Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
The Sun in Virgo
The Sun in astrology symbolizes the core essence of who you are – your individuality and sense of self. It describes what is likely to motivate you, and why. The Sun Sign describes the prime focal point within the personality structure, and is of major importance. Understanding and developing these aspects of self will help develop and expand your sense of authenticity. Understanding the house in which your Sun is found will give even greater detail.
If you do not feel much like your Sun Sign, then consider – Are giving yourself permission to be who you truly need to be?
Virgo: Mutable Earth
Keywords: Discrimination, Service, Practicality, Analysis
Functional Expression: helpful, modest, sharp, discerning, calm, organized, responsible, close to nature.
Dysfunctional Expression: critical, lazy, servile, scattered, forgetful, confused, nervous, stressed.
Toward the end of the month of August, the Sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo. After the pomp and grandeur of Its’ segue through Leo, the Sun arrives in Virgo and “get down to business” bringing a focus to more practical concerns. Those born with the Sun placed here are often motivated by an urge to find practical outlets for skills, talents and abilities, with an emphasis on being useful. Consequently, those born under Virgo can be humble, and at times self-effacing. It is the counterbalance to all the hubris of Leo. The creativity expressed through Leo must be channelled through Virgo so that something can be harvested from all the growth that has occurred.
From this perspective, Virgo is especially concerned with processes of discrimination and synthesis. Virgo symbolically governs the integration of personal resources so that these become most effectively utilized. Accordingly, Virgo is concerned with efficiency, practicality and economy of means. This can be expressed on physical and intellectual levels, both internally through the mind or externally through results. The urge to be of service is often paramount, and Virgos tend to be driven more by the need to be useful than the need to be recognized. As a mutable sign, Virgo is also characterized by qualities of duality, so that Virgo tends to have dual strengths. Virgoans often have the ability to blend logical analysis with practical knowhow through a highly developed degree of mental acuity.
Practicality and usefulness are essential attributes of this sign. As an Earth sign, Virgo is apt to prefer grounded, no-nonsense ways of making things happen. Sometimes Virgoans need to project themselves strongly and take charge, but more often Virgoans tends to work best as part of a team. Virgo will often prefer to contribute quietly from the sides, assisting other characters more intent on recognition, achieving tangible goals and get things done. They tend to specialize in working behind the scenes, and can lend quality control, practical efficiency and detailed help to achieve the most efficient and well-organized result. Virgoans tend to achieve this by providing the practical planning and attention-to-detail necessary to make things happen. Their ability to focus on what is essential and necessary is one of the great strengths of this sign.
The Urge to Improve
Virgoans usually seek to improve and refine whatever task is at hand. The process of discrimination is the fundamental to this sign. On the external level, this can occur in obvious ways, earning Virgo the reputation for cleanliness and order. Virgo is traditionally associated with lists, details and protocols, and many (though not all) Virgoans will not feel comfortable unless a well-organized routine and structure is put into place. Yet not all Virgoans display the external characteristics of neatness and tidiness. For other Virgoans (more concerned with their inner lives), discrimination and order happens on a mental or psychological level. They become rigourous mental pursuits or maintaining a healthy body/mind. They may appear to live messy or chaotic lives, but inside themselves know where the necessary parameters lie.
As this is also a sign of mental acuity, many Virgoans are blessed with a sharp, critical mind. Virgo often shows a good capacity for rational analysis – the ability to pull something apart into its component pieces, see how they fit or work, and then put them back together again, most often in a more refined or improved version. Virgoans can specialize in minutiae, clarity and detail. They may also excel in system thinking, editing and task prioritization. Few things escape their laser-like assessment once Virgoans are fully engaged with whatever is before them. The analytical side of this sign works well with their practical efficiency, again earning Virgo a reputation for organization and detail. Their mental acuity works best when there is something tangible to focus upon. Then they are able to make an enormous contribution to whatever field of endeavour they are working in. Virgoans often make valuable employees and highly useful friends, owing to their capacity to dissect a problem, organize it into sections, and then suggest practical ways to get the ensuing job done.
Good With Your Hands
Virgo is also a sign of manual dexterity. Many Virgoans are naturally good at, and drawn toward, tangible problems that require practical solutions through analysis, diagnosis and reconfiguration. This can range from problems to do with patchwork and quilting, (Virgo is the sign of crafts), to problems with engines, plumbing, designs and operational management. Virgo is all about system thinking, and solving complex problems in practical ways is a Virgo specialty. Many excellent PA’s and problem-solvers are born under this sign. The planetary ruler of Virgo – Mercury – lends the ability to break down complex problems through a thorough analysis of a situation, before finding a resolution based on synthesis of detail. The great gift of Virgo is the ability to translate many elements into a cohesive and workable form. By synthesizing information, details and protocol, Virgoans make best use of whatever is before them. The earthiness of this sign gives the grounded vision necessary to put improved practices into place.
Through the influence of Mercury, the function of communication can also be pronounced. Mercury is concerned with the translation of information, disseminating what has been gathered in some tangible form. It is at the level of processing and defining data, ideas and information that Virgo excels. Furthermore, Virgo is associated with the function of wit, especially through the written or spoken word. Many fine writers have the sign of Virgo prominent in their chart, for this sign lends both humour and the ability to observe others with precision and detail. Virgo tends to be more than capable of describing an individual or scene precisely, and doing so in the most economical or efficient means. Distilling language down into its essential form means the words that are used have maximum impact. By communicating with the utmost precision, Virgoans can easily get their point across. These are the gifts of a discriminating mind.
Tendencies to Worry
Yet this mental acuity can also gives rise to other well-known Virgoan tendencies. These include a tendency to worry and to criticize, for it is the innate Virgoan need to categorize everything in a logical fashion that can lead them to constantly sort, compare and rate the world them. One of the great challenges of this sign is the tendency to over-analyze. Virgoans tend to worry over intangibles that cannot, in fact, be changed. They can have very busy, active minds and it is essential that they find practical ways to ground and release this metal energy for physical and emotional well-being. They need practical outlets for their abilities, yet these individuals tend to withhold their energy and remain self-contained. They are not typically inclined to dramatize or seek attention from others for what is concerning them. They usually prefer to deal with their problems in their own unassuming way, so that those close to them may have no idea about what is actually going on. This tendency to “hold energy” is where the problems with their analytical mind begins. When there isn’t something external to focus their minds upon, Virgoans tends to turn their categorizing impulses against themselves. They start worrying, and trying to pick themselves and other people apart.
If there is no “pre-approved” category to place experiences and people into, Virgo can then become edgy or nervous. They tend to prefer have ‘a plan’. The threat of potential chaos is strangely upsetting to Virgo. When they do not have a plan or system to fall back on, they can fall victim to obsessive thoughts about what ‘may’ happen in their lives. Yet life itself is made up of a myriad of unpredictable moments. To defend themselves from this threat of chaos, Virgoans often seek to “organize” the intangible. This then becomes a real problem, leading to excess stress and mental exhaustion based on repetitive worrying. Problems with the stomach and digestive tract can occur as a direct consequence of all this nervous energy. It is useful for Virgo to remember that they are better off with a project to work on. Rather than trying to ‘work’ on what essentially can’t be controlled, it is best to channel this nervous energy into something external- a project, a problem, a hobby or a pet. Then Virgo can find the delicate balance between pragmatism and analysis that is needed to stay harmoniously self-contained.
Humble by Nature
Virgo is a sensitive and discrete sign, not given to displays of largesse or self-aggrandizement. They are likely to value humility and a can-do attitude over grandiose gestures. Yet Virgo must also be on guard against a tendency to always put the self last. The tendency to seek ways to be of service, while being at the same time self-effacing, can mean Virgoans end up playing roles like Cinderella, without ever getting to attend the ball. It is important for Virgo to identify their wealth of practical and analytical abilities, and gain recognition for the hard work they do. While they may not require applause or accolades, they do need to acknowledge to themselves how capable they are. Virgo individuals often demonstrate their talents in a myriad of understated, yet extremely effective, ways. Often, other people will have already recognized and taken advantage of their skills. Virgo can let themselves be manipulated by feelings of obligation, believing that their service is a duty that need not be rewarded. It is extremely important that Virgo get to enjoy the benefits of their hard work too!
With all this in mind, Virgo is nonetheless an Earth sign. The sensual aspect of this sign is often overlooked. Many Virgos have a healthy interest in the pleasures of the body, and will take much delight in sensual distractions. This can range from the Virgoan hedonist who secretly balances wild weekends with a mid-week detox regimes to the yoga enthusiast who takes great pleasure in perfecting their “Salute to The Sun”. This is the sign of mind/body synthesis, and any activity that allows them to fuse mind with body benefits will be especially beneficial to them. In many ways, Virgoans tend to have a healthy awareness of their own body and its needs. By attending to the things of the body and taking lots of time out for fun, Virgos can connect to the essence of who they are and what life on Earth is all about. However they choose to indulge themselves, moderation is key. Any excess is often felt immediately. Many Virgoans will also have an innate interest in, and affinity with, herbs, vitamins and natural means of body care. They tend to gravitate toward fresh healthy foods, regular supplements and health-care routines. For Virgo, the body is very much a temple, and Virgoans tend to honour this sacred space through attending to regular house-keeping as well as indulging in all the good things that life has to offer.
The Virgo Solar Journey
When born into the sign of Virgo, you are gifted with the ability to find practical solutions to complex problems. You bring the essential details necessary to realize what would otherwise only be a magnificent, yet unattained, Grand Plan. It is important that you find external avenues for your busy and discriminating mind. Otherwise you risk depleting your mental and physical energies through constant worry and self-doubt. Your challenge is to make full use of your grounded practicality without letting fear of the intangible, or of the unknown, get in your way. Virgoans are born to bring in the harvest through the right use of both physical and mental energies. Your concern with practical efficiency, usefulness and economy of means marries well with your analytic tendencies and attention to detail. By recognizing your skills, talents and abilities you can then take your rightful place when the work is done to be present at the banquet when the feast is shared!