Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Virgo is the 6th sign of the Zodiac and Mutable Earth. Mutable Signs are fluid and changing, bringing an end to a season by breaking it down and carrying us into the next one. With its Earth energy, Virgo functions as the harvest, bridging the gap between the abundance of summer and the slow decline of fall. It is also an invitation into working with environmental change. The physical world around us is going through immense transformation, much of it as a direct result of our own hubris (a shadow of Leo). The transition from fiery Leo into earthy Virgo is an analogy for our relationship with climate change. We must prepare to meet the changes that we are experiencing but also harvest all that we have brought on ourselves. Working with our own Virgo energy can show us the role we can play in combatting and evolving with climate change. In a more collective sense, we must all take on a Virgo role - shifting with the ebbs and flows of the earth and our environment and shedding old practices that destroy the livability of our home. It is not the Earth itself that we need to be deeply worried about. Even with widespread destruction it will find ways to renew itself over a long period of time. It is the human race and other living creatures that are at risk of elimination because of environmental change. Virgo teaches us how to respond and react in the best way to preserve and extend our time on and relationship with this planet.
Another quality of Virgo is to analyze and understand the best way to approach a situation. Virgo is a constructive critic, suggesting changes that will make our end product better, make survival a more viable possibility. The over-embodiment of this quality can easily slip into self-criticism and a scarcity mentality if we are not careful. This shadow of Virgo leads into the shadow of the next earth sign, Capricorn, where there is a perception of there not being enough for everyone. Keeping Virgo soul-centered in analysis requires a focus on the goal. Virgo Season gets us ready for the decline of Fall and the cold emptiness of Winter. In the same way, working with the archetype in our chart requires something to be getting ready for. Use its criticism as a check to be sure you are prepared for the futures you know are coming.
Planets in Virgo bring our focus to where we can bring organization, improvement, and preparation into our lives. Take a moment and look at your chart: Where is Virgo's influence present? Perhaps it is your Sun sign, or your Moon. Maybe you have another planet or two, or at least it rules one of your houses. (If you don't know your birth chart, you can find it quickly here or here. I also offer birth chart readings if you want more detail!). If Virgo is nowhere in your chart, not even ruling a house, then it is an intercepted sign and you will have to access it through deeper digging and learning to work with the sign that comes before it, Leo.
In my chart, Virgo contains Mars and the start of my 4th house, the Nadir. I see it present in the basis for my personality and all action that I take in my world. The arc of my story (Mars) is one of preparing for what comes next and constantly seeking to embody physical change. It also underlies many of my complexes/neurosis/karma (all qualities I associate with the 4th house). I think I learned a lot of my Virgo qualities from observation of my parents and through inherited family trauma (more 4th house). This has turned into me taking many similar actions to my ancestry, especially ones rooted around dealing with anxiety and internalizing worry as a way to be prepared for any inevitability. Virgo will slip into Piscean actions of numbing and addiction that are definitely part of my generic and ancestral makeup. On a higher note, my dad's favorite advice to give me is "better safe than sorry" and he would said "be careful" to me every time I would leave the how for years. I see all of this as Virgo qualities that I am still learning to work with in a beneficial and not restricting way. Having read all that you probably think I have a difficult relationship with Virgo but I really don't. It's one of my favorite signs and I love my Virgo Mars. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Virgo so feel free to message/email me to talk about it!
Virgo's Tarot guide is the Hermit, 9th card of the Major Arcana. The Hermit archetype is the transition from the single to double digit numbers, moving out of individualism into duality. It embodies the same energy as Virgo, the change and mutability of shifting seasons. The Hermit also takes us into our inner world, shining a light onto how where are getting ready to evolve. As we enter Virgo season, we are all invited to embrace our own inner Hermit and sit in the space within.
Virgo's planetary guardian is Mercury, bringing us back to the Magician which we saw in Gemini Season. In this incarnation, we find a Magician concerned with physical manifestation. Each of the elements is available to Virgo to use (something that wasn't true for Gemini technically, only Fire and Earth had come before it). Leaning into Virgo through the archetype of the Magician is creating tangible change in our environment, making things happen in the world around us.
I align Knight of Pentacles with Virgo energy. This is a Knight that is only going to move when they are ready. Much like Virgo needing to be prepared, this Knight is surveying their surroundings before they head in any direction. To embody the Knight of Pentacles, we should be making informed and intentional decisions about everything we do. This is not the time for impulse buys and instinctual action but purposeful movement toward our goals.
The Minor Arcana cards for Virgo are some of my favorite in the entire Tarot canon. The 8 of Pentacles begins this smaller journey with hard work and investment into what we find important. This flows into the 9 of Pentacles where we can find joy and satisfaction in al that we have done. There is simplicity in this card, the beauty of being in nature and appreciating the present moment. This carries us into the 10, a card of connection to both the future we want to create and the past that we are building on. Throughout Virgo Season we are invited to put in work so that we can be satisfied and stable as we head toward the new season we are entering.
Virgo starts on August 23rd and gets off to a pretty slow beginning. The first significant transit is Mercury joining the Virgo party on the 29th of August. The next day is the Virgo New Moon which has 6 celestial bodies (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Juno) all within 10° of each other. This is a potent combination all in Virgo - start new projects and reap in the harvest of previous work. We have lots of time to integrate this energy, both Mercury and Venus entering Libra 2 weeks later is the next major event. This entry into the sign of the balance and harmony for the two internal planets coincides with the Full Moon in Pisces. The Full Moon will also be part of an opposition between the Sun and Neptune, shifting it into the second half of its retrograde cycle. This is an invitation into releasing all patterns that hold us back and with the entry of two personal planets into Libra, stepping into more harmony with our unconscious/soul self.
The last major event of Virgo season is Saturn stationing direct. It comes to the end of its 4.5 month backwards movement on the 18th of September, awakening us from internal review of structures and into the outer world of creating more effective stories to serve our experience. From this point, Saturn starts to approach its conjunction with Pluto that will occur in January of 2020. The retrograde period the last few months showed us everything that we are ready to tear down, now we start to prepare (Virgo energy) for the actual fall of old patterns and structures so that we can build better ones. Really consider the large scale changes that you want in the stories of your life and aim to work toward that change over the next 5 months.
This spread is designed for Virgo Season. You can use your favorite Tarot or Oracle deck (or combine a few decks). Take a few deep breaths before laying out the cards and ask your higher self to speak to you through this spread. Really sit with the imagery of the cards when you have laid out the spread and let it speak to you. Then take some time to reflect on what the cards mean to you. Return to this spread throughout the season and especially at the end to see how these lessons have played out.