Virgo: what a difference a day makes

Each sign of the zodiac has it’s guideline-oriented gifts as well as it’s “watch outs”.  The gifts are often ignored in poor Virgo, so today we are going to explore them and give them there full dues!

Always smart to begin in the body.

Virgo is associated in the small intestine (the gut).  This is the central location of the MICROBIOME, a truly fascinating subject.

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Microbiota are the trillions of bacterial organisms that live within our body.  The whole community of these bacteria is called the microbiome.

These microbial cells even outnumber our human cells, so we might be MORE microbe than we are human!

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The weight of all of these microbes together weighs about 3 pounds, the same amount as our brain!

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The microbial genes in our body outnumber our own DNA genes by 100 to one!

We are covered head to toe with these microbes, but the vast majority of them are in the gut.  The gut-brain is truly a second brain as it’s many neurons that are embedded in the lining of the gastrointestinal system are influenced by the same neurotransmitters of the brain itself.  The brain influences the gut-brain and vice versa.

For example a nervous though that arises in the brain can cause butterflies in the gut.  On the flip side the gut will majorly influence the brain’s mood as it’s microbes produce many neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA.

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So how is the archetype of Virgo so important with the human microbiome?

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For starters, Virgo is associated with diet.

The word “diet” is derived from the Greek word “diaita”, which means “way of living“.  It points more towards a daily way of life than a strict code of food groups.  Hence, Virgo is also associated with daily work and routine.

Here is what I find interesting:

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The average lifespan of a microbe is only 20 minutes.  Each day, each meal, each food we eat is an opportunity to nourish our humble microbes.

Most people are familiar with probiotic foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut that encourage gut health, but less familiar is the very important prebiotic food group.

Prebiotic foods, like bananas, onions, leeks and asparagus,  are a type of starch that doesn’t break down as quickly and thus survives further down the digestive track to nourish the beneficial bacteria.

Interestingly enough, wheat, the grain always depicted with the Virgin, is a prebiotic food.

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In North America, wheat makes up 70 percent of a person’s prebiotic food intake.

With wheat feeding the microbes and the microbes being what we mostly ARE, the phrase “staff of life” begins to take on a deeper resonance.

The Greeks and the Romans knew Virgo as the goddess of wheat, or the harvest.  This is a humble goddess who dutifully tends to the needs of the land.

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What needs to be tended in order to grow good crops?  The soil of course!  And what do we find in the soil?

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Our friends the microbes!!

There is a saying that real farmers grow soil and not crops.  The microbes in the soil help decompose organic plant matter and then recycle them to be used as plant energy with nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen.

Chemical fertilizers cause bacteria to die and supply the nitrogen and phosphorus directly.  Biofertilizers, as used in organic farming, do not supply chemicals in favor of using our live microbial friends to do natures work.

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With modern agriculture techniques such as chemical fertilizers and genetic engineering, the healthy microbes of our soil has taken a beating.  The soil of the earth is the same concept of the lining of our guts.  Both need healthy microbes to be honored as they truly do run the show.

The grains that used to be the staff of life are turning on some of us (myself included!) and causing all sorts of immune issues.

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No wonder gluten free diets are becoming so popular!

But we can still turn to the Virgin for guidance in these matters.

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Virgo is humble and would never seek to dominate her sacred soil with the use of chemicals or genetic engineering.

So for those of us who seem to react poorly to modern wheat we must strive a little harder to incorporate the dietary lessons of the Virgin.

Virgo needs us to respect and nourish our humble microbes!

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Incorporate prebiotic food everyday as a way of life!

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Get dirty as it improves our skin microbiome!

A little food each day that nourishes are microbes.  A little prebiotic food everyday goes a long way to improving our health.

Improving the gut improves our mood and improves our brain which improves our decisions which improve our lives!

Virgo takes small steps.

Until next time!

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The North Star, Mount Meru and Mary Magdalene: Your Navel and the Navel of the World

Have  you ever been told to follow your North Star?  It is such a comfort to think that there could be one.  One that directs your internal compass when you have lost your way.  It’s interesting to note that the placement of the north star within the zodiac is at 0 degrees Cancer (plus or minus 2 degrees) which is the sign of the Moon.

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The Moon in the natal chart represents a comfort as well as a calling that pulls you forth in life.  Sounds a lot like the notion of the North Star.

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Polaris sits in the center of a sky that moves, much like a true sense of home (the Moon) stays still in a world that bustles.

We all know that compasses point North due to a magnetic pull created by the Earth’s magnetic field.

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Polaris has often been referred to the lodestar, which means a star that guides ships.  A lodestone is a magnetic rock.

Can we look to our Moons in our natal charts to better understand our individual lodestars?  And what in us is moving toward this lodestar?

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The lodestone (a naturally magnetized iron ore) composes the needle of this compass so it will always point north.  Iron nails are attracted to the magnet.

Could it be the iron in our blood that knows true north?  Is the thing that makes our blood red the same thing that keeps us on track?

If we are now talking about iron and the color red then clearly we are in another astrological terrain- Mars.

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Iron oxide makes Mars the red planet

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Iron again (in the form of hemoglobin) makes our blood red

But I don’t want to get away from the Moon and the North Pole either.  So here is a figure who seems to embody all of these themes.

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Mary Magdalene

Mary comes from the word mar, as in maritime or marine.  Magdalene bears a strong similarity to the word magnet.  So here we have a mysterious notion of a magnetic sea.  Or similarly, a Mars-like (magnetic) Moon (the sea, the tides).

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This is a map of the Arctic as prepared in 1569 by Gerardus Mercator, a Belgian cartographer and explorer.  At the center of the map is a mountain, said to be positioned at the North Pole.  This mountain is know as Mount Meru, the magnetic mountain.

Mount Meru is know to be the “center of the universe” in both Buddhist and Hindu cosmologies.  It is comparable to Mount Olympus of Greek mythology in that it was the home to the Gods.

The mountain is said to be surrounded by the “indrawing seas” as depicted above by the four rivers and this supposedly creates a whirlpool effect.

It’s hard not to notice the similarity of the image of a whirlpool and that of the symbol for Cancer, the zodiac sign associated with the Moon.

Above are artistic celebrations of Mt Meru.  Borobudur (left) is a Buddhist temple in Indonesia.  The other two pictures depict a Maha Meru, a Hindu symbol that is a 3D projection of a Sri Yantra (a mystical diagram involving nine interlocking triangles).

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Magdalene’s “alabaster jar” that is nearly always pictured with her bears a striking similarity to the Mt Meru symbols.

Mount Meru is said to be the navel of the world.

It’s interesting to think of what our navels used to do for us.

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It was the center which received the “indrawing sea” of our mother’s blood (saline, sea-like)

These days we don’t give too much thought to our belly buttons.

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I mean, this is great, but how else does it serve us?

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How about the fact that it is placed in front of the enteric nervous system, otherwise known as our second brain.  This brain is less associated with rational and logical thinking and more associated with intuition.  Very north star-like!

In closing, next time you get a gut feeling, consider that it might be your infinitely mysterious magnetic inner Mount Meru/Magdalene calling!

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