Happy Virgo season! Though often characterized by organization and efficiency, this sign is still a mutable one and can tend towards and even embrace chaos when the circumstances deem it necessary. This month, Virgo’s ruling planet Mercury will continue its retrograde until the 15th, resulting in delays and miscommunications even when we are trying our best to embody our highest ideals. In addition, Jupiter will begin its retrograde on the 4th, bringing us to a total of six planets being retrograde. All of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) will be retrograde for the entire month, and we might witness societal shifts in values that mirror our internal growth and reflection. Retrogrades mark opportunities to reflect before acting on the changes we wish to make, and this month the sun’s movement through Virgo will challenge us to examine the effect our values have on our reactions to situations that lack integrity. The fall equinox on the 23rd will mark the sun’s movement into Libra and (in combination with the multitude of retrogrades) ask us to take stock of our capacity for justice and how it inspires our individual contributions to society.
This month the sun will transit your 6th house of service and health. The 6th house is also a space of idealism, and you could be struggling this month to align your impulses with what you know serves you well in the long-term. Your ruling planet Mars will continue to transit your sister sign Libra, furthering demands from the universe that you learn to put higher ideals and relationships above your own desires by being well-balanced when you approach conflict. Your experiences around the equinox on the 23rd will likely focus on these themes, and the full moon in your sign on the 29th will essentially demonstrate that you reap what you sow.
After spending six weeks retrograde, your ruling planet Venus will be turning direct on the 3rd. If you have been feeling insulated, now is a good time to step back out into the world creatively and romantically. The sun will be transiting your 5th house of love and artistic expression. Have you been allowing yourself to bloom in these respects? If not, is it from a desire for safety, or a fear of being seen? These are, of course, valid concerns, and this month fellow earth sign Virgo might encourage you to soften these boundaries in order to access the full sweetness of your potential.
Both Virgo and Gemini are ruled by the planet Mercury, which will be retrograde for the first half of the month. While Virgo and Gemini share many mercurial traits, there is a distinct difference in the ways this planet and this transit affect each sign. As a Gemini you are quick-witted, reactive, and impulsive; this retrograde through Virgo will ask you to embrace the more practical aspects of this planet’s energy. The sun will be transiting your 4th house of home and family. How can you be both practical and emotionally intelligent in these matters?
The sun will transit your 3rd house this month. The 3rd house is associated with play, communication, and self-reflection, and this month is a good time to expand your horizons intellectually and socially. This could look like joining a book club or putting yourself out there in terms of sharing your unique perspectives and ideals. The sun will enter fellow cardinal sign Libra on the 23rd, and this sign’s airy and friendly energy could further inspire genuine connection with others.
Hopefully your season last month pushed you in ways that were happy, healthy, and fulfilling. Your ruling celestial body, the sun, will be transiting your 2nd house and aspecting Mercury on the 6th, Jupiter on the 8th, Neptune on the 19th, and Pluto on the 21st. These aspects indicate rapid growth in 2nd house realms of life like wealth, security, and leisure. How can you allow yourself to indulge while also resisting unhealthy impulses and indulgences? What pleasurable activities provide you with sustainable growth? Are you able to establish consistency in your decision making?
Happy You season, Virgo! Virgo energy can be a bit deceptive because often stereotypes of your sign point toward being both timid and hyper-critical. However, these traits are also indicative of a deeply introspective approach to life, and we are blessed by your tenacity of spirit and dedication to self-awareness. This month, as the sun transits your 1st house, the universe might offer you opportunities to show up as authentically as possible. The new moon in your sign on the 14th could be a particularly potent time to release self-critical tendencies and embody your most assertively loving self.
After spending six weeks retrograde, your ruling planet Venus will turn direct on the 3rd. If you’ve been feeling less bubbly lately, now is a good time to embrace the fundamental chaos of human relationships and show up with a joyful desire to learn from that chaos. The fall equinox is marked by the sun’s movement into your sign on the 23rd, and this day and the days surrounding are an excellent time to evaluate where themes of balance manifest most strongly in your life and, with that awareness, who you want to be moving forward with.
The sun will transit your 11th house this month, a house that is associated with friendship and social activity. The universe might offer you multiple opportunities to widen your circle or engage on a societal level. You might feel suspicious or untrusting due to your most fearful Scorpio traits. There is, of course, no shame in protecting your energy, but it can become difficult to climb out of narrow scopes of experience when you perpetuate those as the only safe spaces. Much like a scorpion itself, you contain a great deal of power, and it could be useful to remember that anyone who crosses you should be afraid of you, and not the other way around.
Your fellow mutable sign Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, which will beneficially aspect your ruling planet Jupiter twice this month, on the 4th and the 25th. This aspect will add some extra weight and expansiveness to your communication, and these dates could mark important conversations about growth and possibility. The sun will be transiting your 10th house of career and public image, and you could witness rapid changes for the better in this sphere of your life—if you are acting with integrity and grounding your decisions in practical knowledge.
Virgo and Capricorn are both materially concerned earth signs, and this month is a good time for you to nourish your body and, god willing, give yourself some rest and relaxation. Though this might not be a familiar or comfortable pursuit, this season is here to teach you about the needs of your body and how they influence your capacity to achieve all that you wish to achieve. The new moon in Virgo on the 15th could be a great time to tune in with the Earth and get out into nature—she has a great deal to teach you about why you do what you do.
This month the sun will transit your 8th house, and you could be faced with life-altering decisions both financially and in your most dedicated relationships. The 8th house unearths unhealthy patterns and coping mechanisms, and you will be challenged to (and possibly rewarded for) knowing yourself with enough depth and clarity to make sound decisions. The sun’s movement into fellow air sign Libra on the 23rd could offer reprieve and even great joy and fulfillment, if you have maintained your backbone in the face of difficulty.
Your sister sign Virgo can have an energy that you find exhausting or difficult to access within yourself. If you are a particularly head-in-the-clouds kind of Pisces, this season could feel like vines pulling you back down to Earth. The sun will be transiting your 7th house of romance and partnership, and it’s possible you will be held accountable with more frequency than usual. The sun will oppose your ruling planet Neptune on the 19th, indicating a time to take a look at both your ego and your spiritual being, and work to integrate the two in ways that are beneficial to both your self-image and your relationships.
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