The Virgo New Moon is exact at 11:01 am PST at 17 degrees of Virgo on Sunday September 9th.
Virgo seeks the impossible; perfection. It does so through a process of analysis, applied internally as well as externally. Coming after the sign of Leo, which, when imbalanced, can become self-absorbed, Virgo cuts the ego down to size, in order to embody humility. As such, Virgo is the master of self-questioning, of a thorough internal analysis designed to improve the self.
On a physical level, internal analysis is digestion, the process of sorting through and organizing what is taken in to the body, in order to keep what is useful and to be rid of what is not. Virgo is concerned with diet, and practices like yoga and mindfulness that cleanse body and mind.
Externally, Virgo separates the wheat from the chaff, organizing the physical world into its usable and unusable components through cleaning, editing, etc. and when that work is done, it keeps working with the details, crafting, gardening, making spreadsheets, making medicines, and tending to the altar.
In seeking perfection, Virgo can’t help but confront imperfection, and as such has great humility. Virgo doesn’t care about attention or fame or power. Virgo really just wants to do good, and as such is often found hard at work behind the scenes, doing the work without glory, that others don’t want to do, desiring only to be of service.
The combination of humility and attention to detail means that this energy easily turns to judgment; self-analysis becomes self-criticism, and the result is sometimes paralyzing self-doubt and self deprecation. The imbalance of any energy is remedied by integrating its polarity: in this case, Pisces.
While Neptune in Pisces opposite the New Moon may help us find balance, we may also be challenged by the desire to escape, to check out, or to rely on substances. Pisces, as counterpoint to Virgo, sees everything as already perfect. And in its extreme, cares not to change the world because everything is already all good as it is.
The key to integrate the two, in my mind, is to recognize that imperfection, as part of the whole, is perfect too; there is only ever perfect imperfection. And yet that to work toward betterment is also part of the perfect whole. The work is to accept what is, and yet to simultaneously work to change it. To accept who we are, as we are, and yet to strive to improve. To accept our responsibility, and also to forgive ourselves completely.
On a deeper level, Virgo is the archetype of Virgin, as virginity was originally understand before the rise of Rome: not someone who hasn’t had sex, but someone who does not belong to another, who is complete unto themself, who has dedicated themself to serving divinity, rather than serving a man. Virginity is a quality of mind; a pure mind.
The concept of purification, also associated with Virgo, has itself been muddied though. Most of us in the west, whether we are Christian or not, inherit a Christianized understanding of purity which pits us as impure by dint of our very humanity, which sees the body as dirty, and sees women especially as dirty, especially women who express their sexuality.
This understanding of purity has been distorted. Whether intentionally or not, the meanings of our words have been altered so that we might be better controlled. When I connect with the energy of Virgo, I understand purity as the state of mind of innocence, which celebrates the body, the earth, and sexuality, which has rid the mind of confusion around these themes.
It is control and manipulation and confusion that are impure. The control that has been exerted by those with power for thousands of years to manipulate us, to convince us that we are dirty and flawed in our natural state, to alter the very meanings of our words, to mess with our understandings of ourselves and nature.
On this Virgo New Moon, let us commit to purification, not to rid ourselves of sins, but to work to rid ourselves of these confused understandings that most of us have inherited from our culture. Let us question. Let us analyze. Let us turn our critical eye within to sort through the concepts that serve us, and those that work to control and manipulate us.
Let us seek purity, not because we are dirty or flawed, but because we’ve taken on dirty and flawed understandings. Let seek purity of mind and body and heart, purity that sees nature as divine, the body as beautiful, and sexuality as sacred.