by Barry Kerr
The Sun moved into Virgo on August 22.
Last month, with Sun in Leo, we honored our ego, celebrating our soul’s intention to shine our light through our personality. This month, in Virgo, the energy is focused on feedback, discernment, improvement and service.
People often use the terms “big” ego and “strong” ego, sometimes confusing the two meanings. It’s important to understand the difference. A big ego implies that a person is filled with self-love, is able to express her thoughts and feelings in big ways that demand or invite other’s attention. This can be warm, entertaining and delightful or brash, self-serving and boorish. Think Robin Williams versus Donald Trump. By contrast to them, the proverbial quiet, introverted librarian has a “small” ego.
A strong ego, on the other hand, is about a person’s ability to withstand criticism or rejection. The capacity for one to maintain self-love, self-worth, and belief in oneself is the measure of an ego’s strength. The quiet librarian might not command people’s attention with a bright personality, but might radiate warmth and not emotionally collapse in the face of harsh feedback from friends, colleagues or failures. Think of Rosa Parks, who humbly and lovingly refused to go to the back of the bus, fueling a wave of civil rights activities.
Williams and Trump both have large, but weak egos. The librarian and Parks have smaller, but stronger ego.
In any particular incarnation, we may choose a big ego or small, whichever serves our soul’s goal for that lifetime. The strength of our ego varies less and is a reflection of the ongoing work we’ve done over many lifetimes of soul evolvement.
All this talk of egos is important to understanding the role of your Mercury as it rules the sign of Virgo. It is through the Virgo qualities of your human experience that you take in, through your Mercurial rational mind, the observations and details of how your ego actually affects other people. This sometimes comes directly through feedback and criticism from others. More often, you begin to discern unspoken and repeating patterns of rejection or acceptance, failure or success, needs and desires met or not. If you are learning from this feedback and applying lessons to future choices of how you express your ego, then you build successful connections to others, relationships that satisfy your needs and validate your self-worth. If not, relationships tend to be difficult and you feel alone.
The key here is learning to embrace the feedback from people and the world, to value the information as clues to self-fulfillment. As you focus your attention on what others have to say about how they experience you, you can begin to relax your ego’s drive for self-assertion, incorporate other people’s feelings, thoughts and desires into your own values and thereby make choices that serve those to whom you wish to relate and love.
Mercury’s role in ruling Gemini was to sharpen mental awareness for connection to environment. Now in Virgo, Mercury uses those same attributes of logic and communication to create a practical approach toward connection to other beings. Success in this endeavor improves the ability of our Venus (the relationship planet), in the next sign of Libra, to create fulfilling one-to-one relationships with friends, lovers and even business partners.
The New Moon (Solar Eclipse) is on September 1.
Solar eclipses mark both endings and beginnings. Where this falls in your birth chart (9 degrees Virgo) indicates where you are reaching a completion or are ready to go to a next level. Because this New Moon eclipse forms an exact alignment with the ongoing Saturn-Neptune square transit affecting us all this past year, it heightens our attention to the dynamics in play between our Neptunian dream of an ideal life and world through our imagination and intuition and our Saturnian commitment to the rules of time, space and the physical world, which seemingly limit our choices and possibilities with “reality”. This Saturn-Neptune square will hit exactly for the third time on September 10. So, get ready for some intense times that challenge us to let go of dogmatism, blame, victimhood and take responsibility for giving away our power to fallacies and addictions. To integrate our Saturn with our Neptune, we must trust our own inner voice of truth and move away from fear-based beliefs and programming derived from our youth, culture, religion, education and media.
With so many planets in Virgo during this New Moon (Mercury, Jupiter, Sun, Moon, North Node), the main theme in this is our materialistic and mechanistic view of reality. It feeds the illusion of separation that fuels our fears. How can we honor both body and soul, equally?
The Full Moon (lunar eclipse) is on September 16.
As a lunar eclipse, this Full Moon affects our self-perception through our subconscious, emotional levels, revealing motivations that are hidden. As we evolve our intention for balance of body and soul from the earlier New Moon, this Full Moon heightens our awarenss of the Pisces-Virgo duality. This calls for a healing between spirit and matter, feminine and masculine, heart and head. With Mars squaring this moon polarity, our personal will is challenged to bring greater awareness into decisions and actions.
Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed therapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com.