StarGarden MoonWatch for the New Moon, August 23rd, 2006

Hello Everyone,

I’m Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho, and you’re listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the new moon of August 23, 2006.

As this new moon at the end of August joins the sun, we begin the next lunar cycle in the sign of Virgo, goddess of the harvest.  Virgo assures us that if we make a discriminating plan and follow it faithfully, the fruits of our labor will be realized.  Virgo also teaches us to give ourselves to the task at hand, to be one with our daily work or practice, and promises the results of that engagement will feed us in the process, no matter the outcome. Virgo’s focus can be narrow or critical in order to achieve a more perfect result, or  in the  engagement in and arrangement of details that contribute to the search for a more perfect result. Virgo’s affinity for routine and technique gives it particular influence in our habits, and the relationship between those habits and our health. Sometimes this acuity can result in dissatisfaction, worry or preoccupation that creates the very health problems Virgo’s attention is meant to address. So the spectrum of this sign’s energy helps us learn about how all our habits are intertwined and even synchronous, whether they are physical, emotional, or mental.

The additional presence of the planet Mars in Virgo at this new moon makes it an especially favorable cycle in which to begin a new course of study, diet, routine, or exercise plan. If  you’ve been hoping to put a new routine into place to help some aspect of your life become more efficient,  you may find the next two weeks brings us plenty of energy to put that plan into action.

The most important thing to remember about Virgo is its essentially self-less nature. The harvest that comes from the fruits of our labor at this time of year is meant to be shared, not withheld. Virgo does not seek to be the center of attention, but rather that the results of the work he or she does be used to benefit others. That is why you may know Virgos who work in teaching, health, or research. Even those in more physical vocations will work tirelessly to refine technique that maximizes the yield or result they are after, not so they can accumulate more, but so others can.  At the new moon we all share in Virgo’s self-effacing energy, and are given the opportunity to weigh our compulsions against the discernment that brings us the knowledge of where to place our attention, and in what measure.

When we are in tune with this, our lives truly can “open up” in the most ordinary of settings, as in the following poem, “Three Times My Life Has Opened Up,” by Jane Hershfield:

Three times my life has opened.
Once, into darkness and rain.
Once, into what the body carries at all times within it and
     starts to remember each time it enters the act of love.
Once, to the fire that holds all.
These three were not different.
You will recognize what I am saying or you will not.
But outside my window all day a maple has stepped
      from her leaves like a woman in love with winter, dropping
      the colored silks.
Neither are we different in what we know.
There is a door. It opens. Then it is closed. But a slip of
     light stays, like a scrap of unreadable paper left on the floor,
     or the one red leaf the snow releases in March.

Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how our routine or practice in anything we do can open us up to a new sense of continuity in our lives:

Aries: You may find you have a phenomenal amount of energy to plug away at things, even amidst upsets or plans that haven’t yet solidified. You may also want to express serious feelings to a friend or a group.

Taurus: You may be very involved in the creative project of a  loved one or a child. You may also need to balance critical insights or worries about this involvement. Balancing concern and generosity can shift things for you.

Gemini: You may be getting to the bottom of a health issue or habit in relation to family or the past. Or a project at home brings these things forward. Public involvement with unusual friends could also bring serious feelings up.

Cancer: You may be trying to perfect a publishing or educational project. Allowing the unexpected into your routine, even if it’s counterintuitive, could help you meet all the responsibility you feel to make the future secure.

Leo: You may expect a lot of yourself in a partnership, a group or with a creative project. You feel things should go in a certain direction. If you’re willing to  go with the twists and turns, a profound trust in yourself is yours.

Virgo: There’s an opportunity to be conscious of how to expand beyond the usual   compartmentalizing of health, work or relationship structures. Believe s creative response to the whole picture will reveal itself.

Libra: You may want to take it upon yourself to be responsible for the future sustainment of a friend, cause, or group you are involved with. You are willing to work hard behind the scenes so necessary change is possible.

Scorpio: Your focus may be on initiating a group educational project that fosters values for the public good you hold dear. As you assume more responsibility for this plan, you may feel you are realizing a dream.

Sagittarius: You begin to understand the import of your actions and desires more deeply at this time. The is may provoke a big shift within or at home, as you create a new structure for work that suits your values.

Capricorn: The routine of your studies, work, or health may expand to include those who support how seriously you are trying to live your ideals. A generous friend or group could offer support for future goals and plans.

Aquarius: You may be adjusting to what a partner needs to get a job done, and assuming more responsibility than you thought you’d have. Or you could hand some responsibilities over to a partner. Either way you grow.

Pisces: It may be necessary to aid a partner or loved one at this time, who needs your understanding and  help with a health issue. This may cause you to master a more serious emotional habit than usual. You can do it.

Virgo knows that one of the gifts of routine is repetition. While this may seem like an unlikely gift, any of us who willingly return to our desks, or to the chopping block to split the wood, or who sit down with a puzzle or a musical instrument know that at some point within that repetition, we find the word, the cut, the piece or the chord that brings it all together, and makes it all worthwhile. In yoga, the repetition of  practice is enhanced by the use of drishtis, or focus points where the practitioner places his or her gaze while holding a pose. The drishti allows the practitioner to sink more deeply into the benefits of the pose. At this new moon, perhaps we can apply that principle in our ordinary lives by placing our “gaze” on whatever most helps us relax into willing participation in the process. When we let Virgo’s energy help us discern that focus, the lines between process and result begin to blur, and we are more able to allow our habits and routines to be the very places we can best shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!

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