Isn’t it Sublime? Venus Moves into Pisces.

The goddess of love and beauty is setting out to sea.  She has danced to the offbeat drum of Aquarius long enough and now craves a deep serenity.

She wants to be moved in an all-encompassing way.  She wants now to dance to the harmonies of the spheres and to feel the most exalted sensations.

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Mermaids are at home in the deep peace of the ocean.  But the ocean also holds some scary stuff!

Entering the realm of the sublime.

Sublime: of such excellence, grandeur or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. -Webster’s Dictionary

Edmund Burke was a statesman, political theorist and philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment.  He saw beauty and the sublime both as things that move us, the difference being that the sublime moved us more profoundly.

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Edmund Burke

The Sublime, maintained Burke, moves us more profoundly because it is tied to the vast, the overwhelming, even the terrifying!  He says that the possibility of pain triggers basic feelings of self-preservation, exercising nerves that could save our lives.

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Maybe Venus will visit me for a cup of coffee..  or a fresh kill.

The totality of the ocean, or the whole of the universe for that matter, is not without these scary creatures, places and concepts.  Venus is moving gently into the sign that looks at the totality of everything and sweetly says “yes, I am still love”.

And then, lo and behold, beauty becomes even more beautiful.

Because, as everyone knows, the sweet ain’t so sweet without the bitter.

The sublime is the intoxicating marriage of the bitter and the sweet.

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Most would agree that chocolate cake can fall into the taste category of sublime.

Chocolate is one of the few foods that is both bitter and sweet.  Other examples include coffee, wines, and teas.  They have an extra hold on the public, with their intoxicating effects.

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Here they are, the seduction brigade!

Fruit flies are discouraged from eating fruit when there is a bitter taste because it alerts them to toxins.  These foods pictured above seem to say “oh hey, just a little bit of danger here.. but go ahead.. it’s so good!”

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Just a wee little bit of the secret sauce!

Poison is remarkably similar to the french word for fish, “poisson”, and of course, Pisces is the sign of the fishes.

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Les Poissons! Intoxicating, dreamlike, forever mystical.

The world of the sublime is one that balances sweetness with a taste of the bitter.  Venus is exalted in the sign of Pisces because this is love’s highest task.  In Pisces, love acknowledges the whole picture; the vast, serene, majestical, and sometimes terrifying.. and she still comes out on top.

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Lenny Kravitz can best close out this post.

 

Until next time, happy astro pondering!

Sage Sagittarian Wisdom from Sagittarians for Sagittarius Season.

It is Sagittarius Season, a time of integrating the lessons of the Archer.  Let’s go straight to the mouths of some famous fiery centaurs to best get at the kernels of this excitable wisdom.

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Jupiter is Zeus, the sky-god.  The sky gives a sense of no limits, endless expansion.  Hendrix’s guitar has the same effect.  Just look at the gleam in his eye, a total give-away for the zest of this mutable Fire sign.

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A Sagittarian understands that seeking is what needs to happen.  Things don’t just fall on your lap.  You have to engage in the journey.

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The Archer understands that indeed, it IS more about the AIM.  It is the aim of a goal that generates enthusiasm and spirit.  If we keep the aim in sight, we keep the spirit kindled, the faith alive, and the enthusiasm ignited.

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Zest is absolute nourishment for a Sagittarian.  It permits them to fly high with their ideas and imagination.  The contagious fire can then spread and catch on with others, creating inspiration and wonder for the masses.

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Sagittarius teaches us that hope is a gentle yet very potent thing.  If we can keep a dose of it in our hearts, we are well on our way to kindling the robust fire of Sagittarian strength,

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It was Jim Morrison’s idea to name the band the Doors based on Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception”, which was derived from the William Blake line: “If the door of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite”.  Sagittarius is a door, an opportunity, a gateway to a broader perspective.

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A Sagittarian understands that attitude is everything.  It’s not what happens in life it’s our attitude towards these events that matters.  Attitude is altitude.  Sinatra’s songs often inspire a sense of brazen confidence, “if I can make it there I’ll make it anywhere”… “regrets I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention.”  Sagittarius reminds you to always believe in yourself.

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Sagittarius is a day-time dreamer.  It dreams and then it points it’s arrow towards this broad and far-reaching ideal.  Jupiter co-rules both Sagittarius and Pisces, both of which are associated with dreaming.  Pisces is underwater, therefore the dreams are more rooted in the dark subconscious.  Sagittarius is the sky, therefore the dreams are more conscious.  Spielberg stays true to his Sagittarian center with day-time dreaming.

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Sagittarius teaches us to be true to our values, and protect them to foster a true and personalized sense of “rightness”.  Having a strong sense of morality is medicine for Sagittarius.  Jon Stewart has made a living through the sharing of perspectives to attempt to arrive at new understandings.

 

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Sagittarius has an inner fiery promise of purpose buried within.  This sign seeks meaning, and it will travel far to find it.

Happy Sagittarius Season.  May the spark be lit, then encouraged to grow, where it can guide you and become delightfully contagious in spirit.  Let the sky-horse carry you away to places you know you’d like to be.  These places are within reach.  Dare to dream in the daylight.  Encourage you zest and be mindful of your values.  What a wonderful time of year.

 

Sail into the Mystic: Mars Enters Pisces

The holiday season this year comes with some stirred up cosmological waters.  After a prolonged stay in Aquarius, Mars, the planet that energizes is entering the vast territory of the collective unconscious, the endless and unfathomable ocean of Pisces, the sign of the Fishes.

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The waters above and the waters below.  Pisces sails into the mystic.

Pisces is a sign that is most associated with passive, female principle of the the universe that is Yin energy.  It is the type of love that is all-encompassing, it is pure forgiveness, gentleness, ethereal beauty, subtlety, deep imagination, psychic phenomenon.  People who are born under the influence of this sign have a natural ability to tap into this realm, often to the astonishment and wonder of others.

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Edgar Cayce, famously known as the “sleeping prophet” astounded the public with his knack for clairvoyance.  He has more planets in Pisces than any other sign in his chart. 

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Einstein’s driver said that one of his habitual routines was to play the violin in nature, with the birds.  He said as he did this he would have tears streaming down his face.  Pisces feels it’s way into the secrets of the cosmos.  

Back to Mars.  Mars motivates in many ways.  Sometimes it can just feel like a straightforward burst of energy.  A new focal point in which you are ready to place your time and energy.  Other times it comes in the form of agitation, unrest, a feeling like you just can’t take it anymore and something needs to change.  This is the boiling, roiling, stirring and churning way of the warrior planet.

In Pisces, it is the the ethereal waters of other-worldliness that are being agitated, motivated, energized.  In short, the Mystic within is being summoned.

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Bob Dylan was born when Mars was in Pisces.  A Gemini, he is a rue Trickster/ Mystic.  A master of words who can tap into other-worldly realms through the potency of poetry. 

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Yuri Gagarin was also born when Mars was in Pisces.  His motivation for other-worldliness took on a more literal tone as he was the first man to ever journey into outer space.

Mars will stay in Pisces until New Years Eve, flavoring the holiday stretch with a sizzle of Yin energy.

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Liz Taylor, A Pisces was born under the influence of Mars in Pisces.  A Yin energy that is sizzling.  A peak into the other-worldly realm is a glance into her deeply reflective eyes, a beautiful hint of eternity.

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Marilyn Monroe also has Mars in Pisces.

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So does Ava Gardner.

There is definitely a je-ne-sais-qoi quality to the next couple of months.  Things may pop up that make you open your eyes wider to the greater mysteries of life.  The wonder that comes about from the many holiday lights may be of extra sparkle.

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It is the receptivity of our subjective state of mind that permits the wonder and the beauty to enter and influence our reality.

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“Starry Night” is an example of the celebration of the artist’s subjectivity.  Van Gogh also had Mars in Pisces.

Subjective reality is the home of our feelings.  With Mars traveling through Pisces, emotions that come with this time of year may feel more overwhelming.  One of Pisces biggest challenges is to keep the rivers and tides of emotions flowing healthily.

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Keep the waters of strong feelings flowing by means of acknowledging them, so they can be processed and moved into new states of being.  This is the mutable quality of Pisces, a promise of healing through the willingness to change shape. 

Pay attention to what is nagging at you or what is merely calling you in the next few months.  It is likely tied into a deeper personal connection to the waters above and the waters below.  That is, a deeper connection to all that is unknowable, yet worthy of reflection.  A grander reality, that is based on a willingness to feel.

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio? The Jupiter Effect.

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Paul Simon ran into Joe DiMaggio at a restaurant after the famous “Mrs. Robinson” song hit the airwaves, and was able to address the rationale for writing that line, as DiMaggio was a bit confused by it, since he hadn’t really gone anywhere.  Paul Simon explained to him that the line meant, where have all the great heroes gone, which satisfied Joe.

It does seem to resonate on some mysterious and deep level that DiMaggio is more than a great ball player.  He is, as Simon put it, a great hero.  Someone who inspires the public and lifts it’s spirit.  When someone is inspired by a hero, they too walk taller, and live with more confidence.  Simon saw the need for this inspiration as he wrote “our nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you.”

 This is the domain of Sagittarius and Jupiter.

To be lifted up, out of the doldrums and into a place of faith and confidence is the domain of Jupiter, and it’s associated sign Sagittarius.

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DiMaggio couldn’t be brighter with Sagittarian fire, with Sun, Venus and Mars all together on the Ascendant, the “dawn” of the horoscope.  He dawns on others with an impossible to miss ray of inspiring hope and heroism.

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What’s really amazing is that you can even see the long face of the horse, which is a Sag trademark.  For more on strikingly accurate facial features of the zodiac, visit William Shrieb’s site-  Astrovisions

This month marks a homecoming for Jupiter, as it re-enters Sagittarius

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Celebrating Jovial Jupiter’s re-entrance into Sagitarrius.  This archetype is effervescent, bubbling with enthusiasm, eager to enjoy the celebration.

As of November 8th of this year, Jupiter has moved into it’s natural habitat of Sagittarius, an event that occurs every 12 years.  Jupiter spends one year in each sign of the zodiac.  The year ahead is a metaphorical return of Joe DiMaggio, a return of inspiration.

As joyous as it sounds, like any planet or archetype, it is a spectrum of positive and negative.  When examining what this transit means for you, we must look at the full psychology of Sagittarius.

The psychology of REWARD.

Seeking rewards is such a common event in daily life and we are most often completely unaware of operating this way.  Even something as simple as grabbing your morning coffee is geared to obtaining the reward of feeling awake and alert.

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Agent Cooper is following his Jupiter promptings when drinking his damn fine coffee

Jupiter has always been associated with rewarding experiences, as well as luck and joviality.  In this way it is traditionally perceived as more benevolent than other planets, like Saturn for example which is associated with restriction.   But there is error in this perception, for the psychology of reward can put you in trouble just as fast as the psychology of restriction.

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And then maybe a bit too much Jupiter with this amount of donuts.

What this transit means for you

This transit marks a time to look at the year ahead and ask yourself, what are your ideals?  Where do you find yourself looking up to others.  Where do you continually seek inspiration?  What kind of rewards do you seek on a daily basis?  Do you satisfy these needs in healthy or not so healthy ways?

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Jupiter is the broader vision of our life.  The pattern-seeking and the “what if” thinking.  Jupiter encourages us to dream in our waking life, and look for all sorts of possibilities.

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Sagittarius’ arrow is pointed upward with intent, towards high ideals.

So the metaphorical spirit lift of a great hero is returning this year.  This is the hero of your own enthusiasm and your own faith in what you can do.  The psychology of this psychic fire must be tamed by your rational mind.

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For instance, just because you believe you can fly doesn’t make it necessarily so.

The gift of Jupiter moving back into Sagittarius is one to be celebrated, reflected upon and channeled into a helpful way.  If you feel like you’ve gone too long without a lift in spirits, look for ways that it is trying to find you now.

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Spirits do best when lifted

Sometimes a glance at the natal chart, indicating where Jupiter is specifically transiting in regards to your own psychological starry imprint can be especially helpful.  On the flip side, if you feel swamped in a theme of “excess”, Jupiter can shed light on where or why this is happening, so you can gain a better sense of control.

For the year ahead:

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Joe DiMaggio revved up the spirits of many.  Think about who, in your personal life or in the public eye, has had this type of effect on you.

Then maybe think why…

Then maybe just feel what that felt like…

Jupiter teaches in this way.

 

 

 

 

Must Be the Season of the Witch

Do you hear the rattle of the leaves in the trees and the ground?  Do you also hear the rattle of the Shaman that lives within, beckoning you to awaken to your misplaced power?

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The Shaman’s rattle mimics the sound of rain.  Rain that washes over us and purifies by renewing our psychic energies. 

This is the Season that encourages us to wake up from our own self-imposed hypnosis.  Scorpio is ruled by Mars, just like Aries is.  But part of Scorpio’s make-up is that it is hidden.  Mars it the great motivator, in Scorpio, these motivations are hidden.  We are both the hypnotist and the hypnotized.

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Have you let yourself get too sleepy??

Witches, goblins, night creatures all serve a wonderful purpose of cutting through our comfort zones.  A little fright to ignite where we feel real, and alive.  Such emotions give an opportunity to reacquaint with an aspect of the Self that may have been pushed away.  Living in secrecy.

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Scared? Where do you feel it?  Allowing fear to be felt and moving forward in any way is a sure way to build courage. 

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The maiden Kore was terrified when she was abducted by Hades, Lord of the Underworld.  Her transformation into his Queen, with equal rulership introduced her to a deep and powerful aspect that her psyche she never even knew was missing!  Her name changed to Persephone, meaning “she who is to be feared”.  Far cry from daisy picking… 

This is the Season to be your own gumshoe in a misty film noir.  Where the fog and the sexy soundtrack reveal more and more of a mystery personal to you.  In your stillness, in your contemplation, you start to put the pieces together.  And you do so with impeccable style.

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Robert Mitchum in the 1947 classic Out of the Past.  

Scorpio Season asks you to swim deeper into your own waters.  Let yourself explore your feelings with a ruthless honesty.  Purify them by releasing what isn’t true and honoring what is.  Nourish the truthful currents.  Emerge with a clearer understanding of yourself that is more ready to share intimately with others.

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Not everyone’s favorite thing to do, but sure feels good afterwards! 

Enjoy the labyrinth of the Season of the Witch.  Thank the jack o’lanterns for the kindly metaphorical service of waking us out of self-imposed sleeps.  Listen for the shaman’s rattle in the leaves!

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‘Tis the Season baby!

October Horoscopes are Here!

It’s Libra Season!  The swelter of the summer is gone, and the icy wind has yet to come.  There is a beautiful relief in the neutralness of the air.  And there are apples everywhere!  A nod to Venus, the Goddess associated with Libra.

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Eve, aka Venus had a thing for apples.

Libra Season encourages us to find a harmony in our lives by nurturing a middle path.  In Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aristotle saw the mathematical Golden Mean (the divine proportion of 1.618 to 1 seen in much of the ancient art world) as representing the “golden middle way”.  This was a way that favored the desirable middle between two extremes, that of excess and that of deficiency.

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The famous Venus Di Milo adheres strictly to the Golden Mean proportions.

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The Stirring up of the Far Out (Mars is back in Aquarius).

Mars has been traveling through Aquarius through much of the summer.  It began in May, retrograded back into Capricorn for most of August, and now it’s back.  Back in the sign of the Water Bearer.  Making more waves.

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Cowabunga!  Uranus, the totem planet of Aquarius and wave-making made it’s big transition into Taurus back in May as well.  Taurus is the sign of the Bull, and relates to how we feel secure in our bodies and our livelihood.  The stirred up waves are likely linked to these types of issues in our human lives right now.  

Mars at it’s root is potent energy.  Energy that needs to be born, so it can become something.  It doesn’t just stir things up because it’s some kind of joker, it has destiny, hopes, purpose!  The problem is we are often blind to what the energy is after, and acting out it’s commands on a subconscious level.

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I know what I’m.. doing? 

Mars at it’s very core is the power of the will.  The dictionary defines the word, will as the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.  Right away the complexity of the will is apparent.  What is the faculty we use to decide something and initiate action?  Sometimes it’s logic, more often it’s driven by emotion, namely subconscious ones.

The will, is the spark of the complex matter of mind and emotion.  It’s like a newborn subatomic comet seeking it’s destiny somewhere.  Energy arises, we are motivated by it, decisions are made and actions taken.  Mars was the start of it, the eager little spark.

In Aquarius, the spark is under the influence of the far-out realm of what it means to even exist.  The Waters that the Water Bearer bears are complex streams of consciousness, intermingling, stretching over boundaries of time and space.  Aquarius, like no other sign, centers around the somewhat abstract concept of existence.

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Existence, what IS it? 

Is existence a phenomenon of material, mental or emotional substance?  What lies outside of existence?  More existence?  Is there an outside?  How small or big can it stretch?  How long has existence been around?  Is there anything that doesn’t exist if we include the mental reality of things?  What is our relationship to our own existence on a daily, meaningful level?

Welcome to the far side.  Aquarian town.  Matters that involve life’s abstractions which are so often mysteriously tied to the very root of humanity.

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Cue The Doors Song..

When concepts of existence get stirred up (Mars influence), we may not be the slightest bit aware of it consciously, but a type of existential angst is likely to set in.  The next thing we know is we are agitated (Mars) by this abstract feeling that life, and our existence is without meaning.  The “what is it all about?  What is it all for?” type of angst.  We may feel like a hamster in a wheel, going round and round the motions of meaningless work and routine, with all sense of solar purpose lost, all sense of Solar Essence obscured.

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What am I???

The key to making Mars transiting Aquarius your friend and not your foe is to acknowledge your relationship with your daily existence in relation to your Solar Essence.  For example, if at your solar core (look to your Sun sign and it’s aspects), you are a true people person who gets a lot out of conversations and social interactions, yet your day to day existence is working the night shift alone stocking groceries, and then home to sleep all day with no contact with other people, this transit might seek to bust up your reality.  It has to!  Your daily existence is totally off balance with your Solar Essence!  Something’s got to give, even if it means you simply make sure to hang out with friends once every few days, brighten that inner Sun back up.  Often it’s the minor adjustments made that really take root and help grow your life back into better balance.

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Leo, the sign opposite Aquarius is ruled by the Sun.  This reflects the dual axis of Solar Essence balancing with Existence.  

Also under the rulership of Aquarius is the future.  Equally abstract and intrinsically tied to our deepest human nature is the concept of the future.  We can never know it, but we know of it.

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The future, like existence, is abstract! 

We can choose to think we have no say in our own future, or we can choose to commit to the future that we want.  Even though such a commitment could never guarantee it’s reality, it can still position us to live in the now, as a person becoming, as a person always being born, in direction that we have chosen.

This is true freedom!  Free-will if you will.  The will loves freedom, and the trick is to understand that freedom is not divorced from responsibility.  You are responsible for the commitment towards your future, and towards your commitment on who you are and who you are becoming.

In the meantime, happy astro-pondering!

 

 

 

Virgo Wisdom from Virgoan People

In celebration of Virgo Season, it couldn’t hurt to hear a few words from those who were born under strong influence of the Virgin.

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Leonard Cohen’s Virgo Sun sits right on the Ascendant.  His Venus also in Virgo melds with Neptune in the ethereal 12th house.  Humility of character, and a willingness to be thorough is quintessential Virgoan wisdom.

 

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D.H. Lawrence’s Virgo Sun conjuncts Jupiter, the planet of philosophy and overall pattern-seeing.  His words here clue us into the wisdom of selectivity, a Virgo virtue.

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Ingrid Bergman has her Sun, Venus and Mercury in Virgo, with Leo Rising.  Virgo’s capacity to completely identify herself with her chosen skill is represented by her statement above.  Leo Rising would likely find much satisfaction in the skill of acting.

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Richard Gere’s Virgo Sun conjuncts Saturn, the planet of commitment.  His words here show the power of Virgo being made of mutable earth.  Tangible, actual change is available to anyone who chooses to seek it.  The Virgin is always in a state of self-refinement.

 

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Joan Jett’s Sun is saturated in the late degrees of Virgo.  Her words show a clear stamp of the Virgin’s delight in identifying whole-heartedly with her chosen craft.

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Murder mystery Queen Agatha Christie’s Sun sits bright in her first house, along with Saturn and a Virgo Ascendant.  She is dedicated (Saturn) to a simple and practical Virgoan approach of method and logic to make things happen for her.

Do you have Virgo planets in you chart?  Even if you don’t, this sign falls somewhere in your natal chart, and that somewhere is current path of the Sun.  Let the Virgin inspire and guide you this season.  You’re bound to encounter some humble, helpful, powerful new knowledge.

Happy Virgo Season!