by Robert Wilkinson
Yes, today Venus begins its transit of Virgo. What does this mean?
First, it means that the energy of Leo that's been flooding our charts via Mercury, Venus, and the Sun in that sign is now moving into the next phase of the zodiacal sequence, Virgo, where it learns lessons of "significant form." Leo is the heart, solidified in Virgo as forms of practical discipleship. Where Leo shows us where our hearts are at, Virgo is where we tame and train those powerful energies into practical forms.
Furthermore, as the rulers of the various signs move through the zodiac, the houses they rule shift quality. In other words, Venus rules Taurus and Libra. When Venus is in Leo, those Taurus and Libra energies are "ruled" by Leo, and we learn about those life areas through Leo experiences. Now that Venus is in Virgo, we'll get more Virgo lessons in the houses ruled by Taurus and Libra in our chart, and "feel" and express more Virgo traits through any planets we have in Taurus or Libra.
The other main shift going on is that the Sun is also about to enter Virgo on Tuesday, August 23, at 4:21 am PDT, 12:21 pm Greenwich. So our Leo ruled areas will also shift into more of a Virgo feel, as well as our Gemini and Virgo areas, since Mercury is in Leo, ruled by the Sun about to change signs. This of course will put Mercury and the Sun in mutual reception.
Another important thing to observe is Venus and the Sun's transits over the degree where Mercury went stationary retrograde back on August 2. That degree became a "trigger point" for every subsequent transit, where we will visit and revisit those lessons each time it's set off by a transit.
You will recall this Mercury retrograde period theme is "a liberating ordeal." As Venus transits that point August 22-23, expect Venusian things to show us how we have been liberated, or are going to be liberated through events to come. We can find illumination and integration around this theme as the Sun crosses that degree on August 24-25. So what began as a Mercury retrograde set of lessons can now be captured and valued through Venus, after which we'll see "the light" of those lessons.
These "liberating" lessons will be seen in an entirely new view once Mercury goes back over that degree around September 10-11. To note, during that time Mercury will be the final dispositor for all the other planetary energies, just as the Sun has been for most of August up to this point. (For more information about the importance of the "final dispositor," please refer to the linked article 3 paragraphs up.)
Anyway, today begins a rolling Virgo experience for all of us. The other interesting thing about today is that Mercury is at 21 Leo, the degree of the "intoxicated chickens" that was the Solar degree of the past Full Moon. Today should give us reflections, reviews, returns, and roundabout insights into what that means, whether past or present.
(Without intending to, it already happened to me today when I reviewed some recent emails where "an intoxicated chicken" tried to use ego manipulations to force me into wasting time answering demands and questions I've already answered 5-6 times before. I chose not to answer her unreasonable egocentric demands, which left her "a disappointed woman," the Lunar degree of the past Full Moon. I've also had other insights today regarding "intoxicated chickens" in my past, and how disappointing they can be when drunk with power and acting out.)
Over the coming week keep in mind that Mercury prepares to go stationary direct at 19 Leo on August 26, 3:03 pm PDT, 11:03 pm Greenwich. So Mercury is now speeding up, and will show us how to get free of old social rigidities and find greater joy and happiness through fellowship once it goes stationary direct. I'll write more about how this will impact the next few months later this week.
Until then, take a look back and see how you've been liberated these past weeks, and embrace the training for practical service that's beginning to show up. Cultivate practicality and Divine Discrimination to see what fits where, and get ready to move forward in many life areas.
Copyright © 2011 Robert Wilkinson