August 24, 2020
Stay mindful about what you say yes to, so you can create space on your calendar and in your life for you! After the abundance of social activity that summer provides, Virgo season brings a winding-down phase that commands more introspection and alone time.
The qualities of Virgo, ruled by the element of earth, are tranquility, discrimination, efficiency, grace and intelligence. Self-control and self-discipline add to the equation, along with diligence and tidiness. Virgo is a spiritual sign, and this has been shown by depicting her with the wings that signify ascension of the soul. Appearing during the time of the harvest, Virgo is maternal, fertile, nurturing and prepared for whatever might come her way.
Over the course of millennia since the signs of the Zodiac were first defined, one of the symbols of Virgo is a virgin, temptress, and all other aspects of the feminine in between these two examples. She has been identified as many different Goddesses. For the Romans she was Ceres, holding a sheaf of corn, a symbol of fertility and the harvest (which makes sense considering Virgo season is when the first harvest takes place). Egyptians link her with Isis and with Maat, the Goddess of Truth.
The Greeks link Virgo to Astraea, the Goddess of Truth and Virtue. Astraea lived with the other immortals among human beings on earth. However, when Pandora opened the box and released all sorts of evils into the world, the Earth became unbearable. Astraea stayed for as long as she could bear it, although she eventually left the Earth, being one of the last of the deities to do so. It is said Astraea will return to Earth when humankind is ready for her.
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