“Solitude is not an absence of energy or action, as some believe, but is rather a boon of wild provisions transmitted to us from the soul. In ancient times, purposeful solitude was both palliative and preventative. It was used to heal fatigue and to prevent weariness. It was also used as an oracle, as a way of listening to the inner self to solicit advice and guidance otherwise impossible to hear in the din of daily life.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Moon is NEW in Virgo at 7am edt on Thursday, 9/17/20.
Sovereign Goddesses, Virgin Goddesses, Goddesses of the Wild Earth are calling us on this potent New Moon in Virgo. Where is your ground? Your earthy foundation? How are you manifesting? And how may these Goddesses facilitate a deep rooting and consecration to Earth Mother?
The Virgo New Moon gives us practicality, a move to assessment and organization, and this is available for our spiritual and devotional lives, as well as our everyday mundane lives. The big secret of Virgo is that she loves to make the everyday sacred, so acknowledge that energy and see how you may apply it.
Time to get our hands in the dirt, literally and figuratively. Virgo Moon amplifies our love of plants and herbs, inner and outer. Hustle up some delish plant-based dishes to eat during the New Moon. Head into your witchy cabinet and pull herbs, oils, and whatever else you need to unleash your Earth magick.
Mars just went retrograde on the 9th so beware the “loose cannon effect” that all that fire has unleashed. Virgo is a great place to ground and Libra Season will be coming to help balance. Mary Lomando has a great Mars class discussing all the Mars transits happening through the end of the year AND we did a Goddess Alive Radio podcast here.
The Altars have been very busy here at MotherHouse. Each morning I chant and pray and send out blessings and energy for our Community and beyond. For those who are in the path of the fires, for those who are getting hit with storms and hurricanes, for the Social Activists who are on the front lines, for all those who are suffering and feeling alone, the Goddesses are gathered, the candles are lit, and my chants and prayers are being offered for all of you every single day.
Blessings on this New Moon! Remember to set your intentions and offer them up to the Goddesses guiding us right now.
Some of my favorite things from this past week:
Free Demeter Goddess Meditation Circle on Saturday, 9/19/20
October Goddess Oracle Circle on Saturday, 10/17/20 (Space is very limited)
ABOUT THE ZODIAC SIGN OF VIRGO
Qualities: Sovereign, practical, organized, meticulous, compassionate, analytical, critical, efficient, composed, a bit of a worrier, a perfectionist, Virgin (Whole within Herself), independent, self-governing, service-oriented
Symbol: the Virgin
Element: Mutable Earth
Ruled by: Mercury
Astrological House: Sixth (health, wellness, occupation, daily practices and routines, organization, diet, alternative healing, pets)
VIRGO in the Body: Digestive System, Nervous System, Spleen
Crystals to sync to Virgo: Amazonite, Blue Apatite, Botswana Agate, Charoite, Chiastolite, Fluorite, Green Tourmaline, Jasper, Moss Agate, Petrified Wood, Peridot, Prehnite, Sapphire
Plant Allies for Virgo: Bergamot, Celery Seed, Chamomile, Cypress, Dill, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Morning Glory, Myrtle, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Valerian
Holy Woods for Virgo: Hazel, Birch, Poplar
Tarot Card: The Hermit
GUIDING GODDESS FOR VIRGO NEW MOON: RHEA
The Greek Goddess Rhea is considered one of the “Great Mother” Goddesses and yet there is not as much information on her as many of the others. She is a Daughter of Gaia ~ Titaness ~ Called Mother of the Gods (of the Olympian Gods) ~ Wife of Cronus ~ Mother of Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus ~ Earth Goddess.
Her abode is Crete and her sacred space is Mount Ida where there is a cave of bees that belongs to her. Mount Ida is where she hid Zeus as a babe from his father, Cronus, and, in some accounts, the bees were the divine nurses to Zeus.
Rhea’s name means “flow” and brings to mind the electromagnetic emanations of Earth, flowing from her to us, grounding us, centering us to her power. As Meter Megale (Great Mother), the flow also refers to the nourishing Mother’s milk, menstrual blood, and birth waters. Destiny, the flow of time, and the connections to the chthonic Ancestors are all under her influence as well. We are of her and in her in all ways.
In later times, Rhea becomes syncretized with the Goddess Cybele and even Hekate in Thrace. Animals that are associated with her are: a golden dog, goat, and lions. Pomegranates are a favorite offering. Drums and tambourines are used to connect, call, and worship her.
Rhea is calling us to activate the parts of our Selves that belong to Her. To tap into the blessings of Earth and remember that we are not separate from the Great Mother. As we enter this Autumn season, how can you sync with Earth? Use a drum to mimic her heartbeat or to raise your spirit and voice in joy to call Goddess. Dance with abandon, honor your FLOW, and allow Rhea to be your grounded sanctuary.
MORE GODDESSES FOR VIRGO NEW MOON
Earth Goddesses: Rhea, Gaia, Kore Persephone, Hera, Pachamama, Bhumi, Sita, Vila
Virgin Goddesses: Athena, Artemis, Diana, Hestia, Kumari, Minerva, Venus, Vestals, Zoryas
Sovereign Goddesses: Astraea, Danu, Demeter, Durga, Freya, Frigga, Hera (Pre-Olympian), Ix Chel, Kali, Lilith, Oya, Saraswati
Healing Goddesses: Hygeia, Kuan Yin, Tara
RITUALS, PRACTICES, AND WORKINGS FOR VIRGO NEW MOON
- Earth Magick
- Grounding and Centering
- Manifestation (especially for work goals)
- Job and Career Workings
- Priestess Work and/or Training
- Healing Work and/or Training
- Shamanic Work and/or Training
- Mantra Chanting
- Assessing and Renewing or Releasing Magickal Intentions
- Daily Practice Rituals
- Make offerings to the land and the spirits of the land
- Affirm your Sovereignty
- Ask how you may be of service to Goddess, to your community, to the issues that light you up
- Spruce your altars, temples, sanctuary
- Magickal and Healing Plants – incense, talismans, magickal sachets with herbs, crystals, and oils
- Working with Animal Allies
- Mindfulness Meditations
Colors to use for VIRGO Moon workings: Earth Colors, Brown, Gold (like grain), Green, White
This New Moon in Virgo is the precursor to the Autumn Equinox (September 23); when traditionally, we honor the harvest and the fruits of our labors. Throughout 2020, Mother Earth has been in turmoil, as the elements of fire, wind, water and earth continue to rage. This is a time of purification on planet Earth, as well as a time of transformational healing and renewal of life. The grounded earth energy of the Virgo New Moon will help to quell the fiery intensity of Mars in Aries as it retrogrades and squares the outer planets. Let us extend heartfelt compassion and prayers to all who have been adversely affected (humans, animals and plant life) by the unprecedented fires in the West, as well as the thousands of families who have been impacted by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and illness. On September 23rd, the Sun moves into zero degrees of Libra marking the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere; the day of equal light and dark. This is a time for restoring balance, harmony and peace within ourselves, with all our relations, and with the Earth Mother herself. ~ Mary Lomando, read the full Astrology Update
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