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Aug 17 – Oct 3, 2019
Mars: source of all physical strength, vitality and decisive action in the solar system. Mars in Virgo is not a warrior in the traditional sense, but a highly motivating and productive influence. As the sun and Mars in Virgo crest the eastern horizon each morning, we will rise with a clear head, seeds of serious intent sprouting in the dawn. Earthy Virgo is full of reason and rationale; meaning and purpose; tools and skills. The pace of life picks up considerably with Mars in Virgo. We’ll be moving, creating, learning and sharing all at once. It’s time to dive right in. If you’ve been waiting for a prompt, this is it.
Mars outlines the motivating factor. In Virgo, we are motivated by love of labor and the magic of staying busy. Mars in Virgo demands practice and routine. No more chill time, brain foggy, body tired. Virgo gives us definitive direction. She is encouraging, not chastising. She teaches the virtue of hard work and pursuit of knowledge. Her body is wiry and resilient, her mind sharp. Most Virgos are experts in their given field. They are driven to work and accomplish with less sleep and food than most people require. As such, they do not always take care of themselves; what they nourish first and foremost is their work. So remember to stretch and meditate when you wake up – then bow your head and surrender to Virgo’s mercurial rhythm! Polish the cogs of your inner and outer mechanisms; tune them to the note of smoothest operation!
Virgo is best represented by the yogic concept saucha. The most common translation is cleanliness, but saucha means much more than just folding blankets, stacking blocks and wiping down your mat at the end of practice. The essence of saucha is that sweeping the mind is just as important as sweeping the floor beneath us; external activities which are performed to maintain a clean and fresh environment help us clean the mind and body from the inside out.
In the body, Virgo rules the lower digestive tract and sympathetic nervous system. With Mars here, the stomach and digestive system will be extra sensitive. If you’re feeling stuck, make health & wellness a group activity – no need to isolate and do it all alone. Other than moving every morning and eating nutritionally rich food, we should also keep our mind free of anxious, paranoid or obsessive-compulsive thoughts. Virgo tends to think too much, which usually means that she worries too much. The solution is meditation and deep breathing (with an emphasis on breathing). Do not hesitate to take breaks while you work. Sit in a quiet place by yourself, close your eyes and breathe. Even just a few minutes of this will clear your mind and increase your productivity. For those who are constipated (in mind or body): in meditation, visualize massaging your favorite oil into the cell wall of every tissue in your body, from the brain to the intestines to the skin on the bottom of your feet. Do not hurry through the process: see and feel everything; keep the breath slow and constant.
Aug 24 is a gold star day, with Mars and Venus linking up for a charming conjunction. Divine feminine Venus harmonizes with divine masculine Mars, effortlessly blending self-assertion with cooperation; expect an adventurous & creative day full of passion. More excitement on Aug 28 when Mars trines Uranus Retrograde in Taurus – a day of experimentation and healthy risk-taking; we will feel especially courageous and independent. Mercury enters Virgo one day later on Aug 29, signaling alignment of the mind (Mercury) with the body (Mars), identity/ego/central consciousness (Sun) and heart (Venus) – all in Virgo!
Another gold star day on Sep 2: Mars and the Sun link up for a conjunction. This influence is daring, ambitious and confident; a day of instant manifestation. Watch for competitive vibes. The next day on Sep 3, Mercury and Mars will also be conjunct – we are going to get so much work done y’all. Here we are curious and enthusiastic, with a sharp yet impatient mind. More instant manifestation on the way. On Sep 8, Mars trines Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn – the perfect day for all things professional/financial/long-term. We’ll have more patience at our disposal and place more value on a pragmatic, steady approach. A good day to strategize on how to make life more materially and financially secure. First challenging day is Sep 12, with Mars squaring Jupiter in Sagittarius; this tends to arouse the ego and/or we may overestimate our abilities; the most important thing is just to go slow and think before speaking/acting. The next day on Sep 13, Mars opposes Neptune Retrograde in Pisces – a restless influence more than anything. The last notable aspect is a harmonious trine with Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn on Sep 19 – this is when our determination and will power come rushing back. Here we are decisive, confident and assertive, if not impatient!
Affirmation: I do what I love; I love what I do