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.
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