Ceres in Virgo: Distillation

“‘It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard’, she said, ‘is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.'” –Shauna Niequis

Effective Dates: June 28th- September 6th, 2018

Helios’ Astrological Angle on Ceres in Virgo– So, you thought you could have your cake and eat it too, huh? Well, turns out you can’t. Ceres, asteroid goddess of food, nurturing, the harvest and cyclical change is here to bring you a wakeup call. What makes you so special that you thought you could have it all while others have to choose and sacrifice, giving up a lot to get a little? Why you?

As literally everyone who writes about asteroids will tell you, Ceres in Virgo is about “separating the wheat from the chaff” because there is no originality in this field anymore. This means that now is the season to discern what is good and working in your life from what isn’t. This will be a great help and antidote to the clusterfuck that is Neptune Retrograde, and will prep you for the upcoming Eclipses (which, spoiler warning, are about to be hell). These days, it seems there is a lot more chaff than there used to be, and nowhere near enough wheat to go around. This means you need to be willing to make tough calls and prioritize- Where are you willing to put your energy and your work? Is it providing results? Are you getting out what you are putting in?

Its not just your toil you have to consider, however- You will have to give up what you determine to be no longer worth it. In a word? Sacrifice. Now, that has become a dirty word in modern times but it truly is part of the process, and it really should be reclaimed. Say that you are in a relationship situation where, say, the other person confesses their love to you in private and writes songs for you, being lovey-dovey…. yet then they turn around and get a public relationship, telling you that it is just for show. Then imagine on top of that, they then proceed to ignore you when you ask for explanations or how you are supposed to fit into this arrangement. In that case, you still have feelings for this person, and want them to pull their head out of their ass, but if they are making no effort to meet you anywhere close to halfway and that your efforts to go the whole way are being ignored, then its time to sacrifice that love. It is killing you from within to pursue and you have nothing to show for it. I know it hurts, but you have to give it up. Let it die. See if it blooms again next season.

In alchemy, distillation is a purification process, removing impurities to create a stronger version of the compound. Distillation seeks to raise the content of your psyche to the highest level possible, free from sentimentality and emotions, cut off even from one’s personal identity. Distillation is the purification of the unborn Self — all that we truly are and can be- and at the end of the day, isn’t that just so typically Virgo? The striving of the self to become something more, the best version of who we can be- but that can only be acheived by going through the fire of the furnace to separate us from the flaws we disdain in ourselves.

Let Ceres be the guide to your transformation. She will show you how to transcend your limits and become who you were meant to be.

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