Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Once Again Into Virgo

About to begin copy-typing the Virgo section from Louis MacNeice's "Astrology", this month, following my current monthly bloggy pattern, I noticed that, back in 2010 I had already called on Mr MacNeice's book for some assistance in constructing a post on zodiac sign Virgo. I shall give my typing fingers a rest this month and do a copy-paste job instead, perhaps replacing illustration:

 Virgo by David Palladini
The Sun has now moved along the zodiac trail from the area western astrologers label Leo to that we know as Virgo. Virgo, the Mutable Earth sign ruled by Mercury. Mercury also rules Gemini (Mutable Air); it's somehow easier to connect Mercury with Airy Gemini than Earthy Virgo.

In a 1964 book, Astrology, recently acquired (more on this in tomorrow's post) author, Louis MacNeice, not an astrologer, but poet and scholar, has this to say about zodiac sign Virgo, quoting Ingrid Lind, a 20th century British astrologer:

Ingrid Lind once again asks straight away: "How can earth be mutable and mercurial?" And the answer yet again is in the other ingredients (though she says, this internal conflict does tend to make a Virgo type a worrier).
I like the expression "Virgo type", as against the more commonly used "a Virgo" - it covers my constant quibble that "there ain't no such thing as a Virgo, or an Aquarian...or...etc. etc. etc." I'll remember to use the expression Virgo(or whatever)-type myself in future. There are certainly "types" who clearly reflect major characteristics of zodiac signs and/or planets, though these people may not always have natal Sun in the relevant sign.

MacNeice then quotes astrologer (Rupert?) Gleadhow:

Virgo (is) "perhaps the most earthbound" of the 12 signs, but her earthiness is very unlike the earthiness of Taurus: Mercury could never rule Taurus. In fact the earth gives Virgo common sense and Mercury supplies an unusually keen intelligence. The two together make for disciplined thinking and acting.
Virgo is traditionally represented holding a sheaf of corn and, in western Europe Virgo's time of year is harvest-time. Granaries may connect with Virgo too - also the separating of wheat from chaff, in a way representing a very Virgoan characteristic: discrimination.

MacNeice writes that Virgo is thought of as the patroness of critics and craftsmen, but not of creators or commanders......Virgo is a great deal more than a sharp-tongued and keen-eyed housewife. It is the patron sign of Switzerland (which was to be expected), but also of Paris and of cats (no doubt because cats are so neat).

He tells us that Tolstoi is accepted by astrologers as a Virgo man, having had not only Sun and Mercury in the sign but the Moon as well. Which would suggest that Virgo CAN be creative sometimes, though perhaps what is most Virgonian about Tolstoi is the exact and conscientious way in which he tried to lead a new life in his old age.

Quoting astrologer André Barbault, MacNeice writes:
.......Anyway, the traditional Virgo type is somewhat dry and cold, a fusser over detail, a discriminator, a rationalist, a perfectionist, yet prepared to sacrifice himself. Barbault suggests that if the Pisces man is like an astronomer brooding on the infinite spaces, the Virgo man is like a biologist with a microscope.

 From Searle's Zodiac by Ronald Searle
As I've noted before in these blog posts, my husband's eldest daughter has Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus & Pluto in Virgo and has spent almost all her career in the newspaper business - how much more of a Mercury-type is there? Coincidentally her birthday is the same as that of Louis MacNeice, apart, of course, from the year. She matches some, but not all of the characteristics mentioned above. Her Leo ascendant (matching that of her Dad) accounts for her softer, warmer nature and sense of humour - more than might be expected from text book descriptions of Virgo.

Other posts on zodiac sign Virgo can be accessed via the Label Cloud in the sidebar, by clicking on.....well, "Virgo".


mike said...

Call it Virgo karma or Virgo indulgence, I have Moon, Saturn, and S Node in Virgo...Saturn conjunct S Node...gasp. As you point-out, Virgo-type is part of my being. I may have it better (or worse!) than the average Virgo-type, as I have a Gemini Asc, so there's a bit of resonance between the two types of Mercurial energy...except that Gemini-Virgo are mutably square each collector vs analyzer, both quite flexible. There's no good-bad in astrology, just energy patterns established by the natal chart put to use. My and anyone's Moon in Virgo (or Gemini) is in many ways the antithesis of generic Moon-like qualities, with mental supplanting the emotional. The Cancerian, watery-feeling depths of the lunar emotions replaced with the surficial, mental processes. It is what it is for me...I know no other way...LOL.

Of all the Sun-sign friendships, I've had Virgo Suns out-number them all. Must be that Saturn-S Node being the glue, with my Moon complementing their Sun. Likewise, my more difficult relationships have been with the Virgo Suns...both of my parents were Virgo mother had Virgo Asc, with Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn all conjunct in Virgo. My mother and father, born two weeks apart, same year, were both having their Saturn return when I was born...placing my natal Saturn conjunct their natal Saturns. Lessons to be learned on all sides.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Thanks for adding your personal experience of Virgo. I don't have any personal planets in Virgo, or in Gemini, but generational Neptune is there in my natal chart, and in trine to Mercury in Capricorn - maybe that counts. :-)

Aquarius' traditional link to Saturn possibly allows for some level of compatibility, or at least of understanding, with Virgo-types. I've often thought that Saturn would be a better ruler of Virgo than Mercury - though astrologers wouldn't agree. :-)

mike (again) said...

Maybe you perceive Saturn's link to Virgo via the decans. The first 10* of any sign, the first decan, has that sign's planetary ruler ascribed to it. 2nd decan Virgo is assigned by the next Earth sign after Virgo. In Virgo's example, Capricorn is the next Earth sign, so Saturn is assigned to Virgo's 2nd decan. Taurus is the next Earth sign after Capricorn, so Virgo's 3rd decan is given Venus' rulership.

Virgo – Earth
Ruler of first decan........0° - 10° - Mercury
Ruler of second decan......10° - 20° - Saturn
Ruler of third decan.......20° - 30° - Venus

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~ Maybe so. Saturn's interpretation includes such things as work, practicality, restriction, frugality - all of which are included in Virgoan characteristics (sometimes using slightly different wording). Saturn, traditionally Airy Aquarius' old ruler, matches some of Aquarius' characteristics, but not nearly as well as Virgo's in my opinion.

Hmm... if Saturn ruled Virgo and Aquarius, Mercury could rule Gemini traditionally, and Uranus could be Gemini's modern ruler. Done and dusted! ;-)

Shhh...don't tell any astrologers!