Today is the New Moon in Virgo. Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac, an earth sign represented by the goddess of the harvest, Ceres. Ceres is credited for teaching humankind the principles of agriculture, a gift that has led to our progress and expansion, but also to destruction of natural habitat and wastefulness of resources. Not surprisingly, when I opened up to write this reading, I was shown the Empress card from the Ryder-Waite Tarot. The Empress is the earth mother of the tarot, pregnant with material comforts, and new ways to create stability. When she is near there is only ever an abundance of whatever we need to support our comfort, safety, and security. This new moon is inviting us to re-examine our relationship to the natural world and to our neighbors. The number 6 is associated with balance, harmony, humanitarianism, problem-solving, and integrity. These traits are likewise present in the sign of Virgo. We are invited to draw on Virgo's deep resourcefulness now to recognize new ways of operating in this world that heal and serve the whole of humanity and this planet and in doing so radiating love back onto ourselves.
Have you ever noticed the light that surrounds someone who gives freely to others whether it is their time, attention, money, or other resources? Through that generosity they open themselves to an expanded reality. They have a deeper sense of appreciation for the wonder and opportunities in life and experience a deeper level of love. They understand by offering service to others they are actually receiving the gift of deep heart healing. Only through giving, through sharing, can we experience the joys of community and a deep expansion of our heart center.
When someone shuts themselves down from the suffering of others, or hoards their wealth, they create a type of prison for themselves. They live in a box they can never break out of and are forced to wear blinders to maintain the box they have created for themselves. These people are deeply wounded. I am reminded of Ebenezer Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol,' truly my favorite Christmas story, and one that I will happily watch in just about any iteration. I remember the scene where the charity fundraisers come to Ebenezer's door and ask for a donation for Christmas. Ebenezer cannot be bothered with them and tells the fundraisers that if the poor and downtrodden 'would rather die, they'd better do it, and decrease the surplus population.' Unfortunately, too many in this world feel exactly the same way as Ebenezer Scrooge. They think the less fortunate are a blight on humanity, that they have created their situation on purpose. They never seem to understand that they could have been the people in these positions. Sometimes it is just a matter of being born into a certain situation. When one person rises up will are all lifted up. Ignoring a situation, or telling lies about a situation does not make it go away. Ebenezer experiences a deep healing journey of self-realization and ultimately understands that by sharing his generosity with others he can touch many, and change the outcomes of dire situations for the better. We are invited to experience this deep healing and expansion of love now by operating in service to others. Even the smallest of gestures can mean the world to someone, even a smile can be an act of charity. Embrace all of your abundance and share it with all you meet, that is the highest form of love.
Oracle Card Credit:
Sacred Mysteries - The Chakra Oracle by Kooch N. Daniels & Victor Daniels