
Copyright 2016 Gary Paul Glynn