Virgo New Moon + Solar Eclipse : Saturday, September 12th : 11:52pm PDT
I just returned from Italy where I had the great blessing of traveling to the Temple of Vesta in Rome. The order of the Vestal Virigins goes back to pre-Roman times beginning with first two, then six priestesses of Vesta, whose High Priestess was called the Virgo. Theirs was the sacred duty to tend to the fire in the hearth of the temple, representing the central gathering place or "spirit" of a family, a culture, or a civilization. It is surmised that this fire burned continuously from around 717 BCE until 394 CE, when the fire was extinguished and the order of the Vestal Virgins disbanded under the Christian Emperor Theodosius I. (source)
Still, the archetypal themes are present in our lives. In the zodiac, these themes are represented by the sign of Virgo. Virgo says the central fire of our lives (the spirit/soul of a life or place) requires tending to, housed in the temple of our body, the earth.
Indeed, there is a lot for us to be tending as we approach the autumnal equinox. The new moon in Virgo, taking place on Saturday, September 12th is also a partial solar eclipse, marking a powerful opportunity for completion work with major lessons and worn out belief systems of the same Virgo variety : primarily regarding our sacred work, our distribution of life-force energy, the health and wellbeing of our bodies, and the stewardship of our planet.
Virgo is very aware of the deep patterning of things, and so concerns itself with web weaving. Like the Native American figure of Spider Woman, we too are constantly creating our own realities, weaving our stories into the deeper pattern of all life. We can either choose to weave in accordance with this pattern - with the cycle of the seasons, the tides of the moon, and the harvest times (inner and outer) or we can weave ourselves into knots of our own making. The choice is always ours.
As with all new and full moons, the invitation is to participate with the archetypal/mythic themes that present themselves - as a way of self-identifying our old patterns and behaviors and thus spurring transformation and freedom. With a Virgo eclipse especially, take a ceremonial attitude and ask yourself, what is sacred action, your sacred work, worth tending to, and in what ways have you hindered the flow of life in tangles and knots? In what ways are your pushing out against the Mysterious FLOW of nature/life itself? What is ready to complete itself during the eclipse window? How do you feel called to mark that passage?
Keep in mind that Virgo is not dedicated to sacred work as a path to personal reward or outer recognition. In fact, the original meaning of the word virgin meant autonomous, or free of external trends and influences. Moving beyond the limited ideals of our modern society and all its pressures can be terrifying. For that reason, be aware of a reactive need to overly control a situation, to craft your sacred work as you would have it. In the end, we can only participate. In the end, our only work, is to tend the fire of the global heart, of which we are each a crucial and beautiful part.