new moon in virgo

if the past few months have felt like absolute chaos, bouncing from retrograde to retrograde and enduring the endless upheavals and challenging eclipses of a particularly complicated leo season, then virgo season may feel like a welcome balm - a chance to slow down, regroup, and consider our next moves. this summer’s rapid movements and deep shifts have invited powerful transformation, urging us to leave behind toxic patterns, embrace our inner fire, and chase our dreams with confidence. but this isn’t always an easy process, and for those of us that gravitate towards organization and structure, virgo season is the time to plan out the core of our visions, to sift through all those intense emotions and desires and make a plan for success.

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now that we’ve reached the new moon in virgo, our intention-setting can begin in earnest. this season and new cycle invite assessment, reviewing everything we’ve experienced in the last few months as well as the year overall. we have a chance to consider where we started, what we want, where we’re going, to make adjustments or changes or potentially shift our path altogether. whether you write a to-do list, make a vision board, or talk to a life coach, this is the time to reflect on what you’ve been building this year, to decide how to take all that hard work to the next level.

however, for those of us that excel at self-criticism, this can be a slippery slope. virgos can be very critical of others but set impossibly high standards for the self, and there’s a risk of perfectionism taking over and halting progress, growth, even joy in creation. we are still in the middle of the process, and that means that things can look messy, unfinished, like they may never be completed - but hopefully we haven’t forgotten all of leo’s fire and courage, haven’t already dismissed the ways that we felt when we were simply dreaming. take breaks when you need them, extend generosity or kindness to others, and don’t be too hard on yourself.

my new moon in virgo spread is short but sweet, helping us to narrow the gaze on a few focus points, resist the urge to be overly harsh, and keep the big picture in mind. and the lessons the cards gave me today were, as so often happens, exactly what i needed to hear.

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where to focus: nine of pentacles. i am building opportunities for myself, working independently, and i have an opportunity with this new moon in virgo to celebrate my accomplishments and honor what i’ve done on my own. and while this card in many ways is the culmination of a long period of growth, progress, and hard work, it also speaks to pleasure, safety, comfort. i should still be focusing on everything i hope to achieve, the dreams i’ve been clarifying and organizing, but i also need to take time to celebrate everything that i’ve created. it’s important to find joy in the things we build, in dreams fulfilled.

what to grow: seven of pentacles. one of the minor arcana’s most powerful self-assessment cards, this is a chance for me to lean into self analysis, to consider ways that i can continue growing my skills, my talents, my connections. i’ve been building a foundation, working hard to learn the basics of the crafts i hope to keep pursuing, but this is a chance to level up and reach the next stage of my efforts. this card came up for me just a few days ago, urging me to stay focused, to remember what i’m working towards. there are a lot of possibilities for me, so much potential, and i need to keep refining my purpose and letting my intuition guide me.

how to be kind to yourself: two of wands. another card that often urges structure and organization, i can be kind to myself by honoring the ideas and inspiration i’ve found, but by taking the time to make real plans for how to see them through. it’s so often tempting to just dive in to the creativity, to let things flow and see what happens - but with me those ideas often crash and burn, as i run out of steam before i’ve even begun and then find myself deeply discouraged. by taking the time to let my fire build slowly, stoking the embers and clarifying my vision, i can actually put a plan in place for success. none of the things i’m working towards will happen overnight, so this is a time to choose balance, to give myself permission to move with purpose and slow, powerful intention.

the bigger picture: the sun. so much about chasing dreams is about the fulfillment, the satisfaction, the joy and wonder and magic that comes when we find ourselves doing exactly what we are meant to do. the sun is an archetype of happiness, celebration, positive energy, and in this position it tells me to keep chasing the healing and transformation that have brought me this far. this isn’t usually a card that i resonate with, being a child of the shadows and the moon, but here it feels like permission to keep chasing success, to keep pouring my energy into my visions of the future. the cards are asking me to keep clarifying what i want, to not be afraid to go after those dreams - and the sun promises that there’s joy in that pursuit.

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the cards feel like they’re speaking very clearly to me this morning, telling me to keep going, keep dreaming, keep finding satisfaction in my work. and as i keep pushing in new directions, opening myself up to new possibilities and opportunities, this reading is a reminder to not move too quickly, to be patient with myself and honor all the progress i’ve made so far. even when it’s tempting to dive right in, taking some time for reflection, organization, and clarifying that vision will help me find the joy i’ve been craving.

what have you been focusing on for this new moon, and how are you taking time to process the deep shifts of this summer? does virgo season feel like a welcome relief? if you use this spread, please feel free to share and tag me - i always love seeing my spreads through other people’s eyes.

have a beautiful new moon!

new moon in virgo

i've found it difficult to connect with my cards over the last few weeks. not because i don't love them or want to use them, but because my own energy is so incredibly low that it becomes hard to read clearly. sometimes tarot gives me a boost, helps me find direction, raises my own energy in a beautiful way - but when i'm already exhausted, it feels impossible to reach deep and find enough strength to see the messages of truth in the cards. but i miss my practice, miss the wisdom, miss connecting with something outside myself. and i may be completely drained, but just the process of shuffling and listening is still soothing. and while my spread is full of fire and has a few difficult cards, i'm still grateful for the insight this reading offers.

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1: ground: what new energy is earth bringing into my life? five of wands. while this scattered fire and competitive tension doesn't feel very related to virgo's exacting earth energy, perhaps it's instead signaling a change of direction or focus. i've been giving almost all of my energy lately to my new job, but it's meant that my creativity and passion have suffered. it feels like all of my fire is lost - maybe this new earth energy will help me find it again.

2: clear: what chaos can be shed to make room for this new energy? father of wands. strong, passionate, crackling with energy, this king of fire can let his charisma take over, and doesn't always think things through before acting. i'm struggling to see the father as chaos when the five of wands so often signals scattered energy and lack of focus, but perhaps his powerful and dominant energy is causing more harm than good.

3: perspective: where could i practice better judgment? the six of wands often speaks to overcoming adversity, and in this case i see it as removing myself from situations that tangle me up or get me caught in darkness. my job right now has very little positivity, and i'm struggling to rationalize why i should stay at all. sometimes we have to push through challenges in order to become stronger and wiser, and other times a situation is toxic and the best thing we can do is remove ourselves from the situation.

4: self-love: how can i avoid self-criticism this moon cycle? ten of wands, a card that i often read as creative burn-out or feeling overwhelmed. perhaps by channeling my fire into just a few specific tasks, i can find some of the self-love i've been missing lately.

5: intentions: how best could i manifest this new energy into my life? mother of pentacles. finally, some earth! she's a relief after all this fire. and caring for house and home, enjoying earthy pleasures, connecting with family and friends - those all sound so lovely and calming and delicious right now. keeping my physical self rested and ready is something i haven't been prioritizing, but applying that strong virgo energy to my own self seems like just the thing to help me get back on track.

wisdom of the eclipse

new moon energy is an intensely charged time - full of potential, a chance to start fresh, an opportunity to set new goals and intentions. and combined with the incredible energy from today's solar eclipse, there couldn't be a better time for a tarot spread centered around reflection, awareness, and finding direction.

1. where you stand

IMG_0299the son of swords grips the blade of his sword as he hones in on his target. everything in him is focused, utterly fixated on his destination. wings flapping, eyes forward, sword at the ready - he is completely determined, and will let nothing get in his way. as with all of the sons, their understanding of the suit is growing, and can go many ways. is his single-minded pursuit of his goal, his focus on the truth, something that makes him strong? or is he too obsessive, unwilling to see any other perspective?

i don't feel this strong or sure about anything at the moment, except perhaps that i'm longing to channel my energy into something. i've been toying with new creative pursuits, itching to start a new project, eager to find something i can pour my fire into. and while this son is several steps past where i feel i am, there's something to his passionate intensity, his fearless drive, his complete willingness to throw his entire self into this purpose, that resonates. i may not be sure where i want to go, but i do know that i want to put my whole self into something that matters to me.

2. something to leave behindIMG_0334

the card that i cannot seem to shake, the three of cups represents companionship, love, friendship, and honesty. this card has been stalking me relentlessly for the past few months, and has come to mean something very different - feelings of isolation and being misunderstood, being alone or left out, wanting something that no longer exists. but in this context, i feel that this card is asking me to leave behind not only these feelings, but also this inherent craving for approval, for support, for praise and love and inclusiveness. it's important to have people around us that give us that unconditional love and support, that encourage us to be better, that strengthen us and help us heal. but with that comes temptation, even a desire to lean too heavily on those that we love, rather than growing and learning on our own. having a strong community is a beautiful thing, but if we come to rely on it too heavily, we can do ourselves a disservice. sometimes we have to leave the pack, strike out alone, set our own course. i have to rely on my own independence, my own strength, and listen to what my heart is craving.

3. something to receive

IMG_0293a card of hope, healing, and moving forward, the six of swords feels like a gift. i've been so discouraged, felt so alone, wondered what my purpose is and how to escape this feeling of restless sadness. this card doesn't speak to all problems magically disappearing, or leaving everything behind, but instead seems to offer shelter from the storm, a chance to dry off, warm up, and set a new course.

hope and optimism aren't traits i'm particularly known for, and they aren't something i tend to seek - i take a rather bleak view of life, generally content to stay in the darkness. and while my gaze naturally drifts towards the pile of dark swords in the rain and the shadows, this card is really about that narrow, colorful rainbow overhead. i may not know where i'm going just yet, but that lovely ribbon of light is a potent reminder that no storm lasts forever, and that i have the power to leave this troubling sadness behind.

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the only major arcana card present, the star is a beautiful card of generosity, authenticity, peace, inspiration, and healing energy. it feels particularly poignant to see this hopeful image as the eclipse occurs overhead, a reminder of the powerful forces at work at the moment.

this card offers so much, and provides endless lessons, but one thing i'm grateful for is this card's association with creativity, passion, and feeding that inner fire. the star reminds us to connect with what truly drives us, encourages us to look deep within and see that which keeps us strong and centered, helps us find our way. beth calls this card the north star, and i love that strong image of a guiding light, an inner compass, a distant fire that helps us follow our own path. i may not always be good at pausing to look for this gentle beacon, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been there waiting for me, ready to help me find my way.

5. something to give

IMG_0333the two of cups, a card associated with love, balance, reciprocity, and strong connections. while it seems that many see this card as a symbol for romance and romantic love, it can also speak to connections with anything that is important to us: friendships, families, pets, art, music, nature, movement, or anything else that speaks to our soul, makes us feel alive and empowered and complete.

sometimes we're too depleted to give anything to anyone, but i find that when i'm running low on energy, on love, on encouragement, that i can often muster up some positivity for friends - even if i can't find it for myself. it's always astounding to me how reaching out to others, finding small ways to be kind, offering words of encouragement or support, tends to magnify and expand those feelings. those gestures feel small and sometimes seem like they can't possibly make a difference, but they often mean so much more than expected. and though right now it feels that i can't offer anything special, that doesn't mean i shouldn't try anyway.

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an intriguing card for this position, the seven of pentacles also made an appearance in my last reading. it represents an important step in any journey - a pause, an evaluation, an opportunity to assess progress and make any necessary adjustments. this card is a reminder to look at how far you've come, and make sure that the path you're following will lead you to your ultimate goal.

this card often pops up in snarky, clever ways for me - it tends to appear when i'm unsure of my direction, seeking guidance, or looking to connect with someone or something that's challenging me. as i've written before, i don't have major lifelong goals, impressive dreams, ambitious plans for my future, so this card feels like a tease. but perhaps that's an indication that i have more ambitions than i think, that just because i haven't set big goals for myself in the past doesn't mean i don't have them, buried down deep. this card may be pushing me to step back, evaluate what i really want, and consider if there is something i want, something i should be pointing myself towards.

7. your secret special skill

ten-of-swordsthe ultimate victim, the the ten of swords is a card of despair, melodrama, hitting rock bottom, and giving up. there's no possible way to escape all of those swords - indeed, ten seems a bit excessive. this card always makes me laugh, for don't we all feel this way sometimes? like the whole weight of the world is bearing down, everyone and everything is against us, there's no escape from the insurmountable problems stacking up before us. it's a card of utter defeat, getting so in our heads that we're sure there is no solution, no escape, no recovery.

quite a secret special skill to round out my spread. and yet, these dark cards come up for me frequently when i do readings that include personal powers, strengths, and important characteristics. my scorpio nature and depression play strongly into everything, from the way i read cards to the way i approach decisions to the way i relate to others. it's difficult to see the ten of swords as a skill, since melodrama and painting myself as a victim is rarely helpful. but this card does make me snicker, and reminds me to stay aware of those dark tendencies in both myself and others, which can certainly be a skill. it's a lot harder to be aware of bad patterns when it's you that's falling into them, but i try to pay attention to how my mind operates and stay focused when i can feel myself slipping into dark, twisty places. i also have plenty of darkness in my mind and my past, and while nothing truly horrific has happened to me, i do think that those experiences have helped shape me, taught me how to survive and remove the swords that are impaling me.

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this spread was certainly a challenging one, encompassing everything from honest love and community to self-imposed isolation and leaving the past behind. there are images of hope here, encouragement, friendship, inspiration. but there are also warnings of obsession, loss, despair, getting lost in the darkness of our own minds. but there's so much wisdom here, particularly as i seek ways to let my own creativity shine, as i reflect on hidden dreams or secret aspirations, as i crave a passion project that lets me channel my energy and knowledge and inner fire.

i've been doing a lot of larger spreads lately, and am eager to get back to my single-card daily drawings for a bit so that i can unpack all of the wisdom here. but if you did any special spreads or readings for the eclipse, please share in the comments!