Venus in Virgo

Fall, schmall. Venus in Virgo gets a pretty bad rap sometimes. Ok. Most of the time. If I had a quarter for every time I saw “picky lover” correlated to Venus in Virgo, I swear I’d be a rich woman.
Planets placed in the part of the sky considered to be in fall are said to be debilitated or showing impairment of energy or strength.  However, I just caught my own Venus in Virgo sneering a bit as I looked over at my detriment/fall graph to be confirmed that Venus is said to be exalted in Pisces. Venus and Neptune? Please excuse me while I pass on that.

Of course, I am a bit biased. As I said, I have Venus in Virgo. But, as for the rest of my chart, it is Libra heavy (Sun, Ceres, Uranus, Mars—oooh ANOTHER fall!—Pallas and finally, Pluto in the 8th). So, matters of Venus are pretty important to me. This cornucopia in Libra may have even offset a little of my Venus in Virgo handicap, if there is such a thing. The big deal? I also have a Pisces Moon square Neptune. What this equates to is that all the times my ass has been saved from completely sacrificing my emotional self in a relationship, it has been that debilitated Venus squaring Saturn that has saved me.
Venus in Virgo cuts the bullshit. Frankly. My Pisces moon can collaborate with my Sagittarian Neptune all day coming up with wild and vivid fantasies. And, my brain GETS it! My Scorpio Mercury hits my Moon via trine. But, the Venus that is mine also holds a close sextile to that Mercury and all she wants is the truth which Scorpio gladly delivers…eventually.
Let me see if I can give you a real life example. I keep a garden at my house every year. It is a solace to me. I love to play in the dirt and help things grow. But, there’s a part of gardening that quite literally gives me pause. There are times when you have to cut overgrown, weak, withering or early sprouts, leaves and fruit in order for a plant to thrive and reach its full potential.
Photo Credit: Ciro Marchetti-Legacy of the Divine

I do prune. But, I would be lying if I said it wasn’t painful. Particularly with chrysanthemums. In my area of the world, you are supposed to prune mum blossoms three times during the summer and my Pisces Moon swears she can hear the plant wailing as I inflict forced abortions upon it’s not yet bloomed “babies.” But, Virgo pushes forward with the cutting because she wants the plant to flourish at its full potential.
Pruning is Venus in Virgo’s job. She cuts away what is dying and not useful in order to benefit the “thing” in the long run. Pruning, done in the proper capacity, makes for stronger and more resilient growth, bigger fruit and appealing shape.

From Wikipedia: Pruning is a horticultural and silvicultural practice involving the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. Reason to prune plants include deadwood removal, shaping (by controlling or directing growth), improving or maintaining health, reducing risk from falling branches, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and both harvesting and increasing the yield of quality flowers and fruits. The practice entails targeted removal of diseases, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted tissue from crop and landscape plants.
Selective removal. See. Virgo can be deemed picky. But, I greatly prefer selective. And in matters of love and money, I don’t really see how selective is a bad thing. Targeted removal.

Photo credit Josephine Wall

That being said, I’ve never been a nit-picky lover. As a matter of fact, I’m more prone to pick myself to death before I would ever dare to say or expect anything from anyone else. Sure, Libra loves mirrors. But my face in the mirror has more of a purpose than just admiring what I see back at me. My face is usually in the mirror pinpointing every flaw of my own self. I’m much more forgiving and accepting of others.
With all that being said, Venus in Virgo is asking you, “Do you need a good pruning?” What dead weight can you cut away in order to flourish? What are you willing to give up in order to reach your full potential? And, on a side note, she says, “While we are at it, can we cut the bull surrounding your love life? Let’s get real here.”