Happy Birthday, Virgo + Mercury Retrograde #astrology

The Sun entered the astrological sign of Virgo today at 3:20PM, Pacific Time.

Virgo image @ vgorbash

Virgo @ vgorbash

Virgo is the sign of the virgin, but in these modern times, don’t take that too literally. The sign is generally symbolized by a young woman in a toga, sometimes with a sheaf of wheat in her arms. Virgo is sometimes associated with Persephone, daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was kidnapped by Hades where she spent part of the year as Queen of the Underworld.

Ruled by Mercury, Virgo is thoughtful, practical, analytical and often serious, but with Mercurial charm and wit. Bob Newhart is probably the quintessential Virgo comedian with his sly, dry wit and understated persona. On the negative side, the sign can be “fussy, prissy and dogmatic”, as Linda Goodman puts it. But lest anyone think Virgos can’t be sexy, consider this list of actors and actresses born under the sign: Lauren Bacall, Rachel Bilson, Ingrid Bergman, Beyonce, Sean Connery, Camern Diaz, Greta Garbo, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek, Mark Harmon, Blake Lively, Sophia Loren, Chris Pine, Keanu Reeves, Cliff Robertson, and Raquel Welch!

Zodiac sign Virgo

Zodiac sign Virgo @ natreal

Virgo is an Earth sign, hence the practicality, but since it’s also a mutable sign, Virgos are more adaptable than their fellow earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn. As the sixth sign, Virgo rules over sixth house matters, specifically health and medicine. Virgo colors are green and brown, fitting for an earth sign. Virgo’s gemstone (or starstone) is variously given as the sapphire or sardonyx.

Other famous Virgos include Anne Bancroft, Agatha Christie, Elvis Costello, Queen Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen), Gloria Estefan, Goethe, O. Henry, Buddy Holly, Ivan the Terrible, Michael Jackson, King Louis XIV, President Lyndon Johnson, the Marquis de Lafayette, D. H. Lawrence, H. L. Mencken, Margaret Sanger, Charlie Sheen, Peter Sellers, President William Howard Taft, and Mother Teresa.

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Is there a Virgo in your life?

Note: Mercury went retrograde Aug. 12 and will remain so until Sep. 5. Of course, scientists say all astrology is rubbish and particularly like to use apparent retrograde motion to debunk the notion. They’re right that it shouldn’t work, but somehow it does, at least for me. Since the planet Mercury rules communication and short distance travel, hickups in those areas may be more frequent when the planet is in retrograde. I’ve seen some of those recently. How about you?


Happy Belated Birthday, Leo #astrology

My apologies to all my Leo friends for being a week late in celebrating your sign. July has been a hectic month for me, but that’s no excuse.

woman + lion

Zodiac signs – Leo–© goccedicolore

Leo is one of my favorite signs, probably because my Moon is in Leo, so I usually get along well with people born under this sign. (The one exception being my only first cousin but that’s not a story I want to get into here.)

A fire sign ruled by the Sun, Leo is represented by the Lion and is known for his warmth and flamboyance, his ego and his temper. After all, the lion is king of the jungle and loves being the center of attention. People born under this sign are natural leaders with a flair for the dramatic. Leos are warm, generous and friendly, but they can also be arrogant and self-centered.

Leo Constellation

Leo Constellation–© palych

It’s rare, though not impossible, to find an introverted Leo, but chances are he secretly dreams of being king. As always, a lot depends on the individual chart. Leo is a fixed sign, so Leos can get a bit set in their ways or even authoritarian. The sign rules the heart, both literally and figuratively. In the natal chart, the fifth house rules love and romance, but on a more serious note, Leos can be susceptible to heart disease.

Given Leo’s flair for drama and penchant for the limelight, it’s no surprise to find a lot of familiar show business names in any list of famous Leos, including actors Ben Afleck, Lucille Ball, Ethel Barrymore, Bill “Count” Basie, “It Girl” Clara Bow, Jonathan Frakes, Peter O’Toole, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Kevin Spacey, Robert Taylor and the marvelous Mae West, who provides a quintessential archetype for the lioness.

More celebrities include quarterback Tom Brady, singer Eddie Fisher, Olympic skating champions Peggie Fleming and Dorothy Hamill, director Alfred Hitchcock, and singers Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna.

Other famous people born under this sign include US Presidents Herbert Hoover, Benjamin Harrison, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama; emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, poets Robert Burns and Ogden Nash, dictators Fidel Castro and Benito Mussolini, pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart, authors Emily Bronte, John Galsworthy, Aldous Huxley, Dorothy Parker, Sir Walter Scott and Percy Bysse Shelley, pioneering psychiatrist Carl Jung, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Margaret, and Sydney Omarr, astrologer to the Hollywood stars.

You can find a list of more famous Leos here and more information about the sign at Cafe Astrology.com including a section for Moon in Leo.

Is there a Leo in your life?