New Moon in Virgo – August 30, 2019 – The Liberation of Discernment

New Moon in Virgo – August 30, 2019 – 6:38 AM Eastern

Discernment: the ability to distinguish; the ability to judge well

Discernment is one of the highest characteristics of Virgo, and at this New Moon there are FIVE planets in Virgo. These five planets are all of the PERSONAL planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. It’s time to be discerning – about YOU. The way you communicate, how you commit and why, the way you react (turn that into responsiveness), what you allow into the NOW from your past (beam your light toward the future), the way you take action on your desires (make those actions masterful), and the way you LOVE.

Ground yourself through that discernment to free yourself to be exactly, UNIQUELY, brilliantly who you are meant to be. Let your genius shine through your service to yourself and others. Don’t just begin something new at this new moon – begin the RIGHT THING that rings the TRUE YOU.

This is moment of intention. Intend with keen discernment toward the AUTHENTIC YOU. We have Uranus in a very easy conversation with all that Virgo energy. What an opportunity to find yourself in the details of your TRUTH, and to liberate yourself from self-deprecation and hyper self-criticism – the agonizing pitfall of Virgo. Question old limits and lean into what feels risky, which is what Uranus is asking of us… it’s an odd combination. The grounding, practicality of Virgo being liberated by revolutionary Uranus. Find the best in both.

New Moon in Virgo Astrology Chart

New Moon in Virgo – August 30, 2019 – 6:38 AM – Atlanta, GA

The Spring Equinox and the Resurrection of Life

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(I intended to post this article on March 20, 2018 – the day of the Spring Equinox. Alas, life has been intense and overwhelming – as clients in my astrological counseling practice attest to day after day. So despite the fact that the Spring Equinox is past, and we are almost to the Summer Solstice, you may still draw some inspiration from what is written below. All apologies for not getting this to you on time! ~Michelle)

The Wheel of Life continues its turning, and with this fleeting moment of equal day and night at the Spring Equinox, we are delivered into the freshness of being, the bursting forth of life, and resurrection from the darkness and cold of the Winter just past.

As the Sun continues his sacred, life-giving journey and enters the sign of Aries, he advances higher in the sky, increasing in heat and intensity. This annual enlightenment encourages the recently cold ground to warm, the plants to push their way above the newly verdant earth, to unfurl their tender, new leaves, soon to burst with flowers and seeds… everything swells with life once more. We in the Northern Hemisphere are reminded each March that the battle between darkness and light, lost each Winter and won each Summer, stands at a truce – even if only briefly. This Spring Equinox détente delivers both relief and a promise – that as the light strengthens and warmth returns to stir and embolden us, and the glistening hues and fragrances of nature enchant and astonish our senses, we know that the descent into darkness is always rewarded with the sojourn back up into the light… into life.

Yin-Yang-flora-fauna“Equinox” describes that moment of equality between the darkness on one side and the light on the other. This means that we must emerge from the darkness to go into the light – to be resurrected. This idea, this symbolism of the battle between dark and light, is the source of stories passed down since the dawn of time. We witness our connection to this eternal battle via great literature, our most popular modern books and films, and from a spiritual perspective, much religious mythology throughout the world. It is no coincidence that one of the most enduring religious stories, that of crucifixion, death, and resurrection (shared by numerous deities throughout religious history), is the one many embrace during Spring – the time of Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Ostara (return of life from death), Passover (resurrection from slavery), and Isra and Mi’raj (ascension of Muhammad). There is an inherent knowledge deep within us, that the cycle of life and the ceaseless journey of the Sun, will bring us back into life and light – eternally.

Each Spring Equinox offers its own unique energy to mark the beginning of the return of warmth, life, and light. The astrological chart of the moment the Sun moves into Aries at 12:17 PM Eastern on March 20, 2018, ushers us into and provides the “background” influences for the duration of the Season. This year our first thrust into re-burgeoning life is one of mastering the challenge between impatience and passion, with the wisdom of the natural timing of belonging, of acceptance, and of healing. Mars challenges us to push forward with our desires, while Saturn and Chiron make sure we do so with pragmatism, and the experience of the time-tested. Actually, the Serenity Prayer comes to mind with this Spring energy – renew and reinvigorate your life with the serenity to accept the things you can’t change, to have the courage to change the things you can, and to call on wisdom to know the difference.

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Chart for Spring Equinox 2018. Sun moved into Aries at 12:17 PM EDT.

 

To read all four of my Seasonal articles for the year across 2017/2018 please click below:

The Spring Equinox and the Resurrection of Life

The Summer Solstice and the Wisdom of Spiritual Action

The Autumn Equinox and the Moment of Balance

The Winter Solstice and Loving Responsibility

Meditating with the Super New Moon in Gemini, May 25, 2017

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Neural networks, like the human brain, are capable of ‘deep learning’, recognition and prediction. Credit: Firstsignal/istock

MEDITATING WITH THE NEW MOON – Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 3:44 PM Eastern

NEW MOON IN GEMINI
As with every New Moon, this one marks the beginning of a fresh new cycle. Because the Moon is so close to Earth giving us a Super New Moon – even though we can’t see her when she’s new – your responses may be stronger, the pull greater. During a Super Moon, due to the closeness of Luna to the Earth, the ocean’s tides run higher, and I expect, your responses are more strongly felt as well.

Being in the sign of Gemini, this is a fertile time to engage your mind and to communicate what you think, what you learn, and what you know. Give your curiosity free reign, and allow that restless, questioning spirit to guide you to the next exciting moment, and then the next, much like a bee gathering nectar – only you’re gathering information, enjoying the experience, and banking it all mentally to use later.

If you’ve been reticent about sharing new ideas, use this New Moon to break free of whatever has held you back, and trust that this is the time to offer your ideas to others. Emotionally the energy of Gemini isn’t prone to deeply felt or “sticky” exchanges, but rather feels that the mind is the path to the heart. With that understanding, during this New Moon appeal to the minds of others, to their intellect, and watch as the seeds of knowledge and information you plant begin to take root and grow. 

Sacred Energy within this Super New Moon

For those of you who watch midpoints, Neptune, the planet of Source, of connection to the Divine, is squaring the midpoint between the Sun/Moon conjunction and Mars, all in Gemini. This creates a challenge to bring spirituality and sacred flow into this new beginning, as well as mystic, visual and creative stimuli. 

And for those who appreciate the inclusion of the Goddesses, later this evening the Super New Moon will connect in a lovely angle to Vesta – the Lady of Focus, the restoration of the heart, sacred sexuality, and the commitment to the Self to become whole unto the Self. During the dark of the moon this night find an opportunity to be alone to restore and rejuvenate your symbolic “virginity” or wholeness. 

WORDS FOR MEDITATION
I open my mind and my words to the people around me, understanding that it is the time to engage curiosity and the intellect. I am open to expressing myself in a new and exciting way, trusting in my own intelligence. I imbue this sacred moment with the fire of my inner Divinity. 

NEW MOON – 0% ILLUMINATED – 0 DAYS OLD

MOONRISE: 6:35 am Eastern
MOONSET: 8:35 pm Eastern

MOON’S ASPECTS: quincunx Saturn 1:59 am; conjunct Sun 3:44 pm; sextile Vesta 8:34 pm Eastern

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH THE MOON

Using the simple Moon thoughts above are a wonderful way to begin a daily meditation practice that keeps you focused on, and grounded in, the emotional energy of the Cosmos each and every day.
 
You can do a very simple 8/4 count meditation, which means you settle into a comfortable position, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and breathe in to a slow count of 8, hold it for 4 counts, and then breathe out for a slow count of 8. Hold your breath again for 4 counts before breathing in again. On the in-breath recite a word or phrase from the Moon Meditation in your mind, focusing on that energy and holding it, and then consciously release that same energy out into the world on the out-breath. Then begin the process again on the in-breath, either using the same word/phrase you’re working with (until it feels comfortable and “right”) or move on to the next word or phrase from the Moon Meditation.
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Chart for the Super New Moon in Gemini on May 25, 2017 at 3:44 PM Eastern from Atlanta, GA

For wonderful astronomical information about the Super New Moon and what makes it Super read here! 

Astrological Transits – The Intuition of the Soul

 

What I love about Astrology is that it shows you your intentions and potentials… and it maps the energy of the moment – any moment, whether a birth, or right now, or a particular time on a day 200 years ago. And that energy can be compared to the unique energy you were born with – which in Astrology is represented by your birth chart. When you make that comparison, between the now energy and the birth energy, you get what astrologers call “transits.”

Incredibly, using that comparison – those transits – gives you scads of rich information about where you’re up for evolutionary change and transformation. If you know your birth chart and your current transits (comparing the current energy to the energy with which you were born) – you have a remarkable tool for navigating life and for bringing your potentials into reality. I love this stuff!

I like to say to my clients, “Live your transits – listen to them – because they are the intuition of your Soul.” Your Soul, or Fate, or your God Self, or Core Self – whatever you want call that guiding direction – can be seen and understood through your birth chart and the transits that are impacting it, meaning you, in any given moment. Listen deeply and respond intuitively – and fearlessly!

Here’s just a little example:

woman-of-lightA woman we will call Adara experienced the orbiting planet Uranus making a challenging transit to her birth Moon in the 4th house. During this time (about a two year period) she lost her job and subsequently her home and was forced to move to a new state to live with relatives.

This certainly brought new challenges into her life and created much anxiety for her emotionally, to put it mildly.

However, the transiting planet Uranus was also connecting with her birth Jupiter/Sun combination in her first house and with her Midheaven (the portal into the house of career.) This meant that while her life was certainly being shaken up, Adara was also being supported and could experience great benefit and find tremendous meaning through the experience. 

Shortly after she made the necessary move, which initially felt incredibly unfair and difficult, Adara unexpectedly met someone who propelled her toward an entirely new career where she soon felt both excited and fulfilled. She was finally doing her life’s work!

Without the unfortunate loss of her previous job and all that resulted from that, Adara wouldn’t have had the opportunity that ended up unlocking her heart and bringing her happiness.

The beauty of this story is that not only was someone propelled toward a more joyful existence, but that Adara, through astrology, was able to understand, sometime during the midst of these events, that some sort of upheaval and life changes were necessary to her evolution – to becoming who she was meant to become. She was then able to prepare to expect the unexpected.

After Adara began making discoveries about herself and what was impacting her via several astrology sessions, she no longer felt that something sinister was being done TO her – but instead understood that theses changes were her Self – her Soul – speaking directly to her to help her change what needed to be changed in order to move her toward the state of fulfillment. She decided to remain positive and to look at her challenges as opportunities for growth and possibility – and therefore she was rewarded with exactly that. And she was also able to understand the time frame during which all of this would happen, because transits, the impact of orbiting planets to your birth chart, are very easily timed.

What a great story, yes?

I’d love to hear your comments!

And if you’re interested in discovering your own “intuition of the Soul” via astrology, please be in touch! Email astrology@michellegregg.com or click here to get started. 

Aug. 30, 2019 – New Moon in Virgo Meditation – Repost and update of a beautiful Virgo New Moon meditation perfect for today. Relax, Restore, and Begin Anew!

Goddess of the Harvest

I’m re-posting this meditation, and have updated it to relate to today, because it so perfectly shares the beauty of Virgo energy – and we are definitely in a very Virgo moment with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars all in the sign of the Goddess of the Harvest simultaneously. If you don’t have time to read, but you do have time to sit in meditation for 13 minutes, jump down to the link, get comfortable, and lose yourself in this lovely link to the current energy of the Cosmos.

The New Moon occurred this morning August 30, 2019 at 6:38 AM Eastern

CLICK TO LISTEN: I want to share this gorgeous meditation with all of you! 

In creating this meditation I focused on the energies of the New Moon and Sun in Virgo as they emphasize and engage you in being complete unto yourself – the true meaning of the word “Virgin.” Virgin, in its original definition, means “a woman unto herself.”

At the moment of the New Moon, intended to restore your soul, the Sun and Moon are involved in a conjunction aspect to Mercury, Venus, and Mars. All five of these bodies are in the sign of the Goddess of the Harvest – the Virgin. That simply means that these bodies are sharing exactly the same spot in the sky. This is a connection of working in tandem – of close association – of a new beginning between your core creative Self symbolized by the Sun, your emotional Self symbolized by the Moon, the quickened thought processes and need for communication symbolized by Mercury, what you find beautiful and how you give and receive love symbolized by Venus, and the need to take action to get your desires met symbolized by Mars.

This connection highlights a need to express to others your emotions and your heart’s desires in a way that is practical, discriminating and that leads to finding the Self through service. Allow this meditation to refresh, restore and regenerate your spirit as you prepare for a new creative beginning in the next few days. A new cycle of creation begins today.

Below you may listen to the meditation or read it for yourself. 

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LISTEN TO THE MEDITATION

New Moon in Virgo Meditation

This is a guided imagery meditation.

The best way to engage in this experience is to sit comfortably upright with your bare feet on the ground or the floor, with closed eyes and an open heart and an open mind.

Relax your face. Smile and release any tension there. Relax your shoulders. Gently lift them and let them fall into a comfortable place. Shake your arms and hands lightly and then allow them to become comfortable and loose, resting your hands in your lap. Breathe deeply into your torso and as you breathe out twist easily and gently from side to side, then come to center and settle into an easy position. Now gently shake your legs and move them from side to side for a couple of breaths, then bring them to stillness, releasing any tension in them… just let them relax and become heavy. Now lift your feet a little and wiggle your toes and circle your ankles and let them come to rest, planting them firmly on the floor again, knees bent and wide, easily supporting your relaxed legs. Breathe very deeply, in and out, at a natural and comfortable rate.

Even gentle breaths – getting deeper and deeper as you relax.

Breathing slowly, slowing your heart rate. In. Out. In. Out.

Now the darkness behind your eyelids is growing even darker. Darker with every breath.

Open your mind to suggestion. Free yourself into a blissful conscious darkness.  Breathe there, relaxing in pleasure.

Now, breathing slowly and fully in and out, imagine that you are in a beautifully farmed field. Crops have been planted in perfect rows and beds, perfectly following the graceful rise and fall of the gentle hills. The varieties of ripe and heavy vegetables with their vibrant reds, yellow, oranges and purples and huge, luscious clusters of greens seem almost endless, growing with strength and perfect health from the rich, black, damp earth toward the gorgeous yellow sun on one side – and covered with dew and loud with the sound of insects wings under a black night sky on the other. You are standing in the fields, in the crux between the Sun and New Moon, of the Virgin.

The air around you is crisp and delightful – clean and pure. It vibrates with every hue, tangible and alive. The time of harvest has clearly arrived and there is a sense of expectancy.

Breathing slowly and deeply, turn toward the night side of the field. You begin to feel that there are others present. It is completely dark at the farthest reaches of the field, but you can feel their presence and slowly begin to hear rustlings as they seem to begin to move toward you.

Now you turn in the other direction, toward the glorious color of the ripened fields and sun and you see a woman walking purposefully, gracefully, toward you. As she gets closer, you see how fully awake, how vibrant, and how joyful she is! She is glowing with health, radiating love, and her eyes are alive with intelligence. Her clothes are all the colors of the fields and she carries a large woven basket. Then you realize that there is a glowing, ethereal light around her head. You suddenly realize that here is the Goddess of the Harvest, Virgo the Virgin herself, and it is because of her that this bounty is before you.

She catches and captures your eyes, and then very slightly nods to a place behind you. You turn to see the others that you sensed before, now walking toward the two of you, coming steadily from the darkness into the light. There are women, men and children. There are animals of every kind. There are birds and insects and frogs and creatures you don’t recognize. And as they come slowly forward, you realize that each of them is either hungry or in need in some way. They are the faces of all humanity, diverse in appearance, but the same in their need.

As you take in the state of these fellow beings, your heart is touched with compassion and your mind begins to race with the need to help, to restore all of them. You turn and look again to the Goddess, and you see that she is ready to do what is necessary to serve those who have come; those who have found their way to her perfect fields.

The Goddess beckons to you and as you move toward her, and the closer you get you feel that you are melding with her. As you come to her side, she smiles and embraces you and you feel yourself becoming one with her – becoming her! Your body is now her body, as hers is yours.

Your ideas now take on a life of their own as the mind of the Goddess becomes your mind. You now know what to do. You are energized and can now organize and put forth the perfect way to serve those before you who are in such need.

You move farther into the fields and begin to bend and pick the ripe vegetables. Your mind is so clear that you communicate silently to all present to move into a line in front of you, and as they do, you offer the first the food that you’ve harvested – all the while knowing that you are being guided by the Goddess herself. You can feel her energy inside and around you, smiling and joyous with this deed.

As you offer the food, you realize that even the vegetables themselves are happy and radiating light. They feel fulfilled that they have a purpose and that their energy is not wasted – that they also have a practical use that serves.

You continue to bend and pick, and feed the next in line and then the next. You are reaching out to each one not only with the food of your labors, but also with your mind. It is as though you understand the needs of each one and through making your offering of newly harvested food to them you also offer whatever it is that will make them whole. Your understanding of each other, your communication with each other, is complete.

The work is hard but it exhilarates you. You are becoming stronger and more vibrant with each offering. Within the body of the Goddess you feel that you are now positively glowing with life force energy.

Then as those who have eaten move from the line, you notice similar changes in them. They are more alive. They now wear smiles. Their eyes have begun to shine. And they are stronger too. They begin, one by one, to bend and pick the ripe food with you. They offer the others who have not yet eaten the same service that you have provided for them.

Before long everyone present feeds another, until everyone has been served and made stronger, happier and more alive.

As you are resting and breathing, happily lying in the fields with all the others, you have another realization. Each of these whom you have fed and served is a part of you! And with that realization comes another – every one, every animal, every being, every thing is a part of you. The ground, the Sun, the sky, the crops, the dew, the insects. You are all a part of each other and a part of the Goddess and a part of the Universe. To serve others is to serve yourself. To serve yourself is to serve others.

As you stand now in this fresh awareness you understand that you have become the Goddess. Her body is yours. Her mind is yours. And then, beautifully, all present share this understanding. Each one comes to you and as you embrace them, they all meld with you just as you did with the Goddess.

To serve others is to serve yourself. To serve yourself is to serve others.

Breathe with this. Sit with it a moment. Inhale slowly and fully. Exhale slowly and fully.

And again.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

When you’re ready, bring your breathing back to its natural rhythm.

Begin to come to full awareness and open your eyes; eyes that are now glowing with purpose and service, ready to plant the seeds and then to reap the harvest of your compassionate work in action. Breathe. Smile…

Now you are feeling refreshed and restored, regenerated in the power of the New Moon in Virgo.

Mmmmmm. Ok. Very nice. How do you feel?

I have loved sharing this meditation with you. I hope on some level that your experience here will make a positive impact on your life and that it will help you get through the month more meaningfully and gracefully and creatively. And I really hope you don’t leave this as “shelf help” – meaning don’t just put it away and forget it’s impact.

And I’m here to help you! Reach out for an Individual Consultation and we can explore this month’s energies within your personal birth chart – see where the New Moon requires growth for you – and then get you on track if that’s what you need! If you’re having challenges connecting or manifesting accomplishment, service toward others, or practical organization please email me at astrology@michellegregg.com! I’d love to help. We can get very specific to your needs in sessions that are one-to-one. So I’ll talk to you soon, and Happy New Moon in Virgo!