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Why I Stopped Being An Astrologer and The Meaning Of My North Node

It’s been almost a year since I made my official announcement that I was going to stop doing astrology readings. After doing that and then revamping this blog, things have changed significantly in my life. For a while now, I thought it would be great to give you just one more article about this whole journey of mine. December of this year will be the official end of my first Saturn Return and it has been such a rewarding time of growth for me. Deciding to stop being an astrologer has been a part of that growth.
Many people were wondering why I not only stopped doing readings but why I decided to change this blog. There were also quite a few people who were not happy about me doing so. Among the negative responses I got, one person told me that I ruined their favorite blog due to “capitalism”, another person told me (in caps, which I hate because it's basically someone raising their voice at me) that my struggle over whether or not I should keep doing it all, like stopping my YouTu…

Virgo Rising (Virgo on the 1st House cusp)

When you have a Virgo Ascendant, life is a series of constant problems that need to be solved. This is why you exhibit such a skill for analysis, order, and reasoning. You really put the “critical” in critical thinking, which is what leads to the famous reputation of being a nag, nitpicky, or overly judgmental. It’s true that to be a Virgo Rising is to be a perfectionist. Such perfectionism can be expressed in a harsh manner but it will manifest differently for everyone. You might be the type who is openly dissatisfied with your environment and the people in it on a regular basis. But, you may also be the kind who more so internalizes this dissatisfaction, directing it toward the self. Even the ones with this placement who are busy criticizing others will spend just as much time, if not more, criticizing themselves. Ultimately, your narrative is one of improvement, particularly improvement of the self. As a result, you may need to realize that what truly needs to improve is the way in which you try to improve yourself.

Basically, it’s the classic story of the rigid perfectionist who learns not to set overly high standards and put themselves through the ringer so much. This will also manifest in terms of your work ethic. You feel very defined by the quality of work you put out there, the level of your output and the standard at which you are operating on the job. So, a lot of Virgo Risings end up being workaholics or prioritizing their work life first. A great deal of your well-being is going to depend on how things are going for you in your work life. You are far more sensitive to stress than most people yet it’s something that you’re so used to living with. You’re a worrier, an over-thinker, someone who wants things to be perfect. Instinctively, without even realizing it, you are always straightening things out. You compulsively do this with a lot of little things, running behind people to turn off the light they didn’t turn off or make sure a door is locked. This also extends to bigger things. Since you are playing the role of the problem solver in life, you are always anticipating some sort of problem that is going to arise.

It’s very common for those with this Rising sign to suffer from significant anxieties and nervous tension, although many of them will conceal this with a contained, collected exterior. Not only are you constantly worrying about what can go wrong, you can easily create problems for you to worry about and fix. You will most likely go through a significant part of your life thriving on stress, intentionally or unconsciously. It’s as if you’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s an outlook that makes many Virgo Ascendants control freaks, in some way. You might try to control everything because you believe that something is going to happen to screw everything up and you want to be prepared or because you innately feel like you do the job better than everyone else. Your overall identity is that of a particularly competent person and it can leave you seeing yourself as a sensible, self-disciplined person just trying to make sure you’re living in a fully functioning world.

However, it should be said that the stereotype of Virgo being a total neat freak, wanting everything in a certain place, or very in control of their life does not always apply. There are certain Virgo Rising folks who are far messier and unorganized than this placement would seem to suggest. But, make no mistake, all people with this Ascendant have a strong sense of order that they live by. It’s just a matter of whether it’s physical order or mental order. Mercury is the ruling planet of Virgo and, with this placement, it’s your chart ruler. Mercury happens to rule both Gemini and Virgo and expresses itself rather differently in each. Through Virgo, the planet of intellect is earthy, practical, and disciplined. The Virgo flavor of Mercury will lead toward a lot of thinking when it comes to one’s work life, routine, health, and physical space and/or a great deal of thought in terms of being level-headed, helpful, and pragmatic.

So, if you happen to be a total slob, you are living out your ruling planet in a more mentally practical way: giving good advice, knowing all the facts, analyzing information, and, again, coming up with solutions. You might not want to clean your room or may not get where you’re going on time but you still make a ton of sense and have a mind that is substantial and worth respecting. If you’re the other type, you will operate like a machine, with an uncanny ability to be consistently productive, get to places exactly on time (without being too early or too late), and keep all the little systems in your life running efficiently. This placement can manifest in striking extremes, in this sense. But, either way, you will be someone that people seek out for a common sense perspective and for a certain kind of clarity and effectiveness.

With the Rising sign telling one how they came into the world, you may have been a particularly planned baby, to the point where everything was made sure to be on track and on schedule for your entrance. The day of your birth could have been either a day where everything ran like clockwork or where things were totally stressful and anxiety-inducing. Either way, you came into an environment that made you feel like things had to operate in a regimented fashion. You either outwardly embraced that, becoming the little boy or girl who always had all of their ducks in a row, or you resisted something about the system you were in because you somehow knew of a better, more functional way to live, even if it didn’t seem like it to others.

Regardless, you always have responded very well to discipline. A lot of Virgo Rising people are real goody two-shoes when they’re children and if you have siblings, this is something that made you stand out from them. Having brothers or sisters who are too busy rebelling to a startling degree or disappointing the parents greatly or making foolish choices is a common theme here. So, you developed your sense of individuality by being the child who did everything right: getting all A’s, staying on your teachers’ good side, doing all of your chores correctly. You were a real model student or child, something you share in common with many Capricorn Risings. It is possible to see someone with this influence who colored more outside of the lines. But, even if there are placements in your chart that represent a certain rebellion or defiant rage, you still didn’t stray too far. You might not have exactly listened to your parents while still getting excellent grades all the time or impressing bosses at your first job.

There is always some sort of straitlaced streak within the Virgo Ascendant individual that is undeniable. It makes sense because Mercury is the ruling planet here. Logic is logic. Two plus two equals four, not five. So, in many ways, you always want to make sure that what you’re doing is adding up. This will lead you down a path in life where you’re doing what’s most reasonable and rational or making rather conventional decisions. It’s also quite obvious whenever you see someone with a Virgo Rising who is trying hard to convince people that they’re not some sort of square or lame person. You feel pretty boring as an individual and this is something that you will either go with and accept, living your basic little life happily, or you will compensate for this by trying to convince other people that you’re not uncool. But, it’s usually pretty transparent, like a narc trying really hard to convince the group that they’re not a narc. Even if you have a strong Uranus, there’s only so much rule-breaking you can do.

However, whatever your rules are depends on the state of your Mercury. Look at the house that Mercury is in to tell you what sense of order you will diligently follow. Do you have Mercury located in the 6th House of your chart? Then, you will be especially rule-oriented, sticking to your little systems and routines with great discipline because you know how much all of it works. Conversely, Mercury being placed in the 12th House of the chart would mean that you follow the guidelines of your intuition and your spiritual compass, to the letter, making you somewhat looser or harder to understand in how you operate. In any case, you are living with a strong sense of logic that you always stick to, which is why you are so quick to poke holes in any information you’re faced with. A born skeptic, you know when something doesn’t add up and you will persist and persist until you either get the right answer or you come to the conclusion that it’s all nonsense.

Being such a thinker gives you a nerdy side that is wonderfully charming and appealing. You might be a nerd for cinema, comic books, literature, science, or history (or multiple subjects, since you’re so studious). But, no matter what, you’ll have some sort of vast reservoir of information at your disposal. With Virgo Rising, you live to be an expert in something, which gives you that very practical application of your intellect. This is no airhead personality, like the Gemini Rising can be unfortunately typed as, with its constant flitting from one superficial thing to the next. You’re a solid intellectual in a way that demands some sort of respect. It’s why you can rock a pair of glasses better than most people. Instead of feeling insecure or less attractive, glasses will probably only enhance your physical appearance. The nerd look is a real aesthetic for you and a more confident person with this placement can really embody the hot hipster or the sexy librarian in their glasses, sometimes wearing specs just to wear them.

Yet, there will always be a humility to your demeanor and appearance which will be accentuated by glasses. On some level, you are modest and don’t need a great deal of attention. Some Virgo Risings are quite obviously shy and some don’t necessarily feel a shyness but more of a reserve or a very low-key attitude. Low-maintenance and grounded, you actually require little to function, in spite of how critical and fussy you can be (just one example of Virgo’s inherent duality). There will be something rather plain and understated about you, whether that’s your style or how you present yourself or your temperament. However, this plainness should not be seen as a negative, as Virgo is one of the lovelier signs. 

Something about you always looks clean and healthy, as if you’ve just stepped out of the shower. Virgo is also represented by the Virgin but, of course, don’t take this literally. In fact, this placement is very sensual with surprisingly strong physical desires underneath the modest appearance. However, it does lend your appearance a kind of innocence. You’re always getting your proverbial cherry popped, due to your visible shyness or skepticism in new experiences. Your aura of purity only adds to the earthy beauty you’re capable of. But, it’s something that’s earned, in some sort of way. You work so hard on yourself and that probably extends to your appearance. More than the average person, there is always going to be something about your physicality that you don’t like and want to change. Meanwhile, you appear to be downright perfection to many and that is the paradox here.

You have to watch out for being so busy criticizing and judging yourself, in lots of respects, that you don’t take the time to notice what you’ve got or what you’re doing well. Try to pay more attention to your strengths, instead of flaws and weaknesses. But, feeling so highly flawed has a way of increasing your attractiveness. It’s a one-two punch because you have this highly put-together physicality, as if all of your features were computer-programmed to make the perfect person. Many with this influence are very conventionally attractive, resulting in plenty of classic beauties and chiseled hunks. But, regardless of what you look like, it will still seem as if everything you’ve got fits you just right. And the fact that you’re too humble or too focused on your imperfections to see this only makes you more appealing. You’ll never feel flawless but you come across as being close to it, which could also mean having few to no skin problems, very rare bad hair days, and, for women, looking virtually the same without make-up.

But, this is also what makes you a rather daunting presence. People may constantly worry if they’re going to measure up. Also, let’s face it, you don’t make it easy for them, in that regard. Whether you realize it or not, your energy can be very judgey. Some Virgo Rising people openly play this part of the critic while others will just observe while quietly judging you. Either way, those scrutinizing, clear eyes of yours make it seem like you’re picking others apart. You do spend a lot of time making mental notes of people’s mistakes or flaws. But, you’re also often hiding your own anxiety or feeling very judged yourself. Virgo Risings have their work cut out for them in terms of managing their nervous tension. This regularly emerges outwardly by making you come off as tense, cold, not the nicest person. The fact that you so easily respond with cutting sarcasm (a second language for many with this placement) or fierce criticism doesn’t really ease those on the receiving end of your resting bitch face expression.

Yet, underneath it all, you’re often just trying to help. Your two-cents can regularly be unsolicited but it’s coming from a place of wanting to fix things for people. You just have to understand the difference. One of the central problems of this influence is knowing the difference between offering constructive criticism with the intent of bettering things for someone else or being mean or harsh to someone who did not ask for your help or is just fine how they are. You have a distinctly irritable side, making you easily annoyed with things that others are cool with or causing you to openly complain in order to let people know how fed-up you are of the situation. Sometimes, you just need to relax and trust other people to handle things or let a situation unfold however it’s going to unfold. If not, your nitpicking and nagging will only make things worse.

All of this over-thinking can manifest through a certain talkativeness. But, it’s a state people may have to catch you in, as you could be busily stuck in your head, thinking of more important things, keeping it short and concise with others. Once the topic of conversation is of interest to you or is an area of expertise, however, you can be very chatty. Somehow, you just sound studious and smart by how you verbalize things and the way you speak. It will be clear, even through your speech, that you’re trying to make sure everything is correct. You’re very quick to correct other people, as well, which usually does not come off as condescension or aggression but a kind of intelligence that cannot abide by inaccuracies or false information. You might also find it hard to sit still. This can mean being very fidgety and antsy, to the point where you stress other people out, or always needing to stay busy. One tell-tale sign of Virgo Rising is the person who is all too quick to ask someone if they want more wine, if the air conditioner needs to be turned off, if there’s anything they can do for them. You have the energy of the assistant, the worker bee, always eager to be put to good use.

This is an excerpt from my e-book, The Rising Sign - Welcome To Your Life, which delves into all 12 Rising signs and the effect that each sign on each house cusp has on that Rising sign's expression and manifestation. It is an illuminating way to further understand yourself and your life.