New Moon in Virgo: Daily Devotions

The new moon in 22° of Virgo on September 14 (8:39 p.m. CDT) is a call to reinvent ourselves and initiate new pathways to healing. We bring attention and attentiveness to where we need order. We think practically and holistically about what needs refinement in our lives. Through this process, we deepen into what matters most and offer daily devotions to what feels genuinely sacred.

This new moon strengthens our intuitive perception so we can consider new points of view, adapt more quickly to needed changes and be open to innovative solutions.

We examine our options with precision and create practical strategies for sustainable changes.

To do this, we are asked to balance our analytical mind with our intuitive heart so that we can create space to deeply listen and trust our bodies’ wisdom. We practice being present with our feelings.

We access the field of grace through humility, surrender, and willingness to begin where we currently are.

This is the first new moon since Venus has gone direct, guiding us to integrate the themes of this lunar cycle and begin a new period of creativity, visibility and self-expression. 

We commit to the next steps that reflect value for ourselves. We honor our Sacred NO, being mindful of the expectations and obligations that come from the outside world, and validate our boundaries in order to create space to develop our cherished work.

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” 

Warren Buffett

We reflect on what isn’t serving us or useful so that we can embody more of who we truly are at the soul level into our daily lives. 

The intentions that we plant now will nurture our path to healing. We may see these seeds breaking ground around the full moon in February of 2024 and coming to harvest near March 14, 2025.

At the time of this lunation, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are all in retrograde. This cosmic energy supports us in introspection and contemplation. We are able to see ourselves in new ways, bringing further understanding of our patterns and motivations. 

This lunation reminds us of the importance of looking after ourselves and our wellbeing.

We reflect on the expectations, roles and rules that no longer uphold our evolution and ask where we can soften into a place of compassion and move forward with the next steps of our healing. This is a necessary time to rest and fill our cup. 

“When we are feeling overwhelmed, it’s usually because we’re under resourced.”

Nicola Jane Hobbs
Image Credit: Marc Tran

The Archetype of Virgo

Virgo energy signifies our body’s wisdom, health, and habits. We think practically and focus on the details which will allow us to improve our lives. This archetype learns by doing and understands the importance of devoting themselves to their craft and that good things take time.

Working with this energy, we learn to optimize our efforts by creating strategies, routines and systems that support our lives.

Working with this energy, we learn to optimize our efforts by creating strategies, routines and systems that support our lives. Virgo is associated with apprenticeship, training, and natural healing practices such as massage, flower essences and herbalism.

Virgo is also associated with purity and being whole and complete onto itself. This implies that we aim to live with integrity and are true to our spiritual path. In order to do this, we must learn to operate from an inner honor code. We give ourselves permission to check-in and take ownership of our actions and responsibilities. We know where we can’t be bought.

When we are clear on what our gifts, skills, character and values are, the divine flows in tandem with us to sustain our higher path of service. 

On the path of spiritual evolution, the Virgo archetype learns the art of healthy boundaries. They know to access the rescuer archetype’s empowered form, going where their soul guides them to serve and assist. They use their skill of discernment to assess who is in alignment with honoring their path, creative process and soul mission. They hold a high standard of integrity and self-respect that is truly sovereign. 

This archetype operates in connection with the divine in its highest expression, knowing what they bring to the table and allowing the divine to direct energy to where they are called to serve.

They stay true to themselves and their soul mission, evaluating what they do well and staying in their lane. They evolve past the need to prove themselves or seek outside validation to attune to a soul frequency, allowing them to serve without an agenda or attachment to the outcome. 

The creative expression within Virgo is most often linked to a practical application. They may recycle, repurpose something useful or connect us to our relationship with nature. They excel in exquisite details throughout their art and writing and intuitively bring organization into flow. Virgo has strength for editing what is extraneous while maintaining the substance within a body of work.

Virgo’s shadow emerges in the type of criticism that projects onto others what we cannot integrate within ourselves. It also may manifest as becoming a nemesis to ourselves, allowing shame to direct our choices into self-sabotage. We can cling to behaviors of working, rescuing, and co-dependence that enable more denial, burnout and chaos. Virgo can hold themselves and others to an unattainable ideal and be endlessly disappointed when human beings, in all their complexity, fail to meet their expectations.

Through the lens of perfecting what needs to be improved, we can lose sight of the magic and beauty in the world. The perfectionist can only see what is imperfect, concentrating on all the perceived faults and flaws.

We must remember that the path isn’t about right and wrong or striving to become an unattainable ideal; instead, we can begin where we are, learn through the process and bring more efficiency into our approach to life.

When Virgo is in balance, they can see the patterns in nature and systems and intuitively weave together parts into new integrated forms. Virgo carefully considers the needs of others and the impact of the environment and strives for improvement. 

“Perfectionism is not the same thing has striving to be your best. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfect, look perfect, and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of blame, judgement, and shame. It’s a shield. It’s a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from flight.”

Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

We Examine Our Distractions

Virgo is a sign that is associated with procrastination, denial and overwhelm. Because this archetype is good at rolling up their sleeves, getting to work, and showing up for others, it can be harder to see what is being avoided in terms of daily needs. We may also keep ourselves distracted so we never have to think about what we want because we don’t feel we deserve it. We procrastinate because we are afraid of failure and humiliation, and we unconsciously choose never to begin and take a chance. 

We may be excellent at organizing a creative project but avoid the pressing details in our self-care or health routines. If we continue to neglect and deny, this may perpetuate a crisis urging us to bring our attention to what needs order.

Working consciously with the Virgo archetype, we can learn where we turn away so we can consciously turn towards what we need to embrace and integrate with our humanness.

Through our healing journey, Virgo creates holistic systems, strategies, practices and medicines that inspire and empower others to heal.

This lunation invites us to get real about what we do to keep ourselves distracted, avoid our own needs and assess the results of our choices.

Virgo is the sign of understanding how things work together and how systems can run more effectively. Our willingness to explore the underbelly of our unconscious motivations can uncover important information about why we do what we do and it can also reveal what we require for our wellbeing.  

Distraction is a means for the soul to avoid taking the next step in its evolution. Our power comes from our willingness to take risks. We need to begin where we are and bring our attention to the task in front of us. The shadow side of Virgo may keep our minds preoccupied so that we don’t have to feel pain or embrace our flaws. But underneath the discomfort may be a belief that there is something wrong with us, and instead of facing it, we attempt to hide or manage it, which can lead to poor choices that don’t honor our self-respect. 

Discernment guides us into the most effective use of our time and energy. We learn to take conscious control over mundane details and reclaim our power from where we have neglected to show up or see the beauty and wholeness that was always there. We can observe what is useful, nourishing and purposeful in our lives and take the steps to tend to its growth.

“Results can only change when we change our consistent actions and make them habits.”

Billy Cox

We are Reminded to Have Faith

This cosmic weather offers new possibilities and opportunities, but it is essential to detach and allow the divine to show us the form. This time is filled with practical magic that can bring a creative idea into fruition. There is a sense of something new coming through and coming into alignment. We must intuitively follow our heart, as the way forward is led from this space of knowing rather than our rational mind. We are asked to keep the faith when our mind wants concrete evidence of our next steps or whatever we deeply desire has been delayed or doesn’t arrive by our ego’s timeline. We may struggle when our efforts have not yet shown us the expected results, and we are asked to surrender. We practice radical trust that there is a higher reason and that the Universe perfectly orchestrates the timing. We may be asked to pivot to something different than what we initially expected, but it will lead us to our next stage of growth.

“When I was willing to let go of what I wanted, I received what was truly mine. I’ve realized that the latter is always the greater gift.”

Anita Moorjani
Image Credit: Tanya Yatsenko

This New Moon Asks Us to think Holistically

Mercury is in Retrograde in Virgo and the ruler of this new moon chart. With so much emphasis here, we reflect on the systems in our lives and what we need to be more effective and efficient. Dreams can inspire, but through the Virgo archetype, we understand what will work on a practical level and how to implement an idea. Through this energy, we can develop the skills to become incredible technicians and craftspeople, learning to assess the systems in our lives objectively, honing in on what can be improved and putting the pieces of a creative vision together, step by step. 

New information comes to light, allowing us to see things from a completely different point of view. We are invited to face where we have held shame that has kept us from taking vital steps. We shed ideas connected to our perceived flaws and integrate our divinity with humanness.

We take action steps that align with self-regard and model new self-value for ourselves. We bring an integrated perspective to face what we have been avoiding, tend to our wellbeing and reclaim our innate completeness

This lunation encourages us to think strategically and holistically in our approach to what we wish to put into practice and find ways to support ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We develop systems that integrate our learning, refine our skills and enhance our lives.

The Invitation

This new moon serves as a bridge between dream and reality. It merges the ideal with what can be practically realized, grounding our creative vision into something tangible. We see what is viable, nourishing and purposeful in our lives and take the steps to tend to its growth. 

We are called to step into a new level of self-responsibility. The small, consistent choices that we make around what goes into our bodies and how we speak to and show up for ourselves become the building blocks that rejuvenate our cells and restore our vitality, fostering a state of homeostasis.

This lunation offers a mirror to recognize where we need to bring more attention and responsibility to what is ours and where we are asked to surrender what we have been holding to deepen our capacity to heal.

We gracefully adapt to shifting circumstances and trust our bodies’ wisdom to guide us through the next stages of the unknown in our lives. We can discover the divine through the details and begin to notice all of the divine perfection that threads through our lives.

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