Friday, January 30, 2015

How the World is Becoming More Virgo

© 2015 by Joyce Mason
“The Radical Virgo”

 was very annoyed on a recent trip to Safeway to find the cart handle and hand sanitizer empty—again! That’s when I got it. The world is becoming more Virgo, and complementary disinfectant at the door of most grocery stores is only one example. A few observations:

Virgo Signs of the Times

Hygiene. There was the day when Virgos were made fun of for being OCD. No one thinks hand washing is tantamount to obsessive compulsive disorder anymore. With the outbreak of so many dread diseases, Ebola being just one of them, the whole human race is becoming savvy to what Virgos have known all along. Hygiene counts!

Healthy, Natural Food. Healthy food choices are no longer the realm of veg heads and/or Virgos or people with too many planets in the sixth house. People want pure, unadulterated, non-GMO, non-bug-sprayed food. Suddenly, this desire has reached critical mass thanks to filmmakers like Richard Linklater (Fast Food Nation) and the divine domino effect of people who finally get that “you are what you eat.” Michael Moore’s film Sicko about our broken health care system in the USA is probably all the incentive anyone needs to practice prevention, starting with diet.

Non-Shrink Analysis. People with the V-sign in their charts like to analyze things. With the way modern communications and inventions have speeded up the pace of life, the results are a world of constant choices. Everyone needs this Virgoan skill, and I notice that modern humans are honing it more than ever. I mentioned this idea in The Radical Virgo Revisited. The need to sift, winnow and digest data grows exponentially with every new major social media site and gismo.

Facility with the Written Word. If you’re past your Chiron Return, did you ever think writing would be the major way people would use to communicate every day? Or typing for that matter? Virgos are the writers and secretaries of the zodiac, and now we are all writers and our own secretaries when it comes to our communications. Even CEOs and presidents do it. To look good “out there,” you’ve also got to brush up your grammar, spelling and general writing skills. How Virgo is that?

Small Pets. The most talked about topic on Facebook is cats! But don’t think Facebookers are leaving out their dogs, gerbils, ponies or pot-bellied piglets. They post their photos, discuss their health status (see above) and mourn with their virtual Facebook family when they lose their fur babies. They post pet jokes, pet tips—and pets even have their own social media sites. Now, I’m not saying love of pets is strictly the realm of the Virgo, but the obsession with small critters seems to be a growing trend that, in my mind, is part of the Virgo New World Order.

Why So Virgo Now?

I wondered: Why was I noticing a shift toward more Virgo-ish concerns nowadays? If a conjunction starts a cycle, we can look to the 1960s when Pluto and Uranus were conjunct in Virgo to see what got started and what’s coming  in this pair's next “crisis of evolution,” represented the Pluto/Uranus square(s) of the past three years. I like the summary of events of the Pluto/Uranus conjunction that started it all, reported in this short piece on The Astrology Place website:

  • The contraceptive pill became available, a vehicle of feminine empowerment.

  • Concerns about sexually transmitted diseases accompanied the introduction of the pill, along with concerns about the relationship among body, mind, spirit--and the planet.

  • Attitudes began changing about health, habits and our past abuse of resources.

The Sixties reflected radical changes in thinking about daily living, and the initiating cycle of Pluto and Uranus in Virgo, back then, was complemented by Chiron in Virgo’s other polarity, Pisces. Chiron was in Pisces then as it is now. I like to think the Sixties are coming of age these days, both for elevating some of these concerns and highlighting how much more work there is to do to achieve personal and planetary health and holism.

So wash your hands, eat your organic vegetables, and brush up your analytical, writing and organizing skills. Bring your pet along fur inspiration. To borrow a line from the Desiderata, no doubt the universe and the Radical Virgo vision are unfolding as they should.


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets – Mercury

With Mercury now retrograde early in this year of reposts by topic, what follows offers plenty of humor and advice on how to make the best of this cycle we enjoy three times a year. “Enjoy” is part of my new program on manifestation. What you focus on increases, according to Oprah and Chopra (that’s Winfrey and Deepak) in their 21-day meditation series that’s giving magnetism to my Mercury and manifestations. I’d rather enjoy it than groan my way through, even if it’s tempting to give into chronic annoyance when the Trickster side of Mercury comes calling.

Since Mercury Retro concerns even your average Joe or Jane who knows little about astrology (it’s surprising how often I’ve heard it mentioned in TV programs), there are links to past articles within most of the articles on that topic. (Yes, you’re seeing double! Mercury rules the Gemini Twins, so no surprise. Can you see both twins, as well as the Mercury glyph, in the abstract artwork above?)

Of course, Mercury is direct most of the time. There are a couple of articles to help you explore your natal Mercury, too—one each by “playwork” and humor. (There’s another set of twins.)

Now for some recaps to think on and laugh with. 

Exploring Mercury

If you've missed the background on our MayPlanetary Fishing Trip, the details are in this link. Today we're onto Mercury, the planet of thinking, mental pursuits, short trips, commerce and communication.

Auntie Joyce thinks we could use the equivalent of a Pilates class to get our Mercs in better shape for this crazy cyber sprint we’re all signed up for, this marathon of Mercurial madness called the Virtual World. A humorous romp through Mercury by sign with social networking in mind.

2015 Retrograde Dates

Mercury will be retrograde in the Air signs this year:
January 21 – February 11 (17 – 01 Aquarius)
May 19 – June 11 (12 – 04 Gemini)
September 17 – October 9 (15 -01 Libra)

Mercury Retrograde

A prayer-poem to put our heads straight about the gifts in Mercury’s retrograde cycle. Recommended daily while the Quicksilver Planet is in reverse.

Mercury Retrograde can be such an ongoing thorn in the side of humanity, we treat it like a vampire who bites our neck and sucks out any semblance of order for three-and-a-half weeks, several times a year. It concerns us so much; The Mountain Astrologer dedicated an entire issue to it. Links to the articles below.

How to avoid Mercury Retro disasters by keeping your activities focused on what it’s good for—and by keeping your sense of humor. Personal cautionary tales from when I didn’t follow my own advice.

Here are some ideas about how to go with the flow and celebrate that every gear shift has Reverse for a reason. It’s true of your vehicle—your body—too.

What happens when the winter holiday season and Mercury Retrograde converge? Tips to make it a merry Mercury Retrograde.

Ten more ways to celebrate Mercury Retrograde. It almost always sneaks up on me, and I find it difficult to practice what I preach about setting aside time to reflect on the Mercurial issues in my life because I haven't  I haven’t planned for it. Here are some how-to planning tips.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets – Moon

The next stop in our year of reposts by topic is the other Light, the silvery Moon.

In these opening paragraphs, I thought I’d share some facts and maxims I’ve heard about the Moon. Let me know if you agree or think they’re old wives’ tales:

  • Moon signs are a better indicator of how a couple will get along on a day-to-day basis, more so than Sun Sign compatibility.
  • As we age, women grow more into their Sun; men grow more into their Moon. In other words, women become more solar emphasized and develop their Sun characteristics more. The opposite is said to be true of men, generally speaking.
  • Vedic astrology emphasizes the Moon in the same way Western astrology, the kind we talk about on these pages, gives top billing to the Sun. You may have a different Moon sign in that system, too. (For instance, mine moves from Capricorn to Sagittarius.) It's fun to try on that flipped perspective to see how it feels.

Now for some recaps by moonlight.

Exploring the Moon and Its Cycles

In these guided exercises to explore the Moon in your chart, be sure to build in time for any emotions that come up. The Moon’s symbolism rules our lives from deep within and its associations with nurture, mother, feelings, intuition and women’s cycles make it a powerful magnet that hangs above us all our lives, just like a Full Moon itself.

A guest post by British astrologer Mandi Lockley. When we look at the night sky, the most beautiful and magical thing we see is surely our Moon. Night by night we follow its phases from dark and new to bright and full, then back again, as it revolves around our Earth.

Each month we have a Golden Opportunity to capture the energy and natural cycle of the Moon. Tapping into the lunar cycle is our vehicle to create what we want in our lives for the next 28 days.

A poem to invoke the power of the New Moon. Moon pregnant with new beginnings: Help me develop my embryonic seeds to their fullest potential. Infuse my month with creativity and the thrill of waxing my projects.

Apr 24, 2013
A poem to celebrate the peak of the Moon cycle. I think about what to name you, babies of the Moon Mother, offspring of my wild intuition.

Moon in Specific Signs

The Moonwalk Series

By looking at how the New Moon in a sign affects the coming month, we learn a lot about the Moon in that particular sign. While the transit information is not current, the exploration of the Moon signs is timeless.

Moonwalk: Cancer (7-Jul-10)
The first of a series of monthly New Moon posts that explore in depth each Moon sign and its transiting impact, starting with the Moon in its own sensitive sign of Cancer.

Moonwalk: Leo (4-Aug-10)
Leo Moon--and Leo Moons I have known and loved turn out to be all the most significant men in my life. Do you have a Moon sign magnet?

Moonwalk: Virgo (3-Sep-10)
Virgo Moon feels emotions and sensations acutely in his or her body. These individuals are clairkinetic; they pick up vibes with their fingers.

Moonwalk: Libra (4-Oct-10)
You might find it hard to believe that Venus rules this normally sweet Moon sign when its native is temporarily enraged, usually because of a perceived injustice.

Moonwalk: Scorpio (3-Nov-10)
The Scorpio Moon is time for emotional and physical intimacy. To see yourself, warts and all. To become comfortable with your own vulnerability.

There’s nothing like a Sag Moon for contemplating your personal beliefs and how you express them. It’s a great goal for this New Moon, regardless of your natal Moon sign.

Moonwalk: Capricorn (31-Dec-10)
“Can” those bad rumors about Goat as a difficult Moon sign. As the proud owner of a Capricorn Moon, I’ll introduce you to nuances of this Moon you rarely hear and some facts about goats that explain a lot, including this Moon sign’s excellent long-term relationship potential.

Moonwalk: Aquarius (29-Jan-11)
The image of a monolith, as in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, captures Aquarius Moon for me. Recognized by many critics as one of the greatest movies ever made, “2001” vibrates with Aquarian themes: human evolution, artificial intelligence, and technology.

Moonwalk: Pisces (1-Mar-11)
Navigating the watery medium of Pisces Moon. The mission of Pisces is to go to ecstatic states (Heaven) and bring the information and feelings encountered back to Earth.

Moonwalk: Aries (27-Mar-11)
For Aries, it’s not a Moonwalk; it’s a Moonsprint. Don’t miss the image of a modern-day Ram Goddess, pictured to be lingering in one of the few rare moments of quiet where Lunar Aries might actually pause and let her fiery nature simmer. She’s looking up at the Moon to contemplate her next new birth.

Moonwalk: Taurus (27-Apr-11)
Love. Beauty. Luxury. The Taurus Moon is a nice place to visit where comfort in the body feels fabulous. I’d even want to live there. Moon in Taurus feels like a spa day, and when it colors a month’s cycle, it’s easy to spin fantasies of lots of R&R and maybe even winning the Lotto.

Moonwalk: Gemini (30-May-11)
The facet of Gemini most people know, even if they barely know anything about astrology, is the Twins’ famous split personality. When viewing Gemini as a Moon sign, it’s good to start with symbolism on a feeling level. Why does there need to be two of you?


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets – Sun

Let’s start our year of reposts by topic in the usual way we speak in astrological sentences—by planet, sign and house. (I’d normally say, for instance, that I have Sun in Virgo in the 5th House or Moon in Capricorn in the 9th.) Given that natural order of astrological conversation, I’ll start this blog bibliography (blogography) with anything I’ve ever posted on the planets, signs and houses in that order. Later we’ll get fancier with aspects, aspect configurations and the multitude of other topics covered here over six years.

Numerous posts are about all 12 Sun signs, comparatively. I’ll put those in a separate recap when we get to signs, because they cover much ground about the entire zodiac. Many of those offerings are humorous. This first grouping will be more specific to exploring your Sun in particular—not emphasizing how it relates to the other Sun signs.

While some posts recapped are specific to a year or timeframe, I have listed those with at least some generic information about the Sun or Sun in a specific sign within the article, poem or post.

Generic Planets

A tour of the planets to reassess your resonance and determine which planets influence you most.

A new way to envision your chart by assigning famous people the roles of Sun, Moon, Mercury, etc.

 Generic Sun

A Winter Solstice poem about the power of the Sun’s “putting on the brakes” to herald the introspective time of year. What do we do when the Sun goes down?

The Sun and Summer Solstice. Summer is primarily a celebration of the signs Cancer and Leo. American schools may get out in Gemini and go back in Virgo (so appropriate as the Mercury-ruled mental signs), but most vacations and the bulk of summer occur when the Sun is in Mom and Dad. That’s right! Mom and Dad.

Sunny Side Up!

 These articles help you explore your Sun or explore the Sun in a particular sign.

Explore Your Sun

Welcome to our first planetary fishing expedition! Today we'll examine the Sun in the sky—and the Sun in your chart—more deeply.

Leo, ruled by the Sun, tells us performing has something to do with fire—with being stoked. How the Sun and the 5th House play into performance anxiety with practical suggestions for overcoming it.

Once a year, the transiting Sun returns to the exact same position it held in the sky at the moment of your birth. This happens at a different moment each year, within a day or two of your birthday. This fun-omenon is known as your Solar Return. A guide for harnessing your Solar energy!

Sun in Specific Sun Signs or Sun Sign Archetypes


What I learned about astrology from observing my Aries niece and nephew—and how children often are the best teachers about astrological archetypes.

God is Not an Aries(26-Mar-09)
A tongue-in-cheek editorial on why God cannot possibly be an Aries. For starters, the answers to our prayers and most manifestations take much longer than an Aries would wait. Unfortunately, most of us are pretty “Aries,” Aries or not.

Cancer, Leo and Virgo

The Summer Signs (6-Jun-14)
Revisiting the trio of signs that make up any season helps understand the quarter of the year we’re entering and how to make the most of it. Welcome to the cusp of summer—winter’s complement and the extroverted time of year.


Virgos of the World UNITE! Get Radical (21-Mar-09) The Radical Virgo blog launch post. The vision behind The Radical Virgo and why you don’t have to be a Virgo to play in this sandbox made of star-stuff.

The Radical Virgo (11-May-09)
A reprint of my article after which this blog was named, first published in The Mountain Astrologer in 1992. The response to my new vision of Virgo has been overwhelmingly positive and timeless. If you have any planet in Virgo, here’s the reason to get radical—or to the root (what “radical” means) of your Virgoness. Even if you have none, find out why the world needs the sign of Virgo more than ever—now!

An updated expansion of the original article, “The Radical Virgo,” with a focus on information synthesis and global service. When I speak of a Radical Virgo, I mean the word radical in these dictionary senses, the Virgo energy carried (1) to the utmost limit, extreme; or a Virgo known for (2) favoring or effecting evolutionary or revolutionary changes. I want to add to this definition, (3) A Virgo who expresses the very root of the Virgo archetype, because radical also means root.

The Virgin Myths (11-Sep-13)
Exploring the rich mythology of Virgo, “a nurturing mother to all the earth.” How the Virgo Maria and these archetypal maidens round out our understanding of the V-sign: Demeter/Ceres, Dike, Astrea and Erigone.

Why are Virgos in love with words? For years, I have used the Celestial Influences astrological calendars. There is a two-word affirmation for each sign every month. The I-statement for Virgo is “I Analyze.” That job would be really difficult to do without words—lots of them!

Prelude to exploring the sign of Virgo and the cusp of autumn in some of the articles, above.


While this article isn’t about Libra per se, it’s about one of the major Libran concerns—relationship.

All the wisdom this Venus in Libra has accumulated in many years of a complex love life, written at the request of a reader, full of tools on how to manifest your relationship … even how to help romantic issues through the use of flower essences.


Scorpio for a Day (26-Oct-09)
This popular Halloween post is much more than a laugh-a-minute and a virtual costume party. You’ll learn more about Scorpio than you ever wanted to know by seeing how all the other signs dress up and act like one!

No holiday could be more “Jupiter” than the typical American Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in the USA is perfectly placed when the Sun is in Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter—the pre-game warm-up to the most Jupiterian of all holidays, Christmas. Holy Sag! It’s your time of year.

Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

The Winter Signs (30-Dec-12)
A quiet contemplation of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Exploring the introverted time of year, as well as introverts and extroverts, the Myers-Briggs Personality inventory, and the gifts of being an “innie” and the inward time of year.

Winter starts with Capricorn. Cap sways to rhythm of Saturn, the planet that rules time itself. Winter forces us to face: the sand keeps running in our hourglass. All those questions about fulfillment are more poignant, indeed more urgent, when there’s more sand on the bottom than the top. The gifts of winter and retrogrades revealed.

“This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius!” —From Hair by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. Have you noticed? The peace sign is back—and not just on The Radical Virgo logo. The peace sign celebrated its 50th anniversary and Chiron Return in 2008, the same year as the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. The psychedelic movement has weathered its midlife transits!

Often cited as the archetypal independent sign, Aquarius is often too busy with issues of society to get too close to individuals. Not to mention, with Uranus as its ruler, Aquarius is about as predictable and constant in relationships as lightning in a summer storm. Changeability is deeply woven into the Aquarian nature, and like Sag, Aquarius does not like fences or “shoulds.” On the other hand, when Aquarius—or any of the more independent signs—is there because he or she wants to be and isn’t pressured to commit until ready, Aquarius can ultimately thrive in relationship and learn to relish interdependence.


Would you like to increase your understanding of how the astrological archetypes express themselves in your life? The abundance of planetary activity currently in Pisces suggests you might find your answer by creating a set of SoulCollage® cards based on your natal chart. This may appeal to people with natal planets in Pisces or other “artsy”Astro-signatures. It’s like a personal Astro-tarot deck.

A poem of a near-drowning experience in the Pisces archetype. It starts:  So quiet on the Western front. I hear the ear-splitting echoes of my own thinking.

Late Pisces

The Tail of the Fish (13-Mar-13)
Explore the late degrees of Pisces. In a previous article, The Winter Signs, I referred to the Sun's sojourn in Pisces as “the dark of the Sun,” parallel to the “dark of the Moon.” This refers especially to the last days before the Sun cycle starts over. It's a sacred threshold.


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