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The New Moon in Virgo occurs August 29, at 3:19 am (PDT). During this lunation, the seasons change, and fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere. In Chinese medicine, the fall is a time of grieving and letting go. We honor the bright spring and summer months that have passed and begin to turn inward again for the darker months that approach. This lunation is a time of harvest, feasting, gratitude and preparation for what lies ahead. Historically, in the colder climates, preparation for the fall and winter months required attention to detail (chopping wood for the fire) and protection of the tribe and family (harvesting and storing enough food). In the modern industrialized world, many of us pay less attention to the turn of the seasons, as our very survival is not threatened. Though this is the case, we can still prepare for the darker months on an emotional and psychological level.

Virgo: It’s All in the Details

Preparation for change requires planning, organization and diligence. The sign of Virgo has long been associated with these skills, and this lunation presents a perfect opportunity for all of us to develop in these areas. Though other signs may get more of the praise and adulation, Virgoan qualities are required for maintaining the balance and even flow in our lives. Simple tasks, like sweeping the floors, taking out the trash, cleaning the house and throwing out all the clutter are essential for the day-to-day operation of life. When we clear away what is not needed, we make room for something new to take place. In this way, cleaning and organizing can become almost spiritual tasks. They allow us to both physically and emotionally let go of what is not needed from the past and prepare for the future.

Virgo and Feng Shui

Have you ever been in a room that feels dark and depressing? Perhaps the curtains are closed and there is dust on the floor and the furniture. Old papers and trash are lying around and picture frames are hung askew. Perhaps the room feels bad because unhappy people have fought or sat in stagnant emotions for a long time there. All rooms and houses have character. Even the most tidy, well-kept house can feel uptight and controlled. It is within these spaces that Virgo can play a role. The energy of Virgo asks us to breathe fresh life into our homes, allowing our living spaces to come alive and feel nourishing again. Watering the plants, opening up the curtains and the windows to let fresh air and sunlight in, lighting sage and cleaning up all have a dramatic and profound affect on our living quarters. We begin to be able to think more clearly. We feel more relaxed and vitalized.

The Chinese have a system of orienting homes and businesses so that energy can flow optimally and residents will feel the most nourished by their environment. This system is called feng shui. The placement of furniture, mirrors and the very architecture of a house are called into question. Ultimately, there is a desire to arrange our beds and chairs, desks and tables in a way that vitalizes and strengthens those who live and work there. We do not need to be experts in feng shui to practice this art ourselves. Perhaps you’ve noticed that your bed does not seem right in a certain corner, or that a table would fit better if it were turned to another side. This attention to detail may seem minor, but these Virgoan changes can actually have a profound benefit.

Virgo and Digestion

Along with cleansing your home environment, the Virgo New Moon is a good time to look at the health of your physical body—the home you live in all the time. Because most of us live in an industrialized world, we tend to eat more processed foods, breathe in pollutants and drink in chemicals from our water. All these substances can have a cumulative effect on our system, and this would be a good time of the year to cleanse out some of these toxins. Begin with trying to drink only filtered or spring water as our tap water is often adulterated. This is also a good time to start eating more organic and pesticide-free food. Chemicals have a dampening effect on the healthfulness of fruits and vegetables, and they become less nourishing and wholesome after being sprayed. If you eat meat, free-range animals are a good choice because they have not been fed antibiotic-laden food, which we then ingest when we eat most store-bought meat.

Mutable Energy and Your Health

With seven planets in mutable signs, there is a powerful sense that life is changing quickly right now. Mutable energy is quick, adaptable and molds to what is around it. With a strong emphasis on this modality, there is a sense that life could be a little unsteady and unpredictable at this time. It is important not to let yourself get carried away by any new current that comes along. Grounding yourself by cooking warm meals at night, and having quiet evenings alone or with family will help center you through this time. Try peppermint, ginger and lemon balm teas, which will help relax your nerves and strengthen your digestion. Virgo rules digestion, and you can aid this process by eating slowly and meditating for a few minutes before and after the meal. A few good belly laughs with friends over supper are also supremely helpful for nourishing the digestive tract.

Change

When change comes our way, we often become stressed and tense our muscles and our spine. When we become tight we can make choices out of fear and haste. In Buddhist thought, change is the one underlying principle that is inescapable. To deal with constant change, we need to find methods to let us find our way and flow with the currents of life instead of holding on tight and bracing for what comes next. The Virgo New Moon points us toward managing the simple things in life, balancing the checkbook, rearranging the furniture and taking the dog for a walk. Someone once said that how we do one thing is how we do everything. When we pour care and consideration into the littlest of tasks, we prepare ourselves for change with the same grace and mindfulness. Good health to you!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at jon_keyes@msn.com. Go to Jon's web site at jonkeyes.com

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  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
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