New Moon in Virgo (20th September 2017) and the Autumn Equinox (22nd September 2017)

This week is particularly special and one that deserves our attention. Firstly we have a new moon and secondly we have the Autumn Equinox.

As always the new moon is our opportunity to start afresh with a blank sheet. Any changes we wish to implement are boosted by the magnificent power of the lunar cycle so it’s a great time to set new things in motion. This new moon is governed by the precise and organised Virgo, the sign most connected to health and work. So any changes that you wish to make in these areas will be supercharged right now as these choices will be working with the natural flow.

You may feel a distinct energy shift this week. There is a marked difference as we leave Leo, the sun god and move into the more serious and hardworking Virgo. This sign heralds a time of solitude as she urges us to get focused and back into reality after the excesses of Summer.

Lavender is the signature oil of Virgo – as well as soothing tired muscles and minds, it helps rebalance the central nervous system.

There can be a tendency for Virgo, in their pursuit of order and perfection to over extend themselves. To over give in their desire to be useful and of service. So be aware that while this time is ripe for focusing on work and health – it’s not about choices that are detrimental for your wellbeing.

Seasonal we naturally want to slow down as we head into Autumn. The light and energy of Summer is no longer available to us and we have different requirements, physically and mentally as we move into the colder, darker months.

The equinox on Friday 22nd September, meaning a time of equal day and night, is a big deal to our bodies. This seasonal shift as we move from Summer to Winter influences the photon activity resulting in a huge surge of energy.

Often our cells take advantage of this newly available energy and use it to get rid of any toxicity or stagnation in the form of a cold (or flu). While it may feel uncomfortable – this natural detox is a great boost for your immune system. If unsupressed and supported by rest, water and light foods, this detox, usually lasting three days, will set you up really well for the coming months.

New Moon in Leo (again) and an Eclipse – 21st August 2017


This new moon is a particularly potent one. Firstly it’s another new moon in Leo – a rare opportunity to build on what we set in motion last month and secondly it’s a solar eclipse.

Physically an eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and earth and blocks the sun’s rays. This means that a shadow is cast on Earth and for a short period of time the sky will become dark. How dark all depends on where we are in the world. In the UK it will be a partial eclipse
whereas our American friends will experience it much more intensely; as for the first time in 99 years 14 states will have a total eclipse and complete darkness for up to two minutes.
Eclipses are energetically very powerful and demand that we take notice. They have the all the power of a new moon thrice-fold so for us it’s like experiencing a new moon on steroids.

This time is about progression and moving forward in our lives. As with all new moons this is the start of a new chapter so now, more than ever, it’s time to take action and start afresh. Any new choices or behaviours that we make will be supercharged and have long and far reaching consequences.

Eclipses often brought great fear and terror to our ancestors who saw them as an omen of death – however a more accurate understanding is that they are an omen of what is to come. They open a portal to our future selves as they create major turning points in our lives. Events and situations are propelled forward at great speed so anything unresolved or hidden is likely to be illuminated.

Rather than fear it, this is time of great change and opportunity. To make the most of this new moon eclipse it’s important to take some time to look at what you want to achieve and create in your life.

Leo is the strongest and most powerful sign in the Zodiac, ruled by the Sun, Leo thrives on being centre stage. This is the most powerful time to connect with your Leo energy – focus on where you want to shine and take some time to really visualise your future self, shining – in all your unique, undeniable glory.

New Moon in Leo – 23rd July 2017

Our next lunar cycle starts with the new moon in Leo. Represented by the Lion and ruled by the sun, Leo is the most powerful sign within the zodiac. Traditionally seen as the astrological sign for kings and queens – Leo is now also recognised as being the sign of the politician and performer. (There are an abundance of Leos in the media).

Leos thrive in the limelight and belong centre stage as their self confidence is bolstered by being revered by others.

As new moons are so potent, this new cycle offers us a powerful opportunity to tap into this power. Leos tend to shine brightly – they are ruled by the sun after all – so this is a great time for us to put ourselves out there, in all of our glory.

Even the most introverted among us can use this new moon to set new behaviours in place. If there is anything you want to be acknowledged and recognised for – this is the time to show up.

Physically Leo rules the heart and circulation system. In Chinese medicine, the heart is considered to be the ruler of all the other organs, in a similar way that the Lion is seen as the ruler of the jungle.

As our blood circulation is at it’s peak during the Leo new moon, having a restless nights sleep can be quite common. Keeping our body temperature cool definitely helps. One way we can do this is by soaking our feet in cold water for a few minutes before we go to sleep.

Back problems and issues with the spine can also be harder to ignore during a Leo new moon. It’s a great time to have a massage or see an osteopath as the moon energy will intensify the healing effects. Even just placing a warm flannel or hot water bottle across your back will help ease any building tension.

I find that i use more Bergamot essential oil around a Leo new moon. As well as being uplifting and cleansing – emotionally this oil helps us to reconnect with our heart and truly accept who we are.

Ultimately this new moon is an invitation for us to shine. This time is ripe for us to think about our own qualities and what we are most proud of of. Even taking just five minutes to reflect on ourselves and what we like most, will go a long way.

New Moon in Gemini – 25th May 2017

Our new lunar cycle starts with a ‘super’ new moon in Gemini. This is the second super moon of the year and lets us know that all feelings, thoughts and behaviours are magnified right now . .. there’s no hiding from the Gemini twins and the opportunities that they offer us.

And there are lots right now. New moons are all about new beginnings, writing our next chapter and this is such a ripe, potent time to sweep away all that old, residue ‘waste’ so that we can make space for the new. It’s a time to shine and share your words with others. Geminis are the natural communicators of the zodiac – they love to talk, learn and share…. It’s not surprising that this sign is ruled by Mercury the planet of communication.

Physically Gemini resides over the central nervous system, lungs, arms and hands. So you may be more aware of these areas than usual. Whether it’s feeling breathless or just a little more anxious and in your head (Gemini is an air sign and can find it challenging to stay grounded). Anything that you can do to support yourself, especially in these areas is very beneficial.

And remember, it doesn’t have to be ‘big’. Simple acts of self care go along way right now- whether it’s getting a massage, having an epsom salt bath or doing some physical stretches with the intention of working specific muscles. Everything helps.

Patricia Davis (one of my my favourite authors) says that Basil is the signature oil for Gemini. Not only is it useful for treating lung infections and asthma but it also helps with mental alertness when the usually sharp Gemini is feeling tired or foggy. Peppermint is also helpful for boosting a tired twin and lavender can be especially helpful in keeping the Gemini energy grounded.

Overall this super new moon is a particularly powerful time for us. As Gemini loves connecting and communicating, its a great chance to review how we spend our social time. Any new behaviours and steps that we make forward in sharing ourself and our words will be greatly approved by this Gemini moon.

New Moon in Taurus – 26th April 2017

The new moon tonight is in Taurus, the first and in many ways the ‘earthiest’ and most stable and security conscious of all the Earth signs. Represented by the bull, Taurus naturally holds itself in high regard. It’s a sign that that is aware of it’s own value and embraces it’s proud and tenacious personality as it moves steadily forward in the world.

So as new moons are so potent for starting afresh and putting new behaviours in place, this particular Taurus moon offers us an opportunity to look at our own worth, how we regard and look after ourselves. It’s such a powerful time to go deeper, to look beneath our self esteem and see what our foundations look like – is our core feeling healthy and fertile or requiring more care and nurturing?

Physically Taurus governs the neck, throat and thyroid. This area is connected to the throat chakra and is all about how we communicate in the world. When we stop speaking out and voicing what we need this area can often get blocked and congested. It’s such a good indicator of how our self esteem is doing as when we are feeling shaky or holding back then our voice is often the first thing to reflect this.

Essential oils are really good at reconnecting us to our inner bulls and helping boost our self esteem when it feels low. As Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, it is not surprising that Rose essential oil is most commonly connected to Taurus. Rose holds a higher frequency than any other oil and helps to clear away negative beliefs so that you can connect with pure, divine love. Geranium essential oil is also good to use at this time as it’s one of the best oils to restore trust in yourself as well as others. It’s a great one to smell or diffuse any time you feel less worthy than your bull would approve of.

Ultimately this is a precious time to focus on you – especially looking at how you see your value and your worth in the world. There is no other you and if you notice feelings of lack then it is a sign that you just need to take a few moments to connect with your Taurus bull and release any negativity from your foundations.

New Moon in Aries – 28th March 2017

The new moon today is in Aries. This is quite an energetic step change as Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and signifies the beginning of the ‘natural year’ (rather than the ‘calendar’ year). So this new moon is particularly potent as it starts a new astrological cycle. It’s an exciting time – all about new, fresh energy as we leave the hardship and stagnation of Winter behind and enter a time of action.

And Aries loves action. Connected to Mars – the planet of War – Aries, the ram, thrives on having a higher purpose, a life calling. This is the time to consider what your 2017 mission is – where do you want to direct this Aries power? Make some time to really think about what you want to achieve as the full force of this new moon will really deepen your intention and help you move forward towards your goal.

Physically Aries is connected to the head so any imbalance is likely to show up here – whether it’s a headache, your sinuses feeling congested or tension around the eyes. It’s often connected to the feeling of impatience – the need to move forward. If you are feeling restrained and held back then try and get outside today and reconnect with nature – walking barefoot is particularly helpful as it
helps clear the top heavy Aries energy and ground your energetic field.

Any movement today is particularly beneficial. Whether it’s in the physical realm such as a vigorous walk or whether you choose to take an emotional or spiritual action. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and address anything that you’ve been avoiding or holding yourself back from. Aries is the natural warrior and with this role has much bravery – there is an abundance of courage available to tap into today- most the most of it.

So in summary – today (and the next three days) is the time to take action! Be clear with where you want to go. Aries loves clarity and direction. Whatever you do to move forward will be honoured by the full power of nature.

Dream big, be brave and make that first step.

New moon in Pisces – Sunday 26th February 2017

The new moon today is in Pisces. This water sign is the last in the Zodiac cycle and brings with it a great deal of ancient wisdom and mysticism. The most delicate and sensitive archetype, Pisces is highly intuitive, empathetic and compassionate. All these qualities are particularly heightened around this time and you may notice that you feel more vulnerable and in touch with your feelings than usual.

While this may feel uncomfortable, this time is actually incredibly powerful as this new moon offers us the chance to look at life beyond the constrictions of everyday reality. It’s an invitation to go deeper and imagine a different future not just for ourself but for the world.

It’s no surprise that Pisces is connected to Neptune – the sea god – the planet so intertwined with spiritual aspirations and artistic inspiration. Yet this time comes with a caveat. While we can embrace the magical potential, we need to be aware that Pisces is connection to illusion and delusion. The two fishes which represent this sign are swimming in different directions for a reason. They show the different pulls that Pisces often struggles with – one fish swimming upwards towards divine connection the other fish swimming downwards towards self sabotage and emotional overwhelm.

This is a time to stay true to yourself. While the Pisces energy may feel like it is pushing and pulling you, it’s important to stay connected to your bigger life purpose. To focus on your dreams and how you can manifest the upward swimming fish’s deepest and most heartfelt desires.

As with all new moons; any new behaviours are fortified and strengthened by the full power of the lunar cycle. This is a powerful opportunity to imagine all that you wish life to be. Creative visualisation was made for a Pisces new moon as were all the mystical arts such as yoga, meditation and chanting.

Physically Pisces is connected to the feet so any ailments, tension or imbalances can be felt more acutely at this time. Anything that you can do to nurture and care for your feet will be particularly beneficial and have much longer lasting benefits. Whether it is a pedicure, reflexology treatment or just warm foot bath in a washing up bowl.

Melissa is the signature oil for Pisces. This watery plant is highly regarded as an antidepressant, (important for our downward swimming fish). Melissa lifts negative thoughts and emotional burdens by inviting you to participate in the higher realms of living and dreaming.

And really that is what the Pisces new moon is all about. Taking time to imagine life ‘outside of the box’ and connecting to that magical unseen life force that surrounds each and every one of us.

New moon in Aquarius – Saturday 28th January 2017

The new moon tonight (Saturday 28th) is in Aquarius – the water bearer. This sign so closely connected to Uranus – the planet of the unconventional and the unexpected – can appear eccentric and non conformist. However underlying it’s cool and aloof persona, this sign is often ahead of it’s time, challenging the status quo and pioneering social change.

As always a new moon is the time for new beginnings. It’s our opportunity to begin afresh and start a new chapter with the full force of nature behind us. This is a particularly powerful moon as it’s the first one of 2017. There is very little happening energetically on the 1st January so any goal or intention that you set is much more likely to succeed if you set it along side the highly charged new lunar cycle.

Physically Aquarius is connected to the lower legs, particularly the ankles. It’s worth giving these areas more attention around the new moon as any effort that you put it is greatly magnified and will have longer lasting benefits.

Problems in these areas can also arise during a new moon so be aware that varicose veins, ankle sprains and calf cramps can be common around this time. If you can spend some time lying down with your feet elevated it will help release any tension especially if you can use some vertivert or cypress essential oil. These essential oils (used in a carrier oil) are particularly good for circulation and ankle tension. Also (and this may not be for everyone) using your own salvia is one of the best things for getting the circulation moving. Just rub some into the back of your knees and massage in an upward direction.

The essential oil Neroli is the signature oil for Aquarius. This much loved and revered oil is great for meditation and calming the active mind. It’s also really good for insomnia which can blight Aquarius as it’s mind is alway thinking ahead and planning the future.

Aquarius loves new ideas, new technologies or anything unusual or unorthodox. This really is the time to embrace ‘new-ness’ into your life. During this new moon try and disrupt your routine and take time to look at how you wish your year to unfold. What new behaviours are being called forth? Aquarius wants us to think bigger and look at our lives from a different view point. Making some time to reflect upon this will really set us up for the year ahead.

Full Moon in Pisces – 16th September 2016

It’s a full moon time tonight in Pisces! This moon is also called the Harvest moon because it is so close to the Autumn Equinox on the 22nd September.

So while this is a great time for Taureans, Cancerians, Virgos, Scorpians, Capricorns and Pisceans, the rest of us may find that this mystical moon brings with it feelings of discontent and emotional imbalance.

Yes emotions are heightened during a full moon, especially during a Pisces full moon. Ruled by Neptune, Pisces is the last of the water signs and one of the most empathetic and intuitive of all the zodiac signs. Due to all the extra positive ions in the atmosphere, feelings are super charged and as these ions restrict your blood flow, it can make you feel constricted and congested.

So don’t worry if you are feeling highly sensitive and a little irrational today – we’re all in the same boat and there are many things that we can do to make the most of this time.

Firstly we need to remember that while the new moon is the best time for new beginnings, the full moon is the time of manifesting your dreams. It’s the climax, the completion to what you set in the place at the beginning of the lunar or seasonal cycle. If you haven’t manifested what you wanted to then this is a good time to notice what is holding you back in life. As the moon is at it’s biggest it can help shine a light onto areas of your life that you have overlooked or ignored.

As Pisces is connected to the feet – try to make an extra effort with yours today. While getting some reflexology would be amazing, even just giving them a soak in some epsom salts and using some essential oils would be great. The essential oil Melissa is the signature oil for Pisces – healing and comforting and one of the best for lifting the soul out of discontent and back into balance.

 

New moon in Virgo – Thursday 1st September 2016

The new lunar cycle starts on Thursday with the new moon in Virgo. This earth sign, represented by the priestess, is very much connected to service and work. It is also considered to be the sign most concerned with health and wellbeing. The new moon is the most exciting part of the lunar cycle as once you decide what you want to create, you can use this energy to transform your life. This is such a good time to take stock and look at how you care for yourself especially while balancing work and family commitments.

The Virgo new moon is connected to the third chakra, the solar plexus. This chakra, found one inch above your belly button, is all about your personal power. As this is the most auspicious time to put new behaviours in place –  this is an ideal opportunity to connect with your third chakra energy centre.  Whatever you decide to do, whether it is starting a morning or evening health ritual or simply taking time each day to plan your meals, this Virgo new moon is the time to take action. 

Physically, Virgo is responsible for the liver, solar plexus and lower digestive tract. When you are out of balance your body uses different organs as a means to communicate that change is needed. Ulcers, colitus, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea are all common Virgo ailments that are heightened by the new moon. If you have a sensitive stomach or sluggish digestive system, it is important to avoid heavily processed or overly spicy food around this time.

Traditional Chinese medicine states that each organ has a time of ‘high energy’ – the time when the organ works hardest so that it can maintain equilibrium and wellbeing throughout your body. The small intestine is at its height of productivity between 1 and 3pm (often when it’s digesting food from lunch) while the liver is most active between 1 and 3am. If you repeatedly wake up between 1 and 3 am it’s often a sign that your liver is congested and needs support in detoxifying. 

Physically wellbeing and the new moon in Virgo
The liver is your largest and most hard working of all your organs. It processes everything that you eat or drink, and either repackages it for your body to use or eliminates it. Due to the amount of processed and chemicalised food, pollution and environmental toxins, your liver can easily get clogged.

Physical signs that your liver is struggling include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, brown urine and jaundice (which causes yellowing in the whites of your eyes). Chinese doctors assess the state of the liver from their patient’s eyes. While bright and clear eyes suggest a healthy liver; dry, red and itching eyes show that there is too much ‘heat’ and the liver needs to detoxify.

The liver is said to be the ‘seat of anger’, feeling angry a lot, is also an indication that this area is overworked and needs some support. 

Any care for your liver during a Virgo new moon is doubly beneficial. While avoiding alcohol and processed foods helps, doing a liver cleanse can revitalise your whole body. There are many different types of cleansing programmes available. However small changes go a long way and just changing your diet, adding some juices and supplements can make a huge difference. 

Milk thistle and dandelion root are renowned for helping your liver detoxify. The benefits of milk thistle have been recorded for over 2,000 years. It is particularly good to use during a liver cleanse as it decreases inflammation and helps rebuild liver cells.  Dandelion root is also helpful for the liver as it increases bile production in the gall bladder.

Castor oil packing is also great for the liver too. The reason being is that his oil is high in ricinoleic acid (a very good essential fatty acid) which help the body decongest and clear toxicity. To create a ‘castor oil pack’  you need to put cold pressed castor oil, referred to as the oil of light, on a cloth and place it directly onto the liver. Cover the cloth with a hot water bottle and rest for 20 minutes. As it has a laxative effect on the digestive system, don’t do this if you are pregnant or have inflammation of the bowel such as IBS. It’s also crucial to drink lots of water afterwards to flush out toxicity.

Emotional wellbeing and the new moon in Virgo
Caroline Myss says in Anatomy of the Spirit that the third chakra’s sacred truth is to ‘Honour Oneself’. Putting your own needs first is one of the best things that you can do during this Virgo new moon. This sign can typically veer towards perfectionism and working long hours so you may find yourself coming into the new lunar cycle feeling a little weary and depleted.Taking time to shower yourself with care and attention will help recharge your batteries for the rest of this cycle.

Everyone is different regarding what forms of nurturing they prefer. While some people are able to book time away, for others it can just be a case of cancelling your evening plans, turning off your phone and taking some time to listen to music, watch a favourite film or just have a long bath.

Rituals Remedies and Guidance

1) Crystals  – Chrysocolla is a helpful crystal during this Virgo new moon. When placed over the liver, it helps to detoxify it. It also draws off negative emotions that have been stored within the body and helps to reverse negative emotional programming. As crystals absorb energy, they need to be regularly cleansed. You only have to google ‘crystal cleanse’ to see all the different ways you can do this. I tend to wash mine in salt water and put them outside in the garden during a full moon. However the most important thing is to have clear intention while cleansing your crystal of what you want it to do.

2) Essentials oils  – Lavender is the signature oil of Virgo. This supremely healing oil can ease the tendency to over-care, soothe weary muscles and help promote restful sleep. This oil can be used in a diffuser, in a massage balm, directly on your pillow or straight into the bath. (I always put my oils in a carrier oil when putting in the bath – almond oil or epsom salts are my favourite).

Thyme essential oil is also supportive especially if you have an ‘angry liver’. It helps in addressing trapped feelings, especially anger, rage and resentment. You can use this in a massage balm or in a diffuser. (Avoid if you are pregnant) 

3) Foods – As your liver processes everything that you eat – foods are particularly important in maintaining your physical and emotional balance. There are many foods which can help your liver detoxify. Garlic, which has high levels of allicin and selenium is especially good for this.

Grapefruit which has high levels of vitamin C and antixoxidants is  also great as it  flushes out carcinogens and toxins.

Perhaps the most important foods for your liver are leafy green vegetables. These are one of your most powerful allies in cleansing the liver. As they are extremely high in plant chlorophylls, green vegetables are able to suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream and neutralise heavy metals, chemicals and pesticide.

Summary

Overall this Virgo new moon is a powerful time to make your health and wellbeing a priority. Setting new heath rituals are much easier around this time. It’s also a great time to nurture the emotional and physical needs of your liver, solar plexus and lower digestive tract. Our body is in constant communication with us so taking some time to stop and notice how your body feels is an important piece of creating optimum wellbeing.

Potters Bar Red Tent – September 29th 7.30pm – 10.00pm

To help us listen to our bodies more and work with the healing power of the moon cycles; I’ve set up a Potters Bar Red Tent group on each Thursday evening closest to the new moon. This is a time to honour each new cycle and reflect on where we are in our lives.

Next month with the new moon in Libra – this influences our hips. kidneys and bladder so we will be looking at how these areas mirrors our emotional balance.

Please do email me ([email protected]) if you would like to join us.

Upcoming dates for Red Tent:
September 29th – New moon in Libra
October 27th – New moon in Scorpio
November 24th – new moon in Sagittarius