“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa, a Virgo.
September is such a lovely month. Fall colors emerge and harvest time is here. School starts. Temperatures cool off in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s Virgo time until the 21st when we move into Libra. Virgos are said to be born to serve, are analytical, and can be somewhat critical. If you need a good legal correspondent or health care professional, hire a Virgo. Earthy, practical and often punctual, natives are said to make good researchers. Their birth season is harvest time, so food and matters of diet are highlighted. Think cornucopia.
Don’t believe in astrology? That’s ok. I was a skeptic too. My first encounter with an astrologer was with my neighbor back in Oakland during the early ‘70’s. Annie, an older classy Libra made a flippant comment to me with “Well of course you are a Gemini! I could have told you that!” I huffed and puffed and took my curious Gemini, sensitive Moon in Cancer self off to the nearest used book store and bought Write Your Own Horoscope, by Joseph P. Goodavage. I was up all night reading. I remember daylight emerging as I, with my natal Virgo rising, started analyzing myself, then everyone in my family and of course, my friends.
Goodavage set out to disprove astrology once and for all. He fell head over heels into the study. He wrote about the history, citing facts, and then wrote lessons. He became a professional astrologer.
I still have the faded, out-of-print copy of Goodavage’s book on my shelf. I’ve never thought to part with it. In those early days when Annie tried to tip me off about the Gemini archetype being bookish, yet excitable like a bird hopping from tree to tree, and a jack of all trades, I wanted to resist and argue. So, I read everything I could get my hands on about astrology, including the farmers almanac and the Foxfire books series and recorded it all in my journal.
People fear what they don’t understand. So, even though I was worried about being considered fickle and changeable, (sorry, nobody gets out of the challenging aspects of astro-analysis), I was already studying Jung’s synchronicity when astrology entered my consciousness. I share a birthday with diarist, Anne Frank. When I read her diary I felt as if I was looking into my own psyche. Later on, when I started doing channelings and past life regressions I visited one of my lifetimes where I had an experience similar to Anne Frank. Why do certain images or thoughts pull at us? Synchronicity, dreams and memories start to make sense when we do art and write. These stories are told in my memoir.
In tarot, the card corresponding to Virgo is IX, the Hermit. It’s one of my most treasured archetypes and one of my personal numerology numbers. The Hermit is the ultimate analyzer. Taking time to study and walking alone in nature is dear to me.
Of course, there is much more to the story than one’s sun sign. After 30 plus years of pouring over natal charts and aspects, I still feel like I’m at the beginning.
I’ve never been into trying to persuade anyone to believe in something. Science is here for a reason. I do need proof and I don’t follow anything blindly. Certain images, symbols and experiences one feels are highly personal. That’s art. For me, it’s fun and reassuring to know that there is a huge family of believers out there who already understand a way of looking at life. I love the light.
Have a theory? Bring it on! I’d love to talk. Curious about an intuitive reading? Email me.
Journal prompt: Write about astrology. Do you believe in it? Do you share any of the traditional archetypes of your sign? Do you share a birth date with anyone famous? Write out your feelings about astrology and numerology. Hogwash or lots of fun?
Happy Labor Day and journaling!
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