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.

Joan Baez

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

 

August Astromusings – Happy Birthday Virgos!Retrograde Planets, Full Moon in Pisces

Demeter & Persephone Illustratated 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 22. 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.

273px-Isis.svg

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, 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 2018
Unpredictable Uranus has moved into your 9th house of travel and study causing potential upheaval here. Jupiter, the planet of good fortune is moving through your communication sector facilitating communication and networking here. Neptune continues it sojourn through your marriage and partnership sector while transformative Pluto, feisty Mars and serious Saturn are inhabiting your creativity and children sector. Your spirituality sector is highlighted by two eclipses and the karmic north node. Your work and health sector is highlighted by two eclipses and the karmic south node.

Finances
Gentle Venus will grace your finance sector with her presence from 7 August until the 9 September enhancing your finances. Mercury, the planet of commerce, from 23 September until 10 October facilitating communication and networking.

Career.
Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 24 April to 19 May bringing harmony. Mercury, your ruling planet, also pays a visit here from 30 May to 12 June enhancing your communicating and networking skills.

Home & Family
Mercury pays an extended visit to your domestic sector from 1 November to 1 December and then again from 13 December 2018 to 5 January 2019 will promote communication and networking with family members. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in retrograde motion from 17 November to 5 December affording you a time to reassess family issues.

Creativity & Children
Planetary visitors to your creativity sector include Pluto, Saturn 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 feisty Mars presence here from 18 March until 16 May and then again from 14 August to 11 September will give you the 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 19 February to 6 March highlighting communications with your partners whether intimate of business associates. Sweet Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 11 February to 6 March bringing love and harmony to your relationships.

Friendships
Your friendship sector is highlighted by a partial solar eclipse here on 13 July. Both Mercury and Venus pay visits to your friendship sector. Mercury visits here from 13 – 29 June facilitating communication and networking. Venus graces your friendship sector from 20 May to 13 June bringing harmony and conviviality to your social networks.

Spirituality
The karmic north node as well as two eclipses highlight your spirituality sector. The first  is a total lunar eclipse on 31 January and the second, a solar partial eclipse occurs on 11 August.  Mercury and Venus also visit your spirituality sector. Venus’s presence here from 27 August to 20 September will bring harmony to your social networks for Mercury pays two visits here from 7 – 25 July and then again 1 – 10 September facilitating communication on matters spiritual.

Retrograde Planets
Retrograde Mercury
Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, began its retrograde cycle on 26 July at 23 degrees 27 Leo and turns direct on 19 August at 11 Leo 32. 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.

Retrograde Planets – Mars, Saturn, Uranus , Neptune, Pluto
There are currently 5 retrograde planets – Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mars stations direct on 28 August, Saturn stations direct on 6 September. Uranus stations retrograde on 8 August just prior to the New Moon Supermoon Eclipse on 11 August bringing transformation with profound insights. Neptune stationed retrograde on 19 June and will station direct on 15 November. Pluto stationed retrograde on 22 April and will station direct on 1 October. Not long after Pluto stations direct Venus stations retrograde at 10 degrees Scorpio fifty on 6 October. Retrograde planets give an opportunity to turn inwards – a time for introspection, for reflection and reassessing and re-evaluating situations in your life.

New Moon Supermoon Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees Leo 42 11 Aug
This eclipse coincided with the first anniversary of the Charlottesville riots in Virginia last year when the young protester, Heather Heyer, was killed by a white supremacist who ran over her. Leo is the sign of the heart both in the physical and metaphorical sense which was reflected in the heartfelt commemoration of Heather Heyer and her fight against racism.

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, visited the site where her daughter was killed,  surrounded by supporters and journalists. She turned to the crowd, and over the hum of a helicopter circling overhead, spoke out against the racial tension she sees in America.

Mother of Charlottesville victim says she won't speak with Trump

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer

“We have a huge racial problem in our city and our country,” Bro said. “We have got to fix this, or we’ll be right back here in no time.”
“The world went crazy when Heather lost her life, and that’s not fair, because so many mothers lose their children every day, and we have to fix that. I don’t want other mothers to be in my spot,” she said, her voice breaking with emotion. “I don’t want other mothers to go through this.”

 Bro Heyer at her daughter Heather's memorial

Full Moon in Pisces – 26 August
There will be a Full Moon 3 degrees Pisces 12 on 26 August at 9.56 pm AEST Sydney time. Pisces is a water sign so it is likely to be an emotional time, especially with the potentially volatile Mars Uranus square. However, with the Sun in the polar opposite sign of Virgo forming a Grand Trine in earth signs with Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus this should help to stabilise things.

The impact of the eclipse cycle on Australian Politics
Eclipses brings issues to a head and we can see that playing out with the current political crisis caused by the internecine fighting within the Liberal Coalition with Prime Minister Turnbull’s leadership under attack from the more conservative ranks of the Liberal party headed by Peter Dutton, the former Minister for Home Affairs until he resigned his ministry to sit on the back bench after challenging Turnbull.The government has been forced to front up to a farcical Question Time in the Senate, with a frontbench massively depleted by a raft of resignations.

Fifield, Cormann & CashThe Coalition senators who have quit their frontbench positions are: Mathias Cormann, Mitch Fifield, Michaelia Cash, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, James McGrath and Zed Seselja.

Bishop Dutton cartoonScomo & TurnbullNow there are two more contender for the position of  PM with Scott Morrison and Julie Bishop throwing their hats into the ring. In a press conference called by Turnbull he demanded to see the petition carrying 43 names – a majority of Liberal MPs – before convening a party room meeting. If he gets the petition, the meeting of 84 MPs will be called for 12pm tomorrow Friday. Dutton forces are confident they have the numbers. Turnbull has called Peter Dutton’s section 44 question “very significant” and says the Solicitor-General’s advice, to be delivered to the government on Friday morning, must be a consideration in the contest. If a majority of Liberal MPs want a leadership spill, Turnbull will quit Parliament, causing a by-election. In a veiled dig at Abbott Turnbull said he stands by his view that “former prime ministers are best out of the Parliament”. Turnbull declared this week’s events are a “very deliberate effort to pull the Liberal Party further to the right”. He said the “minority” pushing for that have then, by a process of intimidation, “persuaded people that the only way to stop the insurgency is to give into it”.

Vale Aretha Franklin and Kofi Annan
In the past week the world has farewelled two much loved icons with the passing of Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul and Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations and co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin & Martin Luther King jnrAretha Franklin known as the Queen of Soul, will not only be remembered for her beautiful songs that enthralled so many people but also her political and social activism.

Aretha Franklin will forever be remembered as the legendary Queen of Soul but her six decade career (during which she won 18 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) isn’t the only legacy she’ll be leaving behind. The musical icon, who passes away at the age of 76 in Detroit, Michigan was also an integral part of the Civil Rights movement, using both her platform and her voice to advocate for racial equality.

Born to preacher and civil rights activist Clarence L. Franklin who organised  the 1963  Detroit Walk ahead of his good friend Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington, Franklin grew up singing gospel music in the church. In her youth, she was mentored by Mahalia Jackson, the “Queen of Gospel” and a noted civil rights activist who was also good friends with King. In 1967, Franklin released “Respect,” arguably her most famous song, which became an anthem for the racial and gendered political movements of the time. The following year, in 1968, Franklin sang “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” a song made famous by Jackson, at King’s funeral. That same year, she also performed the National Anthem at the Democratic National Convention.

According to a Detroit Free Press interview with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Franklin often used her talents to help further the civil rights movement, even going so far as to tour with King and fellow singer/activist, Harry Belafonte.

“When Dr. King was alive, several times she helped us make payroll,” Jackson said. “On one occasion, we took an 11-city tour with her as Aretha Franklin and Harry Belafonte…and they put gas in the vans. She did 11 concerts for free and hosted us at her home and did a fundraiser for my campaign. Aretha has always been a very socially conscious artist, an inspiration, not just an entertainer. She has shared her points of view from the stage for challenged people, to register to vote, to stand up for decency.”

Aretha Franklin's natal chartAretha Franklin was born on 25 March 1942 at 10.30 pm in Memphis Tennessee. She was a passionate Aries with her Sun opposite soulful Neptune, with the Moon in sensitive Cancer in the 8th house and a Scorpio ascendant so was able to channel that soulful passion through her singing. She has a double 7 in her numerology so she is an old soul with much wisdom to share. She was born in the number 3 month endowing her with great creative inspiration. Her life path number is number 8 which has a Saturnian element to it bringing trials and tests in her life. Transiting Jupiter was conjunct her ascendant when she died liberating her from the earthly realm where many ave said to sing gospel in heaven.

Kofi AnnanKofi Annan comforts crying childKofi Annan was born on 8 April 1938 in Kumasi Ghana no known birth time so he was also an Aries. He has a stellium of planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Uranus in pragmatic Taurus. He has Pluto conjunct the Moon in Cancer endowing him with deep feelings and Jupiter in Aquarius which would promote his humanitarian ethic. He also has Mars trine Neptune which fits in with his description of him as the softly spoken diplomat. He is life path number 6 so nurtured the world’s children with his compassion.

Tributes poured in from around the world for Kofi Annan, the first sub-Saharan African to lead the United Nations, whose work revitalising the organisation and putting human rights at the core of its mission was recognised with a Nobel peace prize.

In a rare moment of unity, leaders around the globe and across the spectrum, from Tony Blair to Vladimir Putin, remembered his charisma, commitment and diplomatic gifts. He spearheaded the global fight against HIV/Aids while in office and after leaving, and championed the millennium goals, the targets that became a focus for improving health and education worldwide.

South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu described his death as a “devastating loss”. Annan was an “outstanding human being who represented our continent and the world with enormous graciousness‚ integrity and distinction”, said Tutu. Annan’s spokesman, Frederic Eckhard “Kofi had an interesting combination of traits, he was reserved and disciplined on the one hand, and on the other he could be kind of playful,” Eckhart said. “He handled things so calmly and with such assurance. He had an enormous amount of charm and terrific political instinct.” “Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good,” the current secretary-general Antonio Guterres said. “In many ways, [he] was the UN. He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.”

Prime minister Theresa May said Annan helped make “the world he has left a better place than the one he was born into.” Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn praised his work building a “more just and peaceful world”.

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