Spiritual Health

August’s New Moon in Virgo Has a Tense Edge—Here’s How It Will Affect Your Sign

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As the sun and moon meet in Virgo on August 27 at 4:16 a.m. ET/1:16 a.m. PT, a fresh cycle begins to unfold. New moons typically signal periods of new beginnings, but this new moon in Virgo has an edge to it. Why? The sun and moon in Virgo will be at odds with Mars—the planet of separation, severing, conflict, and action—in Gemini. This energy can manifest as a tension point between two areas of our lives, depending on which houses Gemini and Virgo occupy in your birth chart.

Both Gemini and Virgo are ruled by the planet Mercury, which represents our communication and our minds. The tension between the two may stir up a tendency to overthink. Information and news we receive around this new moon may make us feel like we need to take immediate action. There can be an urgency to react and speak our minds before we really process and refine what message we truly would like to get across. Remember: Words can be weapons, so wield your mental sword carefully.

The new moon in Virgo is also reminding us that our work/life balance matters, as do our boundaries. Have you been protecting and honoring your needs? Are you comfortable saying “no” when something doesn't feel like a full-body yes? This planetary pile up reminds us that we need to release and create space before our blessings can arrive.

New moons in Virgo offer a unique opportunity to recalibrate our routines, habits, and health so we can get back on track and work efficiently toward our goals–all while honoring the needs of our physical temple. With Mars’ harsh involvement under this lunation, there might be a challenge you have to overcome before this fresh cycle can begin. Check in with yourself to see if there are boundaries you need to set or if there is a person, place, or thing that you may need to release to make space for the life you desire.

Leading up to this new moon, Venus, the planet of love and harmony, will sit across the sky from serious and challenging Saturn. Saturn always delivers a reality check. This type of planetary combination can bring up feelings of rejection and loneliness or like we’re in the midst of a setback. There’s always a deeper karmic reason with Saturn’s involvement. Do your best to trust the process and ask your heart what it needs most in that moment to heal. The ruler of the new moon is Mercury, which is placed nicely in tactful Libra. Mercury in Libra will be inching its way toward a supportive conversation with Mars in Gemini, offering some sense of relief. Compromise and dialogue will serve us well with any conflict that arises and there is potential for reaching a resolution.

Read on for your rising, sun and moon signs for more insight on how this new moon will influence your birth chart.

What the new moon in Virgo means for your zodiac sign


The new moon activates your sixth house of health, routines, conflict, and work. With Mars in Gemini sending a tense square to this new moon, you may find yourself reflecting more on your job’s effect on your mental health. New moons signal fresh starts and this could mean you’re starting a new job or beginning to work on a new project that will require a lot of your mental focus. This is also an aligned time to shift any negative thought patterns and break bad habits.

Your new moon self-care practice: Your morning routine matters. Do you doom scroll first thing in the morning? What if you replaced that by consuming a glass of water? Or a 10-minute morning meditation? Set yourself up for success.


The new moon in Virgo moves through your fifth house of creativity, fertility, play, romance, and sex. You may feel like you’re overflowing with creative inspiration, ready to birth a new project. Mars in Gemini will send a beam of intensity to this new moon from your second house of finances, which can feel like your bank account has other plans for you. Strategize before executing all of your creative whims to avoid extra bills.

Your new moon self-care practice: If you’re feeling stagnant and like your life is brimming with responsibility, it’s your duty to invite more play into your life. Visit a playground, climb a tree, and bring yourself back to the present moment.


The new moon in Virgo lands in your fourth house of home, family, and property. With Mars forming a tense conversation from your first house of self and identity, conflicts or issues with family members may crop up. Actions and decisions you make may not be fully understood or appreciated by some of your loved ones. You will be able to overcome any criticism with your courage.

Your new moon self-care practice: Do you have a space in your home that fills you up and recharges you? Reorganize, purge, or even purchase a few items to help create a safe space within your home that you can return to.


The new moon in Virgo activates your third house of communication, travel, information and siblings. With Mars delivering some tension to this new moon from your twelfth house of your subconscious, themes related to how you think and what you believe about yourself and others may be up for revision. Can you speak to yourself in a kinder way? Can you learn to celebrate some of your wins? You are recognizing the power of language. This is also an aligned time to start a new hobby or start studying a new skill or area of interest.

Your new moon self-care practice: Give automatic writing a try. When you wake up, grab a pen and paper and jot down what comes to mind. Maybe start with your dreams if you can remember and let your hand guide the process. You may be surprised at what revelations you reach.


The new moon in Virgo lands in your second house of income, resources, and security. New moons in this part of your chart can signal a fresh chapter around your finances or perhaps you’re starting a new job or project. Your plans for the future are subject to change once Mars stations retrograde, so be discerning with how you spend your riches, dear Leo.

Your new moon self-care practice: If you’re working toward a goal for the future, make a list of what you’ll need along the way to get there. Can you commit to investing in one of those items, even if it’s something small? A little goes a long way to reaching your dreams.


The new moon in Virgo activates your first house of self and identity. This is your yearly opportunity to begin again. With Mars sending beams of tension from your tenth house of career, you may find yourself reflecting on who you are and your values versus your role at work or how you spend your time in the world. This energy could also bring up the topic of people-pleasing. Your reputation is your own to define–don’t let others derail you off your path.

Your new moon self-care practice: Dress up as the future version of you! Play pretend and see what that version of your reality looks like. It’ll help motivate you to bring that reality to life.


The new moon in Virgo lands in your twelfth house of closure, healing, loss, and spirituality. How can you honor and prioritize what your body and soul needs as you process this period of closure? Take the time you need to recoup. With Mars sending some shockwaves from your ninth house of perspective, you may also notice yourself reframing the way you see certain issues or topics in your life. You’re becoming wiser, Libra.

Your new moon self-care practice: Signing up for a massage or energy healing work at this time can soothe your soul. If that’s not in your budget, prioritizing 15 minutes a day of meditation can be incredibly healing.


The new moon in Virgo lights up your eleventh house of friendships and community, as well as your hopes and dreams for the future. It may have you reflecting deeper on the people you choose to share your time with. Do you enjoy their company or are you making time for them because you feel like you’re expected to? If you don’t feel like you can show up as an authentic version of you within your community, it’s time to ask yourself why and move in the direction of people who embrace every side of you.

Your new moon self-care practice: Reflect on the balance within your closest ties. Who initiates text messages in your relationships? Do you always start the conversation and check in? Reflect on who you pour your energy into and if it’s reciprocated.


The new moon in Virgo activates your tenth house of career and reputation. Collaborations at work may be tense at this time as Mars sends some hostility from your seventh house of partnerships. Work also may be getting in the way of spending time with your loved ones. The good news: A fresh start around your career or how you’d like others to perceive you is around the corner. You’ll be tasked with artfully working through any conflict that arises in the meantime.

Your new moon self-care practice: You’ve accomplished so much, but what’s next? Get your craft on and create a vision board to set your sights on your next goal.


The new moon in Virgo activates your ninth house of higher learning, perspective, travel, and spirituality. In what ways are you ready to shift the way you see the world? New information you receive at this time may feel jarring, as Mars in Gemini interacts with the new moon from your sixth house of conflict and hard work. You may also receive news about work or something that affects your daily routine. Are there habits you can shift that will allow you to invite in more mental spaciousness?

Your new moon self-care practice: When was the last time you felt top of your field and in your element? Revisit a past project or milestone you’ve reached, and reflect on how much you’ve learned and how far you’ve come.


This new moon may bring up more feelings of vulnerability than normal. Don’t be afraid to ask for the support you so readily give to others. With Mars creating tension in your fifth house of creativity and joy, this can serve as a warning to be mindful of overindulgence. Instead, this is your opportunity to face your fears head on. You have the courage and willpower to do so, and your creativity can serve as a healthy outlet during this process.

Your new moon self-care practice: Make a list of your fears. Interview yourself about every item you’ve listed. Reflect on which fears feel rooted in reality and which ones you may be able to release.


The new moon in Virgo lands in your seventh house of committed partnerships and contracts. This cosmic energy can be an invitation to nurture your connections. With Mars in Gemini serving up some intensity from your fourth house of home and family, tension within your living environment can bring some disruption to the harmony. It is your responsibility to approach these issues with patience. Try on their viewpoint and perspective; it may help you find a middle ground with more ease.

Your new moon self-care practice: Take yourself out on a date! If tension has been building within your closest ties, this is a wonderful time to focus on your relationship with you. Reconnect with yourself by going out to dinner or taking a walk with a scenic view.

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