I base this article on the movements of Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, The North Node, The Sun and a Solar Eclipse in Virgo, as explored below:
Mercury enters pre-retrograde shadow period: August 9, 2016
Jupiter-Mercury conjunction: August 22, 2016
Sun enters Virgo: August 22 – September 21, 2016 *
Jupiter-Venus conjunction: August 27, 2016
Mercury-Venus conjunction: August 28-30, 2016
Venus enters Libra on August 29, 2016
Mercury Retrograde begins on August 30, 2016 (conjuncting Venus and Jupiter)
SOLAR ECLIPSE IN VIRGO on September 1, 2016 !!! ***
Mercury Rx-Jupiter conjunction: September 2, 2016
Jupiter enters Libra on September 9, 2016 **
Mercury retrograde ends at 14 Virgo on September 21, 2016 – on the same day the Sun exits Virgo!
Mercury exits post-retrograde shadow period: October 6, 2016
Mercury enters Libra: October 7, 2016
There´s a lot that can be said about these alignments and what they mean. Generally speaking, however, they speak to an intensification of focus on Virgo energy. This relates to how we structure our lives through routine, habit, ritual – the daily nuts and bolts of the everyday, actions of service, preservation or maintenance of the body/vessel and the environment, and so on. There´s a lot of focus on Virgo now with the North Node, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus in transit through it.
Venus is bringing our attention to how we relate to and manifest our ideas of preservation, balance, routine and daily living. She encourages us to tune into the body´s wisdom and – more broadly speaking- the wisdom of the Feminine (which as far as I am concerned goes beyond our immediate understanding of gender).
Our relationships and partnerships appear to be the primary teaching ground in this case. Tune into the ´health´of your connections with others, and what needs doing for improvement, growth and/or maintenance. I would also advise meditation upon the Womb Center. Carnelian and rose essential oil can be powerful allies in this exercise (again, not limited to biological conceptions of gender).
You can also work with this powerful meditation in honor of the Lion Goddess Pratyangira Devi. She powerfully clears the Sacral Chakra and allows it to become a better energetic vessel / chamber of birth, destruction, and re-creation.
Jupiter comes towards the end of a year´s worth of lessons in this sign. We´ve all gone through teachers, paths and roads that seek to lead us towards the wisdom of Virgo – and have learnt to draw boundaries, potentially even walking away from them – as per Virgo´s classic trait of discernment. Some of us have also seen the less appealing trait of Virgo come forth – in its neuroticism, sometimes hypercritical nature. But it´s coming to a close now as we prepare for a whole new set of lessons when Jupiter shifts on September 9th.
Now…Mercury is going to be making sure we visit and re-visit these themes between early August to early October. My general advice to you, especially as we head towards the retrograde is to use the Virgo gift of discernment and to look at everything in as much detail as you can (if you feel you´re getting out of control, plug out and ground out for a bit). Especially when it comes to communication, signing contracts or any binding commitments of any kind. Triple-check things if you can. Some of you may find things like arithmetic or cataloguing (or taking down astro-details and writing about them) to be mental relaxants for Virgo-gone-wild.
There is of course the Priest/ess / Earth-Facilitator / Womb element in all of this. And that is going to speak to the karma of each being exploring these themes – irrespective of physical gender. Not something I can or would want to easily generalize. What I can definitely say is that between now to early October – look, look, and look again at your Chosen Path of Service. Does it truly align with your energy and experience?
All of this energy is … naturally intensified by the Sun´s movement into Virgo (Aug 22 – Sep 21, 2016). Use this time well to choose what or whom you wish to serve, nurture and/or preserve – and how. Part of that is in knowing what not to allow into your energetic space of healing and presence.
To me, that is reinforced by the fact that the Mercury Retrograde in Virgo ends just as the Sun exits Virgo – and moves into Libra (September 21).
There´s of course the Virgo Solar Eclipse / New Moon on September 1, 2016. You´ll be feeling the immediate influence of this eclipse (at least) 1 week before and 1 week after the event itself. This Eclipse is # 135 of the Saros Cycle – the next time it comes around will be on September 12, 2034! You´re likely to see some of the energy you seed now revisit you in some form, 18 years later!
So watch what intentions you seed in this period of time: August 23 – September 8, 2016. Remember that the point of greatest intensity is the Eclipse itself (September 1st).
You might wonder when all this emphasis on Virgo is going to ease up (as if we didn´t have other celestial bodies to address, especially in Pisces and Sagittarius 😉 ) . . .
You´ll see even more closure and/or clarity to that question (for now) towards the end of April, 2017 when the North Node shifts out of Virgo and into Leo. Between October 2016 – April 2017 no other major astrological body transits Virgo except the North Node – which will of course be activated by it´s transits to other heavenly bodies. Virgo remains un-transited (except by the Moon of course) until July 2017 – when Vesta (The Priestess) makes her Entry into the sign of the Earth-Womb.
So … think of May-July 2017 as a Journey into the Void 😀
(Probably the perfect time for another Dark Goddess Workshop 😀 😀 😀 )
Whoo hoo! Priest/ess Power!
Summing it up …
I perceive the energy of August-October 2016 to be pivotal in working with the Virgoan theme and in consolidating just how we find the sacred in the everyday. Look to your natal chart to understand which aspect of yourself is undergoing the greatest transformation at this time (through these aspects) by checking out who´s sitting in Virgo <3
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