This is the twenty-seventh installment of a new series of interpretations of the astrological symbol set. For interpretations of Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses and Planets in Aspect, please see the Depth Astrology series at the Smashwords e-publishing site, https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/13223.
The dynamics of sign-to-sign relationships can be useful not only in the interpretation of compatibility charts; they can also add information to the interpretation of planetary aspects. As with other symbol set interpretations, the juxtaposition of the essential energies of each sign is the starting off point for exploring their meanings.
This series continues with Gemini-Virgo and will end with Pisces-Pisces, working around the zodiacal wheel factorially with a new zodiacal combination presented each month. Past month’s articles are archived. Upon completion, some 4 1/4 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.
Gemini – Virgo
Gemini-Virgo potentially resonates with the square aspect between two planets. Additionally, out-of-sign trines can exist between planets in early Gemini and late Virgo and out-of-sign sextiles can exist between planets in late Gemini and early Virgo. Thus, the Gemini-Virgo relationship is generally seems to be one of conflict and obstruction but harmonious and mutually beneficial relations can also exist between containers in the two signs. Interpreting the Gemini-Virgo combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Gemini in the sixth house, Virgo in the third house and aspects between Mercury in either Gemini or Virgo, or the third or sixth house, and planets in the counterpart sign or house.
As a reminder, “container” is used here as a general term designating a planet whether in one’s own chart or another’s. When in another’s chart, “container” may practically be viewed to mean the other person. So that the analysis doesn’t wind up seeming too cold and depersonalized, I will sometimes use the personal pronoun (you) in lieu of the impersonal “container.” Recognize that either term can refer to a planetary energy within you or your relationship with another person.
With Gemini-Virgo, we have the
dynamic between Mutable Air and Mutable Earth. Earth and
Air are generally viewed as incompatible elements and, so,
it is here that we must look, primarily, for insight into
the potential conflict between these two signs. Both
signs are Mutable and their mutual mutability should be a
source of understanding and compatibility except that their
mutable energies are being directed in different modes by
their respective elements. Both signs are ruled by
Mercury, which should be another source of
compatibility. So, in order to understand the
potential conflicts between the two signs, we need to
explore how the functions symbolized by Mercury are altered
in a Mutable Earth environment versus a Mutable Air
that we can use to understand the conflict between Air and
Earth in the Mutable mode is that of someone attempting to
build an elaborate sand castle in a strong and fickle
wind. Mutable Earth is not like solid rock. Its
form is inherently impermanent, yet Earth strives to be
permanent. So, in a sense, there is already an
inherent conflict between Earth and Mutability. Virgo
resolves this potential conflict by adopting tentative
form. Because Virgo naturally strives for perfection,
no form is necessarily permanent because all forms can be
improved and moved closer toward perfection. Of
course, Absolute Perfection does not exist in material form
and, this underlies Virgo's substrate anxiety. This
anxiety can create an urge in Virgo to protect its
constructed forms, even as the Virgo energy seeks to modify
those forms in order to make them more perfect.
Gemini's Mutable Air threatens the stability what is
actually Virgo's fragile and tentative constructs and, thus,
triggers Virgo's latent anxiety.
Another image applicable to a conflicting
dynamic of Mutable Air and Earth is a dust storm, or the air
filled with choking particulates. For all the
characterization of Virgo containers as excessively neat, tidy
and organized, an expression of dysfunctional Virgo energy can
be scatteredness, disorder, messiness and lack of
responsibility. This may occur when the Virgoan impulse
towards order is blocked or frustrated. The frustrated
Virgoan container reacts by totally abandoning order and
structure, giving up, as it were, all attempts to control
mutability and allowing the Mutable energy to impress itself
undisciplined and unimpeded upon the material element.
This can, then, be the reaction when you are confronted by
Gemini's effective inattention to a stable order.
Gemini's Mutable Air winds stir up and scatter the material,
the building blocks (or grains) that you would otherwise seek
to place in neat and orderly structure.
The effect can be a compounding of
Gemini's tendency toward disorder and scatteredness when it is
not subject to some discipline. This messy and
disorderly pair actually obstructs any tendency toward
discipline or structure in each other. For, Gemini
normally does not completely lack order and structure.
In fact, Gemini's tendency is to be always ordering and
structuring his/her/its reality through classification of
experience, though Gemini has no long-lasting hold on any
particular pattern, rather moving from one changing pattern to
another. A reactive and dysfunctional Virgo, however,
could easily disrupt even this lightly worn sense of order and
throw the Gemini container into complete disarray.
Another manifestation of the image of the
dust storm is the contamination of the freedom and clarity
inherent in Mutable Air through the permeation of material
form (Earth) into the Air element. The clogging of the
air with particulate matter can represent the Virgo
container's constant attempts to impose analytical structure
and form, particularly rule and regulation, on freedom-loving
Gemini. Air inherently cannot be organized and
systematized in the way that material Earth can be.
Attempts to do so, to impose structure and limits, to bind
with rules and proscriptions, only lead to a situation in
which the Air element is restricted to the point that it is no
longer able to move freely and to express itself with mental
facility and clarity. Attempts by the Virgo container to
engender responsibility, commitment, routine and order in the
Gemini container either will be met with resistance or is
likely to result in a loss of Gemini's sense of freedom
accompanied by feelings of inadequacy. Trying but unable
to respond to the Virgo container's demand for compliance,
Gemini may find him/her/itself "sitting on the dock o' the
bay" unable to do what Virgo tells him/her/it to do.
This dynamic between Air and Earth does
not necessarily have to express itself in conflict,
however. There is also potential for mutual support and
opportunity between the Gemini and Virgo containers.
This is because each sign has the potential to balance
tendencies in the other to over-express their inherent
qualities. They can do this by resonating to a place in
the other sign that responds to that balancing quality.
As stated above, Gemini is not lacking a sense of order but
that sense of order needs to be cultivated and not allowed to
dissipate. Virgo's influence can support that internal
structure that allows Gemini to productively gather and
utilize the information it gleans through his/her/its
experience of the world. The key is to be supportive
rather than demanding or imposing.
Of course, all of the
dynamics can play out internally, as well as between
two people. The Gemini-Virgo
energy will also be modulated by the planets
involved, whether in your own chart or someone
depositorship of Mercury may also come into play. Gargatholil
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