Do you have some unfinished business to resolve, some problems to solve or some messes to clean up? With the Sun now in VIRGO, completion is the major focus of the month ahead. Summer’s coming to a close, school is starting back up again and it’s back to work we go! Now’s the perfect time to tidy up, tackle the clutter, streamline your life and get organized. Clear the decks, clean out the closets & drawers, and sweep away the cobwebs & dust bunnies!
Schedule some time for self-analysis, clarification and redefining your priorities; you could find it very useful to compile lists, sort, sift and systematize. Simplify your life! Tie up any loose ends and put things in their proper places – pay particular attention to the small details. The main message now is: bring order out of chaos!
A mutable earth sign, VIRGO is associated with work, craftsmanship, skills & expertise. It is an adaptable, practical and discriminating sign, whose purpose is to analyze, synthesize, correct, research, plan and purify. Because perfection is the standard by which all things are measured, it’s easy to understand why this sign is well-known for being critical, complaining and picky when out-of-balance. It is always good to remind ourselves that we are already perfect, whole and complete just as we are — like a rosebud, we are simply in the process of unfolding!
VIRGO is correlated with the small intestines, which are necessary for the assimilation of nutrients in the body. Since physical and mental health is also related to this sign, the VIRGO month is the ideal time to face up to any unresolved work or health issues — and to fix, repair or heal them. It could also be an excellent time to undergo a therapeutic cleanse — purify body, mind & spirit! You may feel motivated to set up a session with a doctor, healer, counselor, life coach or professional organizer for increased peace of mind.
This solar month starts off dramatically with the grand earth trine—formed by the Sun (in VIRGO), Uranus (in TAURUS) and Saturn (in CAPRICORN)—on August 25. A grounded, productive and enlightened spirit could inspire some major accomplishments! At the same time, the Full Moon in VIRGO & PISCES comes to a head on August 26 at 4:56 am PDT. Whatever needs to be healed, cleaned up or resolved will be revealed with great clarity at this time. The star-crossed Venus/Pluto square also peaks on August 26; don’t force issues with loved ones or try to make things happen socially. Just take it easy and let nature take its course!
Mercury—the ruling planet of VIRGO—is still in LEO as this solar month begins (it’s been here since June 28 due its recent retrograde, and has challenged us to examine our personal identity, self-image and appearance during its long stay in this sign). The reckless Mercury/Jupiter square on August 27 could dramatize or amplify any unresolved issues; rein in your energy, appetites or desires. Also on the 27th, Mars is finished with its 2-month retrograde and turns direct. Since it will be in productive CAPRICORN for the next two weeks, utilize this energy to move forward and deal with any unfinished business!
The Labor Day weekend will be a fun time to celebrate with good friends & enjoy lively social activities, due to the harmonious Mercury/Venus sextile which culminates on September 3. How appropriate that we celebrate this holiday during the VIRGO month, which is all about work & productivity (although that’s the last thing we want to do this weekend). Instead, this 3-day holiday gives us the opportunity to celebrate our last hurrah of summer!Mercury leaves LEO and moves on to its own sign, VIRGO, on the evening of September 5; you’re likely to feel more industrious and focused over the next couple of weeks. Rather than complaining or worrying about problems, take whatever action is needed to fix things. Instead of finding fault with another, work on yourself (any criticisms are most likely projections of your own unresolved issues). Listen to any advice you find yourself giving to others; keep in mind that you wouldn’t be offering it unless you somehow needed to hear it, too.
Saturn, which has been retrograde for the past 5 months, will turn direct on September 6. You will feel ready to take care of business, sign contracts and move forward with your plans —patience, discipline and commitment will help you move mountains! On September 7, Mercury forms its own grand earth trine with Uranus and Saturn, inspiring the most potentially productive day of this month. The clearer your objectives, the greater your manifestation! Although the spacey Sun/Neptune opposition peaks the same day, (possibly stirring up a strong escapist tendency), you could instead choose to team up with those of like-mind to transform your fantasies into realities!
The New Moon in VIRGO falls on September 9 at 11:01 am PDT; utilize this new energy to perfect your skills, increase productivity or work with an efficiency expert. Be open to being of service to others; by helping another, you end up helping yourself! Aim for accuracy, precision and cleanliness; set your priorities and clearly define what you want to accomplish in the near future. Plan & prepare!
Venus leaves sociable LIBRA and moves on to goal-oriented SCORPIO, also on September 9; there is much to gain by aligning with those who share similar objectives. Do your best to keep jealousy, possessiveness or power struggles out of the picture! Another significant transition occurs late on the 10th, when Mars leaves CAPRICORN and re-enters AQUARIUS. Over the next two months, you’ll feel empowered to challenge the status quo, rebel against restraints and explore alternative approaches. A disruptive and agitated political climate can be expected — revolution, change & unpredictability is in the air. And just as we’re heading into the mid-term elections —whew! It’s going to be a wild ride ahead!A burst of dynamic energy stirs up new projects & activities with the uplifting Sun/Jupiter sextile and the creative Sun/Pluto trine (September 11), along with the exuberant Jupiter/Pluto sextile (September 12). We have exciting times ahead, with new projects and possibilities awaiting us! An element of unpredictability in romance & social situations can be expected with the Venus/Uranus opposition on the 12th, while a sense of stability could be the end result due to the Venus/Saturn sextile later that day. Some old friends may show up in your life unexpectedly.
Mercury’s trine to Pluto (September 15) and sextile to Jupiter (September 16) will add a positive mental note — think creatively & expansively! Be careful with mechanical objects, electricity & sharp objects on the 18th due to the disruptive, edgy Mars/Uranus square; power outages could occur, so make sure your computer is backed up. The Sun/Mercury conjunction on September 20 could bring further clarity & insight your way, as well as provide the impetus to finish things up. Mercury’s entrance into LIBRA on the 21st will prepare the way for the new season ahead. Fall is just around the corner!
©2018 Diane Elizabeth Clarke