the Ordinary Wheel
22nd to September 21st
the Word said:
Let matter reign
August 22nd to September 1st
September 1st to 10th
September 10th to 21st
read the prefatory material before investigating your own Decanate
Stage, as proper assignment is required. i.e., your birth date
does not indicate the stage of development, rather,
you must employ a subjective recognition of the state of consciousness
(point of advance along the Path of Initiation) which you, or
another, has achieved.
One: Physical Man
22nd to September 1st
the way of the Ordinary Wheel the sign of Virgo is entered clockwise
from right to left via Venus in the first decan,
Saturn in the central decan and Mercury
in the third.
characteristic stature of the active Venusian physical body is small,
well formed, well proportioned and closely knit. Even however, in
the large Venusian type there is a basic smallness of feature, such
as in hands, fingers, feet and toes, nose and ears, and overall
an inherent feminine delicacy. Facial lines are delicately shaped,
appearing small and regular. The eyes tend to be small with a characteristic
expression of frankness, simplicity and inquisitiveness.
physical beauty of the Virgin depends upon the regularity of features
and fineness of form. If well endowed there is an appearance of
a real gentleness, plastic beauty and physical charm. Evolved Venusian
types are always refined, immaculately presented, handsome, tasteful
and suitably dressed. Under recessive Venusian influence the eyes
appear decidedly cold, cunning and unsympathetic. In the active
type in sharp contrast, the eyes express a clear, keen sympathy
and open intelligence. Hazel or gray eyes are common but sometimes
blue, as we should naturally expect under Venus. The mouth and nose
tend to be regular, small and straight. Characteristically the hair,
light, dark or indeterminate appears wavy, with unusual shade and
contrast in the light, standing up and away from the forehead in
a striking manner.
the inevitable working out of the Law of Cause and Effect—or
Karma—in the sign of health, we observe manifold types of
physical deformities, lameness, speech impediments, sterility and
obscure degenerative diseases.
the recessive type the head is broad-skulled and unduly large for
the body, while the face is homely, rather aggressive, sometimes
even overbearing in appearance. The eyes have a characteristically
unintelligent expression, are generally deep-set and often beady.
The very gross mouth or lips occasionally observed are also a physiognomic
trait seen in other Venus-ruled decans.
skin of the face looks stretched, thin, tight, wrinkled and dry—decidedly
lacking in moisture in contrast to the opposite sign Pisces. The
overall appearance has a hardness, gauntness, sparseness; somewhat—to
use a metaphor—like a barren harvest or famine.
the rulership of Venus it often seems that the mundane subject is
doomed to hard work without reward or appreciation, shining best
as a frugal and profitless servant carrying on their activities
with strict attention to rules and duty.
to service and duty on any level is the Virgin's hallmark. Concentration
and energy is expended in obediently carrying out the dictates of
the patron or employer in the proper and appropriate manner with
clean hands, pure heart, sound health and good works.
Venusian type here does not seek to receive blessings, praise or
thanks, and neither is inclined to give them out to others, but
solely attempts to diligently fulfil his or her contracts faithfully
and earnestly through application of honest workmanship. Under Venus
though, success will eventually come after many lifetimes of experience,
notably in the creative arts—especially literature, drama
or painting which are governed by Venus.
the early stages of physical development the Virgin does not have
a strong tendency to abuse pleasure and so lives a quiet, regular
and active life. The usual lure of the physical senses under Venus
is modified so that the sensate world often has no great appeal.
soul is just beginning the work of developing a discriminative faculty,
a responsive sensory apparatus; one might say a refined palate.
The incarnated soul is developing creative intelligence, which grants
mastery of a minute perfectionism, meticulous precision, careful
measurement and attention to details. It is the intensity of the
soul's thought behind the perfection of the form which must be appreciated
and noted. The Virgoan ever dedicatedly strives, albeit unconsciously
to begin with, for the perfection and beauty of the form.
is ever connected in our minds with fertility and sexual potency,
but in the sign of the fall harvest it often produces a sterility.
Venusians have an innate instinct for purity and chastity, and are
naturally repelled for instance by literature dealing with explicit,
morbid or unwholesome sexual relations. The rulership of the physical
decan by Venus accounts for the Virgin's acceptance of celibacy,
and also the fruitfulness of the Virgoan in carrying out many good
works. They care little for prosperity or posterity so long as they
can serve 'here and now', focusing on those around them in their
here representing the incarnated soul, during the first stage is
hidden in the form—symbolically the womb of the Virgin—which
is the nurturing force of substance itself. It is hidden and protected
by the Mother, the nurturer and shield. The life of the Mother at
this stage is more important than the life of the Son. Virgin Matter
has attracted the soul and the life of the soul is hidden.
the first stage therefore, the materialistic aspect of the Mother
dominates and the individual life expression is characterized by
the selfish personality nature. Aeons later on the Reverse Wheel,
the physical form will reveal and release the indwelling soul. Then
Venus, the savior of the world, appears and nurtures the hidden
souls in Virgo. Although every fact of nature provides a worthy
basis for investigation, nature itself must be appreciated from
inside out and can never be fully comprehended if only observed
from the outside. From the deeply subjective point of view, Venus
stimulates the inner germinating energy of mind, the eventual creative
force behind consciousness itself.
in the due course of time, in Virgo the inner beauty of the soul
is discovered and its secrets laid bare. The pure Virgoan type is
a true child of the spirit whose sense of purity, peace and beauty
is profound, and eventually becomes transformed into the radiant
form of a god or goddess glowing with all the splendors of the soul.
Two: Emotional Man
1st to 10th
produces difficult and painful circumstances which force the Virgoan
to make a choice in matters of love, work, relations and friendships.
undeveloped emotional type is characterized by chronic discontent,
all manner of indecencies and ill humor. They really are quite cantankerousness,
and capable of rebuffing the kindest remonstrance from a well-meaning
person with complete denial or defiance.
the astral Virgin is prone to see the dark side of everything. Suffering,
resisting and quarreling with every imposed condition or small limitation
is the norm. Adverse circumstances are invariably blamed for loneliness
does produce stability and can and does aid in the creation of intimate
and enduring friendships, but these continue only so long as there
is a community of shared values. Divergent points of view are not
tolerated by the immature emotional type and lead to separation.
Disagreeable, ill-tempered and certainly prone to snap and growl,
they cannot adapt to changes which have emotional implications beyond
their limited range of feelings.
to say, it is not difficult to understand why an emotional temperament
under Saturn lacks enthusiasm and dwells within a straightjacket
of constrained feelings. Security is found in the grinding mill
of placid routine and the schedule of dreary drudgery without enterprise.
When it comes to the administration of duties, responsibilities
and tasks at home or at work the negative emotionally polarized
Virgin performs her functions with real resentment, disdain and
lack of kindness. If you were sick, for instance, this is not the
nurse that you would want to take care of you.
Virgoan temperament can be the most denigrating, dry, rigid, cold,
dark, acerbic, inhospitable, sterile, stifling, frustrated and repressive
in the entire zodiac. The recessive type therefore can be decidedly
unhappy, unduly harsh, grim, dark, morbid, troubled, rude, callous,
unyielding, non-accepting, heavy, critical, inaccurate, caustic,
stifling, puritanical, petty, insecure, fearful, passive and melancholic.
the height of emotional selfishness the Virgin is manipulative,
unable to let go, controlling, authoritarian, forcing, unforgiving,
cutting, biting, gossiping, chattering, sarcastic, insensitive,
misdirected, isolated and judgmental. Affection or simple kindness
is not the line of least resistance, so inferiors, patients or clients
are routinely treated with unkindness and lack of sympathy.
ironically, Virgoans can also be insincerely lavish in affection.
As irrational human passion is not known or understood there is
no opportunity to be swept away or lost in the beloved. The concept
of self-surrender is not grasped, but then neither is the notion
a consequence we find no great emotional arousal here. Love affairs
are few and usually remain unsatisfying, embittered and unfortunate.
When outward signs and tokens of appreciation, admiration and attention
are not evidenced, the emotional type appears cold and indifferent.
influence accounts for many unfortunate relations, bitter frustrations
and resentful feelings. Living introverted lives like hermits or
becoming recluses in their own workplace or home, these Virgoans
are certainly not the frivolous or light-hearted members of our
human family. As the causes are emotional not physical, internal
abscesses, stomach problems and ulcerations are common forms of
suffering and difficult to treat, cure or heal. Keep in mind though,
Saturn's influence also accounts for the humble nature of the sign
type. Possessing an unconscious sense of shortcomings or a given
lot in life, they are always content to accept less.
the positive or active side the emotionally mature Virgin is precise,
gentle, caring, nurturing, soft, open, satisfied, poised, observant,
investigative, thorough, unrestricted, accepting, aware, idealistic,
convincing and adaptive. Capable of great self-denial for their
loved-one, often however they choose to remain unmarried because
no-one can measure up to the minimal standards of perfection they
are known for being highly structured, unremitting, tireless, organized,
reliable and conscientious. Rendering service and aid to those who
they believe deserve it, they will not lift a finger to aid those
who do not work or are lazy or in some other way do not measure
up. They are fair, honest, simple, prudent, unpretentious, patient,
methodical, capable, constructive, witty, sympathetic, accepting,
tasteful and diligent. In the work place they are serious, determined,
effective, efficient, shrewd, dynamic and honorable. In the home
and family they are devoted, persevering, well-equipped and observant.
In personal taste and manner they are aesthetic, elegant, tasteful
and well directed.
complete openness to all people, emotions and situations enables
the mature Virgoan to earnestly begin to discern the true from the
false. They have a heart of gold—not easily melted, but when
the heart is open it glows with brilliant luminosity, warmth and
heat. The pure golden flame of true Virgoan love and affection rivals
anything else found in any other sign of the zodiac. They know how
people suffer, have learned to open their hearts and gained a realization
of the sweetness, fragility and preciousness of life. They create
a healing influence helping and serving others, and their presence
is felt like a panacea. A growing sense of the wondrous beauty of
life enables them to transform ugliness and chaos into beauty and
order. A basic goodness and immense gratitude for being alive leads
to the production of fruitful work and the cultivation of a devotional
Three: Mental Man
10th to 21st
the third decan the power of Mercury produces conflict and duality
which ultimately results in the right use of the critical aspect
of the mind as the interpretive faculty in life. In the early stages
however the outlook is very petty—perhaps microscopic is a
better word. After all, at the rudimentary mental stage a sense
of proportion, balance and common sense are severely lacking.
the thinker is incapable of producing anything inspired by the genius
of their inner essence or spirit. To speak in symbols: not yet impregnated
they are unable to conceive, so can appear quite cold, materialistic,
soulless and sterile. Industrious nonetheless, they adapt their
limited resources to the demands and necessities of their tiny sphere
of work, with their horizon bounded by the circle of duty. As a
rule they are not a dominant people but are well organized and incredibly
this decan Virgoans seem unable to overcome handicaps and limitations
as they inwardly quarrel with every adverse situation and circumstance.
Here we find unstable minds self-absorbed in suffering, lacking
confidence and composure. Highly skeptical, the rudimentary mind
is busy tearing things and people apart. They can be very worrisome
people full of agitation and also quite impossible to please. Intolerance,
imbalance, disharmony and lack of equilibrium remain lifelong problems.
the recessive side also, it is vital to note that Mercury over-stimulates
the expression of impatience, irritability, ill humor and chronic
discontent, thus often affecting the health and restricting the
activities of work and service. Frequent ill health, constant turmoil,
mistakes and poor diet do take a great toll. Ironically in this
sign of health, Virgoans do not really know how to care for themselves,
and they are fully capable of toiling unremittingly and dying from
the personality struggles for stability, the Mercurial mind develops
through the advent of constant crisis. In time nerves of steel are
developed without feelings of fear, timidity or doubt. When sufficiently
evolved the mental apparatus is known for its quick reactions, its
capacity to promptly and accurately express immediate responses
to external stimuli. The combination of a highly developed and concentrated
mind along with cool emotions is a real asset in the fields of sport,
fashion or in social life.
an exceedingly articulate, rational and concrete mental faculty
is produced. In time the thinker becomes ever more critical, concentrated,
rational, observant and analytical. The advanced mental type attempts
to cultivate the perfect mind for exact science, with marvelous
powers of lucidity, discrimination, separation and classification.
the clear-headed Virgoan makes an excellent worker in the factory,
garage, field, home, laboratory, library, clinic, business or research
office. Minute observations are natural to them, as is the ability
to make careful measurement. They are excellent communicators, researchers
and expert commentators in all fields. They are continually making
minute adjustments attempting to harmonize and blend all elements
within a given situation. This is practically impossible to accomplish
without the submergence of personal ambition, a steady preservation
of an inner contact, inner sensitivity, a decided emphasis on essentials
and the ability to overlook personality reactions.
in spontaneity, excitement or adequate appreciation of certain basic
appetites or natural pleasures, the Virgoan thinker is definitely
non-intuitive. Their lives are restricted by a small range of personal
interests. Often they live a lonely, isolated life. Overcome at
times with frustration and depression, they are easily discouraged
by the smallness of the part they have to play. Endeavoring to fit
themselves for the functions of their work they do succeed in developing
a strong inner integrity. They develop many varied forms of inner
creativity. Through the right direction and orientation of the thought
processes the purpose of the thinker is fulfilled. As they ascend
into the higher mental planes the pulsating inner life increases
its rate of vibration. The greater the increase, the more consciously
they work in a creative manner.
have a strong inherent sense of beauty and the capacity to produce,
create and express. As progress is made in the elevation of the
thought processes the mind becomes increasingly potent, overcoming
at the acme of the third rung, the evolved Mercurial type expresses
real finesse and refinement. Artistic and aesthetic sensibilities
are now sublimated to the highest possible levels. Mercury bestows
many gifts, including a fighting or sporting spirit, musical ability,
literary talents, spontaneity, improvisation and an ability to amuse,
delight and entertain. Rapidly unfolding and struggling to develop
a balanced perspective, whether or not scientifically or artistically
inclined they learn to produce in some practical form through some
creative or scientific medium.
a general rule it is apparent that the Virgoan does not like strong
contrasts of color, exaggeration or overly dramatic expression.
Evolved types are known for their clear style, concise mastery of
detail, keenness, judgment, moral criticism, strength and the polish
of their writing. As they perfect their technique they truly excel
in the mastery of details, and they can become prolific and quite
capable of adapting their genius to the marketplace.
are caught in the crippling weakness of moral cowardice, tortured
ambivalence, vacillation or indecisiveness, and all of these must
be overcome. Here they eventually develop a real facility for bringing
harmony out of conflict and grow psychologically through points
of constant struggle and crisis. Dissonant crosscurrents of energy
have an exaggerated effect on the temperamental, moody, over-sensitive
Mercurial type. So as a result they must learn to master the ability
to make peace, create reconciliation and demonstrate a mental facility
for achieving compromise, mediation and the bridging of differences.
evolutionary development becomes more rapid under Mercury the "star
of conflict" (EA 357), their lives are characterized by constant
movement, change, differentiation, continuous building and breaking.
They make plans only to see those plans aborted, disrupted or destroyed.
Their lives are filled with ceaseless suffering, frequent reaction
to environing circumstances, numerous friendships begun and ended,
and the agony of ceaseless mutation.
adaptability and a consciously cultivated pliability they learn
to progress with less disruption and so overcome fixed and crystallized
habits and routines. Dreams, visions and ideals are realized then
discarded, and friends are left behind. All are transcended and
then just seen as stations on the road. As they near the end of
the material Path the cup is bitter indeed to drink and their lives
seem utterly bereft. Unconscious of their innate soul, unconscious
of the truth of their own being but realizing profoundly the ephemeral
nature of the form—and of all forms—they stand utterly
alone with naught else.
is a true analogy here with the gestation period of an infant, the
importance of its right placement in the womb, the breaking of the
waters and the psychological release and expression of the Virgoan
upon the physical plane. The key to the release of the burden of
the Virgin comes about by cultivating responsiveness, aiming at
mental expansion and emotional plasticity, in loving and continuous
conclusion of the third step is gained through the conscious effort
to express the realization of the purpose of their creative life
work. Through experience they have learned to center their forces
on the mental plane and from there accomplish their purpose in generating
those creative and imaginative thoughtforms which will mold and
inspire the minds of others. According to the clarity of vision
and the depth of inner realization, so will be the strength of the
life given birth and its capacity to perform its intended function.
A growing conviction
as to the existence of the soul which is the Self is evidenced at
the apex of the third step. A structure of right living, conduct
and thinking has been attained. The physical form that the soul
is to occupy has been built and now the three-fold personality is
to be vivified and consciously dwelled within. Evolution has carried
forward the perfection of the physical mechanism to such an extent
that it is now a coordinated, integrated organism, a structure ready
for the use of the soul.
with matter over long aeons, the truth of their inner Self finally
emerges into the light. Knowledge takes the place of theory and
direct evidence takes the place of speculation. Conviction as to
the life of the soul then takes place and direct investigation begins.
An analysis of the nature, purpose and life of the soul receives
full attention, for nothing can now arrest its birth upon the physical
plane. The soul life enters the prepared personality and the inner
germ which has lain dormant is fostered and brought to birth.