Virgo is the sign of the Virgin. In ancient times, when the zodiac was first imagined, to be a virgin meant a woman who belonged to herself--and not to a man. It had nothing to do with being sexually active or not. Rather, virginity was a matter of your attitude to life. The purity of Virgo has to do with being open and receptive to life, like a virgin forest.
Because I believe that Lady Wisdom/Sophia is returning to our world to bring about our transformation and evolution, I'm going to work with a different Goddess each astrological month so we can begin to see the diversity of the Divine Feminine Spirit at work in the world. And who better to serve as our Virgo model than the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus?
The Virgin Mary is called the Blessed Mother by Roman Catholics. And while many women searching for the Goddess believe she is nothing more than the patriarchal image of the perfect mother and obedient servant, she is really much more. When Christianity banished the Great Goddess from western consciousness, it left us Mary, who has taken on the role of the ancient triple goddess. As Maiden, Mary is the Virgin who is chosen to give birth to the Savior; as Mother, she is the archetypal caregiver and nurturer; as Crone, she knows the sorrows and grief of Life and accepts them. She is filled with Wisdom. She is an incarnation of Sophia, Lady Wisdom.
During the Piscean Age (1CE-2100CE) Mary became the symbol of the Divine Mother, the Comforter and Mediator between Heaven and Earth. For 2000 years, Mary the Queen of Heaven has been considered the co-redemptress along with her Son, and serves as a mediator between God and humanity. Most Catholics, especially women, pray to Mary, petitioning her to ask her Son for blessings and help, because it is the Mother who listens most patiently to her children.
The Great Mother is an archetype within all of us--and while we are very well acquainted with the archetypal negative mother and witch because of patriarchy, we often forget the Good Mother, who is kind and compassionate. This is the Mother who listens, who forgives, who comforts, who guides, who nourishes, who understands and who accepts us for who we are. This is the Mother who gives us unconditional love, although she also expects us to do our part in living the best of ourselves, rather than the worst.
Mary is also associated with the image of the Divine Feminine who appears at the changing of the Ages: a Woman, clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon, crowned with Stars, who is in labor, giving birth to the Savior. This image of Lady Wisdom shows us that the possibility of transforming our society comes through conscious women who work to reclaim our ancient feminine gifts. In honoring Mary, we honor a woman rather than a Goddess, who was so in touch with Divine Spirit that she became wholly herself and realized her own divinity. For more on Mary, and a wonderful legend about her birth and early life, see my Wisdom blog at: http://ladywisdomchronicles.blogspot.com/
That's the essential task for Virgo. To unite our body, mind and spirit so that we become who we incarnated to be. We give birth to our own savior--our inner Spirit. This integration comes through self-knowledge--knowing who we are and who we are not. It has a lot to do with self-acceptance as well. One of the gifts of the Blessed Mother is her love and complete acceptance of who we are. Virgo asks us to give that love and acceptance to ourselves, instead of patriarchy's twisting of Virgo's gift into self-criticism and impossible perfectionism.
And in accepting ourselves, we discover that we want to be of service to the world. Virgo's need for order comes from her desire for perfection--not a perfection that meets outer standards, but an inner perfecting of our soul's purpose. Virgo's journey to perfection comes from humility--our ability to see ourselves and know ourselves and still love ourselves, despite our imperfections. Virgo's ability to see what's really there while at the same time holding onto the vision of who she might become gives her the desire and will to grow into her potential.
Virgo rules over the harvest season, when things come to fruition. Spend time quieting the mind, going within and listening to what your Spirit has to say about your life during this Virgo New Moon. And then plant your wish for continuing growth and self-awareness.
Virgo New Moon
The Virgo New Moon occurs on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:13am PDT/ 10:13am EDT/ 2:13pm GMT.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 3* Virgo is: Two guardian angels. Angels are spiritual messengers and guardian angels are usually considered our own special connection to our inner spirit. These spiritual protectors give us help and hope in times of crisis. So don't forget that you have this inner strength and connection to Spirit when you face life. You are not alone!
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