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Humanistic Astrology - Dane Rudhyar
Abstract meaning Concrete and Traditional Meaning Part of Body Ruled
The judgement of self and of life upon all creative activities
Discrimination through a critical analysis of the fruits of action.
Critical discrimination of the mind.
Analytical faculties, susceptibility
Readiness to serve or to be served.
Orderliness, fastidiousness.
Utilitarian outlook.
The small intestines and the general food metabolism
The solar plexus.
The Spleen.
New Age Astrology - Alan Oken
I Seek My Self through What I Have
positive natural tendency misuse or exaggeration of trait
helpful and unassuming
clear and sharp-eyed
dependable and unselfish
precise and meticulous
born researcher and scientist
calm and self-reliant
manipulative and underhanded
indecisive and a hoarder
forgets where things are
superficial and secretive
nervous and utterly dependent
Traditional - Llewellyn George
Physical Characteristics Mental Tendencies
average height or a little above
moderately plump
well formed
oval face, dark hair, eyes and coomplexion
straight nose
active walk
fond of learning
active mind, good mental abilities, critical
thoughtful, methodical, ingenious
sometimes rather undecided but usually precise though nervous and lacking self-confidence
perceptive and somewhat intuitive
Traditional - Manly P. Hall
Emotional Key Words Mental Key Words
kindly, humane, a highly evolved type who lives to serve mankind without thought of self, domestic, melancholy, somewhat petty, fussy, superficial in affairs of the heart.
ingenious, witty, studious, dextrous, versatile, introspective, scientific, methodical, skeptical, critical, fears disease and poverty, ulterior in motive, self-centered, scheming.


Turning Aries Glyph According to the A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator by Llewellyn George, in Virgo, the Sun makes the native modest, thoughtful, and serious, a contemplative and industrious person with a desire to refine the mind and acquire knowledge. They learn quickly and are philosophical, good reasoners who usually have an excellent commmand of language. Virgoans have good endurance with reserve force, recuperating quickly, and as a rule don't show their age. They are quick-tempered but they are not fighters, much prefering arbitration. They love order, beauty, art and literature. Not easily discouraged or kept down, they are somewhat given to worry. Idealistic yet practical, frugal yet speculative, they are ingenious, carfeul and cautious, and unusually endowed with good forethought. Very active, they are seldom contented for a long period at a time. They desire wealth but for some reason they are not able, as a rule, to acquire wealth easily. They are very interested in hygienics, diet and labor conditions.

Likewise, those who are born with Virgo rising are modest and conservative. They are thoughtful, but industrious, as it requires extra effort for them to save money, even though they have the desire for wealth. They are very active people who aren't easily contented and rarely show their age. They can have a speculative bent, but this often gives way to worry and over-anxiety. Sensitive to surroundings and to the condition of others, they are quite discriminating, and very careful of details. They are generally cautious regarding their own interests, and you can count on them not to neglect the interests of others as well, with whom they are diplomatic and tactful, but shrewd. Highly practical people, they are prudent and usually act with forethought. Due to their sensitivities, the Virgo native should avoid drugs and animal foods as much as possible, and study hygiene, in connection with diet, to maintain health. Commercial and business affairs, as well as matters connected with the earth and its products, usually succeed under their careful supervision. Mental-Motive temperament.

Virgo is astrology's second earth sign symbolizing another aspect of practicality - the mutable side of earth. Mutable energy allows earth a degree of needed flexibility. Like potter's clay, which is solid and somewhat heavy, but malleable, Virgo is a sign that adapts to all pressing needs imposed by necessity in the here and now. Life sometimes demands adjustments that require level-headed thinking and common sense, somthing Virgo supplies in carefully measured amounts. It's a sign that tackles life as if it's a high-maintenance job requiring much patience and thoughtful planning. Putting life in working order is a must for Virgo - literally astrology's neatest sign.

Taking things apart is also of great interest to Virgo who loves to break things down into their many interrelated pieces, and then study each piece intently while learning how that particular part is meant to function. What practical purpose does it serve, and how is it constructed to do its job? How do the pieces interact, and what happens when certain parts don't interact well? Virgo knows that this in itself can lead to an overall malfunction, as Virgo is the first sign to note the consequences of such disharmony. Details may be important to the understanding of how life works, but Virgo's mind needs to be forever organized to enable it to weed out nonessentials. Whereas Gemini, the other Mercury ruled sign, finds all information temporarily stimulating, Virgo devises a rating system in terms of relevancy, because fussing with less-important details can sidetrack his main objective and fail to help build the momentum needed to successfully move forward in life. When others find themselves stuck in irrelevant matters that eat up their time and energy, Virgo's job is to discriminate, to know what needs attention versus what can be put aside for the moment. Virgo's challenge is learning not to become overwhelmed by trivial issues, and learning to be selective about what to focus its mind on its biggest lesson.

In Virgo the practicality of earth and the adaptability of mutability are combined with the intelligent influence of Mercury to produce a modest yet discriminating nature that is oriented toward service. The maiden in the symbol for this sign is usually shown holding an ear of corn, thus combining the idea of purity with that of fertility. Like other earth signs, Virgo people like to work with the earth and its products, not so much in a spirit of ownership, like Taurus, or ambition like Capricorn, as in a desire to be useful. Although Virgo shares the spirit of service with its opposite, Pisces, it is very unlike Pisces in that it takes nothing on faith. Virgoans are distinguished by their highly developed critical and analytical faculties. They are capable of the finest discriminations, distrusting things that do not hang together logically, or people who are too emotional, for that matter. Their fussiness can be infuriating, but their ability to focus on detail and their willingness to do something over until it is right is what makes them the craftsmen of the zodiac.

The same qualities that make Virgos such good workers can cause them unhappiness in their personal lives. Because they are painfully conscious of all the imperfection in the world (in themselves as well as in others), they are often dissatisfied. They sometimes have trouble learning to trust, and are slow to make a personal commitment, earning them a reputation for being standoffish. However, once they have made a choice, usually a sensible one, they are devoted partners, with all the sensuality of the other earth signs. There is a misconception about Virgo because it is associated with the Virgin, and because they are cautious about the private, physical intimacies they share with others, and so may refrain from giving in to their sexual impules in pressured, careless situations. Virgo knows that unplanned sex can later prove to be problematic, and rather than let momentary passion invite such complications into one's life, Virgoans let their heads rule their hormones in this regard. Actually, the label of Virgin more accurately implies that this sign strives to remain true to its essence - keeping its honor and virtue intact - rather than allow itself to be penetrated and thus corrupted by the baser energies of others. Virgo wants to retain its real, unembellished nature, and remaining self-possessed is one way to help make sure it will stay relatively uncontaminated.

In Archetypes of the Zodiac, Kathleen Burt tells us that each year as we enter Virgo, the mood of the Earth itself seems to become more withdrawn, introspecitve, quieter. Hermes of the autumn leaves is not the same gossipy messenger-god of breezy spring, of Gemini. In considering Mercury/Hermes as Virgo's ruler, several images come to mind. There is the Alchemical Mercurius who, standing in yellow sulfur fumes with tears running down his face, turns the Wheel of Transformation, slowly and patiently accomplishing the impossible and even irrational task of uniting the opposites, reconciling scientific paradoxes or "squaring the circle." In the process of alchemical purification Hermes' virtues are those of the Virgo archetype: patience, purification or perfectionism, meticulous attention to technique and procedure, obedience to methodoology, industriousness, and most important, humility. Jung, in Alchemical Studies explains that sulfur is a negative symbol, referring to facing the dark side of ourselves, our animal instincts, which are to be tansformed, for it is out of the unconscious rather than from the scientific, rational, conscious mind, that Hermes' magic comes.

Our second Hermes image is that of Hermes Psychopompous (Guide of the Souls), a luminous young man in perfect physical condition, winged like the Christian guardian angel, extending both hands outward, intent upon an invisible spirit who will soon be journeying with him to the underworld. As Guide, Hermes seems to represent the bright light of intelligence that will illumine the way for the soul and render the darkness less fearful, more intelligible. As Guide of Souls, or Guide to Hades, Hermes is one of the few deities able to travel to the underworld with impunity, free to come and go without any danger of getting stuck there. To the Greeks the underworld meant the resting place of the dead, but to Jung it has an additional meaning, the Unconscious, the land that we roam in our dreams. Hermes Psychopompous had the power, thorugh his magic wand or Caduceus, to put people to sleep for a short time, and through his underworld role, he is a god of dreams as well as a messenger of death. He also represents the light the intellect sheds to illumine the dark Underworld inhabited by the Anima (Animus), Wise Old Man, and the Shadow.

The third Hermes image is that of Hermes Trismegisthus, or Thoth, the Thrice-Great Hermes of Egypt who healed by sorcery and magic and had the power to resurrect the dead. This Hermes, instead of wielding the Caducceus, holds The Book of the Dead which he himself authored, which contains the mantic spells and techniques of his healing art that he taught to Isis, his disciple. He sometimes is pictured in art as an Ibex bird, representing the Soul, or an ape-headed god. Jung believed the ape's head meant that Thoth had successfully entered the Unconscious and assimilated those instinctual contents which he considered positive and helpful, that is, assimilated his primitive, ape-like shadow. It is interesting that the Greek artists and sculptors who were so tolerant in reproducing Isis and synthesizing the images of Ishtar and Aphrodite stopped when they came to Thoth, finding his ape's head monstrous, not wanting to imagine their friendly Hermes, the quicksilver mind, with an ape's head.

To the Greeks and Romans, Virgo was associated with the goddess Astraea, symbol of justice, who reigned on earth during the Golden Age of Saturn (to the Greeks). It is she who was fixed in the heavens when she retired from the world, disgusted by humankinds' decline to its present state of corruption, and where she can be seen to this day holding the Scales of Justice, Libra. However, it has always been the myth of Demeter and Persephone which is most strongly associated with Virgo, for Virgo rules the harvest season when Persephone is preparing to leave the world and seek the darkness once again. The glyph for Virgo is said to represent the harvest goddess holding grain which can only be Demeter (Ceres), and Demeter ruled Virgo in the schema of the twelve Olympians. The round of the seasons has always been symbolized in myth as a cosmic drama involving the earth mother and her child, most often male, and serving as the earth mother's lover as well as her son. The consort of the Great Goddess has his time of fruitfulness, followed by his symbolic death and journey into the underworld. Virgo's occurrence at the turning of the seasons makes it a natural association with this myth. Of course in the Persephone myth, both the key figures, mother and child, are female. To the Egyptians, Virgo was the goddess Isis with the sun-child Horus on her lap, while Medieval Christians saw this same constellation as the Virgin Mary holding the Christ child, the Christian story being simply the most recent version of the myth of the Great Goddess and her dying child. The modern age is permeated with this myth, for Pisces is, in many ways, the dying god, while its opposite sign, Virgo, is the mother. When Michaelangeol sculpted the Pieta, he created the mythic image for an entire cycle of history.

Michaelangelo's Pieta In Virgo we have reached the third aspect of the Great Goddess, having first encountered her in Taurus, then in Cancer. In Taurus she was celebrated with full round belly and breasts, as giver of life; in Cancer her connection was with the young infant, i.e., the mother-child relationship. Here in Virgo, at the third stage, Demeter must sacrifice her young child to another world, and thus we are witnessing the first stage of severing the bond of mother and child so that the child can enter new realms. In the Holy Mother and Child version so important in Christianity, the child is sacrificed to the collective spiritual realm of Pisces, where he is finally one with the Father. It is the final phase of this archetype, the Virgo/Pisces polarity, which humanity is living through at this time. We will encounter the fourth stage of feminine power in Scorpio, where Kore becomes Persephone, a woman initiated into her own realm of power independent from her mother.

The Virgin depicted with child is a paradox, because it is actually a representation of the mystery of womanhood and of life. Virgo's strength rests in the latency of the power contained within the unreleased energy of her being. The Virgin, in her chaste state, is potentially endowed with the fruits of womanhood, waiting for the right circumstances so that she will be permitted to give of her essence. Not completely aware of the extent of her ablities, yet knowing that she possesses something of great value once her creative force is allowed to flow, she waits for the perfect complement to her being so that her fruit will be harvested under the best conditions possible. When this occurs, her potency, that great creative and nutritive female force, ripens to maturity, bringing additional life into the world. In this respect, the glyph for Virgo is symbolic of the coils of energy latent in the Virgin's essence, which are kept from being released into their full expression in the outer world by a locked door, represented by the closed circle. It represents the untouched vagina, the coils being the loops of the ovaries and the uterus, and the circle the intact hymen.

Source:Microsoft Clip-Art The Age of Virgo (c. 13,000 BCE to c. 10,750 BCE) was the time of Gaia-Earth Mother. It was the end of the last Ice Age, a time of clay pottery, and the first intensive hunter-gatherer culture, as well as the first agriculture in the Near East. Nearly all cultures have stories of a time of great cataclysmic destruction, usually by flood. Conventional scientific theory attempts to explain these flood myths by reference to the known rise in ocean levels that followed the end of the last ice age (and the melting of the ice caps) between 14,000 and 11,000 BCE. While it is certainly true that the seas did rise, by as much as 80-200 feet along different coastlines, the rise would have been a very slow process, hardly noticeable in a single lifetime, and definitely not a cataclysmic flood that rapidly destroyed human civilization. To explain the myths and legends of sudden, massive and devastating floods a cause other than the slow end of the ice age is needed.

Source:Microsoft Clip-Art Tradition tells us that the GOLDEN AGE was populated by people who had realized the Self. When the last Golden Age faded, Earth began to align with a new pole star - Cygnus, the Swan, beginning a declining cycle of human affairs. In mythology, Cygnus, pole star of the post-Golden Age era, was the son of Sthenelos, who was the son of Perseus and Andromeda. making Cygnus the grandson of Perseus and Andromeda. As the cosmic season of the fall drew closer, Vega (the Arabic word for "fall") became the next pole star. During this time, myth speaks of the decline of Lemuria and the sinking of Atlantis (around 12,000 years ago). Vega, also associated with the decline of the female principle in the world, ruled over the Age of Virgo. When the stars of that constellation are joined up by lines to identify its outline, a female figure is seen falling backwards. Most of the esoteric astrologers agree that the last major cataclysm occurred around 10,000 BC when the Age of Virgo gave way to the Age of Leo.

Virgo, by Johfra Bosschart Hope called the Age of Virgo the “mid-period” of Atlantean history, and regarded it as their Golden Age in Art, Science and Spirituality. She said the priests of the Order of Ta-Khu [Atlantean Lord of Time and Space] had knowledge of “genetics, the personality types associated with each genetic pool, and the identification and isolation of those genes that carried specific E.T. memory banks”. Plato affirms that the demise of Atlantis took place "9,000 years before the times of Solon", who, according to Plato, visited Egypt at about 600 BC, making a total of about 11,600 BP (Before Present), precisely the date of the cataclysmic ending of the Pleistocene Ice Age, as given by the geologic record. The famous zodiac of Dendera indicates that the constellation Leo lay at the vernal point in the epoch of its start. Now, the era of Leo centers at about 11,720 BCE, in close agreement with the date given by Plato for the end of Atlantis and the start of the present era. What event but the cataclysmic end of the Pleistocene Ice Age and the consequent demise of Atlantis could better serve for the new start of times marked in that famous zodiac?

An artist's impression of Mitochondrial Eve who probably lived in Africa, about 150,000 years ago.The end of the Pleistocene Ice Age also marked the rise of agriculture, of city-building and of the Neolithic both in the Old and the New Worlds. According to a universal tradition, civilization was brought just about everywhere by white, blond, blue-eyed, titanic giants. These giants are no other than the Atlanteans fleeing their destroyed Paradise and moving into their new homelands in order to make a fresh start. As if to confirm this worldwide tradition, it is at this date that we start to find fossil skeletons of Cro-Magnoid men, so often equated with the Atlanteans. And these are found precisely among the sites connected with the rise of the Neolithic and of Civilization.

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) called the sleeping prophet, the father of holistic medicine, and the most documented psychic of the 20th centuryThis theory of the Atlanteans was popularized in the mid 20th century by Edgar Cayce whose dreams became the basis for his prophecies that refugees from Atlantis had built the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, The Sphinx was said to have contained – inside or nearby – a so-called Hall of Records, which itself contained proof of the claims made by Cayce about this prediluvian society. “Evidence” for the great antiquity of the Sphinx has since become the obsession of researchers such as Robert Schoch, who has pointed out that one wall of the Sphinx enclosure shows signs of weathering that don't conform to what we “know” about Egypt’s climatological history. Add to this the observations by Robert Bauvalthat the gaze of the Sphinx stares towards the Constellation of Leo and that the entire complex is a “timestamp” of the period ca. 10,400 BC. These observations would seem to support a theory that around the time when Atlantis was destroyed, ca. 10,400 BC, refugees from that great continent came to Egypt, settled, and began a building project that involved the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid, which is somehow a remnant of the scientific knowledge of that lost civilisation. 350 × 230 - Pleistocene Landscape. C004/8035 Rights ManagedMuch of the appeal of a 10,000 BCE catastrophe comes from the fact that the Earth did see a major catastrophe in 10,000 BCE. That period roughly marked the end of the Last Ice Age, a period in which it is known that ice melted and consequently water levels rose. Although hardly a Deluge, the fact is that at the end of the Ice Age, species like the woolly mammoth, which roamed the North American content, died extremely sudden, and it remains a fact that the end of the Ice Age did away with a number of species including the megatherium, Irish elk, cave bear, cave lion, and the last of the sabre-toothed cats. (The mammoth went extinct in Eurasia and North America, but was preserved in small island populations until ~1650 BC.) Known as the Quaternary extinction event, it has been ongoing since the conclusion of the mid-Pliestocene epoch, the world's recent period of repeated glaciations extending from 2,586,000 to 9,700 years BCE. The name pleistocene is derived from the Greek pleistos ("most") and kainos ("new"). The end of the Pleistocene corresponds with the end of the last glacial period. and also with the end of the Paleolithic age used in archaeology.

The climate record shows that while the Ice Age was drawing to a close, an event occurred that resulted in an extension of the Ice Age a further 1300 years. What this event was remains a matter of intense scientific speculation. Geophysicist Allen West has proposed that an asteroid or comet exploded just above the Earth’s surface. West argued that an explosion over Canada created a shock wave, setting large parts of the northern hemisphere ablaze. Ken Tankersley, professor of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati, studied diamonds recovered in Ohio, concluding that these originated from the diamond fields region of Canada. At first, Tankersley proposed that glaciers had brought down these diamonds – as well as gold and silver – from the Great Lakes,but quickly changed his mind in favor of West’s catastrophic approach when he realised that this conclusion was inconsistent with the evidence. For these diamonds to be located so far south requires a truly cataclysmic event like, as West argues, a comet impact.

West believes that the object that exploded over Canada was a three-mile wide comet, creating an explosion equivalent to 10,000 Tunguska explosions going off at once. Tunguska was an enormously powerful explosion near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, at about 7:14 a.m. KRAT (0:14 UT) on June 30 [O.S. June 17], 1908. It is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet fragment a few tens of metres across at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth's surface. NASA artist depiction of object striking EarthThe explosion of a three-mile wide comet over an area where the soil contained diamonds, gold and silver would throw these metals and diamonds into the sky, some of them falling as far south as Indiana and Ohio. Such a shower might have continued for several months after the initial strike. The larger diamonds would clearly have been visible to the naked eye, dropping like hail stones within seconds of the blasts, and might’ve even hurt if they hit you. But some of them you couldn’t see, and animals would’ve been breathing them in, West states. What caused the mass extinction of the woolly mammoth was the heat from the blast seting the air on fire, along wth North America’s grassland, the furs of animals, and the hair and clothing of humans. But it were not merely mammoths that died. Another casualty of this tremendous explosion was man itself: the Clovis culture, a Stone Age culture that had only relatively recently arrived on the American content, ceased to exist as a consequence of this explosion too. How global this catastrophe was, remains unknown.

Going back to the Middle East, it is a fact that, even though there is no evidence of an Atlantis or a 12,000 year old Sphinx, it is a fact that ca. 10,000 BC, there were the first signs of civilisations, especially on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the timeframe when Jericho was founded, as well as the first building phase of the temple complex at Source:AAAnimations Göbekli Tepe. Elsewhere, there is evidence of harvesting, as well as the cultivation of figs in the Jordan River valley: in short, the earliest signs of that great new human adventure that would become civilisation. Many scientists consider these sites to be the cradles of civilisation, but one can only wonder whether they were merely the remnants – refugees – of a catastrophe. Veritable descendents of Noah that might have survived a Deluge?

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Virgo, at 46 degrees in length, is one of the longest of the zodiacal asterisms. She is usually depicted in an angelic form, her two wings extending out into space, holding a shaft of wheat or an ear of corn in her hand. The shaft of wheat is represend by one of the brightest stars in the sky, Spica.

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Virgo is one of the more prominent of Spring constellations -- not because it is the second largest constellation but because of the dominance of its brightest star, Spica. Virgo is home to one of the richest fields of galaxies, known as the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. About 3000 galaxies form this immense cluster but they are all quite faint, not surprising as they are about 65 million light years away. While Virgo's asterism doesn't stand out dramatically, if you are fortunate to have nice dark nights you can easily follow the third- and fourth- magnitude stars. Otherwise, you may need the graphic below to help find the various members that make up this ancient constellation.
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The most prominent part of Virgo, the Virgin, spreads to the northwest (to the right) of the first magnitude star Spica, the fainter of the two bright bodies at the lower left corner. To the right of center, a near-vertical line of three stars curves to the right, Vindemiatrix on top, Awwa (Delta) in the middle, Porrima at the bottom, the latter with the star down and to the right of it point at the autumnal equinox. Well up and to the right of Spica is Heze (Zeta). Off the picture to the right lies western Virgo and the Autumnal Equinox, where they are seen in context with Leo, Coma Berenices, and Leo Minor. Image from JAMES B. (JIM) KALER 
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Virgo, the Virgin, from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.

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