The Challenge: possible sunburn or over-exposure (a need for protection from the Sun or natural elements), too much tampering leads to more problems/difficult to recover from, micro-managing that damages relationship bonds, hesitation on intuition that stifles growth, energy wasted trying to “fix” something that is broken or irreparable
The Breakthrough/Potential Wisdom: preparation for Future/goals and dreams to come alive, quality control endeavors particularly favored, safe-guarding work or investment, do less to get more, applying rationality/intelligence to achieve goals, working in perfect alignment with nature and all material world natural processes,scholarship, purposefulness
This New Moon’s vibe draws on the wisdom of the 8 of Disks. A beautiful card symbolically representing the principle of prudence. The tree is growing (maturing) and flowering, about to bear fruit from the delicate flowers. There' is care from the leaves, as they curl around the flowers to shield them from the blistering Sun (in Virgo).
The hills in the background of the imagery of the Tarot card, and the upright tree, give us the feeling that we are moving forward — growing. Yet, the large leaves draw our eyes downward, puling us back down to Earth.
Quality Control and Maintenance Measures
It’s the little things, the fine details, that come into focus within the zone of Virgo, The Hermit. What is essential to tend to, so as not to risk spoiling the harvest. You see (as depicted in the card above) the fruit of our labor is not yet evident…. but we know the benefits are coming. It only stands to reason that we should take care of what is becoming… to ensure a bountiful, and pure, harvest.
Our efforts will be wasted, under this influence, if we try to fix what is clearly not worth fixing or already beyond the point of no return in our lives. This can be a tough lesson for those who prefer to *believe* they can rescue anything, if only they nit-pick it apart or just keep working, in order to make it perfect. Now is a time for thinking, and reason. For complimenting nature, and working with it — not against it.
Highly favored are activities that require little effort and routine maintenance, not total overhauls.
Paying attention to the quality of the environment for whatever you want to grow in your life, minor tweaks, clearing and cleaning anything unnecessary? Yes. Extra boost provided for trusting that Nature will produce dividends beyond what you can imagine.
With the stellar connection the Sun and Moon make to Uranus, our due diligence can become out of this world success. Uranus, in fact, is doubly emphasized during this phase as the 8 of Disks connects with The Star of the Major Arcana, associated with the sign of Aquarius (Uranus’ realm in the cosmos). So this adds to the tuning-up element that’s on tap for us, because The Star reveals clear vision and higher potential for a pure connection to divine intelligence.
I refer to it as simply becoming a “clear channel”. This concept (which developed into a personal & sacred practice) is something I learned early on in my Tarot reading journey. I noticed I got jumbled information from the cards when I went right from my long to-do list to lighting candles and expecting the cards to reveal a solution or insight into a situation. If my mind wasn’t clear — if I didn’t take the time to slow down and purify my own energy - nothing of value came through in a reading. Or, it simply didn’t make any sense at all.
We can all get a mental tune-up now. We can begin to clear away the clutter in our own minds, paying closer attention to how we feed them, too. In a world where news feeds are every which way we turn, perhaps it’s time for a diet?
When there’s too much data frying our internal motherboards, it becomes more difficult for our natural talent, and unique brilliance, to shine through. So it’s truly a blessing that we have this potent energy liberating us to see through the clouds and the rubbish, and nurture what’s golden and already alive inside us.
It’s a great time for breath-work, yoga, and anything that clears the mind and helps you remain grounded (rooted in your body) in the process.
Getting Into Gear
With Mars closely involved now, we get a peek at 2020 and the necessary fuel to fine-tune how we approach what lies ahead for us. Harmonious connections with the trio of Earth signs of the zodiac turns our tiniest efforts applied now into great accomplishments up the road. And I mean UP the road. The energy isn’t really slowing down, it’s ramping up. It’s only now that we get an opportunity to downshift into gear and think about what we need to do now, in order to be prosperous tomorrow.
Mars, so close, helps us feel motivated to focus on what’s essential. Driving us to apply ourselves when it comes to practical matters and perhaps even, initiate some promising long-term investments — of time, energy and money.
Here’s a good question to tune into on this practical, magical New Moon in Virgo….
… Because it ALL changes next year. As Kramer from Seinfeld says — “Giddy Up!”