When you find a planet or asteroid at 0° in a person’s chart, it’s likely to be significant. It may contain a great deal of the pure energy of that sign, and the individual may need to manifest that during his or her lifetime.
Since today, Pallas Athena, the asteroid of wisdom is at 0° Virgo, I was curious to see who has this interesting combination of sign and asteroid at that critical degree — after all both Virgo and Pallas are associated with craft.
I love it when sometimes astrology is so clear, and so visual.
This is a painting by Bridget Riley, the British op artist. It’s actually really big, the size of a wall. Consider that Pallas is associated with pattern-making, and here we have someone who has spent her working life making patterns repeatedly. Riley’s technique is precise, meticulous, intellectual, a little dry. To hear her talking about her own painting, click here.
It’s fascinating that two of the most influential comic writers of the past 50 years — Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, The Watchmen) and Matt Groening (The Simpsons) — share this placement. Of course, Moore, a Scorpio, writes about a dark and dangerous world. V for Vendetta is a revenge fantasy, which spawned the famous Anonymous masks. Groening, an Aquarian, turned an ordinary family into an extraordinary surreal metaphor for everything. You can see how these two very different Sun signs are at work in their creations.
But that Virgoan Pallas is there in the craftsmanship and pattern-making in terms of story-telling. Virgo is, of course, one of the great writers of the Zodiac. These two writers have produced long series that meticulously document alternate worlds which reflect and dissect our own times and recent history. Both are orderly writers. In other words, plots slot together neatly, loose ends are tied off.
Ram Dass, the philosopher and writer, also has Pallas at 0° Virgo. His book Be Here now, published in 1971, a manual for conscious living which traced his own spiritual journey, was a seed for the mind-body-spirit connections that are now mainstream in the West. Pallas is, of course, an asteroid of systems (of ideas in Virgo). But in classical Virgo fashion, Dass’ ideas were practical — meditate, practice yoga, “be here now”.
So back to now. We are at a moment of pure Pallas in Virgo. Interesting to reflect, look around to find this and act on the advice of Ram Dass. Do you have any planets at 0° Virgo — or Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius or one of the earth signs. Here is a piece by Arvo Pärt, the Estonian composer, who has Pallas at 5° Virgo. I think you can hear it.