How To Expand AND Contract At The Same Time?
Virgo = Service
Jupiter = Expansion
In addition to being of service, the Virgo archetype includes health, daily routine, orderliness/cleanliness, and the capability to get down and dirty with the details.
Jupiter, known as the Great Benefic, can bring blessings, usually by making a bad situation better, or a good one great. However, Jupiter’s energy is definitely one that’s over the top.
When Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo, this expansive energy becomes imbued through Virgo’s more myopic lens.
Astrologically, Virgo is the sign opposite Pisces. Pisces is ruled by Neptune in modern astrology, and Jupiter in traditional astrology. The ancients considered Jupiter to be in detriment when in the sign of Virgo, mostly because it’s difficult to think or act expansively when you’re mired in the nitty-gritty details.
On one hand, Virgo’s opposition to Pisces signals the need to integrate service with a higher, more spiritual calling. On the other hand, it highlights our potential capability to bring together enlightenment and practicality in ways that benefit us on a conscious level.
Pisces is about chaos. Take the beginning of the world for example. Anyone remember Haldane soup?
That’s what they taught us in school represented the mixture of chaotic gases, etc., that existed prior to the formation of our universe. And from out of this chaotic mess–when conditions were miraculously and perfectly right (Virgo!)–came expansion (Jupiter) and then order (Virgo again!)
Virgo is about discernment, or making sense out of chaos. As such, this archetypal energy represents a sweating of the details, as opposed to ignoring them in favor of the bigger picture…
I think of this combination as the greatest potential of which integrated Pisces/Virgo energy is capable.
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~ John Wooden
Reconciling these two energies may prove difficult for some, easier for others.
When it comes to creativity, however, Virgo presents us with a difficult pitfall to avoid.
Jupiter’s influence may fill our soul with hope, spirituality, and greater consciousness. Positive feelings may abound where Jupiter transits. Ditto for where we chose for him to take up residence in our natal charts.
I sometimes liken this energy to that of a helium balloon. Without the ability to ground itself, however, this helium balloon may fly too high and disappear amongst the clouds, never to be seen or heard from again.
Such is the case with those whose grandiose ideas never come down low enough to allow their feet onto terra firma.
While Saturn in one’s chart can go a long way to ground Jupiterian energy, Virgo’s influence may be a positive one as well. But Virgo–as part of its role to distinguish the wheat from the chaff, to recognize nuances and details–may also instill in us the mantra “work hard for the sake of being perfect.”
That’s because–or so some believe, be it consciously or unconsciously–perfectionism brings one closer to acceptance into the divine realm.
In other words, the thought process goes: if orderliness/cleanliness and being perfect is next to Godliness, the Virgo archetype is placed in the position of equating perfection with goodness, and chaos with all that is bad…
How To Make Jupiter In Virgo Work For You?
If you’re a writer, creative, or intuitive, you’ll want to allow Jupiter’s energy to continue to fill you with a direct line to the divine source of your special and individual brand of inspiration and creativity.
However, Virgo’s uber-discernment can make one overly critical. As difficult as it is to be overly critical when one is consumed with only the big picture, imagine the problems of keeping Jupiter’s optimistic boat of hope afloat when all one expresses is criticism!
So, easy does it…
Mercury’s still in early Virgo, and the Sun will follow soon enough…but Jupiter in Virgo until September 2016 is the backdrop against which these more temporary Virgoan influences will prevail.
Don’t lose sight of your bigger picture, your creative dream!
Meanwhile, however, don’t let your perfectionism hold you back from dreaming at all…
Out of chaos comes clarity…when the fog lifts, all becomes clear…we all start with Haldane soup.
What we add to it and how we mix and stir it is what allows us to perform the magic that leads to exactly the right word or phrase, note or harmony, dance move, picture or video shot, etc., that perfectly expresses what it is we are trying to say!