Virgo- The Virgin
"Plant healing words in your heart and one day, you will handle a full garden of love flowers"- Alexandra Vasiliu
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A birth chart is made up of 12 astrological houses, and while there are different systems that divide the houses up in different ways, your birth chart is never without any of the signs, just like it’s never without any of the houses. This means you embody all 12 signs (energies/modalities) even if you do not have any planets in that sign. Understanding how any of thee 12 zodiac signs work alongside your Big Three (sun, moon and rising) can help you to make more sense of your chart as a whole.
DATES: Aug 23 – Sept 22
SYMBOL: The Virgin KEYWORD: Precise
ASPIRATION: Divine Justice (achieving our signs aspiration (things we can learn to master) is a key stage in the process of personal evolution. The fully evolved person will attain all 12 aspirations and so come closer to Divine.)
MODE + ELEMENT: Mutable Earth (Mutable (adapting, versatile, dynamic) Earth. This represents earth in a state in which it is already established and alive, but changing and morphing. An elemental symbol is the forest, intricate and private and slowly growing and re-arranging.)
RULING PLANET: Mercury or Chiron (Chiron, which represents the 'wounded healer' could be the ruler. To a secondary degree, Virgo is considered to be the 'feminine face' of Mercury associated with the analytical aspect of the mind)
MANTRA: I Analyze
BODY PART: The digestive system, Intestines, joints & nervous system
VULNERABILITIES: Fevers & heart attacks
PLANTS & HERBS: chervil, dill, caraway, mint, morning glory, lily, horehound, lavender, marjoram.
COLORS: Tan & Warm yellow
TAROT CARD: The Hermit
The word 'Virgo' means virgin in Latin. In Babylonian astrology, the sign was called 'the Furrow', a narrow trench made by a plow for planting seeds, associated with the goddess Shala - the goddess of grain and compassion. In Greek mythology the constellation was associated with various myths including the goddess of the harvest, Demeter and the goddess of innocence and purity, Astraea. It is likely the original word was not used in reference to sexual innocence but rather to give the symbol of a maiden who was not married, and whole on her own. The word stems from the word 'virga' which means "strip of wood".
In today's symbology, Virgo is symbolized by the image of a virgin, a woman who is seeking to find her own wholeness by connecting to the natural purity of her spirit. The word 'virgin', particularly when used in reference to nature, describes spaces which are not yet disturbed or changed by human activity. In such a way, this symbolizes the Virgo desire to experience the intuitive intelligence of nature. Additionally, the sign's association with grain symbolizes the desire to garner individual preferences (by separating the wheat from the chaff) and use them to perfect and refine one's creation.
Patience is what gets them ahead in life, because they understand the importance of building up personal or professional goals over time. They love to be spoiled but do the same for anyone lucky enough to win their affections.
When in alignment
A grounded, confident, down to earth style
Feeling the purity of spirit
Utilizing the refinement of understanding
Seeking to feel everything in its right place
Seeking to know the perfection of natural self
Seeking to be in connection with nature
Expression without a need to prove anything to anyone
When out of alignment
Overburdened by work, or the striving to perfect rather than accepting the perfection of the present
Lost in the details in their endeavors
Self-imposed standards inhibit ease and flow
One is restrained in their expression, rather allowing spontaneity
Meek rather than self-affirming
Affirmation to reconnect with self:
It is my pleasure to serve and do it with a smile!