Here's what to watch for:
* Whenever the Moon and Pluto get together you may notice themes of darkness, depth, intensity, and eruptions of hidden or secret content, the desire for power, corruption, the criminal underworld, purgation, and also transformation or themes of regeneration or rebirth.
* With the Moon in Capricorn, you may also notice themes of hardheartedness, manipulation, betrayal, competition, and opportunism.
* It's also not unusual to see public scandals or controversies boiling over, or for the disclosure of secrets to the public.
* Issues related to family, kin, or tribe can become more intense, with potential themes of family secrets, family rivalries, or the eruption of new family feuds.
* Issues surrounding women, women's health, mothers, etc.
* But again, there are also transformative, deep, healing, or regenerative experiences "in the air" during a Moon/Pluto transit.
* Next, we're on the edge of Virgo season. But what does that mean? Well, remember that the zodiac is in many ways defined by the annual/seasonal journey of the Sun from solstice to solstice and through the gateway of the two equinoxes. Virgo season represents the last and final sign of the Summer and the light half of the year.
* One of the major themes that Virgo embodies is thus the preparation for the judgment moment represented by the Fall equinox. At the Fall Equinox, the Sun enters Libra and also the sign of its fall or depression, and this is related to the fact that the Sun is now entering the dark side of the year, where there will be more darkness than light in a 24 hour period, all the way until the Spring Equinox, when the light takes over again.
* In many ways, all of what we say about Virgo is related to this last stage of Summer, wherein we are preparing for the harvest on all levels, physically we are preparing for the Autumn and Winter, but also spiritually the entrance into the underworld implies the coming of a judgment.
* Virgo's psychology is in many ways related to the constant feeling that judgment is waiting on the horizon. A judgment could mean a disaster, or it could mean karmic consequences, or it could mean something much more mundane, like being graded on a test or not getting a job because you aren't prepared well enough. Virgo's diligence, fussiness, orderliness, attentiveness, care, and thoughtfulness, as well as expert craftsmanship, exist in relation to the sense that our actions matter, that they are being evaluated or will be evaluated, and that "though there is light now, there will be a loss to come."
* We sometimes say that Virgos are perfectionists, but this isn't exactly true. Perfection isn't something of the "earth," and Virgo is of the earth. Librans are more into the idea of perfection. Aquarians are more into the idea of perfection. Perfection is an airy idea, remote, and belonging to the realm of perfect shapes and gods. Virgo isn't interested in perfection as much as it is concerned with sincerity, integrity, measurable results in the material world, care, and the intelligent use of skills.
* The 6th house and Virgo are often conflated, though they really shouldn't be. Ancient astrologers had a different rationale for establishing the topics of the sixth house.
* Any sign can be related to service. Virgo's service has a youthful and pure but earthy quality to it. The image of the Harvest maiden also suggests a worker in the world, whole and complete in herself. The old notion of a "virgin," was not simply related to someone who didn't have sex but rather to someone who may not marry or someone who was whole and complete unto themselves. Virgin goddesses in Greek myth, like Diana, were powerful but also lived whole unto themselves. For example, Diana was described in Greek mythology as youthful, incredibly beautiful, but also somewhat aloof from worldly concerns. Similarly, the Harvest-maiden is often depicted as a young woman with wings or with a bird on her shoulder, suggesting a "puella" dimension to Virgo...earthy, crafty, skilled, concerned or even worried about the future, but also youthful, beautiful, and somewhat otherworldly.
* We can attribute this strange duality to the double-bodied time of year. This is yang mixing strongly with yin as the yin time of year is about to take over. Not surprisingly, the antiscion of Virgo is Aries, the ultimate "puer" of the zodiac, a sign not only associated with Spring but also with "hired men," meaning hired young but strong boys/warriors/workers in the old world. Of course in the sign of Aries, we see Yang just taking over but coming out of the Yin of winter!
* Fun side thought: very subtly the zodiac is telling us that one of the essential qualities of yin is that it mixes more easily or readily with yang than yang does with yin. Is it therefore surprising to see more gender/identity blending qualities coming to surface in the collective as we emphasize more of the "feminine" in human consciousness?
* So, the next time someone talks about Virgo, and says they are perfectionists, you can correct them a little bit. And next time someone says, "Virgos are so meticulous," you can explain that this quality is actually related to the time of year that Virgo takes place in!
* Knowing your seasonal archetypes in astrology is like understanding how to use ingredients more intuitively while cooking. If all you can do is cook by memorized recipes, you'll never really develop that loving touch that makes food original, memorable, or filled with love and personality! I'm not a cook, but I'm guessing this is true. :)
Prayer: Cook us carefully. Show us how to use this time of year for the benefit of others. Teach us how to prepare for the "judgments" ahead without living in crippling or neurotic fear.