"Nothing is more likely to to help a person overcome or endure troubles
than the consciousness of having a task in life." - Viktor Frankl
Virgo, ruled by Mercury and associated with the sixth house, represents mutable
earth energy. The evolutionary goal of Virgo is the development and
perfection of skill and expertise which is offered to the world as
service. Virgo is challenged to develop that which is most perfectable within her,
to take on discipleship to hone her skills, and to be of service to others.
Virgo is very much aligned with purity of intent, humility,
honesty, integrity, competence, and meticulousness. Virgo has a very
keen, analytical eye on details, flaws, and imperfections. Virgo is also
associated with health and the healing arts.
A shadow side of Virgo is to be so caught up in seeing the
imperfections in everything that she is in a constant state of criticism
of self and others. Because Virgo is driven to
improve herself and to perfect what she is involved in, she can become a
workaholic who doesn't stop to relax or enjoy her successes. Her sense
of perfection can run so high that a sense of drivenness can set in, or she can become so overwhelmed by her standards that she surrenders to defeat.
Accepting her flaws
and her humanness can be an important lesson for her.
If Virgo is not working positively toward self-improvement, she can
project her self-criticism outward, becoming nit-picky and critical of
others around her. She sees what is wrong with everything. Virgo takes
in criticism very deeply, but criticism from others cannot match the
self-criticism that goes on within her. Nervous energy in the form of illness, nervous habits,
anxiety, and worry can overtake Virgo if meaningful skill development
and self-improvement are put on hold. Sometimes Virgo is so
self-effacing and self-critical that she takes jobs below her talent
level or traps herself in self-sacrifice as a means of atonement for
imperfection. The very highest Virgo expression lies in the impeccable
development of competence in her most perfectable skill. She then
offers her highest expression of self to others, and becomes her work.