September 17: A New Moon in Virgo

September 17: A New Moon in Virgo

The moon is trine Pluto Rx at 12:06 a.m.

Mercury is square Jupiter at 3:34 a.m.

A new moon in Virgo at 4:00 a.m.      

The moon trine Saturn Rx at 4:42 a.m., and moon void of course begins

Most of Thursday’s potent cosmic weather happens very early morning, beginning with a midnight earth trine between the Virgo moon and Pluto in determined Capricorn. Detail-focused lunar energies, represented by the dark moon in Virgo, make a supportive connection with subterranean Pluto, drawing our attention into the shadows. The trine aspect is helpful and generally positive. However, it opens up a dark world of hidden powers and deep psychological forces for us to explore or perhaps dream about overnight.

A few hours later, Mercury in justice-seeking Libra forms a catalyzing square aspect with Jupiter in resolute Capricorn. This aspect may coincide with difficult conversations, where the road to understanding and equanimity feels blocked or frustrated. The aspect becomes exact before most of us are awake, but this square’s resonance may echo throughout the day.

Soon after, the moon and sun form a perfect conjunction, creating September’s new moon in Virgo. If we were to look up into the sky at this time, it would be dark and devoid of lunar light, symbolizing a time of low energy and completion.

The new moon is the end of a lunar cycle, allowing us to reflect and recharge before the next cycle begins. Since Virgo is the sign of natural order and organization, we may be meditating on how we want to invite these forces into our lives this coming fall. We can take stock of what is set in motion under this dark moon when the moon is full in Virgo six months from now.

The moon void of course, begins, asking us to pause before starting any new projects until noon.


The moon enters Libra at 11:56 a.m.

Midday, the dark moon shifts out of precise, receptive Virgo, to enter sociable, active Libra, and the moon void of course ends. Though we may feel a slight up-tick in lunar energies, the moon still has no light, so it’s essential to conserve our energy and embark on any new beginnings slowly and cautiously in the early afternoon.


The sun is trine Saturn Rx at 2:26 p.m.         

A few hours later, we have the final exact aspect of the day; an earth trine between the sun in Virgo and Saturn retrograde in Capricorn. This steady and dependable aspect brings the purposeful energies and perceptions of Virgo season into constructive harmony with the dutiful, persevering energies that Saturn represents. We may now feel less blocked and frustrated by Saturn’s heaviness and find a way to use its helpfully stabilizing powers. This earth trine may represent a turning point with material challenges in our lives, and though our times are still challenging, we may find new strategies to help us adapt and build from this day forward.


All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location