Nearly every aspect of human existence is housed and categorized by Astrology. This involves both the good and the bad, or said in a more karmicly spiritual way, the “evolved” as well as the “unevolved”.
The sign of Virgo takes place from August 23rd until September 22nd each year. Its symbol is the Virgin as well as the Harvest Maiden and is one of the three signs housed beneath the element of Earth. The core foundation behind the element of Earth is that which is tangible, or said another way anything reality based which we can see, touch, smell, taste, or hear.
Virgo’s planetary ruler is the heavenly body associated with communication, rational analysis, and any/all forms of writing – Mercury. Combining the element of Earth with the rationally analytical influence of the fastest and smallest planet in our Solar System and the sign of Virgo becomes the master overseer of details, from the most obscure to the most minute.
This is the one sign where those born beneath it identify their entire sense of self with the work they do, despite applying a standard that’s as unrealistic as it is literally impossible – Perfection.
Those are the fundamental basics associated with the sign of the Virgin.
What many aren’t aware regarding this particular resident of the Zodiac is that Virgo is one of the three “karmic signs”. For those born beneath the karmic signs of Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces their energies are optimally spent whenever they are in service to others. Keeping that in mind, the sign of the Virgin is associated with any and all of the service professions, namely doctors, nurses, along with the vocation that continues to dwindle more and more throughout the 21st century – Nuns.
On September 4th, 2016 a woman was elevated to the highest level of Christian spiritual evolution by virtue of the Catholic Church proclaiming her a saint. A nun who entered this world on August the 26th and who left this plane of existence 87 years later on September the 5th.
With all of the key dates listed above taking place during the time period attributed to the sign of Virgo.
In nearly every way, the exemplary life of the nun known as Mother Teresa embodies the most evolved energies of the karmic sign she was born, died, and canonized under.
“I’m no Mother Teresa”
In the United States, whenever a person wants to emphasize they’re not a paragon of selflessness or generosity, the phrase “I’m no Mother Teresa” will often be said. Not only has she become a household name, her essence as a benefic force of goodness has crossed over into modern American culture as well.
When observing Mother Teresa’s marvel of a life, the sign of the Virgin has consistently played a major role involving key events which were highly significant for the nun. While on a long train ride to the Himalayan town of Darjeeling, Mother Teresa claimed to have been mystically visited by Christ where He petitioned her with “a calling within a calling”, asking her to leave her position as head principal of a high school for wealthy girls and start her own Mission of Charity. She called this mystical moment “The Day of Inspiration” which took place in the middle of Virgo on September 10th, 1946.
Even the final factor which affirmed Mother Teresa’s elevation to sainthood by being considered her 2nd miracle is Virgoan in nature. Marcilio Andrino of Brazil suffered from multiple abscesses of the brain and was preparing to die while he and his wife Fernanda prayed to an iconic image of Mother Teresa. Doctors could find no scientific explanation for the Brazilian man’s complete recovery but the former patient claims without hesitation the miracle of his renewed health came about from Mother Teresa’s intercession. Mr. Andrino, whose miraculous transition of health enabled the Virgoan nun to become a Virgoan saint was himself born beneath the same sign on August 29th.
It’s wondrous yet also unsurprising that this tiny framed nun who dedicated her life to helping others and is the icon of selfless service was born, died, and canonized beneath the first of the karmic signs of service which houses every religious order of nuns.
The woman they called “the saint of the gutters”, “the angel of Calcutta”, and “mother of the streets” whose audience was sought by kings, queens, presidents, and prime ministers managed to always retain her Virgoan sense of simplicity and contemplative humility.
The sign of the Virgin was a significant force of influence throughout Mother Teresa’s long life, most especially regarding the source of religious devotion that inspired her choice of vocation.
The Little Flower of Jesus and her Little Way
The sign of Virgo oversees the 6th House, also known as the “House of Daily Tasks and Chores” and Mother Teresa’s mentor brought that area of life to an entirely new level of religious devotion. Growing up in Macedonia, the saint whom the girl born Agnes Bojaxhiu admired most was the French Carmelite nun, St. Therese of Lisieux, who called herself the “Little Flower of Jesus” and promoted a standard of living she described as the “Little Way”.
St. Therese stated that even in the most mundane and trivial of tasks, one can see the face of God. The key was how one approached Life, most especially our ordinary, everyday existence. In her hard working Virgoan way Mother Teresa pain-stakingly applied Therese of Lisieux’s “Little Way” to every aspect of her life of service, where each detail, no matter how plain or basic was approached as if in praise to God.
Speaking of details….
A Nun’s Famous Quotes Regarding All that’s Small
As stated earlier, Virgo is the sign of details. A challenge for a vast majority of those born beneath this sign is to get so caught up in the fine print details that at times they will overlook “the forest for the trees”.
Without a doubt Mother Teresa must have been well versed in that Virgoan dilemma of details but even so the Virgo consistently referred to that which is small, miniscule, and detail driven to relay some of her most profound teachings and inspirational thoughts.
Go on any internet search engine and type the term “Famous Quotes” and it’s practically guaranteed one of Mother Teresa’s pearls of wisdom will come up within the first five listed. The religious Virgoan incorporated the area of life her sign is most adept with as her favorite topic of choice but in her Earth signed way purposely made her words simple and non-denominational for them to be easily understood and applicable to anyone, such as in the following detail driven quotes:
“Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.”
“We ourselves feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Being ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication which has the fastest orbital path around the Sun, Virgos also tend to be quick witted and masters of the “one-liner”. Because of their standard of Perfection (which must be emphasized no mortal can ever measure up to) the best Virgoan one liners tend to be of the self-deprecating kind.
Mother Teresa was no exception to this Virgoan rule. Her sense of humor is more than evident with the following self put-downs:
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”
“When I was crossing into Gaza, I was asked at the checkpost whether I was carrying any weapons. I replied, “Yes. My prayer books.””
As a Mercury ruled Virgoan Mother Teresa’s sometimes witty, always intelligent quotes continue to provide inspiration to people from every religion and walk of life.
One of the more negative or unevolved traits Virgos are susceptible to is a tendency to criticize. Because of their sign’s laser sharp ability to analyze details, many a Virgo can scan a person over and in a short period of time determine what their worst weaknesses are and where their Achilles Heel lies. Most Virgoans will keep these dark details to themselves and won’t say a word…..until the timing is right for those details to be wielded as deadly weapons of criticism.
The tongue of the criticizing Virgo can slash a person to shreds quite literally due to their razor sharp minds being able to pick up every fault and flaw they see but this occurs only when the Virgoan is operating from an unevolved state.
Virgos may have the potential to seriously damage others with their criticism however those who suffer most from their hyper-critical minds are they themselves, since no one is exempt from their standard of Perfection, least of all those born beneath the most detail driven of signs.
I would surmise Mother Teresa was far too well versed in the Virgoan art of destructive self-criticism since only a person who had extensive experience with it could come up with the following statement:
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
Those who are most admired throughout history never have things easy. In fact, if a person’s character is to stand the test of historical Time, it’s practically a karmic requirement their lives are regularly bombarded with hardships and constantly besieged with problematic difficulties. It’s how a person reacts and deals with such immense challenges that determines their greatness and whether or not they will be remembered well after they are gone.
Many feel if one is to make any kind of significant impression on humanity, the “dark night of the soul” must be encountered. This ominous sounding term refers to a temporary period of time where a person is forced to face their greatest fears and made to question every positive attribute they possess. As if that wasn’t fiendishly difficult enough in and of itself, when this non-illuminated time takes place it must be dealt with completely on one’s own with no assistance or support from anyone else.
For some, the dark night of the soul is literally just that, a single night’s passing. For Mother Teresa, her dark night lasted over 50 years.
The Long Dark Night of Mother Teresa’s Soul
“Who am I that You should forsake me? The Child of your Love–and now become as the most hated one. The one You have thrown away as unwanted–unloved. I call, I cling, I want–and there is no One to answer–no One on Whom I can cling–no, No One.–Alone … Where is my Faith–even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness & darkness–My God–how painful is this unknown pain–I have no Faith. If there be God –please forgive me–When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven–there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives & hurt my very soul.–I am told God loves me–and yet the reality of darkness & coldness & emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul. Did I make a mistake in surrendering blindly to the Call of the Sacred Heart?” – Mother Teresa, 1951
At first glance one would never think these were words coming from the tiny nun who whenever in public was infectiously upbeat and enthusiastically chipper but according to Mother Teresa, the darkness of doubt crept into her heart not too long after she was given permission by the Vatican to start her own order of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and this light-less internal state of being remained until just a few months prior to her death in 1997.
Throughout her life of service, the fundamental tenets which lay at the core of her religious faith were consistently questioned and put in dire doubt such as the existence of an afterlife and even if there was an actual higher power known as God.
For over 66 years Mother Teresa wrote about what seemed to be her never ending dark night of the soul to choice confidantes and confessors, never thinking her letters would be made public. So much so, the nun demanded on her deathbed that all of her written correspondences be burned. But Teresa’s requests were denied by her superiors.
In a twist of juxtaposing irony, the confessor whom Mother Teresa bore her soul to most, Reverend Brian Kolodiejchuk* turned a goodly portion of her intensely private letters over to the Vatican as the basis of supporting materials in the process of her Beatification and Canonization which he initiated and championed. *It must be noted Father Kolodiejchuk’s date of birth is highly significant. For not only is Mother Teresa’s confessor also born a Virgo, his birthday of September 4th is the date of her canonization.
After her death in 1997, Mother Teresa’s confessional letters were compiled by Father Kolodiejchuk and published in a book entitled “Come Be My Light”. The book was released by Doubleday Publishers on a date that may sound familiar, given it takes place in the middle of the sign of Virgo, is Father Kolodiejchuk’s date of birth, and is the canonization date for the book’s subject matter, September 4th, 2007.
Many were greatly disheartened with the book’s release. “Come Be My Light” threatened to topple Mother Teresa’s reputation as an icon of overall goodness. The book bore the potential of obliterating the sanctified memory of one of the most admired religious figures in history by revealing the harshest of truths she had duped the world with her false sense of religious devotion. A devotion that was untruthfully anchored by an unshakeable sense of faith.
Even so, there was far more behind Mother Teresa’s internalized pain and anguish than it just being suffering for suffering’s sake. It was while reading an interview in Time Magazine with Father Kolodiejchuk entitled “Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith” that I suddenly realized why this Albanian nun not only deserved to be made a saint, she needed to be canonized for humanity’s sake at large. This revelation occurred after reading the following statement from the article’s author, David Van Biema regarding how Mother Teresa dealt with her inner Hell of near constant doubt and why her confessor felt the need to reveal her private turmoil in book form :
“Teresa found ways, starting in the early 1960s, to live with it and abandoned neither her belief nor her work. Kolodiejchuk produced the book as proof of the faith-filled perseverance that he sees as her most spiritually heroic act.”
That statement took this unsettling and deeply disturbing book and transformed it into something altogether diametrically different. I now consider “Come Be My Light” to be the key which allowed the girl born Agnes Bojaxhiu to gain entry into the College of Saints as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
To explain, we must once again return to the astrological basics behind the sign Mother Teresa was born, died, and canonized under.
Virgo is one of the 4 “Mutable” signs. The Mutable signs take place at the tail end of each of the Four Seasons right before a new Season is about to begin. Thus, the sign of the Harvest Maiden doesn’t occur during the Fall, it is technically the last astrological sign to take place during the season of Summer, just before the Autumnal Equinox.
Because they happen during key transitional times where one Season is ending while another is about to begin, the Mutable signs of Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, and lest we not forget the sign of the Virgin are motivated and stimulated most by a particular force of influence called “Dualism” otherwise known as the joining of polar opposites.
As we have consistently seen, the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta was significantly marked by the influence of the sign of Virgo. By virtue of that karmic sign’s Mutable essence, the areas of service where Mother Teresa shined as a beacon of inspiration for others would be dualistically counterbalanced in the opposite spectrum of darkness, where Selflessness stood to be overtaken by Selfishness and the strength of Faith was under the constant threat of negation by Doubt and the weakness of spirit that accompanies it.
Mother Teresa’s life has had such a profound impact on humanity, that it dualistically stands to reason a person who gave so much to the world publically would have just as much taken from them privately. If the woman’s Virgoan gifts and blessings of strength weren’t juxtaposed by her prolonged dark night of the soul, Mother Teresa wouldn’t be a saint, she’d be a robot and a rather boring one at that.
When asked on the BBC about the exceptionally short amount of time taken with Mother Teresa’s canonization process, Vatican correspondent David Willey tersely stated that candidates for sainthood whose lives are controversial in any way should not be made as such until all controversies are cleared with only their noteworthy goodness remaining.
I, for one, beg to dualistically differ.
Mother Teresa’s doubts and questioning of the existence of her God and her faith are the qualities which not only elevate her into sainthood, these torturous traits of juxtaposing darkness make her human.
When phrased astrologically, the Virgo’s prolonged sense of inner suffering is what allowed for a saint to walk among us.
Blessed Be and Thanks be to God.
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