Archive for September, 2010

New Moon in Virgo — September 8, 2010, 10:30 UT

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The Virgo New Moon forms no major aspects to the main planets. There aren’t any notable minor planets conjunct the Moon either. So Venus gets my attention today for the following reasons.

Venus occupies the last degree of Libra and is just about to enter Scorpio. The New Moon occurs only a few hours before the Scorpio ingress. A sign ingress of a planet per se is always meaningful, because it marks the beginning of a new phase.

Venus has started to slow down for her retrograde station, which takes place on Oct. 8, 2010. The echo phase started just recently. Retrograde planets tend to be inwardly oriented. When Venus is stationing retrograde, she is closest to the Earth – big and bright. Venus approaches the Earth as an evening star and departs as a morning star. The direct station occurs on Nov. 11, 2010. So called New Venus – the beginning of a new Venus cycle — takes place exactly halfway between the stations.

Venus signifies our values, what we enjoy, the things we appreciate, and how we express love. Venus is associated with friendships, artistry and poetry. In exact conjunction with Venus is a Main-belt asteroid 4572 Brage. Asteroid Brage was discovered on Sept. 8, 1986 (24 years ago to the day) and named after Bragi, the Norse god of poetry. Runes were said to have been carved on Bragi’s tongue.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Chad Townsend, my proof-reader in Tucson, Arizona. He is a Virgo friend, who assists me with Lunations blog. I am a Finn; the English language is not my native language, so I truly appreciate Chad’s grammatical corrections. During the years he has provided inspiration by sending me interesting web links, poetry and lyrics. Thank you, Chad!


Anne Massey, Venus: Her Cycles, Symbols & Myths, Llewellyn Publications, 2006

Wikipedia, Bragi