Spotlight’s On Transforming Service Into Joy!
The Sun shifts gears from bold, brassy, bright Leo into the more demure and less demonstrative energy of Virgo.
While Leo grabs the microphone, belts out a few bars, and waits for the crowd to cheer, Virgo’s the one in the audience keeping track of which lyrics he’s missed and noting not only where he’s off key, but his specific sharps and flats. She then presents Leo with a list and tells him to work on it…
In short, Leo’s about performance while Virgo’s about the details that make up that performance. She sweats the small stuff.
And, aye, there’s the rub! How do we segue from summertime’s height of heat when the Leo Sun’s in its glory and reckless abandon runs amuck, to the quieter, more studious energy of virtuous Virgo?
Seems it’s no surprise that Virgo energy coincides (in the West at least) with back to school schedules.
But putting one’s nose to the grindstone does not have to be all work and no play. There is joy in service, as this quote by the 19th Century Bengali poet, writer, artist, musician, & philosopher Rabindranath Tagore so aptly points out:
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”
Creative Leo New Moon Energy Still High!
How can you make the best advantage out of the still waxing Leo New Moon energy as the Sun shifts into picky Virgo?
The first thing to remember is that Leo represents the archetype of creativity. While the Moon’s still waxing until August 29, now’s the time to continue to plant your creative seeds, water, and nurture them.
At the upcoming Pisces Full Moon (August 29), these seedlings may sprout into something tangible. They will have–fed at first by the uber-creative energies of the Leo Sun & Leo New Moon–and tended now by the more discerning Sun in Virgo–an excellent chance of blossoming into something real in the future.
What are you working on? What creative seed did you (or can you still) plant this month?
The trick is not to let the Virgo Sun’s energy become overly critical! While you’re enjoying your creative ideas, try not to shoot them down immediately.
Why? Because the combination of these energies right now create a perfect incubator out of which one may give birth to something special and something real…
Instead of annihilating an idea before it has the chance to grow, why not allow Virgo’s discerning energy to refine or review these creative ideas?
Eventually, under the Pisces Full Moon on August 29, the Virgo Sun’s energy will help you to weed out any unnecessary parts and to begin to prune your creative ideas into something that stands a much greater chance of surviving into the future.
I’m reminded of Rachel Platten’s Fight Song, in which she sings:
“Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
And all those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me!”
Don’t let the Virgo Sun’s energy become the “wrecking balls” inside your brain!
If you can allow that match to set alight the creative spark within, you can better utilize Virgo’s energy once you’ve fought to believe in yourself and allow that spark to shoot up and become a flame…
Then you can make the best use of Virgo’s energies to ensure your flame is well tended and safely guarded.
In other words, you serve yourself best by allowing Virgo energy to be the keeper of the that creative Leo New Moon flame, not the destroyer of it…and through that flame you eventually enable yourself to serve others…