The Sun enters Virgo on Monday, August 22 at 9:38 AM Pacific Time. Interesting tidbit about the constellation of Virgo, this particular constellation is one of two that are the largest in the sky; the other is Hydra! Virgo takes up 1294.43 square degrees, or 3.138% of the sky. Several planets are in Virgo right now, so this detail is for those of you that lean more towards the precision of Virgo energy and can appreciate the stats. This constellation, for all its size, is also the dimmest in the sky. Ironic, huh?
In the old days, when people looked at the sky with a more esoteric perspective, the Moon, the Great Mother, was the ruler of Virgo and not of Cancer. As an interesting side note, from that same esoteric perspective, Pluto ruled Pisces and Mercury ruled Aries. But lest I get too off track here, Mercury, whose entire expression relates to the trickster in myth and story, now rules the constellation of Virgo. Mercury also rules Gemini, which is the Sun sign of the current presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Mercury-or Hermes, or the Trickster-is the one character who goes in and out of hell unscathed. He is the ‘guide’ in the Underworld. He takes you to bad places and leaves you there but he always gets out. Teflon skin is associated with Mercury.
One of the good things about Mercurial characters, if they are given enough time, is that they often come up with solutions. This is why the Geminis and the Virgos of the world, or those with strong Gemini or Virgo placements in their charts, are often put in positions where they collect ideas, spread them around, and move on. Staying power isn’t their best attribute. They have the solution for how to get a sale or a negotiation done and can be counted on to generate ideas. However, in order to get things done, you need to have a few of the fixed signs in place, like Taurus, Leo, Aquarius, and of course, Scorpio, which is the sun sign and the rising sign of the other presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Many people ask me who will win this election and I honestly cannot tell you. In looking at the USA chart for the next 8 years, starting in 2017, there are lots of Pluto type events coming up for this nation. Pluto rules Scorpio. Pluto is the god of death, rebirth, transformation and consciousness. Fortitude is needed as we move into the next 8 years of the USA’s future.
Without spending a lot of time on this, I do want to say that on February 20, 2022, just a little over 5 years from now, the USA is experiencing the first of three of its Pluto returns. When we signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Pluto, in the nation’s chart, was at 27º Capricorn 32′. Pluto takes approximately 247 years to make a full cycle around the Sun. It is slow!! Since the next 8 years show Pluto in what we call the Balsamic phase to the USA’s original position (the fermentation or incubation phase for solutions) and one of the most difficult parts of the cycle, it stands to reason that this will be a time of taking on great responsibilities, but not without great sacrifice
So, going back to the fact that the Sun is moving into Virgo this week-which is one of the toxic waste management signs of the zodiac (the other is Pisces), it is important to process out all the vitriol that seems to have grown exponentially in social media, social circles, and the world. The key thing to remember as we move into a very hot period of antagonism regarding our opinions is that everyone, I mean everyone, is entitled to their opinion without being chastised, bombed, hurt or violated. Social media is a great platform, but my opinion is that many of these social media websites-you know who they are-which started with the idea of everyone being able to talk with each other and connect, have now evolved into deep pools of vicious antagonism towards those who have different opinions. Easy to do when you don’t see the effect it has on the person you are targeting. There is no personal responsibility, you just turn off your computer and walk away. Think twice about that as the planets move through the last quarter phase of the Moon and end the week with hard squares to unpredictable and rebellious Uranus on the 28th.
Mercury, which rules Virgo, is also slowing down this week as it prepares to go retrograde on August 30, at the very last degree of Virgo, a very critical degree. Think about what you say, what you do, and how actions ‘really’ affect others, even if you don’t agree with them. This is one of the most important things to remember as we enter the last quarter of the year at the end of September.
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