For the next year or so we will be experiencing the blessings of Jupiter ( good fortune, prosperity , expansion) in the sign of Virgo , a practical mental mutable earth sign. This gives us the opportunity not only to experience those influences but to learn from them and hopefully incorporate what we have learned into ourselves as an ongoing part of our being.
For many people the sign of Virgo means criticism , nit picking ,over analyzing and emotional detachment and so it is often not a very popular sign. But the positive gifts of Virgo are many fold: The ability to organize, think and communicate logically and clearly, to be precise, pragmatic and to have finely tuned discernment, to name just a few.
So we have an opportunity to experience the gift of Virgo, as Jupiter represents blessings and gifts that teach and heal us. One of the first blessings of this transit is that Virgo is of particular benefit now with the ongoing Neptune in Pisces aspect ,as Virgo is the opposite sign from Pisces and offers balance to those expanded, ethereal and often nebulous energies of that water sign.
Virgo rules the conscious rational mind and Pisces the instinctive intuition and these two in harmony create a whole consciousness, left and right brain. With the current long term Neptune in Pisces , many people are struggling to keep their normal focus at times , especially during the random Neptune transits that occur that amplify that energy. So as Neptune is opening up peoples psyches with all the outpouring of energies and emotions that that involves, Virgo now comes along with its metaphorical broom and tidies up the mess. As we become older it becomes clearer, as we learn through experience, that order leads to freedom more than chaos. But to maintain order takes discipline which doesnt come naturally to all signs. For many people just the word discipline makes them uncomfortable because it suggests restriction of freedom on some level . However we all know what is like to deal with the effects of chaos in our live and how it can actually curtail our freedom. But if in the course of clearing , ordering and focusing our energy we can gain more freedom and peace of mind, discipline then becomes an ally that supports us and actually creates greater happiness instead of lessening it.
Such is the lesson of Virgo , the joy of orderliness that generates clarity, clarity that generates calm , calmness that generates well being and peace.
In the wheel of the year, Virgo corresponds to the harvest time where they traditionally separated the wheat from the chaff, that is, what is nourishing and beneficial from what is useless and needs to be thrown away. On an intellectual and psychic level Virgo can help us evaluate our inner energies and patterns to determine what is really necessary for our ultimate well being and what is impeding wholeness , positive growth and self realization..To that end having some kind of energetic clearing or purification ritual on a daily basis can be very useful,in addition to mental and emotional processing inspired by Virgo.
So the next year is a cycle of healing introspection, to look deeply into what needs to stay and what needs to go in our psyches. To create order by filtering out old unwanted habits or thought patterns that lead us nowhere, and releasing them to make way for new revitalized positive energy to take its place . This coupled with the upcoming Saturn in Sagittarius 3 year cycle will be more than ever about finding your personal truth ( which may lay under the pile of accumulated out- moded beliefs!) Virgo also teaches us about being “whole unto oneself”, personal autonomy and self reliance which is another gift of the discovery of our true essential self.
Its also about getting real , as the Pisces influence can be full of fantasy and self deception , which Virgo can whip into shape in short order. As an earth sign Virgo can ground the etheric Piscean energy so it can be utilized in a practical life affirming way.
Tuning into this transit can enable us to make use of these gifts and who knows after it is over you may be just a little more Virgo after it is all said and done.