In this article from the LCM Archive LCM’s Soul Astrologer Ruth Hadikin explores the deeper Soul-Centered meaning of Virgo Rising...
The sign of Virgo is associated with health, healing, wholeness, the harvest, purity, the Divine Feminine, the Mother, Mother Earth and service, one’s vocation or spiritual calling. The simplest way to summarise the purpose of a Virgo Soul is “to be an expression of Divine Love through one’s vocation or dharma”. In other words if you have Virgo Rising you can consider yourself to be a Virgo Soul, and your Soul’s purpose is to bring greater degrees of love into the world through your sacred work.
In modern times the meaning of work becomes distorted when we think we have to accept jobs that are ‘soul-destroying’ because we need the wages. In contrast, our true vocation is actually our spiritual calling. It is our Divine work and our very reason for being. It is the purest expression of our life and Soul, and finding our vocation, discovering the place of wholeness where we can fully be and express ourselves through our life’s work, is the highest purpose of Virgo. Before we can do this we have to ‘purify’ the fear-based expressions of Virgo and access the highest love-based expression of this beautiful sign.
Ruled by Mercury, the Virgo mind is perceptive, discerning, detailed, incisive and analytical. These attributes combined with an inherent desire for ‘perfection’ can lead to many of the challenges that our Virgo friend experiences at the fear-based personality level. If left unchecked your mind can go into overdrive, run you around in circles like a dog chasing it’s tail, and leave you feeling jaded, anxious, disheartened and somewhat overly critical as you become cynical about the ‘imperfect’ world around you. Yet ironically, in Esoteric Astrology Mercury is also associated with the development of Higher Mind. The action of Mercury may seem to be Virgo’s downfall yet it actually indicates the pathway to the higher purpose of Virgo. The real ‘purification’ that Virgo needs is purification of the mind and the true perfection that you seek is perfection of your Soul.
The word ‘pure’ comes from the Latin ‘purus’ which derived from the Greek ‘pyr’ meaning fire. The words pure and pyre (as in a funeral pyre) originate from the same root. Originally the word ‘purification’ meant cleansing by fire and this is a clue to the deeper esoteric mysteries of Virgo and her highest Soul purpose. The ‘cleansing’ that happens when the Soul is in Virgo (Virgo Rising) is a spiritual cleansing, and the ‘fire’ of which we speak is the cool spiritual flame of awareness that ‘burns off’ all ignorance and reveals the light of awareness.
“Once your awareness becomes a flame,
it burns up the whole slavery that the mind has created.”
Once the flame of awareness has arisen in Leo, it is Virgo’s job to bring that pure awareness into the ‘real’ world in practical ways. At the personality level Virgo has a brilliant, sharp, analytical mind. Let’s pause for a moment and (in true Virgo style!) examine the word ‘analyse’. At around 1600CE the word analyse meant ‘to dissect’. So when we are analysing something we are ‘cutting it up’. Figuratively speaking (and sometimes even literally) we are taking it apart so we can examine all it’s component parts more closely. While the sign of Virgo is often associated with brilliant research and detailed analysis, the true gift of Virgo (and her association with healing) lies in the way she puts things back together again!
To an analytical mind, the characteristics of Virgo themselves may appear as separate ‘things’: health, healing, wholeness, the harvest, purity, the Divine Feminine, the Mother, Mother Earth, one’s vocation or spiritual calling, research and analysis. Yet when we reverse the analytical process they lead us back home through a process of purification or spiritual cleansing. We return to ‘the Mother’ and reap the ‘harvest’ by becoming healed, healthy and whole, from where we can be of true service in the world. This process of ‘putting things back together again’ is called synthesis.
For synthesis to happen there must be separate parts that require synthesising, so we can see that by nature, during the process of synthesising there is still a sense of separation. Once the separate ‘parts’ become whole again, the highest octave of Virgo has transcended separation and returned to wholeness. The very word ‘heal’ comes from the Old English ‘haelan’ which literally means ‘to make whole’. That which ‘makes things whole’ is pure awareness itself. At the highest level, with Virgo Rising your Virgo Soul already knows that all ‘things’, all phenomena in material existence, arise from pure awareness (or consciousness) and resolve back into pure awareness itself.
“Consciousness is the ground of all existence”
– Dr. Amit Goswami, “The Self-Aware Universe”
Your Virgo Soul knows that it is pure awareness itself that resolves all. So we can see that it is not analysis itself that heals (because by nature analysis dissects and separates) but rather it is the quality of the awareness that we bring to something that heals, because it brings us back to an awareness of wholeness and in this wholeness, we find love. Cold analysis, without the presence of love, only increases separation and dis-ease. One of the deepest sacred mysteries of Virgo is the knowledge that it is actually our loving awareness that heals. We ‘heal’ by bringing our loving, aware, conscious presence to something. By doing so, we return to the wholeness from which all arises and therein we find the purest Divine Love. Flowing this pure Divine love into the world by bringing pure awareness (presence or consciousness) into our everyday work is the highest Soul purpose of Virgo.
“We bring the Being to the doing”
- Anya Sophia Mann
Some spiritual traditions refer to a ‘Mother and Son’ awareness. The ‘son awareness’ would be our everyday fear-based mind made up of thoughts, stories, fantasies, ideals, concepts, fears, strategies, plans, emotions and so forth. The ‘Mother awareness’ would be the ocean of pure loving awareness from which, and within which, everything else that we know (including ourselves) arises. In meditation, as we observe the activity of the everyday mind rising and falling, we may come to realise that we are none of those things, and that who we really are is the ever present pure awareness that observes all. At this point it is said that the son has returned to the Mother’s lap. This succinctly points to the process experienced by the Soul in Virgo. In Esoteric Astrology this process of ‘all things returning to the Mother awareness’ is reflected in the Soul keynote for Virgo:
“I am the Mother and the child.
I, God, I, matter am”
- The Tibetan, Esoteric Astrology
So now we can begin to see that when we talk about our vocation or spiritual calling, we are not talking about searching high and low until we find some special kind of ‘perfect sacred work’, but rather it is about making the ordinary things that we do sacred, by bringing the purest quality of our loving awareness to them in deep recognition that all things really are sacred. We ‘purify’ the things we do, with our conscious awareness. This is the true meaning of Virgo. This reminds me of the proverb:
“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water!”
- Zen Proverb
If you have Virgo Rising, your Soul’s purpose is to bring Divine Love into the world. When you become fearful, it is too easy for you to become lost in mental activity, and exhaust yourself by trying to find perfection in the outer world. The key is to recognise, through your brilliant clear direct perception, that the source of your exquisite discernment and analysis IS awareness itself, and within that awareness is Love. When you realise that you ARE that awareness, you also know without doubt that you ARE Love. You realise that you are the embodiment of loving awareness. At that point all work becomes your vocation as the quality of your loving awareness brings perfection to everything you do, by making it sacred. This is the Soul’s journey through Virgo. LCM
This post is an excerpt from Ruth's book "Soul Astrology: How Your Rising Sign Reveals Your Soul Path and Life Purpose" Click HERE to read more and/or order a copy.
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