As some of you are aware, the upcoming New Moon in Virgo will conjunct Regulus. Before I get into the significance of this, here's a quick introduction.
Regulus is a fixed star. Fixed stars move so slowly (about 1 degree every 72 years) that they appear to not move at all (hence the name). They have energy and impact, just like the planets, although fixed star associations tend to be quite dramatic, perhaps because they're based on ancient definitions established prior to Christianity. Not all astrologers use them, and those that do only consider very tight conjunctions to natal planets and points. Marina over at Darkstar Astrology specializes in fixed star interpretations.
Regulus is one of the four Royal Stars; the most powerful stars. In her book "Brady's Book of Fixed Stars" Bernadette Brady states that each of the Royal Stars "...represents a specific type of human dilemma or weakness." Each is also associated with an archangel.
Regulus' original position was 28-29 degrees Leo. He is the Heart of the Lion and associated with the angel Raphael (Healing). Regulus can bring glory and leadership, but his weakness is revenge. Power gained through Regulus is reversed quite dramatically if revenge is taken. Then comes the fall.
On November 28th, 2011, Regulus entered Virgo, where he now sits at 0 degrees. This New Moon will be the first one to conjunct him. Many people are pointing to the decline of the patriarchy (Leo) in favour of the Goddess (Virgo). I'm not sure this New Moon will kick off something so extreme, but I think it does point to a humbling. It's interesting that this Moon features Venus in Leo in a rather humbling square to Mars/Saturn in Scorpio. It hi-lights the natural transition from Leo to Virgo; ego sacrificed for an obligation or service.
Keeping Regulus' dual meanings (elevation/fall) in mind, I think this simply emphasizes the overall theme of this Moon. If you put yourself/your desires first, there will be a smack down. Everything about this Moon points to placing your primary desires to one side and doing what needs to be done.
Most people don't thrill to the idea of putting themselves second. But sometimes, that's the appropriate path. Note that "humble" does not mean "martyr." You can still retain your self-esteem (and even gain recognition) if you work this right. But you'll have to do the work (Virgo) without expectation of recognition. AND...without trying to get back at someone because of what you've been denied.
To me, Regulus in Virgo is the power that comes from focusing on what's in front of you, rather than what everyone else is doing. Acclaim gained from doing the right thing. Being recognized because you carried yourself with class and restraint.