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Want to Know the Energies You Can Expect from This New Moon?

A Special Message About Manifestation Grid From Reverend Pauline Southard

The September 17, 2020 Virgo New Moon arrives early on Thursday morning for those of us on the east coast of the USA.  We may wake up dreaming that we have been doing boring tasks in our sleep! The overall energy will have a rather stagnant irritating feeling as Mars continues its retrograde motion heading for a square to Saturn. Like a thunderstorm that breaks the summer heat, the explosion will come around the time of the Full Moon on October 1, 2020 and thereafter for the next 7-10 days as Mars squares Pluto providing us with some relief from all that stuck energy. Watch out for what you wish for though, as there is potential for major dramatic events both in our personal lives and on the world stage.

This Virgo New Moon sits in the 12th house for those of us in the York City/ Long Island area while residing in the 1st house of the Washington D.C. area. This slight difference will end up being quite important.

Here on Long Island and the city, there will be consequential action going on behind the scenes, especially requiring the plans for the expected second wave of COVID-19. Hopefully, we will be much better prepared than we were earlier in the year.

In the nation’s capital, Congress will dig in even more stubbornly resisting opportunities for real breakthroughs while getting mired in all kinds of inconsequential details. Ultimately, it will be up to state and local governments to provide tangible results. This will be especially important during this lunation as both the fire season and hurricane season as well as the COVID-19 pandemic continue through this time period.

The last major piece of this month’s bundle of energy is the last Mercury retrograde of the year. Mercury will enter the shadow part of the retrograde cycle on September 23, 2020 just three days after the New Moon. As Mercury rules Virgo, this will give an early and added emphasis to this retrograde cycle. Mercury will begin its actual retrograde motion on Oct 16, 2020.

Mercury retrograde signifies that from our point of view, here on Earth, Mercury appears to be moving backward through the sky when plotted against the background of the stars of the Zodiac. Of course this is an illusion, caused by the way the Earth’s orbit interacts with the orbit of Mercury as both planets revolve around the Sun. This is the infamous Mercury Retrograde that you may have heard of.

Mercury retrograde generally happens three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. Traditionally, astrology teaches us that during Mercury retrograde, we should be reflecting, reviewing and revisiting rather than starting new projects. Problems with laptops and all other electronic devices are common, travel snafus abound and miscommunication is common. So, make up your computer, double check your travel plans and make sure you really heard that nasty crack correctly!!

During this lunar cycle we will be dealing with the effects of the Mercury retrograde shadow. The pre-retrograde shadow happens when Mercury moves over the degrees in the sky that it will later go retrograde in, appearing to slow in its orbit. We start to feel like something is not right and often classic Mercury retrograde issues arise. Those of us with the Sun or other important placements in Libra and Scorpio will be particularly vulnerable to this entire Mercury retrograde cycle. Unfortunately, it includes Election Day and the preceding political campaigns. More about that next month!

 Like the rest of 2020, it really does seem like one hot mess! So, what to do? I revisited several versions of the Sabian Symbol Oracle for this degree of the New Moon for some advice. My favorite version was from “The Zodiac by Degrees” by Martin Goldsmith who tells us that simple gratefulness for the gift of life is the key for navigating this month. His other suggestions are: seeing the immortal beauty in ourselves and others, selfless service, focusing on the spiritual essence of a relationship or institution and being sincere.

Focusing on the spiritual essence of our country and government will be incredibly valuable as we enter the heart of the 2020 Presidential race. What are the real ideals of this county? What do we truly value as a nation? What were the founders of this country really trying to achieve? I’m planning on reading The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence again just as soon as I submit this column to the Karma website!

Some other powerful reminders come from Lynda Hill’s book on the Sabian symbols which encourages us to recognize  that what we are doing, no matter how seemingly insignificant is vitally important to all of us because even the smallest contribution is an important part of the whole.

All of this reminds me of the true nature of Virgo energy. As an earth sign, Virgo is practical and efficient. Virgo the Virgin has a simple beautiful humble way about her. She wants to serve and help. Virgo is a sign of health and healing. For another perspective on this sign, think of the firefighters who courageously rushed into the towers on 9/11 never thinking of their personal safety. The heroes who survived said afterwards that they were just doing their jobs. They did not think of themselves as heroes, although of course they are true American heroes and represent America at her best.

If you are blessed with a Virgo friend or lover in your life, expect that they will be willing to help you in practical mundane ways that you would not dream of asking for but you really need.  Chicken soup when you are sick, a hand to help with the kids when you are overwhelmed or real know to fix your cranky laptop. All without asking!

Unfortunately, there is always a shadow side to all of the signs of the Zodiac. When Virgo energy is wielded unskillfully, it is critical, starting with itself and then reaching out to everyone else! It can be picky and prissy. It can fixate maddeningly on the smallest details. Virgos, however tend to recognize their shortcomings relatively early in the game and strive to overcome them, another lovely Virgo trait.

As has become tradition, I once again turned to the wise and gentle “SpiritSong Tarot” deck created by Paulina Cassidy for further guidance. I asked the cards, “What do we need to know or do to flow harmoniously with the energies of this New Moon and manifest its most positive potential?” I received the 5 of Crystals for this lunar cycle. Ms.  Cassidy’s take on this card is a sweet rendition of a ladybug. Ms. Cassidy encourages us to realign ourselves with what we need so we can move upward and onward. She tells us that new opportunities will present themselves. Her keywords for this card are: persistence during challenging times, finding strength, a turning point and learning from mistakes. I LOVE this deck!

Traditionally I put two or three special crystals into the Manifestation Grid that help us to work with the astrological energies of the current New Moon. These additional crystals will energize the Grid and make it even more effective since I choose crystals that reflect the energy of the totality of the chart, not just the sign that the New Moon is in. I would encourage you to work with them as well since they are perfect for this lunar cycle. I love the energy of both of these crystals and I hope that you will enjoy them as well.

Unakite called out to me and asked to be placed in the grid this month. Crystal Vaults wonderful online encyclopedia of crystals tells us, “Unakite Jasper brings together the abundant, nurturing energy of green with the soft, caring passion of pink in one of Nature’s most healing crystals of the heart and mind. It resonates with the frequency of love, compassion and kindness, and is a stone dedicated to balancing the emotional body. Just what we need now!

Lovely Moss Agate is a natural choice for this Virgo New Moon.  Moss Agate brings peace and stability to the emotional body. Metaphysically, Agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. Moss Agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy, and in harmonizing Yin and Yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe. This month, it will be helpful to slow down and feel the heartbeat of Mother Earth, either by spending time in nature preferably or listening to music that is based on the Earth’s “heartbeat”, the Schumann resonance, a frequency of 7.83Hz. There are some wonderful videos on YouTube such as the Schumann Resonance by Delilah Heton, as well as many others.

Moss Agate releases deep-seated fear and stresses. It strengthens positive personality traits, including the ability to get along with others. An optimistic stone, Moss Agate is helpful for those suffering from difficult life circumstances, depression or brain imbalances to find hope and trust, and to keep trying. Necessary this month!

I have been so grateful for the overwhelming positive response to the Manifestation Grid that I started seven years ago. I love seeing people put their requests into the grid and hearing about all the positive results so many of you have had. Now it is possible to either use the Manifestation Grid in person when you come in to Karma or you may continue to put your requests into the Grid at a distance as you have been doing during the time that the store was closed.

Archangel Metatron, my primary guide had channeled this method to help you to put your requests in remotely:

#1- Please write your intentions on a piece of paper with the date, feeling love in your heart as you do OR for ANY positive purpose whatsoever!

#2- Visualize yourself accomplishing your desire. (I would certainly appreciate if you could also request the disappearance of the Corona Virus and the quick healing of ALL of those affected and the healing of all inequality and hate ), feeling love in your heart as you do OR for ANY positive purpose whatsoever!

#3- Using the picture on the Karma website, intend to put your request into the grid just as you would if you were in the store. Archangel Metatron has told me that he will help you to make that happen. You do NOT need to be good at visualizing! Every morning I will be charging the Grid with long distance Reiki and other powerful energies to help make your wishes come true.

#4- When you feel that the process is complete you may either dispose of the paper or put it on your altar, refrigerator or paste it into your journal. It is helpful but not necessary to spend a few minutes every day for the next thirty days repeating Step 3. Your intentions will be active in the Grid for the next 30 days. !

 I am so happy that A Time for Karma is now open. Our wonderful owner, Vonda and our fabulous staff have done a terrific job to make sure your shopping experience is both magical AND safe!

Karma is where my heart is. Although all of the readers are still reading from home at this time, it is possible to connect with all of us by visiting A Time for Karma’s reader page, https://atimeforkarma.com/spiritual-counselors/ to arrange a reading.

 I have been deeply touched by the positive feedback at I have gotten from my phone clients. Although I started my career as a reader working as a phone psychic many years ago, I have read almost exclusively at Karma in person for the last 20 years. I have found that there has been an incredible amount of high vibrational information that is coming through now during my phone readings. Reading for all of you has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  You can connect with me either by e-mail: karmickat@aol.com or by cell: 516-445-4242.

Wishing you a peaceful and harmonious Cancer New Moon. May you discover new ways to bring peace, joy and the magic of the dragonfly into your life during this lunar cycle.

A special thank you to The Crystal Vaults online crystal encyclopedia for their extensive information about crystals. It is unusual to find a site that is so comprehensive.

Rev. Pauline Southard – Pauline is an astrologer, tarot reader, teacher, psychic, medium and Reiki Master.  She also has a vast knowledge of aromatherapy, crystals, energy healing and maintains a thriving practice.

Last Month's New Moon Message

The August 18, 2020 Leo New Moon arrives on Tuesday evening for those of us on the east coast of the USA. I always think of the Leo New Moon as a time when we can indulge ourselves and play like children. The more fun the better! This month’s Leo New Moon does provide us with a double dose of fun loving Leo as the Moon sits in the fifth house of the chart which is associated with children, lovers and creativity.

However, as with ALL of the 2020 New Moon charts there is a catch. We get a very small dose of Leo fun as the Sun enters Virgo just a few days later on August 22, 2020. After that, we will get the feeling tone and energy of serious industrious efficient Virgo overlaid on top of the Leo New Moon energy. So make sure to take advantage of all the fun and games you can while you get the chance. We just had a double portion of more serious sensitive Cancer as the last two New Moons in a row were in Cancer. 2020 is certainly not providing us with a whole lot of party atmosphere. So, make hay while that Leo Sun is shining!

This New Moon is pushed into action by a trine from Mars in the twelfth house. This will prove to be a double edged sword. On the positive side we will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the depths of our souls to discover insights about ourselves, our world and our spirituality that we can translate into creative projects of every kind. Parents may have amazing insights into their children and the art of parenting.

The challenge of this Martian shove is the potential for impulsive action, risking all for the moment. I hope that we do not see any headlines about boating, sports and general daredevil accidents now. Additionally, I expect that secret love affairs will make the news as well. On a more serious note, there is the potential for much more misinformation about the corona virus, including even the possibility of the numbers of people who have the virus, are hospitalized or even have died of the virus to be falsified.

To further complicate matters, Mars will turn retrograde in Aries on September 10th 2020 and will finally go direct on November 14, 2020.  Mars is the God of War as well as symbolizing how we do what we do, action and men in general. Retrograde energy is always introspective, encouraging us to slow down, plan and reflect rather than charge ahead. Mars, especially Mars in Aries doesn’t see any reason to wait even one more second to take action. As of this New Moon, Mars has slowed down and is in its shadow period, so this energy is certainly already being felt. Martian energy turned inward will tend to implode, whether it is on the personal level or the national stage.

The Corona Virus will continue to be the overarching theme during this lunation. The triumvirate of the three outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto that have been the prime movers and shaker of this very challenging year will oppose Hygeia the asteroid of health and hygiene. Hygeia has been prominent in all the New Moon Charts essentially since the pandemic started to wreak havoc in earnest. This opposition spanning the 4th vs. 10th houses of the chart shows us real conflict between the President and his administration and local governing bodies as well as of course the Democrats.

The largest impact will be on the continuing start of the 2020 Fall school semester. Expect the unexpected and be ready to make major course corrections.

Uranus will conjunct the Ascendant of this New Moon chart. For me wherever, I see Uranus in any kind of chart, I know that disruptions and major surprises either fabulous, awful or just plain old crazy are sure to follow. I’m sure we will see all three!

 In the mundane or world chart that I use to forecast the month’s New Moon, the first house represents the attitude of a nation as a whole and the and health of the citizens. Additionally, it represents the land itself. I’m concerned that there could be extreme weather events, possible natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Even worse, there exists the possibility of a terror attack, foreign or domestic during this lunar cycle. I’m sure we will continue to see all kinds of political protests. I’m just hoping that they will remain peaceful and nobody gets hurt.

WOW! What a boiling pot of intensity! What are we to do with all of this energetic stew? I once again turned to the wise and gentle “SpiritSong Tarot” deck created by Paulina Cassidy for guidance. I asked the cards, “What do we need to know or do to flow harmoniously with the energies of this New Moon and manifest its most positive potential?” I received the King of Feathers. We see a beautiful male lion with the Sun behind him. How perfect to get the lion with the Leo the Lion New Moon. How I love synchronicity! This Lion though, is sitting peacefully by a pool. He is pensive and reflective, thinking and planning rather than acting, completely in accord with what we need to be doing now. Ms. Cassidy tells us that “The Lion faces challenges head on. He is a master of courage and strength. He reminds us that thoughts are energy and thinking positively attracts favorable experiences.”

We would all benefit from spending time in nature, enjoying the end of beach season or taking a walk in the woods. With the overlay of Virgo energy, perhaps planting a second crop of herbs and vegetables whether on our window sills, areogardens or more traditionally would be wonderful now since this provides so many benefits that help us to use this energy productively on so many different levels. We could blend the fiery and earthy energies of this New Moon chart by trying some new projects. Perhaps a stain glass making kit or an encaustic wax art project. Pottery making?   Does cooking a fiery meal appeal? Cherry Jubilee, Crepes Suzette or simply an Asian Fusion meal made in a wok could be fun!  As I am writing this column, I just saw a piece on CNN about a book that could be incredibly helpful right now.  Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce Feiler is a pioneering and timely study of how to navigate life’s biggest transitions with meaning, purpose, and skill. I look forward to reading it during this lunar cycle.

 Traditionally I put two or three special crystals into the Manifestation Grid that help us to work with the astrological energies of the current New Moon. These additional crystals will energize the Grid and make it even more effective since I choose crystals that reflect the energy of the totality of the chart, not just the sign that the New Moon is in. I would encourage you to work with them as well since they are perfect for this lunar cycle. I love the energy of both of these crystals and I hope that you will enjoy them as well.

Nothing screams Leo more than Sunstone! The Sunstone crystal properties are connected to the energy of the Sun. This crystal’s bright, positive energy aligns your mind, body, and spirit with its high vibrations.

The lovely Chrysocolla crystal is the perfect addition to our Manifestation Grid this month as it will help to temper the predominant fire and earth energy. It will help us to stay calm and peaceful. For those of us who need to stay home, the Chrysocolla will make this necessity a happier experience. The Chrysocolla crystal’s inherent healing properties are ideal for those who are dealing with forced change and transition. The water-like qualities of this stone inspire you to go where the current of life takes you. Life is constantly changing now. Rather than resisting, use the Chrysocolla crystal to help you to swim with the current rather than against it.

I have been so grateful for the overwhelming positive response to the Manifestation Grid that I started seven years ago. I love seeing people put their requests into the grid and hearing about all the positive results so many of you have had. Now it is possible to either use the Manifestation Grid in person when you come in to Karma or you may continue to put your requests into the Grid at a distance as you have been doing during the time that the store was closed.

Archangel Metatron, my primary guide had channeled this method to help you to put your requests in remotely:

#1- Please write your intentions on a piece of paper with the date, feeling love in your heart as you do OR for ANY positive purpose whatsoever!

#2- Visualize yourself accomplishing your desire. (I would certainly appreciate if you could also request the disappearance of the Corona Virus and the quick healing of ALL of those affected and the healing of all inequality and hate ), feeling love in your heart as you do OR for ANY positive purpose whatsoever!

#3- Using the picture on the Karma website, intend to put your request into the grid just as you would if you were in the store. Archangel Metatron has told me that he will help you to make that happen. You do NOT need to be good at visualizing! Every morning I will be charging the Grid with long distance Reiki and other powerful energies to help make your wishes come true.

#4- When you feel that the process is complete you may either dispose of the paper or put it on your altar, refrigerator or paste it into your journal. It is helpful but not necessary to spend a few minutes every day for the next thirty days repeating Step 3. Your intentions will be active in the Grid for the next 30 days. !

 I am so happy that A Time for Karma is now open. Our wonderful owner, Vonda and our fabulous staff have done a terrific job to make sure your shopping experience is both magical AND safe!

Karma is where my heart is. Although all of the readers are still reading from home at this time, it is possible to connect with all of us by visiting A Time for Karma’s reader page, https://atimeforkarma.com/spiritual-counselors/ to arrange a reading.

 I have been deeply touched by the positive feedback at I have gotten from my phone clients. Although I started my career as a reader working as a phone psychic many years ago, I have read almost exclusively at Karma in person for the last 20 years. I have found that there has been an incredible amount of high vibrational information that is coming through now during my phone readings. Reading for all of you has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  You can connect with me either by e-mail: karmickat@aol.com or by cell: 516-445-4242.

Wishing you a peaceful and harmonious Cancer New Moon. May you discover new ways to bring peace, joy and the magic of the dragonfly into your life during this lunar cycle.

A special thank you to The Crystal Vaults online crystal encyclopedia for their extensive information about crystals. It is unusual to find a site that is so comprehensive.

Rev. Pauline Southard – Pauline is an astrologer, tarot reader, teacher, psychic, medium and Reiki Master.  She also has a vast knowledge of aromatherapy, crystals, energy healing and maintains a thriving practice.

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New Moon Manifestation Ritual

During the new moon phase the moon goes from smaller to bigger so it is a great time to manifest anything you would like to increase.

Hand write a list of what you wish to manifest on a piece of paper. Be very specific!

Go outside and read your wishes aloud to the moon. Afterward thank the moon and the universe for listening.

Fold your paper and keep it in a safe and prominent place, such as your altar. Read your list daily, outside if possible, thanking the moon and the universe every time.

Do this every day until the full moon.
When the moon is full, read your list one final time, then burn it in the flame of a candle, sending it up to the universe.

Trust and know that your wishes will be manifested at the perfect time and in the perfect way for you.

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