Week of September 14-20 2014
Virgo with a V: In our book Sextrology the she-Virgo chapter begins “And God created woman.” Drawing on her mutable-earthy Pandora archetype, Virgo woman seems designed to the specifications of someone seeking a lady stacked with feminine assets. In mythology, the cuckolded potter-god Hephaestus/Vulcan (married to Aphrodite/Venus who was getting busy with Ares/Mars while carrying a torch for Adonis) bakes up his own little sex-dolly out of clay: Pandora, with her infamous box. (It was actually a jar, a vessel). And we titled that chapter “The Vessel” because, like the Virgo virgin holding that sheaf of grain intent on separating the wheat (virtue) from chaff (vice), Pandora’s jar was filled with an equal mix of the same stuff. From a patriarchal standpoint, and a misogynist one, woman has been viewed as both a source of pleasure to be penetrated and one of the world’s ills. Mary Magdalene is sinner and saint. She, too, is the vessel. Especially if one thinks on her as the literal wife of Jesus and potential mother to his children. Blasphemy. She was a sacred harlot, like the Vestal virgins, sex and spirituality going hand in hand (or something in something) as it should. And so, without getting too into it, the Virgo woman personifies the feminine as such: An undulating object of lust who could be ones undoing. The Virgo motto is “I serve” which is misread as submissive or subservient (she can be if it serves her). But like any good master-slave inversion, one typically finds oneself so dependent on the Virgo woman, whether for her love, devotion or mad skills in the sack, that she typically ends up holding all the power. Makes you rethink the image of the Virgin clutching that phallic sheaf in her tight, tender grip. And, blow me down, just look at these brick houses. Claudia Schiffer, Raquel Welch, Naomie Harris, Jaqueline Bisset, Pink, Beyoncé Knowles, Sophia Loren, Salma Hayek, Whitney Cummings, Joey Heatherton, Jennifer Hudson, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Yvonne DeCarlo, Padma Lakshmi, Peggy Lipton, Rachel Ward, Jennifer Tilly, Foxy Brown, Rebecca DeMornay, Jennifer Coolidge, Tuesday Weld, Shannon Elizabeth, Lea Michele, Cameron Diaz, Barbara Bach, Valerie Perrine, Fay Wray, Frances Farmer, Alotta Fagina.
Domestic issues come to the fore and cast you in the role of decision-maker, but the center cannot hold. (T)rusty co-dependents must walk alone; or else you may step out on them. Play any part other than the resident agony aunt. Working in partnership might not pay off either. This is the cosmos’ way of ushering you toward a solo career challenge. With Mars opposed the Moon at the top of the week: A maternal figure is now a source of great inspiration. Turn a lady’s famous words-to-live-by into silent, incessant prayer.
As Venus continues its opposition to Neptune, expect some confusion and soap operatic scenes. This is your cue to cultivate an extra-protective calm. Fortunately, you’ll mainly be a (somewhat) innocent bystander. And there’s another perk: True feelings are exposed and you gain a clearer view of others’ real agendas. In love, a casual fling may get flung and even morph into something more fully committed. Those in existing bonds seem to recapture some old magic. Say nothing in anger or during other moments of, uh, friction.
Revenue streams that dried up a year or so ago start to pump back in, and you feel in fuller possession of the skills it takes to turn so-so prospects into golden nest eggs. Mars square Neptune challenges you to take the higher road if not the the upper hand in deals and negotiations. You’ve earned your steely attitude by vanquishing numerous fears of late. Now you put your own sense of true, honest entitlement to the test, standing firm in the face of those who try to make you feel lesser than…The approval you seek is within.
You’re ready to let stark realities sink in, facing life head on, and fessing up to the temptations you personify. (Note where you’ve been less than a stellar influence). You strike desired balance in bonds, between total freedom and security. With Mercury retrograding into Aquarius, you’re surrounded by adoring friends who don’t expect much in return. But when you’re on the brink of total self-absorption, you recall: relationships are two-way streets. Remember: your opinions aren’t facts, and are oft better left unsaid.
So-called set backs are an illusion. And this week you’ll pull strings like a puppet master to further your own agenda and those of loyal associates. Have your sway, sure, but don’t go too far out on a limb. The Sun opposing Neptune may cause misunderstandings you find tricky to untangle. You only waste valuable time trying to pinpoint where talks went south. You gain more ground by cutting losses and keeping communication open. You realize that being disappointed is a choice—don’t give others the power to let you down.
Risk taking is rewarded—safe bets are for wimps. You may work by committee, but with Jupiter squaring Saturn, hell can be others. Take a leadership role; it’s now right up your street. Pushing people to their limit wins respect and admiration. You like that. With charismatic power over mates and, even, dates, you only score points by not abusing it. If your heart isn’t in a romantic bond, don’t introduce other body parts. The achievement of your loftiest goals requires unorthodox approaches, so says Mercury opposing Uranus.
You should feel less obligated to prove just how talented or connected you are. Focus must be on fully believing it, yourself. If you’re feigning interest or phoning in creative endeavors, you should bow out instead. With Mars square Neptune: all fakery will be obvious. If you’re truly-wuly into what you’re doing, then your work will speak for itself. Posturing undermines your true sincerity and obscures the fact that you’re not only so very hard working but, if not for you, certain projects would never get off the ground.
It’s time to establish new ground rules this week as Mercury opposes Uranus. First, put a ban on idle chit chat. Next, list all opportunities for growth that now derive from constructive criticism and supposed setbacks. Now is about cultivating a wisdom deeper than knowing who wore what best. The cosmos can seem a bit hard on you now because it expects a great deal of you. You’re blessed with a superpower of invisibility and elimination. So make yourself scarce and focus on thoughts and deeds that need ditching.
In the process of expressing repressed talents and desires, you might also want to spill magic beans before—mixing metaphors wildly—cats come scratching out of bags. Venus opposing Chiron, the Healer, suggests that physical complaints are likely emotionally based, and symptoms disappear as you drop old baggage. In your glee for hitting major milestones make sure you don’t forget those who’ve helped facilitate your achievements.
Avoid projecting too far into the future, missing key next steps in your personal evolution.
With Saturn square Jupiter you mustn’t censure or punish yourself for any slips in your signature strict routine. All efforts are cumulative, and a Capricorn’s path is hilly, with peaks and valleys, neither of which must be framed as good or bad. Let all the pieces fall into place and resist editing your dreams or tailoring them to fit others’ visions. Compromise is counterproductive now. When you feel as if you’re spread too thin, visualize a giant umbrella under which all the “disparate” things you do work in concert.
Strange that, with all your successes, you often feel less the artist, producer, entrepreneur, guru or saint than you’d intended to be. But with Mercury opposed Uranus, the grooves in your brain now deepen to channel pent up creative passion into searing action. Endeavors that have nada to do with advancement or moneymaking, and everything to do with expressing your belief system, expanding your mind and nourishing your soul must be foremost undertaken. It’s a transformative week, gearing you up for huge paradigm shifts.
You make mental space to manifest big ideas as you eliminate real clutter from your midst. A minimal sensibility is key, too, in packaging or proliferating concepts or products. Keep written elements brief. Succinct. Design is a crucial component in your work, and the Muses smile on a spare aesthetic. That said, simplicity is no cinch to achieve. Neptune opposed the Sun challenges you avoid distractions (disguised as busy work) helping you move would-be masterpieces to the front burner to get them cooking.
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