Navigating this New Moon with Retrograde 

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo with Retrograde, Oh My!

While the high point of the cycle may be on the full moon, the strongest and most important aspect in all of astrology is the Sun conjunct Moon (New Moon). Solar Eclipses make potent Magickal New Moons that come every 6 months or so. Astrologically this is recognized as a time of powerful changes and new beginnings in specific areas of our lives. These changes build up in the 6 weeks before and play out during the following 4-6 month period leading up to the next one.

With the retrograde in full force I wanted to dedicate a few minutes to thinking about the struggle and our choices around that struggle. There are a lot of Do’s and Dont’s surrounding the retrograde but ultimately, your experience is completely up to you and how you perceive it. I do suggest reading up on the astrology reports and knowing your signs. I am working on packing the small boxes as well as building the bigger ones over the next few days but feel free to post questions to the group or even private message me if you are stuck creating a new moon ritual for tonight. I will try to help however I can. I know this may be the first time for many of you so don’t think you are alone!

Here are a few thoughts before you move forward in your new moon intention setting tonight.

Finding Our Own Truth

We must each discover our own truth. It does not help us if those we love find their truth. They cannot give it to us. It does not help if someone we love knows a particular truth in our life. We must discover our truth for ourselves. We must each discover and stand in our own light. We often need to struggle, fail, and be confused and frustrated. That’ s how we break through our struggle; that’s how we learn what is true and right for ourselves. We can share information with others. Others can tell us what may predictably happen if we pursue a particular course. But it will not mean anything until we integrate the message and it becomes our truth, our discovery, our knowledge. There is no easy way to break through and find our truth.

But we can and will, if we want to. We may want to make it easier. We may nervously run to friends, asking them to give us their truth or make our discovery easier. They cannot. Light will shed itself in its own time. Each of us has our own share of truth, waiting to reveal itself to us. Each of us has our own share of the light, waiting for us to stand in it, to claim it as ours.

Recognizing Choices

We have choices, more choices than we let ourselves see. We may feel trapped in our relationships, our jobs, our life. We may feel locked into behaviors-such as care taking or controlling. Feeling trapped is a symptom of codependency. When we hear ourselves say, ”I have to take care of this person. . . .” ”I have to say yes. . . .” “I have to try to control that person. . . .” ”I have to behave this way, think this way, feel this way. . . .” we can know we are choosing not to see choices. That sense of being trapped is an illusion. We are not controlled by circumstances, our past, the expectations of others, or our unhealthy expectations for ourselves. We can choose what feels right for us, without guilt. We have options. Life is not about behaving perfectly or according to anyone else’s rules. More than anything else, life is about knowing we have choices and giving ourselves the freedom to choose.

Also, You may want to figure out your rising sign so you can determine what house the new moon is in, that gives you an idea about what you month and this moon cycle is going to look like. This website does a pretty good job calculating (you need to know the exact time you were born)

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