Virgo seeks value, order and perfection in the processes around them. This brings a focus towards being practical, discriminating and analytical with a natural concern with the details and how to improve the way things work.
The natural state for Virgo is to be in the flow of doing, thinking and being. This can be achieved by absorption in work or process. Virgo is pulled out of their flow when their focus shifts towards the end product, result or goal. When the outcome becomes the controlling factor, Virgo begins to over-focus on details and improvements and can become critical, fussy or fault-finding, and often this can create tunnel vision or delays.
It is in part to regain the experience of the moment that Virgo is pulled to selfless service, where the focus is on the doing can return Virgo back to the flow and the joy of process.
Virgo rules the small intestinal tract, where nourishment is absorbed from food to create the complexity of our body. It is associated with work, how things work, health, repairs and improvements, analysis and details.
The ruler of Virgo is the planet Mercury, which is related to the mind, discrimination, the senses, communication and interaction. Mercury also rules the sun sign Gemini. Where Mercury expresses Gemini's interaction with the world around them, with Virgo, the focus shifts with what to do with it, and the processing of that information.
Discriminating, Analytical, Improving, Fixing, Skill, Details, Perfection
Over-focus on detail, Critical, Fussy, Fault finding, Delaying
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The ancient depiction of the Sign Virgo is that of a virgin holding a bundle of ripe wheat, gazing forewards. There is an implicit contradiction in the image, since Virgo is holding a sheaf of ripened wheat, yet her name is Latin for virgin.
Virgo has the choice of begin attatched to past accomplishments or to reagain absorbtion in the flow and spontaneity of doing. It is one reason why Virgo may seek selfless service, in order to regain the experience of flow.
The relationship of the Virgo to the body. The Glyph of Virgo depicts the upper intestinal tract, where the perfection of the maintenance of the body results from re-organizing the results of digestion.
With the Moon in Virgo there is a feeling or need for perfection through process. Feelings and health tend to be more closely connected, with greater sensitivity to criticism. Often the mother is experienced as critical or perfectionist.
When people with the Moon in Virgo succumb to self criticism, or fail to take care of their feelings, there tends to be a re-analyzing of past hurts and a greater sensitivity to criticism by others and towards themselves.
Mercury rules Virgo, and thus there is much greater sensitivity to the retrograde cycle.
There are two key ways that Virgo tends to set themselves up during this cycle. One way is to become tunnel versioned with respect to tasks, products and promises. In this way, the better solutions are overlooked, because the creative solutions that would reveal themselves in the serendipitous absorption in the task is lost. As a result, obvious or appropriate solutions or choices maybe overlooked.
The other way that Virgo may set themselves up during the Mercury Retrograde Cycle is by not engaging their trust and acceptance, or tuning in or listening to the whole issue, and instead being attached to repairing or fixing something, when it may not be the best outcome. A simple example of this can be trying to fix a television without first checking if the problem is that it was not plugged in.
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