Virgo season promotes the practicality of pruning. Stimulates the strategy to simplify. Makes us minimize. Calls to mind the new birth that can only come when we cut back. September, while significantly easier in the realm of fertile flow forward than other months of this year, swings the pendulum to being packed full of potentially over-production. To do lists running long and longer. A marathon of mayhem when it comes to what we’re making. As we begin to buzz around like busy bees under this incredible Grand Trine in Earth, the Five of Swords encourages us to downsize. To offer us support in the work of doing more by being discerning about where we can commit to less.

While Taurus is all about abundance, Virgo is more interested in where abundance leads us and which paths are most useful to trek. Virgo helps us think critically about how to be concise so we can be more accomplished. Virgo helps us clean out the closet before we cut a check for something we already have. Virgo categorizes our time by ticking off anything (or anyone) it doesn’t need. While Virgo might be cool and collected, even cold on the outside, everything it strives for is in the name of service. When it spends its time on you, it is 100% devoted. It hankers to help and to heal. It is a sign that often gets a bad rap because its job is to be what we are socially conditioned to see as “the bad guy.” The one who maintains the rules so nobody gets hurt. But really, what is wrong with a little prompt towards protection?

When Virgo’s edge gets bent, its sometimes prickly demeanor turns both inward and outward. This week, remember that anyone who’s fuse blows up in your face was probably frazzled before you got there. Perhaps the edges were fraying for a while. Virgo is harder on itself that anyone else. Virgo in its most evolved demise, is self-flagellation in the face of imperfection. Block the Virgo energy from seeking purity, and its filtered, flawless water sours into sad sewage. But Virgo at its loveliest, is happiest when it pirouettes for the sake of devotional practice.

This week, allow yourself to seek a small-scale. Consider your relationships to quantity and quality. Let yourself be stirred to summon prudence without scourging yourself for imperfection. I speak often about radical acceptance of whatever energy is already present. Rather than shoving unfriendly feelings under the rug, can you make a place for them in the bed? Can you allow them to be as pure as they are so they can pass through?

Practicing acceptance for the desire to delve into details might open up doors to bigger picture time management. The Five of Swords slices one task into two triumphs by engaging our eyes for our efficiency. It’s less worried about the size of the cake, more concerned with how it gets cut The Five knows size doesn’t stop it from the satisfaction of slicing. It is careful and sometimes cold but your calendar will be grateful for it. Your pack will be lighter. Your production more pristine and your pride intact with all the tact that Virgo’s humility brings to you.

*Background photograph in tarotscope art by Emily Mason.

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