August 22 to 29, 2013 Visible Planets: Morning: Mars, Jupiter Evening: Venus, Saturn
Welcome to the zodiac month of Virgo, time to honor the goddess inside and out, celebrating the beauty and bounty of our magnificently abundant home planet. As the second earth sign on the astrological wheel – Taurus is the first and Capricorn is the last – the Virgo season arrives at summer’s end, when fruits and vegetables are ripe for harvest and autumn golds paint shimmering streaks in mountains and meadows of verdant green. Farmers markets are flooded with produce, gardens are being cleared and we start thinking of putting up store for winter – canning, drying and freezing. How to preserve these precious gifts of life?
Virgo is also powerfully poignant time of year. We can feel the full vibrance of the Mother Earth, so recently infused with the golden sunrays of the Leo sun-time. The fiery strength and wild-hearted passion of the Lion tames in the calm presence of the virtuous Virgin, as the flaming heat of summer’s zenith surrenders to the cool nights and crisp mornings of summer’s end.
It is here we see the value of our work, our daily routines, our choices and decisions. While Leo gets caught up in the beauty, fun, creativity, love and romance of life, Virgo recognizes the necessity and rewards of service. It is no longer important or attractive to be the center of attention or the belle of the ball. In contrast, ego-fueled agendas and self-centered behaviors feel indulgent and even embarrassing. The desire to be productive, helpful and assistful emerges. We understand the core essential values of health, goodness and virtue. Cleanliness, organization and the practical, efficient use of our time, talents and resources are at a premium. We become willing to make sacrifices for a better world, safer neighborhood and cleaner environment. We are ready to work.
And so it is, the essential Virgo truth: We reap what we sow and we harvest what we plant – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. During this very special Virgo time and season, let us all see the value of virtue and cultivate the basic goodness that lives and breathes inside and outside us. May we see the inner light, do the inner work, and honor the goddess within. May we celebrate life with loving kindness and dance in the light of gratitude and grace. Happy Virgo sun-time – let’s get to work!
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) As the Sun moves into service-oriented Virgo, take a good look at the quality and quantity of your giving in relation to what you get. Aries is the first, most self-aware sign of the zodiac and the Ram’s personal needs, wants and desires often take center-stage. Consider acts and rewards of being helpful and assistful to others. After all, we reap what we sow.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) To pragmatic Bulls, material and mechanical value systems take precedent over the spiritual and esoteric. Financial equations are finite and reliable; laws of karma are infinite and questionable. In spirit worlds, energy and intention are factors. The physical world relies on matter. Discover the magic of metaphysics and experience the consequences.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) The Virgo zodiac month begins on Aug. 22nd and heralds one of the most significant four weeks of your year. It is all about you, personally. Who you are, how you feel, where you live and what you are doing loom large in the picture of your present reality. Take a good look inside, find your heart and discover your strength. Self-care is where it’s at. Just do it.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Whether you’re riding the rim or home on the range, chances are you’re feeling mighty fine. Giant Jupiter, planet of goodness and gratitude, is a happy guest in your sign this year, opening doors and presenting you with a variety of opportunities for growth. Pluto in Capricorn brings powerful people your way. Focus on honesty and cultivate self-care.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Mental Mercury moves from Leo into Virgo and motivational Mars moves from Cancer into Leo this week, shifting gears and changing perspectives in subtle and major ways. This translates as a sudden awakening regarding personal desires, balanced with a poignant awareness of others needs and concerns. It’s a good combo. Good luck!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Your Happy Birthday month begins this week, candles are lit and cakes are cut. Congratulations on another revolution around the Sun, the time has come to start over! Mercury in Virgo encourages and supports all matters, shapes and sizes of mental activity, intelligence and awareness. Start a journal, read a book, write a letter. Utilize that beautiful brain!
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) With voluptuous Venus now traveling through the early degrees of Libra, you can expect to feel softer and sweeter than you have in months. Others also see you in a rosy glow of beauty and grace, surrounded by love and light. Dance in the sunlight, drink up moonbeams, wish upon a falling star. Fairy tale images appear in vivid color. Fantasy or reality? Enjoy the show.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Guardian angels and holy spirits gravitate toward your rather magnetic charisma as sweet love-planet Venus enters your solar 12th house of invisible force and spiritual experience. Replace resistance with surrender as you feel the pull of life’s great metaphysical mysteries. Romance blossoms in quiet, sacred places. Cultivate inner peace.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Mighty Mars, planetary ruler of personal will and primal instinct, enters fellow fire-sign Leo this week, igniting inspiration and awakening higher-self desire. This heralds as a period of spiritually rich experience and potential, a time when you seek a more cosmic, galactic worldview. Meanwhile, back on Earth, it’s time to achieve and ascend. Happy trails!
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Partners, long time friends and significant others pop up here and there, everywhere, as you discover the great goodness of having people in your life that love you. Good things come your way via others now. Open you heart and mind to the world, get out and explore, discover places and spaces you’ve never been. Travel, seek, and you shall find.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) As lioness Leo gives way to virginal Virgo, humanitarian Aquarians must also surrender to forces much greater and more powerful than the individual self. A champion of justice and rebel with good cause, you view the vast expanse of human history, and see the crushing truth of human frailty. Be the change you want the world to be. You are the one.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Virgo acts as an earthy balance to the deep oceans of emotion in which the Fishes swim, dive and thrive. Welcome the respite and enjoy the calm. Seek out quiet places and cultivate the mental practice of pragmatic thinking. Focus on the facts, edit the information and stick to the program. Others appreciate your efforts. Share your thoughts.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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