August 25th brings us a New Moon at 2 degrees Virgo. Befitting detail-oriented Virgo, this Moon will feature a demandingly complex mix of influences.
As noted in yesterday's post, the Mars/Saturn conjunction in Scorpio will be part of this New Moon. Before the conjunction perfects, Mars will inconjunct Uranus Rx (liberation) in Aries and trine Chiron Rx (Wounded Healer) in Pisces on August 23rd. This will be the last flurry of Mars' activity before it encounters Saturn's limits. The inconjunct to Uranus suggests an adjustment will be needed between strategic, thorough effort (Mars in Scorpio) and immediate change (Uranus). Mars does rule Aries, but this won't make the inconjunct any easier. If anything, it will increase the tension. Somewhere between the two energies will be the perfect moment; wait patiently, then strike. Mars' trine to Chiron suggests this action (if it's well timed) could lance the wound and drain the infection. There's a solution to what's been festering (doubt, fear, old memories).
Or, you could just hit a roadblock where your timing is off; too fast, too slow, too pushy, too intense. Either way, it will all wrap up once Mars meets Saturn.
The Mars/Uranus inconjunct will also be part of a Yod involving Mercury in Virgo (exact on August 24th). Mars' strategic actions will blend with Mercury in Virgo's analysis. But Mercury's inconjunct to Uranus Rx points to tension between immediate change (Uranus) and mulling things over (Mercury). Uranus is the focal planet of this Yod, so all the strategy, planning and precision will (hopefully) be directed in one, pure burst of perfectly-timed change. Note that Mercury will also be opposing Chiron Rx in Pisces, so part of the analysis will involve which hurts to examine, and which to release.
Still with me? So far, this feels like a surgical strike with no margin for error. But it's all laying the groundwork for....
...August 25th. Whatever you had to focus on in the preceding days will tie into this Moon's new beginning. You'll feel squeezed. The inconjuncts and Mars/Saturn conjunction will push you in one direction, and one direction only. A new beginning flavoured with Virgo says "This is the only way to go."
Venus will be inconjuncting Chiron Rx and trining Uranus Rx (on August 25th) indicating that what you want to put first (love, indulgence, yourself) will not come first. Sorry, but the inconjunct to Chiron will demand (yet another) adjustment. If you try to make this all about you/what you desire, it's going to hurt. You may be embarrassed, or discover that it never was about you in the first place. Plus, any event that involves Virgo is never going to be about personal glory. But, Venus will be trining Uranus, so there'a reminder to be proud of who you are/what you've earned. The freedom to love yourself and what you have to offer, no matter what goes down. No one's asking you to be martyr.
Venus will be closing in on a hard square with Saturn and Mars. These squares will not be exact until August 26th and 27th, but they will certainly be part of the New Moon. Continuing with the theme of Venus being undercut, these squares will put limits on what you desire. Mars will power up that desire (Mars square Venus is hot) but Saturn will put a box around it. The more you push for what you want, the more limits you'll encounter. Eventually, you'll see that there's only one option, and it probably won't be everything you wanted. Or, you may have to prove yourself because of demanding entry requirements to a new job/new relationship.
To get the most out of this New Moon, go back to Virgo. Put aside all the confusing aspects and remember:
- Optimum Virgo gains strength and confidence from focusing on what can be improved, cutting your losses, making the most of what you've been given
- Shadow Virgo is weakened by worrying about what cannot be changed, dwelling on what you don't have/won't have/may never have
And let's not forget that Black Moon Lilith will be part of the mix (at 19 degrees Leo). She'll be wrapped up in all the Venus aspects, adding a bitter flavour of rejection, and possible vengeance for that rejection. Lilith will certainly not be holding on to the Leo crown, and this could be the end of the affair for some people. But Virgo has a way of spinning rejection into gold, because she doesn't need applause to do her best work. So the message for anyone feeling Lilith on this Moon will be to focus (Saturn) her tremendous power and make the next chapter better. Does Lilith need centre stage? Hell, no. She blooms by the side of the Left Hand Path, where only a select few are brave enough to walk.
Quick rundown of all the aspects/degrees involved in this New Moon:
- August 23rd: Mars in Scorpio inconjuncts Uranus Rx in Aries and trines Chiron Rx in Pisces (16 degrees)
- August 24th: Yod (with Uranus as focal planet) between Mars, Uranus and Mercury in Virgo, which also opposes Chiron in Pisces (16 degrees)
- August 25th: New Moon in Virgo (2 degrees)
- August 25th: Venus in Leo inconjuncts Chiron and trines Uranus (16 degrees)
- August 25th: Mars conjunct Saturn in Scorpio (17 degrees)
- August 26th: Venus in Leo squares Saturn in Scorpio (17 degrees)
- August 27th: Venus in Leo squares Mars in Scorpio (18 degrees)
Remember the Full Moon in Aquarius on August 10th? There was a focus on 16 degrees for that Moon as well, except it involved the Sun and Mercury in Leo. The Leo area of your chart connects the events from that Full Moon to this New Moon. What started with a conversation or piece of information has led to love, money, self-esteem themes. Mind you, Mercury is still an important part of this New Moon, but now it's zeroing in on whatever cracks (or potentials) the Full Moon illuminated. And Lilith has carried the torch from Mercury to Venus; what started in the mind concludes in the heart.
Virgo, Pisces, Scorpio and Leo will feel this Moon most intensely. But if you have anything from:
- 0-5 degrees of the Mutable signs, you'll feel the New Moon
- 15-19 degrees of the Fixed signs, you'll feel the Venus/Saturn/Mars square
- 15-17 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Scorpio, Aries or Libra you'll feel the Yod
- 15-17 degrees of the Water signs, you'll feel the Mars/Chiron trine
- 15-17 degrees of the Fire signs, you'll feel the Venus/Uranus trine
I haven't forgotten that the New Moon will conjunct Regulus, but I think that's enough for one post. I'll write about Regulus tomorrow.