Labor Day, a holiday “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers,” is very well placed astrologically in the sign of Virgo as Virgo rules work and health.
Virgo is the second of the three earth signs that includes Taurus and Capricorn.
Taurus works around the yard saving its allowance in a piggy bank for a summer field trip. Virgo is your first job and the realization that more hours equals more pay (which occurs often on first jobs) and the excitement of having your own money. Capricorn looks to the workplace for a feeling of success and is employee of the month.
Earth signs love to work. Earth signs are part of the physical world in a way that eludes the other elements. Air lives in its mind; Fire in its spirit and Water in its emotions and reactions.
Only earth gets a sensual rise from the feeling of soil. Air touches the soil and thinks “I’m a farmer.” Fire touches the soil and wonders what’s growing. Water touches the soil and remembers how dad planted flowers for mom.
In “The Culture Code,” author Clotaire Rapaille informs us that the American culture code for work is “WHO YOU ARE.”
If that’s true, then Americans have turned what’s in the domain of Virgo (work) into the domain of Capricorn (social identity). The word “labor” implies work of a physically or mentally demanding nature. Women having babies are said to be “in labor.”
Since Americans have turned “work” into “career,” no matter how manual a job you apply for in the US, you are asked about your goals. I know a person who once answered the question about why she wanted the job with the response, “because I need to work.”
Answers to an American job interview must have elements of Capricorn – you must state that no matter what you are doing today, tomorrow you’d like to do something better. You must imply in some way you are constantly improving, constantly ascending the ladder, even if it’s not the ladder to the top. The ladder must go, at least, to the second floor.
If you have no Capricorn ambition, you are suspect.
By turning all work into “career,” have we set up Americans to feel loss of identity when work is no longer available?
If Americans identify who they are by employment, then unemployment creates both lack of money and lack of identity, double trouble.
There are 12 million people in the US with no identity.
Pluto is transiting Capricorn and will return to its natal position in the chart of the US in 2022. At that time, we may be re-evaluating our identity attached to the workplace.
Health Care Day
Virgo also rules health and diet. Interestingly, in the US, health care is increasingly moving into the workplace (called “wellness”) so Labor Day might be expanded to be “Labor and Health Care Day.”
Health care appears to be an area of growth in an otherwise depressed US economy. It’s interesting to me that the US has so much health care but unless you are working for a corporation, it is out of reach.
What if, and this is just a budding idea, we merge these two Virgo entities – the workplace and the hospital – into one entity?
The workplace could be on the top levels of the building and the hospital on the lower levels. Workers no longer need to take time off to go to the doctor but can simply go at lunch hour.
At the work station, we can be hooked into health monitors so determine if our stress levels are threatening to compromise our health. If we have health screenings daily, isn’t that the best way to reduce the cost of health care?
Many daily weigh themselves or count their calories or even count how many steps were taken. If we already monitor some aspects of our health daily, why not monitor everything else?
I’m sure there’s an efficiency here that could make the US mandate that corporations provide health care a more inexpensive, seamless endeavor.
Labor Day, contrary to its name, is a day of no labor, unless of course, you work in retail or health care which means you might have to work.
But the government and banks definitely get the day off.
Some of those with the day off tomorrow may engage in a Virgo endeavor – they may go to the gym for a workout. Running laps on the treadmill is not yet called a “career-out.” It’s still work, and still Virgo.
Happy Virgo Day.