The Sun is in Virgo, and the harvest season is nigh. Virgo herself, in depictions of the constellation, wields a bundle of ripe wheat — a salient contradiction, since Virgo is Latin for virgin, of course, and wheat that is ripe is anything but.
This symbolism presents the ceaseless conundrum of life’s moment-to-moment self-making, in which the past falls away and the future arises, fresh and untouched. Cultivating such a sensibility in our own minds, especially as the summer gives way to autumn, will keep us centered in that never-ending flow.
The Virgo mindset seeks value and order in these processes, and happily strips away the chaff to reveal the fruitful germ that is then sublimated into substance and sustenance. Virgo or not, you may notice your thoughts shifting in this way.
Can you also let yourself be absorbed, then, in the selflessness of here and now without any desire for results or goals? These eventually manifest themselves, if you can allow an intentional sort of spontaneity — that is, intending to be spontaneous might just allow a flow state to arise. Notice the feeling of seeing that first autumn-colored tree in an otherwise green forest.
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars trine Pluto: Obstacles are a breeze for you this week as you channel an assertive energy that you deliver with grace and poise. Lean into your leadership skills.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Venus square Saturn: You may have to seek a balance this week between some overdue alone time and the delicious adoration of others. Make the effort in both cases.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury opposite Chiron: You may find yourself sifting through some baggage about being misunderstood. Celebrate your unique mind and keep on keeping on.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon trine Neptune: Pay attention to your relationships this week and give extra love to your soulmates. These won’t necessarily be romantic partners.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun opposite Neptune: This week may find you easily taken advantage of, so protect your kind heart from any tricksters. Learn to say no and walk away.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury opposite Chiron: You probably consider yourself to be largely misunderstood. Channel any frustrations in that regard into an expansion of your creative curiosity.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Venus square Saturn: You’d never admit it, but you need your alone time as much as anybody else. Taking time for you doesn’t mean you’re neglecting others.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Mars trine Pluto: Asserting yourself does not have to be a disruptive act. Maintain harmony this week as you conquer all challenges presented to you.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Moon trine Jupiter: Letting your heart be open this week will boost your standing in both social and professional circles. All you have to do is love and be loved in return.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Venus square Saturn: Take some well-earned time alone this week while taking care not to neglect your duties as a friend and a lover. No need to let anyone down, including yourself.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Sun trine Uranus: Let your hair down this week and show off that quirky side that attracts people to you. Leaving your comfort zone will surely pay off.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Sun opposite Neptune: If something sounds too good to be true this week, it is. Do not be deceived or you may find yourself staring down the barrel of regret.