Week of August 31-September 6 2014
The virgin of Virgo is Kore, the maiden aspect of Earth mother Demeter, from whose name the word core is derived, a nod to the planet’s molten, shifting center, its furnace. While Virgo man draws on the archetype of Hephaestus, god of that fiery forge, Virgo woman personifies his little dolly, Pandora, meaning “all given”, whom the god gave the best features of all the goddesses, baking her out of clay in his kiln. Virgo is the mutable-earth sign, highlighting tangible change. Demeter, too, was called Pandora, also meaning “all giver.” Virgo woman acts as caretaker, little sister, especially to objects of her desire, playing den mother, a Wendy, to any number of lost, Peter Pan-complexed boys or domineering Peppermint Patties. She leans, learns and models herself on significant others, having her fun, and ultimately forging her own future. On the shadow side, she borrows too directly from others, appropriating their moves to the point of inappropriateness. She tends to secure a mature mate who’ll cherish her and to whose power and protection she is drawn, and from whom she pulls strength to grow and develop her own unique talents, skills and character…which she often then focuses on helping others in turn. Enter: Mary Shelley, Peggy Guggenheim, Kitty Carlisle, Agatha Christie, Mother Theresa, Mother Seton, Cass Eliot, Margaret Sanger, Sylvia Fine, Geraldine Ferraro, Nan Goldin, Salma Hayek, Emmy Rossum, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Blake Lively, Rosie Perez, Queen Noor, Queen Rania, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Jones, Ségolène Royal, Lea Michele, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Fionna Apple, Pink.
You find more facility and freedom, now, functioning within groups. Difficulties in communication ease with Mercury unaspected, but it may be vague. Technical snafus and mechanical mishegoss work themselves out as you learn more about what it takes to make real or metaphoric machinery tick. You get the kinks out of your attitude, too, by embracing elements of self you’ve kept under wraps. You may fly in the face of fuddy-duddies intent on maintaining the status quo, but you are on an evolutionary fast track.
With Venus square Saturn, disturbing events of the past are finally processed. Expect emotional blocks to release, giving way to something of a spiritual reboot. Your personal saga has universal resonance, and you benefit, perhaps even financially, from sharing the trials from your not always happy trails. If you learn anything now, it’s that you heal most through creative expression, even finding humor in what was once horrific. With Venus in Virgo, by Friday, you gain unique perspective and the seeds of a lucrative niche industry.
One of our original adages is: “Diversity is the Mother of Compassion.”™ And with a Grand Trine of Jupiter, Moon and Uranus on Tuesday, you’re compelled to explore exotic influences outside your comfort zone. Though you typically stick to a small circle, you now branch out to champion those who offer you nothing on paper. Where you once kowtowed to conventionalists, you may now sever such ties for the sake of your own ideology and the social freedom of others. Your grassiest, rootsiest efforts succeed best.
Beware pitying. We know it can come from a good-ish place, but with Tuesday’s Grand Trine of Moon, Jupiter and Uranus, expressions of aw aren’t helpful but read as hubris. Trust the moves loved ones are making, don’t caution or curtail them. So-called concern may be your own projected fear of failure. The more you encourage others to grab brass rings, the more nerve you build to do likewise. Check any hypocrisy in labeling others “negative” while bitching about so-called raw deals you’re being dealt. Why not just deal?
Relationships pose challenges but present options for growth. With the Sun trine Pluto, you’re learning to cultivate lasting joy, forgoing fleeting pleasures, still understanding that ground rules make for far happier partnerships. You explore the word Love more now as a verb. You readily take on the role of wise, older wo/man. In other news, your public image needs amplifying. Project the most expert, authoritative you. Or just fake it till you feel it. You can mold your concept of self without fear of putting on phony airs.
Because life is on an upswing, it’s the best time to bolster defenses and cultivate healthful calm, if not in extremely monkish ways. Venus enters Virgo now and and raises your psychic shield against would-be dementors, as it suffuses you with glamour i.e. the power of attraction. Batten down hatches at home to better support creative aims—don’t siphon off energy on ephemera. Where you were prized as a party mule, you now gain points for playing the wallflower. There are new admirers in your midst just raring to peel you off.
Your conscious mind can overwhelm with thoughts you’d just as soon not think. The Sun trine Pluto steps in to offer subconscious protection and a working through of issues via dreams and quiet psychological breakthroughs, soothing nerves from the inside out. You may join a new tribe that inspires growth and learning. Seeking company for a common purpose replaces aimless group gatherings devoted to the eradication of brain cells. You now align with feminine energy, feeling yourself a source to be valued and preserved.
With Venus square Saturn and Mars, it’s make or break time. You either shake your fist at the sky like Scarlett O’H. (never again!) or you pack up your dolls and dishes and slink away for shame. Let’s say you do the former. You now know the truth about money: It isn’t the root of all evil, although love of it can be. And how: Doing things solely for dosh leaves you spiritually depleted. And those offering a hand may want a handy in return. Can you embody self-reliance without being enslaved to those in your so-called service?
You’re exposed to far-out influences, thanks to Jupiter trine Uranus. Adventure is in the air, whetting your appetite, dulled of late, for travel and experience. You will embark on a vision quest, sparking creative initiatives for the year ahead. Pinpoint what you most wish to learn at this juncture. You’ve a need to feed a curiosity with its roots in childhood. And there’s a mystical element to it. For to find any magic without, the journey must also always be within. Venus opposing Neptune rids all fog from your imaginative process.
If a negative internal dialogue emerges, it is bubbling up, solely, for elimination. Saturn square Venus eases self examination; and you see that any present unrest stems from past burned bridges or roads not taken. The upshot is: It’s not too late. Forgive yourself—for everything—to avoid repeating self-defeating behavior. You will forge fresh ventures. You simply have to be okay with not knowing, yet, in which order you will do so. Art and commerce, however, will go hand in hand. Here, a mantra to repeat: I am the tortoise.
It’s time to leave the capsule, if you dare. After much self-imposed isolation, partnering on projects is the best, if not the only, way to realize them. Uranus trine Jupiter provides life lessons along the way. Beware co-dependents. Give and take must be equal in all bonds. One venture is the exception to the rule: A project you spearheaded, alone, amid others’ naysaying, is now valued by the same flipfloppers. Don’t be talked into including them in plans. Mercury square Pluto, by Friday, inspires a radical change in your outlook.
You’re suffused with forward momentum, and yet it might be difficult to execute your agenda. We advise cooling your jets, remaining unruffled in the face of, mainly, silly snafus. Venus sashaying into opposition with Neptune urges you not to chase but to magnetize; even play hard to get. Got deadlines? Well, push ‘em back, push ‘em back, way back. And bench any so-called players who drop the proverbial ball. Be a kind dictator who expects much, but nada from your subjects you wouldn’t give, yourself.
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