Later this month will mark the start of my favorite season, fall. While the temperatures here in the Mid-Atlantic aren’t yet reflecting this seasonal shift, many other changes are forcing us to think about slowing down. Astrologically, several larger outer planets are still retrograde, but the biggest news will be Mercury retrograde happening on September 27th. When the planet of communication slows down, it’s important to regard our emails, letters, and tech devices with care. Perhaps, like me, you’ve already incurred some drama (I typed this column from my iPad because my MacBook is being repaired, wish me luck!). But the main key is to examine how these little snafus involve justice or “righting the scales” since this retrograde is in the sign of Libra. Sometimes, what we envision as impediments actually turn out to be in our best interest.
Late August to late September is Virgo season, and being the honest Virgo that I am, let me start by apologizing for my delay this month. I was juggling various issues, including a family member being hospitalized, that put me behind schedule. Now, on to my sign! Virgos are rumored to be extra fastidious and health-conscious, but what stands out to me is their giving nature and their compassionate sides. Whether they have jobs in healthcare, teaching, or social work, those under this Mercury-ruled sign generally have good intentions for their vocation. Now, of course, they may work your last nerve picking up behind you, or telling you the details of the latest vacuum cleaner they bought, but let’s face it—relationships are a give and take. Virgos are symbolized by a Maiden or a Virgin. This goddess-like woman carrying a shaft of wheat supposedly represents our fertility and harvesting ability, but the real truth is that we are absolute lovers of the earth.