On the heels of the first total solar eclipse in 38 years, the September new moon has a host of new astrological implications in store for us. As Refinery29 reports, the moon will go completely dark tonight, blocking out both Mars and Mercury on the way in something known as an occultation.
"Similar to an eclipse, an occultation occurs when one celestial body (in this case, the moon) moves in front of another celestial body," Refinery writes. "Rather than hinder the occulted bodies' energy, this interference can actually intensify it. So the areas of our lives that Venus, Mars, and Mercury rule will demand more of our attention than usual this week." Venus rules all things related to love and affection, Mars is a passionate, action-oriented planet, and Mercury is regarded as the planet of communication.
In other words, you may be prompted to think about what true love means to you this week, and if you're in a relationship, you and your S.O. could consider taking things to the next level. If you're a soft-spoken person, Mars may help you find your voice, while those who are more outspoken may benefit from a subtle approach; either way, you may need to reassess how you're handling a situation at work or in your personal life. Finally, with the moon blocking out mercury, there may be a period of truth-seeking coming. "You may be in for some hard truths this week," the team writes. "Or perhaps you're about to make a revelation of your own."
Generally speaking, a new moon in the earthy Virgo sign means that you'll be focused on healing. "Virgo energy is all about healing and caring for the mind," writes Forever Conscious. "Under the influence of the September New Moon, we are all being called to really pay attention to the condition of our mind so we can heal and step into our power." It may be time to focus on a nagging physical or emotional wound you've been ignoring and confront it once and for all.
Next up: Check out your September 2017 horoscope, and tell us what the new moon means to you in the comments.