The second New moon in August 2019 occurs on 30th – a New moon in the sign of Virgo. This is also a Black moon, according to one of the four definitions given by astrologers to this term. This most common form of the black moon – a second new moon in the same calendar month – occurs about once every 29th months. But what does it means, astrologically speaking?
New Moon in Virgo and Black Moon
The New Moon happens when both the Sun and the Moon are aligned in the same zodiac sign. Now, the energies of the two luminaries moving in the same direction help us to initiate projects, to make resolutions, to bring changes into our life. It is the perfect time for new beginnings, in areas indicated by the sign in which this phenomenon occurs.
On the other hand, Virgo is an earth, mutable sign, ruled by Mercury. Virgo is an analytical, meticulous and practical zodiac sign. Those born under this sign have skills that make them the best employees. They are meticulous, intelligent, practical and reliable.
During this new moon and also black moon, the best idea is to start a new work project. You will achieve it in the next two weeks, using Virgo qualities mentioned above.
Bellow, you will find two inspirational Zen stories: the first of them about the value of practice and the second one about concentration:
Zen Story for the August 2019 New Moon in Virgo: Practice Makes Perfect
A dramatic ballad singer studied under a strict teacher who insisted that he rehearse day after day, month after month the same passage from the same song, without being permitted to go any further. Finally, overwhelmed by frustration and despair, the young man ran off to find another profession.
One night, stopping at an inn, he stumbled upon a recitation contest. Having nothing to lose, he entered the competition and, of course, sang the one passage that he knew so well. When he had finished, the sponsor of the contest highly praised his performance. Despite the student’s embarrassed objections, the sponsor refused to believe that he had just heard a beginner perform.
„Tell me,“ the sponsor said, „who is your instructor? He must be a great master.“
The student later became known as the great performer Koshiji.
Zen Story for the August 2019 New Moon in Virgo: Concentration
After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer.
The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull’s eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot.
„There,“ he said to the old man, „see if you can match that!“
Undisturbed, the master did not draw his bow, but rather motioned for the young archer to follow him up the mountain. Curious about the old fellow’s intentions, the champion followed him high into the mountain until they reached a deep chasm spanned by a rather flimsy and shaky log. Calmly stepping out onto the middle of the unsteady and certainly perilous bridge, the old master picked a far away tree as a target, drew his bow, and fired a clean, direct hit.
„Now it is your turn,“ he said as he gracefully stepped back onto the safe ground.
Staring with terror into the seemingly bottomless and beckoning abyss, the young man could not force himself to step out onto the log, no less shoot at a target.
„You have much skill with your bow,“ the master said, sensing his challenger’s predicament, „but you have little skill with the mind that lets loose the shot.“
The next New Moon occurs on September 28th – a New Moon in Libra (Sun conjunct Moon in Libra).
Until then, on September 14th, there is a Full Moon in Pisces (Sun in Virgo opposite Moon in Pisces).
The next New Moon in Virgo occurs on September 17th, 2020.