Hidden Insights: Astrology for the week of 17 September 2017

We begin this week with an agitating (but ultimately creative) combination of forces, and wind our way down to the potentiating New Moon in Virgo. Hidden Insights has advice for a week where determination is required to unlock its potential.

Mercury and Mars are still together in Virgo, encouraging a meticulous approach to our communication, as well as finesse with the actions we take.

Applying skillful means gained from these players can allow us to harness the creative gifts Venus offers up, even as it moves away from the conjunction to the galvanizing North Node in fiery Leo. Venus eventually moves into Virgo on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. On that same day, we reach the New Moon in late degrees of Virgo. And for a few hours we have the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in this discriminating, Mercury-ruled sign.

It’s the perfect time to set practical resolutions that require finely-tuned action plans to manifest. However, the Wounded Healer asteroid Chiron in Pisces will be in opposition to the Sun and Moon, and Mercury will also oppose the limitless transcendence-seeking Neptune (also in Pisces). Confusion may simply be unavoidable no matter how many times we go over the details.

The Sun enters harmony-seeking Libra over the weekend, encouraging us to drop perfectionism and aim for artistry instead. It’s also Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, and a time to celebrate and give thanks.

Meanwhile, Mars take its turn to oppose Neptune. The struggle to reconcile effective (Virgo) actions (Mars) to our ideal vision (Neptune) reaches a peak.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up for your sign this week:

Aries (21 March — 19 April)

It’s likely that this week’s events will bring up some unexpected emotional reactions for you, Aries. Either this will manifest in an overt way in your everyday experience, or it may arise through your subconscious as a particularly active time in terms of dreams and visions. Whether waking or sleeping, the key to managing these experiences is acceptance. When you make a bold move, sometimes the psyche kicks back in an often-misguided defence mechanism.

Your New Moon ritual encourages surrender.

Taurus (20 April — 20 May)

This week will require you to dig a little deeper than usual, Taurus. The New Moon in Virgo encourages you to get hands-on, but all the opposing energy in Pisces may leave you feeling perplexed as to the point of spending energy if you really don’t have to. You’re encouraged to consider the bigger, broader picture. Everyday creative rituals can turn into long-term habits that contribute significantly to your overall happiness.

Your New Moon ritual cultivates enthusiasm.

Gemini (21 May — 20 June)

It’s a good week for a pragmatic approach to risk-taking, Gemini. You may be finding it tricky to figure out where to put your efforts, and confusion can then lead you towards inaction. Chances are you’re going to make a misstep somewhere, but don’t let this make you unwilling to take any kind of assertive action. There are no guarantees of success. You’ll just have to trust that you can handle any potential fallout.

Your New Moon ritual helps you identify your priorities.

Cancer (21 June — 22 July)

You may not have noticed this happening, but your horizons have been expanding recently, Cancer. It’s time to take advantage of this elevated perspective and look at the world around you. The education you’ve received has unlocked doors and opened you to possibilities in places where before there were only unknowns and obstacles. The New Moon encourages you to acknowledge this, and then focus on the next practical goal that will take you even further.

Your New Moon ritual prepares you for the next big adventure.

Leo (23 July — 22 August)

You’ve been fortunate these past few months to be graced by many energizing planetary visitors to your home sign, Leo. The spotlight moving into Virgo is going to leave you feeling somewhat bereft of cosmic support. It’s also likely that you’ll be struggling to determine what’s really important at this time. It’s in weeks like these that it’s worth remembering the old adage: this too shall pass.

Your New Moon mantra is a request for help if you need it.

Virgo (23 August — 22 September)

You’re graced with a plethora of planets in your sign this week, Virgo. That means that your particular set of qualities is going to be considered of higher value during this time. Remember: It’s perfectly ok to be righteous and determined when it comes to your work in the world. Just remember that everything in life needs balance. For you, that means marrying your earthly ideals to a broader, perhaps even cosmic, sentiment.

Your New Moon holy mantra is: Why?

Libra (23 September — 22  October)

The New Moon in Virgo is linked with goals that aren’t necessarily borne from a part of your consciousness that you’re totally aware of, Libra. Meanwhile, as the Sun enters your sign, you’ll become increasingly self-aware and also have more of a desire to step into the light. Trust your deeper instincts and get ready. Your job is to be there to facilitate the emergence of your unconscious material into the light.

Your New Moon ritual gets you grounded and ready for what’s coming.

Scorpio (23 October — 21 November)

The focus for you is on social connections, dear Scorpio. One of the biggest obstacles to your success in this area is a fear of failure. It can create a reluctance to connect to others, to give your time or energy freely, or to shine brightly. Keep in mind that, at its best, the Virgoan spirit is that of service and dedication to principles of higher consciousness. This type of success can rarely be measured by a traditional metric.

Your New Moon ritual gets you out of the way of yourself and others.

Sagittarius (22 November — 22 December)

The New Moon in Virgo emphasizes material and worldly success for you, Sagittarius. But the opposing energies in Pisces reflect a different dimension that requires equal attention — the tender, soft, dreamy self who needs consistent nourishing and care. There’s no need to indulge in self-sacrificing behaviours or give up anything. Harmony’s possible when you recognize that it is in fact possible (at least in regards to this) to have it all.

Your New Moon ritual removes self-imposed limitations.

Capricorn (22 December — 19 January)

With all this Virgo energy you’ll be tempted to over-analyze, Capricorn. And if you find yourself totally stressed out or anxious, then that’s highly likely to be the culprit. While it’s important to be systematic and logical, it’s also worth recognizing that you’re unlikely to find the solutions to all your current dilemmas all in one go. Lower your expectations. You need to take some of the pressure of yourself before you’re totally crushed.

Your New Moon ritual is a reality check.

Aquarius (20 January — 18 February)

This week is all about poise, dear Aquarius. Even though you still have much to learn, it’s true that the challenges of recent times have left you far more equipped to deal with your own emotional shifts. The New Moon in Virgo is about renewing your commitment to your own emotion and physical self-care. One benefit of being able to regulate yourself more effectively is that you have much more to give to those around you.

Your New Moon ritual shows care about your own well-being.

Pisces (19 February — 20 March)

Good relationships are built on solid foundations, Pisces. All the planetary activity in Virgo and Libra highlight that there will be an emphasis on “right action” in regards to this area of your life. Remember that people show commitment and dedication in different ways, and you’ll have an easier time if you don’t seek perfection. And if you do feel like others aren’t meeting your expectations, then for now just do what Pisces does best and go with the flow.

Your New Moon ritual reflects your faith in the world around you.