Venus in Virgo-Part 1
Venus moves into Virgo late September 4th here on the west coast, just after midnight on the east coast, and will move through the energies of efficiency until September September 29th.
Dane Rudhyar states, of Venus in Virgo, that “obviously, the planet which symbolizes the ingathering of the fruits of experience and the emotional warmth of the fulfilled organism cannot be attuned to the energy of Virgo—which is fed with denials, moral judgments and the expectancy of the unfamiliar and the mysterious…”
In Virgo, Venus is somewhat stifled—not to mention, governed by Mercury.
Speaking of which, Mercury is currently in Libra, and so governed by Venus—which, happily, lends these more-or-less awkwardly moving energies into a more smooth-sailing utility of functionality… Mercury will end up stationing retrograde, however, which may put a bit of a wrench into the smoothness of this mutual reception—we shall see…
Venus in Virgo appreciates formalities and etiquette, and through Virgo, Mercury in Libra—the sign of formalities binding (traditionally) in (both legal and religious) union comprised of proper placements and etiquette and predictable manners of expectation (sigh)—this shouldn’t be too far of a stretch… while these energies collaborate through the month—whatever desires, commitments, or needs you’re working toward, you may find that you now either wish to or need to more thoroughly formalize your devotions to it… “ everything must be set according to the patterns of behavior, because otherwise the chaos of possible changes would seem too bewildering…” which is to say—you may seek to, desire to, or need to devote your attentions upon something toward a more disciplined manner.
Virgo is typically, and unfortunately, inevitably linked to the concept of virginity, as its archetypal symbolism is linked to that of the Virgin; however, historically, this is both blatantly and hysterically inaccurate. As we are currently experiencing—that words evolve over time, in cycles, like everything else—the origins of the term ‘virginal’ implied purity, sure, but this, in turn, was associated with independence, not virginity. Historically, a woman living on her own without the accompaniment or assistances of a man was considered either criminal, dangerous, or unacceptable—or deliciously envied.
Through the energies of Virgo—and wherever Virgo is within your chart—is where we experience pure independence, which is to say: utterly natural self-sufficiency.
Through the energies of Virgo we delight in our own way—though we continue to require tune-ups and repair in this area; discipline and devotion toward the larger goal… it is where we align ourselves with the formality and etiquette of our own universal rhythm, disciplined toward the devotion of our own being-ness—not those of societal expectations; this is typically, and conveniently, always misconstrued.
When Venus moves through Virgo, Venus delights in her own way—and we are often influenced through this, in a sudden, however natural, desire to adjust something within our reality and/or environment… there is a desire to improve upon something that is no longer functioning as it needs to, or has become something of an issue in some way—there is a desire to tend to this. Almost instinctively. Unapologetically.
Which, typically, with Virgo—these improvements tend to focus upon the health and well-being of something… the life force within; this tends to highlight the body itself, or rather—the inner core of something—from the inside, out.
Shamanic astrology Raven Kaldera reminds us, “we tend to forget, in our dismissive attempts to see Virgo as only an ashtray-emptying neurosis, that it is actually an earth sign—however, it is ruled by Mercury, the airy, shapeshifting, all-in-your-mind energy, which continually tries to pull her focus away from the body-conscious earth energy… that’s why, when Virgo deals with the body at all, it’s from the mechanic’s perspective, tinkering with its health and well-being and what to put into it in order to make it run better…”
Again, these typically concepts and hokey keywords of purity and untainted emerge—whatever you put into your body, in turn, emerges through…
Virgoan energies tend to get to the essence of any issue for this very reason—these energies go directly to the source in an effort to maintain a continued flow thereafter.
Continued, and consequently, Kaldera affirms, “Venus in Virgo craves discipline…” in love or in anything—discipline, which is a second cousin to formality and etiquette—discipline, as in a sacred work, as in a sacred doing, as in something that is done with one’s entire body and being, day in and day out, as a personal duty in devotion.
In other words—when Venus moves through Virgo, it is an excellent time to begin a new routine of discipline, such as working out, or a diet, sure, those are the obvious… but it could also look like a more disciplined devotion to the improvement of a place, or a thing, or in relationship—remember, any discipline demands the actual behind-the-scenes and often unacknowledged process of something larger…
The essence of Virgoan energies lies within the working order of things…
Kaldera continues, “part of the key to understanding Virgo is to study the meaning of the word ‘discipline’, especially in its noun form—a discipline is a precise system of self-improvement that one follows in exactly the same way, over and over, until one becomes skilled at it and betters oneself in some way...”
Venus, in Virgo, needs to be really good at something… especially those things that require process, and discipline, and devotion—those things that you may not naturally excel or even naturally understand.
What does this typically require?—time.
While Venus moves through Virgo, through the month of September, you may find that you require a bit of alone-time, or time (alone) to devote yourself to something specific… something larger than yourself, or something in need of repair.
If there is something that you are currently struggling with—an idea, an object, an endeavor, or even a relationship—this is the time to tend to the improvement thereof… “as any relationship is a discipline of self-improvement and a constant, persistent process… one must not see loving struggle as a flaw, or careful planning as a killjoy, or negotiated equal sacrifice as a loss of self…”
There is a reason why Virgo exists in between Leo—the initiatory spark of romantic love and livelihood, and Libra—the formal commitment to love and livelihood… to keep the fires from the initial spark burning—there is upkeep to tend to, there is daily devotion and discipline to dutifully fulfill. Virgo.
Virgo sustains the spark…
While Venus moves through Virgo—it is a time to devote yourself whole-heartedly toward that which needs some tender care, some repair, some improvements, or discipline. Your relationship, then, toward anything holding these needs, should feel dutiful and sacred… in order to receive anything of value from this exchange, you will need to genuinely approach your service with true delight in patience and process.
To approach something in an effort to become One with its working order… to take on the flaw and discover its perfections through the process of at-one-ness with it—because to repair anything, anything at all!, one must actually and thoroughly understand it—and nothing of genuine life force ever reveals itself so quickly…
Prepare for your process of learning and discipline toward understanding to require your participation well beyond Venus moving out of Virgo.
Venus will make several aspects through the degrees of Virgo within the month of September—first, a square to Mars that exacts at 14*24’ on September 16th, illuminated by the moon; second—a trine to Uranus that exacts at 18*38’ on September 19th; third—an opposition to Neptune that exacts at 23*49’ on September 24th; and a conjunction to a retrograded Mercury at 26*48’ Virgo on September 26th before exacting a trine to Pluto at 26*09’… to be continued in Part 2—in your inbox.
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Kaldera, R. ‘Myth Astrology.’ Llewellyn Publications; 2005.
Rudhyar, D. ‘The Zodiac as the Universal Matrix.’ Khaldea; 2010.