Happy Birthday Virgoans, Lunar Eclipses & Solar Eclipse, Retrograde Mercury



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

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 triplicity 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.



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

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

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.

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.


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


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

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 2016
Lucky Jupiter is still moving through Virgo. In fact currently there is a line up of planets in Virgo coursing through Virgo’s solar first house – Sun, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. The karmic north node and a solar eclipse will highlight this area. A solar eclipse will occur on 1 September.

A Solar Eclipse will highlight your finance sector on 23 March. Venus’s presence there from 31 August to 23 September to support you in your financial dealings from. 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 8-24 October will encourage communications about your finances. Uranus, the planet of sudden change and unpredictability, is still transiting Virgo’s solar 8th house which may bring upheaval in the area of joint finances.

Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 25 May to 17 June bringing harmony. Mercury your ruling planet also pays a visit here from 13 -29 June enhancing your communicating and networking skills.

Home & Family
Serious Saturn continues its sojourn through your solar 4th house bringing gravity and responsibility to your domestic sector. Dynamic Mars’ presence here from 7 March to 27 May and then again from 3 August to 27 September will imbue you with energy to tackle any domestic issues  Venus graces your domestic sector from 19 October to 12 November  promoting harmony in your family relationships and giving opportunities to beautify your home. Mercury’s presence there from 13 November to 2 December will promote communication and networking with family members.

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.

Your relationship sector will be activated this year with the continued presence of Neptune, Chiron here as well as the karmic South Node. There will be 2 eclipses here – one  a total solar eclipse on 9 March and the second a lunar eclipse on 16 August. 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 and Mercury, Venus and Mars. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 6 – 21 March highlighting communications with your partners whether intimate of business associates. Sweet Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 13 March to 5 April bringing love and harmony to your relationships. Mars activates your love sector from 20 December 2016 to 28 January 2017 which may cause you to be impatient or restless and more determined to have your needs met.

 Mercury and Venus visit your friendship sector. Venus’s presence here from 18 June to 12 July will bring harmony to your social networks for Mercury visits here from 30 June to 14 July giving you opportunities for communication and networking.

Venus and Mercury make their presence felt in your house of karma and the unconscious. Venus graces your spirituality sector with her presence from 13 July to 5 August bringing love and harmony. Mercury follows close on the heels of Venus visiting here from 15 – 30 July facilitating communication on matters spiritual.

Eclipse Cycle
Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius 18 August, New Moon Solar Eclipse in Virgo 1 September, Full Moon lunar eclipse in Pisces 16 September
This eclipse is followed by a solar eclipse on 1 September. The Lunar Eclipse on 18 August 2016 is at 26 degrees Aquarius. It provides an opportunity to complete projects begun at the New Moon on 2 August. The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts culminate at the Full Moon. This also marks the final moon phase in an eclipse cycle which began with the solar eclipse of 6 March. Any major issues over the last six months can reach resolution. This Full Moon eclipse in Aquarius with the Sun trine Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, and the Moon sextile Uranus should bring stimulating and unexpected experiences and events and maybe exciting encounters with eccentric or unconventional people or groups. Jovial Jupiter is conjunct Mercury stimulating thought and communication while transformative Pluto trines Venus deepening our capacity for love. There is a Full Moon lunar eclipse in Pisces on 16 September

Retrograde Mercury
Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, begins its retrograde cycle on 30 August at 29 degrees Virgo and ends on 22 September  at 14 degrees Virgo. This is particularly significant for Virgos as Mercury rules Virgo. We can expect the usual confusion, misunderstandings in communication, missed appointments, strikes and disruption in transport. Positively, it is an ideal time to review issues depending on the position that Mercury falls in your natal chart.

Virgo Greeting Card Illustrated 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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  1. Heather

     /  August 17, 2016

    Thanks Anne, that was very informative with lots of good information. I loved tuning in to the cell salt.

  2. You are most welcome Heather. I really appreciate your feedback. Yes the info on cell salts is very helpful.


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