Solar Eclipse in Virgo: Pressure Makes Perfect

Solar Eclipse in Virgo: Pressure Makes Perfect

The Solar Eclipse in Virgo occurs on the 1st of September, 2016 at 9°21’’ of Virgo.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Virgo, as well as Gemini, or the house where your natal Mercury is found for more insight.

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this Solar Eclipse.

You can also find out more about Eclipses here.

Solar Eclipse in Virgo

//Diamonds Taking Shape//

 Said I can’t go on,
Not in this way
I’m a dream that died by the light of day
Gonna hold up half the sky and say
Only I own me

And I feel my heart beating
I feel my heart underneath my skin
Oh, I can feel my heart beating
‘Cause you make me feel
Like I’m alive again
Alive again
Everything you want’s a dream away
Under this pressure under this weight

We are diamonds taking shape,
We are diamonds taking shape.

Pressure makes perfect

Virgos know more than their fair share about the pressures that make perfect, the temporary burdens that lead us to a plentiful harvest. The Solar Eclipse in Virgo is here to teach us how to be at peace with the pressure, amongst astro-weather that may otherwise feel jarring.

Virgo always reminds me of this quote:

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.  

-Rabindranath Tagore

Virgos are synonymous with service: this zodiac sign has embodied the virtues of the harvest, and the toil that goes with it, for nearly 2,000 years. They don’t work their little fingers to the bone, however, because they particularly enjoy the pageant of pedantry, but because their heart beats to the pulse of service.

On the deepest level of its expression, the work of Virgo is to protect the possibility of harvest through their acts of service, and by doing so, to connect to that part of us that rejoices in serving others, and in being used by the Gods for the greater good.

Virgos hover over this budding hope, and very little sets them back; as a mutable sign, they can adapt to meet every challenge.

With a seed planted (or intention), Virgo works to make the dream a reality.

The dream itself, of course, is not enough: dues must be paid, balances must be checked, indulgences must be meted out carefully. The buck always stops somewhere, and better it land on the desk of the ready and waiting instead of he-who-lives-in-denial.

This Solar Eclipse in Virgo is a reminder that our aspirations always hang in a delicate balance, somewhere between itinerary and illusion, as seen in the Saturn-Neptune square. With too much reality (Saturn), we can sedate our spirits and suffocate the dream; with not enough discipline, the framework of the dream can be lost in the foggy fields of Neptune.

Importantly, in a series of eclipses along the Virgo-Pisces axis that started in 2015 and will taper off in 2016, this is the last eclipse in Virgo for some time to come. What we have in front of us is a final possibility to stretch open the cosmic space that Virgo holds in our lives, enabling the activities of the house it rules in our chart to become emboldened, and in Virgo, deeply purposeful.

If you’re amidst planting a special seed of your own, especially if it pertains to the house in your chart ruled by Virgo, you might wish to align yourself with a bit of their wisdom: a good harvest starts with roots.

Now is the moment to seal the deal by re-routing any intentions that have gone off-piste.

I’m lovingly calling this re-calibration ‘dream hygiene’, which is fitting as health is a supremely Virgoan theme, and necessary as we negotiate the possibilities presented by this lunation.

We may feel pulled towards the yoke of discipline (Saturn), an insatiable urge for clarity (Mars), or the desire to drift away on memory bliss (Neptune). Unfortunately, this is not an ‘either/or’ situation, it’s more of zodiacal 3-for-1 sale, with all of these dissonant energies tugging at us at once.

Remember that you’re a diamond, taking shape: think tone-up instead of atonement. Cast off the yoke, and indulge in some self-care. Forgive any mishaps that have arisen (especially with a Mercury Retrograde newly on the scene) and focus on the details that will bring you dividends.

With Mercury conjunct Jupiter, there may be heaps of inspired visions and big-picture thinking; in the sign of Virgo, there might be just as much criticism and analysis. We may get lost in this space, inflating our aspirations to the point of implosion or sacrificing them underneath a microscope.

Try and keep your head somewhere between being in the clouds and in the game  – all the pressure will be worth it.

Current Events + Others Bits

Between the last semi-Eclipse, a Saturn-Mars conjunction, the final Saturn-Neptune square, Mercury retrograde in Virgo, and the upcoming eclipses…things have been interesting. To read more about what that may look and feel like, check out this post about the astrology of August & September 2016.

Otherwise, things are looking pretty on-point, globally, to where we are at, astrologically. The Saturn-Neptune square is really about trying to put boundaries around a mist, which is quite fitting as a metaphor for where we’re at with the refugee crisis. Man-made limitations like arbitrary borders and laws (Saturn) will never be able to stop the flow of humanity (Neptune), and equally, no matter of denying the situation (very Saturn) will make it disappear from our collective subconscious (a very Neptunian space). We can make laws about burqas, burqinis, and a great many things…but what does that look like in practice? Do our rules get anywhere close to rectifying the real ‘problems’ we face?

Is it possible that the real ‘problem’ is something darker, deeper, possibly too unspeakable to find expression in the public sphere?

It could also be true that our compassion doesn’t run as deep as we think it does. And just maybe, our rules and regulations don’t add up to much in the real world, although they sound might fine in the mahogany confines of a government office.

Clicking the ‘sad face’ emoji might be all we can do in certain moments of existential agony; a moment later we might watch a video about raccoons.

Such is life; it’s all part of the Saturn-Neptune square.

Don’t try to fight your temporal existence. We are human, and we have limits – in life, love, compassion, efficacy, discipline.

We are facsimile Gods, at best.

Image credit: Nighthorse Studios


September 1st, 2016, Virgo 9°21”

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