The Last New Moon of Summer
New Moon in Virgo
August 25, 2014 10:12 AM EDT
By Dikki-Jo Mullen, Astrologer
The last New Moon of summer, 2014, also coincides with the last “Moon Day” or Monday in August of this year. At 2 degrees Virgo 18′, 10:12 AM EDT, this celestial message accents sensitivity to the generation gap, home and small pets. The Sun and Moon both are applying to a favorable mutually applying trine aspect to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. Neatness, organization, arranging an efficient daily schedule and creating a healthy lifestyle are suggested by this practical and earthy pattern. The double Mercury rulership of this first decanate of Virgo brings a real “Back to School” metaphor to the lives of all. Labor Day Weekend approaches, relaxed vacation days are quickly passing while intellectual and business like activities are about to garner more attention. In your own horoscope find which of the 12 houses spans the 2nd degree of Virgo for more specifics on how this will impact you. This Virgo New Moon does oppose Neptune in Pisces. So there is an element of illusion concerning others, good or not, all might not be as it seems. Neptune rules the spirit realm and the wee folk, so a supernatural visitation is likely. Check rumors and verify facts. Heed messages from others, the signficance can be subtle yet important. Monday and Tuesday will favor gardening, working with clay or wood and appreciating nature. Bird watchers can spot some beautiful and interesting feathered friends migrating.
In Luxembourg witches celebrate Shepherds’ Fair and honor the goddess Damona. She is a Gaulish deity who watches over domestic animals. Sheep, cows, goats, herd dogs, etc. are under her care. Some mystics suggest counting sheep tonight upon falling asleep to assure a healthy rest and wholesome dreams. Have a cup of warm milk upon retiring over the next few evenings and and give it a try!
The Moon is waxing now, growing larger day by day toward the final of the three Super Full Moons. This special and bright Full Moon takes place on September 8. Start new projects, promote goals, reach out to others, make applications. Others are receptive and tend to say “yes” to suggestions. Move forward toward the future. “Onward and Upward” is a great mantra to chant for the next two weeks, until September 8 when the lunar tides will shift again. This is the longest lunar month this year, spanning August 25 – September 24. The Moon is changeable, it’s appearance and rate of movement is variable and inconstant, as Shakespeare’s Juliet knew.
Holiday Craft For the New Moon in Virgo
Cookies That Are For The Birds!
These birdseed cookies will help the lovely feathered ones get through the winter once their food supplies dwindle. They will also make nice, inexpensive holiday gifts to give those who enjoy bird watching. I remember an old story titled “The Birds’ Christmas tree” about a poor family whose only Christmas celebration was to decorate a small pine tree outside with scraps for the birds. Anyway, here is the recipe.
2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup sugar, 2/3 veg shortening (Crisco), 2 cracked eggs (isn’t this ingredient cannibal or vampire – zombie like?), 3/4 cup birdseed – small seeds. cookie cutters and paper clips and yarn.
Sift all the dry ingredients together, cut in the Crisco. Add eggs, knead until smooth.
Chill overnight, roll dough to 1/4 inch, cut into shapes with cookie cutters (stars are nice). Press extra bird seed into the top of the cookies, perhaps using some sunflower, pumpkin or other colors of seeds for decoration, gently into the top of the cookies. Insert a paper clip to use as a hanger, then bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, until the cookies are hard. String with yarn and hang on a tree, fence, window sill, etc. for the birds to enjoy. Get a camera ready, you can get some lovely photos to include with your holiday cards from the beautiful and grateful birds