StarWise – September 2018

photo of Mac MacLaughlin

by Mac McLaughlin

It’s Virgo time. What a wonderful sign! Ruled by Ceres, goddess of the harvest, and with planetary ruler Mercury, Virgo is the sign mostly related to health, hygiene, order, organics, systemization, regulation, moderation, humility, cleanliness, wholesomeness and every other thing that has to do with making our world work in a proper and good way. I always think of Virgo to be somewhat like Leo, minus the ego. Whereas Leo loves and needs the attention and aggrandizement to feed their voracious sense of self, Virgo abhors it vehemently. It’s kind of like been there, done that and they’re not really interested in drawing a whole lot of attention to themselves. Having been given the gift of discernment and discrimination, the saying, ‘Virgo cannot see the forest through the trees’ really does fit them well. Thank God they have the gift of analytical observation. Although they are often put down for it, it is a most wonderful gift, wrapped in humility, patience and compassion.

Virgo needs to be needed and they are at their best when they are being useful and helpful. Often, they fear rejection and will undersell themselves, even when it is obvious they are excellent at what they do. Many years ago, I gave a talk on karma and metaphysics. Deep into the discussion, a Virgo commented I had spelled the word karma wrong on the blackboard. I had written carma. Well, many of us fell apart laughing about it, but to her, the word was not spelled right. Never mind we were in the deep end of the pool about life, death and reincarnation. In the Virgo mind, the word wasn’t right and had to be corrected, end of story. Painstaking, hardworking and always ready to serve and help is the Virgo way. Yes, they are perfectionists to the T. Of course, if they get it wrong, and get things too convoluted, things can go bad as they did for (Virgo) Andrew Cunanan. He went into a murderous rage when he perceived he had been rejected by designer Versace. So the story goes.

Being overly analytical can turn out to be quite the spider’s web to get stuck on. Like Leo, Virgo can manifest tremendous dreams and visions of creative beauty. The mad King Ludwig (Virgo), although very odd and eccentric, designed castles in Bavaria that, to this day, bring a sense of awe and wonderment. Oh, by the way, Virgo is not a wimp, by any means. The undefeated world heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano was a Virgo. Hard punching, in perfect condition and relentless. Yep, a Virgo.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email or call 604-731-1109.

Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19
Money you didn’t know was coming your way could come your way. You may be keenly aware of what you must do in order to bring your health up to par. In essence, it’s time to put it all together, body, mind and soul. What comes may be something you value more than money.

Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
Children and relationships are key figures now. Maybe it’s about your relationship with your children. Whatever it is, you have an excellent time in which you can heal a lot of wounds that have been festering for a long time. Love and romance loom large on the horizon. Let your love light shine. Give and forgive.

Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20
You’re on the move and that might be literally. Home, family and real estate are big features now. It’s also time to take a deeper look at any health issues that need your attention. It’s a time of new beginnings and endings. Say goodbye to what was and greet the future with open arms. .

CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22
A special time has arrived in which you can get a good glimpse into how you affect other people. Actually, it’s a perfect time in which you can make great strides and garner large amounts of love and respect. If you insist on being right and give no concession, you could be in for a fight.

Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22
Your solar house of personal values is lit up strongly this month. Everything related to family, home, land and real estate takes on a special shine. Basically, it’s time to get back to the basics of love and practical living, giving and forgiving. Health and attaining a healthy lifestyle will be of interest now.

Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22
The Virgo New Moon on September 9 heralds a new start in your life. The stars are harmoniously aligned, sweetly so. You can just slide by and enjoy it all or do something special with the energy and go for the gusto. You can party now and pay later or pay now and party later.

Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22
The Libra Full Moon on September 24 occurs one day after the fall Equinox. However we look at it, things look good for you. Lord Venus is in your money house with generous Jupiter close by. The planets are in strong positions urging you to get a move on and work hard towards your goals.

Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21
The two benefic planets, Venus and Jupiter, are in your sign. The urge will be to relax and enjoy the days, which certainly isn’t a bad thing at all. It might pay dividends though to increase your effort towards whatever goals you have in mind. Don’t waste this precious time on frivolous activity.

Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
All social activities get a boost especially towards late September and into October. It’s a good time to join up with similar-minded people. Groups and societies and large gatherings are featured. Creative energies are high and romantic energies get a boost. Career potential looks good throughout the month. Your empathy for those less fortunate is strong.

Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19
As Elvis would say, “There’s a whole lot of shaking going on.” Mars, Saturn and Pluto are visiting Capricorn. Any one of them would be plenty to handle, but with all three, you can bet there’s a lot of changes happening. You may look forward to the process and truly embrace it as well.

Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19
Mars enters Aquarius September 11 and promptly squares off with Uranus. It’s a bit of a hairy astro combination and the remedy is to go slow, measure twice, cut once and don’t forget to duck. Better still, avoid confrontation; as Chuck Norris said, “The best defence is to not offend.” Otherwise, high energy is indicated throughout September and October.

Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20
September is a time of nurturing and nourishing and basically taking good care of yourself. You are well known for caring for everybody else and now it’s time to minister to your own needs. Music and the arts are featured and your dreams may be rich in meaningful symbolism.

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