September Lunations

September Lunations

The September lunations take us from a Full Moon in Pisces on the 2nd, to a New Moon in Virgo on the 17th. This article is a deep dive on how to work with the Full and New Moon energy. Here are the links if you’re looking for the full forecast or podcast. Enjoy these rituals from The Book of Ceremonies, by Tiffany Harelik and Amanda Rieger Green. 

Wednesday, September 2nd: Full Moon in 10-Pisces

When the Full Moon falls in the Water sign of Pisces, you can expect to experience heightened empathy. You might notice yourself feeling more teary and compassionate than usual. This is the perfect Moon to complete a charitable project, to increase your spiritual gifts, and to put the finishing touches on a work of art. This is the Moon of the Mystic, and the Giver. It’s time to bang the drum of self-assurance and look at the world with kindness.

Emotions are on high with a Full Moon in intuitive Pisces. Go with your gut feelings.  

This phase signifies the completion of a cycle wherever 10-Pisces is in your chart. Find compassion with something that has come full circle, detox mind/body and living spaces, and close the door on things that have weighed you down. 

Intention: I am aligned with my soul-self, letting go of insecurities that limit my faith. 

Word to the Wise: Venus opposes Saturn while the Sun trines Uranus and semisquares Saturn during this Full Moon. Be mindful of escapism, addiction, delusional thinking, boundaries, codependency, and detachment. If you’re being rerouted, know that any delays are a blessing in disguise. Read the Full Moon forecast + ritual here.

Full Moon Numerology: 11: Expect the unexpected  6: Compassion  10: Sensibility

Positive (High) Vibes of the Pisces New Moon:
(Set intentions for closure or completion in these areas)

  • Finding compassion with something that has come full circle
  • Healthy boundaries with charitable contributions of time and energy
  • Finishing an inspiring book or movie series
  • Putting the finishing touches on a work of art
  • Listening to your intuition
  • Finding closure through meditation
  • Detoxifying mind, body, and living spaces

Challenging (Low) Vibes of the Pisces New Moon:
(What you might intend to remove) 

  • Taking on too much
  • Toxic environments
  • Unhealthy boundaries (or lack thereof)
  • Depression or sadness
  • Escapism
  • Addiction
  • Delusional thinking

In Health, Pisces Governs
(Areas of the body where you might wish for healing)

  • Feet and toes
  • Lymphatic system
  • Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
  • Solar Plexus (Manipura)

Working with Corresponding Elements
We suggest using one or more items of your choice from each element when designing your ceremony. Use as many or as few as you like. 

PISCES Fire items: Candles + Smoke 

  • Indigo and pastel blue candles – dreaming 
  • Floral scented candles, herbal bundles, or incense:
    • Sandalwood – spiritual grounding
    • Jasmine – spiritual awareness
    • Rose – loving kindness

PISCES Earth items: Crystals + Stones

  • Blue Lace Agate – auric clearing
  • Citrine – clarity and abundance
  • Smoky Quartz – sustainability

PISCES Air items: Intentions + Mantras

  • Any personal wishes you want to make in the areas Pisces governs + the High Vibe Aspects of Pisces
  • Pisces Full Moon Intention
  • Pisces Full Moon Healing Invocation

PISCES Water items: Essential Oils + Flower Essences

  • Sandalwood -spiritual grounding
  • Elemi – calming
  • Ylang Ylang – harmonizing

“The real ceremony begins where the formal one ends, when we take up a new way, our minds and hearts filled with the vision of Earth that holds us within it, in compassionate relationship to and with our world.” 

Linda Hogan, poet, academic, playwright, novelist, and environmentalist


Spiritual Bathing: Lunar Detox Bath

This ceremony offers a holistic and spiritual detox with a purifying charcoal and clay body cleanse. This ceremony is good for processing grief, ending a relationship or emotional turmoil. 

Special note: Doing this ceremony on any Full Moon or at the end of a cycle (the last day of any month or year) is ideal to tap into the universal magick available to you for maximum closure.

Before you begin, say your own full moon invocation. 

  1. Choose an essential oil to dab over each of your chakras. 
  2. Fill a shallow bath or shower with warm water to create a spiritual soak.
  3. Light candles + select crystals and place them intuitively around the area you’re bathing.
  4. Turn on gentle meditation music, but consider leaving your cell phone out of the bathroom.
  5. After you’re in the tub or shower, mix a few tablespoons of red clay and/or charcoal with a bit of Water to make a mud-like consistency. Coat your body with the mud. Add honey, salt, herbs, whatever you like to help detox.
  6. When you’re ready to clean the mud off, scrub your body with a refreshing herbal soap. Say: I am scrubbing my energy clean. I am transmuting any lower vibrational frequencies into pure light and positive potential.  
  7. Make some tea and relax into meditation or deep sleep.

The Pisces Full Moon is the most intuitively focused Moon of the year. Give yourself plenty of time to meditate on your innermost dreams, deepest wishes, and most desired outcomes. After your detoxification process, you will have a clear energetic field and heightened psychic awareness. 

Write about the dreams you have for your life and any intentions, wishes, or healing invocations at the time the Full Moon is exact (or within a few hours if possible). 

Focus on the most vivid one of your dreams by visualizing how you would feel if it were true in your life now, using all five senses. Write it down in great detail. The act of writing pulls the dream out of the ethers and into physical substance. 

Say: All is well in my kingdom. I am the bearer of my own dreams and draw upon the wisdom of the Universe in unconditional fulfillment of my destiny. And so it is.  Extinguish the candle with your thumb and finger.

  1. Moon Cleanse.  Place your journal and crystals under your bed for the next three nights. Set an intention to remember your dreams each night, then record them in your journal in the morning. 

Use the next three days as a period to be incredibly grateful for the power of your mind, the support of your angels and guides, and your health. Consider where you can offer random acts of kindness and write these in your journal to complete the ceremony. It is important to seal the energy after any ceremony. Say your own prayer to close the ritual.



Thursday, September 17th: New Moon in 25-Virgo

The New Moon this week falls on an auspicious manifestation portal day. Get clear about your intentions. What is the ‘why’ behind your day to day activities? Make wishes around health, organization, and anything that requires attention to detail. 

Intention: I share my gifts with joy and precision, finding peace and vitality throughout my day. I am willing to undergo a house cleaning of the heart so that I am in full integrity with my soul-self.

Any nervous tension that crops up is due to the Sun semisquare Uranus. It’s possible some wires get crossed, or that some folks get stuck in overly critical mindsets. But with the Sun trine Saturn blessing the skies, positive change comes through committed action. This manifestation portal is excellent for selling properties, enhancing your public image, and finding purpose. (I offer career sessions for those seeking planetary guidance on their life purpose

Numerology: 8: Go with the flow  3: Communication  25: Spiritual Clarity

When the New Moon falls in the Earth sign of Virgo, you can expect some extra wit, wisdom, and volunteerism. You might find yourself putting energy into organization, your health, and the details of life. This is the perfect Moon to find practical solutions, get grounded, and start a new health regimen. This is the Moon of the practical thinker, the helper, and the herbalist. It’s time to bang the drum of being reasonable and look at the world with the fine print in mind. 

Positive (High) Vibes of the Virgo New Moon:
(Make wishes in these areas)

  • Integrity
  • Practicality
  • Precision
  • Being of service
  • Organization
  • Constructive criticism
  • Trusting the process
  • Blending the old with the new
  • Setting up new procedures

Challenging (Low) Vibes of the Virgo New Moon:
(What you might wish to remove) 

  • Judgmental or overly critical attitudes
  • Analysis paralysis
  • Inefficiency; getting stuck in the details
  • Inability to see the bigger picture

In Health, Virgo Governs
(Areas of the body where you might wish for healing)

  • Kidneys
  • Intestines
  • Abdomen
  • Solar Plexus (Manipura Chakra)
  • Throat Chakra (Vishudha Chakra)

Working with Corresponding Elements
We suggest using one or more items of your choice from each element when designing your ceremony. Use as many or as few as you like. 

VIRGO Fire items: Candles + Smoke 

  • Grey and green candles – giving
  • Herbal and Earthy scented candles, herbal bundes, or incense:
    • Rosemary – passion
    • Sage – clearing
    • Thyme – grounding
    • Olive – purity

VIRGO Earth items: Crystals + Stones

  • Amethyst – anti-anxiety
  • Chrysocolla – Earth connection
  • Moss Agate – peace
  • Citrine – focus
  • Celestite – healing

VIRGO Air items: Intentions + Mantras

  • Any personal wishes you want to make in the areas Virgo governs + the High Vibe Aspects of Virgo 
  • Virgo New Moon Intention
  • Virgo New Moon Healing Invocation

VIRGO Water items: Essential Oils + Flower Essences

  • Peppermint – excitement
  • Grapefruit – kindness
  • Sandalwood – spirituality
  • Chamomile – peace

Practical Magic  

This ceremony uses the healing powers of herbs and crystals to purify and magnify your intentions around organization, practicality, and efficiency. It can be replicated in your garden, on your property, at a business location, or it can even be used to bless a specific room throughout the year.

Before you begin, say your own New Moon invocation. 

Step One: Selecting Tools
Set up a New Moon wishing area in a quiet space without distractions. Ideally you can do this outdoors, but a private space inside works too. Refer to the corresponding elements in the section above to select your tools. We suggest incorporating at least one tool per element (Fire, Earth, Air, Water), as well as a journal to write your intentions and responses to the journal prompts. You may also want various herbs like sage or rosemary to make your own herbal bundle. 

Step Two: Herbal Bundle
Gather fresh herbs from your home garden or the grocery store. You can use an array of herbs such as sage, oregano, and thyme with your rosemary. Add in any other herbs you feel drawn to under this Virgo New Moon energy. Bundle the herbs into a sweet bouquet by wrapping a long string around the bundle, and tying the bundle together off at the base of the herbs (by the stems). 

Step Three: Aromatic Inspiration + Blessing
Light a green or grey candle and sit down for meditation. Place your crystals next to you, and bring the herbal bundle near you for clearing your energy. Set an intention to be shown a new perspective. Meditate quietly for 5-10 minutes. 

Step Four: Write Intentions
Remember, the most optimal time to make wishes is within the first 8 hours of the New Moon being exact. It is recommended to stick with ten intentions or less.

Step Five: Herb + Crystal Grid
Dab essential oil(s) on your palms, rubbing them together briskly to generate heat. Bring your right hand to the crown of your head and your left hand to your belly. Breathe in and out three times.

Say: I am connected with the Earth. I offer and receive the energies of Earth’s living library. I am rooted and connected throughout all space and time. 

Place the herb bundle on top of your intentions or journal outside (or inside near a window). Intuitively place your crystals around the herb bundle and intentions. Touching each crystal with your right index finger, move in a clockwise direction and say: I activate my intentions in the energies of the Virgo New Moon. Once you have made it to each crystal and you are back to the crystal you started with, say: And so it is. 

Leave the herb and crystal grid intact, allowing it to charge for three days and nights.

Step Six: Drying Out
After 3 days and nights, go back to your herb and crystal grid. Spend a few minutes meditating and reconnecting with the energy of the grid and your intentions. Write out any observations about your intentions and insights, dreams, or synchronicities that may have bubbled up over the past few days. 

Step Seven: Closing Sacred Space
Offer gratitude, then take the herb bundle and hang it somewhere sacred to dry out until the Virgo Full Moon (approximately 6 months from now) or until you’re ready to use them. You can place the crystals beside your bed or under your pillow for the next 3 weeks to sync up with their energy and support your intentions. Close your ritual with a simple prayer acknowledging the ceremony is complete.


September Astrology Power Days

September 2nd – Full Moon in Pisces
September 5th – Mercury enters Libra
September 6th – Venus enters Leo
September 9th – Mars retrograde in Aries
September 13th – Jupiter direct in Capricorn
September 17th – New Moon in Virgo
September 22nd – Sun enters Libra
September 27th – Mercury enters Scorpio
September 29th – Saturn direct in Capricorn


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Tiffany Harelik, MA, RYT offers astrology, mediumship, yoga, and tarot sessions. She uses the Golden Tarot deck combined with yogic philosophy and her lineage of Russian mysticism to address your concerns through practical advice. She holds a Masters degree in Health Psychology and founded Spellbound Publishers, a metaphysical book company. She owns and operates Wise Skies. Follow her work at

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