Eclipse season continues this week as multitasking maven Virgo hosts a potent new moon and powerful solar eclipse in her meticulous, service-oriented sign.
On Thursday, September 1, pre-fall's first eclipse electrifies the skies with a solar (new moon) eclipse in sensible, structured Virgo. In fact, there are TWO major eclipses this month: the second, a lunar (full moon) eclipse in Pisces, arrives September 16.
While we hate to think of summer vacation EVER coming to an end, this eclipse puts us in a "back to work" headspace, and just in the nick of time with mental Mercury doing a retrograde (backward) spin through Virgo. But hey, the urge to be more productive has been in the air ever since August 11, 2015, when buoyant Jupiter moved into Virgo for 13 months. Those Jupiter-fueled plans — which may have involved starting a business, traveling, or studying — get an energizing burst from the Virgo new moon/solar eclipse.
It's time for action, and FAST, because abundant Jupiter soars into Libra next week on September 9. Circle March 12, 2017, for a manifestation date when the corresponding full moon in Virgo lets us harvest the seeds we plant near Thursday's potent new moon. And what a bumper crop this will be, since we are sowing with an eclipse!
Virgo is the ruler of health, organization, daily work and acts of service. Under this eclipse we could get serious about self-care. Preventive medicine is the best kind of all: eating fresh greens, exercising regularly, and deploying stress-busting treatments like massage and acupuncture). Ready to add some new cachet to your résumé? Look for growth opportunities within your company, or sign up for specialized training that can bump you to a new pay grade. Maybe you want to make a difference in the world — or at least your corner of it?
Virgo is the sign of selfless service. Seek volunteer opportunities where you can earn your Earth Angel halo. But whatever you do, make sure you have a solid plan in place for how to accomplish it. The eclipse will also form a tense square to structure-obsessed Saturn, helping us project manage our pipe dreams into tangible realities.
The Virgo new moon/solar eclipse reestablishes our connection to all things practical, sensible, and stabilizing. Virgo is one of the zodiac's three earth signs, urging us to renew our connection to nature and indulge in a hit of hippie-chic. Here are a few ways to powerfully manifest the lunar potential of this new moon.
1. Ditch the chemicals and go au naturel.
Radiant Virgo loves things clean, green, and as pure as humanly possible. Take a moment to read the labels on everything from the food you ingest to the products you slather on your skin and use to scrub down your home. While it may be impossible to eliminate chemicals from our modern lives completely, there's at least one toxic product we could always swap out with something Earth-friendly. Shop for seasonal produce at the farmers market — blackberries, purslane, dandelion greens — instead of the big chain supermarkets. Toss the animal-tested tinted moisturizer for an organic and eco-friendly blend that's probably better for your skin, too!
2. Perform selfless service.
Random acts of kindness are the Virgo way, leaving it as no surprise to us that Mother Teresa — the original hugging saint — was born under this zodiac sign. Wrap your head around the idea of helping someone without taking any credit for your good deed. Perform a good deed anonymously during this eclipse: You could make a cash donation to a good cause, pay for the person behind you in the latte line (and slip off before he can thank you), recycle the soda cans left behind at the park. Don't underestimate the power of a small act of good karma, or convince yourself that you're incapable of giving something even bigger.
3. Exercise to socialize.
Sacred self-care is the domain of Virgo, so this is the perfect time to hit the "Go!" button on a nutrition or fitness plan. Since chatty Virgo is also ruled by communicative Mercury, get your entourage involved in your health quest. Start a hiking group or join a running club in your area. Instead of rallying friends for a boozy brunch (not that they aren't fun every now and again!), start a practice of a yoga and fresh cold-pressed juice date with a friend. It's a lot easier to stick to your guns and find pleasure in life-affirming pursuits when you have some of your BFFs along for the ride.
4. Simplify, purify, and clarify.
Let's face it, poor Virgo can sometimes get a bad rap: the stereotype that Virgos are pencil-pushing and protocol-enforcing. And while there may be a little truth to that, the Virgin is also a master in the power of seduction. Barry White, Beyoncé, Gloria Gaynor, Richard Gere, LeeAnn Rimes, Amy Winehouse, Pink, and Lea Michele are all Virgos who have graced the planet with their sultry sex appeal.
Let's try a new and improved word for Virgo: the Purist. Virgo energy distills things down to their essence, pure and unfiltered. Virgo is green. Natural. Organic. Baby-faced. Unspoiled. Raw. A little bit closer to God. It's earth-based spirituality, plant medicine, the magic found in natural law. So use this Virgo new moon as your annual opportunity to purify. Where life has gotten complicated, simplify. Get back to basics. Act naturally. Restore order. Prioritize. Strip away what doesn't matter and make things sacred again.
5. Adopt a beginner's mindset.
The Buddhist philosophy of "beginner's mind" was made for overanalytical Virgo. The idea is to approach every person, experience, and action as though it's for the first time. That goes for your spouse of 40 years, your job of 20 years, all the people and things you take for granted. (Do we detect a gratitude list coming on? Grab your pencils!)
Mercury-ruled Virgo evokes our tendency to talk, think, and #obsess. Yikes! Buddhist thought and mindfulness is all about quieting the "monkey chatter" and being in the moment. It's the antidote to Virgo's overcritical and perfectionistic shadow side.
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6. Hold a newborn baby or adopt a furry little creature.
When Ophi's daughter was born almost six years ago, the first visitors to rush to the hospital were our Virgo friends, some of whom we hadn't seen for months. Funny enough, none of these women have kids of their own, but they're all enchanted by newborns — not to mention experts in soothing and swaddling. Our Virgo friends feel most identified with this newborn state, the fragility, fleetingness, and innocence of it all. The newborn state is the most Virgo-like, when all is pure, unspoiled, and utterly sacred. If someone you know has a new baby, visit and hold the little guy or girl (and she'll love you for it, trust us).
Caretaking Virgo is the sign that is associated with the nurturing of animals. Has the idea of adopting a furry, finned, or feathered critter been a recurring thought? Pop by the rescue shelter or let those pleading eyes in the window lure you into the pet store for a snuggle. There's a good chance you won't be heading home alone.
7. Add one new healthy habit to your daily routine.
Bike to the market instead of driving, or find a trail (urban or woodsy) and go for a spin after a long day at the office. Buy yourself flowers as a ritual every Friday. Wear shoes that actually support your feet and take a long solo stroll on a Sunday afternoon. Or, take a cue from Virgo "wellness warrior" Kris Carr and drink fresh green juice every day. They say it takes around three weeks to develop a steady new habit, so use the supercharged energy of the Virgo new moon eclipse to jump-start your path toward well-being.