As an approach to astrology, admittedly, Energy Astrology isn’t as flashy as Mythic Astrology… or as unfathomably deep as Depth Astrology perhaps.
But what it does have going for it… its major strengths… is that a) it can get you to the core of your personal issue very, very quickly… and b) it can give you solid, practical guidance about what to do about it…
… And for those people who are in real emotional pain, and who don’t want to spend hours and days and lifetimes wading around in the realm of myth, or depth astrology, knowing what to do and why… this can indeed be a life-saver.
Even if you are not suffering greatly, Energy Astrology can definitely give you a solid understanding of your own personality, and how to perform to your best the majority of your days…
So now… putting out some practical wisdom / findings from the vaults of Energy Astrology… starting with…
Virgo & Guilt
In the above photo, a puppy has just destroyed a cushion, ripping it apart, feathers all over the place… and you can just imagine it’s owner, standing over it, saying… “Bad dog… Naughty dog!”
Trying to make the puppy feel guilty… which is pretty much the same tactic which people try to use on other people when they want to control their behavior.
Because when you make someone else feel guilty… it becomes easier to undermine them and control them… because people will do almost anything to avoid the low and horrible feeling of guilt.
Well… let’s begin disentangling that by tracking the link between the Zodiac sign of Virgo… to the issue of Guilt.
OK, the German astrologer Reinhold Ebertin originally made the connection between Virgo and the Large Intestine meridian, and this link allows us to make a further link, drawing upon the work of the kinesiologist, John Diamond, because in his energy system / approach the Large Intestine is linked to the positive quality of self-worth, and the negative quality of guilt…
Note: In a psychosomatic approach, the Large Intestine is where we process our waste before it is expelled… so it is the place where we energetically place all the psychic material we do not want to face, the psychic material we feel guilty about.
Or to simplify that equation a little… -ve Virgo = guilt, +ve Virgo = self-worth.
But now we have the equation… the next question… what exactly is guilt?
Well… a useful definition is that an individual feels guilt when they know they have done something bad / wrong… as opposed to shame, which occurs when an individual believes themselves to be bad / wrong… and so everything they do is also bound to be bad / wrong.
So shame is even more toxic then guilt… because at least with guilt you can say “I have done a bad thing… but I am still a good person“… with shame that defense is taken away totally from you… because you define yourself as being bad through and through.
Parents try to educate their kids… and puppies… by defining certain actions as bad… and creating a sense of guilt, so that the kids / puppies won’t repeat those actions because of the bad feeling attached to the action.
Both shame and guilt are very low vibration… which results in two things:
- Guilt feels so awful that people will do anything to avoid feeling guilty… something which priests down the millennia have used to control their tribes… as has mothers / fathers for untold generations.
- A small child doesn’t always understand the difference between an action they have carried out, and their own independent sense of self… so often at an early age guilt is accompanied by a fair degree of shame… which is actually the most toxic of all emotions, because it cuts into the root of who we believe ourselves to be.
Now, one of the things which Virgo is known for is… perfectionism on a good day… and procrastination on a bad day.
But both of these can be tracked back to guilt…
Perfectionism is a way of avoiding guilt… or at least, people hope it is… because you constantly strive that your actions / creations will be perfect… because then no one can ever then find fault with them… and if no one can find fault with them, no one can ever ever criticize you… and if no one can ever criticize you… then you are never going to ever feel guilty.
See how it works?
That’s why Virgo’s strive for perfection… because it is a way, they hope, or avoiding the guilt they dread.
Procrastination works in a similar way… if you never finish anything, no one can ever criticize it, because it is always a work in progress… which means no one can ever criticize you… then you are never going to ever feel guilty.
See how that approach works?
Virgo’s have a tendency to avoid finishing anything… not because they can’t (actually they are very capable fellows)… but because if / when they do finish something… they are open to people judging their creation… which… etc… etc… could end up in their feeling guilty.
Virgo’s have a reputation of being able to find fault with anything… but they live in fear of the same precise eye being turned on them… because if they are found to be at fault… yep, you guessed it… a tsunami of guilt.
Strangely, if you are very Virgoan (i.e. several planets in Virgo say), from early childhood you have usually discovered that you would rather not try… and so settle on feeling the frustration of never completing anything… rather then try, complete, fail, be judged, and end up feeling guilty.
Because, overall, frustration is a better feeling then guilt… compared to frustration, guilt really sucks… and so must be avoided at all costs.
It’s a game of which feeling feels marginally better?
So how does all this track with self-worth?
Well, once again… if we go back to the definition of the word… self-worth is all about doing.
Self-love is about being… it’s the love you get from the Universe… for free… for just being alive.
But self-worth is something you create yourself… what you make for yourself whenever you flex your own doing muscles… try, complete and succeed… whenever you step outside of your comfort zone.
But it doesn’t last forever… to maintain a good sense of self-worth, after you have conquered one mountain… rest, recharge… but after a while you will need a new challenge to motivate you… a new far off mountain to dream of climbing. Something which gets you outside your comfort zone… because being trapped within the safety and boredom of your comfort zone is what, paradoxically, kills off your stock of self-worth.
Hence the phrase, don’t rest on your laurels.
Every now and then you need a new challenge, a new skill to learn, something to do to see if your muscles still work… and to recharge your self-worth.
Self-love is there for the asking… self-worth is something you have to create for yourself.
But guilt can really screw-up our mental works… damage our internal mechanism… because if guilt is all about believing we have done something bad… and self-worth arises from a successful doing…
Well, if you suffer from guilt, then the last thing you will want to do… is actually do… because that might lead to failure and more guilt…
So the danger is that Virgos never step outside their comfort zones… unless there is something else, wild and crazy, going on in their chart, they seldom go off and have adventures (i.e. apart from Bilbo & Frodo, the majority of Hobbits must all be Virgos)… they let their sensible side (influenced by a fear of guilt) talk them out of this.
Which means they never give themselves the opportunity to accomplish great things (unless there is something else going on in their chart to compensate).
That’s why guilt is so corrosive to our feelings of self-worth… and all of the above dramas are played, almost everyday, by someone who has a lot of Virgo planets in their chart.
It is natural for a small child to explore its world, its boundaries… and through doing so it makes mistakes, milk gets tipped over, the cat gets painted red, wall-paper gets drawn on… and boundaries do need to be set, and the child needs to know that certain actions are unacceptable in a civilized society.
But if the parent’s response is too draconian, too harsh, then guilt sets in… and the child stops moving forwards… it becomes too afraid to try… and the guilt censor takes up permanent residence in its mind.
And if you get all that… then it will help you understand how the mind of a pure Virgoan works… and what emotional forces drive it.
However, for all your Crystal people out there, the following is a real help to all those Virgos weighed down by a mountain of guilt:
Guilt Antidote = Charoite, Citrine, Malachite
The Guilt Antidote Audio Essence will be part of the free eCourse training we are releasing mid to late October. More information coming soon…
Next… Libra & Regret
(c) Brian Parsons October 2016