By late summer, gardens are full of fresh herbs that often grow like weeds . . . producing more than one could possibly eat. . .and wilderness is lush with mature plants, so why not make bundles for clearing stagnant energy?
For the Virgo New Moon on Wednesday, September 20th at 1:31 am (EST), I am drawn to making sage bundles, as the sacred smoke will be used in my rituals over the fall and winter. You can also make bundles using lavender, cedar, rose petals, rosemary, and other plants. You can combine the medicine of different plants or be a purist. I am drawn to the latter.
Creating bundles is very ritualistic for me. I feel a deep sense of gratitude, as I am able to pour my energy and intentions into each bundle. The bundles become my sacred tools and I often gift to friends, who may need the medicine of sage.
I am not an astrology expert, so I won’t be discussing planet alignments, but simple ways that you can honour & celebrate the Virgo New Moon. Each New Moon nudges you to follow your dreams and breathe new energy into your life, and create sacred tools that will assist you on your journey.
I want to delve deep into what the energy of Virgo can offer you. The astrological sign of Virgo is known to be analytical, introspective, strategic and is deeply to The Hermit card of the Tarot. Virgo is influenced by the element of Earth, so you may feel drawn to connecting with the medicine of the earth.
Virgo is a mutable sign, so processing change and shifting your attitude might become a focal point, especially for those who are experiencing spiritual expansion. If you have been stretched too thin over the last couple of weeks or months then you can harness the energy of the New Moon in Virgo to help you re-align with your purpose, set REALISTIC goals and start building healthy habits for yourself.
According to Vedic Astrology, the New Moon enters Uttara Phalguni, a part of the night sky that celebrates sacred unions like that of Shakti and Shiva. Thus, focus on strengthening your bond with not only your partner, but also your friends and family.
Five simple ways to honour and celebrate the Virgo New Moon:
- Allow yourself space to be introspective.
- Drift into a shamanic journey to connect with the medicine of the Earth.
- Gift yourself an indoor plant or a sacred tool.
- Try Earthing. Walk barefoot on the grass, beach. . .get your feet dirty.
- Harvest herbs that you will need for your rituals and pantry.
In India, the Virgo New Moon signals the beginning of Navarathri, a Hindu festival that celebrates the Divine Feminine for nine nights and the descension of Durga Ma. As the moon waxes and grows brighter, so too does Shakti, the primordial feminine energy, which you can invoke on during Navarathri.
Kali Ma is celebrated the first three nights, September 20 – 22. She is the destroyer of evil and liberator of the soul. She is misunderstood and commonly associated with violence, which is unfortunate as her energy holds potent medicine for all Mystics.
Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance (both material and non-material) is honoured the next three nights, September 23 – 25. It’s important to remember that she bestows her blessings on only those who pro-actively seek abundance in their life.
Saraswati is revered on the last three nights, September 26 – 28th. She holds sacred space in the hearts of artist, musicians, writers and educators, as she is the goddess of wisdom and the arts. Her medicine eradicates ignorance by replacing it with knowledge.
I am not following traditional Hindu rituals for Navarathri. Each night, I will honour the respective goddess form according to the energy that I want to invoke. I may chant, make an offering, sit in silence, burn resin, light candles, or do all of the above. . .and I may honour her in another way. I encourage you to always follow your heart when creating sacred space.
I’ve created an altar that reflects the energy of the Virgo New Moon, Navarathri, and also the Autumn Equinox on the 22nd. My altar honours earth medicine, the Goddesses, and the sacred sound of the drum, as I want to journey with each of the Goddesses during Navarathri.
If you take a glance around your home, you will find sacred tools that connect with the energy of the New Moon and the astrological sign of Virgo. The secret to creating an altar is to only use sacred tools that connect with you and hold a magical purpose in your ritual. Please remember that there is no wrong or right way, only do what FEELS right in your heart. You are welcome to use my ritual or adopt parts to help you create your personalized one.
Please know that you don’t need to do a ritual for each Full Moon or New Moon, only connect to the ones you feel drawn to. Your ritual doesn’t need to be complicated. At times, I’ve lit a candle & said a prayer and that was enough. Also, you can do your ritual a day before, on the day or a day after the New Moon, as the energy is still potent.
From late spring to early fall, you can see fields of wild desert sage growing on the sides of roads in the semi-arid and desert parts of North America. I’ve been picking and bundling my own sage for the last several years.
When harvesting, connect with the plant intuitively and ask for permission. After you have received a confirmation, make an offering of perhaps nuts or seeds. On a clean cloth, lay the plant clippings, as you don’t want to put them directly onto the ground, as the energy of the plant is believed to return into the Earth. I try not to harvest too much from one plant, as you want it to thrive and blossom next year.
You will need the following supplies:
- Cotton thread or twine
- Sage or other herbs
Step 1: Gather the sprigs and arrange the bundle. I recommend putting the taller sprigs in the middle with the shorter ones on the outside.
Step 2: Use thread or string made from cotton or hemp to wrap the bundle.
Step 3: Tie a loop on one end of the thread and pass the other end through the loop to make a slipknot. (If you don’t know what a slipknot then check out YouTube, as I am sure there is a video on how to tie a slipknot).
Step 5: Pick up the bundle and place the loop of the slipknot around the bottom of the stems, pulling tightly.
(Remember to not bundle your herbs too tightly, as your bundle will not burn properly and if you tie your herbs too loosely then your bundle will burn very quickly. So, tie your bundle not too tight or loose).
Step 6: Wrap the thread around the bundle until you have reached the top then wrap again to the bottom, and tie a knot.
Step 7: Hang your bundle upside down until the Full Moon and let it dry thoroughly before using.
Tomorrow, I will be laying a few cards to connect further with my Higher-SELF. You can use a Tarot or an Oracle deck for the Virgo New Moon Spread. Please tag me in your spread on Instagram, as I’d love to know how you connected to the spread.
New Moon Blessings to you!
Did you know your intuition is heightened during a full moon?