Virgo Horoscope (August 23 - September 22)
Your ruling planet is Mercury.
This is a good month Virgo, in spite of all appearances to the contrary. Through a combination of adversity, idealism and introspection, you are being asked to step up to the plate and take a swing at life and where it is currently leading you. You might have an easy time of it, especially if you have been doing your homework, or else more difficulty. In any case, adjustment is required; you could find yourself wrestling with helpful partners over the details. You have been sensing the drift over these past few weeks and the time has come for action, as you pursue an arc of development that is geared for you and you alone.
As the month begins, you are newly re-entering the world after some time away from it, at least mentally. The optimistic chick breaks the shell and steps forward on unsteady legs that are barely able to sustain its forward momentum. You have been in a largely internal space lately, and full of idealism and perhaps even fantasies of what you can become, and now is your chance to prove it. This month constitutes a very special time for you when you will wage exciting battles within you regarding issues of personal self versus enlightened other and also for holding on in spite of the urge for an idealistic springing forth into an uncertain future. The Full Moon in your opposite sign that comes on Friday, September 4th, will emphasize these ideas, and these themes will become more pronounced leading up to the mid-month New Moon. Along the way to that point, and only two days following the Full Moon, your ruler Mercury retrogrades on the evening of September 6th. At this time you will tend to feel not so much out there in the world but more internal. Communication is slowed, and you might find yourself mulling over your values and your situation in general. The energy that you have for relationship with others is also changing throughout the month, and during this week in particular, as Mercury is changing direction. The Last Quarter Moon comes along on Friday, September 11th. This is another powerful time for you, and could represent a moment of tension in your process when you are getting greater insight through more practical information concerning the current arc of your development. It now becomes important to assess the strength and the quality of important relationships or business partnerships in your life. Self-reliance is also emphasized. These themes return with even greater emphasis at the time of the New Moon in your sign that takes place on Friday, September 18th. This is traditionally a major fresh start, although with Mercury retrograding through your sign also, it is one that includes a large dose of looking backward. The roman god Janis, with forward- and backward-looking faces, in fact sums up your position quite well. Saturn is emphasized in your identity sector and is enjoining you to hold back, stay the course, avoid making any sudden moves, while Uranus in your opposite sign is urging you to break with all tradition including your own entrenched conditioning. Between them there is little room for compromise, but somehow you must find it. The last two weeks of the month will be a time when these contrasting ideas will continue to play themselves out. Meanwhile, with Mercury still in retrograde, you are well-advised not to push the river at this time, and to pay careful attention to everything that comes to you either from the agency of others or as a result of your own internal process. Your process is obviously an extremely powerful one right now. The phrase from poet Jennifer Wellwood might be very appropriate for you at this time: Willing to experience aloneness / I discover connection everywhere."