Each sign has its own lunar cycle, just a bit different from all of the others. We wane with some signs and wax with others.
Today is the dark of the Moon, the last few hours of the old Moon before she is born anew. Today she is Balsamic, the most ancient of crone Moons, negotiating with the Sun for new life. Tomorrow she will be born again as the Maiden, the New Moon, waxing chaste. She will have only a few hours as the Maiden. The next time we see her she will be the crone again, but growing brighter and brighter, younger and younger, with the passing months. In six month’s time she will present herself in all her magnificent glory as the Virgo Full Moon, consort to the gentle Pisces Sun. This is her Cinderella story.
We think of the Moon as growing in brightness from the New Moon to the Full, and of course she does as the phases wax. But each sign’s lunar cycle is different. The Virgo New Moon cycle is one that moves backwards through the phases.
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The Virgo Moon will be a waning Moon from October until March. In October, she will appear twice as the Balsamic moon. In late November, she will be the Last Quarter Moon. In December, January, and February she will be in the Disseminating phase. This is how her Cinderella story unfolds. She grows younger as the months pass by.
In March of next year, she will be Full. It is then that she will begin her journey through the heavens as a waxing Moon.
This is hard to imagine, I know. This illustration should help. See how the Virgo lunar cycle’s “backwards” journey through the phases increases her luminosity? Also note the “triple goddess” formation of the first three days.
The Anti-Aging Ceremony
In these last few hours, consider adjusting your New Moon meditation to cycle backwards with Virgo. Think of her as the anti-aging Moon. What would it be like to see a beloved grow younger? Would you feel you had been of good service to your beloved? Would you feel older? Happier?
Tools for the Ceremony
The Balsamic Virgo ~ Find an object, preferably silver, in need of polishing, to represent something you would like to renew. Have some polish on hand. (If you intend to polish silver, toothpaste is one of the best silver polishes you can use. No need for a chemical polish.) Place your object in a prominent place. If you use an altar, place it there.
The New Virgo ~ On the day of the New Moon, do nothing but imagine what this renewal will feel and look like as you meditate on your object and what it represents throughout the day.
The Waxing Virgo ~ The day after the New Moon, polish just a portion of the object you have chosen.
You can take a day, a week, or the entire month of the Virgo New Moon cycle to complete the polishing. It’s important not to polish the object in one sitting. You want to spend some time seeing the object grow brighter and brighter in stages, younger and younger in appearance, as the time you’ve allowed yourself unfolds. You may decide to spend some time each month polishing just a portion until next March, when the Virgo Moon is Full. The timing is up to you.