Virgo: The Virgin
The Sign of Virgo
The zodiac sign of Virgo is a feminine sign associated with loving and humble service. Ruled by Mercury and noted for its practical intelligence, there is an emphasis on attention to detail, discernment, order, and craftsmanship. Virgo is a mutable earth sign with a focus on the physical body and the daily routines necessary to sustain it.
Issues involving the armed services, unions, laborers, inspectors, clerical workers, employees, domestic pets, small animals, grains, clothing, public health and hygiene become accentuated during the Virgo cycle.
The house that Virgo occupies in the natal chart shows an area of life where one can over-think, find fault, and lose sight of the forest for the trees. It also shows the area where one can be especially disciplined, meticulous, refined, and helpful.
The key phrase for Virgo is “I Analyze”.
Attune to the qualities of Virgo with a 3-minute tarot meditation on The Hermit.
The Hermit holds the light for us to stay upon the path in times of darkness. He is the figure of elder wisdom; an experienced guide, well-versed in natural and spiritual law. He teaches us to make use of solitude to question our beliefs, to become conscious of universal cause–and-effect and to discern wholeness.
Confer with the Hermit whenever you need guidance.
The direction West-South-West points to the path of emotional intelligence. The sign Virgo correlates to Love, the third and final step on the Southern pathway of Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel. The trust developed during the Leo cycle allows you to invest yourself in service with passionate devotion.
Chart for the New Moon on September 19/20, 2017:
Sabian Symbol for 28º Virgo
“A Bald-Headed Man Who Has Seized Power.”
This degree depicts the necessity of making a transforming decision. The sheer power of personality rules.
— from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases© 1973 Dane Rudhyar.
Highlights of the New Moon Chart at 27º Virgo 27′
This Virgo lunation cycle is about productive creativity (6 planets in Earth signs — 2 planets in Fire). This is a get-to-work cycle. Time to put those creative ideas of the last two Leo lunations into action and find practical solutions (Mercury passed shadow and Venus in Virgo).
The desire for unity, along with a fears of dissolution during changing times combine to intensify a creative, visionary, or escapist commitment (New Moon opposite Chiron, quincunx Uranus, quindicile Neptune ).
The major challenge this cycle is mental; determining what is real versus fantasy and revising how information is received (and/or perceived). Glamorized communications can be used to deceive or enlighten. (Mercury opposite Neptune and sesquare Uranus).
Our advice for this cycle:
Think back to the Full Moon in Pisces (September 5 – 8) for clues to what may unfold this cycle. This is an excellent cycle to study the body-mind connection. Examine your daily routines, diet, habits, and hygiene for areas that are in need of improvement and to initiate necessary changes. The simple rituals of daily life provide the grounding necessary for balance. Good health, altruistic service, and productive employment support success; practicality and prudence guarantee it.
Humility and introspection are key to moving forward during this exciting, yet confusing period. Pay attention to signals from your body that it needs care. If you find yourself physically fatigued, emotionally overwrought, or mentally tense, take a few minutes to sit still, breathe, and center.
Virgo is the path of Love. Unconditional love, a passionate devotion and deep affection without stipulations, constraints or attachments. This is where we develop our capacity for compassion for our selves and others.
Journal prompts for insights:
- What situations do you find most difficult to digest?
- Is there an area of your life where you are prone to ‘analysis paralysis’?
- When and with whom are you most trusting?
- Where and with whom would life be easier if you were less critical and more humble?
- How do you express your love?
- What are your daily rituals or habits?
- When are you most disciplined?
- How do you give service to others?
- When do you feel most relaxed and worry-free?
Affirm: I serve the highest good through love.
Quote for this cycle:
Each time we bring to routine activities an awareness of ‘now’, we raise our vibratory frequency and cause the freshness of the moment to fall upon us.
~ Dr. Michael Beckwith (1956 – ) American author and minister
A Mandala is a powerful device for creating and focusing on sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or print out and color our 2017 Virgo New Moon Mandala.
You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process.
The Zodiac Arts Moon Phase Journal, which usually posts at each phase with tips on working with the current cosmic and lunar energies, is currently on hiatus and the posts are sporadic.
Sandra shares her personal moon phase journal, Sunny’s Days. We invite you to join her walk through the year. Declare your intentions – start your own moon phase journal. Share your images, words, colors, and goals for this lunation cycle in the comments below the posts.
Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a “Heartist.” Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her Lifecycle Blog, and be sure to subscribe to her email newsletter while there.
CJ Wright at Auntie Moon offers daily insights and other good lunar tidings at her website, plus she has monthly lunation cycle workbooks. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
Jessica Shepherd is always a good read at Moonkissd.com.
Elaine Kalantarian at Blue Moon Astrology uses astrology to describe archetypal processes at the New and Full Moons.
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms.
Nadia Gilchrist has recently captured our attention at Ruby Slipper Astrology, where she writes about the lunations and other cosmic events.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions on her web site. Her book, Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, has tips on health-supporting foods, spa and wellness therapies, relaxation practices, yoga poses, aromatherapy, natural remedies, and flower essences customized for each Zodiac sign.
Lynda Hill takes a thorough look at the Sabian Symbols active this cycle.
Christina Rodenbeck at The Oxford Astrologer generously writes and posts excellent articles on current transits, world events and the arts. Her monthly horoscopes are well worth a small subscription fee.
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