- Waning Dark Moon: Leo-Virgo
- Begins: September 15th-17th
- Element: Fire/Earth
- Modality: Fixed/Mutable
- Planetary Ruler: The Sun/ Mercury
ABOUT THE DARK/ BALSAMIC PHASE
The Waning Dark Moon is the phase when it’s still displaying a thin silver line, at the verge of becoming invisible in the night sky as it approaches the Sun. Symbolically, it represents the declining phase of the cycle of life. It begins two nights before the New/Dark Moon, which is when it has lost all of its illumination. Thus, this phase prepares us for the rebirth and new beginning that comes after the exact conjunction of the two luminaries.
RETURNING TO THE CAVE
It represents the time when we’re heading back to the cave, when we return from our journey through the outside and head towards our inner/underworld. Further, it invites us to rest, recharge, break old patterns, release from energetic or body toxins, banish what we want out or cut the cords that attach us to the past. It’s when we enter the Crone phase, commune with the Dark Goddess and meet with our shadow side.
WANING DARK MOON IN LEO-VIRGO AFTER THE FULL MOON IN PISCES
Since the New Moon of September 17th will happen in the last degrees of Virgo, we have the two Waning Dark Moon nights mostly falling under the energies of this sign, an ideal time to cleanse and purify from the negative energies in our inner and outer body and in our home environment in order to restore the soil in which we’re going to be planting seeds on. However, it will be after it had started at the late degrees of Leo which will be connecting with Mars Retrograde in Aries in the early hours of September 15th, a fiery energy excellent to discharge repressed emotions through its expression and through exercise and dancing. When the Moon changes to Virgo at 3:00pm EST, then it will be perfect to begin the releasing process and remove the toxins from the soul and the body.
This is the decaying phase of the Moon after the mystic and spiritual Full Moon in Pisces of September 2nd. This lunar event represented a time of illumination and opened a two week window in which it was going to reveal the false illusions in our lives and also what we may need to purify in mind, body and soul with the purpose to prepare us for the new lunar cycle.
NEW MOON AT 25° VIRGO: SEPTEMBER 17TH @ 7:00 AM
The New Moon in Virgo will be providing us with a highly grounding and practical energy perfect to organize ourselves and create a strategic plan on how we’re going to achieve our goals and materialize the intentions we are going to set during this lunar event. This is because it will be also providing us with a very fertile ground that, as it will be in a harmonious aspect with Saturn Retrograde, hints that in order to meet the blooms of the seeds we will be planting, we may need to apply effort, commitment and discipline. This is while Mars is also retrograde, highlighting that how we’ve always been taking action is not the way, it’s a time to implement different strategies that will help us achieve long lasting results.
WHAT TO FOCUS ON DURING THE TWO NIGHTS BEFORE THE NEW MOON
For instance, before we focus on the mundane, our work and our endeavors for the new start, we need to cleanse first our spirit and our emotional body, as we can’t expect to attract the new if the past and negative energies are still lingering, this applies also to your surroundings and your home. It’s also a time to evaluate your habits and see if one has been affecting your general health, your productivity and work performance. The New Moon in Virgo is a time to begin working on materializing a new vision, one that may have emerged with the Full Moon in Pisces. Thus, after almost two weeks, it’s perfect for a profound spiritual cleanse, restoring your soul and for breaking negative habits before setting intentions.
SUN OPPOSITE NEPTUNE: SEPTEMBER 11TH
On September 16th, the Waning Dark Moon in Virgo will be opposing mystical Neptune in Pisces, the planet of illusions and the intangible. Last week, when the Moon was in its last quarter phase, the Sun opposed this same planet, an energy that have been confronting us with the illusions that the Full Moon announced that it was going to reveal to us and this was the lunar week when we were going to see its effects and feel its influence more strongly. However, this neptunian energy may have made us more susceptible to confusion, self deception and of not seeing things clearly.
WANING DARK MOON OPPOSITE NEPTUNE: SEPTEMBER 16TH @10:03 PM EST // 7:03 PM PST
However, the Waning Dark Moon will be the last sphere to oppose this planet, but in its waning energies it indicates that we’re beginning to see the fog dissipate, making it excellent to dissolve, just like the fog, what we want out from our lives and our energetic field. This is because by the time of the New Moon, the opposition between the Sun and Neptune is already beginning to decay in influence and will be trining Saturn, highlighting that the final time of complete clarity and of becoming grounded in reality have arrived!
This energy will be excellent to channel to set intentions, to begin nailing down your goals and what you will be materializing for the next six months as it will be making us see things clearly with an objective perspective.
RITUALS AND ACTIVITIES
Hence, during the Waning Dark Moon in Virgo, dissipate the mist in your mind by cleansing and purifying your internal and external environment after having discharged repressed emotions on the 14th when it was in Leo. This is what will be preparing you for the New Moon. All of this is perfect to do a spiritual bath and a floor wash with herbs for banishing, to cleanse your altar, tarot cards and your crystals and also to organize your sacred space.