41 Geometry of the Spheres
AR 40 Saturn
in Cancer, June, 2003 to July, 2005
AR 39 The
Poles of the Zodiac
Twelfth Planet, Plutinos or
Eclipses Promise or Peril?
The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology
Children of the Gods
Wheels Within Wheels
Horoscopes of Destiny
Zodicac of Dendera
A Star Is Born
Age of Aquarius
Persia's Royal Stars of Ancients
The Lore of a Shaman
Virgo is the only
female among the zodiacal constellations, and other than the twins,
Castor and Pollux (Gemini), she is the only human figure. Virgo
is depicted as a maiden, holding a palm branch in her right and
a single ear of wheat in her left. The alpha star is named Spica,
“ear of wheat.” Virgo is one of the oldest constellations and over
time has been equated with every important feminine deity, including
Ishtar, Isis, Demeter, Persephone, Medusa, Artemis, and Urania.
Allen says, “Those who claim very high antiquity for the zodiacal
signs (15,000 years ago), assert that the idea of these titles originated
when the Sun was in Virgo at the spring equinox, the time of the
says, “Whatever image is chosen across time and cultures, what is
contained in Virgo is the archetype of the harvest-bringing goddess,
pure and good, independent of the masculine. She gives the four
seasons and is the source of the fertile Earth.” The more ancient
concept of “virgin” described a woman who was independent and free
to love whom she chose. Virgo is also the Greek Sophia, goddess
of wisdom, and in the Gnostic tradition, she is the Black Madonna,
mysterious guardian of feminine wisdom.
The power of these
goddesses, ranging from agriculture and astronomy to justice, wisdom
and war, seems to be missing from typical astrological renderings
of the sixth sign of the zodiac. Virgo is often described as analytical,
critical, narrow, timid and tentative. Virgo is introspective and
analytical, always seeking perfection. In modern parlance we might
understand Virgo’s path as one of coming into the fullness of power,
claiming and expressing what exists in potential.
The mutable earth
sign Virgo relates to the stage of unfoldment which focuses on specialization
of forms. She represents the stage in the cycle when the soul’s
experience is focused on assimilation of knowledge. In this phase
matter is organized, purified and refined into specific and recognizable
objects. Here we might say the Grand Plan of the Cosmos is carried
out in detail. The Zodiac has also been said to represent the body
of the Macrocosm, the Grand Human. In this vein the first sign Aries
corresponds with the head, Taurus the neck and shoulders, and so
on. Metaphysically Virgo is the matrix and represents the womb of
the inner Christos, or spiritual self, containing the seed and eventual
fruits of the Spirit. Seeds germinate in darkness, breaking their
way out of their shell casings, and sending roots into the Earth.
Like the abdomen and intestines which Virgo has dominion over, this
phase distills the qualitative pearls from life.
The Roman Jupiter
was the Greek Zeus and the Egyptian Min-Amon. King of the gods,
Zeus was the quintessential “sky father.” Jupiter was derived from
the earlier Indo-European Sanskrit Dyaus, from div, “to shine,”
and the Latin Dies-piter (Jupiter). Zeus/Jupiter was considered
to be the god of Light, and therefore wisdom (although his mythical
escapades don’t always reveal that quality). According to myth,
the infant Jupiter was raised on the milk of a goat whose horns
continually overflowed with food and drink. This is the origin of
the cornucopia, the horn of plenty, and mythically encodes the symbolism
that Jupiter embodies abundance.
supreme over the other Olympian gods, wielding three thunderbolts.
The first bolt was a warning shot across the bow, the second, which
required the approval of twelve gods known as “comsentes,” was hurled
as a stronger warning. The third thunderbolt was thrown in punishment,
but only after permission was granted from superior and hidden gods.
Astrologically, Jupiter acts to expand the area he visits. His personality
is like the “Ghost of Christmas Present” in the famous Dickens tale,
A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Larger than life, Jupiter’s presence will not
be denied or swept under the carpet. He wants more and bigger of
staves of wheat
of wide-ranging Sagittarius, wants to look through a telescope,
exploring far and wide, expanding his vast knowledge, eventually
(and hopefully), gaining wisdom through diverse experiences. The
natural expansiveness of Jupiter is reigned in by the cautious and
practical nature of the Virgin. Because of Virgo’s common sense
approach, there is a risk that too much attention is paid to small
details and the larger vision is lost. On the surface this doesn’t
lend itself to original thinking. Virgo is more comfortable with
a microscope, analyzing tiny details. Preoccupation with detail
can preclude expansive action. But details are not to be ignored
in any endeavor. Careful analysis of philosophical positions is
possible because of an introspective bent, prompting an examination
of the inner workings of our beliefs. One potential upside of this
combination is making the wisdom of experience practical.
is stifled as he moves through Virgo, so this does not bode well
for a robust economic recovery during the next year. Instead what’s
called for is a further tightening of the belt and implementing
practical financial measures. This won’t be welcome as it’s a bit
like asking Santa Claus to close up the toy shop and go on a diet.
in Virgo is a good influence for commerce in general as attention
is drawn to the market place and the practical considerations of
improving the quality of life. This is not a philosophical orientation
but a focused effort to improve resources through increased knowledge
and technical applications. This is also a good energetic combination
for technical skills which require precision. Jupiter in Virgo can
yield a shrewd ability to live by one’s wits.
The Stock Market
will favor technical approaches and practical applications. The
inclination during Jupiter in Virgo will be prudent, always seeking
an advantage. Investments will be conservative, analytical, bordering
on squeamish, with Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Cancer. Investors
will tend toward a short-term view as they struggle to recoup losses,
and won’t look too far down the road or take speculative risks.
Virgo strengthens the critical faculties, so this combination is
good for research and investigation and can provide excellent qualities
of discernment. Astrologer Isabel Hickey believed computers were
ruled by Virgo. Computer technology could take an unexpected leap
in a practical way this year as Jupiter in Virgo asks, “How can
I make more money by making something more practical for ordinary
folks?” It’s also likely that diet and nutrition will be topics
of interest during this transit. Perhaps more revelations of the
relationship between diet, and so-called lifestyle diseases will
be revealed. The FDA may go increasingly on the offense to control
supplements and a spiraling alternative health industry.
Pearls of great
These two influences
do not yield spontaneity or enthusiasm. The focus might be on improving
the conditions of life: better health, longer life, increased comforts,
ignoring the factor of expansion of consciousness which is the domain
of Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, later in the zodiac. However, this
energetic union holds the potential for knowledge and information
to be accumulated, digested and assimilated in a systematic manner.
Jupiter in Virgo can engender a quiet, unassuming desire for more
depth than is normally available.
As Sky Father Jupiter
was seen as the god of weather, including sun shine as well as thunderstorms
where he hurled his bolts of lightening. Jupiter in Virgo combines
the “worldly”god of the sky with the innocent earth maiden who holds
the symbol of the harvest. In this combined influence we experience
the vagaries of weather and the danger of a lost harvest. Wheat
is a cultivated crop which must be removed from the chaff to be
consumed. A deeper meaning is hinted at here, pointing us toward
the adaptive process involved in metamorphosis from ordinary human
to spiritual adept. For this process to occur, the resplendent peacock,
strutting his iridescent plumage morphs into a humble Indian maiden,
wearing a single eagle feather and dancing to bring the rain.
Jupiter wants to
expand his knowledge through “big experiences,” but it is through
the powers of assimilation and synthesis that wisdom is gained.
Jupiter is the co-ruler, with Neptune, of the twelfth sign, Pisces.
Jupiter is therefore said to be in a place of weakness in the opposite
and earthy sign Virgo. I believe there are priceless pearls to be
found in the so-called planetary detriments (opposite of rulerships).
When the energies don’t blend well the gods are uncomfortable. It
is just such discomfort which causes the mollusk to coat an irritating
grain of sand, thereby creating a beautiful pearl of great price.
Jupiter in Virgo is unlikely to consider that greater ease and material
comfort do not necessarily result in great and visionary human beings.
Growth is stimulated by friction. It’s strife, suffering and resulting
compassion that seem to yield humanity’s transcendent souls who
work for the betterment of the race.
Jupiter comes to the stable in Bethlehem like one of the three resplendent
Magi, or wise men. Bethlehem means “house of bread” in Hebrew and
carries deep significance about the Virgo area of the body. The
humble stable and attending animals also have a deeper meaning,
showing the birth of Light within the Zodiac, Greek for circle of
animals. Jupiter in Virgo is like the humble Drummer Boy, who has
no gift to give the infant king but his music. And as we are told
in the popular holiday song, as he gave freely of his gift, “Mary
(the Virgin Mother), smiled at him.”
We can best take
advantage of this transit in our own lives by creating time for
stillness, and open the mind in meditation. Jupiter in Virgo can
be like the Higher Mind, reduced to counting pennies, or used to
greatest potential, through stillness and meditation, light dawns
in the darkness, giving birth to spiritual illumination. If Jupiter
is the god of light and Virgo is the dark vessel of transformation,
promising the harvest of the divine within, then from the loftiest
perspective, Jupiter in Virgo has potential to shine light in dark
places and plant seeds of wisdom which will bear fruit in their