Note, due to all of us regular Chronogrammers catching up from the festivities of last weekend's amazing 20th anniversary block party, today's edition of 8-Day Astrology is written by Planet Waves writer Amanda Painter.
The Sun enters Virgo today (Thursday) at 7:02pm EDT. This mutable earth sign is the last sign of summer; Leo was the peak, and now the season begins to loosen its hold. For those of us who find winter to be long and dark, late summer’s warmth can have a touch of melancholy—even as we revel in the Earth’s incredible bounty of fruits and vegetables.
William Lilly, the 17th century astrologer who wrote the first English-language astrological text, associated Virgo with the places where food is preserved. Ruled by Mercury, Virgo is also about food for the mind. If you know any Virgos, you may have noticed that their minds are always active—and that without ways to focus that mental energy, they can start to run themselves in circles.
Happy Virgos are those who have ways to use their minds—indeed, their entire beings—in the service of others. There appears to be something inherently spiritual, transcendent of ego, and dedicated to world service that is apparent in who many Virgos are and what they represent.
When the Sun is in Virgo, the rest of us can tap into this call to service a little more deeply than usual—if we’re willing. The idea of "the highest good for all concerned" becomes less of an abstract thought and more of a tangible, practical thing, though you still have to invoke some extra mindfulness if it’s not your usual wavelength.
Part of the trick is to stay focused on the "helping others" part and not get drawn into any tendencies to feel guilty about not doing more. Don’t stop yourself before even getting started by judging your ideas. The shadow side of Virgo can be a form of pickiness manifesting as criticism of others and of oneself.
When the Sun enters Virgo, it will conjoin a hypothetical point called Transpluto. Transpluto seems to be about a narrow opening. This could be useful in terms of focusing your mind and motivation on service, though it does underscore the need to be aware of the instant you start to get pulled into harsh self-criticism or a too-narrow view of what counts as "helping." That serves no one.
Opposite the Sun in early Virgo is Neptune in early Pisces. Neptune was there last year, too, when we published this wisdom on the Planet Waves blog:
“At its best, Sun opposite Neptune can provide a kind of push-pull dynamic that spurs very imaginative, creative achievements. Sun opposite Neptune can feel like an extra mystical Full Moon. However, this aspect is also known for its propensity for delusion, projecting one’s own emotional ‘stuff’ onto a partner, and subsequent disillusionment.
“It is key to use the creative, dreamy, idealistic power of Neptune in Pisces in service of some sort of artistic process. If you can use your creativity for some larger purpose in some way, all the better—you’ll be enlisting the power of the Virgo Sun in this opposition.”
The Sun conjunct Transpluto and opposite Neptune is about focusing your awareness of yourself and how you put your creativity out into the world. In itself, using your creativity is a kind of service. It helps to be grounded (Virgo is an earth sign), clear some space (mental and physical), and have a plan with steps that you follow. Mercury-ruled Virgo also says: remember to communicate.
Self-criticism is a dream-killer—as is isolation, even of the mental variety. Neptune in Pisces opposite the Virgo Sun urges more fluidity in creative contact with others; it’s the collective dream (the human condition) that we’re all ultimately serving, after all.