Archives for September 2005

Pisces Full Harvest Moon, Saturday, September 17, 2005 7: 01 PM PST

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket —

And you listening.
A spider’s web, tense for the dew’s touch.
A pail lifted, still and brimming — mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.

‘Moon!’ you cry suddenly, ‘Moon! Moon!’

The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed at a work
That points at him amazed.

-Ted Hughes

Pisces Full Harvest Moon, Saturday, September 17, 2005 7: 01 PM PST

Autumn is coming, the spider webs are everywhere shimmering like gossamer webs, some ancient silvery thread spun blankets covered with morning dew. The blankets collect autumn sunlight in droplets of water, turning light and water into illusions of shimmering diamonds. The weave is symmetrical & luminous, a design from a master beyond the here and now-certainly beyond the small nervous system of the weaving artist-arachnid. Does the truly talented weaver ever really need to know the grand design? Harvest Moon in Pisces illumines the unfathomable question behind the small details of our weave working. We see this blazingly full orange moon for 5 days. As full moons forever bring us into polarity, we’re also illuminated in the reflective light of a problem solving Mercury in Virgo, now in the ‘heart of the sun’. How is it possible? we ask. Of this placement, master astrologer William Lilly says our minds are ‘wondrously strong’. Mind works busily, weaving content into context. Pisces tells us that what we don’t understand, we must turn over to faith. We are told to believe, and that faith is enough.

This full moon allows us to enjoy some of the fruits of our labors. Not everything that we planted this spring grew. And some unexpected seeds blew in with the nor easterly winds, a mystery seed we didn’t see coming. Dahlias bloomed where we planted cosmos. A strange & delightful surprise flower moved in unexpectedly, took root and ripened in the fertile soil of our hearts. The foxglove plant revived and sprung a new flower for the first time in years; people and situations we ‘left for dead’ miraculously regenerated and bloomed anew. That was unexpected! We’re able to see what’s ‘gone to seed’, perhaps what never took root in the face of neglect, too many commitments, a change of priorities or new awareness. Under the light of the moon we now see what is ‘dead on the vine’, we’re ready to cut.

A Virgo harvest is never only about reaping rewards; she is the chaste virgin, barren. Greek Demeter, Roman Ceres, she is the earth mother who always provides, with a staff of corn in one hand, the other yielding a sharp sickle blade. The plentiful, barren virgin first appears contradictory, yet this moon holds water. You’re holding both the bounty and the blade. The Virgin clearly sees everything she reaps as a result of her careful attention, skill and hard work. Discrimination is wise; we don’t need to plant seeds where the soil is malnourished, overused or full of clay. Energy is not given freely, you are a unique individual, your life giving powers require nutrients specific to you and you only. Abundance is now the result of a well-calculated plan.

These 5 days of full moon light connect directly to our ancestors need to gather the herbs, grains, vegetables- the extra days of moonlight guarantees there is enough light to do so. Although we may be removed from the hands that pick our food harvest, we can see the internal time clock reminding us of our soul food-that which feeds and sustains our being humanness-our complex emotional, relational, psychological and physical needs. We notice a part of our life is ‘out of balance’ when physical and emotional breakdowns occur. Virgo energy always provides a few breakdown crises to break into the new. This is the preparation work we’ve been performing the past few weeks. Necessity is the order we seek. We feel doubly challenged by necessity’s demands: the energy devoted to clean-up work continues as the push for integrating our lives more productively, efficiently stretches like a challenging yoga posture. How it will ever fit together? This is the Virgo axis. Yet we’re blessed with increased light during this full moon, allowing reflection time for the careful planning into the change of season. Let the next couple of weeks mellow you. Fortify yourself by looking toward the future from the perspective of gratitude and bounty- it’ll be easier to then decide what must be canned, stored, saved and discarded to blessedly survive and thrive through the fall and winter.

Full Moon Day, 9/17. Exciting developments of the past month bring subsequent life demands, stretching all parts of us so it’s important when looking at a new recipe to measure the ingredients for rightness of taste. A Saturn Venus square suggests cutting the recipe to ‘just right’ means paring down or feeling pinched in matters of love, finances or pleasures. Maybe we’re just worn out from running around. An ace up her sleeve, Venus has a twinkle in her eye as she adds an unusual twist, totally changing the flavor from ‘worn out’ to ‘new and improved’. Hidden reserves are revealed as a Jupiter/Pluto sextile perfect. New moon question: where or what is my hidden reservoir of strength? Work with your reserves and replenish what supports. http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2005/582.html

9/18-19 Moon in Aries gives impulse to yesterday’s thoughts. Early morning surprises are welcome because they’re good ones. Enlist flirtatious and adventuresome partners in crime. Later afternoon, taking care of business just feels right. 9/19 if you’re looking for answers, a dialogue with your inner Achilles heel will really heal. Visiting your healer or therapist will lead into relief on Tuesday, too.

9/20-21 brings more earth energy to the final Sun in Virgo days, creating a sweet trine between Sun, Chiron and Moon. This is soothing, grounding energy to give your sacred irritant some healing balm. Take a walk in nature; take advantage of the respite you’re offered now. As the mind turns, Mercury moves into Libra 9/20-10/07. Mercury is where the mind is and so we’re thinking about relationship, relationship, and relationship. How to get one, balance one or be in one– working as a team turns into a mercurial task of intellect. Venus in Scorpio has been the stick, stirring the waters cloudy, unclear and not a little murky. We’re seeing strange art forms, like watching oil move on water. Mercury helps out with much needed objectivity; we detach a little and find that we’re really not on this train ride alone. 9/21 remember that experience we’ve been having the past few weeks, of pushing our luck and somehow things just working out? The mantra has been ‘I’m a plucking lucky genius!’…As we leave the kids at the drycleaners and drop the dry-cleaning off at school. Today is reckoning day; we can’t have our cake and eat it too. If we are making a choice, it seems like a compromise. Restore self-power by saying: ‘this is what I choose’.

9/22-9/23 Moon in Gemini ushers in Autumn Equinox, the first day of fall. Will it be a Gemini fall, the weather forecast full of blustery gusts of information, communication, comings, goings and conversational exchanges of trivial proportions? Sun moves from earthy Virgo into Airy Libra (till 10/22) and we’re back in the fire/air paradigm again, a hot air balloon. Energy picks up; ideas get wind underneath. Libra is a pleasure-oriented sign; perhaps we’re relieved of Virgo’s duty. Partnerships of all forms take center stage, yet also concern for beauty, aesthetics and pleasures. Libra isn’t typically the artist, but the art appreciator. Who & what will we appreciate? Will they/it reciprocate with what we need? Expect debates to begin; relationships are based on mutual agreements. If you don’t agree, things don’t move forward. It’s a great time to clarify exactly what those agreements are.

This is the sign of the scales, and so we’re as dead set on getting across our point of view as we are on having balanced interactions. Sounds like makings for an argument, but Libra always adds sugar and spice first. Even though Libra will offer a body organ (with pleasure) to a loved one who needs it, what if we need it later? It’s a logical question.

9/24-25 Moon is out of phase until the evening. Last Quarter Moon in Cancer brings the sum total emotional consequences of being in relationship. What sensitivities to explore-where can we find more clarity in mind and heart? But a Neptune Venus square suggests a purple haze; a mild confusion around what we really feel. Drugs, escapism or subtle power drains are possible as is heightened sensitivity. However, Neptune is the cosmic lure, seemingly innocuous beautiful & seductive with Venus. We can turn this into a great dream date, soft and flowing yet we easily lose touch with reality and end up losing a glass slipper as we jump into the pumpkin before witching hour. Or stay in from the ball, safely space out in the safety of your own home movie theater as your fantasies spill and blend. While we may feel temporarily suspended, unable to name what’s going on right now, into late evening to early morning 9/25 clarity chirps like a morning bird. Information bursts onto the scene as level-headedness as we gain confidence in conversation.

Monday morning, 9/26 initiates a mellow week of low-key energy. There are not a lot of major planetary aspects; we can sense the subtle shifts, the ebb and flow of our moods and energy, less distracted by the peanut gallery. Use this time to do emotional settling. This evening a push of energy leads into a general satisfaction, whatever we’re doing we feel a little fuller for it.

9/27-28 Moon in Leo is fun loving and playful at best. This is the time to let off a little steam. With Saturn is close by, we can learn how to seriously play, or perhaps take our playtime seriously. Morning to midday 9/28 is good for taking care of business. Do it now, because by afternoon into evening we start to lose focus as our consciousness moves first toward discontent, then the pursuit of pleasure.

9/29-30 Imagination is the rule, not the exception. The way we perceive the world alters softly, like a shape shifter, what we once thought we knew to be certain and true now moves like putty in our minds. This is the esoteric problem solver; seek answers in the ethers. Moon waits until the evening of 9/29 to choose her sign of Virgo. 9/30 Moon in Virgo is the tee-totaller when Uranus toggles with Sun disrupting someone’s delicate idea of give and take. Uranus throws diplomacy out the window for truthfulness. An uneasy paradigm shift reminds us of the compromises we must continually choose to make in life- for which we are all under the contract of grace.

10/01-02 Several happenings on 10/01 make this day an unusually active dark of the moon phase. Are we feeling the rumblings of the new moon eclipse to come on 10/03? Todays activity stabilizes suggesting that the eclipse brings situations long overdue to a head. Sun sextiles Saturn and so sense efficiency, productivity, and purposefulness. If pragmatic, we aren’t far off course. But Venus opposes Mars the day Mars goes retrograde in Taurus. He will appear to move backwards thru 12/09, which means we’re off center in some area of our life and balance will somewhat return by 12/09. (But not off the hook yet, because the job won’t finish until he completely re-traces his steps by 02/06/06.) Imagine a face off between the goddess of ‘we belong together’ and the god of ‘where’s the I in we?’ How will this play out as Mars makes his long journey? It’s probably not to Venus’ taste. We feel our sensibilities, and preferences challenged. Add fuel to the fire, Mars stations on the fixed star, Algol, a star that has a reputation for being nasty. Like the Perseus & Medusa myth after which it was named, this is the star of beheadings. Mars is keenly intellectual, so we lose an ability to be clearheaded somewhere in our lives largely because someone or something needs a good look in the mirror of Athena’s shield of self reflective wisdom. Old resentments flare, what you’ve been sitting on- you already know what that is!- is about to blow its top. Yet we feel more introspective during retrograde, so imagine a kettle on the back burner, simmering, simmering. Eventually it blows or burns, right? So use this time to reflect on how you will handle this situation before it handles you. We’re also thinking about money and resources during this period, cars and maintenance, self-defense and accumulating security. The rule of retrograde is anything ‘re-‘ re-evaluate, re-pair, re-work. Use this time wisely and you’ll be singing ‘-after that dreaded beheading I tied that sucker back on with a string, I guess I’m pretty different now, considering’. (Ani diFranco)

P.S.- YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL GENIUS. YOU ARE A GORGEOUS MYSTERY.
(Pronoia RX)

*more about Mars Rx:

http://www.astrologycom.com/marsret.html

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket —

And you listening.
A spider’s web, tense for the dew’s touch.
A pail lifted, still and brimming — mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.

Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the hedges with their warm
wreaths of breath —
A dark river of blood, many boulders,
Balancing unspilled milk.

‘Moon!’ you cry suddenly, ‘Moon! Moon!’

The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed at a work
That points at him amazed.

— Ted Hughes, Full Moon and Little Frieda

New Moon Virgo, Saturday, September 3, 2005, 11:45 AM PST

New Moon Virgo, Saturday, September 3, 2005, 11:45 AM PST

Once upon a time not so long ago there was a Prince who more than anything wanted to marry a Princess. Many townswomen coveted his affections; he was wealthy, powerful, handsome, well-endowed, kind. He had the skills-certainly gifted with the male survival strategy of wooing. Yet as he widened his search, the Princess he sought was not found. She was too short or snorted when she laughed. Her bum was too big or flat. She didn’t laugh at his jokes or interrupted his stories. There was always something wrong.

And so one stormy night toward the end of his journey, a knock came in the middle of the night. He opened the door to a drenched human mop. He invited her in out of the pouring rain. Her face? Couldn’t even see it. Mascara ran down her cheeks, which were caked with mud. Her clothes were so limp they hung like heavy wet laundry on a hanger. Yet he sensed this woman was special, she was a Princess. His mother, the Queen, wasn’t so convinced and so concocted a real Princess litmus test. She placed a pea beneath 10 feather bed mattresses. If the woman didn’t miss a wink, she was not a real Princess. Now here is the interesting part of the tale– the special quality that differentiated noble blood from common was sensitivity. As the story goes, she doesn’t sleep and so is indeed a Princess, both hypersensitive and now symptomatically sleep deprived. Taking astrological license for the unwritten Virgo ending, we must attempt a few predictions. The Princess’s acute sensitivity turns royal Queen into a royal-housewife. She develops a sleeping disorder, blames her husband for her demise and drives him batty by obsessing about how to get that dang pea out from under the mattress. Or, option number two, she grows into a Queen who cultivates an attentive and nurturing caretaking for her mind body-connection. She doesn’t hop on the symptom wagon but instead holds that little seed of a problem and asks ‘how can I serve you?’ Instead of going to the palace physician for a prescription for Ambien, she learns to understand her body is her royal jewel and its wisdom a blessing. Every signal is biofeedback, pointing to necessary adjustment for the success of its rule. She fills her royal court with healers: an acupuncturist, a masseuse, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a wise priest. Sensitivity leads to sensibility; she inhabits her body more fully and recognizes her true temple. This newly beautiful Queen has a profound impact on the Kingdom. Bumper stickers appear throughout the land read: ‘Real Men Do Yoga’. The King quits his day job and becomes a yoga instructor.

It’s worth repeating: Virgo’s sensitivity is not her downfall; it is her nobility. At first glance, the Virgin may behave like her husband the Prince, who fault-finds his way to his bride. No one is good enough, and the criticisms appear heavy handed, nit-picky. Under his methodical scrutiny, he is a Jerry Seinfeld of a Prince- letting a superficial hang up dominate the search for wholeness. Here is the Princess, eternally awake in her bed, unable to appreciate the palace for the pea. Virgo’s psychology can resemble an itchy mohair sweater; always another itch to scratch, there’s simply always something wrong. What’s at work behind the analysis paralysis? Virgo’s additive and subtractive process is quite beautiful. Akin to a sculptor allowing the image reveal as he shaves and releases it from a block of clay, with Virgo we are always searching for the perfect form. Virgo holds both the artist-Creator and the raw material. What’s the space in between? A lot of work. We feel the restriction of inert matter and start to animate it by shaving away what is not essential for absolute perfection. Until perfection is reached, we are preoccupied with the existential pea. With this enormous task, we give thanks for the Virgos in our universe. What a job!

If the goal is nothing less than reflection of divine perfection, preparatory for Libra, the next sign of the zodiac, wouldn’t you be uptight, too? It’s the pressure of readiness for partnership, union of any kind where harmony of mind, body and spirit must first be achieved. A marriage of masculine to feminine, compassion to wisdom, psyche to cosmos, the particular to the eternal, body to mind to spirit. We’re looking in the mirror and realistically assessing all of our flaws. We learn to forgive Virgo’s discrimination and instead see it as necessary discernment. We notice our annoyances & grievances and use them as tools to shape solutions. As with Libra’s judgment, we learn that that used consciously judgment is good and necessary. When we really listen to the voice of the inner critic, we embrace the voice of the critical thinker as our ally, the only one who will truthfully point out when we’ve veered off course. Virgo pulls no punches.

New Moon in Virgo is the new seed pointing to worship of our body-mind-spirit temples. Organizing, cleaning, analyzing like crazy is healing, because sorting and sifting allows all of our being to participate in a subtle integration. We figure out what’s wrong to get to the ‘what’s right now’. When we ‘get something into our body’ we’re doing a Virgo thing. We trust the higher mind to direct us to mundane tasks of self-improvement: list maKing, appointments with health care providers, creating new files, throwing out old papers, seeKing wise counsel. We use Virgo’s body-sensate experiences to give us feedback about how we’re doing mentally, emotionally, physically. There’s useful information in there. As we give the details of the body-life the attention they deserve we find we’re able to loosen up to a sense of magnimosity. Magnanimous- a whole body experience of your largesse in the world. And with a magnanimous body-mind-spirit you just may find you no longer need to sleep on the pea every night. Instead, as the classic story ends- we place the pea under glass in the town museum. The irritating minutiae transformed into sacred irritant! Marvel at the temple of your sacred irritant. Honor how one little pea sized problem, a certain sticking point of ‘This thing really does bug me-‘ or ‘I won’t settle for anything less than-‘ polishes the key at the door of your blissful union. And proves a blessing for the rest of us, your entire kin-dom.

New Moon Day, 9/03 just because you don’t see it yet doesn’t mean its not coming to you. Virgo can feel like the underdog, so much work to do & where’s the reward? No, remember that fall is the harvest. You’ve busted through some patterns this summer. Yesterday, Pluto’s recently directed motion has some of us sensing new pea shoots even while in the trenches, meanwhile those who haven’t blasted through chronic issues are feeling more mired. Virgo provides the motivation- responsibility to others, serving the whole of life. Ignore at your own peril your connection to the global tragedies, crisis of friends and loved ones, and your own inflamed pea. Truly the only control we can exercise in life’s unexpected curveballs is our respond-ability. Responsibility literally translated is nothing uber-heavy, just an ability to respond. No matter how insignificant you deem your contribution, it is important. The Uranus/Sun opposition says a decision to improve any situation in your life benefits us all.

9/4 Moon is wandering aimlessly today as we wake up to sweet relationship solutions. We can be loving one another more fully if we’ve dropped a little bit more of yesterday’s baggage. As Mercury moves into Virgo, your inner drama gives way to solution-focused thoughts. Mercury’s Leo movie- the editorial team could’ve cut the running time by half. Too much drama! The long, comically tragic drawn out affair is over; self-analysis replaces excessive self-expression & ego involvement. Mercury’s trip through Virgo is brief (through 9/19) but en pointe. Our mind now clearly sees what our self-involvement had obscured. At our best we’ll wisely use our time and resources for the tasks at hand. Let’s affirm new & better solutions for the world.

A slow shift has begun (through 9/20) Mars quincunx Jupiter, a couple weeks of adjustment. Is it groundwork time for Mars’ retrograde journey later this fall? The Taurus Mars is snugly stubborn taking the next step only if there’s an agreement in values; Jupiter is hedging its bets for compromise by promising the benefits received by taking a larger perspective. Your ability to cope with new life changes hinges on relinquishing the controls you’ve grown used to exercising. It’s not like you’re manhandling or forcing a situation or somebody, is it? Well, are you approaching a new development in your life with an old instruction manual titled ‘this is how I’ve always done it’? To begin a new manual- all it takes is a simple intention.

9/5-6 Moon in Libra points to enjoyment of others on this Labor Day. Libra loves to please and can please her way right out of a personal take for the sake of others. Balancing the needs and wants of others to your own closes the loop. 9/6 The mood starts out dreamy, perhaps loosening tongues and opening ears. If you find yourself spewing excess, balance it by blessing the ears on which your words land.

9/7-8 Moon of the Scorpion always turns up the heat, albeit in a cool undercover kind of way. The detective is called when lines get Neptune fuzzy and boundaries aren’t as easily respected. We may find smears of ink on what’s presented as pristinely white. Pallas joins with Venus, the Queen on her white horse stampedes through the falsity with her eminence’s thirst for truth, justice, beauty and relationship. Institutions & higher authorities may appear to have the upper hand, but by appealing to a sense of holism, compromise triumphs over subterfuge. 9/8 with nervous systems highly attuned and situations proving less than stable, some refuge is in order. A slow aspect between Saturn and Pluto perfects, like the wheels on an ancient machine coming to a grinding halt. Flashes of insight, lightning dancing across a dry midnight on the desert plain, illuminating what’s stuck. If at first you don’t succeed, try again this time with humor.

9/9-10 Wandering moon gives us time to finish up business and get routine stuff done. There’s a little heart tenderness happening today, we find it easy to yearn for the love we think we’re missing. Soothe yourself by knowing that the loving you muster up for yourself comes back to you in Divine time. Send love to the universe http://www.spcare.org/practices/lovingkindness.html 9/10 is a mellow day for the usually energetic Sagittarius moon. She prepares for the activity of tomorrow.

9/11 First Quarter moon in Sagittarius and Sun in Virgo. How to accomplish the nuts and bolts of life while staying true to the journey? It’s the practical questions that send us into deep questioning. We’re feeling the beginning of a later week Sun square Pluto, the dynamic of might meets right. We ask the question: is coercion and force ever useful? With this aspect, the pot you innocently left on the back burner turns out to be more of a pressure cooker. Venus moves into the sign of Scorpio today until 10/06. During this time Lady Love is searching for the quality of connection that wants to know it all. Dissatisfied with the superficial, this lady digs around in your past, your secret desires, and the skeletons in your closet. Relationships have undercurrents and we now see them as though a river, wide, deep and powerful. Through love, learn to corral the watery forces of emotion, possession, desire and seduction into a potent love spell. The kind of love spell we’re looking for transforms vulnerabilities into tenderness & depth, a true capacity to be with & transform the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you experience guerilla tactics, look past the blood, hiss and spit. Venus reveals depth insight into why you’ve provoked this particular response. Remember, even though one of you initiates the seduction, it takes two to tango.

9/12-9/14 this week power structures may change, perhaps in authority or reporting structure. A task may seem to require enormous strength and although concerned about overstretching our resources, they seem to be there in the nick of time. It does take some willingness to look, and a good dose of realistic assessment, balancing time to resources, Virgo style. 9/12 We have the energy to tackle business matters this week kicked off by Moon in Capricorn. This is good, because we have a lot on our plate. 9/13 is the big push; Sun trine Mars is the heave ho! supplying the green light for whoever needs to be moved off the ship deck. Roll up your sleeves and tackle the project that will, like a linebacker, take you down if you’re not already on your way to the goalpost. Gentle nudges throughout the day support the former, not the latter. 9/14 Moon in Aquarius encourages seeing with new eyes. This week’s energy may’ve felt heavy or harsh but we’re trying to put our mind on progress in the midst of long-term demolition project. What is torn down must be built up again. Options seem restricted but we find the focus to work it out. Like an engineer looking at the bugs, you are the architect of your universe.

9/15-9/16 if Mother Nature assigns all of her creature’s job titles the spider is ‘head architect’. My good luck charm, the spider is never without an elaborate and intricate web of connection. Although we may not know the grand design, we work on one strand at a time, knowing one strand will weave onto the next. Even in the face of fear, our visionary self knows its beautiful snowflake design. As we hatch the next plan, recognize that each action we put into the world sends a ripple effect into many other parts of our lives. Practical activism advice: immediately turn any negative thinking into acts of concentrated effort.

New Moon Virgo, Saturday, September 3, 2005, 11:45 AM PST

New Moon Virgo, Saturday, September 3, 2005, 11:45 AM PST

Once upon a time not so long ago there was a Prince who more than anything wanted to marry a Princess. Many townswomen coveted his affections; he was wealthy, powerful, handsome, well-endowed, kind. He had the skills-certainly gifted with the male survival strategy of wooing. Yet as he widened his search, the Princess he sought was not found. She was too short or snorted when she laughed. Her bum was too big or flat. She didn’t laugh at his jokes or interrupted his stories. There was always something wrong.

And so one stormy night toward the end of his journey, a knock came in the middle of the night. He opened the door to a drenched human mop. He invited her in out of the pouring rain. Her face? Couldn’t even see it. Mascara ran down her cheeks, which were caked with mud. Her clothes were so limp they hung like heavy wet laundry on a hanger. Yet he sensed this woman was special, she was a Princess. His mother, the Queen, wasn’t so convinced and so concocted a real Princess litmus test. She placed a pea beneath 10 feather bed mattresses. If the woman didn’t miss a wink, she was not a real Princess. Now here is the interesting part of the tale– the special quality that differentiated noble blood from common was sensitivity. As the story goes, she doesn’t sleep and so is indeed a Princess, both hypersensitive and now symptomatically sleep deprived. Taking astrological license for the unwritten Virgo ending, we must attempt a few predictions. The Princess’s acute sensitivity turns royal Queen into a royal-housewife. She develops a sleeping disorder, blames her husband for her demise and drives him batty by obsessing about how to get that dang pea out from under the mattress. Or, option number two, she grows into a Queen who cultivates an attentive and nurturing caretaking for her mind body-connection. She doesn’t hop on the symptom wagon but instead holds that little seed of a problem and asks ‘how can I serve you?’ Instead of going to the palace physician for a prescription for Ambien, she learns to understand her body is her royal jewel and its wisdom a blessing. Every signal is biofeedback, pointing to necessary adjustment for the success of its rule. She fills her royal court with healers: an acupuncturist, a masseuse, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a wise priest. Sensitivity leads to sensibility; she inhabits her body more fully and recognizes her true temple. This newly beautiful Queen has a profound impact on the Kingdom. Bumper stickers appear throughout the land read: ‘Real Men Do Yoga’. The King quits his day job and becomes a yoga instructor.

It’s worth repeating: Virgo’s sensitivity is not her downfall; it is her nobility. At first glance, the Virgin may behave like her husband the Prince, who fault-finds his way to his bride. No one is good enough, and the criticisms appear heavy handed, nit-picky. Under his methodical scrutiny, he is a Jerry Seinfeld of a Prince- letting a superficial hang up dominate the search for wholeness. Here is the Princess, eternally awake in her bed, unable to appreciate the palace for the pea. Virgo’s psychology can resemble an itchy mohair sweater; always another itch to scratch, there’s simply always something wrong. What’s at work behind the analysis paralysis? Virgo’s additive and subtractive process is quite beautiful. Akin to a sculptor allowing the image reveal as he shaves and releases it from a block of clay, with Virgo we are always searching for the perfect form. Virgo holds both the artist-Creator and the raw material. What’s the space in between? A lot of work. We feel the restriction of inert matter and start to animate it by shaving away what is not essential for absolute perfection. Until perfection is reached, we are preoccupied with the existential pea. With this enormous task, we give thanks for the Virgos in our universe. What a job!

If the goal is nothing less than reflection of divine perfection, preparatory for Libra, the next sign of the zodiac, wouldn’t you be uptight, too? It’s the pressure of readiness for partnership, union of any kind where harmony of mind, body and spirit must first be achieved. A marriage of masculine to feminine, compassion to wisdom, psyche to cosmos, the particular to the eternal, body to mind to spirit. We’re looking in the mirror and realistically assessing all of our flaws. We learn to forgive Virgo’s discrimination and instead see it as necessary discernment. We notice our annoyances & grievances and use them as tools to shape solutions. As with Libra’s judgment, we learn that that used consciously judgment is good and necessary. When we really listen to the voice of the inner critic, we embrace the voice of the critical thinker as our ally, the only one who will truthfully point out when we’ve veered off course. Virgo pulls no punches.

New Moon in Virgo is the new seed pointing to worship of our body-mind-spirit temples. Organizing, cleaning, analyzing like crazy is healing, because sorting and sifting allows all of our being to participate in a subtle integration. We figure out what’s wrong to get to the ‘what’s right now’. When we ‘get something into our body’ we’re doing a Virgo thing. We trust the higher mind to direct us to mundane tasks of self-improvement: list maKing, appointments with health care providers, creating new files, throwing out old papers, seeKing wise counsel. We use Virgo’s body-sensate experiences to give us feedback about how we’re doing mentally, emotionally, physically. There’s useful information in there. As we give the details of the body-life the attention they deserve we find we’re able to loosen up to a sense of magnimosity. Magnanimous- a whole body experience of your largesse in the world. And with a magnanimous body-mind-spirit you just may find you no longer need to sleep on the pea every night. Instead, as the classic story ends- we place the pea under glass in the town museum. The irritating minutiae transformed into sacred irritant! Marvel at the temple of your sacred irritant. Honor how one little pea sized problem, a certain sticking point of ‘This thing really does bug me-‘ or ‘I won’t settle for anything less than-‘ polishes the key at the door of your blissful union. And proves a blessing for the rest of us, your entire kin-dom.

New Moon Day, 9/03 just because you don’t see it yet doesn’t mean its not coming to you. Virgo can feel like the underdog, so much work to do & where’s the reward? No, remember that fall is the harvest. You’ve busted through some patterns this summer. Yesterday, Pluto’s recently directed motion has some of us sensing new pea shoots even while in the trenches, meanwhile those who haven’t blasted through chronic issues are feeling more mired. Virgo provides the motivation- responsibility to others, serving the whole of life. Ignore at your own peril your connection to the global tragedies, crisis of friends and loved ones, and your own inflamed pea. Truly the only control we can exercise in life’s unexpected curveballs is our respond-ability. Responsibility literally translated is nothing uber-heavy, just an ability to respond. No matter how insignificant you deem your contribution, it is important. The Uranus/Sun opposition says a decision to improve any situation in your life benefits us all.

9/4 Moon is wandering aimlessly today as we wake up to sweet relationship solutions. We can be loving one another more fully if we’ve dropped a little bit more of yesterday’s baggage. As Mercury moves into Virgo, your inner drama gives way to solution-focused thoughts. Mercury’s Leo movie- the editorial team could’ve cut the running time by half. Too much drama! The long, comically tragic drawn out affair is over; self-analysis replaces excessive self-expression & ego involvement. Mercury’s trip through Virgo is brief (through 9/19) but en pointe. Our mind now clearly sees what our self-involvement had obscured. At our best we’ll wisely use our time and resources for the tasks at hand. Let’s affirm new & better solutions for the world.

A slow shift has begun (through 9/20) Mars quincunx Jupiter, a couple weeks of adjustment. Is it groundwork time for Mars’ retrograde journey later this fall? The Taurus Mars is snugly stubborn taking the next step only if there’s an agreement in values; Jupiter is hedging its bets for compromise by promising the benefits received by taking a larger perspective. Your ability to cope with new life changes hinges on relinquishing the controls you’ve grown used to exercising. It’s not like you’re manhandling or forcing a situation or somebody, is it? Well, are you approaching a new development in your life with an old instruction manual titled ‘this is how I’ve always done it’? To begin a new manual- all it takes is a simple intention.

9/5-6 Moon in Libra points to enjoyment of others on this Labor Day. Libra loves to please and can please her way right out of a personal take for the sake of others. Balancing the needs and wants of others to your own closes the loop. 9/6 The mood starts out dreamy, perhaps loosening tongues and opening ears. If you find yourself spewing excess, balance it by blessing the ears on which your words land.

9/7-8 Moon of the Scorpion always turns up the heat, albeit in a cool undercover kind of way. The detective is called when lines get Neptune fuzzy and boundaries aren’t as easily respected. We may find smears of ink on what’s presented as pristinely white. Pallas joins with Venus, the Queen on her white horse stampedes through the falsity with her eminence’s thirst for truth, justice, beauty and relationship. Institutions & higher authorities may appear to have the upper hand, but by appealing to a sense of holism, compromise triumphs over subterfuge. 9/8 with nervous systems highly attuned and situations proving less than stable, some refuge is in order. A slow aspect between Saturn and Pluto perfects, like the wheels on an ancient machine coming to a grinding halt. Flashes of insight, lightning dancing across a dry midnight on the desert plain, illuminating what’s stuck. If at first you don’t succeed, try again this time with humor.

9/9-10 Wandering moon gives us time to finish up business and get routine stuff done. There’s a little heart tenderness happening today, we find it easy to yearn for the love we think we’re missing. Soothe yourself by knowing that the loving you muster up for yourself comes back to you in Divine time. Send love to the universe http://www.spcare.org/practices/lovingkindness.html 9/10 is a mellow day for the usually energetic Sagittarius moon. She prepares for the activity of tomorrow.

9/11 First Quarter moon in Sagittarius and Sun in Virgo. How to accomplish the nuts and bolts of life while staying true to the journey? It’s the practical questions that send us into deep questioning. We’re feeling the beginning of a later week Sun square Pluto, the dynamic of might meets right. We ask the question: is coercion and force ever useful? With this aspect, the pot you innocently left on the back burner turns out to be more of a pressure cooker. Venus moves into the sign of Scorpio today until 10/06. During this time Lady Love is searching for the quality of connection that wants to know it all. Dissatisfied with the superficial, this lady digs around in your past, your secret desires, and the skeletons in your closet. Relationships have undercurrents and we now see them as though a river, wide, deep and powerful. Through love, learn to corral the watery forces of emotion, possession, desire and seduction into a potent love spell. The kind of love spell we’re looking for transforms vulnerabilities into tenderness & depth, a true capacity to be with & transform the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you experience guerilla tactics, look past the blood, hiss and spit. Venus reveals depth insight into why you’ve provoked this particular response. Remember, even though one of you initiates the seduction, it takes two to tango.

9/12-9/14 this week power structures may change, perhaps in authority or reporting structure. A task may seem to require enormous strength and although concerned about overstretching our resources, they seem to be there in the nick of time. It does take some willingness to look, and a good dose of realistic assessment, balancing time to resources, Virgo style. 9/12 We have the energy to tackle business matters this week kicked off by Moon in Capricorn. This is good, because we have a lot on our plate. 9/13 is the big push; Sun trine Mars is the heave ho! supplying the green light for whoever needs to be moved off the ship deck. Roll up your sleeves and tackle the project that will, like a linebacker, take you down if you’re not already on your way to the goalpost. Gentle nudges throughout the day support the former, not the latter. 9/14 Moon in Aquarius encourages seeing with new eyes. This week’s energy may’ve felt heavy or harsh but we’re trying to put our mind on progress in the midst of long-term demolition project. What is torn down must be built up again. Options seem restricted but we find the focus to work it out. Like an engineer looking at the bugs, you are the architect of your universe.

9/15-9/16 if Mother Nature assigns all of her creature’s job titles the spider is ‘head architect’. My good luck charm, the spider is never without an elaborate and intricate web of connection. Although we may not know the grand design, we work on one strand at a time, knowing one strand will weave onto the next. Even in the face of fear, our visionary self knows its beautiful snowflake design. As we hatch the next plan, recognize that each action we put into the world sends a ripple effect into many other parts of our lives. Practical activism advice: immediately turn any negative thinking into acts of concentrated effort.