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Virgo New Moon 2009

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Mercury retrograde, the ruler of Virgo, has just left Libra and its third square to Pluto in Capricorn and gone back into Virgo. The Pluto/Mercury square forces the mind to confront its own darkness and hopefully choose to see the truth, which gives rise to creative resourcefulness. If the mind fails to dig deeply into its own shadow, the result is people who project their fears and hatreds onto the outer world. The Mind is what needs purification and transformation. It is the Mind which either refuses to confront the darkness within ourselves or which gives us the Light to see what that darkness contains. Mercury retrograde in Virgo is going through an alchemical process of purification and re-integration. An open Mind is a perceptive, creative and original Mind.

Saturn becomes the fulcrum (a point of support) for planting the new seeds of inspiration and relatedness in our lives. Saturn is about structure, order, discipline and responsibility, as well as fear, crystallization, and domination. So what have you been doing with your Saturn energy while it's been in Virgo for the past two years? Saturn in Virgo's purpose, to quote Jungian astrologer Liz Greene, is: "to provide an opportunity -- often through frustration, disappointment and ill health -- for a journey into the mysteries of the interconnection between mind and body, and the possibility of a conscious and deliberate synthesis of these two, the reward of which is good health and a new awareness of the meaning of the body and of the material environment." (Greene, Saturn, p.43)

With Saturn leaving Virgo for Libra by the end of October and then returning to Virgo from early April 2010 to mid-July 2010, we don't have much time left to implement the Virgo lessons of integration of mind and body, as well as service to humanity. Have you worked on these areas of your life: health, work, the environment and service? Our sense of wholeness is the gift we can give in service to the world.

Uranus in Pisces is conjunct Juno, the asteroid goddess who symbolizes the energy of sacred partnership, which under the patriarchy was disregarded and abused. Juno in Pisces believes that sacred partnership is the highest ideal and is committed to making it happen, not just between two people but between all people. The way to do this is to respect the rights of each individual. When the innovative inspiration of Uranus in Pisces is coupled with the sure knowledge that each individual, as well as the Earth, is due respect and love, we will have a peaceful revolution.

You can see how this powerful new Moon is playing itself out in America over the issues of Health Care and work. Will people live in fear of a change that will ensure everyone their right to health care (I haven't had health insurance for 25 years and so have escaped the worst of our health care system), or will they be inspired to see that we are all in this together?

Once again, it is the Mind that takes center stage -- can people think this change through rationally when their hearts are closed in fear? Free up your hearts and minds from media/corporate/religious manipulation and see how the freed mind wants to play with ideas. Perhaps one of you will come up with the answer we need to create a healthy health care system. The same goes for work. What work suits you is a more important question than what work will bring you the most money? Step out of the old worldview and into a new world vision that is truly free.

Venus is dancing with Jupiter (September 11), with Chiron (September 13) and with Neptune (September 15), opening her Leo heart-sensibilities to the Aquarian vision these three planets have been planting in our collective Mind. Watch for artistry, beauty, love and compassion to blossom in unexpected ways in the coming months.

Pluto went direct on Friday, September 11th, shifting the transformative energy from inner work to outer work. Here in the desert, the 'authorities' closed down our Faerie Festival one day before the event. Not much understanding there for all the time and money spent to produce it. Is it a power play by authority over the magical aspects of life? You decide.

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It is also the one-year anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and the beginning of the financial crisis, which occurred when Pluto originally went in Capricorn. Now Pluto is back to where it started and we can see how Wall Street has steadfastly refused to learn from its mistakes. We need a new financial system where banks and corporations ARE NOT too big to fail. We can see the stubborn refusal to change both on Wall Street and Main Street. When thousands march in Washington to stop health care reform that will benefit them, it's time for the spiritually aware to step into the world and show our strength. We need to be marching on Washington to bring the troops home, to change our health care system, to promote clean energy, to save the environment and to bring down the old model of corporate capitalism. You'll see more of this in the coming year!

The Sabian symbol for 26 Virgo is: A boy with a censer serves the priest near the altar.

Dane Rudhyar comments that this is the first stage of actual participation in the great ritual of planetary evolution. The ritual itself is archetypal, and it is a ritual that invokes the power of Spirit in our lives. As we open to the archetypal realms, we align ourselves with the natural laws of the universe. We each learn to practice in the presence of Divine Spirit.

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Autumn Equinox occurs on
Tuesday, September 22, 2009. It is the day the Sun stands above the Equator before it starts its yearly southern travels, bringing the spring and summer to our friends down under, while preparing us Northerners for fall and winter. You'll notice that the Sun comes up much further south on the horizon now.

If you'd like to read the Autumn Equinox story, please go to:

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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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