Virgo Horoscope (August 23 - September 22)
Your ruling planet is Mercury.
This is a time of testing, Virgo, and of growing awareness regarding who you plan to be when you grow up. Lately, you are daring to transcend prior limitations, and it can give you pain and confusion as well as joy. This all comes to a crux at the time of the February 20th Lunar Eclipse in your sign. When you do make your break with the past it might be scary, but when you don't it leads you to nothing but a blank wall, so perhaps you really have no choice. It does not represent a revocation of your freedom if you simply see the natural drift of your life and choose to head that way.
As the month begins, you are struggling to come to terms with a new mandate for personal growth that is stretching you, but in a good way, like yoga for the soul. You are seeking to make accommodation with the past right now at the same time as you transcend it, and this can of course be challenging. It helps to recognize that challenges bring their own reward when you surmount them, and that if life were easy, necessary changes would never be accomplished. The New Moon and Solar Eclipse of Wednesday, February 6th, represents a crucial period when you are very conscious of previous and current choices. You are seeking at this time a new way to step into your mission for the future. Since your ruler Mercury is retrograde for essentially this entire month, you are looking under the covers of behaviors that have become routine but which perhaps are no longer in your own best interest. This eclipse takes place in your sector of discipleship to your higher self, and is a powerful symbol of the scale of the transition you are in the midst of these days. You win to the extent that you can remember this point of view, and when you think more about what you would like to ultimately leave as your legacy than about the difficulties inherent in getting there. The rest of your life flows out from this current moment. The First Quarter Moon in the middle of the following week, taking place on Wednesday, February 13th, is potentially a time of trial and of seeing the outline of a new perspective for working things out differently. You will find yourself tested but if you work through the obstacles to your continuing personal evolution, you will be well rewarded. The Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse takes place a week later in your sign, on the 20th. This is a good time to ponder the alternatives, an opportunity to see yourself clear with needed creative steps in your own life, and to conspire with others around you regarding your active sense of mission. Throughout this entire period you also want to be aware of the stages of your ruler Mercury, which has regained its forward movement but which remains in the retrograde shadow until March 10th. It is better not to push the river at this time, but rather to watch the current, preferring to wait to take any major action on new agendas until after the New Moon of early March.