This New Moon in Virgo shifts the heat from the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) to the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) particularly if you have any placements in any of these signs at 0-7 degrees. Since Mar’s departure from Taurus about a week or so ago into the verbal, witty and mentally stimulating Gemini, we have likely seen an uptick of verbal sparring, intellectual conflicts, and stinging insults. (Mars in Gemini is something of an insult comic). It often comes with a mental acuity that moves so quickly that you are likely to say the witty thought before you have the chance to evaluate if it may offend, not that Mars in Gemini cares much if it does.

It’s this energy that tightly squares this Virgo New Moon as it perfects; a powerful and conflict-laden start to the cycle. Both the New Moon and Mars are ruled by Mercury readying for its retrograde in social, harmony-seeking Libra. As a result, this New Moon is concerned with the practical reassessment of its relationships and social agreements. In this reevaluation, there is a real potential for verbal conflict from Mars as he may throw around ‘facts’ as weapons as well as harsh critiques typical to Virgo. It may be easy to become defensive if a loved one critiques the status quo of your relationship (or worse, your behavior or actions within it) as it may no longer serve them. It’s important that those with a strong Virgo impulse (and those on the other end of that impulse) to not conflate the critique of the behavior, agreement, etc. with the person themselves. Mars has an overwhelming influence upon the initiation of this New Moon as it can create an argument out of a discussion. This configuration has the tendency to want to win the mental and intellectual battle but its ruler, Mercury in Libra, seeks diplomatic solutions. The proper use of this martian energy is to use the decisive power of Mars to cut away the clauses of your social contracts that no longer serve your relationships instead of locking your loved ones into verbal combat about the details of the past. With Mercury’s retrograde close at hand characterizing this lunation, it is not advised to start brand new agreements and to not settle too quickly on a revision of an old one, but to take the time of this retrograde cycle to tweak, experiment, and understand the position of your partner so that by the end of this lunation cycle (Around September 23rd) you will have a clearer assessment of the efficacy of your current agreements and what needs to change. The combined Mercurial powers of this Virgo New Moon and Gemini Mars can be used to great success if the Gemini energy is used to aggregate data and clearly define the terms of the contracts, both spoken and unspoken, and the Virgo energy is used to analyze those details and allowed to cull what no longer works and improve upon what has. During this time, it’s good to remember that whoever it is you may argue with is your comrade and, while you both may have grievances, it is better to work together to resolve them rather than criticize and attack one another. Accountability, patience, and humility are the antidotes to Mar’s desire to create a war to win and Virgo’s desire for perfection. Your fight need not be with your comrade this lunar cycle, but with the old paradigm of your relationships instead.

Thank you so much for reading this forecast, I hope that it helps you navigate another Mars-y lunation and channel the warrior energy constructively.



This month in particular contains what I believe to be the most dynamic and challenging aspect of the year. I’m hoping this forecast can help you consciously navigate these transits, channel their energy constructively and see the beauty of the cosmos as the planets weave this energy through our lives. For those of you with fixed planets or rising signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) from about 17° to 22°, this transit will likely be more challenging for you on a personal level, but all of us will feel this.

As many of you are well aware, we are in the midst of the Mars, Uranus and North Node conjunction in Taurus (just beginning to separate) and you have likely felt the restlessness and perhaps witnessed the explosiveness of this transit either personally or in the world at large already. As Mars moves through this conjunction, he reignites the tension of the Saturn/Uranus square that we have been feeling since late 2021 and which will nearly perfect again in mid-October. Uranus, the Promethean impulse, the rebel (hopefully with a cause), and genius, unpredictable, and freedom-seeking is joined by Mars, the god of war, who adds fuel, heat, agitation, and the willingness to fight for what it values and needs in life-sustaining Taurus. These two planets alone are perfectly described by an explosion, sudden, violent, and destructive. The North Node (NN) brings these energies to the extreme as many will feel compelled to win at all costs against anything or one that they perceive as oppressive. The challenge of this transit is to be certain that what you are attempting to detonate in your life is done for the right reasons. The NN often will compel you to do something just for the sake of it to try to quench an unquenchable desire. Some walls need to be torn down, others are needed to hold the roof over your head. Saturn in socially conscious Aquarius confronts this energy and demands to know if this is sustainable, necessary, practical, and particularly if it is for the greater good of humanity but it may also attempt to hold back the revolution in the name of the current social order and political paradigm. Uranus finds no better counterpart than Saturn in the sky. Saturn, the god of restriction, boundaries, discipline, and structure is the perfect foil to Uranus’s freedom-loving,  experimental, liberating, rebellious energy. This dynamic has left many of us feeling like a bottle of shaken champaign when Mars comes to release an explosive amount of energy and we can either pop off the cork or allow the bottle to shatter.

This Full Moon (shown above) will highlight this tension as the Sun in Leo will have moved into an opposition with Saturn as the Moon joins it in Aquarius. The Mars, Uranus, and NN transit colors this month’s lunar cycle as the full Moon will challenge these energies from cool, detached, socially responsible Aquarius. The willful, expressive, individualistic, and passionate seed planted at the beginning of the Moon cycle is made to contend with and address the need for order, restriction, and a disciplined appraisal of its goal without egoic desire. The culmination of this lunation asks us “How do we honor the enthroned inner spirit’s need for liberation and freedom as individuals in the context of community, social order, practical limitations, and ultimately the greater good without snuffing out the revolution altogether?” There is a need to maintain the authenticity and warmth of the Leo dimension while also maintaining an Aquarian arm’s length distance from the rage and discontent so that we can strategically demolish the systems and structures, both within and without, that created the crisis in the first place. The waning phase of this cycle will allow us to clean up the shrapnel of whatever restraint or structure was demolished in the first half of the month as well as tend to any casualties that we may have suffered as a result. As Mars moves into Gemini on the 20th, where it will remain for the next 8 months, the heat for Saturn and Uranus cools down considerably. The fixed signs will be able to catch their breath as they prepare for the last Saturn/Uranus square next month.