The Sun enters tropical Virgo at 12:46 am EDT (4:46 UT) Saturday. Included with the Sun’s ingress into Virgo this year is astrology’s implicit support for thinking about any way you might be boxed in, and getting out. Putting you in a box may be well intended, or self-serving. Yet, nobody can box you in unless you cooperate.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury and has a demonstrable affinity for the centaur Chiron, as Eric has often mentioned. The Sun, among other things, correlates with consciousness.
Solar Virgo thus expresses consciousness through Mercury’s intellectual energy field while also offering what Eric called “the intensity and drive” Chiron confers. That’s how it’s an appropriate time to start school again.
That’s also how the Sun’s annual traversal of the sign distinguished by mutable earth is an opportune time to focus on what boxes you are living in, while supporting imaginative solutions and grounded action to get you out. Especially so during this decade, when Chiron is reflecting back at Virgo from its mirror (or “opposing”) sign – Pisces.
In particular, this year’s solar ingress into Virgo adds even further emphasis on thinking and working your way out of a box because of aspects the Sun will make just before and after crossing over from Leo.
The Sun will make its last aspect from Leo with an opposition to the centaur object Nessus, currently retrograde in the last degree of Aquarius. The proper interpretation of Nessus is (like all centaur objects) complex and nuanced. Nevertheless, the subject of abuse and its shadow is a pervasive part of the Nessus theme. Among the various forms of abuse, one of the most insidious is prior restraint and deprivation of potential.
Barriers to achieving potential and being restrained from awareness of the same may be self-imposed or imposed by others. Either way, such abuse tends to reinforce itself through the Achilles heel of all things Virgo – incessant self-criticism, which serves to box you in if anything does.
Which is also how the first aspects the Sun will make upon entering Virgo this year will be amazingly appropriate. For just inside Virgo’s threshold, the hypothetical object Isis-Transpluto (or just plain “Transpluto”) and an asteroid designated 55 Pandora are waiting to merge with the solar emblem in conjunction.
Isis-Transpluto was a learned conjecture developed by astronomers before Pluto’s discovery. While of no further use to astronomers, the calculated point Transpluto has come to represent (among other things) a reliable indicator of what Lynn Koiner has called “a critical, perfectionist environment.” What better time to be conscious of your own inner (or outer) environment of criticism and perfectionism than when it is spotlighted by the Sun? But wait, there’s more!
Pandora will make it a triple conjunction with the Sun and Transpluto, and bring a lot more to the interpretation of the auspicious beginning of Solar Virgo this year. As with all asteroids, the name alone carries a lot of serendipitous weight.
Cultural myth behind 55 Pandora’s name (along with the stories of Lilith, Eve, and other such contrivances) has served to abuse and box in the feminine generally (and your feminine nature specifically) for so long it’s broadly considered acceptable. Until now, that is.
Now, with the Sun’s impending access to Virgo, you are receiving cosmic support to consciously contemplate the extent to which you have been boxed in and accepted it. Now is the time to accept yourself as a whole and integrated being. Now is the time to ask yourself what, if anything, there is to fear about the parts of you which have been restrained without due cause.
Turns out there are some very powerful people and institutions who have every reason to fear the creative intensity and conscientious drive you may very well have been conditioned to restrain. Let them be afraid.
Let them fear you opening your own box – not Pandora’s, yours. Let your self be similarly open to put the self-criticism aside and embrace your so-called imperfections for what they are – a chance to be more and do better than you ever have before. Yes, you! Yes you can!
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