Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Virgo - From the Sandbox to the Big Leagues

By Ellen Zucker

The Sun moves into Virgo in late August and it is time for Leo children to grow up.

It is fun to play, but then what? When you are ready to ask this question you are ready to advance to the next level: Virgo.

We
tune into Virgo energy when we move from dabbler to master craftsman.
To go from the sandbox to the big leagues we must learn, practice and
polish our skills.

Remember the old saw about how to get to Carnegie Hall? The route takes you through Virgo.

Virgo's
goal is perfection. And nothing pleases Virgo more than to be of
service. While Virgo cleans her share of messes, she finds her highest
expression as the consummate professional who executes complex tasks
flawlessly.

Virgo is the place where we take pride in our finely
honed skills and the satisfaction of a job well done. But to get to the
level of master craftsman, one must develop an eye for detail. It is
that attention to detail that makes it possible to execute work to the
highest standards of quality.

Virgo won't be satisfied with anything less.

No one is half as good as Virgo at cleaning up and organizing disorder. And no one is half as good at picking things apart.

And so you will find many researchers with lots of Virgo energy in their charts.

Virgo rightly earns her reputation for her skill at analysis. Give her a forest and she will find the trees.

Give
her a computer and she will write a program. That is because Virgo, a
mutable sign, is so resourceful, no one is better at organizing
disparate elements into a system that works.

Virgo's gift to the rest of us is clarity.

Mutable
Virgo can adapt to changing circumstances. And because she is focused
on getting the job done, she can work around voluminous egos without
the need to hog the spotlight herself. But a pat on the back and extra
money in the paycheck won't hurt.

Virgos often get a bad rap. They carry labels: 'dull,' 'stick-in-the-mud,' 'nerd.'

Often
their best work is unnoticed - we don't think of their contributions
when the trains are running on time. But it is the Virgos with their
dedication and attention to detail that keep the trains running.

Virgo
is an earth sign. She is aware that we have to function in a material
world - not in the realm of imagination or ideas. And so she is
fundamentally practical.

The price we pay for living in a material world is to be confined to the limitations of living inside a human body.

Virgo is attentive to the body's rhythms and so she pays attention to health and nutrition.

As
a result you will find Virgos prominent in the medical and health
professions. And because they see their connection with animals, they
are often found in the veterinary field as well.

Virgo is ruled
by Mercury, the planet of communication. But unlike Gemini, the other
planet is ruled by Mercury, she doesn't just engage in idle chatter.
Rather she is the editor, the observer.

Nonetheless, a Virgo
emphasis in a person's chart can be an indicator of superb writing
skills. That is because a good writer must be a consummate observer.
Think of the way the best novelists make a character seem real by
describing the smallest details of his speech or movement.

When
the Sun travels through Virgo in late August/early September, the
summer is waning. It is harvest time in the northern hemisphere; a time
when we make an accounting of the results we produced through the
growing season. And so accountants and bookkeepers find their home in
Virgo.

In our personal lives, this is an excellent time to make an accounting of our efforts.

Cleaning
out clutter, organizing your environment, getting current on your
financial matters are all productive ways to use Virgo's energy.
Cleaning up your diet, exercise and staying current with medical and
wellness checkups are particularly beneficial at this time.

The
harmony of mind, body and spirit is important to Virgo. A useful
meditation during this Sun in Virgo time is to focus on Tarot card, the
7 of Pentacles. It depicts a male figure, resting his chin on a hoe, gazing at his crop - the fruits of his labor.

© 2006 Ellen M. Zucker

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