Venus in Virgo

Venus is about to move into Virgo- a sign she’s not particularly comfortable in. Venus in Virgo is in what traditional astrologers term the sign of her fall (remember back to this Toolbox?). This doesn’t mean that Venus is weak in Virgo, it means that she is in a position where she can’t use her strength, in a place which is alien to her. She has no essential dignity in Virgo.

Venus in Virgo often can’t appreciate just how beautiful she really is – or how perfect she is just as she is.

Venus loves pleasure – and the things and activities that bring us pleasure or that we find pleasure in. What she doesn’t like is too much hard work, conflict, sacrifice, deprivation, efficiency and details. Venus likes to be served, not be the servant, yet when she’s in Virgo, she’s called upon to be more, shall we say, useful and practical. This is not a bad thing – indeed, there is pleasure to be found in Virgo rituals.

Anyways, if you want to know more about Venus in Virgo, I just happened to have prepared something (much) earlier. You’ll find it here, but as I get more “I’m not like that” mail in response to Virgo posts than any other…except maybe for anything about Capricorn or Taurus (yep, the other earth signs) it comes with the following disclaimers:

  • You might or not be exactly like the textbook – please please please resist the temptation to take it literally
  • Not all Venus in Virgo people like to clean – some give up and go the opposite way…and beat themselves up about it
  • Not all Venus in Virgo people are slim and trim and can wear white (and have it stay white) – some go the opposite way…and beat themselves up about it
  • As with all things astrological, there can be variations according to individual chart composition and placements
  • There are exceptions to every rule
  • This post probably contains some typos – please don’t write and tell me so
  • Remember that much of what I write (especially what I have just written) is written tongue in cheek – I take very little seriously

Having said all of that, if you’re a Virgo woman (or love one), have Venus in Virgo, or Venus in close aspect to Mercury (especially by conjunction or trine) you might want to read this. Again, you’ll find it here.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Virgo somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that Venus will be bestowing her presence on. It’s this part of life that you’ll find pleasure in- yes, even when Venus is in Virgo.

The thing is, Venus in Virgo pleasures are relatively simple- no huge gestures are required here- and can be found in everyday life and tasks.

Think about the rituals associated with your Virgo house. If Virgo falls in the 4th, it could be time to spring-clean or declutter. If Virgo is your 1st house, maybe the spring-cleaning and decluttering needs to happen with your attitude.

Whatever and wherever Virgo means for you though, rather than resent the task at hand, look for the enjoyment in it.

In my chart, while in Virgo, Venus will be transiting the 7th house. This is my annual reminder to show (rather than tell) my husband how much he – and our relationship – means to me. It’s also a reminder to me not to be too critical. With Virgo on the cusp of my 7th, I can sometimes look for things that are wrong when everything is actually pretty ok. With Pluto right on my descendant, I’ll then obsess over tiny things, and with my Sun opposite all, I’ll usually then take it personally. Hmmmm.

If you have your chart already, look for the symbol for Venus, now find Virgo on your chart. This post will help you do that.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Venus will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Venus will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Venus will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Venus will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Venus will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Venus will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Pisces, Venus will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Venus will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Venus will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Venus will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Venus will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Venus will be transiting your 2nd house.

Venus will be in Virgo until 14/10/17.

 

Virgo New Moon

As I do each month, before writing this New Moon post I checked out what was happening last year and what intentions I’d set. If you’re interested, that post is here. This time last year we’d made the decision to sell up and move – so that meant a massive de-cluttering project and fixing anything that needed fixing.

I was working full time and doing a long commute each day, while hubby was at home taking care of all the DIY things that I used to do. Even though we both worked full-time, in our relationship I was the painter, the gardener, the fixer, the keeper of accounts. That was the way that I liked it – most of the time. It helped me feel in control, on top of things, as though I could do it all. It gave me a feeling of purpose and usefulness.

Don’t get me wrong, he did stuff too – we’ve always been quite good like that, and he’s always done his fair share around the house – but these things, the things that made a visible difference, they’ve always been my domain. Besides, he hated painting and I loved it, and he hated anything in the garden that didn’t involve a power tool, and I loved it. He worked with accounts every day and didn’t want to do the same when he got home, whereas I had a deep-rooted fear of being that woman who had no idea about the money. It worked.

And for those times where it got too much it also gave me something concrete to yell at him about. At those times I changed from being the helpful, practical one who knew where everything was, and where it was up to, into the martyr who was convinced she was being taken for granted. Hello, Virgo on the 7th.

So when he wasn’t working and took over these tasks – as he had to do in order to get the house and our lives ready for a sea-change – I resented it. The dynamics of our relationship had changed and it unsettled me. He was enjoying the change – I found it difficult to accept. If I wasn’t doing everything, what was the use of me? Some tweaking and adjustment was absolutely required to keep things on track.

Where Virgo is in your chart is where you tend not to want to ask for help. It’s where you’re self-sufficient (or at least think you are). It’s where you set your own bar quite high and where you work things out and make stuff happen. It’s where you might feel that you’re taken for granted and it’s where you might look for perfection – or, if not perfection, than to make things just a little bit better, or maybe a bit better again.

Where Virgo is in your chart might also be where you focus on what’s not right, and overlook what is, actually, possibly pretty good. “If only x happened, I’d be happy.” “If only he was like x, I’d be happy.” “If only I had more x, I’d be happy.” “If only I weighed xkgs less, I’d be happy.” I could go on.

It’s where you consider yourself self-sufficient, but it’s also where you’re most unlikely to be satisfied. So you continue to try and manage and control and organise in an effort to make it all perfect – because then you’ll be happy.

The thing is, you’ll never be able to quite get there – it’s unrealistic to expect to. There are times where you need to actually say out loud “I’m enough / my relationship is enough / my house is enough / my job is enough…” You get the idea.

None of that means that you have to give up trying to improve what needs improving – just that you might also need to be content with a few tweaks here and there as things get out of alignment. Sometimes it’s a spring clean rather than a clean sweep that’s required.

At this New Moon go easy on yourself, retreat if you need to, and remember that it’s the flaws that make life – and people interesting.

Doing it for yourself…

If you’ve been reading along, you should know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site (welcome), duck across and check out this post before you go any further.

At the Virgo New Moon we have the opportunity to do a little house cleaning, a little sprucing up of habits. It might be an efficiency wake-up call, a gentle dust down, or you could be needing the full on premium service overhaul. That’s your call – but before you do go for the overhaul, do a reality check to ensure that what you’re overhauling really does need overhauling – if you know what I mean.

The position you’re looking for is 27 Virgo 27’,or thereabouts. This is the area of life requiring a little Virgo attention to detail – a little tweaking or adjusting.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month. If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post. Because we’re talking about Virgo, resist the urge to bite off more than you can chew – failure to meet your own exacting standards could have you giving up on your goals. The key to success with Virgo intentions is to make them bite-size, realistic and achievable.

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

 

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon will be in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon will be in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon will be in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon will be in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon will be in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon will be in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon will be in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon will be in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon will be in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon will be in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this New Moon will be in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo this New Moon will be in your 2nd house.

Virgo New Moon 20 September, 2017 at around 3.30pm here on the East Coast of Australia. That will make it about 5.30pm in New Zealand, about 1.30pm in Western Australia and much of South East Asia, the early hours of the morning in much of Europe and the evening of the 19th September for parts of the US.

Mercury in Virgo

Mercury heads into Virgo later this morning – if you want to know more about Mercury in Virgo, check out this post.

The thing is, Mercury will turn retrograde in a couple of weeks, so will have a much longer stay than usual in Virgo – until 30 September…albeit with a short venture back into Leo.

Naturally, I’ll have more about the retrograde – and a Mercury retrograde in a Mercury ruled sign will always be an uber retrograde – closer to the time, but if you want to prepare, here’s something that will help you to do so.

Doing it yourself…

We all have Virgo somewhere in our charts, and it’s this part of life that we’ll be looking critically at over the next few weeks.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide below. Of course, if you do know where Gemini is in your chart, go straight to that house.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury will be in Virgo until 30 September, 2017.

Happy Birthday to me and a Full Moon in Virgo

Sunday 12 March, 2017

Mercury square Saturn

Virgo Full Moon 13/3/17 22 Virgo 13’ 1.54am (Sydney time)

Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me…

Yep, it’s my birthday today. I’m 50 – and I’m having a few problems adjusting to the reality of what that means.

It’s also a seriously weird birthday – and I know that even though I’m writing and scheduling this post last Sunday.

You see, my family are already in Queensland and I’ve been back in Sydney working and pacing up the house. I’ve spent the last few days on the Sunshine Coast with them, but will today be flying back to Sydney later this morning. There’s things to do and boxes to be packed and work tomorrow. I don’t want to be doing that – I want the living up here to start now. And I want to do the 50 thing with my family, not a planeload full of strangers.

Plus, I’m annoyed that because Queensland doesn’t have daylight saving (something about it making the curtains fade and the chooks go off the lay – yes, I’m serious) I’ll be losing an hour of my birthday – in addition to having to spend the majority of it transiting to and from airports. After all, it’s all about me…

Anyways, I know logically that this whole glass half empty mentality is a symptom of today’s Mercury-Saturn square – especially since Mercury is sitting on my Moon, meaning that Saturn is squaring it. It’s really no wonder that I’m having a woe is me moment.

The thing is, today and what is going on is only part of the big picture. At the moment it feels like it’s all of the picture, but it’s absolutely not. Dwelling on the gloom and the responsibilities is blinding me to the adventure that begins when this is all wrapped up. And yes, that is the best way to deal with Mercury square Saturn – to remind yourself that the greyness is only a part of your reality. Be practical by all means – it will help you get things done – but don’t forget to actively balance that practicality with a little light daydreaming. It could just lift you out of your obsession with the details.

Which, of course, leads me neatly into the upcoming Virgo Full Moon. Exact in the early hours of tomorrow morning for those of us on the East Coast of Australia and New Zealand, the Virgo Full Moon is about balancing perfection with imperfection. Like dwelling on that new wrinkle that doesn’t seem to disappear in my forehead. I know that my lines are the result of a lot of expression – and that doesn’t worry me…normally. Right now, though, I’m really noticing them. Knowing me, by tomorrow I’ll have moved on.

I wrote the following in last years Virgo Full Moon post, and it reads just as true today:

The Pisces/ Virgo axis is that area where we work so hard for absolute perfection that we forget all about moderating duty and pleasures. It is also this axis where we project our own imperfections (or perceived limitations) onto those around us. It is where we discriminate and where we are completely indiscriminate.

In dealing with the detail, and breaking that detail into more detail, and more again, we lose sight of what it means when it’s put back together. We lose sight of the whole, and we lose sight of the possibility. Pisces can show us the horizon, but we can’t see it if we’re waiting until things are perfect and finished and complete before we look up.

I’m trying to deliberately step back and declare things to be good enough, accept that I can’t be perfect, that my work isn’t perfect, my routine is not perfect and my mood is far from perfect- and acknowledge that I can’t do it all, I don’t have to do it all, and I don’t have to take it all onto my shoulders…self martyrdom is such a Virgo shadow thing to do.

Doing it for yourself

Where 22 Virgo 13’ (or thereabouts) falls in your chart is where you seek perfection, idealise perfection, worry about the niggly concerns that mar what would otherwise be perfection. Your balance can be found on the other side of the chart- at 22 Pisces.

It’s also where you need to learn to embrace things the way that they are, in all of their textural imperfections. It’s where you need to learn to let it be.

Doing it for yourself…

For a refresher of the steps, check out this post or click onto the Full Moon pic on the side-bar.

Where is this happening for you? 22 Virgo is in my 7th house and it is almost exactly conjunct Uranus in my chart (22 Virgo 37’). If you read the solar return I posted the other day, you’ll have noticed that transiting Uranus is at 22 Aries 34’ exactly conjunct my Solar Return Ascendant (22 Aries 38’). I suspect that this will absolutely mean something, but given that we’re talking about Uranus, I’m not entirely sure what that will be.

If you’re not sure where this is for you, check out the info below, and refer back to Series 1 of the Toolbox for pointers on what each of the houses means.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house. Look to the 1st for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house. Look to the 12th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house. Look to the 11th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house. Look to the 10th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house. Look to the 9th for balance.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house. Look to the 8th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house. Look to the 7th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house. Look to the 6th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house. Look to the 5th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house. Look to the 4th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house. Look to the 3rd for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius this Full Moon falls in your 8th house. Look to the 2nd for balance.

Virgo New Moon…and Solar Eclipse

 

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We’ve been contemplating down-sizing for a little while now. Hubby has been absolutely ready, but me not so much. It’s the first time in our 27 years together that he’s been further along the change curve from me.

I’ve caught up with him and now it’s really not so much a matter of “if” so much as “when”.

The thing is, we have around six months of work to be done before we can list this house. At least. We’ve been here since 1999, so there’s a lot of stuff that has accumulated during that time. That means an awful lot of clutter that needs to be removed.

There are also little bits and pieces that we’ve lived with that would need to be fixed for sale, and the garden needs a good clean-out and re-plant. As I said- at least six months worth of work.

The layers in the rooms have somehow built up without me being aware of it. It’s the same with your body- the layers build up until it’s like they have been there all the time. You’re underneath somewhere…but where?

At the Virgo New Moon we have the opportunity to do a little house cleaning, a little sprucing up of habits. It might be an efficiency wake-up call, a gentle dust down, or you could be needing the full on premium service overhaul. That’s your call.

Where 9 Virgo 21’ falls in your chart is the area of life requiring a little Virgo attention to detail. In my case it’s my 6th house, so this is about health, and the routine and tasks of daily life.

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Doing it for yourself…

If you’ve been reading along, you should know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site (welcome), duck across and check out this post before you go any further.

The position you’re looking for is 9 Virgo 21’…or thereabouts.

Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month. If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post. Saturn squares this point, so whatever intentions you set, make sure they are real, timely and be prepared to work hard to overcome any obstacles. This New Moon is also a solar eclipse, so fee free to amp up your intentions.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon will be in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon will be in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon will be in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon will be in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon will be in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon will be in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon will be in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon will be in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon will be in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon will be in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this New Moon will be in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo this New Moon will be in your 2nd house.

As for me? I pulled my Moonshadow report out this morning to see what it had to say (if you want one for your chart, follow the links on the website). I’ve told you about these before. Written by April Elliott Kent, they are a fabulous resource for tracking the impact of eclipses on your chart.

This eclipse is the first in a series that will fall across the 6th and 12th house for me. Below is an extract from my report:

What was the state of your health in prior years of this cycle? Were you tired, burned out?…This year, while eclipses are in your sixth house, you are again compelled to heed your body’s messages. This is one of the best cycles for instituting positive changes in the way you treat your body.

Are you happy with the way you’re spending your days? Do you greet each morning with a sense of purpose and at least some enthusiasm for the tasks you face? If not, what can you do this year to bring your daily work more in line with your spiritual impulses, with your life’s larger mission?

As April points out, the challenge of these eclipses is to balance spiritual purpose and dreams with a healthy approach to the minutia of daily life.

This eclipse for me falls opposite natal Mercury. According to my Moonshadow report, eclipses in aspect to Mercury represent a crisis of identity:

Eclipses in aspect to natal Mercury symbolize a time when you are “between identities.” Often, you’ve taken on a new title… but don’t know how to reconcile this title with your own ideas about who you are. Or, you may have relinquished an old identity … leaving you unsure about what to call yourself. …. This is a time to tell yourself new stories about what you want to be and how you’ve gotten to the place where you are. It is a cycle for mastering new skills and language for coping with your new path…

Mercury in my chart rules my 7th and 4th houses…let’s just say I have an idea where this cycle is going to be influencing me over the next couple of years. How it pans out? Well, that’s another thing entirely. If this year has so far taught me anything, it’s to expect the unexpected, roll with it, and actively look and notice the moments of joy along the way- even if they do appear fleeting.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Virgo

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Ruler: Mercury

Exalted: Mercury

Detriment: Jupiter

Fall: Venus

Polarity: Feminine/ Negative

Modality: Mutable

Element: Earth

Body Parts: Small intestines, abdomen, pancreas…plus other functions controlling digestion and absorption of nutrients

Nature: cold, dry, analytic

I wrote a post for my new author website the other day about copy edits and what to expect from one. It’s timely in that I’m doing a final pass of my manuscript before sending it off for copy edits next week.

In any case, what I wrote was:

the editor will go word-by-word, line-by-line, page-by-page through the manuscript,  looking critically for errors, issues, typos, clarity, repetition, cheesiness etc. As an example, at one point in Big Girls my leading lady, Abby, says something like ‘I had plenty of leave up my sleeve.’ Really Jo? Really? I’d completely missed it.

Then there’s the pacing and clarity thing- a tiny rearrangement of words can sometimes make a whole sentence read so much better. Occasionally, Nicola will suggest a change: ‘re-worded, edit ok?’ – at other times she’d leave a comment: ‘I think this sentence needs work.’ It’s about placing the words in the location and order where they will be of the most service.

As I typed, I had Virgo in mind. You see, the role of the processes in the body that are ruled by Virgo is to critically examine each nutrient and send it to where it will do the most good. It’s about being useful, and serviceable. It’s perhaps fitting that my editor has a prominent Virgo chart signature.

Anyways, here in Australia, the Sun moving into Virgo heralds the coming of Spring.

  • It’s when we start to shed the layers and realise just how many others sorts of layers have appeared since the t shirts and swimmers got packed away.
  • It’s when the garden has more triffids than anything remotely productive.
  • It’s when the dust bunnies seem to be more prolific.
  • It’s when we start saying things like “this house is a pigsty…the windows need cleaning…how long has it been since you vacuumed under that bed?… We really need to get the sparkie in to fix that light in the end room…I’m so over this clutter!”
  • It’s when we look at things with a more critical eye, with more discrimination…sometimes we even do something to make the flaws that we see better.
  • It’s when tiny typos become very obvious

For me, Virgo covers the last half of my 6th house and the first half of my 7th. It makes sense then that while the Sun is in Virgo my attention first falls to 6th house matters…and then to 7th.

The Pisces/Virgo axis is a busy one for me. On one side I have my ascendant, Sun and Moon. On the other Uranus and Pluto. I literally go from chaos to control to back again in 5 seconds flat. At this time of the year I tend to look at myself through an eye that’s a little too critical. I start the “if only’s”- if only I weighed x, if only my knee felt better, if only I cleaned the house last week, if only I was in the garden more during the winter, if only I submitted that story before he did, if only I kept to my eating plan…

I start putting things off until other things are perfect- I’ll do the landscaping after I’ve done the weeds, this book needs another 2 revisions, this article isn’t quite right to pitch.

If I’m not careful I go right into Virgo shadow:

  • what’s the point in watching what I eat- I never get it exactly right
  • what’s the point in starting that running program again- I didn’t make it last time
  • what’s the point in submitting to that publication- they have so and so on their books and I’m not as good as him
  • what’s the point in clearing out the weeds- they’ll only grow back
  • what’s the point in washing the sliding doors- the dog’s nose will only be back on it tomorrow

That’s the point where Virgo criticality falls into Pisces chaos. It happens way too easily- and usually begins from the best of intentions. In an effort to make things as good as they can be, as close to perfect as it’s possible to be…nothing gets achieved and a downward spiral begins.

Have a look at where Virgo is in your chart- this is the area of life where you might be struggling with the idea of perfection right now.

The challenge is always to look at the things that can be made better without trying to make them perfect, to recognise the texture and interest the bits that aren’t quite right provide. You know, fix what’s broken, tweak a habit here or there, but don’t go for the impossible- after all, it’s the imperfections that make us human and, I like to think, loveable just as we are.

It’s the acceptance of that which makes us just perfect…even if there are still a few weeds in the garden, a persistent dust bunny in the corner and an extra roll hanging over the jeans.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Virgo somewhere in our chart. It’s in this part of life that are hard on ourselves, where we seek perfection, and where we might need a little fine-tuning of our habits.

Check out where Virgo is in your chart- that’s where you’re getting the warmth of the Sun’s energy right now- why not use it to do a health check on this part of your life? Just take care not to beat yourself up about the result- or to project your need for perfection (or perceived perfection) onto others. Not sure? Check out this post or follow the solar guide below. Don’t know what the houses mean? Check out this post. If you’re new to this site (or new to astrology) start at the beginning with the Toolbox lessons.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, the Sun is shining in in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, the Sun is shining in in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, the Sun is shining in in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, the Sun is shining in in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, the Sun is shining in in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius the Sun is shining in in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, the Sun is shining in in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, the Sun is shining in in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, the Sun is shining in in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, the Sun is shining in in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, the Sun is shining in in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, the Sun is shining in in your 2nd house.

 

Venus in Virgo…

Wooden box filled fresh vegetables

Venus is about to move into Virgo- a sign she’s not particularly comfortable in. Venus in Virgo is in what traditional astrologers term the sign of her fall (remember back to this Toolbox?). This doesn’t mean that Venus is weak in Virgo, it means that she is in a position where she can’t use her strength, in a place which is alien to her. She has no essential dignity in Virgo.

Venus loves pleasure, beauty, art, food. What she doesn’t like is too much hard work, conflict, sacrifice, deprivation, efficiency and details. Venus likes to be served, not be the servant; and, like all planets in Virgo, Venus needs to be useful.

Anyways, if you want to know more about Venus in Virgo, I just happened to have prepared something (much) earlier. You’ll find it here, but as I get more “I’m not like that” mail in response to Virgo posts than any other…except maybe for anything about Capricorn or Taurus (yep, the other earth signs) it comes with the following disclaimers:

  • You might or not be exactly like the textbook
  • Not all Venus in Virgo people like to clean- some give up and go the opposite way…and beat themselves up about it
  • Not all Venus in Virgo people are slim and trim- some go the opposite way…and beat themselves up about it
  • As with all things astrological, there can be variations according to individual chart composition and placements
  • There are exceptions to every rule
  • This post probably contains some typos- please don’t write and tell me so

Having said that, if you’re a Virgo woman (or love one), have Venus in Virgo, or Venus in close aspect to Mercury (especially by conjunction or trine) you’ll want to read this.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Virgo somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that Venus will be bestowing her presence on. It’s this part of life that you’ll find pleasure in- yes, even when Venus is in Virgo.

In my chart, Venus will begin her transit of Virgo in the 6th house, and finish it in the 7th. The 6th is about (amongst other things) health, service, pets. I’ll be using this first half of the month to look at healthy routines- things like making friends with salad. I’ll be experimenting with cooking healthier meals and refining and improving my habits. But that’s just me.

The thing is, Venus in Virgo pleasures are relatively simple- no huge gestures are required here- and can be found in everyday life and tasks.

If you have your chart already, look for the symbol for Venus, now find Virgo on your chart. This post will help you do that.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Venus will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Venus will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Venus will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Venus will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Venus will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Venus will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Pisces, Venus will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Venus will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Venus will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Venus will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Venus will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Venus will be transiting your 2nd house.

Venus will be in Virgo until 31/8/16.

 

Mercury in Virgo…

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One I prepared much earlier…

‘and on that farm he had a …. crocodile!’ announced Sarah.

‘But there aren’t any crocodiles on farms, Sarwah,’ pointed out A.

My daughter and my niece were singing “Old Macdonald Had a Farm” in the back of the car. Both girls were about 4 at the time and very cute.

‘Well, there was on this farm.’

‘But what sort of farm was it Sarwah?’

‘The sort of farm that has crocodiles on it I spose….’ Sarah thinks carefully before announcing with great confidence: ‘I know… it must have been a crocodile farm.’

By this point my husband and I were giggling. Two more different cousins you could not imagine- our Sarah is a typical Aries, whilst A is Virgo personified. Sarah, like most Aries, has problems with detail and quite simply can’t be faffed with anything that isn’t jumping around singing “notice me”. A, like most Virgos, can’t understand why Sarah wants to move on so quickly.

‘OK.’ A seemed unusually accepting of this response. The back seat was silent.

‘But what sort of noise do crocodiles make Sarwah?’ she eventually asked.

‘Crocodile noises, I guess,’ replied Sares.

‘Are there any other animals on crocodile farms?’

‘Of course there are,’ said Sares.

‘But wouldn’t the crocodiles eat them all?’ asked A.

‘How about we sing another song?’ I interjected from the front seat.

A has Mercury in Virgo- and has the quick, yet supremely analytical, mind to go with it. Sarah has Mercury in Aries and can’t be bothered looking below the surface.

Mercury is about how you communicate, the way in which you process information, and how you think, how you learn, the questions you ask. And, if you have Mercury in Virgo, you will ask an awful lot of questions! Mercury in Virgo concentrates on the details- every single little detail. Nothing is below the notice of Mercury in Virgo.

Mercury rules Virgo and is strong, smart and extremely sharp in this position. Mercury in Virgo is the ultimate record keeper and statistician, forgetting nothing, and having a place for everything. This placement has a quick and brilliant mind (although sell themselves short), and the ability to make conversation on numerous subjects (but think they could be smarter). They write beautifully (yet edit themselves constantly). Mercury in Virgo is humble.

Where others simply see problems, Mercury in Virgo breaks them down into readily digestible pieces, and organizes that information into categories where it will be most useful. Once she can see a logical order she can proceed. The shadow of this placement is when chaos takes over- when there appears to be no logical place to start…when it’s all too overwhelming. The other danger with this approach is paralysis by analysis- a tendency to over-think an issue, but the up side is an extremely well-articulated response.

Like Mercury in all the Earth signs, the urge to be practical can sometimes mean that communication is not as sensitive as it could be. This is simply because Mercury in Virgo likes to be matter of fact- don’t call her with problems unless you want her to offer you a straight forward and very practical solution…and to ask you multiple times how that solution is going. This placement has a great desire to be helpful, but may find it difficult to empathise.

When she asks about your health, she is genuinely interested in your response. The issue may be that she simply doesn’t know when to stop asking you or when to stop talking about that argument that you had with your husband and happened to mention in passing two months ago and now just want to forget ever happened. As far as you are concerned you never want to talk about it again. As far as she is concerned, she has some information in her head that hasn’t been properly categorized and can’t be filed away until it is complete…and she will continue to ask questions until (in her mind) it is. And, by the way, how’s your diet going?

As tough as it may be for the one on the receiving end, imagine life in the head of Mercury in Virgo as situations and words and questions are played over and over. Like all Earth Mercuries, Virgo does worry…but not about the unknown- the unknown is, well, unknown. She will instead worry about the detail of what is known until it is all known…and then she may worry about whether there really is more to know about it. OK, I may sound flippant and a tad exaggerated, but this is what it is…

Mercury in Virgo is critical, picky, and may come across as being negative. Again, she is just telling it how it is. Never ask if your bum looks fat in those jeans- she will tell you it does and what you need to do to make it better. Not because she wants to be mean spirited, but because she truly believes that perfection can be attained and if you asked, you must want to know. It is this idealism, and an awareness of how things are versus how they can be that drives this analytical and very literal placement.

But to those of us with a weaker Mercury and a more expansive arse, a little less analysis and a little more dishonesty would be nice!

These days A’s questions are around my astrology. It fascinates her, but not in a metaphysical possibility way (Mercury in Virgo leaves possibilities for those with a weaker Mercury…like Pisces) but in a “I’m going to keep asking questions until a get a practical understanding of what it is you do and why it is that you do it” sort of way. I can’t answer these.

My responses of “I can tell you where your potentials and challenges are” or “I can tell you what type of relationship will suit you” or “why would you want to know?” are, to A, unacceptable and inconclusive. I know that she will continue to ask until she gets answers that she can do something with, answers that are useful. I quite simply don’t speak Virgo.

A couple of months after the car incident, my sister and I took the girls to the Opera House to see a kids play called “the Flying Babies.” Sarah was laughing very hard at their antics, but A seemed thoughtful.

‘Aunty Jo?’ she whispered loudly, ‘They are very big babies.’

‘That’s because they aren’t really babies, they are grown ups dressed up as babies,’ I explained.

‘So, they are really grown ups dressed up as babies?’

‘Yes.’

‘But, Aunty Jo, why would grown ups want to dress up as babies?’

I looked across at Sarah, she was still completely focused on the stage.

‘Because they are actors.’

‘What are actors?’

‘People who pretend to be something or somebody else,’ I replied.

‘But why would people want to pretend to be something that they aren’t?’ she asked. ‘Isn’t that like fibbing…and Mum says it is bad to fib?’

Without denying her absolute logic, I repled in the only way I know:

‘I think you better ask your mother!’

Mercury will be in Virgo until October 8, 2016

It will station retrograde at 29 Virgo on 30/8/16 and station direct at just shy of 15 Virgo on 21/9/16 (or thereabouts) before re-tracing its steps.