The Virgo New Moon at 7:36 am EDT Thursday will likely correspond with something for you to grow into. In a sense, it’s simply that time of the month. It’s also about the time of year. This particular conjunction of the luminaries (Sun and Moon), however, will feature something more: a functional sextile to Jupiter, astrology’s planet of growth.
It may very well be its relationship to Jupiter that ultimately distinguishes Thursday’s New Moon, and you, in the long run of your lifetime and history. That relationship will have several levels.
As Robert Hand put it, “At the most fundamental level Jupiter signifies the individual reaching out to include more and more of the universe and its experience within himself or herself.” Those same words could also be used to describe forms of growth that require conscious intent and initiative to undertake. Hence, Jupiter is emblematic of such growth, and with the Virgo New Moon, the largest planet will also be well positioned to support it.
Earlier this year on June 25, just four days after the Sun entered cardinal Cancer to initiate a new season, Jupiter followed suit. The Jovian ingress to Cancer started a new season of its own — a tenure of more than a year in the water sign ruled by the Moon.
In addition to being the place where the Moon is dignified as ruler, Cancer is also where Jupiter finds another, and very ancient, form of dignity called exaltation.
A planet in exaltation is distinguished, standing out from the crowd as it were. Just as with any person who distinguishes herself or himself, an exalted Jupiter is considered symbolically influential. One of the ways planets express their symbolic influence is through aspect, the angular relationship with other objects or points on the zodiac wheel.
When the luminaries conjoin later this week, the Moon will be a few hours away from making an exact sextile to Jupiter. The Sun will be but two days away from making the same exact sextile to Jupiter. That means the Virgo New Moon will be in a functional sextile aspect with Jupiter.
Most astrologers consider sextiles to be supportive of initiative. The aspect works very much along the lines of scholarships or grants, which support those who have consciously and intentionally undertaken to distinguish themselves through a new cycle of growth — something every New Moon represents.
Every month the Moon catches up with the Sun to initiate a new cycle of growth you can witness with your own eyes. It begins on the day of a New Moon, when Luna is between Earth and the Sun.
From our point of view that means the Moon is at once conjunct with the Sun (starting a new cycle) and invisible to the unaided eye because only the side of the Moon facing away from Earth is receiving solar illumination at the time. Then, a day or two after every New Moon, Luna becomes visible again. At first it’s a thin crescent close to the sunset. Then, with each passing night, it grows and gradually separates from the Sun until the Moon is full.
Nearly every passing year includes a New Moon in Virgo. It is is distinguished by not only beginning a new luminary cycle, but also by anticipating the start of a new season before the luminaries next conjoin. That’s because nearly every Virgo New Moon sets the stage in a way, for the solar initiative of a Libra equinox. Not every New Moon, whether in Virgo or otherwise, however, receives the expansive support Jupiter will provide on Thursday.
That’s how Jupiter will, in its own way, set the stage with this Virgo New Moon — for the new season to follow, and for you — to grow into something more than routine experience would dictate. Something that will plainly distinguish you a little more with each passing day. Something that will support you in creating a new season in your life, and a new place for yourself in the world. It’s not too soon to start looking around to see what that will be, and step into shoes that may feel a little big at first, knowing that the time will soon come when you will fill them.
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