Mercury in Virgo – Gambit

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective Date: 07/31- 10/8/16 (Retrograde 8/30-9/22)

“It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.” – Sr. Francis Bacon

Cards:  The Fool, Ace of Pentacles, The Tower

It’s a whole new world after the events of this summer, folks, and Mercury going into Virgo, then retrograding, is going to teach us lessons of letting go.  The Fool and the Ace of Pentacles are our primary lessons here.  You must let go of your faulty foundations before this tower comes crashing down.  I’ve been blah blah blahing about this being Tower Year for some time now, so as everything detonates around us, and you don’t have any sturdy legs to stand on, please do not come crying to Artemis.  This three card spread urges me “let go of the bullshit, the shackles, the perceived duties you have in your life, and build your own foundation.”

A problem that Virgo faces is being too much of a service to others.  They actually give a shit about lifting people up, and figuring out why shit works and how to better it.  People have issues with Virgos because their primary objective is integrity in life.  So very fucking sorry if the integrity of your looming dark tower of a life is lacking, because we have more detonations to our lives to come.  Congratulations to those of you who actually give a shit, because the collapse of everyone else’s towers is going to fucking LAUNCH YOU to the sky.  Virgo invites more toxic behavior from dead weight in our lives.  They will use this energy opportunity to drown you with them – suck you into their psychosis and vampire off of your spirit.  You cannot allow this.  Leo into Virgo will be our time to establish our self worth and not fucking let go.

Virgo season is going to come down on us hard.  Muster up all of the delicious Leo confidence while you can, because you will be tested left and right to see if your integrity stands.  Oh, and did I mention the anxiety that is going to come along with this planetary shift?  Virgo is a Mercury ruled planet, and thus it is busy and extremely cerebral.  You need to counter this by getting grounded, getting into your body, and finding a physical structure to hold on to.  This physical practice is not only going to give you the support to get through the detonations still to come (like the Eclipse coming at us), but it will boost your health and your strength.

You need to be true to your changes.  If you know something is correct, or if you know something is your path, you must head out in that direction now.  If you don’t, you’re going to get sucker punched repeatedly in the coming months (and god help you when these shadows manifested now come back to haunt you in Scorpio season).  It is time to practice what you preach.  That’s what Virgo is all about; the practice.  The doing.  The method.  Figure it out, for yourself, and keep your head sharp.  You are building your Oathkeeper.

Even though Virgo is a Mercury ruled sign, she is also an earth sign.  Remember that.  Learning new things, setting up new foundations based on integrity, and figuring out how this can work for your tribe while you push away the toxic waste human beings is the lesson.  Let go, adventure, learn, build on that learning, and you wont have to worry about destruction of your life because you understand reality behaves like an ever changing spiral – slowly coiling your life in a different direction.  Instead dying in the rubble of this Tower year, you will gain inspiration, euphoria, and elation.  It hurts to shed your skin, but once that constricting waste is gone and you’ve cried your tears, you will see – gnosis.

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