Today’s image is ruled by Virgo in a twelve-fold sequence and the keyword, fittingly, is alchemy. Virgo is the mutable-earth sign and ruled by Mercury (Greek: Hermes) named for the god of alchemists and the hermetic traditions. A Chemist Conducts An Experiment For His Students is the Sabian symbol du jour.

The processes of nature may be hidden from us, but they await our discovery. We don’t just raise our voice in rejoiceful praise of the world’s workings, we seek to find out what makes nature tick. We employ intellectual analysis—very Virgo—which is our ability to control or alter natural processes, turning lead into gold in every real and metaphorical sense. We draw on that community (choir) of yesterday and build upon the knowledge they accumulated, becoming one in a long line of like-minds. We become a vehicle of rht collective, seeking to transform nature, bending it to our will.

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