VIRGO — The Virgin…August 23 to September 22

virgoVirgo the most mentally oriented Earth sign, ruled by messenger Mercury. The Earth element means you are a sensate type, motivated by practical goals, able to juggle many different facts and details at once and usually manage them all. Virgo are neat and organised or chaotic and messy, but there will always be some corner of your home, which shows your obsession with order. You are most happy when able to serve your ambitions and the people you love, but also able to keep time for yourself in your busy schedule

Your Planetary Ruler is Mercury.

Analysing details and making perfect sense of them, reaching goals through careful management of time and energy – these activities make you the sign of the earthy harvest.) Mercury is associated with short journeys, with intelligence, with the ability to reason and analyse. Mercury rules both Virgo and Gemini and Virgo is the ‘night sign’ of Mercury. In the body Virgo rules the intestines, digestive organs and bowels. Your key to good health is developing the ability to put worries and concerns aside at the end of the day and listening to your digestion as an aid to appropriate diet.

One task that Mercury was given as messenger to the gods was to deliver the famous Pandora’s Box to the maiden of that name. He employed his trickster skills to pretend he was taking it elsewhere but unable to carry it further, then left it temptingly by Pandora’s side. She of course could not resist taking a look inside at which point all the ills of mankind flew out and the world of mortals was never the same again. The one saving grace was that the last thing to emerge was hope – the faculty that keeps us going even when times are grim. This is an important faculty for Virgo to cultivate, so that ‘taking care of business’ does not drive you into the ground. Rather than trying to fix everything and say “yes” to every request for help, Virgo can hope and trust that it’s not all on their shoulders.  Mercury represents the dexterity of the mind and the ability to read people. His special message for Virgo is to serenely do your work in the world, while trusting that others too can carry the load.

Shattered Memory

Shattered MemoryThe other week whilst we were vacuuming and moving furniture around the bedroom, we accidently knocked a small figurine off my bedside table.

Whilst the figurine was neither an antique nor an extremely expensive piece of porcelain, to me it was priceless, a part of my life that has been on my bedside table for over 30 years.  Throughout all the moves and all our different houses, this figurine always sat on my bedside table.

It has given to me by my Mother as a congratulatory gift when I successfully applied for a position as District Manager for a Global cosmetic company many, many years ago.   When I acquired the position I was the youngest Manager for that company in Australia.

Throughout the years, whilst I dusted the figurine, or moved it, I would be reminded of, and think fond thoughts of my Mother and the enjoyable years that I spent working for that Company.  This got me thinking about how an inanimate object can hold so much power and evoke such memories.

Throughout our lives our various experiences are usually associated with loved ones, friends, special places objects, music or fragrances.  Our brain organizes and reorganizes itself in response to your experiences, forming memories triggered by the effects of outside input prompted by experience, education, or training. Later whenever we come across one of these triggers, our mind immediately takes us back to that time or place. . Depending on the circumstances that surrounded that precious experience, we are reminded of pleasurable or sad memories and we relive again in our minds what that memory was about and the feelings we experienced then.  Finding old holiday pictures usually does this and they help us appreciate relationships and experiences in our current life.

Now when dusting in the bedroom, it is with sadness that I have come to realise that I no longer have that visual reminder anymore and I must now rely on my own memory to trigger  my thoughts to take me back to that time