“Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing ‘what is now’ to move us closer to God.” – Ram Dass
The New Moon on Wednesday September 20th 2017, heads a strong line up of personal planets in Virgo that heralds the opportunity to start a new healing process.
The combination of the New Moon in Virgo, with a close opposition to Chiron, “The Wounded Healer” in Pisces, draws attention to the need to identify where you may have been holding on to issues that have been hindering your ability to move on and heal.
It has, since ancient times, been recognised and widely written about, that ones state of mind and emotion has a direct effect on ones health, and that on so many levels, we can be directly responsible for the degree to which we are physically healthy, and that ultimately this health, is our wealth.
To be possessed of a healthy mind and body, surely has to be one of the most liberating and joyous states, where all else pales into significance.
The card that governs this decan (10 degree segment) of Virgo, is this one, shown on the left, The Ten of Disks. This card is associated astrologically with Mercury in Virgo, a prime combination for analysis, exploration and examination.
The dynamic of this particular New Moon, concerns us with taking the time to look at where our wounded inner selves, the parts that we may have split of from, or left behind, usually as children, may now be crying out to be reinstated into the “inner family”. Being able to face these issues can be difficult.
Hidden in the shadows, these “traumas” may have been developing slowly over long periods of time, but although they may represent pain and discomfort, things that are difficult to look at, they also often hold the secret to our healing. Valid parts of our inner world, they are likely to act more and more “dysfunctionally” until we are forced, by pain, sickness, immobility or other physical and mental conditions, to acknowledge them and bring them back into the fold.
The situation of The Ten of Disks, as being the very last in the Tarot sequence, reminds us that it is this sense of homecoming, this gathering together of all that we possess, that represents our final achievement, the manifestation and actualisation of the work.
In the RWS decks, this card is often represented as an aging patriarch, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, his house, his lands…..all that he has achieved.
I am looking at this from the perspective of how there is a deep importance to embracing all aspects of ourselves, as represented by all the different aspects of this card, if we are to live long, fruitful and healthy lives.
Denial of who we really are, and pushing our “unacceptable” aspects into the underworld, does not work in the long run, and it can often only be in the latter half of life that we gain the courage, or are forced by circumstance, to take a closer look at who we really are, stripped bare of all the conditioning and perceptions that have been laid upon us.
On this New Moon, take the time to recognize where you might need to examine the hurts that still ail you, the wounded child that is still waiting for you to rescue them, and the good health that is waiting for you.
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My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the beautiful Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practicing some new form of divination whilst burning the dinner! My children probably wish that I was “normal” but may well remember my eccentricities fondly when they come to face the challenges of their own paths. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice, in offering guidance, empowerment and healing, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.
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