CYCLES OF THE HEAVENS
SEPTEMBER - VIRGO
The Sun enters the sign of The Virgin on 22nd August and the mythic tone of the year shifts from the focussed power and light of the Lion of Summer to the earthy tones and fruitful colours of the Harvest Maiden, who holds aloft a sheaf of wheat bejewelled with the benefic star Spica. In Virgo we enter the terrain of mutable earth where groundedness, precision and skill - the synthesis of Virgo’s ruler Mercury and element Earth - are deployed in the service of humanity in a myriad of creative cultural outpourings, from the skill of the weaver, to the knowledge of the healer; from technology to medicine. As the starry Virgin Queen, Virgo becomes an archetype of integrity and authenticity. The impulse to align inner life and outer form emerges here as Virgo invites us to reconcile any disparity between our inner selves and the outer patterns of our lives, whose misalignment may lead to frustration, boredom or dis-ease. Here we strive for integration and synthesis between inner truth and outer expression. As such, the Sun entering the sign of Virgo is a call to well being; to mindfulness of the connection between mind and body, to seeing material and spiritual dimensions of life in balance and to taking care of our selves, both spiritually and materially, with good food and time for self reflection. As the harvest begins to be gathered in we can appreciate the value of the interweaving of life – of feeding ourselves with food tended through human skill and craft, which connects our life with that of the earth and feeds both body and soul.
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