NEW MOON // ROSH HASHANAH
This Sunday, September 9th at 11:01am, there will be a New Moon in Virgo signallong the first two days of the month Tishrei which is Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year. This New Moon, therefore, has an even stronger new and numinous quality to it and allows us to revel in all its glorious new beginnings. Neptune is in Pisces directly across from the New Moon in Virgo. The Virgo/Pisces axis is the same axis of the last Full Moon, where our focus is with both the sacred and the mundane, in the life of our dreams and the details of our life.
VIRGO NEW MOON
Virgo is an earth sign that is highly discerning and obsessed with the details. It is important during this New Moon to watch our judgments of ourselves and of others. It is key to make sure that we are focused on our selves, what our goals are, and what steps we must take to get there. Virgo is about getting the little things done, so take this opportunity to see where some small steps towards our large dreams can be fulfilled.
To help us get out of our own heads and into the life that is staring right at us it is important to get into service. Virgo is very service oriented and there are a great deal of numinous feels that come from our altruism. Getting out there to do service work can be challenging at first, let's try not to make too big a deal of it. It can be the simple things in life, like helping someone out, smiling at a stranger, saying yes to that thing that would be a huge help to a friend. When we are in service to others we are therefore out of our own head, and what better place to be.
Things to remember on the negative side and judgy quality of Virgo. There is most certainly a difference between judgment and discernment. It is important to not be overly critical or nitpicky when it comes to our thoughts during this time, having an ability to see the grey in the midst of black and white is a skill that needs to be cultivated and bringing grace and an open mind is a practice.
DAYS OF AWE
In Jewish tradition, there is not one but two New Years to celebrate. There is one for linear time, and another for circular time. The first day of Nissan, marked by Passover, is the New Year of the seasons, of the cycle of the moon, and of circular time. Rosh Hashanah is the New Year celebrating the act of creation and our relationship to the Divine.
Rosh Hashanah starts the 10-day cycle that ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of At-One-Ment. These are known as the Days of Awe. The first two days of the lunar month Tishrei are when Rosh Hashanah is celebrated and is a time dedicated to coming into the New Year a better version of ourselves. This takes doing an inventory and deep examination of where we have wronged or failed ourselves, others, and the Divine.
With Neptune in Pisces across from the New Moon in Virgo, the Virgo/Pisces is lit up and extremely potent. Neptune deals with dreams, ideals, and the transcendent experiences that we have. And since Neptune rules Pisces it is comfortable there to dream the day away. It also means that while enacting discernment and getting organized because well, Virgo, we must also make space and time for our spiritual side. We can also use this space to think of ways and to do things that bring the details of Virgo and the transcendent of Neptune together. Taking an inventory of ourselves, as Rosh Hashanah requires, is one way, being of service to another human and then not telling a soul is another way, deeply seeing where our spiritual practice needs refining, and of course, detailing out a list of to do's to make our dreams come true!