On Labor Day, I stopped at the pet store to get some cat litter. It’s America, stores are open almost all holidays so why not? I followed a dog into the store that was much happier to be there than me (probably because he doesn’t have to pay).
Oh yeah, and why are dogs allowed and not cats? Which is the most common house pet, huh?
A bit to my surprise, the store was packed and product thin as the store must have had a special sale. My surprise didn’t last long, you might have guessed, as I’m an astrologer and Labor Day does fall in the sign of Virgo, which rules pets.
Virgo also rules work, health, food and diet. Virgo is ruled by Mercury which is learning and communication. It’s no wonder we go back-to-school in Virgo. It’s also no surprise that Labor Day falls in this sign.
I’m guessing the vitamin store was packed too but I didn’t stop there. There’s not enough time in the day for all the Virgo.
Why the pets?
That Virgo rules work and health makes sense as Virgo, being an earth sign, is concerned with the material world. Taurus builds and buys, Capricorn owns and controls, so Virgo must do the project planning and logistics.
Virgo manages daily world details from getting to work on time to making sure you have enough vitamin B12 and don’t pass out on the desk when the boss is walking by.
How do pets fit in?
Like the tai chi symbol, each sign has a polarity, a complementary opposite. For Virgo, that sign is Pisces.
Like the tai chi symbol, each month is ruled by a sign but contains the seed of the polarity which manifests during the full moon (when the moon is opposite the sun).
Like the tai chi symbol, when a sign becomes extreme, it becomes its opposite.
Why the fastidious, keep-your-feet-off-the-table, oh-my-god-did-I-eat-butter, Virgo would rule drooling, shedding, smelly animals is a mystery only if you don’t think about Pisces.
Virgo has the attention to detail that is needed to maintain domestic animals while Pisces supplies the empathy for beings that are dependent upon us without utility. Virgo love of pets involves Pisces feelings of love and tenderness.
On the Virgo-Pisces extreme for pets, we have animal hoarding and, in certain cases, animal rescue.
This article is by a psychologist who has worked with individuals who’ve hoarded animals. She notes that the individuals have a great capacity for love but may have had some trauma or loss that triggered the need for the conflict-free love that comes from pets.
Pisces is the mutable water sign, the last sign of the zodiac and the most sensitive. Water signs don’t bounce back from trauma and loss the way the other elements can, especially fire, which rules the spirit. Air finds new interests and people. Earth has the fortitude to continue with practical matters and routine.
Water, though, flows downward naturally and can have a difficult time letting go of pain and injury. Water signs may also feel injured where other elements haven’t registered a notable event.
What’s interesting about hoarding of any kind is that it’s seen as an inability to categorize. Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury, is about analyzing and categorizing. Unbalanced Virgo-Pisces seems to run the gamut from over-categorizing obsessive-compulsive disorder to uncategorized hoarding.
Virgo is analysis, Pisces is synthesis. We need a little of both to be in balance.
Related to animal hoarding is animal rescue. Sometimes hoarders are rescuers and sometimes rescuers are reluctant to allow the pet to live with others when the environment is not perfect (another Virgo trait – perfectionism).
Pisces is the rescuer of the zodiac. This trait can create difficulties for the rescuer creating the need for Pisces to be rescued from its own rescuing efforts. This article suggests the rescuer identity is simply a means to create relationships.
Transiting Neptune is in Pisces, the sign it rules. Neptune entered Pisces in February 2012 and will be in Pisces through 2026. That’s a long time.
Neptune in Pisces should bring heightened spirituality. Neptune’s (and Pisces’) lower desire is for that same feeling through heightened sensation so expect continued increase in use of intoxicants, both legal and illegal.
Neptune and Pisces bring rain and fog and water, which we’ve already noticed. Now water issues, such as lack of water in the world and polluted water, are becoming more common.
Every Virgo season (end of August to end of September) until 2026, Neptune will be opposing some of that energy. Some full moons will be more intense than others depending upon which degree the moon lands and where Neptune is residing.
This month’s full moon is September 8 and will be in 16 degrees of Pisces. Neptune is only in five degrees of Pisces so it’s okay to be on the roads. But if you drink, take a cab.
I’ve never noticed the long-term influence that astrologers predict with full moons; but, then again, I’ve never really studied it. The full-moon energy is always present as the polarity (or unmanifested side) of any energy we experience.
What I have noticed, again since Labor Day, is that my pet cat has been chasing cobwebs (or, dare I say, ghosts) through the house. I thought I’d missed the full moon; but no, it just came early this month, while the moon was in Sagittarius.
Or maybe my cat is reminding me that this Virgo month she RULES. And if I forget, she will gladly wake me at three in the morning to remind me.