Virgo Sun, Leo Moon: The Playmaker and the Theater Major

Along with being the most health conscious sign of the zodiac, Virgo also excels at writing, analysis, and forensic research due to its eye for detail, accuracy, and love of footnotes. In medical astrology, Virgo is associated with the intestines which through their power of analysis and discretion decide what stays with the body and what is discarded as waste. Virgo’s penchant for analysis and association with the intestines is also why you’ll find a disproportionate number of muckrakers born under this sign. Journalist Upton Sinclair, whose 1903 book The Jungle exposed the horrors of the early 20th century meatpacking industry, is a representative Virgo Sun. Combine the intellectual leanings of a Virgo Sun with a Leo Moon’s instincts for showmanship and the result is a Sun/Moon that is capable of doing muckraking journalism (Virgo) in a fashion that’s highly theatrical (Leo). To illustrate: using its on-air premier date as its date of birth, the 2003 ESPN television series Playmakers is a Virgo Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart)

Yes, Playmakers was about football but don’t let that dissuade you from giving it serious consideration. The series was absolutely riveting, receiving acclaim from critics (Virgo) and sky high ratings (Leo) from viewers; a well crafted, smartly written (Virgo) piece of theater (Leo) that was to professional football at the turn of 21st century what The Jungle was to the meatpacking industry at the turn of the 20th. The show was designed for male football aficionados yet brought in huge numbers of both women and non-sports fans because it depicted the most human of dramas: depression and drug addiction, unsettling power dynamics and deeply troubling family legacies. The plot lines were thought-provoking (Virgo) yet entertaining (Leo), featuring multi-faceted characters cast into complex ethical dilemmas with no easy solutions The show’s story arcs were fictional but highly realistic and more than a bit prescient: a star quarterback keeping his painkiller habit from his doctor, a veteran head coach keeping his cancer diagnosis from his family, and a Catholic wide receiver keeping his homosexuality from everybody — all issues that the NFL has done its best to deny or dismiss over the last 15 years. The show was a hit because it depicted the players not as caricatures but as human beings, exactly what Upton Sinclair did with meatpackers in The Jungle a century earlier.

Unfortunately, despite sky high ratings and critical acclaim, the series only lasted for one season as it absolutely enraged the NFL who pressured ESPN to kill it. Amazingly, one team owner said he felt the NFL was as wholesome an institution as Disneyland but that Playmakers had depicted it as being akin to the Medellion drug cartel. That’s a strange analogy to make since the NFL is arguably responsible for more heads being bashed and lives being shortened than Pablo Escobar himself.

That a fictional show like Playmakers was able to engage in muckraking (Virgo) in regards to one of the biggest entertainment cartels (Leo) in America makes sense once you understand the psychological operandi of this pairing. Virgo is the sign analysis, discernment, and diagnosis, while Leo is the sign of the King himself. The Virgo/Leo pairing’s job to to diagnose (Virgo) the problems of the king (Leo). According to astrologer Raven Kaldera, this is the Sun/Moon of “The Bard” whose job is to speak truth (Virgo) to power (Leo):

The Bard is willing to go forth and speak in a sacred voice, telling even rulers how to rule and putting a check on tyranny.

The Bard was deemed too dangerous to less secure Kings, and he was taken out of the equation . . . a deed that became deadly in the end. When the Bard cannot act as a check and balance to the King, the situation is turned over to the Aquarius opposition, who will have the King down as fast as possible. Thus the Bard’s job is crucial to the King, even if the King dislikes it occasionally (or often). (Source)

In the case of Playmakers, the show was playing the role of the Bard and the NFL the role of tyrannical King. The King (the NFL) disliked the Bard (Playmakers) so much that he was deemed “too dangerous” and taken out of the equation of cable television. Almost 15 years later, the tyranny of the NFL has been turned over to an armada of Aquarian style opposition groups ranging from the players’ union to parental groups to non-profits to the PBS documentary series “Frontline” now ready to take the King down. Had the King listened to a Bard like Playmakers 15 years ago, maybe some serious, comprehensive reforms could have been implemented and the current uprising would not be necessary.

According to astrologer Stella Hyde, Virgos make for great homeopaths and life coaches while Leo Moons are nourished by highly theatrical jobs such media mogul, circus ringmaster, and WWE wrestler. YouTube health and fitness celebrity Brandon Carter is a Virgo Sun, Leo Moon. (Chart) Carter is, in effect, a life coach (Virgo Sun) with the stage presence of a WWE superstar (Leo Moon), a street smart homeopath (Virgo) whose the circus ringmaster of a budding YouTube media empire (Leo Moon). He’s best known for helping to popularize what’s called “street workouts”, an insurgent exercise movement that is one part old school calisthenics, one part freestyle break-dancing. Unlike expensive memberships at corporate owned globo-gyms or the over priced pretentiousness of many yoga studios, street workouts require nothing more than access to an outdoor park and a good attitude. The workouts are a highly efficient (Virgo sun) form of exercise that rewards stagecraft and creativity (Leo Moon), one whose adherents are to mainstream gym chains what “the 99%” are to the Federal Reserve.

Kaldera tells us that in addition to speaking truth to power, the Virgo/Leo Bard can often be found speaking, writing, or reading “eloquent and inspirational political writing and thinking deeply about how it moves them.” (Source) Carter, for instance, has a popular series of YouTube videos entitled “Books That Make You Stronger” which as of this writing is up to seven installments.

Prior to becoming a fitness (Virgo) celebrity (Leo), Carter had gained some traction in the independent music scene. Like the music of any good Bard, his lyrics were aimed at putting a check on the tyrannical rule of various out of control Kings. Consider, for instance, these excerpts from his 2010 single “Blood Money”:

That Holy war ain’t working Mosque and Churches get it straight

Because I know for certain the verses don’t advocate

You killing another person or hurting them for their faith

Al-Qaeda wont see the virgins, Bush wont see no pearly Gates

[large snip]

They tryin’ to enslave you, Obama works for Goldman Sachs, how he gonna save you?

Carter’s video for “Blood Money” was released to YouTube where it quickly racked up 200,000 views before YouTube removed it from their site, perhaps for reasons not all together different than those that led ESPN to remove Playmakers from their programming. If so it won’t be the first time a Bard’s words have been deemed too dangerous to be heard.

About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney, voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached via email at editor (at sign) hexagonastrology.com


Virgo Sun, Sagittarius Moon: The Outlaw Homeopath and the Runaway Nun

In medical astrology Virgo rules the intestines which separate what stays with the body for nutritive purposes from what must be discarded as waste. This is the sign most accustomed to dealing with pathogen loaded waste, be it the type our bodies produce or the sort pumped into the environment by Fortune 500 corporations. Astrologer Stella Hyde says Virgos’ obsession with being “au naturel” and precision calibrated intelligence means they make for great homeopaths and nano-technologists while people with their Moons (unconscious emotional needs) in Sagittarius (the Super Crusader) need to feel as though they’re on a mission of great spiritual significance to feel themselves. (Source) Both Virgo and Sagittarius are considered intellectual signs so this is often a profoundly intelligent Sun/Moon combo. To illustrate: using its debut as its date of birth, the cult 1980s children’s series Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future is a Virgo Sun, Sagittarius Moon. (Chart) Don’t let the cartoonish metal costumes fool you. This was one of the few shows that sought to smarten kids up rather than dumb them down. As one reviewer for IGN put it, “Captain Power proved an immeasurably intense series. There was a shockingly mature story underneath . . . it dealt with the darker side of humanity while openly dealing with death, compassion and redemption of mankind in a profound way.” (Source)

Set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by a Dick Cheney look-a-like known as “Lord Dread”, the Captain Power series follows a small team of service minded (Virgo) guerrilla fighters (Sagittarius) as they fight to stop the “digitalization” of surviving humans into the global “OverMind”, an advanced supercomputer prison that is one part Monsanto, one part Facebook. The guerrilla fighters are equipped with high tech “power suits” that give them the near superhuman abilities necessary to do battle with Dread’s fleet of flying “Bio-Dreads”, nano-technology based (Virgo) super-soldiers (Sagittarius) that bear more than a passing resemblance to today’s predator drones. Medical supplies are in short supply and the guerrilla fighters are often found delivering or rounding up medicines for people traumatized by the ravages of ecological ruin and political collapse. Sadly, significant numbers of humans have pledged their allegiance to Lord Dread, becoming traitors to both their own species and the planet itself. Suffice it to say, many of the issues the show approached as speculative fiction back in 1987 are now the most pressing matters of our time.

The show was ahead of its time in other ways too. Lord Dread’s cybernetic machine empire was clearly the inspiration for “the Borg”, the infamous race of nano-technology (Virgo) super-fanatics (Sagittarius) that didn’t make their debut on Star Trek: The Next Generation until three years later. In one episode, entitled “Flame Street”, Captain Power contracts with a team of underground computer hackers for access to the “mental matrix”, a direct neural link to an artificial reality known as the “cyber-web”. Once inside the “mental matrix”, Power does battle with Lord Dread who attempts to manipulate his perception of what’s real versus what’s imaginary. Watching that episode on YouTube it’s hard not to notice just how much it looks, sounds, and feels like the plot to The Matrix, the blockbuster film franchise that wouldn’t hit movie theaters for another twelve years:

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Captain Power was highly original not just in terms of its on air plot-lines but also in terms of how it was filmed and produced. The show was the first television series to make regular use of CGI graphics and the first to be produced via the internet. According to a recent documentary on the series, the show’s writers were based in Los Angeles and would “modem over” their scripts to the cast and crew who were filming the show in Toronto. They would then modem back photos, suggestions, and revisions. This was all done via 56k connections — primitive by today’s standards but cutting edge technology at a time when 99% of the population hadn’t even heard of the internet let alone ever been on it.

The show was one of the first children’s shows to feature a legitimately strong female character in the form of Jennifer Chase, a pilot and tactical systems experts portrayed by actress Jessica Steen. More than a few Virgo/Sagittarians are raised in restrictive, oppressive religious or social environments. This is because Virgo’s shadow is often expressed as an obsession with sexual or moral purity while the Sagittarian shadow is expressed as religious fanaticism and dogmatic fundamentalism. The Chase character, for instance, grew up as a member of the “Dread Youth”, a fanatical political group for children modeled on the Hitler Youth of the 1930s and 40s only to escape its clutches as a young adult.

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Jessica Steen as Jennifer Chase in “Captain Power”

That a Virgo/Sagittarius like the Captain Power series would be so far ahead of its time in both plot-lines and production methods makes sense if you understand the psychological operandi of this paring. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet of the lower mind, while Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of the higher mind. As astrologer Sue Tompkins explains in her book Aspects, when the two minds are working together the result is somebody adept at thinking, writing, or communicating about the future:

Since Mercury (Virgo) and Jupiter (Sagittarius) can be associated with short and long distance travel physically as well as mentally, this pairing can be associated with a life filled with plenty of travel. Physical travel as well as educational travel is a very good way to use these contacts. Surely such exploration is the purpose of this combination. Mercury (Virgo) and Jupiter (Sagittarius) is a good mix for the writer and can often be found in those whose work is read well into the future.

. . . this is a useful combination for teachers, preachers, politicians, and philosophers. Anyone with Big Ideas and anyone who might talk or think about the future and, in particular, about an improved future. The concern with the future can point to an interest in youth or work with youth. The combination may also be found in people who enjoy or write science fiction — a genre that usually involves itself with future worlds far from their own. (Source)

The Captain Power series checks out on all points: the show was for designed for kids and used science fiction to communicate very “Big Ideas” about how to improve the future. Almost thirty years after it went off the air the show is still talked about among science fiction aficionados, both viewers who remember being riveted by it at home and Hollywood production staff who remember being impressed by its graphics, design, and special effects. Virgo/Sagittarians are often excellent teachers and many of the crew who worked on the show would go on to teach the methods they pioneered on the series to people throughout the entertainment world.

Like a good teacher, Captain Power may also have planted seeds within the minds of at least some of the young people who grew up watching it. The series was very popular among children, many of whom are now in their mid-to-late thirties and early forties. This is the generation already at the forefront of dealing with the consequences of a society turning its life support systems over to an armada of giant, artificially intelligent computer systems owned by defense contractors, pharmaceutical corporations, Wall Street banks, and other entities whose intentions in the real world are every bit as nefarious as Lord Dread’s were in the imaginary one. “We can’t just sit back and wait for things to get better” Power insists when it’s suggested that he and his team simply hide out from the forces of evil:

According to astrologers Suzi and Charles Harvey, two metaphoric images for the Virgo/Sagittarius pairing are, “A bespectacled librarian locks the door at closing time and transforms into Superwoman” and “An anthropology class goes on a field trip”. (Source) Both images are excellent approximations of the Captain Power series. The Jennifer Chase character, for instance, was something of a computer technician-librarian type until she donned her power suit at which point she transformed into a laser-pistol wielding, homeopathic (Virgo) rough rider (Sagittarius) ready to take on all comers. To keep costs down the production staff took a year long field trip from Los Angeles to Toronto. Once there, they created a complex anthropological back-story for a futuristic world filled with enormous amounts of pain and despair but also some pangs of hope, a world uncannily similar to the one we all now occupy.

About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney, voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached via email at editor (at sign) hexagonastrology.com

Leo Sun, Aquarius Moon: The Super Star Space Warp(s) and the Best Friends Forever

(Image: The X-Files, available via Amazon.com)

Leo is the sign of the celebrity and the superstar. People with their Suns (conscious identity) in this high profile sign make for great media moguls, circus ringmasters, and goldmine owners according to astrologer Stella Hyde. (Source) Sitting 180 degrees opposite Leo is Aquarius, sign of the scientist, the space alien, the all round super-freak. People with their Moons (emotional needs) in this far out sign feel most at home in oddball places like science fiction conventions or when setting off political revolutions Hyde tells us. Actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are both Leos with their Moons in Aquarius. Both are famous (Leo) for starring in The X-Files, a show about space aliens and super-freaks (Aquarius). As a result of the show’s success, both actors are huge hits (Leo) on the science fiction convention (Aquarius) circuit where they’ve coined a veritable goldmine (Leo) from the strange, the freakish, and the extraordinary (Aquarius).

Neither Duchovny or Anderson are high-profile (Leo) political revolutionaries (Aquarius) per se. However, they were so riveting as Mulder and Scully that, in a round about, they did help to bring attention (Leo) to political matters often considered too fringe to be taken seriously (Aquarius). In the early 1990s anybody who believed the government was conspiring with the forces of evil to tap our phones, poison our water, and hide the truth from us was considered too nutty to have around polite company. By the time The X-Files finished its eight year run it was almost acceptable to be concerned about such matters. That shift in our culture was in no small part thanks to the high profile (Leo), super-cool (Aquarius) aplomb that Duchovny and Anderson brought to bear as agents Mulder and Scully. They were the first pair on network television to shine the spotlight (Leo) on two characters who, in effect, operated as proxies for all us intellectually dissident, fringe dwelling, social rejects (Aquarius) of the world. In a pre-internet world that was a very big deal (Leo), even a bit revolutionary (Aquarius).

Astrologer Raven Kaldera calls the Leo/Aquarius pairing the “Friendship Moon” while Suzi and Charles Harvey say it excels at “flamboyantly crossing accepted social boundaries.” (Source) Duchovny and Anderson were so interesting as Mulder and Scully because they portrayed their alter egos as friends first, ones who turned “crossing accepted social boundaries” into an art form of flamboyantly intergalactic proportions. Whether it was aliens out of Area 51, monsters from the deep, conspiracy theorists from the internet, dudes from the CIA, heck, even an astrologer in one episode (“Syzygy”) — Mulder and Scully certainly did not discriminate when it came to who they would associate with or befriend.

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Although officially “just friends”, both on screen and off, the sexual tension between the two was so palpable that rumors of a more-than-friends relationship have circulated nearly nonstop since the show debuted. Their alter egos Mulder and Scully apparently did pair off in other-worldly communion during the show’s 2016 reboot. No doubt it was both hawt-as-fawk (Leo) and more than a bit freaky (Aquarius), just what we’d expect from two members of the zodiac’s super star (Leo) space warp (Aquarius) club.

About the Author: Matt Savinar is a California licensed attorney (State Bar #228957), voluntarily inactive as of June 2013. He can be reached for questions, comments, or astrological consults at his contact page.

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Dear Sports Witch: Progressed Ascendant from Flashy Leo to Meticulous Virgo?

Editor’s Note: this is a new column — “Dear Sports Witch” aka “Hey Sports Witch!” — featuring professional cyclist turned sports psychologist turned astrologer Willow Rockwell, pictured above. It was originally scheduled to appear in Hexagon #3. -Matt

Question: Progressed Ascendant from Flashy Leo to Meticulous Virgo?

Dear Sports Witch,

What role does the ascendant play in a person’s training program? I was born Leo Rising with Venus in Leo but in my progressed chart my ascendant is now Virgo with Mercury/Saturn both right there. I used to do tons of squats and deadlifts — with huge amounts of weight. People would always gawk and admire me and I would gladly answer their training questions. Now I feel like all I do is foam rolling, stretching and these weird “core” exercises to fix “imbalances” that my Pilates friend gave me. Am I ever going to be able to lift heavy weights again or am I stuck trying to activate my transverse abdominus and iron out my anterior pelvic tilt for the rest of my life?

-Neon Deon Leon

Neon Deon Leon,

The ASC rules a person’s body, their life path and their persona. You will always be a Leo rising, but progressions have a major impact on your physical self expression, especially when they first change signs. I am a Pisces rising, but when I progressed into Aries (the amazon warrior princess) I was at the top of my game. At the peak of my career (ranked #1 in the world) my ASC changed into Taurus (the earth mother goddess) and I became pregnant. Seriously, it was that dramatic. I retired after trying to come back after the birth, because I simply did not have the psychic or physical energy for it any longer.

Now I hardly even want to ride a bike! There are other things to do and other ways to move…

To me it sounds like you are very intuitive and right on track with what your body needs. Virgo is the sign of the goddess, and also the sign of the healer and healing. I would be interested to see when you progressed into Virgo, because in the beginning it is a very dramatic shift, but after a while a little bit of your Leo will come back. For now it seems you could benefit from exercising in nature (Virgo is an earth sign) and avoiding the mirrors (Leo) in the gym.

By embracing the feminine energy of the goddess you will balance out all the masculine Leo energy and really become whole. I also think the ladies will like that, and the Leo in you will like that too! It is important to remember that progressions are about moving forward and progressing, which is good! You will be admired as you once were, but now it will be for being a Renaissance man and not just an iron pumping stud.

-The Sports Witch

About the Author: Willow Rockwell — aka “Willow the Sadge Sports Witch” — was a professional cyclist for 17 years. She won two Bronze medals for the United States before retiring to raise her daughters with her husband Myles. The Sports Witch has a BA in psychology, is a Certified Sports Psychology Coach, and studied astrology with Dr. Julie Bresciani. She can be reached via her website WillowRockwell.com

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