Almost got passed me…was thinking it was tomorrow; so we’re down and dirty 🙂
Welcome to the New Moon in Virgo which waned at 6:37 am EST. The Moon representing our emotional natures, our inner being, subconscious desires, and the female archetype of our personalities. Virgo is feminine mutable earth. It is the “I analyze” of the zodiac. It is the sign of work. Ruled by Mercury, the ancient god of communication and commerce, and rules intelligence and reason. In Virgo, the Moon is concerned and caring over the welfare of others, attentive, observant, and responsible. With first house energies, the Virgo Moon gives us the ability to use reason and intellect to decipher any situation we find ourselves in during this phase.
At the New Moon, the Sun and Moon are conjunct making for intense and unified energies between our inner and outer selves. Also aspecting this New Moon is the conjunction with Mercury, Venus, and Mars, the square with Jupiter, and the trine with Saturn, and Uranus, so most of the major players are all interacting with this New Moon which could make for an interesting transit depending on where this New Moon hits your individual chart.
The Sun, representing our basic character, our outer personality, identity, conscious personality, will, and goals in life. In Virgo, the Sun is compassionate, and caring and very intensely unified with the effects of the New Moon. So the overall theme of this New Moon seems to be about caring for others,
The Sun in Virgo is compassionate, and interested in serving others, providing the energy to take care of all that is needed, and in helping others, we often find interesting things out about ourselves. The Virgo Sun lends for great internal strength and independence, self motivation and autonomy.
Mercury is the planet of communication, which is not just what we portray, but can also be what we receive and perceive about others, which give us the information we need to be of help to those around us. In Virgo, Mercury has a great appetite for details.
Venus is the planet of love and beauty, love of beauty. In Virgo, Venus has a fine sense of appreciation, studying those around you for clues into how they’re feeling can often include how they appear physically, how they are dressed, do they look like they care about their appearance or are they disheveled and thrown together, can often be signs of depression. Have your spiritual ears open during this transit.
Beauty, as defined spiritually, and in Kabbalistic tradition, is different from what one might consider beauty in the physical, natural form. In his book, “Road to Self Knowledge,” Rudolph Steiner describes beautiful as “only that being which succeeds in communicating all its’ inner experiences to other beings of its world, so that they can take part in the totality of its’ experience.” What might seem in this world to be imperfect, can and often is, perfect spiritually, such as a person with a severe physical deformity having the greatest amount of love in heart.
Mars is the planet of physical vitality, and assertiveness, giving us the all the energy we need to complete the tasks the other planets inspire us to do.
The square is considered a powerful aspect and typically creates challenges for us to overcome. Jupiter is the planet of good luck and expansion. The challenge here could be in Jupiter’s inner drive toward ourselves, versus the Sun and the Moon’s focus being on what we do for others.
Saturn is the planet of limitations and responsibilities, and it sits in the sign of limitations and responsibilities, as well, giving us discipline and the ability to manage any situation we become involved in.
Uranus is the planet of change and upsets, and it sits in stubborn and bullheaded Taurus in the 9th house reminding us that we’re still in the days of light which we are supposed to share for very soon, we will go back into our winter closets for hibernation, and there is still much left to do. Get past the fluff and pay attention to those new insights that jolt you awake in the mornings.
Today in the Hebrew is the Rosh Chodesh or New Moon for the month of Elul. In the Torah portion for the 1st of Elul, Moses is on the mountain and G-d allowed Moses to see His back, but not His face, which Maimonides interpreted as G-d allowing Moses a perception of G-D’s reality but not His essence. At this meeting, G-d allegedly teaches Moses the 13th attribute of mercy.
ה YHVH: compassion before a person sins;
יְהוָה YHVH: compassion after a person has sinned;
אֵל El: mighty in compassion to give all creatures according to their need;
רַחוּם Raḥum: merciful, that humankind may not be distressed;
וְחַנּוּן VeḤanun: and gracious if humankind is already in distress;
אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם Ereḥ appayim: slow to anger;
וְרַב-חֶסֶד VeRav ḥesed: and plenteous in kindness;
וֶאֱמֶת VeEmet: and truth;
נֹצֵר חֶסֶד לָאֲלָפִים Notzer ḥesed laalafim: keeping kindness unto thousands;
נֹשֵׂא עָוֹן Noseh avon: forgiving iniquity;
וָפֶשַׁע VaFeshah: and transgression;
וְחַטָּאָה VeḤata’ah: and sin;
וְנַקֵּה VeNakeh: and pardoning.
Therefore, the sages say that the month of Elul serves as the month of divine mercy and forgiveness.
“Rosh Hodesh Elul marks the beginning of a period of 40 days of forgiving and self examination that ends at the closing Prayer (Neila) on Yom Kippur. This time is attributed, according to the Biblical tradition, to the events around Mt. Sinai revelation. As we know, Moses broke the first tablets when he came down from Mt. Sinai and saw that the people are involved with The Sin of the Golden Calf. Later, Moses returns to the mountain for an additional period, starting on Rosh Hodesh Elul. Moses comes down, 40 days later, on Yom Kippur, holding the new tablets and bringing a message of atonement and forgiveness. Kabbalists say that these days have the unique quality of forgiveness, repentance and atonement since the six days of creation and that is why Mt. Sinai events occurred exactly at that time of the year.
Rabbi Nahman from Breslov says that the Hebrew word Tikun (תיקון correction) has the same letters of Tinok (תינוק a baby). Meaning that a person, who corrects himself by removing separation and disconnection from his soul, returns to his initial state, like when he was a baby, sort of restarting all systems, and this is the purpose of these forty days.” https://livekabbalah.org/elul-virgo/
Hebrew letters; one controls the planet that dominates the month and the other controls the astrological sign of the month. Elul’s planet is Kokhav (כוכב Mercury) and is controlled by the letter ר (Reish) while Virgo is controlled by the letter י (Yod).
“The letter Yod, which Elul was created from, has a numeric value of 10. This teaches us that all ten Sefirot of the Tree of Life are included in it. That also indicates that people of this sign have a real connection to flawlessness, and therefore they are known for their perfectionism and criticism. They have a tendency to concentrate on details and therefore to miss the big picture. That is the non spiritual side of the Virgos. However, the spiritual side of them is an imperative urge, motivating them to seek perfection, or even produce it. A spiritual dimension of this sign is to turn the criticism into an inner, constructive work, to take care of others and serve.”
In Kabbalah, the Path of Yud is the 20th Path on the Tree of Life.
“Yod connects the 4th Sephira of Chesed (meaning “kindness/mercy“) with the 6th Sephira of Tiphereth (meaning “beauty/harmony“). Yod is the threshold between them.
As Yod, you are “the divine hand of God”. This is a journey of service to humankind through “purification”. This encoding requires dedication, integrity, balance, wisdom and, through conscientious attention to detail, you are asked to share with others. When activated, you as Yod embody a resolute quality – an intelligence of will that exemplifies the existence of Primordial Wisdom. Aleph is the life force that creates the containers, Yod is the life force that fills those containers and makes them manifest.”
The letter Yud is connected to the Hermit card in The Thoth Tarot, the trump of Virgo.
“Wander alone; bearing the Light and thy Staff ! And be the Light so bright that no man seeth thee!
Be not moved by aught without or within: keep Silence in all ways!87”
Excerpt From Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot Lon Milo DuQuette.
Like the Virgo New Moon suggests, all that we do in service to others should be done in silence, meaning, we don’t have to broadcast what we’ve done because we’re not looking for recognition for it from outside of ourselves; the true beauty is from within. And as the 13 attributes of mercy suggests, slow to anger, and forgiving. We have so much going on in the news these days that there is much to forgive in the world; the woman whose infant baby drowned in the bathtub while she was drunk, the man whose dogs mauled a 9 year old child to death. But we also have bigger things to worry about, so on with the forgiveness so the person inside isn’t bogged down with the darkness that holding grudges creates in us all, so we cast that aside so we can get on with what’s important.
Chic Cicero writes of the * path:
The “Intelligence of Will” denotes that this is the path where each individual “created being” is “prepared” for the spiritual quest by being made aware of the higher and divine “will” of the creator. By spiritual preparation (prayer, meditation, visualization, and aspi- ration), the student becomes aware of the higher will and ulti- mately attains oneness with the Divine Self—fully immersed in the knowledge of “the existence of the Primordial Wisdom.”
The Hebrew letter Yod mean “hand,” and it refers to the hand of the divine, extended to assist us. Yod is the primary letter whose shape forms the basis for all other Hebrew letters. This shape resembles a point, the beginning point of all created form. It also resembles a spermatozoon, the primary cell of procreation. The value of Yod is ten, the number of perfection, for everything beyond ten returns again to units.
The Twentieth Path leads from the Higher Self in Tiphareth to the merciful love in Chesed. The seat of balance and beauty has been attained, but a higher divine love still beckons with an open hand. The Path of Yod alludes to the self-created source of the uni- verse. It is the path of adepthood, of union with the primordial source, the greater self of the universe. The Path of Yod is the route of introspection and individuation—it must be traveled alone.”””
Path of Yud