Week of August 24-30 2014
The move from Leo to Virgo is like a shift in consciousness from the divine right of kings to the empowerment of serfs. Virgo’s motto is “I serve.” Historically, we saw the absolute power of (Leo) nobility give way to that of the indentured (Virgo), Pride being trumped by Humility—this is mirrored in the rise of allegorical pieces of literature like Everyman, which tackled the dichotomy of virtue and vice, and Dr. Faustus, caught in that same balance between good and evil. The temporal takeaway is that power shifts from crowns to individual human conscience. Take that monarchists. As personifications of these signs, Leo man personifies the golden-boy Sun-king archetype, while Virgo man is a walking-talking morality play, munching on experience and humble pie, embodying that human conscience, whose nature it is to grapple; but, in so doing, to eradicate pride along with every other human vice, digesting experience to extract its every virtue. You won’t see a Virgo man bound into a room unapologetically. He doesn’t have that golden glow of Leo. The sign color of Virgo is grey, the result of negotiating a world that’s so black-and-white. He is thoughtful, to a fault, self-effacing, self-examining and often hyper critical. He negotiates his way in the world carefully, and yes, skeptically, but he thereby aims to leave it a better place than he found it. Virgo begins on August 23rd, the festival of Vulcanalia. Vulcan (Greek: Hephaestus, from whose name Faustus might derive) was a disenfranchised “lame” god who channeled the lemons he was given into making lemonade. A smith, a potter, a tinker, an inventor, artisan, artist and, like Faust, an alchemist in all respects. Hephaestus hid himself away, something of a hermit—Virgo is traditionally ruled by planet Mercury (Greek: Hermes, from whence the term derives)—to focus on the work and service at hand, typically making tools and weaponry that would empower the other gods. He forged Zeus’s lightning bolts, for instance, the true power behind the throne. Virgo man, the zodiac’s own Gandalf the Grey, is likewise a lover of privacy, a symptom, first, of feeling dejected on some level, but ultimately the crucible via which he forges his own path toward success and fulfillment. He will wrestle with his conscience, the true philosopher’s stone, to alchemically transmute his disappointments into opportunities, his wounds into sources of healing and his accumulated woes, source-material, into masterful works of art. Behold the Virgo Everyman of conscience who has sought his separate peace and serenity in his solitude; or as an actor (our best living archetypes!) plays that part to the hilt: Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Luke Wilson, Martin Freeman, Jack Black, Chris Pine, Rupert Grint, Colin Firth, Leonard Cohen, Josh Charles, Armie Hammer, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Sandler, Stephen Fry, Paul Reubens, Roald Dahl, Louis C.K., Idris Elba, Keanu Reeves, Warren Buffet, Aaron Paul, Alexander Skarsgärd, Richard Gere, Wes Bentley, Oliver Stone, Stephen King, David Copperfield, Moby, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, John Locke, John Cage.
The old adage “it’s better to be feared than loved”, rings truest now, as Mars transits Saturn. Trotting the road less traveled has seen you wax introspective, itchy and intense. People can’t predict which way your moods will swing, only hoping to remain on your good side. And, lo, with Monday’s New Moon, you find a new sanguinity, settling into situations and a rhythm. You’re still detached from others, keeping ‘em guessing and snapping to; but you’re more about giving than getting, keeping your inner Joan Crawford at bay.
Trust your inner guidance system. Venus square Mars and Saturn amplifies insight into fresh faces and experiences. Directional instincts may put you at odds with partners demanding “good reasons” you can’t put into words—they will just have to trust you. And they will thank you for it. In the face of myriad opportunities, resist taking on work solely for money or status. The spiritual risk in it can cost you a lot more than a few bank deposits. Monday’s New Moon coolly soothes passive-aggression in your environment.
Any anger you feel is hurt. Mars (pow!) transiting Saturn (ouch) in Scorpio (oops) surfaces the notion that you’re hyper-sensitive and can retaliate for so-called criticism you take way too personally. Any messengers you’re wont to kill aren’t out to get you; they simply want to help you clear any hurdles you self-made. So, before you create frenemies, for real, ease hard lines and check your paranoia. Accept expressions of tough love. It’s a wise Gemini who shrugs off slings and arrows, knowing: there’s no war if you don’t fight.
The Sun trine Pluto and opposing Neptune highly suggests you Crabs go with any and all situational flows. Don’t try to skirt situations, or grouse or mug or otherwise telegraph discontent. If you ace this week’s life lesson you’ll emerge with emotional muscle to last till Yule. Monday’s New Moon can see you playing therapist to loved ones. Sounds like a chore, but you’ll get into the role of helping flailing friends or family failing to see the forest for the trees. But don’t chew the scenery. Save your drama for your mama or papi.
Challenges that have proved tough are now pretty cinchy. It’s the simple stuff of life that tends to elude you. With the Sun trine Pluto opposing Neptune, give focus to feelings, domestic needs, and inter-personal affairs. Neptune and Pluto inspire deep philosophical ideas. And whether it’s a vague malaise or a burning desire that’s triggering a deep need for a belief system to sustain you, you must clear some mind-space to cultivate it. For the first time in, well, forever, you seamlessly channel emotional pain into beneficial action.
With Monday’s New Moon, you long for holistic healing. Signs point to easy-peasy remedies. Like pastimes, you know, hobbies, heard of them? Or a holiday? How long since your last? You see, not all activities must be productive or impact career or cash flow. In fact, you should forget about finances for a while. Make haste to tie up loose ends, especially the busy work of returning correspondence. In love, you now desire more than convenience or a free ride. You heard us. Venus transiting Jupiter fans an old flame.
You’ve been through the emotional ringer and, as Venus transits Jupiter, a purge is now in order—Mars also transiting Saturn triggers its expression! You can only move forward in creating a home by reckoning with the one from whence you came. It may require reaching out to friends, an ordered group of strangers, or a well-worn shrink to get you over the hump of some remembrances of things past. You fight energy depletion by owning your full range of feelings. Monday’s New Moon turns wounds into blessings.
Just when you thought you were at the end of your tether, opportunity abounds. With the Sun square Pluto opposing Neptune you pursue solo projects that narrow your niche—specificity is key—while satisfying existing bread-and-butter obligations. Financial facts and figures others may have fudged also come to light. You can be all forgiveness but be sure that sneaks never try to pull a fast one again. Monday’s New Moon relieves you of over-responsibility to others, while making it crystal: you won’t be anyone’s afterthought.
Monday’s New Moon turns down your ego volume while amplifying true confidence. Meanwhile Venus transiting Jupiter inspires a sense of ease which can be double-edged. Though you’re not one to squander gifts or cast pearls before swindlers, you mightn’t recognize when you’re doing both things at once. Planet moves illumine talents on which you should place a hefty price tag, making your worth clear to all and, most importantly, yourself. Get the lead out in manifesting figments of imagination destined to bear fruit.
Mars transiting Saturn says you don’t have the luxury of time now. Over-consideration can see you miss important boats. You do well to quickly document ideas before punting them out into the cosmos. You will not compromise quality by throwing a quantity of pitches out there to see what sticks. Employ sounding boards, yes, but exnay on the collaborators. You kick yourself when someone moves on a great idea you’d already thunk up. Monday’s New Moon ensures you won’t let it happen again (any time soon).
You need increased solitude to express soulful yearnings. Despite recent successes, your private life has taken a few hits, requiring some healing. As Mars transits Saturn, it may seem you’re retreating into a dicey mental space or behavior. Not so. You’re taking a turn forward along an upward spiral. It only seems you’ve circled back to revisit pains you put behind you; but in fact, you’re lifted that much more out of them, gaining perspective and self-awareness. Monday’s New Moon signals a real letting go of past disappointments.
You may question whether a new life direction is available to you. The simple answer is yes. So when it rears its lovely head, don’t miss it by clinging to all-too-familiar fears. The Sun opposed Neptune, trine Pluto, shifts your focus from inner longings to external manifestation. So allow the former to surface and don’t talk yourself out of the actions they entail taking. Just because you’ve put time and effort into building a life based on one set of desires doesn’t mean you can’t outgrow them to answer new destiny callings.
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