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Virgo New Moon: Steady, Attentive, Precise

We experience the New Moon, presenting in the zodiac of Virgo, on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 at approximately 7 AM EDT. This marks the final New Moon of the Summer season, and will be the beginning of the lunar cycle that will transition us from the Summer into the Autumn season (in the Northern Hemisphere), taking place just days before the Autumnal Equinox. This New Moon, under the influence of Virgo, will provide energies that are steady, attentive, and precise. This is truly the perfect opportunity for us to tie up any loose ends and release anything that we do not want to bring with us into this new lunar cycle or into the upcoming Autumn season.

Steady, Attentive, Precise

The Sun has already been in Virgo for some weeks now, and even though Virgo season is about to come to an end, we still have this New Moon in Virgo taking place before Libra season begins. The energy of Virgo is steady, attentive, grounding, hard-working, and precise. The New Moon phase is a period for final release, setting intentions for the new cycle, and starting anew. Virgo’s influence here complements the New Moon beautifully, especially a New Moon that initiates a lunar cycle that will transition us from one season to another. We are being called to tie up loose ends, as well as release anything we no longer need to hold on to or carry, so that we may free up energy for the new cycle and new season ahead. Virgo provides steady energy that will assist us to do this and also help us to feel and stay grounded while we make this transition.

Virgo is attentive, with a knack for details and refinement. There isn’t room to be sloppy or overlook things, and this is the case with this New Moon. We have an opportunity to really hone in on that which needs to be tended to, be provided with the steady, grounding energy required to do so, wrap things up and release them, as well as set our intentions for the new lunar cycle and Autumn season. It may even be beneficial to reflect a bit over the Summer season, if we haven’t already, to assist us to determine what it is we need to release, as well as where we are now ready to shift our focus, and tune into what we are desiring to experience.

The energy of Virgo is also precise – leaning greatly toward perfection. We are being invited to bring this energy of precision into our lives during this time so that we may fine-tune and refine anything that we need to in order to move forward. Where have we been allowing our energy to be drained? Are we misusing our energy in some way? Where do we need to create shifts in order to bring more of what we desire into our experience? This New Moon will assist us to accurately answer these questions, reflect upon our answers, and then set intentions for this new cycle that match the energy of our answers. Virgo also provides a powerful manifesting energy, so anything that we focus upon now and set intentions around has the potential to become very grounded in our future reality. We only need to bring awareness to our situation through the lens of Virgo – with steadiness, attention, and precision – in order to tap into this manifesting energy. This is a significant period for transition and shifting, and we will likely find that, the more we lean into it and embrace the energies available to us, the easier it will be to remain focused and feel grounded.

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings and a beautiful time of transition!

Precision is, after all, not only a form of responsibility and a kind of pleasure, but an instrument of compassion. To be precise requires care, time, and attention to the person, place, or process being described. -Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, http://www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Pisces Full Moon: Emotional, Intuitive, Creative

We experience the final Full Moon of the Summer season on Wednesday, September 2nd (1:21 AM EDT). This Full Moon will present in the zodiac of Pisces, providing strong emotional, intuitive, and creative energies. With Full Moons typically being a period of heightened emotions anyway, this particular one may really cause emotions to surface, especially related to anything we haven’t been dealing with or wanting to face. Full Moons are also a wonderful opportunity for reflection, and this one will be especially so, as it is the final Full Moon of Summer, inviting us to look back over this season and evaluate where we have been, where we are, and where we are headed (with the Sun in Virgo currently, this energy of reflection and evaluation will be especially prevalent).

Emotional, Intuitive, Creative

Pisces is one of the water signs of the zodiac, offering a very cleansing and clearing energy, doing so especially through connection with our emotions. Our emotions are ‘energy in motion’ and allow us to embody what we are feeling, if we allow ourselves to do so. Through this feeling, we allow energy to flow and move as it needs to, which will ultimately benefit us. If we keep ourselves from feeling and facing what is going on within us, we end up blocking the flow of energy and can feel and be stuck or stagnate. This Full Moon is encouraging us to lean into our emotions, riding the waves wherever they may take us, trusting that it will truly be for our benefit.

There is also a lot of intuitive energy when it comes to Pisces – a knowing, a feeling, a sensing – not necessarily being able to explain in a way that others will understand. It comes from within and is strengthened through connection with our inner being. Pisces invites us to more fully and deeply connect with our inner being, our intuition, and listen to that voice within, trusting that it will not lead us astray. It may be beneficial to ask, ‘How has my connection with my inner being been over this last season?’ ‘Am I listening to my inner voice?’ ‘What is my intuition currently communicating to me that I’ve possibly been avoiding?’ This Full Moon in Pisces is calling us to dive deep into the waters of our inner being, to cultivate our intuition in more meaningful ways, and to allow what is revealed to us through doing so to stir within us a desire to live life from the inside-out.

Pisces also has the capacity to ignite much creativity within us, particularly through going within and getting more in touch with our emotions and intuition. Through doing so, we establish a bridge to the creativity that is already within us, and there can be a lot of creative energy and insight that comes through during a Pisces Moon. With this being a Full Moon (and the final one of Summer), it may also be a good time to to reflect on our creative lives over this past season. Have we been cultivating our creativity? Are we paying attention to our creative insights and urges? What have we created over this past season that we are carrying with us and continuing to build upon?

As we enter this period of transition, between seasons, between worlds, this Full Moon in Pisces is providing us with the support we need so that we may flow from one to the next and be carried from what has been to what will be, with our emotions, intuition, and creativity with us – to inform us, to guide us, to strengthen and soften us.

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!


‘Everything you can imagine is real.’ -Pablo Picasso

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, http://www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com– This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Leo New Moon: Inspiration, Leadership, Connection

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We experience the New Moon in Leo this Tuesday, August 18th at approximately 10:41 PM EDT, which marks a new lunar cycle. The energy of Leo will heighten energies related to inspiration, leadership, and connection. During the most recent New Moon (last month on July 20th), the New Moon phase took place with a combination of Cancer/Leo influence, and this time around, we experience an even stronger influence from Leo. We are being asked to more fully embody that which inspires and connects us, while also fully stepping into being the leader of our own lives.

Inspiration, Leadership, Connection

This particular New Moon will be an ideal time to evaluate inspiration as it is currently showing up in our lives. Are we feeling inspired, or not? Do we feel inspiration within us, or does it seem to come more from outside of us? Are we acting on our inspiration in bold and creative ways, or are we ignoring it? Inspiration is closely tied to initiation – think of it as a spark that eventually causes a bigger flame! Leo is one of the fire signs of the zodiac, and this New Moon will encourage bold new beginnings, stemming from the inspiration we are currently experiencing.

The energy of Leo is also one that is fierce and confident. Leo is represented by the Lion – remember the King/Queen of the Jungle. This New Moon is inviting us to fully step into being the leader of our own lives, knowing that as we embody the leader within, we also are capable of leading others, mostly through example. And even if we are feeling fierce and confident, a true leader knows that leadership also involves humility, presence, and a sometimes quiet inner strength. Leaders aren’t afraid to stand alone or to go a different way than the crowd, trusting their inner being to always guide them exactly where they need to be.

Leo also provides a reminder of the deep connection that ties everyone and everything together- the energy, the life force, the love the animates us all. As we allow the fire within us to burn brightly and shine in our outer world, we remember that this same fire is also within all others, and that the intricate connection we share with all living beings is what makes our experience as humans possible on this planet. Great leaders recognize this, and do not allow greed or a lust for power to turn them into treating others as inferior or unnecessary, but instead treat others as they themselves want to be treated, even if and when emotions run high. Through returning to our center and connecting with our inner being during this New Moon, we have an opportunity to embrace the bright, bold, and beautiful energies offered by Leo, and at the same time, may allow its fieriness to burn away all that is no longer needed as we enter this new cycle!

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!

‘Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.’ -Oprah Winfrey

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com– This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

Want to dive deeper with the energies surrounding this New Moon in Leo? Consider ordering your copy of Nadia’s New & Full Moon E-Workbook here!

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Aquarius Full Moon: Open, Aware, Connected

IMG_7127We experience a Full Moon in Aquarius on Monday, August 3rd at approximately 11:58 AM EDT – the energies coming through during this Full Moon will provide a sense of openness, awareness, and connection. And although Full Moons typically heighten emotions, with this one presenting in airy Aquarius, it’s likely our emotions may not feel quite as strong or influential as they may typically feel during a Full Moon, allowing us to have a clearer perspective of the bigger picture, and opening up to greater awareness from the inside out.

Open, Aware, Connected 

The Full Moon provides full illumination, enhances awareness, and is also a perfect opportunity for reflection, as we begin to move into a process of release and surrender. The Moon’s energy has been building since the New Moon, and is now culminating in her full energy before her energy begins to decelerate. The energy of Aquarius is one of openness – instead of strong attachment, there is a knowing that there is so much more than meets the eye. There is information to be received from many sources, and there is a knowing that opening up to the big picture and a higher perspective can take us where we want to go! The Full Moon presenting in Aquarius is a beautiful presentation for these reasons – the illumination that is provided through both is an invitation to be open and ready to receive what this illumination is offering.

The energy of Aquarius is also very much about increased awareness and moving into an energy of expansion. As our awareness increases, we are given an opportunity to expand through shifts in consciousness that this increased awareness brings with it. With a Full Moon in Aquarius, this is a time of heightened potentials and possibilities! We have an opportunity to see things from a different perspective through greater openness, and a different perspective may be all that is needed to bring us into this increased awareness. It’s a time to release anything that feels limiting or constricting (imagine jeans or pants that are just too tight and the relief that comes when we get out of them). This also opens us up to new ways of being in as well as interacting with the world, as we continue to more fully establish our place in it.

As we go through this process of opening, becoming more aware, and shifting, and as we move into a more expansive state, we also are invited to experience the inherent connection we have to all that is, not just all that we are aware of, but everyone and everything that we aren’t fully aware of as well. Our thoughts, our words, and our actions create ripples of energy that move out through time and space, affecting so much more than what we personally know or can see with our physical eyes. This Full Moon brings about a greater knowing of how much everything we do (or don’t do) matters. We are impactful, both individually, and as a collective. And what each indivudal does influences the collective, and what the collective does influences each individual. We are all intricately connected, and we are invited to honor this connection and our place within the collective. The greater our awareness concerning this divine connection, the more fully and authentically we are capable of living our individual lives – and in ways that make a difference not just in our individual lives, but also for the entire collective!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!


 

‘Awareness is all about restoring the freedom to choose what you want instead of what your past imposes on you.’ -Deepak Chopra

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Leo New Moon: Passionate, Bold, Inspirational

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The New Moon takes place on Monday, July 20th at approximately 1:32 PM EDT – the New Moon this time around presents with a bit of a twist, as it is influenced by Cancer as well as Leo. The New Moon portal opens about three days prior to the New Moon and remains open until three days after, and the Moon transits to Leo at 4:16 PM EDT on Monday. With there being a strong initiatory influence from Leo for this New Moon, expect this particular New Moon to feel passionate, bold, and inspirational. The Cancer influence is asking us to tend to anything potentially still unresolved in our inner world, particularly as it relates to our emotions and intuition, before we transition into the new lunar cycle.

 

A New Moon with a Twist 

The influence of Cancer is one we have been experiencing for some time now, as the Sun is nearing the end of its time in Cancer next week, and we experienced last month’s New Moon in Cancer. Now we are revisiting a bit of that same energy for this upcoming New Moon, as it begins in Cancer, and transits to Leo during this phase. This transition in energies is calling us to go inward to really be with our emotions and intuition in order to be with, process, and release anything that we have possibly not resolved (the days leading up to and during the New Moon are typically a time for release, especially of anything we do not want to carry into the new cycle) – anything that may be blocking us or holding us back from living our deepest truths and highest expression of Self (which the influence of Leo is asking of us as we enter this new lunar cycle).

As we go within, be with our emotions and intuition, as well as release all that we are no longer needing, we are simultaneously being encouraged by the influence from Leo to step more boldly into our truth, express ourselves authentically, live with passion and conviction, and allow ourselves to be inspired from the inside out. This is a beautiful energy to experience during the New Moon, as the New Moon phase is also a period for setting intentions for the new lunar cycle, and initiating changes that will move us into embodying more of who we really are from the inside out.

This is not a time to hold back – Leo encourages us to live with courage and conviction, to remember that we are worthy, and that truly the only one who can hold us back is ourselves. We remember that we have a fiery energy within us that can burn through anything, real or perceived, standing in our way, if only we embrace this energy and use it for our highest good. The energy of Leo also calls us to use the creative force within us, as we align with our passions, knowing that we are the creators of our reality, free and sovereign beings, and that outside forces and influences will only ultimately affect our reality if we allow them to do so.

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!


 

‘Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because on accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.’ -Lao Tzu 

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

Want to dive deeper with the energies surrounding this New Moon in Leo? Consider ordering your copy of Nadia’s New & Full Moon E-Workbook here!

If you have found this post (or any of Nadia’s other free content to be useful), please consider making a contribution for her continued work with lunar-focused astrology. You may do so through Venmo (username – @Nadia-Casperson) or via PayPal at www.paypal.me/nadiacasperson

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