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Aug 23 – Sep 23 (Fall Equinox), 2019
The Sun sign is a much-celebrated astrological element, usually given more significance than it deserves. Remember – the Sun is just one planet in your star-soup.
Happy birthday Virgo honeybees!
Gut-deep in the astrological year, we arrive at Virgo, goddess of harvest. Her mythological sisters are Demeter and Persephone. Virgo wants us to work, thresh and clear, humming between rows of towering plants. We need to be outside to really understand this constellation. Virgo lives in verdure, in the rasp of sun and wind, in dry rustling grasses and dawn footsteps crunching to the creek. Feed your inner animal. Gnaw the root, weave the straw, paint your body with autumn-cometh. Make your home beneath tree and star. Wash your face and shirt in the singing river. Catch the fruits as they fall. Unhook the mushroom from its earthen post.
Usually Virgos are quite reserved at first, then exceptionally chatty. The Virgo mind is an intricate puzzle. Virgo is accustomed to the lightning rhythms and abundant quirks of her own inner world; the rest of us are fascinated by this chaotic-yet-orderly whirlwind.
Virgo life is fast and constantly changing. Expect this time to be, as always, insanely busy. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the fleet-footed messenger god. You may move or get a job, go to school, break up, dig deeper – you know your mission. There is no respite, no repose, no languor here. Virgo can become so consumed by her work that she forgets to breathe or rest. You’ll feel a seed sprouting in your stomach, an excitement aching in your phalanges, a stinging, mercurial anticipation.
Virgo has signature agency over her body and crisp boundaries. This transit is about practice, devotion and perspicacity. Virgo is here to maintain, monitor, sort, categorize. She demands continual and discernible improvement within and without. Virgo also increases awareness toward the body and what we put into it. Now is the best time to (re)commit to regular exercise and healthy eating.
So many changes take place during Virgo season. Ironically, many Virgos do not like or appreciate change, especially if it interrupts their flow. Change will come, that much we know – but how will you react? Autumn billows and fades, polar winds howl across the land, and the calm, even-tempered Virgo watches her fields wither and bow beneath frosted crystal. She will return and start from the beginning the following year, as will you, as will I. We all return. Nothing is lost.
The first day of Virgo is going to be crazy busy, as it coincides with the quarter moon in Gemini, the other constellation ruled by Mercury. And this will be my first day back at school! The Virgo archetype is so closely linked to regulated, officious environments like school, work, etc. When we wholeheartedly embrace this time of learning and organization, we properly channel Virgo and receive all of her bounty: focus, drive and long, satisfying days!
On Aug 29 – the same day Mercury enters Virgo – the sun will trine Uranus Retrograde in Taurus. This is a day of absolute freedom. Whatever has been keeping you down, now is your chance to LEAVE or MOVE ON – enjoy that. On Sep 2 the sun links up with Mars in Virgo for a fast-paced conjunction; an extremely productive day with plenty of physical energy to get some good work done. The following day on Sep 3, the sun links up with Mercury, ruler of Virgo! This will be one of the best days of the entire Virgo solar cycle. A good day to organize and/or travel. Also a great night to go out and play trivia! Everything tends to feel like it is falling into place under this influence – enjoy that as well.
On Sep 6, the sun trines Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn. This heavy earth aspect involves a lot of planning – we might get a little grumpy because of it. On Sep 8, the sun squares Jupiter in Sagittarius – the last time this aspect came around, someone hit me with a car – be careful out there, y’all. At the lesser end of the spectrum, you might just feel really off and tired, which is much better than being hit by a car. The sun opposes Neptune Retrograde in Pisces on Sep 10. This influence can be a little weird and depressing, but usually it just steals our sleep. Last but not least, Sun trine Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn on the full moon of Sep 13 – holy shit it’s going to be so powerful!! We might not be able to sleep but we’ll be feeling so rooted, deep down into our marrow. The perfect day for an energetic healing alignment!
Twist your body to align with the stars in Virgo Yoga.
Affirmation: sacred earth