Virgo is often thought of as the sign of a perfectionist. But what does this really mean? On a higher level perfection is the drive to make something better, or as good as you believe it can be; to mould it to some greater blueprint or plan.
The energy of Virgo gives us the opportunity to find out more about our drive to be better – especially to improve anything to do with our body, health, fitness, our garden, environment and our relationship with the natural world.
Virgo is often referred to as the Anima Mundi or Mother of the World. According to Alice Bailey this is a great being known as the ‘the soul of the world’.
This entity is given a feminine pronoun ‘she’ because of her association with Mother Nature. She animates all forms of life as we know them in our physical world. She is our human physical body but on a higher level also our human soul, our self-awareness and sensitivity to the kingdoms in nature. She is also the divine soul and the source of consciousness of our higher self.1
So the anima mundi gives us our ability or potential to contact the soul in all things. This soul has three parts – it is a trinity. There is the soul in matter, the soul in consciousness and the soul that is the source of our divinity and the sacredness in nature. It’s the Father, Son and Mother aspects working separately, yet also together.
That’s why the seed thought for Virgo is: ‘I am the mother and the child. I, God, I, matter am.’ Our journey, using the energies of Virgo, is to become conscious of the soul in all its manifestations. For this we must emerge from the control of matter or the personality of form, into control of matter by the soul. We do this by being re-born from the womb of the mother, but this time in full consciousness from the head of the virgin.
The soul is the Sun in its three expressions. The physical Sun is the source of anima mundi and multiplicity of the animal soul. This is different, according to esoteric tradition, from the heart of the Sun which governs the human soul and duality. Then there is the central, spiritual Sun and the source of divine consciousness and unity. The soul is love and life.
The anima mundi is the soul that runs through all atoms from the lowest, slowest vibrating particle in a bit of soil, to the highest, fastest particle of star dust. The Virgoan drive for perfection is really the soul seeking to make sacred the matter in which it is entombed. This drive is based on love, for the soul is an entity of essential and true love. And love works out through we humans as service and sacrifice of the lesser for the greater.
The ageless wisdom teaches that our Sun uses the anima mundi as the channel for vital prana to our physical body, via the base, sacral and solar plexus centres, to every cell to sustain our body in its coherent shape. On a higher level, this energy enters us through our heart, throat and ajna centres as a soul force. Then on its highest or planetary and systemic level the Sun enters us through our head centre.
This is how the divine Plan of our planetary Logos or the Intelligence of God is channelled down through the levels of existence into the densest, darkest particles of matter. The soul is in everything, and it is the mental, astral and etheric planes that, together, provide the facilitating network of vibrating forces for this channelling to occur. Like helpful hands these unseen realms use the energy of love to attract and then repulse all substance on all planes towards betterment – the light of the divine Source, the Central Spiritual Sun.
The anima mundi is made of devic substance which is the mother aspect, nurturing the Christ consciousness in all forms. We spend many incarnations as souls responding to the anima mundi of our personal desires. Much like an animal responds to its needs for food, shelter, sex or the first rung of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Gradually, on the spiritual path we begin to respond to our higher self or what we call our soul, and see ourselves as more than an individual. We realise we are part of a group, or humanity and of a planet. We expand our vision of ourselves as something bigger than just chasing our own tail.
Then finally, at the end of the spiritual path we step into the divine soul and know ourselves to be one with all planetary life, and also our planet’s role in the solar system. Of course that’s a long way for most of us, but many have made a start. We have travelled some way along our life path and are now at the in-between stage of duality. This is that awkward no-man’s land where we know we are nether pure personality, nor pure soul; not just here for ourselves, but not yet able to consciously love all as we love ourself.
This is the key to Virgo’s duality. Like Gemini which is also a dual sign, Virgo energy helps us become aware of what we are, what we strive to be, and what we don’t want to be anymore.
Virgo and Creativity
Virgo is often thought of as analytical, critical, and interested in detail over the big picture. When we look at life as a duality, we can see a mundane or lower level, and a super-mundane or higher level. Virgo shows us that neither is better because both are sacred. Through Virgo’s energies we have the opportunity to learn more about blending these two. We learn to expand our understanding of their importance to each other, and to the evolving will of our planetary Logos.
The ancients recognised Virgo as the mother principle and as the virgin force in nature that created the civilisation of the matriarch. We’re told that Lilith was the last of the Virgin goddesses of Atlantean times. Virgo is known as three goddesses covering her three incarnations in our human consciousness: Eve, Isis and Mary.
Alice Bailey says that these three represent the three levels of our personality or the anima mundi of our body, emotions and mind. This is the expression of the Christian Holy Ghost or the active intelligence principle of the universe.
The feminine principle of the three goddesses is probably why we love to be ‘in Mother Nature’, and find renewal and vitality sitting under a tree, walking in the wilderness or lying on soft grass in the warm sun. It’s like a return to the Eden of the womb where all needs were taken care of.
Much research with the vegetable kingdom has thrown light on the intelligence in plants. Agricultural practices like Steiner’s biodynamic and traditional organic methods are gaining momentum as we search for sustainable ways to live and feed ourselves.
Modern agricultural methods have emphasised the mass production of food for the increasingly decadent appetite in the West. Rather than addressing ourselves to the Eve principle of Virgo as an intelligent substance to be worked with, we have prostituted her abundant creativity to our relentless desire nature.
As we are increasingly aware, nature is alive with its own form of sentience, and this increasing realisation is renewing interest in ways of growing food and interacting with the natural kingdoms. So Eve is augmented by Isis, the emotional aspect of the Holy Ghost. She is our feeling nature and that which can empathise with the plants, rocks and animals so that we refuse to defile their sacredness.
Science is tapping into the wisdom of the third aspect of this trinity: Mary. The name of Jesus’ mother. Sacred to many, she is the mental body in humans. She gives us the ability to think about what we do – our body, and what we feel – our emotion, so that we can plan, strategise, change and consciously create new ways of living.
But of course, we are not really creative until we tap the true source of this essential energy: our soul. This is the source of our creativity. It is our Christ consciousness or love. The Gnostics say that the word Christ comes from Christos and the esoteric meaning of this word is fire, which refers not to physical fire, but to the foundational energy that gives rise to all living things. Christ is the source of life. ‘Everything that exists is the body of Christ; every atom, every particle, every energy, has that force or energy that we call Christ. Christ is infinite life.’2
This creative life force of Christ is symbolised in the OM, a mantra from Sanskrit and although it sounds like one sound, it is actually three sounds or three forces; the Trinity. Like Virgo, the OM sound resonates on the three levels of existence. It is creative on all three levels, intensifying the sacred in matter.
The soul is in all things says the ageless wisdom, and many feel this to be true. But our task is to prove this as a fact to ourselves, and to the world, so that our civilisation can be transformed. For example, the biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s work on Morphic Resonance and the pictures of divine beauty and aspiration painted by the artist Nicholas Roerich are just two methods individuals have used to help formalise our inherent knowing that all life is sacred.
Human endeavour towards greater truth, beauty and goodness utilises the creative mind – the gift to us from the Christ consciousness or love-force of the divine Source. We may think it’s our right brain, or ability to think outside the square, or mind-altering drug, but all these things rely on the combination of the mind and love to happen. Love causes every atom to become animated and to act through the force of attraction and repulsion intrinsic in the anima mundi. The outcome of this in consciousness is love-wisdom.
This dual force is needed to properly work with the kingdoms in nature, and with each other. As we are now discovering, plants that are forced into new forms without love will grow but only for a short time. GM crops and cloned animals survive a short and possibly joyless life, because they lack the vitality to truly live, procreate and evolve. They have not inherent vitality to sustain them.
In the same way, education methods that try and force knowledge into children, or teach only facts, is dry and lifeless, devoid of love or wisdom. In both education and agriculture, practices that deny the devic life force or anima mundi behind all life, are doomed to die out. They are not sustainable because it is the devas who sustain, nurture, tend and animate elemental substance to reproduce towards the Sun.
When we revel in a rose’s perfume, hug a tree, stroke a dog or wonder at a crystals fine geometry, we are communicating with the deva of that form. In our love and respect we are helping to imbue matter, via the deva, with sacredness; to enhance its intelligence and capacity to evolve. These are acts of creative living, and we humans are channels for this force of love on our planet.
In the Eastern Hindu traditions the soul or Christ consciousness is known as Lord Vishnu. This entity has a devic counterpart which governs the liquid or astral part of the cosmic physical plane, known as Deva Lord Varuna. It is the watery element which is associated with love, emotions, and feelings.
Water is that magic ingredient that makes everything happen. According to the Secret Doctrine, the primal mist preceded the development of the mineral kingdom. ‘Vishnu or the Aether strides through the seven regions of the World in three steps being a manifestation of the Central Sun.’ 3
The cosmic primordial Matter is the anima mundi or God immanent, ruled by Virgo. It’s polar opposite is Pisces which rules God transcendent. The God of the past 2,500 years, and the traditions that have enabled us to feel ourselves separate from nature.
As we know, our task is to bridge the duality of all the signs in our self. In Virgo-Pisces we must recognise the divinity of both the higher and lower, spirit and matter, as one and the same differing only in degrees of consciousness or soul expression.
Virgo attends to the nurturing, the detail of preparing the Christ life, the love in all matter, for life outside the womb. This wise goddess knows that before the Son she cares for can be like his Father Sun, he must be educated by his Mother Moon. Hence as humans we go through the experience of Earth life learning in the safety of Virgo’s dark cave, the lessons of love.
The need for love is in all life and in the sub-atomic world of nature. It is the law of attraction and repulsion to find what is compatible and what is not. This is the force that operates within the ether which is water or mist or love or devas – called by different names depending on what level it exists. In humans it’s called finding a partner, having sex, and then by the act of union, creating a child. On another level it may be a poem, sculpture, invention or any new manifestation into the world.
Virgo hides our light until we are ready for our second birth into Aquarius. The ideal in Virgo is the perfect development of the Christ consciousness. This is the true meaning of the perfectionist. She cares for the embryonic soul energy gently pulsing inside the heart of every human. With great attention to the detail of correct development, she ensures this consciousness is given priority treatment safely protected within our body or personality.
Like a tiny seed on the Tree of Life our Christ consciousness grows. Virgo attends to her task. The anima mundi or World Mother nurtures all seeds, but there comes a time when her work is done and she must yield up her now fully matured soul. It is ready to be born into the work for which it has been prepared.
In humans we work hard to develop our soul consciousness with Virgo’s help. The love for our self, family and friends grows until we’re ready to love the world, all humans and all kingdoms in nature. Then we are born again on the mountain top in Capricorn, or symbolically, through the top of the head. We are world servers in Aquarius, filled with light and radiating love-wisdom. The great mother has fulfilled her task. She has done this for aeons and will continue to do so until all life is brought to sit at the feet of the great Sun our Father.
Then we can declare, ‘I am the mother and the child. I, God, I, matter am.’
Mantram of Love:
In the centre of all Love we stand
From that centre I, the soul, will outward move
From that centre, I the one who serves will work
May the love of the Divine self be shed abroad
In my heart, through my group and throughout the world.
Alice Bailey, ‘Esoteric Astrology’, p. 251-285
1. Alice Bailey, ‘Esoteric Astrology, p. 297
Tree with sap. Photo by Sienna Dean.