Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Effective Date: September 1st, 2016
*taps mic* TESTING TESTING IS THIS THING WORKING CORRECTLY? Uh, oh hello, everyone, let me just pull myself together here. Thanks to Cancer and Leo season, I am in a bit of an indulgent coma as of late. I’m sparking up a bowl and pulling these cards while a friend (aka my Virgo secretary) is sending me a barrage of messages demanding that I get a Google Calendar and get my life together because if I double book people one more time I am going to get it (if this wasn’t a harsh reminder of Virgo season coming, I don’t know what is). I hope the confidence you built in Leo is solid because Virgo is going to tear us down like mean girls in hopes that we are really who we say we are. Holy fuck, Virgo. When I think about this Solar Eclipse, all that crosses my mind is: pick up your pencils and begin your test! This is a stark warning to all of you because as you read this, the Aquarius full moon Eclipse in Sun Leo has not happened yet. The shit that you do not slay during Aqua Eclipse will come back to bite you during this one. *Puts on some Virgo music (aka Austra) and begins divining*
The Sun (Page of Swords), Moon (Hangman), Saturn (9 of Swords), and Neptune (Empress)- Imagine it like this: 2016 has been boot camp to the extreme, and this summer has been your final testing rounds before we enter the battlefield of fall. Virgo is the last inspection before you are sent off, fresh buzz cut hair and shaking knees. Think of this Virgo as the drill sergeant who makes sure you know exactly how to do your prescribed duties. The checks that are deployed your way may be harsh (did the bitch learn this lesson yet?), BUT, remember, if you aren’t solid in your new power, you wont make to your destination. If a soldier doesn’t know how to perform his duties flawlessly (Virgos love that word) and flow with his fellow soldiers, he will die on the battlefield within the first 5 minutes. This is essentially what I see with the combination of The Hangman and the Page of Swords. Both hesitate and hold their ground – suspend their ego and analyse a situation to fucking death. Also, the page of swords is a ball of fucking anxiety and the only way to channel it is through using the over inspection as a weapon; become the activist reporter who kicks the politicians of your life in the teeth with missing details from their speeches. Show people, and yourself, exactly what needs to be adjusted while suspending your ego from the situation. Fuck, yeah, easy thing to ask of you, I know, but if you don’t make the anxiety ACTIVE instead of passive and eroding (which is strange to think about during a New Moon) , it will sink you to the bottoms of your emotional waters. For those of you with issues with anxiety, this moon may bring out the worst in you (Saturn as the 9 of Swords adds to this). At this point, Saturn will have gone direct again and our little Karma whirlwind will be turned back to harsh judgement mode. Ugh, all this Virgo and Saturn’s harsher influence just got my stomach in knots. This New Moon is not whispering, but shouting at me that an ego beating is on the horizon. But listen; there is power in creating a new ideal for yourself. All of the things you have learned int he past 6 months, it is now time to start planting the seeds of your ideals (Neptune and The Empress) – the seeds of what you have learned in Virgo the sign of learning. You’ll hear the New Moon whisperings when humanity calms down from the ebb of the full moon in Aqua. And just like after any rebellion, it is time to test the ideals of those that rose up to re-take the paradigm. Remember how I told you to strip down to the reality of the situation before you began fighting? I hope you did, because if you didn’t, your tower is going to get kicked down again, and you’ll have to wait for the next cycle before you can rebuild with any real strength.
Mercury (8 of Cups), Venus (3 of Wands), Jupiter (King of Wands), Uranus (6 of Wands)- So Jupiter will be in it’s final degrees of Virgo at this point right before it kicks it into Libra. This means he is going to be highly motherfucking Virgo. Our focus is definitely going to be drawn into the realm of Virgo like mad. There is victory in change (6 of wands), and we will be riding high from the victories of rebellion during the Aquarius Full Moon, but we must now get those lessons into motion. Your vision that you seek for the future will be found during this time. You will be speaking to others about moving on, changing things, altering and inspecting things to their fullest extent. Find the people who want to build and change with you – who aren’t afraid to have those intense, mind bending conversations that leave you both raw and exposed. This will be necessary at this time. Without these people and these conversations, the changes that need to happen just wont happen. You can’t inspect yourself on your own. You need outside perspective to let you know the things that your eyes cannot see. And when you get this information, it is best to act on it rather immediately. Don’t sit and dwell because this is just going to add to the anxiety of this lunation. Jupiter in Virgo is going to give us his final lessons, which include lessons of drastic humbling. You have received a lot of lessons about humbling during this Jupiter transit, and they are finally going to culminate in this New Moon Solar Eclipse. You don’t receive a lot of rewards during Jupiter in Virgo, but you get the little tools that, if used correctly, will help you build an empire.
Mars (The Moon), Pluto (The Magician)- Here is your power, darlings, and at first the sword that you will be given on the Aqua full moon will feel heavy, but the tests that are coming this Virgo New Moon are going to help you get strong enough to actually wield it and slice people (which is good because Libra season is coming and Libra always makes me want to cut a bitch). You are going to need to be totally and completely okay with any transformations that are trying to bust out of your subconscious. Trust me, shit will hit you from left field and you will be like, “What the fuck, when did I want this?” but you have. Think about it. Sit with yourself and be brutally fucking honest, because Virgo is watching (fucking emotional torture voyeurs that they are). Desires that have been secretly ruling you, stuffed deep down into your subconscious by your rational mind and the boundaries placed by those around you, are going to start emerging and you are going to have to start looking them in the eyes. Honestly, the best way to approach a Virgo is with pure integrity. If you acknowledge the ways in which you have been a fuck up and decide to actually work on them and learn from these lessons, you will excel during this new moon. If you don’t perfect yourself and your skills, you wont be able to accomplish the great feats you have your eye set on. It is this part – the practice and testing portion – that is where most people fail. Put your hubris aside during this Virgo lunation, or prepare to build a new life based on lies instead of diving into the heart of matters. This is your crossroad. Humble yourself and you will hear your directions.