This week’s New Moon (Sep. 14, 2023, 6:40 pm PDT) falls at 21º58’ Virgo, the signal symbolized by the virgin, a self-sufficient girl who wants nobody else to make her entire. The place Virgo falls in your birthchart, you’re full. As Virgo actress Greta Garbo famously mentioned, “I need to be not to mention,” and within the issues linked with the Virgo home of your chart, you’re happiest when left to your individual units. Right here, you change into absorbed within the comfortable work of Virgo – drawback fixing, figuring stuff out, and making issues work.
It’s additionally, funnily sufficient, the realm of life the place folks take a look at you with a form of respectful awe – presumably since you don’t appear to wish or care about anybody’s approval. On this a part of your life, you don’t want a report card from anybody else. You’re grading your self on a wholly totally different (and doubtless extra punishing) scale.
We wander onto the unhealthy aspect of Virgoland’s tracks after we go to extremes, both ravenous or overindulging our love of solitude. As quickly as a responsible voice in your head begins scolding that you simply “ought to” do one thing, something apart from spending time in some comfortable, quiet pursuit, then you definitely’re in hassle. However when a tragic voice in your head begs you to not be a part of the human race as a result of interacting with others is simply an excessive amount of work, you’re additionally in hassle.
Virgo is an indication of adjustment and compromise, and its symbolism accommodates a vital fact: That having issues precisely the way in which we wish them all the time shouldn’t be an affordable purpose, nor a wholesome one, and it definitely received’t make us comfortable. Even alone, contentedly pursuing our Virgo aims in a airtight cocoon, we will’t be comfortable without end; people are social creatures, and from time to time now we have to rub shoulders with our fellow man and adapt to the world as it’s.
You understand how it feels to face up after you’ve been sitting nonetheless at your desk for a few hours, or to awaken groggy from an extended, deep nap, or to redirect your focus after being intensely consumed in a job? That’s roughly the feeling of Mercury stationing direct (Sep. 15, 2023, 1:21 pm PDT) after a three-week retrograde interval. After a very vexing interval that started on Aug. 23, the sign mild turns inexperienced, and it’s time to shift gears and transfer ahead.
Nevertheless it’s not as cut-and-dried as that. The site visitors mild clicks over immediately, however you’ll most likely want a day or two to let your thoughts awaken, stretch, and focus, and to let issues which have been caught have an opportunity to unstick themselves.
The Solar in Virgo trines Uranus this week (Sep. 15, 2023, 6:24 pm PDT, 22º56’ Virgo/Taurus). A trine (120º) angle is taken into account harmonious as a result of it naturally happens between planets in indicators of the identical ingredient – on this case, earth. A trine is optimistic inasmuch as the 2 planets work collectively comfortably, even when their important natures are radically totally different, which is the case with the Solar (unshakable sense of self) and Uranus (issues that shake us up). However the signal of Virgo and the planet Uranus really share greater than this facet – a sure untouchable independence.
The Solar is on Sabian image 23 Virgo, An animal coach – and the animal that must be educated on this state of affairs is the Solar. Untamed, the Solar can veer from wholesome self-regard straight into hubris. However modest Virgo is simply the correct coach. Virgo simply needs to get the job executed, and the Solar on this signal, in harmonious connection to Uranus, factors to an distinctive week for modern and thrilling work, with out the drama of unchecked ego.
Venus makes its final of three squares to Jupiter (Sep. 17, 2023, 12:18 pm PDT, 15º18’ Leo/Taurus) on the Sabian image 16 Leo: Sunshine simply after a storm, with Jupiter on 16 Taurus: Previous man trying vainly to disclose the mysteries. I prefer to suppose that this collection of squares (the primary two have been on June 11 and Aug. 22) have revealed “the mysteries” of why getting what we wish doesn’t all the time fulfill us, and the way getting an excessive amount of of a superb factor doesn’t mark the highway to happiness both.
This ultimate Venus-Jupiter lesson has to do with mindset. We consider Jupiter as a fortunate planet, however you realize what makes people fortunate a variety of the time? It’s the willpower to be comfortable and to see no matter comes their method as luck.
Within the movie “Issues Change,” Don Ameche performs Gino, an aged shoeshine man who resembles a infamous gangster and who agrees to go to jail his place. As a younger gangster supervises him earlier than his courtroom date, Gino meets a collection of adjustments in fortune – cash received, cash misplaced, mistaken id that generally works for him and generally doesn’t. Whether or not the wheel of fortune swings up or down, the outdated man’s response is a relaxed shrug, and the commentary, “Issues change.”
In the long run, this collection of squares has been a mini-course in that philosophy. Issues change, and what might sound lucky might quickly flip unlucky, however the reverse is true as nicely. Whether or not we’re up or down, what makes us fortunate – and comfortable – is the flexibility to search for the sunshine after the storm.
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