Today, the Sun enters the sign of Virgo, and so we enter into, according to some traditions, the Month of Isis, a time of the creative and healing power of the Divine Feminine.
We now enter in earnest the harvest season. Earthy Virgo is symbolized by the ear of wheat and the bunch of grapes — or alternately, an ear of wheat and a sickle. According to the ancient poets, the virgin Virgo is also sometimes known as Astraea. She lived on the earth during the Golden Age of man, which is described by Hesiod:
But since the earth hid this race below, they are daimones by the plans of great Zeus [Jupiter], benevolent earthly guardians of mortal men, who watch over judgments and cruel deeds, clothed in air and roaming over all the earth. (from Works and Days 109-125)
The “daimones” of which Hesiod speaks are invisible spirits which watch over humanity. Presumably, although it is unclear, Astraea is the daimone whose province is justice. The emblem of Her office was therefore the scales (Libra), which are seen next to Virgo in the sky.
Waverly FitzGerald notes, “Virgo is one of the biggest constellations of our solar system, and represents the harvest Goddess presiding over the sky at the time of shooting stars, vacations, heat waves and the grain harvest.”
And according to Dan Furst’s Hermes World Calendar, the Olympian God Vulcan-Hephaestus is also honored on this day of the Sun’s entry into Virgo. Significantly, some astrologers have long proposed the existence of an undiscovered planet Vulcan, said to be the true ruler of Virgo. He is in the same lineage of alternate Virgo rulers, including Chiron and Demeter-Ceres.
As if that’s not enough, the ancient Romans also celebrated the Vertumnalia this day – yet another harvest celebration. It was held in honor of Vertumnus, the God who manages the change of seasons and also holds the secret by which flowers transform into fruit.
Today, perhaps you’ll take some time to note the subtle signs that Summer is yielding to the changes of Autumn. Or, if you live below the equator, Spring is stirring. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, temperatures may still swelter, but look closely and see change is coming. What hint of Fall (or Spring) is in the air where you live?
And don’t forget — today is day six of Odin’s ordeal on the World Tree Yggdrasil, to receive the gift of the runes.