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September 06, 2018
Astrology by Rebecca Farrar of Wild Witch of the West / Collage by Janeva Zentz
Keywords/Themes: Routine, day-to-day living, work, analyze, wholeness, self-improvement, service, teacher-student, prevention, Earthly healing, scribe, writing, learning, concepts
Virgo, as the only human form on the zodiac, brings us down into practicality. As the scribe, writer, and messenger, writing and clear communication take precedent. Be mindful of know-it-all or overthinking tendencies (guilty as charged) and analyzing to the point of detriment. In its elevated expression, Virgo pushes us to problem solve in service to be a better version of ourselves and to others, though often it can be taken as critical or judgmental instead of helpful.
One of my favorite aspects of Virgo is the connection to plants and botany, and its ability to organize and make sense of things. Though most importantly, Virgo maintains a keen sense of day-to-day life and how to make routine and habits work for us. As author Kent Nerburn says, “Ritual is habit…made holy.” Perhaps try a new habit such as meditating or eating more veggies, this new moon supports us in self-improvement that is grounded in reality.
With the Neptune opposition, the worry wart vibes may be high and it's best to navigate the energies through relying on our physical senses. We may seem more emotional as Neptune can overly empathize, but with Virgo's help we remain curious about the waves of feeling. The helpful trine to Pluto brings an element of dynamism and renewal- as a harmonious aspect this planet can elevate vulnerability in our communication.
The same day as the new moon, Venus moves into Scorpio and begins another 30-day cycle, this time exploring our relationship to intensity. Those with Venus in Scorpio in their natal chart may find an extra dose of needing to explore the depths in relationship this lunar cycle.
In Jewish tradition, this new moon is also the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and offers an extra boost of starting fresh. Use this almost-fall energy to sit with how your hard work over the past year has paid off and how to set better habits for the new Lunar Month/Jewish Lunar New Year.
Everyday Ritual Recommendations:
// BE // Mindfulness meditation practicing name thoughts without analyzing, perhaps utilizing a Focus and Awareness Kit.
// DO // Take a walk, perhaps bring a book for bird watching or plant identification or if you are really ambitious. Reorganize the closet.
// WEAR // Something practical and comfortable that is also good for work and errand running.
// EAT // Seasonal veggies and fruits, find basic guides online or head to the farmer’s market (Virgo loves a good grocery store stop)!
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Magic. We all know what it is. But when asked to define it, it can be a bit tricky to give it a good definition. So let's start with the basics. All types of magic have two parts: the belief part and the practical part. If you didn't believe magic was real, then why practice it at all? If you don't use magic for anything, why believe in it? It is worth noting up front that the magic this article talks about is also sometimes spelled "magick." This is mostly to distinguish it from the kind of magic with card tricks and rabbits being pulled out of hats. Another reason some spell it this way is because they use the "k" at the end to stand for "kteis." Kteis is a Greek word representing the passive or reproductive powers of nature. In this sense, magick is balanced against the oppressive aspects of more dogmatic religious traditions that seek to regulate individual behavior and enforce social norms.