Effective Date: 07/31- 10/8/16 (Retrograde 8/30-9/22)
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Mercury in Virgo– “You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. …And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.” –Leonardo da Vinci
Guess what guys? It’s time for another goddamn Mercury Retrograde. If you’ve noticed, we’ve been posting A LOT of Mercury material, because he is zooming through the signs to get home to Virgo. Yep, its going to be in Virgo, so saddle up, princess. In fact, this is the first act of quite a bit of Virgo action to come.
Okay, so this Virgoan hellscape we have in front of us has a purpose- We need to get ready for the gamechanger that is Jupiter in Libra. All the astro from now until then is gearing up for that, and afterwards we have the eclipses to look forward to! Won’t that be fun?
So this one will be in two stages. Stage one consists of Mercury trying to get you to play chess with your life, and getting into or out of power plays with everyone around you. You are fed up with being taken advantage of, pushed around, and seen as weak. I completely get this, and you have every right to feel that way. Hell, being cautious about how you break out of these paradigms is hardly a bad idea either, even if that plays out as a power game. You are trying to reassert control over the parts of your life you have compromised or let slip since Jupiter in Cancer. I get it. But haven’t you figured out that isn’t the best way yet? What have you gotten from it so far? Can’t you try something else this time?
Obviously the memo didn’t get delivered, because stage two hits HARD, and you are made to see that the drama and games will not work any longer. At least not in the way you think. There will be different games to come, with vastly different rules, but for this round the goal is un-learning. You will be presented with opportunity after opportunity to get into these messy games, and you should 100% resist. None of these will end well, but will all be extremely tempting at the time. Abstain. Stop trying to control everyone around you so damn much. Worry about yourself and what YOU are doing.
After the retrograde and shadow period ends, we stand taller, stronger and impervious to the bullshit that once tripped you up continually. Old habits have been broken, and have been replaced by new, better ones. You are acting in a more mature, refined manner and you are ready to assert yourself and stand to the challenges the rest of the year brings- In short? You’ve got this.
Artemis’ Tarot Take on Mercury in Virgo-
“It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.” – Sr. Francis Bacon
Cards: The Fool, Ace of Pentacles, The Tower
It’s a whole new world after the events of this summer, folks, and Mercury going into Virgo, then retrograding, is going to teach us lessons of letting go. The Fool and the Ace of Pentacles are our primary lessons here. You must let go of your faulty foundations before this tower comes crashing down. I’ve been blah blah blahing about this being Tower Year for some time now, so as everything detonates around us, and you don’t have any sturdy legs to stand on, please do not come crying to Artemis. This three card spread urges me “let go of the bullshit, the shackles, the perceived duties you have in your life, and build your own foundation.”
A problem that Virgo faces is being too much of a service to others. They actually give a shit about lifting people up, and figuring out why shit works and how to better it. People have issues with Virgos because their primary objective is integrity in life. So very fucking sorry if the integrity of your looming dark tower of a life is lacking, because we have more detonations to our lives to come. Congratulations to those of you who actually give a shit, because the collapse of everyone else’s towers is going to fucking LAUNCH YOU to the sky. Virgo invites more toxic behavior from dead weight in our lives. They will use this energy opportunity to drown you with them – suck you into their psychosis and vampire off of your spirit. You cannot allow this. Leo into Virgo will be our time to establish our self worth and not fucking let go.
Virgo season is going to come down on us hard. Muster up all of the delicious Leo confidence while you can, because you will be tested left and right to see if your integrity stands. Oh, and did I mention the anxiety that is going to come along with this planetary shift? Virgo is a Mercury ruled planet, and thus it is busy and extremely cerebral. You need to counter this by getting grounded, getting into your body, and finding a physical structure to hold on to. This physical practice is not only going to give you the support to get through the detonations still to come (like the Eclipse coming at us), but it will boost your health and your strength.
You need to be true to your changes. If you know something is correct, or if you know something is your path, you must head out in that direction now. If you don’t, you’re going to get sucker punched repeatedly in the coming months (and god help you when these shadows manifested now come back to haunt you in Scorpio season). It is time to practice what you preach. That’s what Virgo is all about; the practice. The doing. The method. Figure it out, for yourself, and keep your head sharp. You are building your Oathkeeper.
Even though Virgo is a Mercury ruled sign, she is also an earth sign. Remember that. Learning new things, setting up new foundations based on integrity, and figuring out how this can work for your tribe while you push away the toxic waste human beings is the lesson. Let go, adventure, learn, build on that learning, and you wont have to worry about destruction of your life because you understand reality behaves like an ever changing spiral – slowly coiling your life in a different direction. Instead dying in the rubble of this Tower year, you will gain inspiration, euphoria, and elation. It hurts to shed your skin, but once that constricting waste is gone and you’ve cried your tears, you will see – gnosis. So