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July 9 – Aug 6, 2018
Venus in Virgo teaches us to be more sober and perceptive so that we may better serve others’ needs. Astrologers often misinterpret Virgo as cold and uncaring, but she is a loving, devoted goddess. While Venus is in Virgo, demonstrate your affection by simply being available and doing the little things for others.
Virgo is sensitive yet highly reserved, with thin, silvery antennae forever scanning her environs. Venus rules fellow earth sign Taurus, so her natural pace is quite slow; with Venus in Virgo, life is comparably hyperactive. This energy can be so busy and alert that many Virgo types have trouble sleeping.
Ruled by Mercury, planet of the mind, Virgo is always thinking. This is how she gets trapped in ever-tightening circles of fear and paranoia. Virgo forgets how to be and breathe without needing to know why and how. She forgets, in the midst of endlessly working and preparing, that some things need no explanation, owe no explanation.
But if Virgo really has a flaw, it is her selflessness and the extent to which it can disrupt her own wellbeing. If/when she does anything for herself, Virgo feels guilty. Virgo’s identity is inextricably tied to work and service, and if she is not in service to others, depression is likely. This goddess needs a mission. Virgo’s relationship to work and control can be unhealthy as she is concerned primarily with self-control, and if she does not have this, that’s when her need for control leaches out in jagged flashes, passive aggressive hurricanes and closed-minded projections. At her best, she is calm in body and mind. She takes good care of her health, delegates her time wisely and sleeps soundly.
Virgo is more cautious than curious. Her heart does not open easily, though she is renowned for her hospitality and perfect service. Virgo is accepting – but not necessarily understanding – of all. She speaks the language of sensibility, loyalty and purpose and gravitates toward those who speak the same.
Consider Virgo as Libra’s forerunner. Virgo prepares us to receive the wisdom of the scales, and Libra, unlike Virgo, demands acceptance and tolerance of all beings. Venus is ruler of Libra, so we can think of Virgo as the last stop before Venus returns home. Indulging Virgo’s neuroses and rigidity will impede the journey, not unlock Libra’s garden door. In order to pass through, we must uncross our arms and look up from our work for a moment – who is there? Who are they? Will you meet this brother halfway? Cross from the virgin’s field to the tipping point, the center of the scale, as a breeze picks up and dares to knock you down.
This transit starts out with an unpredictable trine to Uranus in Taurus on July 11 – this can bring nothing but good things in the financial/interpersonal realm. On July 13, Venus forms the same friendly angle to Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn – an excellent day for all things related to work and money. On July 24, Venus opposes Neptune Retrograde – this is not a good day for social activities or important conversations. On the lunar eclipse of July 27, Venus forms another powerful trine to Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn, the planet of psychological transformation and rebirth. Holy shift!!
Calm your body with light meals, long walks and Virgo Yoga. Don’t forget your own needs – serve yourself first, then others. While Venus is in Virgo, she is an evening star. Look for her just after sunset each night. When she is an evening star, she is called Hesperus. If you were born with Venus in Virgo, this is your Venus Return. To find your Venus sign, click here.
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