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Sun in Virgo; Mercury retrograde in Virgo

Virgo is the airiest of earth signs. Ruled by Mercury, Virgo is a sign of the mind – analytical, attuned to details, and good at prioritization. This sign is naturally discerning; its downfall is judgment. Virgo can be perfectionistic and critical, with a tendency toward worry. Virgo needs to remember the bigger picture – not all bad outcomes will come to pass and the entire spectrum of possibilities must be considered. When Virgo learns to do this, this native is capable of true wisdom.


In the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Virgo is allied with Nekhbet, the Crone Priestess. Nekhbet is the Grandmother who considers us with a loving gaze and asks if we are doing what we came here to do – meaning, are we walking our Soul’s Path? Being of service is important to Virgo. Sometimes these natives have trouble distinguishing between Service and servitude. This efficient and responsible sign can be corralled into menial work that does not speak to this native’s true calling. Listening to the inner voice that leads to the Path of the Soul is an important part of the growth process for those with Virgo strong in their chart.


When Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, we are all invited to examine our relationship with this concept. Mercury retrograde periods are about revisiting our assumptions, in this case our ideas about duty, responsibility, and service to others. Are you doing something because it is yours to do or because others expect you to do it? Does it grow corn for you, or are you tending to someone else’s crops? Are you in right relationship to the Call of your Soul?


The Sun will transit Virgo/Nekhbet from August 23 to September 22/23. Mercury will be retrograde in Virgo/Nekhbet from August 23 to September 15.


August 23, 2023, by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.



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