On August 22, the Sun enters Virgo, a mutable earth sign which expresses as worldly wisdom – the wisdom that we distill from life’s experiences. There is an inherent quest for higher truth within Virgo consciousness. The practical element of Virgo wants to keep us grounded in earthly reality. If an idea is not practical, then it is not of much value. If correct, it should result in an improvement in the quality of life.

The deeper spiritual consciousness that expresses through Virgo is that of service. Service is a universal cosmic principle of life. The word that most people use to express this activity is ‘work.’ But work is a poor substitute for the true expression of service.

There is a significant difference in attitude when we compare work and service. Work tends to describe just doing something to get a paycheck, often tedious and not necessarily fulfilling. Service involves wanting to do your best to fulfill the needs of others. Service has the qualities of conscientiousness, integrity, and positive motivation. Two people can be doing the same thing, and to one it is work and to the other it is service. The results of these differing attitudes can be quite noticeable.

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We are all in service to each other. It is one of the fundamental dynamics of life, and defines our relationships. We are all ultimately interconnected, and our mutual well-being is determined to the degree that we are truly in service to one another.

As the attitude of service grows in our lives, we discover a growing consciousness of non-attachment to the rewards of our actions. This is being in the world but not of it, and gives us a sense of freedom. This growing purity of action through Virgo results in mastery of the physical realm, providing the correct balance between the spiritual and the material.

The archetype of Virgo and its ruling planet, Mercury, is the teacher/healer. Mercury rules the mind and expresses through thoughts. It is the desire and quest for truth. Honesty, truthfulness, and integrity are its domain. When we value truth we find it aligns us in harmony with life. Truth can also be very healing on many levels. We must then communicate this truth and use it in service to others. This is the teacher/healer of Virgo.

Aries (March 21-April 19): There are beautiful and inspiring goals motivating you to action now. You have the desire to be of genuine service that is personally validating. There are transformative energies at work that can result in positive change. Some strong adversarial forces need to be overcome. If you control fear and impatience, you will succeed.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Relationship is emphasized this month. Having fun with your partner can bring happiness. Travel, both foreign and domestic, is supported. Get out of town, even if it is only for a weekend. Workshops, seminars, or even just reading a good book will be stimulating now and bring much wisdom.

Gemini (May 21-June 21): You feel some heavy responsibilities that require you to make realistic plans for the future. Partners and family members need to be included in your vision. There may be some personal sacrifices that are necessary at this time. Conflicts may arise. You must overcome frustration, anger and impatience. It is a somewhat challenging time, but you will be the better for it.

Cancer (June 22-July 22): Your psychic ability is highly tuned now. It is time to delve more deeply into the visions emerging from within your soul. You need to communicate what you know to others to help them understand the coming times. There is a growing feeling of stress and tension in the world. Try to protect your sensitive self from any harshness or negativity.
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This is a month for personal growth and self-development. The hidden powers of the soul invite you to explore their mysteries. You are able to tap into an inner strength that you did not realize you had. Take dynamic action and you will achieve your goals. You need to address some negative money issues.

Virgo (August 23-September 22): This is your month to shine. You are at your greatest strength. There is a deep sense of responsibility to your work and the need to share your vision of the future with others. Your heart is strong and in good balance with your mind. Sudden changes and conflicts can arise, so be prepared. It can feel like a rollercoaster ride, but you can keep your balance.

Libra (September 23-October 23): There are opportunities in partnership this month. Both love and business relationships can flourish now. Your ability to deal with people opens doors to new and enlightened ideas that can provide insights into a successful future. Use your diplomatic skills to harmonize the players into a coherent whole.

Scorpio (October 24-November 21): Power struggles and conflicts will be difficult to avoid now. Your hard-charging drive will meet resistance that can result in mental and emotional upset. Circumstances can change quickly. There is significant volatility now so be prepared for the unexpected. Be true to yourself and continue to move toward your goals.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Financial opportunities are available to you this month. They will require you to let go of some of your fear-based thinking and go for it. Be sure that you do your due diligence before you jump in so that potential problems can be identified ahead of time. Don’t be overly casual or confident. Success can be yours, but you will have to walk a tightrope.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): It is important that you try to develop a sense of detachment to the results of your worldly activities. You should find fulfillment in knowing that you are doing your best and let the cards fall where they may. This goes against the grain of your sense of responsibility and duty, but it can be liberating.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): If you allow yourself to soar beyond your self-imposed limitations, you can achieve new levels of success now. There is money to be made if you put your innovative ideas into action. It will require drive and initiative on your part. You must follow through on your intentions. Internal conflicts must be overcome.

Pisces (February 19-March 20): You are looking for something worthwhile to devote yourself. There is a strong need to do something meaningful for the greater good. Service and self-sacrifice can have inner and outer rewards. Your role is to balance the material with the spiritual, and there are opportunities for you to accomplish this now.

~ Robert Ayres is a Truckee resident and internationally known astrologer with 40 years of experience. He can be contacted for personal consultations at 530-550-1118.

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