Before we get into my 3 favorite crystals for the Virgo New Moon, I want to share a personal story with you about how I got started working with lunar energy and why it’s so important to me.
I know how important this work is based on my own experience. I want to share it with you so that you may find healing and comfort through working with the moon just as I have.
About four years ago, my life was interrupted dramatically when I needed to have a hysterectomy.
It was only two weeks before my 29th birthday, and it wasn’t entirely devastating for me because I had long before decided not to have children. Despite this, it hit me in quite an unexpected way.
My personal choice not to bear children felt positive and somewhat empowering, but when that choice was completely taken away, part of me grieved for what I may have lost. Over the next few years, I struggled silently with grieving a part of myself that I hadn’t realized was so important to me.
Part of me felt incomplete. I felt a longing for a reconnection with the part of myself that had been lost. These feelings completely took me by surprise, but I knew I needed to do something to feel empowered again.
So my journey into connecting to the DIVINE feminine began.
This journey wasn’t about gender, it was about energy – the energy of the sacred feminine. I spent my days meditating, connecting with goddesses, and creating rituals for myself. Naturally, my love of crystals ensured they were a regular part of just about everything I was doing, but I started to develop a new passion: I became enamored with the moon. I fell in love with learning all I could about staying in rhythm with her natural cycles and flows. Perhaps the need for that connection arose from the absence of my own feminine cycle, or perhaps I was simply awakening to something larger taking place in our world. Whatever the reason, living in alignment with lunar energy became part of who I am.
Tuning into the rhythm of the moon helped me heal.
Perhaps the need for that connection arose from the absence of my own feminine cycle. Or perhaps I was simply awakening to something larger taking place in our world. Whatever the reason, living in alignment with lunar energy became part of who I am.
I fell in love with learning all I could about staying in rhythm with her natural cycles and flows.
I spent many, many hours journaling and sketching and doodling about the spiritual moon work I was doing. One evening while connecting with some amazing women in an online Goddess Circle, I shared a few of the ways I had been working with the moon in my own spiritual practice. It was then that I realized just how powerful this work was—and just how much I needed to share it with others as part of my own journey toward wholeness and completion.
I realized in that moment of sharing that it was not just me who was feeling disconnected from the natural world, from the seasonal cycles, and from my own power and energy. Many others I spoke with were feeling the same way. We have become so far removed from nature that we have forgotten how to live in harmony with the world around us. One of the easiest ways to repair this connection is to live in alignment with the energy of the moon—to let her guide our actions so that we may become aware of our place in this universe again.
As part of my work with lunar energy, I began learning about the distinct energies of each monthly full moon, the lunar phases, and how the moon’s influence changes as it moves through different constellations in the Zodiac.
The night sky can be more or less divided into twelve sections, one relating to each constellation of the Zodiac. As the moon travels around the earth, it passes through the sections of the different Zodiac constellations. This is referred to as “entering”, or being “in”, a particular Zodiac sign. Since the moon makes its rotation around the earth pretty quickly, in just about 29 days, it moves into a new sign every 2-3 days. Think of the 29-day lunar cycle divided by the 12 Zodiac sections; that’s about 2.5 days in each sign.
When the moon enters a specific sign, it takes on the energetic qualities of that sign. That’s how astrologers create lunar forecasts describing what to expect as the moon enters each sign. Since the moon has such a strong influence over us here on earth, given that it’s our nearest celestial neighbor, the Lunar Zodiac becomes quite important in explaining the cosmic energies that shape our experiences.
Crystals for the Virgo New Moon.
When the moon is in Virgo, you’ll feel at ease by keeping things orderly and organized.
- Crystals: emerald, green aventurine, moss agate
- Element: Earth
- Keywords: career, dedication, determination, health, intellect, loyalty
Working with Emerald:
It’s all too easy to get swept up in your own thoughts during this time. Emerald gently reminds you to get out of your head and into your heart every once in a while. Work with emerald if you feel your mind buzzing with activity and need a moment of stillness. This crystal also reminds you to check in with your feelings before acting or making big decisions.
Working with Green Aventurine:
This stone encourages practicality, something that Virgo’s ruling planet, Mercury, demands during this time. Organization, schedules, and routines are important during the Virgo Moon, but not if they overcomplicate things. Green aventurine helps you be mindful about what’s helping you be more successful and what’s just getting in the way.
Working with Moss Agate:
This earthy stone is a favorite for physical healing. Work with moss agate to put the Virgo Moon energy to good use by creating a new workout routine, meditation practice, or weekly meal plan. If you feel like you don’t have time or energy to care for your physical body, moss agate helps you make it a priority. With the energy of the Virgo Moon supporting you, it feels easy to start new, healthy habits.
A Crystal Ritual for the Virgo Moon:
During the time of the Virgo Moon, light a green candle, pick up a moss agate stone, watch the candle flame, and start to think about your physical body. What can you do to improve your health? Do you need to eat better? Exercise more? Have more quiet time? Add energy healing or massage to your routine?
When you’re ready, write down a list of things you’d like to do to nourish your body. Then, hold an emerald crystal while you transfer your list into your calendar; schedule these activities—big and small—now so that you hold space for them in your routine.
Based on an excerpt from Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting With Lunar Energy (2019) by Ashley Leavy.