Category: Virgo: Neat, Clean, and Discrete

Mars in Virgo: Planet of Fighting in the Sign of Duty and Service, Cleanliness and Competency, Health Consciousness and Holistic Routines

Mars is the planet of war. It symbolizes how a person fights as well as how they “do the deed”. When a person’s Mars is in Virgo their modus operandi will be characterized by the Virgoan traits of precision and cleanliness, due diligence and detailed analysis, professional competency and technical wizardry.

Virgo is a great Mars placement for any job that involves fixing things by paying attention to the smallest of details. Brain surgeons, acupuncture doctors, nurses, forensic researchers, computer repair people, plumbers, and auto-mechanics often have this placement. Aviator Amelia Earhart has Mars in Virgo and she did much of the maintenance on her airplanes. (Source) Astrologer Sue Tompkins says Mars in Virgo “conjures up the notion of military service, ambulance driving, or involvement with organizations such as the Red Cross.” (Source) Prior to taking to the wild blue yonder, Earhart worked as a nurse’s aid for the Red Cross during World War I.

Mars in Virgo: Amelia Earhart as a Red Cross nurse's aid, 1917

While Mars in Virgo is great for nurses, analysts, and forensic researchers, it’s not such a good placement for chief executives. Barack Obama, for instance, has Mars in Virgo. Fittingly, his weapons of choice are the “Predator” and “Reaper” drones, two weapons which offer the illusion of precise, clean warfare. Mars in Virgo loves, loves, loves, checking things off their to do lists and, indeed, Barack Obama spends a great deal of time pouring over the details of his “disposition matrix”, better known as his “kill-list”. (Source) Analyzing loads of data and then killing the single bad guy in a “surgical” strike is completely in line with the modus operandi of Mars in Virgo albeit in a very sinister fashion. It’s also no where near as clean or precise as Obama and friends would have us believe.

Journalism is an area where this mercury ruled Mars can really excel since good journalism requires both forensic research and plenty of editing, two areas that Virgo is a natural at. Former Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings has Mars in Virgo. (Chart) Hastings had been working on an expose of CIA director John Brennan when his brand new Mercedes mysteriously exploded at a Los Angeles intersection in June 2013. (Source)

Mars is about to begin a 6 week transit through Virgo. It’s probably no coincidence that last time Mars transited Virgo in late 2011 and through the first half of 2012 an epidemic of detergent theft swept the country. To Virgo cleanliness isn’t just next to godliness, it darn near is godliness. From Yahoo News:

Police believe thieves are using the soap on the black market, which retails for $10-$20, to buy drugs. On the black market, Tide is often referred to as “liquid gold” and can go for $5-$10 per bottle. So why is Tide the only detergent being targeted? Authorities list several reasons: Tide is instantly recognizable because of its Day-Glo orange bottle; it is one of the most expensive brands of laundry detergent; and it does not have serial numbers, so it cannot be tracked. (Source)

What’s interesting from an astrological perspective is that the thieves were behaving a bit like forensic researchers (Virgo) in that they selected the one detergent that can’t be tracked due to lack of a serial number. Mars in Virgo pays attention to the details even when acting naughty.

Speaking of acting naughty, Mars is the primary astrological indicator of a person’s sexual style. In her book Darkside Zodiac, astrologer Stella Hyde describes what happens when Virgo’s penchant for analysis goes a bit overboard in the bedroom:

You take photographs as a teaching aid for the post-coital debrief . . . When your partner asks how it was for you, you deliver a detailed report with bibliography.

Virgo is the only sign organized enough not to misplace the remote control to the vibrator . . . (Source)

On the upside, Virgo is probably the Mars placement most likely to read up on massage or acupressure techniques as these methodologies have so many health benefits, including many that are now being scientifically documented by way of double blind studies.

Virgo is the Mars placement most likely to suffer from a bit of repression but also the Mars placement most likely to know which forms of yoga or vitamin regiments will help liberate repressed energies in a healthy and functional way.

Mars also tells us a lot about how somebody pursues the object of their affection. When a person’s Mars is in Virgo they will pursue you by offering technical advice (fixing your computer), health tips (probiotic recommendations), or even by cleaning your house.

Should they truly fancy you, they might even offer to do your laundry. (If they’ve really learned to use their Mars in Virgo skills, however, they sure as hell won’t be using Tide detergent regardless of whether it was bought on the black market or at the Big Box store. Mars in Virgo, at its highest expression, subscribes to the motto of “all natch-ah-ral, no chem-i-cal”. Tide is a detergent loaded with chemicals, not an all natural soap. A person expressing their Mars in Virgo in a mature fashion will either find a way to pay for the organic brand or make some up on their own using all natural ingredients:

Making your own is also a great way to save money. Mars (fighting) in Virgo (precision) enjoys balancing the checkbook almost as much as it enjoys cleaning the carpets.

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How do you get revenge on Virgo?

Renown as the Health Guru of the Zodiac, Virgo is the sign most likely to use a computer database to track their daily intake of vitamins and minerals. This is why, according to astrologer Stella Hyde, the best way to drive a Virgo to the verge of a nervous breakdown is to simply have Big Macs delivered to their house on the hour, every hour for a day. (Source) “Oh for the love of all that is good and holy, nooooo!!!” my own Mars in Virgo cries out upon envisioning such a scenario.

Given Virgo’s aversion to fast food maybe it’s no coincidence that muckraking journalist Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, has a Mars/Venus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo. (Chart)

Along with being the most health conscious sign of the zodiac, Virgo also excels at journalism due to its eye for detail, accuracy, and near fetishtic love of footnotes. In medical astrology Virgo rules the intestines which separate what stays with the body for nutritive purposes from what must be discarded as waste. It’s thus rather fitting that one of the most detailed books on the horrors of industrial food production was written by a man with a stellium in Virgo. This is, after all, the sign most accustomed to dealing with pathogen loaded waste, be it the type that our bodily processes produce or the sort that fortune 500 companies stock the store shelves with.

When not giving out extremely detailed vitamin recommendations, Virgo can be found serving others in a quiet but technically proficient fashion. Anybody who makes their living cleaning up other people’s messes usually has an emphasis in this service oriented sign. That nerdy (yet strangely hot) guy or gal in the IT department who shows up after hours to fix your computer because you failed to download the appropriate virus protection software? Probably a Virgo. Same for many members of the janitorial crew who anonymously clean your work place up at night.

The dark side of this tendency to serve in silence is that Virgo can fall into humiliating social roles or soul-crushing daily routines. In these situations Virgo is neither compensated or appreciated in a manner congruent to the service they provide. Even though he likely has no interest in astrology, Schlosser clearly understands the less pleasant side of the Virgo archetype. He first came to national prominence for a series of articles on Big Ag’s exploitation of farm workers and meat packers, two populations of service workers (Virgo) that are horrifically under-appreciated in our society:

A guaranteed way to get revenge on a Virgo is to mess with their filing system(s). Of course if their filing system is being used to write a book as important as Fast Food Nation maybe you should find another way to get back at your Virgo. As Mrs. Hyde explains in her book Dark Side Zodiac, diluting your Virgo’s supply of Clorox or leaving shrimp in their drapes will also do the trick. It may drive them temporarily batso but it will do so while not impeding on their crucial yet so often under-appreciated Virgoan life’s work.

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