Conviction / Adaptation / Stabilization / Cultivation / Modesty / Perfection
Through service to greater mastery; through mastery to greater service
Whatever arises, we must find ways to cope. Our capacity to be resourceful in diverse situations is often tested, and exactly how we act in response to external shaping forces is our business – the business of life. We need a sharp mind and a tender heart as we move steadily forward, more effectively projecting power by disclosing modesty and courtesy. Accordingly, gentle, considerate Virgo seeks simplicity, workability, common sense, concord, purity and elegance, and always controls its passions. Constancy of purpose and purity of motive are twin aspects of a graceful refinement of being.
A probing, flexible, clear, reasoning mind shows a type of acumen that embraces new ideas and ways by seeing both sides of any claim; a judicious insight and affinity for study grows into a flair for research and the rare ability to analyse minutiae. Realist not idealist, Virgo functions best within proven structures, and prefers to be measured only against defined standards. Diligence and good judgement are consistently and quickly applied to practical affairs, bringing order to chaos by sorting out detail. Delighting in all crafts it shows good mind-body integration, and has an unusual degree of skilful, productive, creativity. Valuing the advantages of cooperation enables this sign to optimize the application of resources towards the common good. It finds the most reasonable prospects in any situation, plans efficiently, and works specifically towards fulfilling them.
Service has central importance to Virgo – yet the idea that service is altruistic is false. By caring for others, we are not only able to feel goodness for its own sake, but we also cultivate qualities that improve our character, and develop realistic self-assurance. It is of great importance that we find motivation beyond self-gratification, so we tend to glorify a particular quality and seek to realize it as a life path. Virgo raises the act of service to such levels, and becomes entirely convinced that such a strategy is worthy enough to secure against any risk of criticism. This persuasive conviction acts as an empowerment that enables relating confidently and closely to others on a workaday level. Generally, the expectations of others can serve us as a guiding principle encouraging us to shape ourselves into excellent versions of our best potentials; yet they can be prison-bars too. Shedding the restraints of our environmental, parental and societal conditioning is a continuing process, which we learn by expanding our range of assisting and cooperating with new people.
This is optimized by dedicating fully and unreservedly to make the most of every given occasion to display excellence, for the sake of the excellence, not the excellent. The impact we have upon the outer world is to be expressed as conscious, conscientious and creative imagination, and the potential we have to use power to dominate is to be directed inwardly as self-mastery – thus do we safeguard our integrity. Self-perfection is not just a philosophical concept or spiritual teaching; it is an instruction to be adhered to.
There is the capacity for near-saintly patience arising from the inner certainty that it is by offering care that we are cared for. Humanity and virtue are not seen as graces enacted to beautify personality, but inherent pragmatic wisdoms that arise from an intuitive understanding of the golden law of reciprocity – do as you’d be done to. This is primarily an earth mystery, a keen appreciation of the secrets of nature, which connects to ecology, healing and wellbeing.
The Expressions of Virgo
Virgo 1 – 5
Who we are is partly defined, and certainly contextually shaped, by our circumstances and environment; it especially includes the collective, accepted myth that determines our local reality, with its versions of right and wrong, good and bad, and attempts to limit certain behaviours. We can become overly oriented towards demonstration of acceptable results, unwisely trying to establish objective, measurable evidence to prove our worth to people around us; this carries the risk of persistent anxiety. The task is to transform our conviction that we are useful to a higher, existential level of self-assurance – that we are worth our place simply by being. We all have a unique contribution to make, and offer an important ingredient towards the whole cosmic soup – but really only when we are true. We need to find a way to reconcile who we are with where we are, and be assured that, even as we fit in with the immediate surroundings that influence us, our inner sense of self is authentically maintained – and to be convinced that that is enough to be worth our salt.
Virgo 6 – 10
Cyclical processes are universal, so we have to meet new dawns, new moons and new situations as a matter of course. If for no other reason than simply adapting to these changes, we need a significant degree of flexibility. Additionally, the mind-set that evolves from such an approach is fluid and non-judgemental, so it tends to see both points of view – thus facilitating individual intelligence, harmony, and efficiency, and is of real benefit to the common purpose. First and foremost, people want to heard, so they need listeners who have no agenda or dogmatic philosophical standpoints about good or bad.
A superabundance of opportunities exists for our joy and self-expression, and typically we need to surrender our attachment to any particular one in order to enjoy another. We gain significant advantages from being receptive to guidance about how best to assimilate these new things, so that we learn why, how, and when to be guarded, and also when to open up. Instead of always straining to compete within a world seen as mostly punctuated by danger and scarcity, we come to understand and trust that sometimes we can offer all we have, and all we are, within a world more correctly seen as abundant, easy and safe.
Virgo 11 – 15 Coming to terms with physical existence is no small achievement as, from first to last breath, we are compelled to stabilize a great many influences that push and pull us around. Still, even though some of the procedures that shaped us as children may have been intrusive, nonetheless we have gained profound benefits. The projections upon us from our parents, teachers and peers actually helped to build a steady sense of who we are, and what to do. Whether we conform or rebel, the standards that were put in place can act as guidelines, and therefore promote the possibility of aspiring towards excellence. It is both by following, and rejecting, these indicators that we grow strong and pure of motive.
Inevitably some part of our heritage rubs off and is accepted as a set of true principles by which to engage with life. We may well have a desire to improve certain aspects of our family’s message; this aim not only delivers a base-line reference point for every one of our choices and responses, it also fosters a more refined quality, an allegiance to subtle, enduring, spiritual realities.
Virgo 16 – 20
Life gives us opportunity to develop, to enjoy and to express ourselves fully in accordance with the fullest reach of our imagination – yet it does not insist that we do much more than survive. At a certain level of being, we can just function as animals do, and in fact most people also do, and provide themselves with food, shelter and a mate. However, we are also capable of the discovery of greater talents – creative passion, clever insights and extreme self-pointedness for example – and we learn that these abilities generate abundant rewards.
This significantly depends upon how well we deepen our comprehension of life’s mysterious operating principles. Those who actually manage to put in the effort to cultivate skills and understanding will find that life becomes richer and more colourful, and indeed inevitably happier in the long run. So the courageous and the innocent will place themselves in harm’s way trusting that all will be well in the end, and that such apparently reckless behaviour, though it may well occasionally lead to misfortune and disenchantment, is a condition of growth.
Virgo 21 – 25
Modesty is a spiritual mystery, understood more in the East, where the veiling of one’s power and beauty are seen to enhance them, and an excessive expression of ego is an expenditure that the prudent person prefers to limit. As we serve, so we hone our awareness; eventually it becomes clear that there is an underlying meaning to life that makes sense of all the trials and disappointments.
The ultimate self-help is best expressed as concern for something higher – in fact the highest we can conceive – because oddly we capitalize most fully and quickly upon life’s opportunities as we offer ourselves in renunciation; indeed it is thus that we master ourselves. This knowledge is somewhat counter-intuitive, at least to the underdeveloped person, and yet its discovery is something of a eureka experience; it just makes so much sense to the spiritually-evolved person. Both resoluteness and artlessness – self-proclamation and renunciation – are useful as they weave together into an almost transcendental state of grace, which paradoxically celebrates and negates ego simultaneously.
Virgo 26 – 30
Precision and a thorough attention to detail are aspects of perfectionism, and found useful when a task simply must be properly performed, with no margin for error, and no room for imperfection. Since most of us are somewhat uncomfortable with the unpredictability of the future, we often attempt to control events through having precise established routines, and anticipating unseen possibilities assiduously. We can, in this way, develop impressive acumen and learn how to concentrate on the matter at hand with perseverance and care.
Whatever can be destroyed or tarnished is not true – because Truth is essence, beyond corruption. This also can be applied to personality – where the certainty of authentic self-identification is the prize of integrity. It can only ever be truly developed, and tested for its authenticity, when we serve. We find that, by surrendering the lesser aspects of personality through offering to care for another, we are quite able to put aside our smaller personal agenda – and then we discover the path to spiritual grace, which is the perfection of self.