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New Moon in Virgo August 2019 ~ Make Plans and Break Free


Happy New Moon, sister! We're honored to have Astrologer Katya Weiss-Andersson here on the GoddessCeremony Team sharing her astrology insights for this New Moon in Virgo!

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In Chinese medicine, the Late Summer is its own season. And while I’m not a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I always feel myself and the people around me significantly shifting gears when this time of year rolls around. In the ebb of Summer’s wildness, I find myself needing to re-acquaint myself with the routines, structures and levels of discipline I cultivated during the colder, darker parts of the year. And wouldn’t you know it, that transition back to order always happens as we hit Virgo season.

When in balance, Virgo energy is grounded, hard-working, practical, meticulous, efficient, competent, disciplined, reliable and still modest. When imbalanced, Virgo energy can be hyper-critical, anal-retentive, repressed, explosively angry, controlling, and in perpetual refusal to admit wrongdoing…or just boring. Virgo energy can make us irritable, particularly when things don’t go exactly our way, so be mindful of any my-way-or-the-highway mindsets popping up this week.

Not only is the Sun in Virgo, and not only is this new moon in Virgo, but so are Venus, Mars and as of Thursday, Mercury. So the ruler of the Self, the ruler of the watery emotional body, the ruler of communication, the ruler of love and pleasure, and the ruler of action, sexuality and conflict are all in this zone of detail-oriented, can-do energy. So it’s the perfect time to sit down at your proverbial desk and make some plans, right? Yes! …and no.

The other big player in this week’s astrology is the planet Uranus. This is the planet of revolution, change, awakening, originality and the higher mind, and it’s playing around with all the aforementioned entities in Virgo. How do we reconcile the clash of detailed plans vs. unpredictable change?

We do, of course, have to take this inward-focused new moon time as an opportunity to sit down and regroup. How do we want to structure our lives, what goals and what work do we want to focus on, what habits do we need to plug in vs. release, how are we allocating our time and energy? All these practical, Virgo-y questions absolutely have their place here and now. We need to attend to what may feel messy after the Summer season, and clean up what we can. We need to be mindful of our long-term plans, the positive changes we want to make, and the efficiency of our work that’ll help us get there. And at the same time, Uranus reminds us that we have to still embrace what we can’t plan for.

Mars formed a trine with Uranus on Wednesday, which may have brought some lightbulb moments, or shined bold light on people or situations we need to break free from. Mars trine Uranus is about radical independence, and Virgo energy lends us the ability to get specific about how we’re going to break free. Mars trine Uranus is about liberation, even at the expense of what’s expected of us. So if you’re in a toxic marriage, an exploitative job, etc., this is the time to get real about figuring out your exit strategy.

The Sun forming a trine with Uranus this week brings a personal dose of innovation. So as we begin to alchemize in the realm of details and practicality, we have inspiration and creativity to help us avoid imposing false limitations on ourselves.

We often think of Virgo as a workaholic archetype, and that’s not what we’re going for right now. Virgo can also be a priestess archetype, because devotion, consistency and thoughtful ritual create exquisite magic. This is your time to reflect, regroup and set the foundation for the next step.

Here's three ways to celebrate this New Moon~

1) ​Clean your home, particularly your bedroom. If you have an altar space, tidy that up too and re-set it if need be. Clear the air and the energy of your living space by smoke cleansing with mugwort, juniper, lavender, rosemary or resin incense like copal. (Do not use sage or palo santo, as these plants have become exploited and endangered since becoming “trendy,” and the Indigenous cultures that have been using them for centuries are pleading with us not to use them. Mugwort in particular works beautifully, while still allowing us to respect rather than appropriate from Indigenous peoples.)

2) Put things down on paper. Update your calendar and look at the rest of the year ahead, start some financial journaling, create a vision board or list of goals for whatever time frame you have in mind, etc. Allow yourself to feel refreshed and energized as the result of getting organized

3) Return to a passion project that still inspires you that you might have abandoned. Check in with the types of work/the allocations of your energy that make you feel most fulfilled​

See also:

-33 self care practices for the New Moon time

-how to make sacred moon water

-how to create a sacred new moon releasing ceremony

-learn how to cycle with the new moon and balance your menstrual cycle

Through de-cluttering, we can create space for the next step. Happy New Moon, everyone!

With gratitude,

Katya Weiss-Andersson -GoddessCeremony Astrologer-

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About the Astrologer~

Katya Weiss-Andersson offers resources for holistic wellness through multiple modalities. As a plant-based chef, she caters retreats and events across the United States. As a RYT-200 yoga teacher and kirtan artist, she teaches yoga asana and

Bhakti music. She works with astrology, plants, movement, sound and intersectional queer theory as tools for healing on the individual and community level. Her writing on food and wellness has been published on GoddessCeremony, Greatist and others and her website is katyaweissandersson.com. She is the proud mom of one plant and one queer kickball league in Durham, NC.

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