FOCUS ON VIRGO: THE UNOBTAINABLE QUEST FOR PERFECTION
SUN IN VIRGO: SEPT 16-OCT 17
MERCURY IN VIRGO UNTIL OCT 26TH
VENUS IN VIRGO SEPT 24-OCT 18TH
It is fall and with the planets transiting through Virgo, it time to focus a bit more on this sign. Virgos by nature are frustrated as this sign is one of the more material signs of the zodiac but deep inside they do have a deep spiritual longing. Often their material desires are frustrated and they suffer deeply. Like the other Mercury ruled sign- Gemini, Virgo does not really have a planet, which vibrates fully with it and even Venus owning the 2nd house can cause problems. . Virgo can feel intensely dissatisfied with the cards that life has dealt them.
Virgo is one my favorite constellations but it is riddled with challenges if you have Sun, Moon or Rising sign here. The sign is challenged by its quest to seek perfection in everything and being disappointed when it cannot be realized. Virgo’s purpose is to work with their material life to perfection and not be dissatisfied with it. If they stop thinking of the future and start accepting their life the way it is and enjoying it, much of the dissatisfaction will go away. They are at war with their own imperfections and the imperfections of others but they need to dive deep and find the humor to lighten their worries. They tend to be humble and wanting to be anonymous rather than be in the light like Leo and often the first constellation of Virgo, connected to the Sun who owns the 12th house creates strong desire for fame and being seen but at the same time wanting to hide in the cave and not be seen.
Virgo more than any other sign care deeply about the suffering of the world. The Germans have a great word for this called “Weltschmertz.” As everyone knows the sign is very connected to the Divine Mother and the Virgin and to the earth goddess and in modern culture is connected to Mother Mary or Lady Fatima. The deepest energy of this sign is the love of the world mother for all the beings on the planet. It represents the primordial creative power of the Feminine.
It is thought that Virgos have incredible psychic and intuitive power but it has to be mastered properly and not mis-used. Unless Virgos channel this energy into philanthropic endeavors they will be frustrated by routine work and their ambitions ferment and churn.
One of the center constellation of Virgo is Hasta (Virgo 10-23.20) and this creates a core conflict between the emotions and the intellect and inevitably Virgos have more difficult core level emotional crises than many other sides.
The nature of Virgo is always deep dissatisfaction with what is and hoping for something that cannot be obtained. They long for the spiritual regeneration of society but remain perpetually frustrated. They have a deep fire burning inside of them that when dark can create deep sexual desire and when higher, it can create deep artistic and mechanical perfection. In the constellation of Chitra ruled by Mars (Virgo 23.20-Libra 6.40) or the Uttara Phalguni (ruled by the Sun Leo 26.40-Virgo 10.00) there can sometimes be a lust for power and when they fail they feel depressed or dejected.
Virgos excel at creation, organization and administration and these talents often have to come out in the name of humanity for philanthropic endeavors to make them happy.
Virgos are very artistic and their musical talent needs to come out and blossom. They can become great poets and writers and they need to channel their creative energy in this direction or get caught up in sexual intrigue. With Venus owning the 2nd and 9th house, music, artistic creation become a form of religion for them and it needs expression.
At the natural 6th sign of the zodiac, Virgos are very connected to healing and service. In Ayurvedic astrology, Virgo is the seat of the intestines where so many illnesses can form and that is why intestinal health is so core. Planets and particularly malefic planets like Mars, Sun, Rahu and Ketu, placed in Virgo will show what kind of illness you are prone to.
Virgo is blind to its quest for perfection which perceptually makes them unhappy. They need to accept things as they are or go crazy. Saturn is the problem planet for Virgos as it naturally owns the 5th and 6th houses creating issues around traditional beliefs, hard-work, obsessions with purity and cleaning, endless service, shyness and health issues.
The big lesson is that perfection does not exist in the relative world and to seek in the Divine and freedom from the wheel of karma and suffering. Mercury is the lord of Virgo but many think that Rahu is the co-lord and sometime primary. If Mercury is badly afflicted and poorly placed, we normally think of Virgos as having problems with being too emotionally uninvolved, having high expectations, being worried and depressed and frustrated and skeptical, finding fault with everything and being a bit lonely and monastic.
Jupiter, Mars and Moon are negative planets. Jupiter rules the 4th and 7th houses of this ascendant chart, this creates a special dosha- a benefic planets ruling cardinal houses becomes malefic. Jupiter can act aggressively and loose some of its beneficence. Virgos desire spiritual partners but cannot make piece with them because they are impractical and too air-fairy with Pisces owning the 7th. Virgos tend to try to seek too much fulfillment in relationship and end up disappointed.
Mars rules both the malefic 3rd and the 8th houses and the worst planet for Virgo ascendant as it can have sudden outbursts and blow-ups and if these are repressed they can lead to accidents . The impulsive, angry and masculine Mars impulse does not work for the analytical and passive Virgo. It may lead to being too competitive in a negative way or lead to too argumentative behavior if Mars is afflicted.
Moon rules the 11th house for Virgo and they have particularly a difficult time integrating their emotions with their natural mental and logical nature.
Sun rules the negative 12th house and creates frustration in wanting to achieve power and status and recognition.
But on a spiritual level, Virgo have some major issues to work out during this life, therefore they are presented with difficulties and obstruction. Also Virgo’s dharma to work with their material life to perfection and not be dissatisfied with it. If they stop thinking of the future and start accepting their life the way it is and enjoying it, much of the dissatisfaction will go away.
Special thanks to Bepin Behari and Komilla Sutton and Sam Geppi whose insights have given me knowledge to synthesize this article.
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