Set the alarm for 2 AM but woke up at midnight and stayed up as we had to leave the house at 3 to catch a bus in Hyannis at 4 to take us to Logan Airport for an 8 AM flight to London. Thought I would work but didn’t. Was fed a terrible egg dish on the plane. Watched three movies—Snatched (terrible); Maudie (good but like watching paint dry) and Rough Night (one of those chick flicks that emulate guy flicks and very funny). Took an antivert to prevent my ears going wonky, but no anti-anxiety meds. Waited till we nearly landed to have some (bad) red wine. Only took about an hour to get through passport control; and had a driver waiting for us who took us all the way, two hours, to Suffolk where Pascale.
Now for the Virgo bit of the show.
That was Kate Bush song. Love her. She of the Constellation of the Heart. In her Circle of Fire. With her Hounds of Love, (woof) dressed as Arthur /Artemis, Leo woman archetype—can’t escape it—whom Homer called Lioness among women. She loves being a Leo. Every sign serve as a remedy to the excesses of the previous sign. Virgo, sign of humility, follows Leo, given to excess pride, a term for pack of lions.
Virgo’s ruler is in dispute. Traditionally it’s Mercury. Yet some say it’s Chiron, once a planet that was pummeled by asteroids and disabled; others say it’s the as yet undiscovered Vulcan. All are valid; but what’s most telling is that we don’t have the full Virgo story, pieces are missing, lost. We do know that the mythological Mercury, Chiron and Vulcan were all healers.
Vulcan, Greek, Hephaestus, is a potter, a smithy god, an alchemist and a healer. All substantial change as befits Virgo’s Mutable-Earth status. Hephaestus is lame, channeling his disability
into work and service to gods and men alike. The signs mottos are I work and I serve. Work
and serve. H’s biblical counterpart is Job, job, work, no? Dashing Through. H’s is the god of the human condition. He knows our reactions to loss, pain, suffering, can go either way. Giving rise to virtue or to vice. Out of clay, he sculpted Pandora who, with her infamous box, brought all virtue and vice into the world. She is the Vessel, like Mary Magdalene, vestal virgin, sacred harlot, female archetype of the sign of Virgo.
The 6th is that of our habits, rituals, work, diet.Virgo rules digestion. Our conscience is itself a digestive system, meting out virtue from vice. In processing hardship we undergo alchem-cal change, baser elements of self being burned away. Purified in the fire of our own being
Virgo’s like ah/ok. They remind us we are all works in progress. And being of service is the hallmark of their brand of spirituality. This next song was written by a Virgo coming to grips with loss. Oh, and as a side note, I fronted two cover bands in my life, the original bands of which were both led by Virgos: a Till Tuesday cover band called CU Next Tuesday. And a Pretenders cover band called The Pretenders.
song: 2000 Miles
Typos happen—I don’t have time or an intern to edit.*
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