Ingress results in a change in tone and meaning for a point, which is an energy shift designed to promote and continue growth, as well as change, on a regular and ongoing basis. Each point moves at a different speed, so the ingress for Mercury, which is faster than Mars, happens more frequently and is part of a recurring cycle in which every point eventually “returns” to the same degree as part of its elliptical cycle around the Sun. This article will look at Venus ingress from Leo to Virgo.
Changing the Tone, Changing the Meaning
On August 21 at 5:07 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) Venus will leave Leo and enter Virgo. Venus is the point associated with our relationships, the care of bodies, and what brings us pleasure. In Leo, the “tone” was tied to how we have fun with others and stand out to attract others to us. While in Leo the energy was charged with creativity and passion. It started out in Leo on July 28th and did not go retrograde, so its movement through this sign was its usual approximate 3 and ½ weeks’ time frame, leading to the ingress into Virgo on August 21st. Including retrograde motion, Venus takes between 1 and 2 years to return to a degree as it makes its way around the chart.
Venus in Virgo
In Virgo, Venus, an earth and air point (ruling both Taurus and Libra) finds itself in the service and meticulousness of the sign ruled by Mercury. As the point of femininity, this journey through the sign of service and skills can be quite enjoyable and pleasant. In Virgo, the focus is on who we need to help, what we need to do to take care of our health (especially our appearance), and what kind of relationship maintenance we need to take on and with whom.
After Leo “performance and play”, the move into Virgo can put us in a more selective mode, or it should. The symbol of the virgin is telling; she is demure, shy even, reserved, and careful not to act rashly or boldly, very “Venus-like” in many ways. Virgo energy is careful, helpful, and patient, and the Venus point is about relating, indulging, feeling safe, and connecting; this combination is quite satisfying for both the point and the sign.
I often think of Venus in Virgo, at its best, as the idea of packing carefully for a trip that has been well-planned and properly organized. If the energy is used positively, you can channel the receptivity of Venus to attract all kinds of interesting and helpful people into your life, as well as present as someone others want to engage. For the period between August 21st and September 14th, we all need to pay attention to the details of our relationships and the care of our bodies.
At the Personal Level
When I was born, my Venus was at 5 degrees 10 minutes (5d10m) of Aries and every year or so Venus will “return” to my natal degree and “trigger” that point in some profound way for me. As with any material I write about regarding astrology, I encourage you to get your full chart cast so you can find where the points I write about appear in your chart.
In my case, Virgo rules my 11th House of Community and will have the strongest impact on who I tend to want to associate with as a member of a group or “tribe”. I have five points in this area of my chart, Zeus, my Midheaven, Pallas Athena, Pluto, and Uranus. I want to be helpful to my community (Virgo), but prefer to “go my own way” (Uranus) as a change agent (Pluto) who views my career path (Midheaven) in strategic ways (Pallas Athena) to assert my authority (Zeus).
The period from August 21st to September 14th should encourage me to make new connections with people who contact me for spiritual guidance and need my leadership or problem-solving skills to move them forward in some important way. Taking advantage of this transit usually gives me a solid boost in my business. I will have to take care of my personal and professional relationships by checking in with friends and colleagues to see how everyone is doing at this time in their lives.
Generally speaking, Venus in Virgo is about “selfless” service, which can be very generous, but also taxing if one does not maintain proper boundaries. For the people getting served, the help will be welcome and can deepen your relationship with them. If you get drawn into a situation with someone narcissistic, this energy can get you pretty far down the rabbit hole before you realize you are trapped. For this reason, it is important to know your limits and know when to call it a day and do self-care.
Venus in Virgo, The Sign that Rules Service and Health
Virgo, as the ruler of the 6th House, manages day-to-day work, our skills, service we offer others, and our health. If you can accept that Virgo will enhance Venus energy, you can use this period of time to extend new relationships, mend broken or damaged relationships, and appreciate healthy relationships.
Lastly, the transition from Venus in Leo to Venus in Virgo can feel like going from highways speeds to a city speed limit, all the way down to driving through a school zone. Venus will not mind because its energy is most often focused on others and will think that special speed limits for school zones are necessary (likely a Venus in Virgo person suggested them). While under this transit, it can be a great time to go to the spa, enjoy some healthy foods, and tune up your wardrobe!