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The Cosmic Story: Virgo New Moon, September 15-16, 2012

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The Cosmic Story: Virgo New Moon, September 15-16, 2012:

Healing, Service and Our Authentic Talents

This above all -- to thine own Self be true.

And it must follow, as the night the day

Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Taking Off the Mask by Scott Yonker

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   This month's new Moon in Virgo initiates another few weeks of intense change.   So ready or not, here it comes!  

   On September 17th, Pluto turns to direct motion, intensifying its transformative energy.   Pluto, the planet of evolution, retrograde since April 10th, is now ready to continue transforming our lives and our world.    Then on September 19th, Pluto forms its second square to Uranus, marking another turning point in our collective evolution out of patriarchy and into true citizenship and grown-up responsibility.

   This Virgo new Moon is a perfect time to check in with yourself to see how far you've come in your journey of self-knowledge and self-actualization.     

   Virgo's lessons and initiation involved alchemy, the union of opposing energies and the transformation of those energies through self-knowledge into a new sense of wholeness and Self-consciousness.    Virgo is the sign where we work to perfect ourselves, not by being perfect but by coming to understand how we see ourselves, what we value, how we process life, what our emotional body feels like and where our creative impulse lies. We weave ourselves together in Virgo, discerning what is us and what is not us.

   Virgo is "ruled' or inspired by Mercury as the healing energy of the Mind.   In Virgo, a more grounded Mercury than in Gemini, known variously as Hermes Trismegisthus, the EgyptianThoth, the alchemical Mercurius.   His virtues are "patience, purification and perfection, great technique, mastery and humility.'1 Virgo works hard at perfecting her craft, in humble service to the work itself.   To do this, Virgo must balance her body, mind and spirit.   Earthy Virgo wants to make sure the body is given its due or else it becomes unhealthy.   And we need a healthy body now, because change is hard work, especially on the nervous system.

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   Mercury's energies unite with this new Moon, emphasizing the ability of the Mind to encompass new insights about ourselves and our world.   And on September 20th, Mercury will form what we call a T-Square with Uranus and Pluto, opening the Mind to accept our responsibility for transforming our own life and our world.  

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   Virgo's earthy Mercury allows the rational mind to shed light on our dark unconscious motives so we can embrace our shadows without fear.   He helps us bridge spiritual insights with physical needs, healing through sympathetic magic and the focused use of the imagination.   Merlin is an aspect of this magical Mercury; friend, counselor and healer to the Self.   Merlin's birthday is in September (Virgo's month) and he became the archetypal image of the guide and guru.   If we follow the guide, Merlin's energy can help us hone our mental sword of discrimination.   We create our life by our choices, and Virgo's mental energies can either heal or disrupt our lives.   Our minds can help us accept the Truth and make the best of it or flood us with fears so we obsess over our problems, leading to stress and self-criticism.   Merlin's guidance helps us be true to our Self.

   Virgo is also known as the Virgin of Life, gathering in the harvest of our creations.   The Egyptian goddess Isis was associated with Virgo because the end of summer is the time of year when the Nile floods and new life returns to the land.   This aspect of Isis is not the lover, but the mother who carries her child in her lap, symbolizing the manifestation of the potentials of life.   A new creation occurs!   New insights are born and new solutions generated.  

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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