Season of Virgo: Humility & Service

(approximate reading time 10mins)

I felt a distinct shift around August 22nd.

Could you feel it, too?

Perhaps it was because we recently had two new moons in Leo, simultaneously with the sun and mars in Leo.  And one of those new moons was a super-charged solar eclipse.

All of this planetary energy in Leo during the season of Leo made for quite an amplified Leo energy in the atmosphere and psyche, especially if you have any prominent planets in Leo in your natal chart.

Romance was likely in the air, whether it was renewing old sparks or enjoying new flames of passion. Having fun would have been a high priority.  Party much?!  Creative self-expression is another area that would have been highlighted with so much emphasis on Leo, also known as “the performer”.  Playing in general is Leo territory and letting the inner child express boldly and spontaneously so that it can be appreciated, praised and even applauded.  Being fully present as the unique self, experiencing and sharing joy, is Leo’s aim.

This energy was thick!

So it might have felt like hitting a wall of some kind when the sun transited into the humble sign of Virgo on August 22nd.

I felt it as a distinct impulse to “get down to business” and do some much needed work that I had been putting off.

The Virgo function is very different than Leo.  Whereas Leo basks in the glory of its ego with a kind of enlightened selfishness at its best (and an obnoxious self-absorption at its worst!), Virgo attempts to acknowledge the flaws of ego, set it aside and get down to business working on crafting some skill that can be offered up to others in the spirit of service.  With Virgo, it’s not all about fun and joy.  It’s about being responsible, fixing and improving things that are broken (including the ego) and doing what needs to be done because it is there to be done and, quite frankly, who else will do it?!

It takes humility to set the ego aside and place the focus on meaningful work that can be of use to ourselves and/or others, and Virgo, at its best, has this humility in spades.

But what about Virgo’s worst?

Have you ever been so hard on yourself, so self-critical, that you felt like disappearing?  But before the disappearing act, you would definitely punish yourself with feelings of guilt and shame?  And this self-flagellation would be so intense that no self-sacrifice would have been too miserable to assuage those self-defeating thoughts and feelings?

This is an extreme picture, I know.  But this is the worst of Virgo.  

During Virgo season we are prompted to be critical of ourselves, our lives and even others.  The task is to see what is wrong and what is broken so that it can be adjusted, fixed and improved.  Virgo’s vision of perfection is meant to keep us striving to do our best, not to demean and punish ourselves.

So, if you have been feeling a bit of hopelessness at the reality of your current circumstances or have been beating yourself up as you acknowledge the gap between where you are and where you would like to be, stop, take a deep breath, and use this Virgo energy to discern one or two things you can work on and improve and get down to business!

And while you are working away, remember to be kind to yourself and to always practice unconditional self-acceptance.

Embrace the paradox that you are perfectly imperfect and always will be. But don’t let that stop you from continuously striving to bring out your full potential and excellence as a service to be offered to the world.

And right about now the world desperately needs your service.

Welcome to Virgo season.

August Eclipse Season ~ The Only Constant is Change

(approximate reading time 10-15mins)

The only constant is change.

I’ve been thinking allot lately about this profound truth.

Impermanence.  Life moves.  Nothing stays the same.

So why do we resist this truth so much?

It’s one thing to acknowledge this truth when nothing seems to be changing, while we are merrily going about our lives, humming along our familiar territories, content and comfortable with the status quo, and quite another when change is upon us, and we have to deal with it in the now.

Our bodies are hard-wired to survive.  Fear is our body’s primary tool used for keeping us alive.

But I often wonder why most of us seem to fret and worry about change and survival far more than is appropriate or useful?  

The body itself is constantly changing.  If we really pay attention to it, we see that nothing stays the same from day-to-day.  

Well, if the body knows this, why all the fuss when external change comes a’knockin’?

Somehow we’ve been programmed to resist the ground of our existence as change itself.  We’ve been brainwashed into believing we can freeze time and circumstance to remain just the way we think we want it.

But do we really want things to stay the same?  I bet a part of us does indeed.

And the other parts?

Is there a deeper part of us that seeks change?

Is there a deeper part of us that seeks to grow, evolve, experience ourselves anew and have new adventures?

Is there a deeper part of us that seeks to discover and reveal new potential?

I think there is.

So maybe our deepest selves are intimately aligned with the truth of impermanence.

And maybe the changes that are upon us personally and collectively are exactly what we need and want.

I’ve been thinking allot about this lately and hearing the quiet voice of spirit whispering-

“Let go and embrace change because you are change.  Your peace and happiness depend on you embracing and being who you truly are.”

These thoughts are not random.  My own life is going through major changes right on schedule with two powerful eclipses that are approaching this month, and I bet your life circumstances are shifting, too, as we near these symbolic markers:

August 7th ~ Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius

August 21 ~ New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo

Astrological tradition teaches that eclipse seasons are usually experienced as accelerated times of change and transition, of endings and beginnings.

Life is always moving and changing.  Nothing stays the same.  So, what’s the big deal?  

I think the big deal around eclipse season is that we usually go about our lives rather unconsciously, but eclipses are symbolic of the “wake up call.”  Doors close.  We lose something.  Something ends.  Simultaneously (or seemingly and uncomfortably delayed), a door opens.  We find something.  Something begins.  These changes tend to jolt us wide awake so that we can participate in our evolution more consciously and without resistance to the fundamental ground of our existence-change.

So, we are all likely going through it this month as life highlights the necessity for change and evolution.

I take comfort in the knowledge that we have all been here before.  We’ve been through many, many changes.  In fact, we are change itself.  If this is what we are, then a deep part of us knows how to navigate merrily through the changes and use them to evolve and expand into ever more awareness, fulfillment, prosperity and wholeness.

Every week I receive Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology Newsletter and horoscopes.  This week I appreciated synchronicity’s hand in delivering to me this message from Rumi via Rob Brezsny:

“And so the best way to cultivate inner peace might be to learn to love the way everything keeps changing.”

Right on time.

There is a great mysterious beauty unfolding its being through the eternal constant of change.

We are this being and becoming.

Navigate with calm confidence and enjoy the ride!

See you on the other side.