Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to Basics

It's the New Moon, a time of new beginnings. Kind of.

As the Sun and Moon meet methodically in Virgo, six planets are in retrograde motion, traveling backward through the zodiac from our earthly vantage point. Mercury is retrograde in Virgo until September 12. Jupiter, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune and Pluto are transiting in reverse, too.

Retrograde periods are more appropriate for re-evaluation than initiating new plans or projects.

So what can we actually begin at such a time?

I've been on retreat the past few days contemplating that exact question. To me, it seems most appropriate to focus on the basics, the foundations of life. Take care of unfinished business and get a foundation established for a big new beginning at the Autumn Equinox on September 22. There will be more new beginnings beyond that, too, as each of the planets returns to direct motion.

The next turn of the solar wheel comes when the Sun enters Libra at the September Equinox, followed closely by the Aries Full Moon. Tonight, into tomorrow, we're planting seeds that will come to fruition then.

The New Moon is exact at 6:30 AM Eastern on September 8. In Virgo, the focus is gratitude and service, also healing and health. Getting back to basics might mean clearing out clutter and donating items you don't need to someone who does. Tend to the physical body with a medical or dental check-up, a cleanse or therapeutic massage. As we purify on a material level, we notice our thoughts become more streamlined. Truth emerges from within.

In developing ritual and prayer for this passage, consider...

- What has changed in your world this year?
- How, whom or what do you serve?
- How healthy do you feel physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?
- Is it time to shift your direction, focus or habits?
- What are you willing to commit to?

I've written extensively about the current and upcoming planetary energies in my blog and ezine. Check out these articles for more ideas:

Blog: Cosmic Crossroads
Cosmic Time Ezine

The New Moon is subtle, an opening to the vast emptiness of the void, the space between breaths. All is possible in this twilight moment of transition, from old to new. Dream well.