Monday's New Moon in Virgo - "The Virgin," Mutable Earth, the month of Elul, the tribe of Gad, the Planet Mercury (Kochav Chamah - כוכב חמה) is closely followed by Rosh Chodesh Elul on Tuesday this week.
A "New Moon" is when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (at the same position) - this New Moon is close to where Venus (Noga נוגה ) is currently stationed, also in the early Degrees of Virgo.
Sun/Moon/Venus in Virgo is focused on "borer" - sifting, evaluating, choosing, discerning, separating that which is useful from that which is not. It's about cleaning the schmutz and preparing for use that which is sacred. Personality (Sun), emotions (Moon) and creative self-expression (Venus) all cry out for that "White Glove" treatment right now.
Mercury is a Planet that does "Double Duty" in the Zodiac. Ruler of both Gemini (Mutable Air) and Virgo (Mutable Earth), Mercury is the energy that facilitates communication. During Elul, we blow the Shofar every morning to COMMUNICATE - to our own souls and to the world around us - that Rosh HaShanah - the annual "Day of Judgement" of the World - approaches only a month from now.
It's a time to communicate - with our own souls, with our Creator - Who is especially available now, more than ever. It's said of Elul - "The King is in the Field," that is to say, He is accessible, on our level, He has left His palace and is wandering through "the Field" (the world where we live), where we can see, touch and cling to Him in love during this time - before Rosh HaShannah, where we will crown Him KING - in all His glory.
During Virgo / Elul, we "sift." Let's remove all the impediments to closeness between ourselves and HaShem, by removing those things that are no longer useful.
It's one thing to meet the King in the Field - another to see Him "all high and lifted up" upon a glorious throne. Virgo - Elul - is the time where He is close, and THE PLACE WHERE HE IS CLOSE is where Virgo / Elul falls in your Personal Natal Chart.
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Monday, August 22, 2011
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." ~Albert Einstein
It doesn't take an Einstein (as our Tribal grandmothers would say) to see the obvious: The Times, they are a-changing. Maybe a more apt lyric would have been: "It doesn't take a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows."
We feel it, we see it with our spiritual eyes, it's palpable to those who live right here at "Ground Zero" of all energetic realities - Jerusalem, Center of the Universe.
Diplomatic Venus is moving into practical, discriminating Virgo today (0 Virgo), and Mercury Retrograde continues it's second curtain-call through the final dramatic degrees of Leo. Tomorrow the Sun at 29 Leo, King of the Jungle, will oppose idealistic, distortion-prone Neptune at 29 Aquarius, the Mad Scientist.
The 29th Degree of ANY sign is what's known as a "Critical Degree" in Astrology. In the case of the 29th Degree, it's as if all the energy from the previous 1-28 Degrees have rolled downhill and pooled into the 29th Degree. It's the critical essence of a Sign - just as 0 Degrees of ANY sign is the absence of that essence, containing only the promise or potential.
Venus is almost DISABLED until it reaches 1 Degree (a Planet is not established in a Sign until it reaches 1 Degree). This gives the Sun-Neptune Opposition more weight, energetically. The absence of diplomacy and balance with the potential for fanaticism (Sun-Neptune opposition) does not create ideal conditions for an experience of undistorted reality.
Add Mars at the Cardinal Critical Degree of 13 Cancer (protectiveness, home, "mother," money, security) and it begins to sound a little like ... Elmer Gantry on steroids.
Beware of hyper-distorted, idealistic, delusional "humanitarian" (Aquarius) and ego-maniacal, fiery folks with a sense of self-righteousness, entitlement and "Destiny."
I'm just sayin' ...