2023-02-20  Virgo New Moon – Southern Hemisphere

Editor: Robin Armstrong


Virgo New Moon

Southern Hemisphere

The New Moon

When your feelings about the past, memories, and your sense of security

conjunct or meet up with

Your confidence,  purposefulness, and your hopes for the future

A profound impression is made.

A note on the harp of the soul.

A seed moment in celestial manifestation.

The Horoscope for the New Moon is for the exact moment of the New Moon.

There are no houses in this chart because the Moon is in all 12 houses at the same time when viewed globally. So this is the true New Moon chart for anywhere on earth. You can add the houses to it according to where you live.

Most computer printouts will draw the horoscope with the houses as appropriate for where you are on the planet. This was not done here in order to focus on things valid for everyone on the planet.

New Moons are the peak  points of subjective impressionability in the month.

Receptivity to core insights and to God, are accentuated.

Chanting (or even drumming) on a New Moon will give an extra vitality to your efforts over the following month,

until the next New Moon.

A holy  environment and spiritual companions are a great blessing.

The New Moon accumulates and reflects on all of the experiences of the past month. On the New Moon the conglomerate of experiences past, creates a high tide of intuitive impressions. At the moment the Moon meets the Sun, light is  shone on these impressions creating a new sense of purpose. It is the Sun than effects the Moon.

From our worldly consciousness we cannot see the combination or aggregate of memories, but we can certainly feel it.

Unfortunately our habit patterns are too gross or physical to allow us to attune to this phenomenon consciously, but we certainly can feel it.

Only the initiate or one established in spiritual disciplines can clearly witness the New Moon within.

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Zodiac Pattern Types


All the planets on one side of a chart, within an opposition. One half to almost two thirds of the chart is empty.

The Bowl Type has a deep sense of being separated from one half of existence. Half seems to be with you and the other half not. Because this pattern is based on the op­position there is an inherent awareness of duality. You will embrace your concerns strongly. You will also be powerfully aware of what does not concern you. You clearly see who you are, and who you are not! You tend to champion causes and will usually go out of your way to give to others on one level or another. Your sensitivity to duality will find you questioning the purpose of existence.



45° – 0°, 3 1/2 to 0 days before the New Moon.

            This is the last phase of the lunar cycle before the new moon. It is often called the balsamic moon phase and it lasts for three and one half days from the crescent to the new moon. The light finally disappears into the mystery of silence and darkness. Completion becomes important. Your own projections seem to disappear in the vastness of all that is happening around you.

            You are searching for something new but are unsure of how to end the old attachments. Your awareness of others begins to lose relevance as you approach renewal. Try to understand what needs to be left behind. This should be a daily meditation. You have the uncanny ability to know when anything is ending or about to fall apart. Unfortunately it is not usually wise to tell others about it. They would probably consider you to be too negative. You need to learn why things come to an end. It is important for you to mind your own business or you will keep seeing everything that is going to collapse on everyone. Learn to look within for the new vision. Trust silence. Take steps to move towards your vision. Be very selective. Listen and wait.

            Often people will not appreciate you until you have gone. Try to insure that your influence is a positive one. Watch what you say. Often you will seem overwhelmed by useless or futile commitments. Do not try to save face. Be honest and let go.

            The quality of ending will directly effect the nature of the new beginning just about to come. So be wise. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. It may not make sense to others but if you trust your conscience, you will see the way. Hold on to your principles. Do not make promises that you cannot keep, especially long term promises.

            You have the tendency to lose yourself in others only to be left very insecure when they do not have the answers. You want to become completely involved with someone. You will constantly search for or wonder about the ultimate love of your life. Often you will feel that what you have is not enough, and then you will wonder why you bother to stay within it.

            You are looking for completion and fulfillment and are not likely to embrace freedom comfortably. You want to burn your past for future goals. It is amazing though how long you can procrastinate and wait. You want to help but often do not know what to do. You will probably not bother until somebody else cares.

            A little encouragement can have profound effects. To attract positive feedback you must be positive towards others. If you must end a situation, it is important for the reason to be correct, otherwise your problems will reoccur in the new arena.


O°- 45°, 0 to 3 1/2 days after the New Moon.

This is the beginning of the lunar cycle and lasts for three and one half days. The light is emerging gently. From the depths of the darkest moment up to the first slim crescent of light, and a little farther until the crescent is smiling brightly.

            This is a highly intuitive time filled with deep impressions and new beginnings. This is a time of seed moments and powerful insights. There is a predominant undercurrent of anxious anticipation. A new moon cycle is born.

            Born under this phase you need to feel that your life is just beginning to open up. The challenge is subjective: are you prepared to advance your own cause? You should readily adjust your lifestyle to support any new sense of direction that you feel is emerging within you. You will be constantly having to make new starts in life. You will be sensitive to new beginnings and uncertain about your present surroundings. You are inclined to leave old attachments and memories behind. You want to move forward towards your goals and will be frustrated by any setbacks.

            When you begin a project it is important to advance with care and gentleness. Make sure that you nurture and protect the germinating seed; ie. the new you. It is usually easier for you to do things than to talk about them. Remember that you do not have to achieve everything right away, but it is important for you to feel that you are advancing toward your goals.

            You are the kind of person who plants ideas in the minds of others. You will reach out and impress others subtly. You will always be able to sense the new path that should be taken. As long as you are moving along this path you will feel relatively secure. Worries and problems will surface when you crystallize or stop growing. Do not look back or hold on to the past. Nurture the light within. Protect your own development and do not throw your good ideas out to fools who will not appreciate them. Neither should you follow the dreams of others. Trust your own inner sense of direction. Whenever you can make the effort to be creative, you should. Do not try to explain the process, just do it! Consistent effort will accumulate. Reach out. Rely on your instincts. Grow. Break out of old patterns. Move on. Move on. New beginnings always seem small against the vastness of life around you, none-the-less every journey starts with one small step. Try to find friends who will support and acknowledge your efforts. Always be cautious about what you say. Words can come back to haunt you.

            You will always be trying to start something. Make certain that you take time to water the flowers and plants in your garden of hopes and dreams. The end does not always justify the means so make your daily life creative. Take time to smell the flowers along your path. You will be able to draw encouragement and inspiration by listening to birds singing.

DAYLIGHT IS DECREASING     =          Momentum towards responsibility

MORE DAYLIGHT THAN DARKNESS  =   Individuality predominates

MUTABLE                             =        Adaptable, perceptive, manipulative.

EARTH                                   =        Practical, materialistic, down to earth, tactile.

FEMININE                             =        Reflective

RULED BY                             =        MERCURY: need to communicate and  make                                                                        connections.

KEYNOTE:                            =        “I analyze”

PART OF BODY                    =        Intestines, Alimentary canal, spleen.

COLOUR                                =        Yellow-green.

GEMS                                      =        Pink jasper, hyacinth, agate, marble, topaz,                           and aquamarine..

METALS                                 =        Mercury

HERBS                                    =        Fennel, dill, licorice, endive, mandrake, skullcap, savory, southern wood, valerian, walnuts.

Some Virgo Considerations:

Virgo is a Mutable sign. Mutable is adaptable and perceptive.

Virgo is where critical perception manifests.

There is a continual challenge to improve and make things better.

Virgo’s place importance on health and youthfulness.

There is always something to be concerned about!

They are very tactile and easily discomforted.

Their special gift is to improve the quality of life.

They are intolerant of those who do not help

And of those who make things more difficult.

They are continually making adjustments and improvements.

Virgo is ruled by Mercury, or the mind.

This is the critical or discriminating mind. When positive this shows a brilliant intelligence. When negative it can degenerate into constant complaints and excessive criticism.

The challenge is to practice what one preaches

And to keep one’s mind positive and clear.

This is the dark half of Summer.

Darkness increases and with it

Comes growing responsibilities and fading freedoms.

Daylight is still greater than darkness but it’s predominance will soon be neutralized. One needs to prepare for the future and improve one’s capacity for relationship. One needs to be useful and helpful to others or difficulties will increase.

This is the trigram of The Abysmal, Water.

Too much water will destroy the crops; too little will diminish the harvest. Virgo’s are vulnerable to the abyss of discrimination.

They can isolate themselves by too much criticism,

And they can impair their progress by too little criticism.

There is a need to improve or perfect.

The job is rarely ever completed. There is always more to be done.

They do too much or too little. It is difficult to find a balance here.

The Eightfold Path for Virgo is Right Mindfulness or Right Attentiveness.

One needs to be diligently aware, mindful and attentive with regards to: the activities of the body (focus on breathing and exercise), sensations and feelings, activities of the mind, and ideas, thoughts and conception of things.


Pentans are five degree divisions of the Zodiac in which the zodiac repeats itself creating a sub-level  of meaning. Sub-pentans divide each 10 degrees of the zodiac into 12 sub-sub-signs adding a third level of meaning. The Zodiac sign is the Main Theme, The Pentan is the Special Focus and the Sub-Pentan is the Intimate Detail.

To Understand Pentans watch this video: (Click on the title Pentans)

Zodiac Faces

Today we see

the Face of Vanity

Aries:   If you cater to the vanities of others, it will prove costly to you. At the same time if you presume to be better than others, you will attract unreliable influences.

Taurus: Appreciation of quality will not be in vain. If there is something that you really want you will be able to get it. Look closely at the details before you make your evaluation.

Gemini: You will meet with both criticism and appreciation today. Accentuate the positive. You will be charming but you must make sure that what you say is accurate and reliable.

Cancer: This is a day that promises practical improvements and financial gains. The biggest obstacles will come through frivolous talking and confiding in others when you would be wiser to stay silent.

Leo: Vanity prevails today. You can charm some people but you will not impress everybody. When you are in the spotlight, dramatic gestures will be considered vulgar and in poor taste. Dress neatly.

Virgo: You will be able to indulge in physical comforts today. Give out hugs instead of lectures. Focus on improving the quality of the sensations in your life. Be polite.

Libra: It will only take a little encouragement to get you to babble on and on about nothing. This is not the time for an inflated sense of self importance. Try to stick to practical considerations.

Scorpio: Possession is nine tenths of the law. You will be upset by someone trying to lord their status over you. You will turn the tide in your favour if you can abstain from personal indulgence.

Sagittarius: Don’t let who you know go to your head. If you get uppity you will be criticized. It is one thing to show appreciation and quite another to expect it!

Capricorn: If you can stay on track and stick to practical matters you will have much to gain. If you get pulled into the superficialities of other people’s lives you will be embarrassed.

Aquarius: Just because someone smiles at you does not mean that you can move in! Vanity will isolate you and flattery will cost you. Let people follow their own ideas. Do not presume authority.

Pisces: Control your purse strings and you will control the day. Do not take people at their words. Talk is cheap. Individual vanity will distort your perspective.

Hexagram Degrees

1 virgo 22

Main Theme:

VIR  01°-02° (IC)  DELIVERANCE: W.40, Line 5: Passive.

            Special Focus:

……………01° 20’-01° 30’ Pis (Li  IC-lvl2)  INFLUENCE, WOOING: W.31, Line 3: Firm.

……………Intimate Detail:

……………01° 21’ 40”-01° 23’ 20” Pis (Ta IC-lvl3)  TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT: W.26, Line 5: Responsive.

Main Theme

40. DELIVERANCE (Alternative Name: Self Improvement)


Zodiac:………00° – 06° Virgo

Calendar:……..Northern Hemisphere: Aug 23 to Aug 29 approx.

……………………Southern Hemisphere: Feb 19 to Feb 25 approx.

House 7:……..120° – 114° setting to IC

Time of day:…04:00 to 04:24 PM (Local Mean Time or Sun Dial time)

Aspect:………120° – 114° Waning (Trine – separating)

Moon Phase:.. Waning Half Moon Phase (135° – 90°)

……………….(3½ to 7 days after the Full Moon).


Thunder above, water below.

Thunder in the storm.

Excitement without and discrimination within.

Any sudden movement will invoke criticism.

To get free of danger, one must move away from it.

If there are damages, one must fix them quickly.


Freedom from the storm.

Lightning and thunder.

One is shaken to the core.

Obscure emotions are released.

Shock!  Danger!

Sudden movement.

To rest in danger would be folly.

Don’t stay where you don’t belong.

If there is bad company move away.

Fears will not depart.

They are too big to face.

Move away!


Shock without, danger within.

Affirmative action.

Movement out of inadequacy.

Refusing to be held back by fear,

One moves before one feels ready.

If one sets doubts in motion,

One will encounter obstacles in every direction.

Through movement, worries will be left behind.


The second son to the first son.

The second son lives in the older brother’s shadow.

The second son is not strong enough to refuse.

The first son will challenge the second son’s limits.

The second son will be threatened by his older brother’s advances.

The second son will be critical about what the older brother does.

The first son will take advantage of the second son.

The second son will exercise discrimination. The first son will not follow.

The second son knows he will be threatened if he follows

And threatened if he does not.

Life will be better for the second son when the first son leaves home.

In time there will be deliverance.


00-06 VI: 40. Deliverance

One looks for freedom but is drawn to relationships.

One is pulled into critical thought and worry.

It becomes difficult to accept the faults of others.

Do everything required of you.

Do not leave it for another day.

Get it done so that you do not have to think about it.

Freedom will come when thoughts cease.


00-06 VI: 40. Deliverance

One looks for freedom but is drawn to relationships.

One is pulled into critical thought and worry.

It becomes difficult to accept the faults of others.

Do everything required of you.

Do not leave it for another day.

Get it done so that you do not have to think about it.

Freedom will come when thoughts cease.


Six in the fifth place: (01° – 02° Virgo)

Surrounded by incompetence.

Receptivity is considered weakness.

How to improve?

How to improve?

…..The fifth place: 01° – 02° Virgo:  31. Influence, Wooing

…..A contented rest or a joyous meditation.

…..It all depends on how alert one is.

……….Six in the fifth place:

……….Not strong enough to enforce change

……….One must listen to what is right

……….And support the initiatives of those who act correctly.

……….One must help where one can

……….And give credit where credit is due.

Technical Considerations of Line 5:

Broken in an odd place

Inappropriate receptivity

Yielding at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 9 and 10)

Holding Together with inappropriate energy below.

(Astrological note: Inappropriate reinforcement from Houses 7 and 8)

Inner Correspondence: Approval and support from Line 2

(Astrological note: Approval and support from Houses 3 and 4)

Trigrams of Influence:

Upper Nuclear           Upper Primary

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Fifth Place:

Special Focus

31. INFLUENCE, WOOING (Alternative Name: Persuasion) 


The lake above, the mountain below.

Joy above, stillness below.

Pleasure without and calm within.

Contentment will settle in or

One will be tempted to leave the stillness.


A lake on the mountain.

One must be impressed.

The mountain gives to the lake.

The lake returns the favour.

The effect of water on the mountain is wonderful.

Who can resist the effect of happiness?

One will stay for awhile.

Good humour with restraint.

Romantic elegance.


Pleasure without, tranquility within.

In the midst of enjoyment

One is challenged to be calm,

Exercise restraint and maintain inner composure.

To be carried away in the happiness of the moment

Will diminish character,

And one’s ability to make sound decisions.

Even moderate pleasure can disturb one’s peace of mind.

A proper balance must be maintained

If one is to enjoy tranquility.


The third son to the third daughter.

The third son will keep still.

The third daughter will want his attention.

He is patient. She is reckless.

He will follow. She will lead.

He aspires to stay calm and placid.

She wants to dance and laugh.

He will back her up. She will encourage him.

He will rest content. She will want to have fun.

He pauses and hesitates. She is quick to exert influence.

He will not always agree with her, and he will be slow to follow.

She is confident about getting his attention.

She will make him laugh.


06-12 LI: 31. Influence, Wooing

The influence of voices increases.

The art of persuasion prevails.

One enjoys comforts and wants to share.

If someone does not hold the same values,

Can they be persuaded?

Expressions of beauty will have great appeal.

One is happy and is ready to share.

Little effort is needed.

Someone will come.


Nine in the third place: (08° – 09° Libra)

The situation is positive.

One easily gains what one wants.

One does not take this to excess.

Perspective is maintained.

…..The third place: 08° – 09° Libra:  26. Taming Power of the Great

…..Creative restraint.

…..One does not make demands on others.

…..A smile will accomplish more than words.

……….Nine in the third place:

……….To do one’s duty with a positive attitude

……….Will bring good fortune.

……….Attention must be given

……….To appropriate measure and means.

Technical Considerations of Line 3:

Solid in an odd place

Appropriate action

Firmness at the right time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 5 and 6)

Holding Together with appropriate energy below.

(Astrological note: Appropriate reinforcement from Houses 3 and 4)

Outer Correspondence: Approval and support from Line 6

(Astrological note: Approval and support from Houses 11 and 12)

Trigrams of Influence:

Lower Primary          Lower Nuclear           Upper Nuclear

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Third Place:

Intimate Detail

26. TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT (Alternative Name: Restraint)


The mountain above, heaven below.

The heavenly mountain.

One cannot reach the kingdom of heaven by force.

To be firm in what is right

And patient about receiving benefits

Is appropriate.

Do not speak until you are spoken to.


The mountain causes one to delay.

To force the moment is folly.

To cross the great water is fortunate.

Be patient.

Be prepared.

Rest before you start.


Restraint without, creativity within.

One does not overstep the limits of one’s position.

One maintains restraint.

One pauses before one starts.

One breathes in and pauses before one breathes out.

One thinks before one speaks.

There is no music without restraint.

To gain quality one must limit quantity.


The father to the third son.

The father is firm. The third son is patient.

The father is creative. The third son shows restraint.

The father talks freely.

The third son has a measured approach

And is selective in what he says.

The father learns not to force his way on the third son.

He must make a quiet approach.

If he laughs too loud or is insensitive,

The third son will not respond.


18-24 TA: 26. The Taming Power of the Great

The effects of light are increasing.

The power of warmth ascends.

There is much to be happy about.

Life is good.

Some restraint is in order.

Hasty and insensitive words can spoil the day.


Six in the fifth place: (19° – 20° Taurus)

No unnecessary movement.

If one moves at all,

One moves quietly

And with great restraint.

…..The fifth place: 19° – 20° Taurus:  51. The Arousing Force

…..The sound of thunder. Shock!

…..The slightest movement will cause a great disturbance.

…..Choose your words carefully.

……….Six in the fifth place:

……….In a position of authority.

……….One keeps the jaw still

……….And takes one’s own good time.

……….Nothing is done without consideration.

Technical Considerations of Line 5:

Broken in an odd place

Inappropriate receptivity

Yielding at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 9 and 10)

Holding Together with inappropriate energy above.

(Astrological note: Inappropriate reinforcement from Houses 11 and 12)

Inner Correspondence: Approval and support from Line 2

(Astrological note: Approval and support from Houses 3 and 4)

Trigrams of Influence:

Upper Nuclear           Upper Primary

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Second Place:

Stars By Degree

Earth Zodiac

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Ancestors by Degree

Movement by Degree

Drumming by Degree

Drumming by Degree

This hexagram reveals the drum rhythm by degree.  Play this  on your own or in a drum circle for the New Moon. Tune into the seed moment of the month. The Base at the red dot should be played louder!

Melodies (Scales) by Degree

Each degree has a very special melody or scale. You can play this with any instrument and tune into the feelings of this New Moon.

VIR  01°-02° (IC)  DELIVERANCE: W.40, Line 5: Passive.

Chanting by Degrees

Chanting on the New Moon evokes a very special presence.

It is one of the most powerful and sensitive times to chant.

Chanting by Degrees

This is the Chant for the New Moon in Aquarius at 12Aqu 20.  By chanting you will tune into the essence of this New Moon in Aquarius.

——— 5 minutes of call and response chanting

——— 1 minute of continuous chanting

Watch the video:

VIR  01°-02° (IC)  DELIVERANCE: W.40, Line 5: Passive.


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How to use your horoscope to access the I Ching. The 64 Hexagrams as a Zodiac of 64 divisions.


The relationship of the three main cycles: the year (sun), the month (moon) and the day (earth) to both the I Ching and astrology.


A site about the I Ching with a good history, and instructions about how to divine a hexagram using yarrow stalks, coins or dice. The mystical Great Treatise that explains the inner depths of the I Ching is also here.


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By Robin Armstrong

Zodiac Coin Canadian

In 2021 I was an adviser to the Royal Canadian Mint for the production of a Canadian Zodiac coin.

They had their own artists and production manager. My work was to make sure that the information presented was correct and inclusive of both astronomical and astrological perspectives in a lucid and informed manner. The artist for the Zodiac side of the coin was Jori van der Linde.  She created the Zodiac design. She used her own creative license to present the Zodiac images and the constellations.The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the front of the coin was done by Susanna Blunt.

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The once  in 165 years Jupiter-Neptune conjunction, which is also happening this May 2022, enhances the acceptance and approval of astrology in Canada. It ushers in an era of renewed mysticism and understanding for the 21st century.

……Robin Armstrong, President RASA School of Astrology

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