Virgo’s Prudent Heart is well known. She can walk into chaos, facing tasks of overwhelming difficulty, and make them quietly doable, organizing them into simple steps. She knows that anything is easy to do if you break it down, piece-by-piece. That’s why one of my client always pays her bills on a Virgo Moon. What seems daunting on any other day, becomes in Virgo a kind of meditation. The numbers become orderly, compliant, like a line of ants, each one carrying its bit to the proper destination.
We get a month to enjoy this productive energy (from August 23 to September 23). A few years ago, on the day the Sun entered Virgo, I finally succeeding in backing up my computer. I know… you’re thinking, “You hadn’t backed up your computer before that?!!” For years, this had been my guilty unmet obligation. Maybe there’s one like it on your “To Do” list too. Mine required purchasing a writable CD drive for my aging computer. I tried doing this a couple times before. The specs on ports and system requirements had always swirled before my eyes; none of the boxes at the computer store seemed to match. The sales clerks always shrugged, “Umm, gee, I don’t know.” But finally in that Virgo season, with crisp efficiency, a bright-eyed clerk led me straight to the only hardware that would work. At home, it plugged in easily, and within thirty minutes, the thing that had nagged at me for years was done.
I danced. I soared. I sat on my porch and enjoyed the vastness of what hours before had been a crowded world. I felt a new freedom. And gradually I realized that this was Virgo too. It’s the less publicized Virgo, the ancient mystery Virgo, the Virgin Virgo, harassed by no one, pure and unafraid. Known as Diana to the Romans, Brigid to the Celts, Artemis to the Greeks, she’s both hard-working and free. She roams with elemental forces, knows the secrets of roots and herbs, keeps the rhythms of earth and Moon, heals animals, assists in childbirth, climbs mountains, keeps hearths warm, and is entangled by nothing. This is Virgo with the Wild Heart.
Even as she works with diligence, she is amazingly free. If you hold a pencil just so this month, through sensitive fingers, the wild-hearted Virgin will let you hear the forest whispering inside. She’ll walk you barefoot through the house, and point out the earth breathing beneath the floor. In An Unspoken Hunger, Terry Tempest Williams gives voice to this side of Virgo: “I felt innocent and wild, privy to secrets and gifts exchanged only in nature… Hands on the earth, I closed my eyes and remembered where the source of my power lies. My connection to the natural world is my connection to self—erotic, mysterious, and whole.” Be sure to enjoy both of Virgo’s hearts this season—the prudent one and the wild.
Your Personal Season
Last month in Leo you were creative, self-expressive… this month you’ll be inspired to scrutinize your world. At the year’s half-way point, in Virgo, you discern what is useful and valuable from what is not–like the Virgin, separating the wheat from the chaff. Virgo’s spirit is a collective one, but where you’re most moved to apply it will be personal, based on Virgo’s placement in your chart. Here’s where the Virgin’s spirit is released. In Virgo’s house, you’re reaching towards perfection—you’re called to refine something, reorganize something, dedicate yourself to meaningful work. This is not a bondage, but a joy! The sign on your sixth house cusp may suggest the style you prefer to use while roaming freely with the goddess. (For more information about both the personal and collective cycles, check out my monthly Moon Workshop.)