Guest astrologer and wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing, MS, shares her wisdom for staying healthy during every solar season!
The Sun sails through health-conscious Virgo from August 23 to September 23, helping you tap into the discerning and nature-loving qualities this sign represents.
During this month-long cycle, you can foster vitality through fun and healing.
Using the following self-care strategies, you can feel your best during Virgo season.
Virgo Wellness Mantras:
- Watch the worry
- If it affects my mind, it affects my body
- Find beauty in imperfections
Virgo Stress-Reducing Allies:
- Think critically: Is doing this actually good for me?
- Move your body
- Break large projects into small steps
Virgo Season Body Love
In wellness astrology, aspects of your anatomy align with the zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Virgo include the small intestine, pancreas and gall bladder, and the general digestive system.
Promote Digestive Health
“Discern” and “assimilate” are two functions closely tied to this systematic sign and key roles for this part of the body. During Virgo season, bolster digestive wellness and focus on possible food sensitivities. An elimination diet can help you identify foods that trigger digestive upset and symptoms including headaches, brain fogginess and mood swings.
If you feel sluggish after eating fat-rich foods, support your gall bladder by drinking lemon water, eating artichokes, and by reducing saturated fat intake.
Analyzing can bring insight, but too much of it can spiral into worry and anxiety. First, recognize that not every situation needs extreme scrutiny. Then try to practice being accepting of people (including yourself) and ideas without falling into “fix-it” mode.
Take a Breath
During Virgo season, your response time may be shorter, so take a breath (or, how about three deep ones?) to calm your mind before you speak or react? Or, try this guided meditation to melt away worry and anxiety.
You could also implement a “three-hour rule” when you’re able. The gist is this: When you get triggering news (sometimes a text or a message in your inbox) wait three hours, or even an entire day, before you respond. What seems like a crisis may actually be “no big deal” if you create some distance between intake and reply.
Get in the rhythm with this earth-honoring sign by forging a more personal relationship with your food. Eat with the season, enjoying the late-summer harvest of berries, as well as the early fall crops that are just coming in. Whenever possible, purchase locally grown produce that’s still buzzing with nutrient rich, live enzymes. Or commit to shopping more frequently at farmers’ markets to enjoy fresher foods taht support your local economy.
Although summer is winding down, if you live in a warmer clime, start growing some of your own food. How about a few pots of herbs to start? In some climates, kale and other greens keep on flourishing through the first frost. Or, set up grow lights for an indoor garden that may be enjoyed year-round.
Foods to Consider: Bitter greens and umeboshi
According to traditional Chinese Medicine, bitter flavor enhances the workings of the Virgo-ruled small intestine. Bitter greens (dandelion, arugula, sorrel, endive, etc.) are wonderful additions to your plate right now. These foods stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes and bile; plus their fiber richness is a boon to your digestive tract. If these leafy suggestions are too ambitious for your palate, try a splash of herbal bitters (the ones used in cocktails) in your water and drink a few minutes before you eat.
Umeboshi plum paste, a staple in Japanese cuisine (found at natural food stores and Asian food markets) is made from pickled plums. It has alkalizing properties that help curb indigestion and enhance mineral absorption. Combined with well-cooked rice, it’s also a traditional Japanese dish to remedy under-the-weather feelings. It’s also known to be a stellar hangover remedy!
Virgo Season Self-Care Ideas
Flower Essences: Pine and Rock Water
Pine flower essence relaxes self-judgment so you can accept and celebrate who you are and leave past mistakes behind.
Rock water encourages your ability to honor the spirit rather than the letter of law. It inspires you to be more flexible and receptive to challenges as you pursue greater well-being.
Spa Treatments: Herbal Wraps and Steam Baths/Saunas
During this treatment, you are swathed in herb-infused linens. This creates a heat-inducing cocoon, and when combined with the stimulation of the herbs, your body releases toxins. You’re slathered with moisture-rich lotion once you’re unwrapped.
Traditional bathhouses, such as the Russian banya, Turkish hammam, and Korean jimjilbang, offer an orderly and ritualized approach to cleansing. At a banya, you alternate between sweating out toxins in a sauna and cooling off by plunging into cold water. The heat brings blood to the surface of your body while the cold sends the blood flowing to nourish your organs.
A quick at-home alternative idea is to draw a hot bath and let the room fill with steam. Soak in the tub until your body temperature elevates. Then, stand up and turn on the shower to the coldest setting and let it wash over you for a few seconds. Although the icy blast can be a bit shocking at first, you’ll get a warming rush right after you turn off the cold. Hello detoxification magic!
Relaxation Practices: Organizing, Become a “Maker” and Lean on a Tree
Choose your target: a closet, file cabinet, desk drawer, or another realm that’s been calling out for a bit of TLC. Tidying up can help you do something productive with your critically-oriented mind. Plus, it’s a great investment of time and energy, as the simplicity it creates makes everything seem to flow more easily.
Virgo season is also the perfect time to get crafty. Try a DIY project that allows you to flex your creative muscle and relax your wound-up mind. Something as simple as making a beaded necklace or patching jeans can be enough of a creative fix. Or get homespun by canning peaches or tomatoes or making a scrapbook of summer memories. Just be sure to curb your inner critic. The point of this exercise is not perfection.
Earthy Virgo also calls us out into nature. Find a tall tree to lean on. Notice the strength of the trunk, the depth of its roots, how high and far the branches extend. The stability of a tree-lean can be grounding during this anxiety-provoking solar spell.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
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About Stephanie Gailing
Stephanie Gailing weaves together archetypal astrology, dreamwork and lifestyle strategies to provide her clients with stellar life guidance. In addition to working directly with individuals, couples, and organizations, Stephanie regularly teaches in-person and online classes. Stephanie is the author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, a pioneering book in the field of wellness astrology. The co-host of the So Divine! podcast and the astrologer-in-residence at The Cloud Room in Seattle, Stephanie and her work have been featured in Bustle, Refinery 29, Seattle Magazine, City Arts, and other outlets. Connect with her on Instagram for her astrological musings, here for her missives on sleep and dreams, or stay in touch via her free newsletters.