I hope you find something interesting and informative on the pages inside. I have a passion for astrology that began at age 5!  I have studied many forms of astrology and Western Karmic Astrology and Evolutionary Astrology are my favorite so far.  Since astrology is an ever expanding wisdom there’s always a new idea or perspective on the horizon.

Through the years I’ve noticed the most challenging aspect of astrology for beginners is where to start.  Studying the twelve signs is the best place to begin so each month I provide the current placement for the Sun, but every sign is also applied to the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and a plethora of other astral bodies, as well as the houses that make up a horoscope. Learning the twelve signs is quite simple and will open up a whole new way to see the world. Everything has a birth: your home, your car, your cat and, of course, you!

In addition to posting the sign of the month, I will also be writing about simple upcoming celestial events like Eclipses, Retrogrades, New and Full Moons, and Solstices and Equinoxes to add a little spice to the month and make learning astrology a little bit more interesting.  I’ll post these on my Facebook page as well.  If you’d like to join the site, please go to Jo’Ann Ruhl and you’ll get any monthly updates instantly!

The Sun enters Virgo on August 23, 2015 at 3:38 a.m. PDT and 6:38 a.m. EDT

Virgo is the energy of purity, nature and order. Virgo is an earth sign, but it is more like sand than the wet dark earth we tend to think of when we think of earth.  Virgos are mutable, and like sand, constantly shifting, needing to move and change frequently, they can become bored very easily and need to have many intellectual or physical projects to channel their energy.

Virgo is very good at purifying, which essentially is analyzing what is useful and what is not. They are often depicted as being critical and detailed obsessed but really they’re following their unique design to put things in order and clean up or purify. Virgo is one of only three signs that is symbolized by a human figure rather than an animal. The other signs with human symbols are Gemini and Aquarius. Consider how these three signs embody some form of intellect. Gemini is all about speaking and writing, Aquarius is wisdom, genius, and Virgo is about analysis, methodology and critical thinking.

Virgo teaches us about health, how nature holds the key to our healing. Things like homeopathy, vegetarian diets, macrobiotics and holistic practices resonate with Virgo. They like everything to come in its purest form. Including people!

Virgo’s learn the lesson of missing the forest for the tree. Details are important but you have to step back and see the bigger picture. This often is the cause of irritation in relationships for them.  They begin to examine and analyze the other person.  They put them under the microscope metaphorically. To the Virgo they are simply trying to help you but because they are focused on details they don’t realize when someone does not want their help or opinion.

Many astrological writings will use the term perfection to describe the Virgo personality but I see the natural instinct they have to purify.

Virgo’s have an astonishing eye for detail; it is both a blessing and a curse. Can you imagine what it must be like to always notice the stray thread hanging off someone’s hem or the speck of dirt on someone’s shoe? For them it’s hard to ignore and even harder not to do something about it, their need to “purify” is very strong.

Their polar opposite is Pisces, the sign of the ethereal realm, the really big picture, and the cosmos.  Virgo’s see the grain of sand under the microscope, examining each and every facet; Pisces see the whole Earth from outer space and only see its beautiful colors.  Virgo and Pisces are both learning to balance their vision, one is too realistic and the other too unrealistic.  Is the glass half full or half empty?  Sometimes it’s a glass of water with just the right amount!