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.