September 18 was the day of the Virgo New Moon at 25:59 degrees of Virgo at 2:44 pm EDT, after which the Moon ingressed Libra at 09:26 pm EDT and when Mercury Rx in Virgo formed an opposition to Juno Rx in Pisces.
The Sabian Symbol pertaining to the degree highlighted by the Virgo New Moon states:
“A boy with a censer serves the priest near the altar. – Keynote: The first stage of actual participation in the great ritual of planetary evolution – Practice in the presence of God.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, Pages 166-167”)
This symbol begins to make sense in the context of the New Moon’s alignment with the Saturn-Uranus opposition with Saturn in Virgo representing ‘discipleship’ under the observing eye of the ‘master’ and Uranus Rx in Pisces the next generation, awakened from innocence and a state of ‘bliss’, getting prepared for the future. We’re witnessing in this symbolic picture a transmission of higher and even sacred ideals via an instructive process that is dedicated toward serving the collective spirit. The ‘novice’ becomes aware of ‘higher dimensions’ and his role in the scheme of things as well as his capacity for self-transcending in his aspiration to reach upwards.
At this seed moment, however, we’re also presented with a conflict, readily recognizable in the generation gap, which translates as the main conflict exemplified in the Saturn-Uranus opposition as a confrontation between the old and the new and which is playing out in a conflict of interests with one side attempting to thwart all efforts toward progress, thereby undoing itself (Mercury Rx in Virgo opposite Juno Rx in Pisces). A lack of empathy could also contribute to and result in misunderstandings. Due to the inward turned energies on top of the oppositions the unconscious factor in this equation is greatly enhanced. Thus, individually as well as collectively we have to face up with reality, the feasible and the possible, while trying to put us in another one’s shoes. Our blind spots may come under scrutiny in order to improve our ways of relating and to make us more selective in our choice of words or to point out when our communication is unproductive and where we waste our time and efforts in this regard. Missing compassion or the human factor in general will be highlighted as well. Therefore, finding alternatives to conflicting schedules, inefficient agendas, contradictory ideas, non-workable plans and impractial, flawed methods will be imperative this lunar month. Although, even more importance could be placed on themes related to emotional and social intelligence. It might be a time of training – of learning and practicing in a striving toward ‘perfection’. Consequently, we will have to look at ourselves with a critical eye and be willing to work on both – our skills and our flaws.
Venus in Leo contributed to the Mercury-Juno opposition on September 19th with aspects of adjustment, which allowed us to commit us toward our favored interests, to pursue pleasure, enjoy ourselves and having some Self time, inclusive the exchange of some niceties with others, whereby we had a first chance to be considerate toward others’ feelings.
On the 20th the Sun and Mercury Rx met in conjunction in Virgo, succeeded by Venus’ ingress into this sign at 09:32 am EDT. Other aspects perfecting that day were Vesta in Leo’s sesqui-quadrate to Uranus Rx in Pisces, Venus in Virgo’s trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Pallas in Virgo’s quincunx to Neptune Rx in Aquarius. The inferior conjunction of the Sun and Mercury marks the beginning of a new Mercury cycle, when a new seed idea is impressed upon the mind and in this case it’s repeating the New Moon theme. Especially after Venus is dancing to the same tune now. With our focus on personal advancement we may have been fierce and undeterred in our commitment and thus performed impressively, which could have felt deeply satisfying and might have empowered us in a way that could have had us touching our source of strength at the core of our Being.
Today, September 21st, did the Moon ingress Scorpio at 00:52 am EDT, adding intensity to our day. The Sun in Virgo opposed Juno Rx in Pisces and Pallas in Virgo opposed Uranus Rx in Pisces, whereas Venus in Virgo engaged in a semi-square to Mars in Cancer. So, while we’ve been applying an effort to serve our cause or interests or to be efficient in any other way, there may have been a few disruptions or unexpected news that might have interfered with our plans, set us back somehow, felt rather disappointing and side-tracked us from the path of our good intentions.
Since the day of the New Moon I didn’t have the time to blog or to check out my favorite sites or read the news or do some of the other things I used to do on a regular basis. Because my plan was to travel to Alliston and to stay there for the entire week, I was busy preparing for this trip. Friday night I was prefering the couch after I had run some errands on my way home from work and was done with my chores around the house. On Saturday I was lucky to have enough time to myself so that I could accomplish what I had set out to do and even enjoyed a couple of hours in the sun. Came Sunday I was ready to drive all the way up to Alliston with J on my side as my “instructor”, showing me the easiest way to memorize (I made only 4 turns instead of the 12 he does on his shortcuts) as well as the things I had to pay attention to. I was surprised about myself that I mastered it so well, while he was the one who needed the coffee, the break and then fell asleep anyway. Being in great spirits I went into the city with Anne later on, strolling through some stores and spending some money. Later we sat in the garden and talked about the latest developments and where this might lead to. At night I walked the dog, running with him through the park in the beautiful late summer weather, feeling exhilarated and having a great time. Today I’ve been trying to catch up with mixed success. There were a few irritations I had to deal with, inclusive news I didn’t like, but had to accept and that seem to change the whole picture around. However, it’s still Mercury Rx and therefore nothing is definitive as yet.