School’s in session! On September 6 (at 8:51PM EDT) the knowledge-seeking, service-oriented 2021 Virgo new moon sets us on a path toward illuminated health and happiness.
Clean, green and serene? That’s the recipe for success as the 2021 Virgo new moon (the only one this year) shifts our focus toward salubrious systems.
As the sign symbolized by the Virgin or Maiden carrying a shaft of wheat, Virgo is the zodiac’s purist and green thumb. Think carefully about what seeds you want to plant during this earthy lunar lift. (And for best results, make sure they’re heirloom quality and that the “soil” is organic.)
Industrious Virgo prizes efficiency—but not without a dose of earthy sensuality. Create some set-and-forget routines, but turn others into luscious rituals. The little things make all the difference now!
Here are seven ways to manifest the potent lunar potential of the 2021 Virgo new moon:
1. Go green.
Virgo is the zodiac’s sustainable “cleanfluencer,” a la Marie Kondo, always looking to tidy things up—but only in the purest, most nontoxic way. There’s no avoiding the use of some chemicals as the pandemic spirals into new viral variants. But lean in to this crafty zodiac sign. For example, try making your own hand sanitizer using rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel and a soothing essential oil.
Since many of us will spend more time indoors now at work and school, do what you can to breathe easier. If you live in a busy, urban area, you might consider buying an air filter to remove allergens like dust, pollen, animal dander and mold. Or, imagine your space filled with houseplants, the ultimate air purifiers! We’re constantly inspired by the leafy wonderlands curated by designers Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow and Hilton Carter of #WILDATHOME, whose relationship with his first fiddleleaf fig (named Frank) blossomed into wonderful inspo and tutorials for living that “plant-based” life.
2. Be the change.
During these times of ongoing political unrest, weather-related travesties and social conflict, it’s tempting to withdraw into solitude. But that’s not what benevolent Virgo wants (or, for that matter, what humanity needs). As quintessential Virgo, Mother Teresa said, “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” Those words have never mattered more. There’s no shortage of great causes to contribute to—whether with time, money, or both. Studies show that contributing to your community makes you healthier and less stressed—so what are you waiting for?
3. Get your RDA of self-care.
Virgo is the sign of sacred self-care, and this lunar lift can level up your nutrition and fitness regimen. If chatty Mercury, Virgo’s ruler, balks at going it alone, recruit friends. Motivate each other along as accountability buddies—you can stream workouts together, do weekly check-ins or share results on the same app. Meet for weekend bike rides or rent a cabin with your pandemic pod at a location with legendary hiking trails. Since methodical Virgo loves learning steps, try out new choreography or take a dance lesson.
Virgo is the sign that rules pets, and your commitment could be simply to take your dog (or a borrowed pup) for a long, mindful daily walk. If you keep a brisk pace, it’s a great way to increase your heart rate and tap into some of the proven benefits of spending time with pets, like reducing stress and anxiety. In this interview with Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle explains how dogs and cats can help us become more enlightened. In his words, “I have lived with many Zen masters, all of them cats.”
4. Learn to receive.
Yes, altruistic Virgo is all about selfless service and even sacrifice—but that spirit doesn’t just flow one way. The 2021 Virgo new moon reminds us to be receptive to the kindness and generosity of others. How often do you catch yourself saying, “I’ve got it handled,” or “I’m good!” when you’re actually overwhelmed and on the verge of a stress meltdown? Under this new moon in humble, modest Virgo, be willing to wave the flag and admit that you could use a hand. You know how good it feels to be there for others, so stop worrying about being a “burden” and give friends and family the opportunity to be there for you in return. Working as a team might just make life easier for all of you!
5. Empty your cup.
Is there clutter in your head, too? Zen Buddhists tell the story of Nan-in, a Japanese master who poured tea into a visiting professor’s cup until it was full—and then kept on pouring. When the professor protested that his cup was overflowing, Nan-in told him that, like the cup, the scholar’s head was full of opinions that made it impossible to show him Zen. First, he had to empty his cup.
The point of this tale? A cluttered mind leaves no room for peace and enlightenment. How about a clean sweep in the name of serenity? This new moon is an ideal time for starting an “emptying” practice. Apps like Insight Timer or Headspace offer a range of guided meditations, whether you only have one minute or twenty. The Chopra Center’s suite of 21-day meditations can bring the bonus of focusing on a Virgoan result like “Getting Unstuck” or “Miraculous Relationships.” (Plus, who wouldn’t benefit from listening to a daily download from Oprah and Deepak?!)
6. Be good to your gut.
Virgo rules the small intestines and the digestive system, so now is the perfect time to implement a few gut-healthy changes to your diet. You can start by simply drinking a large glass of water (16 ounces if you can) every morning to help your body absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Squeeze in some alkalizing lemon for extra measure. Seriously reducing your refined sugar intake and increasing your consumption of fiber-rich foods such as beans and nuts will go a long way toward reducing inflammation and balancing your microbiome. Introduce probiotic-rich fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha and kimchi to your diet and consider intermittent fasting—giving your digestive system a break for 14 to 16 hours—so your gut can reset.
7. Practice anti-perfectionism at the 2021 Virgo new moon.
Virgo is the innocent newborn, the pure and unspoiled being that has no sense of inadequacy. Alas, that sense of wholeness seems to be the hardest state for humans to hang on to. While this new moon can help us purify in healthy ways—through our diets, our intentions and the words we choose to use—it can be a slippery slope to perfectionism. Brené Brown calls it armor or, “a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from flight.” The simple act of making a gratitude list is a great start toward overcoming your inner critic, and affirmations go a long way as well. You are exactly where you need to be, and you’re doing exactly what you need to be doing. Now chill!