2023-09-15 Virgo New Moon – Northern Hemisphere

Editor: Robin Armstrong


Virgo New Moon

Northern 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.

Zodiac Pattern Types


Two planets on one side with eight on the other, three on one side with seven on the other, four on one side with six on the other, five on one side with five on the other;

……. there must be two empty areas that divide the chart in half. You can draw a line through the two empty areasright across the chart and going through the centre. One area must be a square or larger, and the other area must be a sextile or larger. If the large empty area is a square, then the other empty area must be larger than a sextile.

The See-saw type is sensitive to both sides of any situation. You will be continuously challenged to empower one side or the other. As soon as one side predominates, the other will make demands. You live in a world of polarities and conflicts. You are capa­ble of a vast understanding but too often waste your energies by being incorrectly aligned.


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 Guidance

Aries:   Proper guidance will increase your speed. Sudden impulse will cause mistakes in judgment. Look at the map or ask for directions before you start your trip.

Taurus: Mixed signals will prevail today. One the one hand there will be schemers and hustlers, while on the other there will be someone who will try to tell you what to do. Don’t listen to others. Guide yourself and go at your own speed.

Gemini: Some forethought and a little planning will pay off in spades today. If you speak well you will silence the critics, but if you make one mistake it will be blown up out of proportion.

Cancer: You will need to trust your instincts today if you hope to stay focused and stay on a course of your choosing. Don’t get pulled into arguments. Don’t expect others to follow your guidance. Be content with who you are and what you have.

Leo: You will be vulnerable to incorrect guidance. Be wary of people who speak with an authoritative voice. Free spirited conversation will be better for you than serious discussions. Everyone has their own motivation!

Virgo: Irritation will come from back seat drivers and anyone looking over your shoulder. Everyone will think that their plan is the best. Don’t follow the guidance of others!

Libra: You will benefit through the guidance of others. Listen well to the advice of someone you respect. Good ideas will need to be backed up by making commitments to them.

Scorpio: You will run into indifference and detachment today. Steer clear of expressing what you feel. Keep a lid on it! Don’t expect anyone to act on your behalf. Set up a plan and follow it!

Sagittarius: Misguided behaviour will prevail today. Your guidance will be undermined. Stick to your own peer group and do not offer advice even if your asked. Be specific and avoid generalizations.

Capricorn: You will have to decide between what is practical and what is too idealistic. Trust the practical. Be critical of the strategies of others. Let your work ethic be your guide.

Aquarius: This will be a perceptive day when communications will be highlighted. Listen before you speak, and when you do offer advice, speak with authority. If you don’t have something positive to say then why bother to say anything?

Pisces: Your guidance will be resisted today. You will encounter dissent and criticism. Keep your personal sensitivities protected and away from the random opinion of others. It will be difficult for you to stay on track!

Hexagram Degrees

23 Leo 17

Main Theme:

VIR  21°-22° (IC)  YOUTHFUL FOLLY:W.4, Line 3: Passive.

Special Focus:

21° 50’-21° 60’ Vir (Aq  IC-lvl2)  FOLLOWING: W.17, Line 6: Yielding.


Intimate Detail:

21° 58’ 20”-22° 00’ 00” Vir (Ge IC-lvl3)  THE POWER OF THE GREAT: W.34, Line 1: Projective

Main Theme


(Alternative Name:  17. Slow to Respond


Zodiac:……….18° – 24° Virgo

Calendar:…….Northern Hemisphere: Sep 10 to Sep 16 approx.

……………….Southern Hemisphere: Mar 8 to Mar 14 approx.

House 7:……..102° – 96° setting to IC

Time of day:…05:12 to 05:36 PM (Local Mean Time or Sun Dial time)

Aspect:………..102° – 96° Waning

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

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


The mountain above, the abyss below.

Standing on the edge of a crevasse is dangerous.

Keeping still without, danger within.

One meets criticism with inertia.

Improvements are needed.

Inertia is immature and foolish.

How long will one wait?


A swamp at the foot of the mountain.

Walking is dangerous.

Keeping still is even more dangerous.

And it is dark.

One must wait for the light to return

Before taking the first step.

Do not wait too long.

There is no time to stop and eat.

There is no place for idle chatter or gossip.

Return, from the brink of disaster.


Stillness without, inadequacy within.

Responsibilities persevere.

One will have difficulty living up to expectations.

Authority cannot rely on incompetence.

It furthers to maintain integrity in one’s character.

To rest in un-virtuous conduct would be folly.

There is no virtue in laziness!


The second son to the third son.

The second tries to improve things.

The third son will accept things as they are.

The second son is critical. The third son rests content.

The second son analyzes. The third son evaluates.

The second son’s words will fall on deaf ears.

The second son will have to show an advantage

Before the third son will respond.

The second son is discriminating. The third son is selective.

The second son will work harder and be more serious than the third son.

The third son will keep still.

He does not want to be pulled into difficult situations.


18-24 VI: 4. Youthful Folly

There is more work to be done.

One tends to delay

Thinking that it is too much to accomplish.

One underestimates one’s own capacity.

Don’t explain.

No one wants to know why you don’t want to do something.

Get busy. Do what you can.

One step at a time.

The workload will thereby be diminished

Without further thought.


Six in the third place: (21° – 22° Virgo)

Interference is significant.

Success will be delayed.

Listen before you speak.

Choose your words well.

Don’t complain. Don’t explain.

…..The third place: 21° – 22° Virgo:  17.  Following

…..Happy words will win the attention of others.

…..Laughter and frivolity prevail.

……….Six in the third place:

……….One reaches the turning point and pauses.

……….One recognizes the problems

……….But does nothing.

……….Who will trust such a person?

Technical Considerations of Line 3:

Broken in an odd place

Inappropriate receptivity

Yielding at the wrong time

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

Holding Together with inappropriate energy below.

(Astrological note: Inappropriate 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 First Place:

Special Focus


(Alternative Name: 38. Words of Encouragement



Water above, Thunder below.

Happiness is stimulated.

Laughter can be heard.

Passions will be aroused.


Joyous movement inspires everyone.

The effect of a positive outlook

Borders on miraculous.

Others will be attracted.

They will be happy to join in and follow.


Movement towards happiness.

When speaking, one smiles.

There is good cheer and gentleness.

Food and drink are offered.

Who will refuse?

One joins in with the others.


The first son to the third daughter.

He starts s things. She encourages him.

He startles her. She laughs.

He is serious. She is frivolous.

Sincerity can be diminished.

Long term commitments will be difficult to attain.

As long as he is pleasant and cheerful, she will align.

He can help and be of service, but he should not follow her.


06-12AQ: 17. Following

Joy will attract movement.

Joyous movement will attract a following.

Pleasant expression will have a persuasive effect.

No one will oppose the approach of happiness

Or the increasing daylight!

There is much to celebrate.

One will make time for what one wants.


Six in the sixth place: (11° – 12° Aquarius)

There is nothing to add.

Silent contentment.

One shares one’s happiness.

…..The sixth place: 11° – 12° Aquarius:  34. Power of the Great

…..Words of power.


…..Good cheer will win the day.

……….Six in the sixth place:

……….One stops eating, a mouthful before one is satisfied.

……….One will smile but not laugh.

……….If good cheer goes to excess, one should leave.

……….The designated driver will be trusted.

Technical Considerations of Line 6:

Broken in an even place

Appropriate receptivity

Yielding at the right time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 11 and 12)

Holding Together with appropriate energy below.

(Astrological note: Appropriate reinforcement from Houses 9 and 10)

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Upper Primary

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

Intimate Detail


(Alternative Name: 60. Assertive Thinking)


Thunder above, heaven below.

Heavenly rumblings.

The arousing force above and power below.

Movement that escalates.

Creative excitement!

Do not waste time.

Seize the moment.


Strong movement.

Great advances.

Sudden breakthroughs.

Resistance falls away.

Words of power will stimulate and excite.

They will not encounter any contention.

No one will argue.

Firm in truth.

Direct in action.


Movement without, strength within.

Truth can be disturbing.

Words will shock.

One speaks.

The effect is powerful.

Everyone will hear.

Actions will follow thoughts.

There will be no turning back.

One seizes the moment. Action escalates.

There is no time for inner peace.

One is preoccupied with outer expression.


The father to the first son.

When the father speaks, the first son jumps.

When the father moves, the first son will try to keep up.

The father’s firmness encourages the first son to persevere.

The father will push the first son to take the initiative and to be stronger.

The father has power. The first son wants his own power.

Their will is to be strong and to act. Neither one is patient.

They will laugh at the unexpected.


06-12GE: 34. The Power of the Great

Light and joy ascending.

Positive words will have a positive effect.

Laughter will overcome doubt.

Beauty will inspire.

If there is goodness in your heart

Push forward.

This is the time to express what is worthy.


Nine in the first place: (11° – 12° Gemini)

One steps firmly

And relies on no one.

…..The first place: 11° – 12° Gemini:  34. The Power of the Great

…..Confident and firm

…..One pushes forward.

…..Great progress.

…..Everything serves to further.

……….Nine in the first place:

……….One speaks first

……….And without reservation.

……….One’s words are true.

……….No blame.

Technical Considerations of Line 1:

Solid in an odd place

Appropriate action

Firmness at the right time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 1 and 2)

No Holding Together

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Lower Primary

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

Aspect Hexagrams

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.

Watch the video:

VIR  21°-22° (IC)  YOUTHFUL FOLLY:W.4, Line 3: 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 Cancer at 24Can56.  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  21°-22° (IC)  YOUTHFUL FOLLY:W.4, Line 3: 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.


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