Virgo And The Shadow What’s the story with Virgos? They are the workers, engineers, nurses, and service figures of the Zodiac. They can get a job done, or write the magazine, or landscape with diligence and efficiency. They are the first Sign in the circle that is learning not to be caught up with I-me-mine, so there’re many spiritual Virgos making their humble ways through life—unless they’re caught up with the 12th sign Leo’s self-inflation that we just reviewed. Taking a virtue to its extreme breeds first fog, then darkness as the inner emotion grabs a tighter hold on the psyche. The naturally driven qualities of Mercury of intelligence and facile perceptions become twisted into an hauteur (12th Sign Leo) that not only dominates the relationship but makes it hellish with nagging, superiority, diminishing what you might presume to know. If you’ve seen films or read of the 18th Century man of the salon like Alexander Pope, you know what I mean—a William Buckley type, splashing his reading all over the dismayed ears of the less intelligent family. There’s a certain diminishment in the smile that might make you shiver with ignorance. Quite possibly he’s insecure about what s/he dos NOT know, so clings tightly to the known past experience. Caution and detail crunched into doubt you know anything and fussiness about shoes lining up in parallel rows. On Virgo styled herself as a Recovering Critic, and that describes a Virgo on the way to divesting herself of the Shadow grips. The criticism goes inward and outward; both are deadly. Both can gain from forgiveness for all the past (mostly imagined) misdeeds so that a new lease on the self and others can be attained. One Teacher taught, Don’t be the FBI of God. We might add: Mind your own business. Live and let live. Do your best and leave the rest to God. Nice aphorisms for the Virgo to internalize. Since Virgo is naturally prudent, you would imagine s/he would figure these things out, but the psyche caught in the Shadow doesn’t work so unblindfolded. The Shadow as fostered by the Ego will fall into the same hole repeatedly, and grow worse, even stretching cautiousness into guile. So systematically Virgo has to withdraw from the tendency to make things so orderly or predictable. S/he need to allow the burgeoning Spirituality to take hold and be willing to let others do things their ways and NOT mutter inside about perceived ineptitude or inefficiency. Also be willing not to put a price or measurement on things—I scrubbed the house, and he expects me to make love when I deserve to be taken out to dinner. Or people are only paying me 8 cents for teaching them for an hour. Many things can’t be measured. Karma measures. Virgo could choose not to do that too.