September 2020: Tarot spread for the new moon in Virgo

Tarot spread for the September 2020 new moon in Virgo

The September 2020 full moon falls in the sign of Virgo. The Virgo archetype is logical and practical, with an eye for detail and the steadfastness to go after their goals. This is a sign that thrives on meticulous planning, on honing skills to perfection and gaining mastery over their chosen vocation.

Spiritually, the Virgo archetype teaches the principle of devotion. One way to understand this principle is by looking at it through the lens of one’s devotion to their craft. While all the buzz seems to point towards profiting from your passion, there are numerous examples of famous writers and artists who held down a day job for most of their lives. Franz Kafka was an insurance clerk, Harper Lee was an airline ticketing agent, Mark Rothko was an elementary school teacher and Paul Gauguin was a stockbroker. They could all have given in to the dull drudgery of making a living, but they didn’t – and the world is much richer for their devotion to their craft.

The September 2020 new moon is also an excellent time to take stock of where you are at this point in time, and where you want to go from here. This year has been a most unusual one, with a significant amount of anxiety, and a sense of feeling helpless and not being in control of situations. We aren’t completely out of the woods yet, what with the fires raging in the US, a second explosion at the Beirut port this month, and the continued clampdown on dissent and activists in India.

This Virgo new moon, though, asks us to step back into our power. The world outside may have us feeling helpless and off balance, but we can take steps – small ones though they may be – to bring back a sense of control in our own life. Put some limits on social media and news consumption; find ways to improve the air quality at home, be it by filling your home with plants that can help improve air quality or DIYing an air purifier. Small steps like these can bring a sense of order and pockets of calm back, and that is what our nervous system so desperately needs at this time.

This would also be a good time to focus on you. Take stock of where you are right now, where you see yourself a few years down the line, and what it will take you to get from here to there. The seeds you plant now will bear fruit in the years to come.

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Astro-tarot influences for the September 2020 new moon

To throw some more light on the September full moon astrology, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The Virgo new moon falls in decan 3, which is represented by the 10 of Pentacles. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with The Hermit, which is associated with Virgo.

The 10 of Pentacles represents the stability and success that comes through hard work and the support of a close-knit circle of family or friends. The Hermit is an inward and solitary energy, and represents a time to pull away from society to find our own personal truth. It’s a call to reflect on our journey so far and to determine where we want to go from here.

This, then, speaks to the dedication that is needed if we want to live up to our full potential. I am reminded of Cal Newport’s exhortation to Deep Work. And though a lot of the book is geared towards achieving excellence at the work place, those concepts can be applied to almost any area we truly want to focus on.

In India, Deep Work isn’t a new concept. We’ve grown up hearing about it – as riyaaz. Practice. Classical musicians, dancers, theatre artists – we’ve grown up knowing that all of them live a life of deep work. Regular practice, hours of it, alone and with their peers, is what helps them gain mastery over their craft.

While there are renowned artists – tabla mastero Zakir Khan, sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Mallika Sarabhai; there are numerous others who are unknown and unremarked. Some live simple lives, barely making ends meet. Others do well for themselves in completely unrelated fields. And still, they devote time to their daily riyaaz. Although this seems to be becoming far less common the more “globally connected” we are becoming.

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Unlike the modern-day fairy-tale we are sold, not everyone is destined for greatness and not everyone can be and do who or what they want to be. There’s the practical aspect of life, which can chew us up and spit us out without a please or a thank you if we are not also practical and pragmatic in our approach.

And that’s the key to this Virgo new moon – understanding how to balance riyaaz with a full-time job, for example. Pursuing our interests without having to turn it into a hustle just because that seems to be the done thing these days.

It’s a reminder to get clear on our own personal truth, and then to put in the work it takes to live that truth without getting tangled up in voices and ideas that are not our own.

Sabian Symbol for the September 2020 Virgo new moon

The Sabian Symbol for Virgo 25 degrees is A Flag At Half Mast In Front Of A Public Building.

This symbol is a mark of respect to honor a person’s lasting legacy. Though this is an honor most often reserved for people in public office, the symbol itself speaks to the reward that you experience when you dedicate yourself…your life…to something that has personal meaning to you.

Ideals, here, are not enough. What matters is your actions. Do you simply think about a life of meaning, or do you act to make it a reality?

Tarot spread for the September 2020 new moon in Virgo

Here’s a tarot spread to tap into the energy of this new moon.

Tarot spread and journaling questions for the September 2020 new moon in Virgo

1. Soil: Draw from the major arcana cards. This is the archetypal focus over the next few years

2. Seeds: Draw 2-3 cards. This represents the energy that is arising for you at this time

3. Water: Draw 2-3 cards. These represent the action items/mindset shifts that will help you to achieve your goals

4. Mama moon says: This is always a message of love and hope

Journaling questions for the September 2020 Virgo new moon

Not a cardslinger? No problem! These questions should help you refine your focus for this moon cycle. Cardslingers will also benefit from reflecting on these questions!

1. Do some writing to figure out what you would like to achieve over the next 2-3 years. This could be in any area. Don’t limit yourself here.

2. Look over your writing. Find the 2-3 achievements that make you THE most excited.

3. Set some action items + goals that will slowly and surely take you closer to achieving those dreams/desires.

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