August Astromusings -Happy Birthday Virgo!Two New Moon Supermoons, Full Moon in Aquarius, Jupiter stations direct & Uranus stations retrograde, Virgoan Mary Shelley’s Genius, Woodstock Revisited

 

Demeter & Persephone Illustrated by 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

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday to all the Virgoans who celebrate their birthdays between August 23 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.

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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.

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, and Roald Dahl.

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Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein

It is just over 2 centuries in 1818 since the Virgo, Mary Shelley wrote her groundbreaking Gothic novel, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus inspired by her dream. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher, William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft. She was born on 30 August 1797 at 11.20 pm in London, England. Both her parents were famous in their own right. Mary was the daughter of two social reformers ahead of their time. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a feminist and author of The Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) who died shortly after giving birth to her daughter. Her father, William Godwin, a radical philosopher, was a part of an English liberal movement who wrote the book, “Political Justice.” The young poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, was one of the young men who agreed with Godwin’s progressive views and who began to frequent his salon in 1813 where Mary and Percy met and fell in love. They eloped on 28 July 1814, fleeing to Switzerland by coach. After Percy’s wife committed suicide, Mary and Percy were married on 30 December 1816. Together they travelled to Geneva where they met Lord Byron who was travelling with his physician Doctor Polidori. They rented two villas near to each other.

On 8 July 1822, Percy drowned in a violent lake storm. After Percy’s death Mary moved back to London, where she processed her grief editing of Percy’s letters and poems. Her other works include “Castruccio,” Prince Of Lucca,” 1824 and “The Last Man,” 1826. Mary had a friendship in 1827 with a poet, Tom Moore, but she never remarried and died on 1 February 1851, London, England.

When Byron suggested the idea of writing ghost stories, inspiration was taken from a collection of German horror stories, translated under the title Fantasmagoriana.  Mary’s unconventional life up to the summer of 1816 (when she was still only 18), along with the company in which she found herself in June of that year – and even the unusual weather conditions at the time – all contributed to the book’s genesis. The vital spark that gave the novel life however was Lord Byron’s suggestion one evening at the Villa Diodati, as candlelight flickered within the house and lightning flashed across the surface of the lake outside, that those present should turn their hands to the writing of ghost stories.

A Year without Summer
Because the weather in June was particularly bad and denied the possibility of sailing journeys on the lake, the group spent their evenings discussing literary projects, talking late into the night as the rain fell outside. With thunder and lightning rolling down from the mountains and across the lake, the candlelit interior of the Villa Diodati became the home to discussions about galvanism and the principles of animation, with Polidori’s medical knowledge acting as a balance for Byron and Percy Shelley’s more speculative imaginings. As Mary recalled in the Preface to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein: ‘Many and long were the conversations between Lord Byron and Shelley to which I was a devout but nearly silent listener. During one of these, various philosophical doctrines were discussed, and among others the nature of the principle of life, and whether there was any probability of its ever being discovered communicated’. The contemporary interest in galvanism, anatomy and the spark of life, together with the thunder storms outside and the candlelight within, all took root in Mary’s imagination and found their way into her novel.

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Villa Diodati

The late night talks at the Villa Diodati continued as the weather outside remained stormy, and it was following one of these conversations that Mary had the nightmare that gave rise to the central idea of Frankenstein. Mary recounted the nightmare in her 1831 preface to the book, giving a startling example of how the heightened consciousness of terror could be transformed into brilliant and inspirational creativity:

Night waned upon this talk, and even the witching hour had gone by before we retired to rest. When I placed my head on my pillow I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw – with shut eyes, but acute mental vision – I saw the pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion …”

Mary-Shelley-novelMary Shelley's natal chartMary Shelley’s natal chart reveals a lot about her life and her gifts. She has a stellium in Virgo – Sun, Mars, Uranus and Mercury all which point to her to her intelligence, diligence, practicality and writing ability. However, there are other strong signatures in her chart that stand out and point to her genius. She has a Cancer ascendant which would endow her with great sensitivity and an openness to the Universe. Her Moon is in sign of Sagittarius promoting a love of travel, adventure and pursuits of the higher mind. As mentioned above her parents were both philosophers, philosophy is ruled by Sagittarius, so the young Mary grew up in an intellectual milieu participating in her father’s salons and political gatherings. Added to this her Moon at 27 degrees Sagittarius is conjunct the Galactic Centre enabling her to access a Higher Intelligence.

Her most prominent planet is Pluto in Aquarius at 29 degrees known as the anaretic degree conjuncting her Midheaven ensuring that she would have a prominent career becoming renowned for her revolutionary ideas and prophetic insights. Added to this Aquarian influence is her Sun conjunct Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius. Pluto opposes feisty Mars which would also explain the challenges she experienced in life – with the themes of death and rebirth prevailing in her own life as well as in her writing. Neptune the planet of losses and sacrifices as well as Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, also indicate the loss of her children. She experienced a lot of grief in her own life losing her mother just after she was born, losing two children and undergoing a severe miscarriage and finally being widowed at the young age of 24 when her husband died in a drowning accident. The Pluto Mars aspect is not only expressed in the themes of death and rebirth but also man’s need for power over these issues and the need for men to feel like Gods. Her book, The Last Man, deals with plague and destruction, as well as carrying on while everyone around you dies.

Agatha Christie

Another 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.

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.

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 2019
Unpredictable Uranus is still moving through your 9th house of travel and study causing potential upheaval here. Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, has moved into your domestic sector. Neptune continues it sojourn through your marriage and partnership sector while your children and creativity sector is highlighted by two eclipses as well as transformative Pluto, serious Saturn and the karmic South Node. Your social sector is highlighted by an eclipse and the karmic north node.

Finances
Gentle Venus will grace your finance sector with her presence from 29 October until the 21 November enhancing your finances. Mercury, the planet of commerce, from 15 September until 3 October facilitating communication and networking.

Career.
Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 10 June to 3 July bringing harmony. Mercury, your ruling planet, also pays a visit here from 22 May to 3 June enhancing your communicating and networking skills.

Home & Family
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion is moving through your domestic sector and will be there until 2 December. This could mean an addition to your family or extensions to your home. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 10 – 29 December promoting communication and networking with family members.

Creativity & Children
Your creativity and children sector is highlighted by 2 eclipses as well as the karmic South Node. The first eclipse is a solar partial eclipse which occurs on 6 January and the second is a lunar partial eclipse occurs on 16 July. Planetary visitors to your creativity sector include Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. 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. Saturn’s presence here until 17 December 2020 brings a serious tone to your dealing with your children and creativity while Jupiter will enter your creativity sector on 3 December remaining there until 2 December 2020. Feisty Mars will join Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter here from 17 February to 30 March boosting your energy  to deal with your responsibilities here.

Relationships
Your relationship sector will be activated this year with the continued presence of Neptune. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its 14 year passage in your relationship sector teaching you compassion and non-attachment. The lessons learned from Neptune are bitter-sweet but the potential for spiritual growth is manifold.  Other planetary visitors to your love sector are and Mercury and Venus. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 11 February to 7 April highlighting communications with your partners whether intimate of business associates. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde phase from 5 – 27 March. This could cause confusion or misunderstandings but is an ideal time to review your primary relationships or business partnerships. Sweet Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 27 March to 20 April bringing love and harmony to your relationships.

Friendships
Your friendship sector is highlighted by a solar total eclipse here on 3 July and the karmic North Node. Both Mercury and Venus pay visits to your friendship sector. Mercury visits here from 5 – 27 June facilitating communication and networking. Venus graces your friendship sector from 4 – 28 July bringing harmony and conviviality to your social networks.

Spirituality
A total lunar eclipse on 21 January highlights your spirituality sector.  Mercury and Venus also visit your spirituality sector. Venus’s presence here from 29 July to 21 August t will bring harmony to your social networks. Mercury pays two visits here from 12 – 29 August facilitating communication on matters spiritual.

Retrograde Planets – Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
There are currently 4 retrograde planets – Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Saturn stationed retrograde on 30 April and will turn direct on 18 September. Uranus stations retrograde on 12 August. Neptune stationed retrograde on 22 June and will station direct on 27 November. Pluto stationed retrograde on 25 April and will station direct on 3 October. Retrograde planets give an opportunity to turn inwards – a time for introspection, for reflection and reassessing and re-evaluating situations in your life.

Jupiter will station direct on 11 August while Uranus, co-ruler of Aquarius, will station
retrograde the following day. Stationary planets are very potent and urge us to heed their message. A stationary Jupiter encourages us to take risks. It can also have a crusading tone. Many entertainers and evangelists have Jupiter stationary in their birth charts. A stationary Uranus can have a revolutionary tone. It too can be a risk-taker, Promethean in nature urging us to be future oriented. Since it’s turning retrograde, we may have to reassess some of our plans or projects before we can progress.

The fact that Jupiter and Uranus are both stationing just one day apart, but in different orientations, could result in some sudden changes, mishaps or false starts. Expect energy
levels to be high and a feeling of urgency may prevail.

New Moon Supermoon Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees Leo 37 on 1 August
August is the season of SuperMoons with the first New Moon Supermoon occurring at 8 degrees Leo 37 on 1 August at 1.11 pm and the second Supermoon occurring at 6 degrees Virgo 47 on 30 August at 9.57 am.

Full Moon in Aquarius 15 August 2019Full Moon in Aquarius – 15 August
There will be a Full Moon at 22 degrees Aquarius 24 on 15 August at 10.29 pm AEST Sydney time.  The Air sign, Aquarius rules the 11th house of ideas, inspiration, and ideals, plus friends, groups, and the larger collective. Therefore, this Full Moon is an ideal time for networking, sharing ideas, and making connections that expand your social circle. Team work leads to success, and think tanks bring interesting results.The full Moon is opposite the Sun, Venus, and Mars in the fire sign, Leo. This gives the impetus for creativity and to accomplish goals provided that you don’t give in to the tendency for Leo extravagance and love of luxury. 

Hong Kong protest at airportHong Kong Airport closed down by Hong Kong Demonstration
The Full Moon is a time when things come to a head in order to be resolved and we only have to look to the recent widespread demonstrations in Hong Kong to see that things have reached an impasse with neither the demonstrators for democracy nor the Hong Kong government prepared to budge. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, surrogate for mainland China has refused to actually use the words withdraw the contentious extradition bill which the demonstrators see as a slippery slope towards authoritarianism under Beijing rule. While the demonstrators are protesting against police brutality there have been ominous signs of reports that China is moving troops to the Hong Kong border reminiscent in many people’s minds of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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Woodstock Revisited Fifty Years On
For the babyboomers reading this it will no doubt bring back nostalgic memories. The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, 1969, as half a million people waited on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the three-day music festival to start. Billed as “An Aquarian Experience: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” the epic event would later be known simply as Woodstock and become synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 1960s.

As an estimated one million people descended on Woodstock, its organisers scrambled to add more facilities. Highways and local roads came to a standstill and many concert-goers simply abandoned their cars and trekked the rest of the way on foot. Eventually, about half a million people reached the venue. The Woodstock audience was diverse and a reflection of the rapidly-changing times. Some were hippies who felt alienated by a society steeped in materialism.

In 1969, the country was deep into the controversial Vietnam War, a conflict that many young people vehemently opposed. It was also the era of the civil rights movement, a period of great unrest and protest. In 1968 both Martin Luther King jnr. and Senator Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Woodstock was an opportunity for people to escape into music and spread a message of unity and peace.

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Joan Baez at Woodstock

Thirty-two musicians, a combination of local and world-famous talent, performed at Woodstock. Around 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, Richie Havens took the stage and played a 45-minute set. Havens was followed by an unscheduled blessing by yoga guru Sri Swami Satchidananda. Joan Baez famously played the end of her set in a torrential downpour. Day one wrapped up around 2:00 a.m. on August 16.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix was the last musician to perform at Woodstock. Rain delays prevented him from taking the stage until early Monday morning and by the time he went on, the crowd had thinned to around 25,000 people.

Woodstock natal chartSome charts for Woodstock have been cast for mid afternoon while others have been cast for 5.07 pm the exact moment the concert began with Richie Havens’ impromptu performance due to delays of other performers caused by traffic hold ups. What is interesting with the 5.07 pm chart is that Pluto is conjuncting the Moon in Virgo which would reflect the intense emotions engendered by the love fest of festival attendees. In addition it places the Sun, Mercury, South Node, Pluto and the Moon all in the 8th house ruled by Scorpio whose domain is sex and the mysteries of life. Freedom loving Jupiter and Uranus were conjunct in Libra in the 9th house ruled by Jupiter.  With Uranus in Libra signifying unconventional relationships defying traditional norms. Neptune, the planet ruling drugs and alcohol was in the sign of Scorpio in the 11th house ruling the collective and was squaring the Sun in Leo in the 8th house. There were psychedelic drugs and flower power with the prevailing theme of make love not war.

Woodstock is perhaps best described by Max Yasgur, the humble farmer who lent his land for the occasion. Addressing the audience on day three he said, “…You’ve proven something to the world…the important thing that you’ve proven to the world is that a half a million kids, and I call you kids because I have children who are older than you are, a half a million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music and God bless you for it!”

Sources

Sources
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
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and the Villa Diodati by Greg Buzzwell
Woodstock History.com

 

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