Virgo

Demeter & Persephone Design  Sue Robertson

VIRGO

Who knows your secrets
Virgo, pure maiden

whose warm dark womb

protects and nurtures

the germ of wisdom
like a grain of wheat

until it ripens

and is brought to light

Mother principle, worshipped

as Eve, Isis, Demeter, Ceres
and Mary, Mother of Christ

By Anne Robertson 1987

Dear friends,

You may notice that my blog has had a facelift. I am eternally grateful to my dear friend and astrology colleague Kerrie Redgate for her tireless efforts in helping me make my blog more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. We spent hours together on Monday on the day of the Full Moon in Pisces working on my blog. The new design is not complete yet. It is a work in progress.

Astrology Greeting Cards

It gives me great pleasure to be able to share with you also the astrology cards for each month for the different signs that my sister Sue and I co-created back in 1987. We owe our inspiration in part to the mythology series we undertook with the C.G Jung Society led by Craig San Roque and also to ‘Esoteric Astrology’ written by Alice A. Bailey under the guidance of the Tibetan, Master Djwahl Khul. These cards are available for sale at my friend Anthia Koullouros’ Ovvio Organic Lifestyle Store at 2 Heeley St Fiveways Paddington Sydney Australia.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Virgo
The personality sounds its note: “Let matter reign.”
The Soul sounds its note: “I am the Mother and the Child. I, God I Matter am.”

Happy Birthday to all the Virgoans who celebrate their birthdays between August 24 and September 23. Virgo rules the sixth house which has dominion over work and health and service to others. It is one of triad of Earth signs – along with Capricorn and Taurus. It is one of four mutable signs – the others being Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. The ruler of Virgo is Mercury which is also the ruler of Gemini. The sign Virgo is closely associated with harvests, especially those of wheat and corn. Virgo is the Virgin or maiden who is a source of fecundity, depicted carrying a sheaf of wheat or corn freshly plucked from the harvest; esoterically she represents the Virgin Mary pregnant with the Christ child. The Greeks celebrated Demeter, the goddess of the grain, and her daughter, Persephone, in the Eleusinian mysteries. The Romans worshipped her as Ceres, from where the word cereal is derived. There are also associations with Vesta the goddess who was the keeper of the hearth and protectress of the home and community. Her priestesses were known as the vestal virgins whose duty it was to tend the sacred flame that kept the city safe. There is a common misconception that virgin referred to her being prudish and chaste when it really means ‘one within herself’. The vestal virgins typified the true meaning of Virgo the virgin, leading self-contained, contemplative lives and were held in high regard in the community. The glyph for Virgo symbolises the coils of energy in the Virgin’s essence. The closed M of the Virgo represents the untouched vagina; the coils represent the loops of the ovaries and the uterus; the circle represents the intact hymen.

Isis

There are also biblical references to the Virgo archetype. In the Old Testament Ruth the Moabite is harvesting the fields of Boaz. In the Egyptian pantheon Isis is said to have dropped the wheat she was carrying across the heavens resulting in the Milky Way. As she travelled she was carrying her Divine Son, Horus in her arms. This image of Isis with her Divine child is a precursor to the Christian story of Mary and Jesus. The Great Sphinx has associations with both Leo and Virgo as, esoterically, it symbolises 0 degrees Virgo or 30 degrees Leo, for it has the body of a Lion and the head of a Maiden. The sphinx demonstrates its potency in that it has learned how to tame the animal passions of Leo through the mental precision and purposeful activity of Virgo.

The Constellation of Virgo

The Constellation of Virgo

Alan Oken in his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, has this to say about the constellation of Virgo; ‘Virgo has a lithe and graceful figure. She is about 46 degrees in length and is therefore one of the longest of the zodiacal asterisms. Her honour and modesty are well protected by many other constellations, for she is bounded in the north by Leo, Bootes and Bernice’s Coma; on the south by Hydra, the Crow, and the Crater; on the east by Libra and the Serpent; and on the west Leo, the Crater and the Crow. Virgo, as goddess of the harvest, finds herself in a very bountiful area of the heavens. Within the boundary of her intact body are over 500 nebulas. This abundance of latent energy is made manifest by the practical resourcefulness of those individuals born under her rays. The Virgin is usually depicted in an angelic form, her two wings extending out into space. In her hand she holds a shaft of wheat or an ear of corn, symbolic of the fruitfulness of Woman. The shaft of wheat is represented by one of the brightest stars in the sky, Spica. This highly placed lady even has her own jewels, i.e., the Diamond of Virgo. This a four star constellation which consists of Denebola (the tail of Leo), Spica (called the “Pearl” by the ancient Hindu astrologers), Arcturus (an extremely brilliant golden-yellow star), and Cor Caroli (a double-bodied white and lilac star); a fitting gem for the heavenly maiden.’

 

The Role of Virgo – The Sixth Labour of Hercules

Hercules fighting Queen Hippolyte to obtain the sacred girdle

In the book, ‘the Labour of Hercules’, Alice Bailey relates the test for Virgo in the sixth labour of Hercules. Hercules’ Teacher tells the hero that he must seize the sacred girdle from Hippolyte, the Queen of the Amazons. This girdle had been given to the queen by Venus the goddess of love and is a symbol of unity achieved through struggle, conflict, strife, as well as being a symbol of motherhood and the sacred Child. Hercules fought and struggled with Hippolyte, paying no attention to what she was trying to tell him. He wrenched the girdle from her, only to find out her hands held out and were offering him the gift, the symbol of unity and love, of sacrifice and faith. Despite this, he slaughtered her, much to the chagrin of the women, bereft of leadership and love of Hippolyte. Hercules’ deed meets the stern disapproval of his Teacher who questions his action, by asking him, “Why kill the mother of the sacred child?” His Teacher tells the aspirant he has failed the test and must redeem himself before he will see him again.

Hercules rescuing Hesione from the belly of the sea monster

The opportunity for Hercules to redeem himself occurs when he rescues the maiden Hesione from the belly of the sea monster. The Teacher allows Hercules to pass through the sixth gate, pronouncing that his good deed has redeemed him.

 

The Virgo Hall of Fame

Being the sign of health, work and service, Virgoans are drawn to careers in health such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractics, hygiene and nutrition. Their keen analytical mind attracts them to careers in education, psychology, psychiatry, counselling, writing, accounting, business management, and computer sciences. No matter what career they pursue they are always, very industrious, efficient, well organised, thrifty and productive.

Goethe

Famous writers include the German writer and poet, Goethe, D.H. Lawrence, Roald Dahl, Mary

Agatha Christie

Shelley, the creator of the book, ‘Frankenstein’. One Virgoan author whose keen powers of observation and attention to miniscule detail were put to good use in her murder mysteries is Agatha Christie, the creator of Poirot, Miss Marple and volumes of detective stories.

Maria Montessori teaching children

Maria Montessori teaching children

A Virgo who made great contributions to modern education is the Italian woman, Maria Montessori. In 1896 she was the first woman to graduate from medical school in Rome. She began her career teaching hygiene and then moved to the area of education, with the particular goal of providing education for the poor and needy children. Today we see the legacy of her work with Montessori schools established worldwide.

Mother Teresa

Another Virgo whose tireless labours brought her many accolades is Mother Teresa. The austere life that she and her sisters led is typical of the Virgoan nature. Virgoan entertainers include Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline. Virgoan actors include Peter Sellers, Lily Tomlin, Anne Bancroft, Sophia Loren, Claudia Schiffer, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Keanu Reeves, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Grant.

Virgo Health and Anatomy

Solar Plexus

Virgo rules the sixth house whose domain is work and health. The part of the body allocated to Virgo is the solar plexus and intestines. The solar plexus lies directly behind the stomach, and from it twelve different nerve ganglia branch off in all directions: that is how the solar or sun plexus gets its name. Each of the twelve divisions of the solar plexus allocates with one of the signs of the Zodiac, and hence with a certain part of the body. The plexus itself is a little Zodiac. It is sometimes called the lower brain. The solar plexus is the great receiving station of energy from the back brain, while the bowels complete the chemicalisation of the food products ready to be assimilated by the blood. Being connected by its nerve ganglia with all parts of the body, the solar plexus reflects the condition of the entire body. It is not surprising then, that the stomach and bowels are affected when a person is worried or upset, or when the brain is

The Intestines

fagged and weary. Virgoans are known as the ‘worriers of the Zodiac’ with a nervous stomach, making them prone to digestive problems, especially if they identify too much with their perfectionist or workaholic nature. Virgoans need to be able to switch off from their work and learn to relax. Meditation, yoga or martial arts are ideal pursuits to bring harmony and balance to the lives of these industrious, fastidious folk. In the book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell states the Biochemic cell salt for Virgo is Kali sulph., and its function is to manufacture and distribute oil. When the body is in health, little jets of steam are constantly escaping from the seven million pores of the skin. A deficiency of Kali sulph. molecules causes the oil in the tissues to thicken and clog these safety valves of the human machine, thus turning heat and secretions back upon the inner organs, lungs, pleura, membranes of the nasal passages, and all forms of catarrh.

Kali sulph. Is also present in considerable quantities in the scalp and hair. When this salt is lacking we get dandruff or falling hair, skin eruptions secreting yellowish oily matter, or inactive dry scaling skim, gastro-duodenal catarrh, ringworm, anaemia, and bronchitis. It is an oxygen carrier to the epidermic and epithelial cells of the skin and membranes, and in this it works with Ferrum phos., which is the salt for Pisces, the polar opposite to Virgo. Vanda Sawtell extols the virtues of Kali sulph., claiming it is a wonderful salt; the oil which it manufactures provides a fuel, a solvent, a lubricant and purifier for the body, just as in a machine. Furthermore, she adds; In old age the human body is very low in oil, and hence looks dry and shrivelled. Skin, hair, intestinal tract, bones all require their full quota of oil. She alludes to the parable of the wise virgins who kept their lamps burning, and the cry of the foolish virgins, “ We have no oil!” Moreover, people deficient in this salt cannot stand a warm room as they feel suffocated and must get out into the cool air. Symptoms are usually worse in the afternoon. She recommends Kali sulph. be given in all children’s diseases where there has been a rash or scaling. It helps to form new skin, and in this it works with the Gemini salt, Kali mur.

Overview for Virgo for 2014
Finances

The karmic North Node and a Full Moon Ecplipse highlight your finance sector. Venus to support you in your financial dealings from 16 August to 11 September. Venus feels comfortable here as it is the ruler of your 2nd house of finances and values.  It not only gives opportunities to enhance your finances and beautify your surroundings but also encourages you to value your financial prowess. Commercial Mercury’s visit to your finance sector from 9-29 September Uranus, the planet of sudden change and unpredictability, is currently transiting Virgo’s solar 8th house which may bring upheaval in the area of joint finances.

Career

Jupiter the planet of good fortune continues its sojourn through your solar 10th house of career until 26 June bringing opportunities for expansion in your goals for your career. Jupiter and Mercury’s conjunction on 27 May highlights opportunities for study and other major projects. Saturn’s presence in your communication and learning sector enables you  to consolidate your knowledge and self-expression. Dynamic Mars activates your career sector from 31 May to 13 July which will boost your confidence and energy to be assertive as far your career is concerned. Mercury your ruling planet also pays two visits here from 9 May to 4 June and from August 23 to 9 September enhancing your communicating and networking skills.

Home & Family

Venus graces your domestic sector on two separate occasions from 16 December 2012 to 9 January 2013 and again from 7 October to 5 November promoting harmony in your family relationships and giving opportunities to beautify your home. The lunar eclipse on 25 May will bring into sharp focus issues around life work balance creating tension but ultimately resolution will be reached once you have achieved clarity with regard to your priorities.

Creativity & Children

Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its passage in your solar 5th house which could cause changes and transformation in the areas of children, romance and creativity. Positively, it can be an ideal time for Virgos to reinvent themselves creatively adding energy and drive to this area of your life causing you to be proactive in pursuing your goals re your children, creativity and romance.

Relationships

Neptune the planet of spirituality continues its 14 year passage in your relationship sector teaching you compassion and non-attachment.  Chiron known as the wounded healer is moving through Virgo’s solar 7th house of marriage, relationships and partnerships so there may be opportunities to heal past wounds in this area. The lessons learned from Neptune and Chiron are bitter-sweet but the potential for spiritual growth is manifold.  Other planetary visitors to your love sector are Mars and Mercury. Mars activates your love sector from 2 February to 12 March which may cause you to be impatient or restless and more determined to have your needs met. Quicksilver Mercury pays an extended visit here from 5 February to 14 April highlighting communications with your partners whether intimate of business associates. Part of Mercury’s visit here involves its retrograde cycle from 22 February to 16 March which can cause confusion and misunderstandings so there is a need to be clear about your communication.

Friendships

Friendships and groups should be filled with buoyancy with jovial Jupiter gracing your friendship sector from 26 June 2013 until mid-June 2014. Jupiter with its larger than life energy will make you stand out in a crowd and you may become a mentor for your friends or in group situations. Mars activates your friendship sector from 13 July to 28 August adding impetus to your group and friendship activities. You will be a veritable dynamo when Jupiter and Mars unite in your friendship sector from 19-24 July. The only challenge occurs when Mercury has its retrograde cycle from 25 June to 20 July which can cause confusion or misunderstandings.

Spirituality

The active planet Mars spends an extended period from 22 July to 16 October in your 12th house of karma and the unconscious making it an ideal time to carry out acts of service as compassion becomes the driving force in your life.

Sources

Virgo Greeting Card Designed by Sue Robertson
Virgo Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

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2 Comments

  1. Anne Garrett

     /  May 15, 2012

    Hi Anne.
    I am not able to get through on your e-mail address, I was wishing to thank you for your reading.
    Cheers Anne

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