Today’s Virgo New Moon is exact at 9:44 am EDT. All New Moons are a conjunction of the Sun and Moon, and this one is in a sign represented by Mercury. This means that how we think, how we feel about what we think, and our understanding of that process are all part of the equation.
New Moons can represent starting points; the blending of ego consciousness (Sun) and intuition/emotions (Moon); and blind spots in our awareness — kind of like how it’s hard to see someone right beside you without turning your head. With a New Moon in a sign ruled by Mercury, we get a question about ‘how to think for yourself’.
One of the first things to ask yourself in any situation you’re trying to figure out is, “What don’t I know?”
That is, you have to be aware of what you don’t know in order to ask the right questions and have an idea of where to look for the answers. It’s a simple concept.
Yet in this age of lightning-fast sharing on the Internet, it’s easier than ever to take information at face value and assume you have the whole story. The irony is that it’s also easier than ever to research, fact-check and follow up on sources.
The key ingredients are making the time and having the motivation to do so. For most of us, that is not a top priority when it comes to news stories — not when you’re working two jobs, or taking classes, or battling a chronic illness, or just trying to make some time for creative expression (or, let’s face it, distracted by the Internet).
Think of it as simply considering multiple points of view. That’s as much of a thought exercise as it can be actively searching out sources from outside your usual worldview. Once you’ve made that adjustment to your mental posture, it’s possible for curiosity to take over — and then looking for alternate sources of information (or the lineage of an article you’re reading) becomes more like fun than work.
Once you start shifting perspective regularly, you might find yourself pausing before you click ‘like’ on Facebook or forward an email. What exactly are you saying if you put that information/image/etc. out there? Check your facts and test your theory.
You might also notice yourself coming out of either/or mode and beginning to take an integrated point of view, one that synthesizes different perspectives into something original and personal.
Finally, anytime you hear yourself saying, ‘I believe…’ or ‘I think…’ or ‘I thought…’ notice how much of the statement is verifiable fact. How far back can you trace your beliefs — as in, do they date back to childhood, your parents or even further? How able are you to allow them to be questioned (by yourself or by others)? It’s good to know the basis of your ideas.
Our culture doesn’t seem to put much value on doing so, but with a few basic tools, it can be done. As the astrology heats up in the coming season (we’re approaching the Libra equinox, a ‘personal is political’ Aries Point event), these will be good mental habits to cultivate. No better time than a Mercury-ruled New Moon to start.
– With Eric Francis
[Note: Eric provides additional coverage of the New Moon in the new edition of Planet Waves FM. for the influence on Chiron in the New Moon configuration, see Monday’s post; for Jupiter’s influence, Len Wallick’s Tuesday column.]