Destiny doesn’t determine your identity. Your decisions determine your identity. The annual New Moon in Virgo inspires the zodiac to examine the choices we make in the habits we commit to. So that we might come to understand how our decided habits initiate the momentum which creates our identity. Last Virgo Season, I read James Clear’s Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones and it revolutionized the way I think of “Virgo”. Reason being, Virgo is often pointing the way to the simple, sometimes easy, and practical steps we can all take that improve the quality of our life.
From dedicating time and space that helps us listen to our emotional and physical body through routines and rituals to simply remembering to breathe with intention, the underrated wisdom of “Virgo” is in its simplicity. When it comes to improving our life, I think we often anticipate that the complexity of the solution absolutely must match the complexity of the problem. Sometimes that’s true. And sometimes it isn’t. The wisdom of all the earth signs is that life is complicated but truth is simple. Virgo’s wisdom, as the only mutable-earth sign, and so the one that helps us make transitions, reminds us that their solutions and approaches aren’t difficult but they’re different. What’s difficult is getting over our resistance to doing things differently. Transitions are difficult because they invoke a wide range of full-contact emotions; grief, anxiety, fear, excitement, ambiguity, etc. So “Virgo” - said simply - is the simple, transitional space that helps us approach life differently. With this idea in mind, consider how the New Moon in Virgo wants your intentions on how to approach routine and ritual more habitually so that you can turn towards transition more gracefully.
The work of Day Schildrect also really helped me frame “Virgo” as the sign that helps us transition through habitual routines and rituals in this quote of his, “Rituals are the rhythms and traditions that give us a sense of stability in the face of uncertainty by reminding us that there's always something we can do, say, or make that conjures awe, contentment, and gratitude. They give us a way to acknowledge through our actions that, as life changes, we too must change.” I put Schildrecht’s idea forward here because the New Moon is squaring Mars next to a fixed T-Square among Venus-Uranus-Saturn, so the resistance to small change is evident and so is the urgency, given the times we’re living in. This New Moon in Virgo thereby is asking for your intentions on the small, simple steps you can take in routine and ritual that inspire you to thoughtfully adapt into the changes that the Universe has provided.
Habits, Systems, Wellbeing & Routine
What does “Wellbeing” mean to you, Aries? The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: habits, routines, and health sector wants your intentions, contexts, and strategies that integrate mind, body, heart, and spirit “wellbeing”. Create stillness, intentionality, and deliberate space that inspires deeper contemplation and integrated action to receive the healing of this lunation.
Self-Disclosure, Charisma, Creativity & Lovability
Can you make vulnerability a habit, Taurus? The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: courage, risk, and emotional exposure zone wants your intentions on how you can regulate yourself while in fairly consistent vulnerability. I’m a firm believer that no act of courage or vulnerability goes unrewarded by the Universe so try experimenting with that premise and see what happens next.
Vulnerability, Home, Family & Emotional Agility
Pause for the cause, Gemini! The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: emotional intelligence, belonging, and home sector wants you to move through your emotions more mindfully and communicatively. Modernity - which moves too fast! - socializes us to speak too fast, too soon. Let this New Moon inspire you to pause, get curious about the emotion you’re feeling, and then language it carefully to others.
Curiosity, Observation, Dialogue & Active Listening
Expand your language, expand your world, Cancer. The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: communication, word-choice, and dialogue zone wants your intentions on how you can use your words carefully to improve the quality of your life. You’ll also want to incorporate a bit more structure to your communication which will activate more empathy in your life.
Finances, Security, Clarity of Values & Pleasure
Ground down, Leo! The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: income, integrity, and embodiment zone wants you to cultivate clear safety. Through living into your values to find integrity, connecting to the wisdom of your body, and living from a sufficiency - not scarcity! - mindset while imagining finances, this New Moon is here to help you feel peaceful, grounded, and pleasurable.
Identity, Desire, Autonomy & Freedom
Happy Birthday, Virgo! The annual New Moon in your sign wants your specific and courageous intentions for the new year. Tell the Universe all your birthday wishes and then watch what happens over the next 6 months. Normalize the fear of owning what you want while turning towards your desires with a bit more bravery, resilience, and grit in the midst of uncertainty.
Completion, Surrender, Healing & Spiritual Support
What do you want closure from, Libra? The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: surrender, healing, and completion zone wants to know what you’re hoping to be liberated from. Consider thinking traps, emotional patterns, partners, and any other context from the past that keeps you feeling disempowered. Once you clear what you can, you’ll be even more ready to receive new blessings during Libra Season!
Friendship, Activism, Collaborations & Shared Humanity
“Belonging” is paradoxical, Scorpio. The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: community and friendship zone wants you to think about: do you need to connect and commune or stand alone and differentiate a bit more? We need to do both for belonging but often we can accidentally polarize ourselves into one over the other. Try to balance both for success!
Career, Leadership, Integrity & Discipline
Professional success is in the details, Sag! The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: career, leadership, and self-employment zone wants your focused, intentional, and detailed intentions on who you want to be within the space of professional success. Then stay mindful, proactive, and responsive to the hunches the Universe sends to you in an effort to help!
Wisdom, Publishing, Discovery & Higher Education
When you know better, you have to do better, right Cap? The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: applied wisdom, expansion, and curiosity sector helps you do better. You’re no stranger to personal development so this New Moon will help you step into a whole new stratosphere of being as you keep applying everything you’ve learned about where you need to improve.
Intimacy, Empathy, Sexuality & Transformation
The brain is easily the most powerful erotic organ, Aquarius. The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: intimacy, sexuality, and erotic zone wants your intentions on how cognition, mindfulness, and imagination can improve the quality of your sexuality. Get intellectually curious about what turns you own so you can continue to take responsibility for your sexual satisfactions.
Romance, Boundaries, Partnerships & Trust
Opposites really do attract, Pisces. The New Moon in your Virgo ruled: negotiation, romance, and love zone wants your intentions on how partners who are very different from you help you understand love given and received. Write the list of all the qualities you want to receive in your current or next relationship and then write all that you want to give to make it very mutual!