Digital Collage by Dianna
Virgo is the sixth sign in the Zodiac. This is why its focus is on offering healing services to the world. It is the time of year when we need to can, ferment, & store healthy foods for the end of Summer & the beginning of Autumn. Notice how whiteness has made selfless healing work honorable but not sustainable rather than allowing everyone access to adequate & complete healthcare services like a real Virgo would. Yes, it can be hypercritical & nit-picking but that's because it's trying to encourage health & wellness for all NOT because it's inherently judgmental. As you study Virgo make sure you don't allow the steady stream of service-focused keywords to distract you from Virgo's very real need for rest & rejuvenation. We must allow the Virgo part of us (and of others) to be able to express both sides to be complete. The nurse who nags & criticizes to see the results they believe are "healthy" hasn't done their ShadowWeRK. A nurse who knows that everyone needs different things to heal is a balanced Virgo.
Virgo Keywords: Healthy, Diligent, Discerning, Modest, Perfectionist.
Virgo Archetypes: The Virgin, The Healer, Nutritionist, Herbalist
Virgo Shadows: prudish, better than tho, faultless, discriminating, callous, perfectionist, pious, cavalier, judgmental, disgusted, disdainful, rude, tactless, anxious, hyper-efficiency, workaholic, harmful self-sacrifice, martyrdom, critical, sexual wounding, maiden-mother-whore complex, fastidiousness, cold, unsympathetic, apathetic, voyeurism, meddling, suspicious, pedantic, obsessive, compulsive, self-critical, excessively controlling.
Virgo blows in a subtle chill reminding us that we need to prepare for Winter. It sends a cool, dry scent across the air; cut grass & smoke of a (hopefully) distant forest fire. This energy is requiring we preserve the overabundance of food we’ve gathered. How do we count, analyze & take stock of what we have & what we need to stay healthy during the darker days ahead? The Sun begins to lower its arch, the berries & Summer plants are finishing their cycles; showing us that we are all mortal. Animals begin to store food & digest as much as they can to build up fat for the winter. The plants of Autumn are ready to harvest and we begin to store grains & seeds.
- Dates: August 22 - September 21
Colors: Dark blues, greys, browns & greens.
- Body: The abdomen, intestines, spleen.
- Beings/Animals: Mice, squirrels, foxes, bees.
- Stones & Crystals: Carnelian, chrysocolla, purple obsidian, peridot.
Objects & Metals: White linen, natural fabrics, textures, or materials.
Plants, Flowers & Herbs: Wheat, corn, oats, bread, rice, root veggies, fennel. Fennel, mint, dill, parsley. Nut trees, buttercup, skullcap, morning glories, medicinal plants, flax. Dried fruits, flowers & herbs.
- Element: Earth.
- Mode: Mutable.
- Tarot: 9, The Hermit.
- Goddesses: Vesta, Astraea, Inari, Airmid, Frigg, Pszeniczna-Matka
- Talismans & Personal Objects: Medical tools or equipment, mortars & pestles. Your medications, healing herbs, tinctures & remedies.
Day of the Week: Wednesday
House Associations: 6th House: Whole Health, Working For/With Others, Being of Service, Volunteerism, Being an Employee OR a Boss, Pets.
- Ruler: Mercury Detriment: Jupiter Exalted: Mercury Fall: Venus
- Mercury: Communication, Traffic, Technology, Symbols, Languages, Trickster, Voice Box, Nervous System, Memory
- It’s all about KNOWING THE HEALER IN YOU.