By Cal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under the light of a Sagittarius Moon. At about 7:30 p.m., the moon turned Void-of-Course until it entered Capricorn when the clock struck midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 21, On Aug. 23, at approximately 12:09 a.m., the sun will move out of Leo, and enter the sign of The Virgin.
The shift from Leo to Virgo is an interesting transition, one that doesn’t receive much notice, but which is significant, due to statistics that state that there are more Virgos on the planet than any other sign. This may have something to do with the fact that Virgo falls nine months after the Christmas and New Year’s Eve revels – moments in time when happy people everywhere are in a holiday mood, celebrating the “Joys of the Season” in more ways than one.
To give you a deeper understanding of the Virgo archetype, let me use an excerpt from “The Old Girls’ Book of Dreams” to help you get a sense of what the upcoming month is all about:
You can’t “Party all the time.” Too much of a good thing is bad. And the celebratory energy that permeated the Unified Field while the Sun was in Leo has served its purpose. As soon as the Sun enters Virgo the proverbial “coach” turns back into a pumpkin and we have to face reality. If you just keep applauding yourself for being such a “beautiful dreamer” nine months of effort will go down the tubes. Even fruit rots on the vine if you don’t pick it and find a way to preserve it. And while a good roll in the hay is undoubtedly fun, at some point we have to pull up our drawers, bale up the hay, and bring it into the barn, or we’ll be in big trouble come winter.
Harvesting our dreams is about getting down to business and doing something with them. The question is “What?” For the next few weeks we have to find a way to integrate them. In order to serve our highest good everything we’ve done has to be assimilated and stored within us because it is part of our experience now; it is part of who we are. When the visions from this cycle find their ultimate use they will serve to nourish the visions of the next cycle: because life is a continuous spiral and one dream begets another. And even though last year’s dreams have fully materialized they won’t feed us indefinitely any more than one corn harvest will feed a herd of cows forever.
So how do we place the lessons that have emerged from this cycle, and what do we know about life and ourselves that we didn’t know before? Whatever we’ve learned is there to take us to the next level. Just like the school kids who move from one grade to another in late August and early September, we’re here this month to figure out how well last year’s lessons have prepared us for what we don’t know yet.
I have to confess, I am a Virgo. Most Virgos hate to admit it because all the astrology books have given us such a bad rap. They paint us up to be uptight, anal, nitpicking, control freaks who do nothing but clean behind the refrigerator and work all the time. It’s also widely accepted that all of us are prudes and none of us like to get laid. No wonder we’re self-conscious about telling people what sign we are! Who would want to be this way? It’s taken me years to figure out what Virgos are really all about and in the course of developing more love for myself I’ve developed a deep appreciation for this archetype.
Virgo is the point in the zodiac where the real world and the world of spirit become one. It’s where the Hermetic axiom “As above, so Below” installs itself in the collective mind. The obsessive-compulsive tendencies that are characteristic of most Virgos spring from a deep desire to witness spiritual perfection, or see it reflected in the physical realm. The need for order, the love of purity, and the willingness to work harder than anyone else, come out of an innate understanding that behind what is apparent, absolutely everything we do is really a sacred act.
When the Sun’s in Virgo what is of this earth is being consecrated and blessed so that it can symbolically be handed over to whatever its ultimate purpose is. The fruit that gets picked off the vine doesn’t become truly glorious until it goes through the alchemical process that preserves it for future use. Transmuting lead into gold is sacred work. And at this point in the dream cycle our visions are being transmuted so that we can bring them into the core of our being and understand at a deeper level how they are meant to serve us.
Virgo is the sign of the High Priestess. In the Egyptian temples the high priestesses were the intermediaries who superintended the rituals that kept life going in the right direction. They knew where the all the sacred objects needed to be placed so that the proper energies got stirred. They were also the guardians of the sexual mysteries and acted as conduits for the spiritual force that comes through all of us at the sexual level. Contrary to popular opinion the Vestal Virgins were far from celibate. They were the ones who healed the war weary soldiers with what we now refer to as “ sexual healing” when they returned from the front. It was part of their job or their ultimate purpose to be sexual.
It’s hilarious to me that Virgos are written off as prudish. Back in the day, the sexual force and the spiritual force were fused in the Priestess archetype. Thirteen thousand years of patriarchal programming have led us to believe that sex and God can’t occupy the same space, so Virgo can only be seen in public as the “Nun” or the “Resident Prude”! The truth is that all the power and force of creation resides within the womb of the female. It’s no mystery. The sacred and the profane are one and the same.
God and light flow through absolutely everything. The fine line between what is apparent and the spiritual energy that fuels it may be invisible, but it’s the point where we can tap into our own divinity. There’s so much more to what we do than meets the eye. All the visions that we’ve fostered since last year’s winter Solstice have spent nine months in the womb of creation. At this point they are on the verge of being alchemically transmuted so that their highest purpose can be served. Connect with whatever your highest visions contain, open your heart to what it will take to embody them, and use this month to pay homage to the fact that all of life, and everything you do is sacred.
Let me leave you with that and invite you to take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.
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