As the Moon moves through Aries, we may experience a burst of initiative, an impulse to act, to take risks, and to blaze some headway on projects that have been waiting for our attention. With Mars, the ruler of the Moon, continuing its journey through Virgo, the drive to remain practical and precise in our efforts can ground the otherwise combustible energy of the Moon in Aries. By the evening, the Moon will receive a superior square from Saturn. Saturn is retrograde and approaching its station in Capricorn. Whatever momentum we might be building throughout the day will hit a limit, a non-negotiable wall that stalls our charge. When you encounter these boundaries and limitations, you can try to push or break through, but what if you instead allowed yourself to pause and be still? What might you recognize or learn from the patient observation of the places that present resistance?
Over the last year, I have begun to explore more astrological and planetary magic. Witchcraft and astrology have both been part of my life for a long time, but coming from primarily Wiccan and earth-centered pagan traditions, for the most part, the lunation phase and sometimes the sign of the Moon have been the extent of astrological influences on my rituals and spellcraft. Sometimes I would pay attention to planetary days and hours—which I had read about in medieval grimoires like The Key of Solomon the King in high school and college—and I learned about planetary correspondences to chakras, mudras, and mantras in my yoga training, but these rarely shaped my witchcraft. However, the deeper I have come in my study and practice of astrology, the more I’ve come to appreciate the meaningfulness that can emerge from working with astrology as a system of timing and an assemblage of temporalities. Most of all, exploring planetary magic has given me more of a felt experience of astrology, tuning into the subtle sensations and felt sense of each planet and sign.
This week, I’m going to post a series of short practices for connecting to each of the traditional planets on each of the days that they rule. Rather than complex or elaborate operations for working with planetary magic to make things happen, I’m approaching these practices more from the definition of magic that comes to us from Dion Fortune: “Magic is the art of changing consciousness at will.” For each day, I will offer a brief table of correspondences and a few suggested practices for shifting awareness to the sensations of each planet, for tuning into how each planet feels to your body. We’ll start today, Sunday, with the Sun.
The Sun is one of the two luminaries, along with the Moon. It is the life-giving star at the center of our solar system. The Sun emits, it illuminates, and thus is associated with our faculties of perception, with seeing and being seen. It is often associated with the ego or identity, that which persists—because of its steady, continuous motion and because in comparison to the Moon, its shape remains constant. It can also be associated with recognition and honors, achievements, and the father or paternal figures. It rules the sign of Leo and is exalted in the sign of Aries.
For today—or on any Sunday—you might make a small altar for the Sun with the things you have available. You can look to the list of correspondences below for the kinds of colors, stones, numbers, and tarot cards you might incorporate. Add things that you associate with the Sun—maybe sunflowers or photos from the beach or bright lights or candles. Once you build your altar, take some time to take it in as an aesthetic experience. Notice how being with your altar makes you feel. Drop your attention down into your body and observe what sensations arise as you observe the objects you’ve gathered for the Sun.
You might go for a walk in the Sun and feel its light on your skin. This is a wonderful way to experience directly how the Sun feels within your body.
Whether you are working with or without an altar, whether you’re walking or sitting in the Sun or whether you’re indoors, I invite you to take some time to meditate with the Sun. It could be five minutes, ten minutes, or longer. Visualize the Sun in your mind’s eye, or visualize the glyph of the Sun. Notice what your body feels like sitting in the sunlight or imagining the Sun. Remember or call up experiences in which you have felt seen and recognized for who you are; notice what that feels like in your body. Consider visualizing or imagining that sunlight is filling your body—bright, glittering, golden, and warm.
In meditations like this, I also work with mantras coming from the yoga tradition. For working with the Sun, I use the mantra: “Om Sri Suryaya Namaha.” I use a mala and repeat the mantra 108 times. I also sometimes use mudra, described below.
However you spend your time meditating on the Sun—repeating a mantra, visualizing or imagining sunlight throughout your body, recalling experiences that you associated with the Sun’s significations—tune in to the sensations that begin to accumulate. These could be physical or they could be more subtle energetic shifts in your awareness. The practice here is for the Sun to become more than just an abstract symbol or something that we think of as “out there” in space. As you begin to notice what the Sun feels like within your body, this becomes a state that you can return to and work with in your magic, and how you understand the Sun astrologically—in your chart or in its transits—will begin to take on more embodied significance as well.
I will be posting similar practices for each of the planets for the rest of the week, so please follow along as much as you like!
Colors: Yellow and gold
Metals: “Egyptian glass and azernec (cupric oxide)” (Picatrix)
Stones: “albezedi and diamond and red pearls and stones that are sparkling and clear and part of hematite and azumbedich and ruby and the balassus ruby and gold marcasite” (Picatrix); I also strongly associate citrine and other yellow, golden stones with the Sun
Chakra: Ajña, the Third Eye Chakra
Mantra: Om Sri Suryaya Namaha
Mudra: The ring finger is associated with the Sun, so I use Surya Mudra (seal of Sun/life)—bringing the tip of the thumb and ring finger together, with other fingers extended
Tarot: The Sun
Kaitlin Coppock of Sphere + Sundry also has a beautiful series of Sol in Leo talismanic offerings for supporting you in nourishing the light of the Sun in your life: https://sphereandsundry.com/product-category/series/golden-sol-in-leo/
I love Kaitlin's work, which has been a huge support to me as I have developed my own astrological magic practices.
Kaitlin Coppock, “Planetary Magic: A Beginner’s Guide,” WellBeing Astrology 2020, editor Kelly Surtees, Universal Media Co, 2019: 92-95.
Austin Coppock, “Intro to Planetary Magic,” https://austincoppock.com/shop/intro-to-planetary-magic-course/ [online course].
Richard Fish and Ryan Kurczak, The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology: The Foundation Course (Asheville Vedic Astrology, 2012).
Cain Carroll and Revital Carroll, Mudras of India (London: Singing Dragon, 2013).
Gertrud Hirschi, Mudras: Yoga in your Hands (York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, Inc, 2000).
Thomas Ashley-Farrand, Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing (New York: Ballantine Books, 1999).
Richard Palmer, “Delving Into Tarot and Astrology in the Golden Dawn Tradition,” Biddy Tarot, https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-astrology-golden-dawn/.
Joe Rao, “When, Where and How to See the Planets in the 2019 Night Sky,” December 27, 2018, https://www.space.com/39240-when-to-see-planets-in-the-sky.html.
With the Full Moon in Pisces reaching its climax at 12:32am Friday night, we’re coming into Saturday carried on the deep waves of sensitivity, empathy, and compassion. Seeds that were planted at the New Moon in Virgo on August 30 may be coming to full bloom and fruition. As a mutable water sign, Pisces asks us to be emotionally adaptable to changing conditions, devoted to connections that dissolve the distinctions between self and other. Reciprocity and responsibility will be themes of the day. “Responsible” is not a word often associated with Pisces or its ruler Jupiter, but this Full Moon invites us to remain open and emotionally responsive, exercising our ability to respond (response-ability) as we feel into the world around us. Similar themes will be taken up by Venus and Mercury as both cross the threshold into harmonious, balanced, judicious Libra. A cardinal air sign, Libra seeks out many different perspectives and is ready to take action in a way that holds difference and multiplicity in a careful commons. Venus is in its domicile in Libra, emphasizing cooperation and collaboration in love and union. Mercury in Libra thrives on diplomacy, communicating, translating, and carrying messages between different points of view.
Through this all, however, Mars in Virgo is standing in opposition to Neptune in Pisces, just a few degrees off of the Full Moon. Mars in Virgo is the practical warrior, challenging our fantasies, determined to cut through the fog of altered states to bring us back to earth. The force of disillusionment may slash through our dreams, demanding clarity about what is and is not possible. You have to decide which dreams and fantasies you are willing to surrender, and in what ways you are committing to imaginary realities that your circumstances are denying.
Finally, the Moon enters Aries and moves right into oppositions with Venus and Mercury in Libra. Aries introduces the charge of individualism, the impulse to pursue your own needs and desires. This may feel in tension with the deep collective feelings lingering from the Full Moon, as well as Venus and Mercury’s Libran tendency to hear all sides and work together to begin something new. As Mars, the ruler of the Moon in Aries, separates from its opposition to Neptune, the Moon’s ingress into this cardinal fire sign can give us the fuel and spark to act on our fresh revelations, deciding for ourselves: what are the risks we are willing to take?
As we approach the Full Moon tonight, today is full of aspects. After days of moving together within a degree of one another, Mercury finally conjoins Venus in the final degrees of Virgo. This could be a morning for love letters—to your loved ones and to yourself—sending and receiving messages of affection that nurture your constellation of relations. The Moon in Pisces sextile Saturn retrograde in Capricorn is a gentle reminder to check in with your boundaries. In the expansive waters of Pisces co-present with Neptune, the lines between self and other can be blurry, and this can be sweet and affirming. At the same time, be clear what is and is not your responsibility to take on. The Moon receives a superior square from Jupiter, its ruler, which will be an affirmative push to support acting on the truth of what you are feeling. The Sun in Virgo perfects its trine to Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, bringing light and life into our hidden places. In the midst of all the feeling and checking in with boundaries, what has been in the shadows that you are finally ready to see? The Moon opposes Mars in Virgo just before it conjoins Neptune, bringing up ambivalent feelings of separation and union, alienation and belonging. Confronting the ways in which we feel disconnected or cut apart is part of the path of recognizing that we are inextricably connected to something larger than us all. The Moon will be full at 12:32am eastern tonight, so take a step outside and soak up all that beauty.
Just before dawn (eastern), Mars in Virgo applies a superior square to Jupiter in Sagittarius. This is a condition of maltreatment, and Mars has the upper hand in this aspect. This could be a day when hopes are challenged or you find your optimism facing conflict. You may feel yourself cut off from experiences of abundance, or the poison of comparison—between what you have and what you do not have—may encroach on the day. Jupiter in Sagittarius is resilient, however. Remember the teachings of the wise ones in your life. Remember how far you have come, because the journey has prepared you for this moment. Shortly thereafter, the Moon enters Pisces. Awash in sensitivity and with its ruler Jupiter under assault, don’t be surprised if something breaks open and feelings begin to flow. It’s quite a shift from the distance and cool analysis of Aquarius. Here we are brought back to the waters of felt conditions—the waves of joy, suffering, and union. The Moon’s sextile to Uranus in Taurus may shake us, but it is in the service of allowing ourselves to feel more.
The day begins with the Moon in Aquarius making a sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius. As the Moon seeks distance in order to see the big picture and press at the outer boundaries of existing systems, Jupiter lends its abundant support. With Saturn, the ruler of Aquarius, continuing its retrograde journey through Capricorn, it may be a time for reviewing long-established structures as we grow to imagine and envision what might be possible on the other side of these walls. Now in its waxing gibbous phase, the Moon is reminding us to refine the lessons we are learning and the offerings we are preparing to put out into the world, while also remembering that perfectionism is an unsustainable defense against vulnerability, judgement, and shame.
Moon sextile Jupiter is the only aspect of the day. By some modern definitions, this would be called a “void of course Moon.” However, the Hellenistic description of this condition--kenodromia, or “running in the void”—required that the Moon make no aspects within the next 30 degrees, seemingly regardless of sign boundaries. As the Moon will make a sextile to Saturn at 13º Pisces on Friday, September 13, this does not quite fulfill those conditions. It does nevertheless make for an uneventful period with little new activation of astrological themes. With retrograde Saturn ruling the Moon, there may be even more inertia and drag throughout the day.
Early this morning, the Sun in Virgo will oppose Neptune in Pisces. We might feel pulled between what we can see right in front of us and what we can sense or feel beyond the veil. We may be invited to hold or reconcile the realities of the world in which we are living and the visions, dreams, and spells we are holding for worlds that are yet to come. Utopian worlds. Fugitive worlds. Today we may be asked to live through the paradox of embracing the world in which we are living—the only world we have—while also doing the deep, devotional work of imagining and working with future worlds that are free from domination, exploitation, and oppression. As the Moon in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus, we may feel the collision between different ways of carrying on, as well as different ways of approaching change. Take care of your body. Notice and honor what you are feeling, and respond with compassion. Allow yourself to zoom out to a broader scale, a bigger picture, in order to understand how what you are experiencing right now is part of things that are so much larger than you.
The drive and determination of Mars trine Saturn carries us into the week, just as the Moon in Capricorn makes a trine to Venus in Virgo. These are not easy signs for either of them—Venus in its fall or depression, the Moon in its detriment or exile—but as the day and night rulers of the earth triplicity, this trine could bring up opportunities for solidarity in struggle. As Black feminists like Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Angela Davis, the Combahee River Collective, and others have taught us, our movements must not be driven solely by the struggles of a single identity position or social category. Rather, we must affirm our differences as a vital resource, learn from those who experience oppression, displacement, or marginalization differently, and move together in ways that respond to our different needs together across our affinities. Venus and the Moon find affirmation and support across this trine even if both also faces challenges in different ways. In the evening, the Moon enters Aquarius and its waxing gibbous phase. In aversion to both malefics, the Moon can use this time to clarify and perfect what we are learning in this lunation cycle as we approach the full moon in Pisces.
The Moon conjoins Saturn in Capricorn just as Mars in Virgo is approaching its trine to Saturn. Mars trine Saturn feels like determination and drive, directing the assertive charge of Mars into the patience and persistence of Saturn. With both in earth signs, you might ask yourself: what am I building? What are the material results of my efforts? Hours later, the Sun will perfect its square to Jupiter. This aspect illuminates what’s possible, and maybe also pushes us toward our own growth. Both are in mutable signs, so coming to consciousness about what else might be possible may require you to change and adapt to what is coming into view. As the Moon makes a trine to the Sun, it is a reminder that we aren’t alone. The Moon in Capricorn is technically in its detriment or exile, displaced from the resources of its home. This trine from the Sun as the Moon pushes through its quarter phase gives us the radiant support of the life-giving star. Listen for insights from beyond ordinary reality as the Moon moves through its sextile to Neptune in Pisces. Finally, Mercury in Virgo completes its trine to Pluto in Capricorn exactly as the Moon conjoins Pluto. As fast-moving Moon and Mercury both connect with the long, slow, transformative processes of Pluto, we have an opportunity to check in with where we are in this journey through our underworlds. Feel into your body, maybe take some time to journal: what beneath the surface is changing? Where do you still need to let go in order for transformation to take place?
The day begins with Mercury in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces. Deep dreaming and inspiration may become available to you in ways that pull you in a new direction. Try to articulate the visions that come to you. Neptune in Pisces can be a source of spiritual transcendence, opening us beyond our perceived edges and limits into the vastness of collective consciousness. It can be overcoming. We may feel undone by the depth and breadth of the world’s feelings, especially in days of so much suffering. Mercury’s task is to translate Neptune’s visions into forms that can be shared; it may not come easily, but Mercury exalted in its domicile of Virgo is up to the task. Take the time to meditate, to sense, to feel, and vision, then put pen to paper or sit down at your keyboard to translate the messages that come to you. Later in the morning, the Moon enters Capricorn, the sign of its detriment or exile. Moon in Capricorn can feel lost or displaced. There is some mitigation through reception from Saturn, currently retrograde in its domicile of Capricorn, but resources may be slow to come. As the Moon makes a trine to Uranus in Taurus, we may find ourselves even more outside of our comfort zones, but this discomfort may provide insight into deeper and longer processed of radical change.
My dear friends at WitchLab here in Columbus, OH, just posted this interview we did about Co. WitchLab has been a generous host to this work for all of my in-person consultations, and I am so grateful to be in community and reciprocity with them. I am sharing the text of the interview here as well:
Hello Michael! Before we get started talking about your services, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I’m originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I’ve been a practicing witch for almost 20 years; I was born and raised in a conservative Christian family, and I took refuge in Wicca and Goddess spiritualties at the end of high school and beginning of college. I moved to Ohio in 2008 to pursue graduate studies at OSU. I now hold a PhD in Dance Studies, and I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance, Queer Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies at Denison University. Throughout these years, I’ve continued to develop my practice of witchcraft, studying with different teachers and traditions, incorporating critical feminist and queer perspectives into how I think about and practice the craft, and finding more and more connections between my witchcraft, my art, my scholarly research, and my activism.
People can learn more about me and my practice on my website: http://www.michaeljmorris.co
What is Co witchcraft?
“Co” is the name I gave my consultation practice in which I bring together different traditions and techniques that I’ve studied and practiced over many years—including astrology, tarot, Wiccan ritual practices, breathing and meditation techniques that come from the yoga tradition, and other embodied practices. Co stands for: connect, collaborate, cooperate, commune, conjure, combine, compose, co-create, corporeal, continuity, contradictions, contentment, co-presence, companionship, compassion, configure, contact, conjoin, courage, and collective liberation. It’s a list that could go on and on. These are the words, ideas, values, and practices that shape the work I’m doing with people. The prefix “co-” means “together, mutually, in common,” and these sentiments are at the heart of what I believe about magic, healing, and justice: these are practices that we do together, in connection with others, including both the human and the more-than-human—the earth, the elements, the stars and planets, the ancestors, and so on. Our collective liberation is never separate from our personal healing, and doing this work together is one of the ways that we can begin to repair the disconnections that are the source of so much of our suffering.
For me, witchcraft has become a kind of “carrier bag” of practices, traditions, and techniques that I use for making magic. Wiccan High Priestess Dion Fortune famously said that “magic is the art of changing consciousness at will,” and for me, witchcraft is a whole array of practices with which we practice shifting and expanding consciousness. Through Co Witchcraft Offerings, I provide resources and support for people in shifting their own consciousness and creating magic in their own lives.
What inspired you to bring this service to the table?
We are living in relentlessly troubled times. Between climate crisis, racism and white supremacist nationalism, the ongoing assault against women and femmes, constant violence and harassment of queer and gender-nonconforming people, the crippling weight of capitalism, and what feels like unprecedented experiences of loneliness, isolation, and despair, it seems like we need to be offering and developing more strategies for surviving and flourishing. These practices have sustained and inspired my living again and again. It’s time to share them with other people, offer them as resources for others trying to find meaning and purpose as they navigate the complexity of our world.
Who would this service benefit?
I think these consultations are for anyone looking for a collaborator or companion in their journeys of healing, of working to know and understand their place in the world, or of trying to make sense of big or challenging questions. I’ve worked with people who consider themselves to be witches and simply wanted an ally in examining their natal chart or reading tarot cards as they faced major life decisions. I’ve worked with people who had some familiarity with astrology but wanted help synthesizing and making sense of their natal charts. I’ve worked with people who had no experience with astrology, tarot, or witchcraft, but had an abiding sense that there was more they could know. I’ve worked with queer and trans folks who were trying to find their places in a world that regularly tells us that there is no place for us. I’ve worked with people in ongoing practices of healing particular traumas, and astrology gave them another perspective and set of tools with which to support their healing. I think something all of these folks have in common is that they weren’t looking to me to be an authority on their lives or to give them some kind of prophecy about their future; rather, they were all engaged in processes of making meaning of their lives, they were committed to expanding their own view of their situations, and they invited me into those processes to use the tools I can offer to support them in the work they were doing.
Can you please tell me why you think people should try it out?
Honestly, the first thing I thought when you asked this question was that I hope people try it out if they feel alone. If they feel like they’re waking up day after day to a world in crisis and struggling to experience connection in ways that support them. If they’re exhausted with living in ways that are habitually depleting, unfulfilling, or disconnecting. I hope people choose to work with me because they want support in making meaning and finding healing in their own lives, and they’re open to astrology, tarot, ritual, and meditation practices being useful tools in these processes.
What should someone expect the sign-up process to look like? What will they need to provide?
People can sign up for sessions through the contact form on the bookings page on my website: http://www.michaeljmorris.co/bookings.html
There are two main decisions they need to make before booking a session:
1. Do they want to meet in person at WitchLab or would they prefer to do the consult over Zoom video call?
2. Would they prefer to work with astrology or tarot as the center of our work together? In each session, I begin and end with simple ritual and meditation practices that support us in integrating what we learn together, but at the heart of the consultation is either reading their natal chart or reading tarot cards. These are two distinct traditions, and each offer different approaches to making meaning. If people are unfamiliar with astrology and tarot, they can read my description of these practices on my website: astrologyand tarot.
If people want to work with astrology, the information I need at the time of booking is:
-Their date of birth
-Their exact time of birth (usually found on the birth certificate)
-The city where they were born
How long should a client expect to be in session?
Sessions are between 60-90 minutes. This work takes time, and a lot of our time is spent in discussion. Sessions usually go a full hour, then we have some flexibility in the last 30 minutes to talk more or work through things that have come up. It’s not uncommon to use the whole 90 minutes, but the length can be tailored to what people need.
What sort of fees are associated with the service?
The majority of sessions are available at a sliding scale ($100-$150) in recognition of income inequality in order to make these services available to more people. What that means is: if you make more money, please give commensurate compensation in order to support those who cannot afford to pay as much; if you make less money, please pay what you can within the sliding scale.
As a participant in reparative justice, I also hold sessions each month free of charge for people of color and Indigenous/First-Nations people. These sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If these are communities to which someone belongs, they can let me know at the time of booking, and I can work with them at the next available time free of charge or for whatever amount they feel comfortable offering as compensation.
Early this morning, Mercury applies a square to Jupiter just as the Moon conjoins Jupiter in Sagittarius. With the Moon conjunct Jupiter in its domicile, we may be feeling supported and well-resourced as we move into spaces of new possibility. This aspect to Mercury might push us to name what feels open and available to you right now, write down what you want to accomplish, and make a plan for how to do it. As the Moon moves into a square to Neptune, uncertainty may settle in, and focus may become a challenge. Even if you find yourself adrift in a haze, know that it will pass. Venus overcoming the Moon through a superior square draws us back to that which we love. A valuable question could be: how can you be in service to what you love? As you come out of Neptune’s fog, let your devotion be your compass. As Venus makes a superior trine to Pluto, look to experiences of beauty and connection for their capacities to support you in transformative processes. Seek out art or loved ones that truly move you, and allow yourself to be moved.
We start the day with the Moon in the first degrees of Sagittarius, co-present with its benefic ruler Jupiter. Optimism, hope, and expansive perspectives set the tone for the day. Mercury applies a trine to Saturn, which is an opportunity to check in with our boundaries and limits. Have you been clear with yourself and others about what is and is not okay? Brené Brown teaches us that the most compassionate people are also the most boundaried; knowing your own limits and communicating them effectively is what will allow you to hold the most generous perspectives of others. It may be that you will find your boundaries being tested as the Moon is overcome by a superior square from Mars. Mars is the planet of severing and separation, and as it overcomes the Moon, we may find our sense of safety and security is challenged. We may even have to step away from a situation that could cause harm. At the very end of the day, the Moon makes a square to the Sun, entering its waxing quarter phase. As we get clear on the lessons that this lunation cycle is teaching us, we may be called to put that learning into action, to take a risk and learn through the doing. There could be growing pains—like a seedling pushing its way through the soil to establish its roots and find the light above—but facing these potential difficulties is a necessary part of the growth cycle.
The morning begins with the Moon in Scorpio making a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. In its fall, the Moon may still be feeling unrecognized, and our feelings may not feel validated by those around us. Pluto invites us to examine and transform the shadow. Notice what you’re feeling, then don’t be afraid to look beneath those feelings for the deeper needs or wounds that might be covered over. Almost simultaneous to the perfection of the Moon sextile Pluto, Venus in Virgo moves into an opposition to Neptune in Pisces. Venus in Virgo is practical and realistic, which may feel in conflict with the fantastic dream-world of Neptune in Pisces. Neptune in Pisces knows no limits, and may pull us into expansive feelings of possibility and union. Venus in Virgo will ask us to face our fantasies and our ideals for love and partnership, then get to work putting the practical details in place that can actually facilitate connection and union—organizing our planners, setting dates, and being realistic about what we have available to give. This could be transformative and grounding, if we let it, because if we set sail on the seas of unbounded fantasy, we may be asking for the fall of disappointment. Allow your fantasies to teach you about what you want and desire, then focus on taking the actual steps needed to make any of that possible. In the last minutes of the day (eastern time), the Moon slips into Sagittarius: a breath of hope.
In the early morning hours, the Moon in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. This aspect could feel like a jolt to the nervous system or a disruption to the body. In Scorpio, the Moon—which signifies the feeling body as well as our instinctual needs for safety and security—may already be feeling challenged, and standing opposite Uranus’ impulse toward revolutionary change, we may encounter deep feelings of anxiety or uncertainty. But with the rulers of both Taurus and Scorpio currently in Virgo, grounding will come through attending to the practical details of what needs to be done right now. Around midday, Mercury will conjoin Mars in Virgo, and we may feel emboldened to say what’s on our mind, even if it presents a challenge. Tempers could be agitated and conflict could be in the air, so be intentional about what you say to whom, how you say it, and why. The Moon moves through sextiles to Mars, Mercury, the Sun, and Saturn in rapid succession throughout the afternoon and evening, so feel into your body for insight into what needs to be done, what needs to be said, what needs to be seen, and when you need to wait or stop. Tonight, Mercury will make a conjunction to the Sun, a purifying cazimi that could bring a flash of clarity to your thoughts, your words, and the work actions they set into motion.
The Moon in Libra may be seeking social connections and gathering different perspectives in order to make sense of processes that are just beginning to unfold. As the Moon makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn, we may find ourselves at odds with positions of power with deep roots in the underworld of our daily reality. Look around you: as you learn to see from more and more points of view other than your own, do you find that deep injustices and abuses of power—such as centuries of colonization, enslavement, displacement, and dispossession—are becoming increasingly undeniable as the foundations of towering institutions that structure our contemporary global world? What are you being asked to confront? As the Sun makes a conjunction to Mars, we may experience uncommon clarity or understanding about the actions we are taking, a purity of focus that brings new vitality and visibility to the work that we’re doing. Whatever confrontation the Moon square Pluto is asking us to face, Mars cazimi in the heart of the Sun brings bold courage to separate from whatever is not serving life.
Venus in Virgo makes a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius midday eastern time. As one benefic overcomes the other, there is considerable support and affirmation for the changes with which we’re moving. Venus offers the meticulous clarity of Virgo to Jupiter’s expansive vision for all that’s possible at the horizons of where we are standing.
In the evening, the Moon will enter Scorpio, the sign of its fall, in the first few degrees of its waxing crescent phase. Even as the work at hand begins to become focused and clear, the Moon in its fall may feel unrecognized or even depreciated. It does, however, have reception from Mars through a sextile aspect, and Mars is still within 1º of an exact conjunction to the Sun. So even if you feel as if the work you’re doing—on yourself or toward the future—is not being seen, receive the resources that are available to you to sustain whatever you are doing.
As the Moon continues its journey through Libra, Mercury in its home sign of Virgo applies a trine to Uranus in Taurus, picking up on themes that were activated by the New Moon on August 30. You may be gathering information about the change that is already underway or strategizing the most efficient ways to communicate your new vision. A few hours later, Venus applies a superior trine to Saturn. The pressure or restrictions we might be feeling as Saturn moves retrograde through Capricorn could find some ease, comfort, or relief with this supportive aspect from the fair benefic. Venus is the planet of love and union. Saturn is strong in its domicile of Capricorn, so its rigid structures can be unrelenting. Venus, while in its fall in Virgo, is also in its triplicity rulership of the earth signs by day, giving Venus access to the conducive conditions of community support. Venus may be reminding us that we cannot face these struggles alone. Whose hand might you reach out to hold even as you come up against the resistance of systems and borders that seem indefatigable? Who are the communities where you can access love and care even when coming up against resistance that might seem immovable? Keep listening to the wisdom of your own body. In the evening, the Moon moves through its square to Saturn, and we may feel blocked or the weight of fear. But a few hours later, the Moon moves into an easy sextile to Jupiter in Sagittarius. Take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and feel how much your whole system can soften and expand.
Saturday starts with the Moon in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces. Both are mutable signs, well-versed in adaptability and transformation. This opposition may challenge us to articulate and execute the practical steps that are necessary to facilitate more expansive and lasting spiritual change—in our own lives and in the world around us. This process takes on even more gravity as the Moon applies a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto asks us to face what is hidden, buried, repressed, or unconscious in order to transform our shadows and the shadows of our world. Whatever change gets set into motion between the Moon and Neptune has the potential to bring up challenging or difficult issues, but facing it and moving into the challenge is in our best interests. As the Moon ingresses into Libra in the evening, we may find ourselves drawn back out from our personal processes of transformation, looking for social connection and orienting ourselves within a world of others. However, with Venus—the ruler of Libra—in Virgo, the Moon’s hostess is in aversion to Libra, unable to witness the Moon and unavailable to provide its resources. The opportunity for connecting with others may be there, but don’t judge too harshly if you find that you all feel preoccupied with the details of what is out of sight.
The New Moon at 7º Virgo happens Friday morning at 6:36am eastern, with the Sun and Moon trine Uranus in Taurus. This lunar cycle may begin with a flash of the unexpected or an eruption of revolutionary impulses that can no longer be contained. The New Moon is like the seeds of the lunar cycle, and Uranus is breaking up the soil in order for these seeds to be planted. The processes that begin around this New Moon have the capacity to overturn established orders and break through into innovative potentialities. Virgo and Taurus are both earth signs, and as I write this, the Amazon rainforests are burning at an unprecedented rate. Iceland just held a funeral for its first glacier lost to climate collapse. Flooding is occurring in communities around the world where flooding has never been a concern. We are in dire need for new physical processes and cycles that will break from the crumbling world as we know it and demand different relationships to the Earth. If you are someone who practices divination during the dark phase of the Moon—a good time for divination—I invite you to seek inspiration for new ways of being in kinship with this planet.
We can also look for these themes at the scale of our own lives: what are the physical processes that are no longer sustainable, that are depleting or exhausting your resources? Virgo is a mutable earth sign, and with support of innovative Uranus, this New Moon can be a time to refine, edit, and optimize your physical systems, how you care for your body, and how you relate to the material world.
By the afternoon, the Moon will make conjunctions to Mars and Venus, nourishing the seeds of this cycle with the calls to action and to love, the drive to take charge and the embrace of joining together. May we come into new, loving relationships with the Earth, and may that love propel us into action. In mutable Virgo, the start of this lunar cycle may require thoughtful adaptability, the results of which may not be clear until the Full Moon in Pisces on September 13 or beyond. On a personal level, look to the place that Virgo occupies in your chart for new growth that might be beginning, and look to the place that Pisces occupies in your chart for where you might see results of growth in the weeks ahead.
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Mercury enters Virgo, one of the signs of its domicile, in the morning, and is joined by the Moon later tonight. Mercury is strong in Virgo, adept at meticulous precision and managing the details of material matters. With the Sun, Mars, and Venus already in Virgo, joined by Mercury and the Moon, this shift is good news for all of these planets. In its domicile, Mercury is capable of being a generous hostess, sharing its resources with the other planets residing in its abode. Being in Virgo, Mercury is also said to be in its chariot, protected from the depleting rays of the Sun. Today you may experience the sudden arrival of clear thinking, articulate communications, the words and ideas you need to express in order to facilitate meaningful change. In these final hours of this lunar phase, the Moon’s conjunction to Mercury draws on its resources and skills. Whatever tasks or correspondences from this lunar cycle have yet to be completed, this practical conjunction offers a boost for finishing unfinished business and clearing off the to-do list. Projects and processes that began at the New Moon in Leo at the end of July may be coming to a close, and the Moon conjunct Mercury are lending the focus and clarity that we need to bring things to their completion.