Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins (c)
Virgo & Sagittarius
Important Foundational Relationships
Important Foundational Relationships
Virgo In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. The Virgin 1. The Centaur, the Archer, the Bow and Arrow, the Arrow with Bow Fragment 2. Esoteric Mantrams: I am the Mother and the Child, I, God, I matter am.
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
2. Esoteric Mantrams: I see the goal. I reach the goal and see another. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let matter reign. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let food be sought. 4. Quality of Light: The blended dual Light. 4. Quality of Light: A beam of directed, focused Light 5. Element: Earth Sign 5. Element: Fire Sign 6. Mutable or Common Cross 6. Mutable or Common Cross 7. Transmits R2 and R6 constellationally 7. Transmits R4, R5 and R6 constellationally 8. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Virgo transmits R4, R4, R6, R1, and R2 through Mercury, the Moon, the veiled Neptune, the veiled Vulcan, and, also, Jupiter—all these are its planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 8. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Sagittarius transmits R2, R3 and R6 through Jupiter, the Earth and Mars—its three planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical.. 9. Color: yellow (Mercury rulership). Blue-green is an additional reasonable possibility. 9. Color: rich blue 10. Creative Hierarchy number II (manifested) and VII of 12. Divine Builders conferring Soul; the Burning Sons of Desire 10. Creative Hierarchy number VI (manifested), the Lunar Lords, or Sacrificial Fires. 11. Associated with the stages immediately preceding the ‘birthing’, form-regulating first initiation (EA 67, 471); then, with the cleansing, purifying second initiations, and possibly with the decisive, Monad-establishing sixth (introduction to true monadic living) 11. Associated with the instinct-directing, ‘soul-ward’ orienting, ‘form-abstractive’ first initiation; with the fierily-baptizing, ideal-containing, de-glamorizing, clear-eyed second initiation, and with the direction-choosing, outward-bound, adventuring, nirvanic sixth initiation—the initiation of Decision. 12. Virgo can be reasonably understood as influencing, particularly, the cherishing, patient, maternally-loving heart center (through the second ray), and the persistently devoted solar plexus center (through the sixth). In addition to its influence upon a number of smaller, sub-diaphragmatic centers associated with the solar plexus, Virgo must have an influence upon the ajna center—as an organ of discrimination and discernment. The mysteries of generation are ruled by the Moon, which rules Virgo esoterically; a sacral center association is, thereby, reasonable. The six of the sacral center leads to the twelve of the heart. 12. Sagittarius can be reasonably associated with the insistently driving, aspiring, fiery solar plexus center; with the instinctively-hunting, passion-driven sacral center, and even with the center at the base of the spine, where the latent fire (Mars) awaits its rising; Earth (with its first ray Monad and a symbol identical to the fourfold structure of the base center) is the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, connecting it to that lowest center. The personality-directing, clear-seeing, force controlling ajna center should also be influenced strongly by Sagittarius, at a relatively high point in the evolutionary process. 13. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Virgo is powerful in monadic life because the second manifested Creative Hierarchy (Who are the “prototypes of the Monads”—TCF 1197) are ruled by Virgo and its hierarchical ruler, Jupiter. One motivation of the descending Monad is the perfection of matter (in this case, the substance of the first solar system). With this mission, Virgo is intimately concerned. 13. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Sagittarius guides the Monad on its descent into material immersion, and, again, through an inherently flawless sense of direction, guides the Monad upon its path of return. Sagittarius contributes to the conviction of “monadic destiny”, and destination. 14. Within the Triad—Virgo ( esoterically ruled in part by Neptune, and hierarchically by second ray Jupiter, and transmitting, itself, the second ray), is related primarily to buddhi (the second aspect of the Triad), bestowing as it does the second ray and a higher correspondence to “mother love”—a divine, maternal compassion. Virgo is also associated with the third ray, and the third divine aspect, and hence, even if indirectly, with higher manas, the third triadal aspect. 14. Within the Triad—Sagittarius is focused in both buddhi and higher manas—the abstract mind. Sagittarius transmits the fourth ray, which relates to the fourth, or buddhic, plane and the principle of buddhi. Sagittarius is one of the intuitive signs. (EA 177) In Sagittarius, intuition (fourth ray, second principle) governs aspiration (sixth ray—which Sagittarius also transmits) (cf. EA 178) Sagittarius is at once philosophical (utilizing the abstract mind) and intuitive. The blend of buddhi and higher manas may be called “universal or spiritual mind” which Sagittarius expresses in relation to Mercury. (EA 369) 15. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousess (and causal body) through which it expresses—Virgo, like Cancer, can be seen in the ‘mother’ role—with Virgo providing a nurturing and discriminatively cleansing energy, utilized by the Solar Angel to improve the quality of its personality manifestation. Virgo, as the Solar Angel expresses it, is the will to manifest love intelligently through matter, until the Christ energy pours successfully through the personality-form and a relative perfection is reached. 15. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Sagittarius can be seen as the will of the Solar Angel to inspire its personality to a state of aspiration through the presentation of an elevating vision of future spiritual possibilities. As well, when the personality errs (as oft it does), Sagittarius represents the ‘guiding beam of light’ which offers a secure sense of spiritual direction—directing, at length, to the mountain of initiation. 16. Within the Personality—Virgo can be identified with the discriminative, analytical, and selective processes of the lower mental nature; with the cleansing and purification of the astral nature; with the magnetic purity of the etheric nature; with the general health and nutrition and of the dense physical vehicle. Virgo, via the Moon, is particularly related to the dense physical vehicle and to all personality substance as a whole. (EA 194) (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development. 16. Within the Personality—Sagittarius can be identified with the directing, thought-projecting power of the lower mental nature and its eventual responsiveness to intuitive guidance; with the passional and eventual aspirational processes of the astral nature; with the vibrancy and buoyancy of the etheric nature; and with the general tendency to energetic activity of the dense physical nature. Sagittarius is particularly associated with the integrated, one-pointed, disciplic personality.(The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.) 17. Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Meditation proper. “Virgo—Meditation—Soul life, as sensed in man, the gestation period. The stage of the hidden Christ. Intelligent man. Personality, as hiding the Christ life.” (EA 228) 17. Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Inspiration. “Sagittarius—Inspiration—Preparation for initiation. Soul inspires personality life. Soul expresses itself through personality. The Initiate.” (EA 229) 18. The Crisis of the Birthplace characterized by the process/quality of Initiation 18. The Choice of Direction.
Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic
Virgo In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. Expressive of both the second and third aspects of divinity, but especially well-rooted in the third. “Virgo is the focal point for the expression of the third aspect, that of active intelligence. In that sign the highest function of matter is symbolised.” (EA 194, also 280) 1. Expressive principally of the third aspect of divinity because it is the third fire sign. “From Aries comes cosmic fire; from Sagittarius comes planetary fire; and from Leo comes solar fire; and each of these fires ‘clears the way by burning’ for the expression of the three divine aspects: spirit (Aries), soul (Leo) and body (Sagittarius).” (EA 293) Expressive of the second or consciousness aspect, through its majority of soft-line constellation and planetary rays. 2. Cosmically associated principally with the Pleiades. “One of the most esoteric cycles is based upon certain conjunctions and respective positions of Virgo and the Pleiades.” (EA 657) “Virgo is inseparable from Leo and the Pleiades and the Hyades.” (EA 679) Virgo is related to several feminine constellations which figure importantly in the astrology of the form. “There is Cassiopea, Venus, Coma Berenice, Andromeda and one or two others, as well as Virgo, the Virgin, the most important of them all.” (EA 400) 2. Definite cosmic association with the Pleiades and probably with the Little Bear (particularly Polaris—the Pole Star). “Pleiades—Gemini/Sagittarius—Mercury” (EA 50) “Gemini—Sagittarius—Mercury (which are an expression of the Pleiades) enable the Probationary Disciple to pass on to the Path of Accepted Discipleship.” “…The Pointers; these point to the Pole star which is at this time a major ‘star of direction’.” (EA 195) It should be noted that Sagittarius is a major sign of direction. If Leo and Aries rule the two Pointers, then the third fire sign, Sagittarius, should be connected with Polaris. Also, Sirius, Gemini and Sagittarius probably formed a triangle at the time of man’s individualization. (cf. EA 355) Sagittarius and Betelgeuse are related to the third cosmic path: “Source— Betelgeuse, via the sign Sagittarius.” (EA 1257) 3. Three Constellations Connected with Virgo: a) Coma Berenice—the Mother of the Form Only; b) The Centaur—Half Man/Half Horse; c) Bootes—the One Who is Coming (LOH 120) 3. Three Constellations Connected with Sagittarius: a) Lyra—the Seven Stringed Harp; b) Ara—the Altar; c) Draco—the Serpent of Wisdom (LOH 166-167)
Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment
Virgo In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. Mercury is the exoteric ruler of Virgo and is also exalted in this sign. 1. Mercury is in detriment in Sagittarius. 2. Jupiter is the hierarchical ruler of Virgo. Jupiter is also in exoteric detriment in this sign. 2. Jupiter is the exoteric ruler of Sagittarius.
Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies
Virgo In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. Virgo transmits the second ray constellationally. Virgo is also the eleventh sign of the zodiac, counting by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, Gemini-etc.), which reinforces its resonance with the second ray. In Comparison With 1. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the second ray, most probably through its soul. Earth, the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the second ray through its second ray soul (EA 619). 2. Virgo transmits the sixth ray constellationally. 2. Sagittarius transmits the sixth ray constellationally—with especial strength. Numbering the signs by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.), Sagittarius is the sixth in order, giving it numerical affinity with the sixth ray. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler, has possible sixth ray associations through enthusiasm and the “worship” aspect of ritual Mars, the hierarchical ruler, transmits the sixth ray. 3. Virgo (the second oldest of the constellations) is associated with the third ray—the ray of the previous solar system. “…it might be said that Cancer is an expression (in the stage of great advancement) of the first half of the life cycle in solar system one, whilst Virgo is an equally advanced expression of the second half” (EA 256). 3. Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel. Nine is the number of the number three. The third ray has a 900 year cycle. (EPI 348-349). The Earth, esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the third ray as its personality ray. Mars serves as the astral body to a third ray Entity. 4. Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel and, hence, has numerical affinity with the number six and with the sixth ray. 4. See #2 above. 5. Virgo is the seventh sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel, IF one begins numbering from Pisces (which the Tibetan does in relation to the sign, Leo). This seventh position reinforces Virgo’s relationship to the seventh ray. 5. Jupiter, the exoteric ruler, transmits the seventh ray through “ritualistic worship” (EA 648, 660) 6. Virgo is the eighth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel and hence is related to the Christ—Whose number is “eight” (EA 37)—and to Mercury—the “Messenger at the eighth gate.” 6. Sagittarius has a close relation to the winged god, Mercury, even though Mercury is in detriment in this sign.. “He "flies from point to point, searching for the arrows which he has discharged." He has, figuratively speaking, to dismount constantly from his white horse (the developed and purified personality) and find where the arrows of intuitional aspiration will take him; he travels upon the "wings of the soul" (note the relationship to the winged feet of Mercury, the messenger of the Gods) and becomes, in his own personality, himself the winged God:..” (EA 181) 7. Mercury is the exoteric ruler of Virgo (and also exalted) and transmits the fourth ray. 7. Sagittarius transmits the fourth ray constellationally. Further, Sagittarius is the fourth sign of the zodiac upon the clockwise wheel, numbering from Pisces. (cf. also EA 357) Earth has a close relationship to the fourth ray through its planetary order (fourth from the Sun if Vulcan is counted) and its symbol. (the fourfold, even-armed cross within a circle). Mars, the “God of War” must be related to the lower aspect of the fourth ray—that which produces the conflict which precedes harmony. 8. Mercury has a close relation to the third ray. (EA 280) 8. See #3 above. 9. Mercury has a close relation to the fifth ray, through its relation to the fifth scheme, the fifth round, the fifth race and sub-race. “The fifth race is born under Mercury.” (EA 663) 9. Sagittarius transmits the fifth ray constellationally. Further, Sagittarius is the fifth sign on the clock-wise wheel and hence, has numerical affinity with the fifth ray. Mars, the hierarchical ruler, has strong fifth ray relations, through its orange color and its connection to science and the five senses. 10. The Moon is the esoteric ruler of Virgo, and transmits the fourth ray. 10. See #7 above. 11. The Moon is anciently related to the third ray, being associated with dense physical “matter” and with the Moon Chain and the first solar system in which the third ray was dominant. 11. See#3 above. 12. The Moon is also associated with the seventh ray, through its rulership of the seventh manifested Creative Hierarchy and its rulership of the dense part of the seventh plane. 12. See #5 above. 13. Vulcan is a veiled esoteric ruler in Virgo and transmits the first ray. 13. Earth, the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius, transmits the first ray monadically. (EA 619) Mars (and its School) are expressive of the first ray. (TCF 1179) 14. .Vulcan, a veiled esoteric ruler in Virgo, has a close relation to the number four—to the fourth kingdom (the Human Kingdom), the fourth kingdom from the human (the Mineral Kingdom) and to the fourth initiation. 14. See #7 above. 15. Vulcan has an association with the second ray, as Vulcan is connected to the “heart of the sun.” (EA 393) 15. See #1 above. 16. Vulcan has associations with the fifth ray through concretion and the seventh ray, through the mineral kingdom and the principle of rhythm. 16. See #9 above. 17. Neptune is a veiled esoteric ruler of Virgo and transmits the sixth ray. 17. See#2 above. 18. Neptune also transmits the second ray monadically. (EPI 421) 18. See#1 above. 19. Neptune is associated with the fourth ray through its rulership of the fourth or buddhic plane, and with the third ray through its associations with the “waters” which are “matter.” (EA 666, 275) 19. See#7 above. 20. Jupiter is the hierarchical ruler of Virgo and transmits the second ray. 20. See #1 above. 21. Jupiter also transmits the seventh ray through its association with “ritualistic worship.” (EA 660) 21. See #5 above. 22. Jupiter has a possible connection with the sixth ray through its exoteric rulership of Sagittarius and its enthusiastic nature. 22. See #2 above. 23. It is hard to conceive that Virgo, as a constellation, has no relation to the seventh ray because of the traits demonstrated by so many Virgoan individuals. In any case, Virgo is the ruler of the seventh Creative Hierarchy (if the unmanifested Hierarchies are included in the numbering). 23. See #5 above. General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors
General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors
Virgo In Comparison With Sagittarius 1. Virgo: “the Mother” (EA 349) 1. Sagittarius: “the Seeker” (EA 349) 2. The Monads 2. The Lunar Lords 3. The Disciple 3. The Guru (Mentor) 4. The “Fall” of the Solar Angels (into Matter—Virgo) 4. The Shooting Forth of the Sons of God: “The sons of God shot forth like arrows from the bow. The forms received the impulse and lo! a God was born. The tiny babe knew not the great event.” (TWM 440) 5. The Christ (born of a Virgin) 5. The Three Wise Men (Who followed a star) 6. The Disciple (carefully thinking and training) 6. The Aspirant (yearning and aspiring) 7. The Practical One 7. The Visionary 8. The Worker 8. The Dreamer 9. The Practical Mystic 9. The ‘Other-worldly’ Mystic 10. The ‘Presentist’ “It has been said that Virgo ‘involves the service of the immediately present’ or in other words that God immanent evokes reaction from the form side and is thereby served.” (EA 258) 10. The Futurist 11. The Executor 11. The Inspired Planner 12. The Specialist 12. The Philosopher 13. The Analyst 13. The Intuitive 14. The Expert 14. The Generalist 15. The Analyzer 15. The Speculator 16. Karma Yoga 16. Bhakti or Gnani Yoga 17. The Minister or Parish Priest 17. The Crusader 18. The Squire 18. The Knight 19. The Practitioner 19. The Theoretician 20. The Trainer 20. The Motivator 21. The Verifier; Proof 21. The Prophet; Prediction 22. The Servant 22. The Director 23. The Soldier 23. The General 24. The “Regulars”; the Troops 24. The “Free-Lance”, “Soldier of Fortune” 25. The Infantry 25. The Calvary 26. The Bearer 26. The Scout 27. The ‘Doer’ 27. The Preacher, the Orator 28. The Dutiful One 28. The Moralist, Ethicist 29. The Optometrist 29. The Marksman 30. The Farmer—(one who tends a localized field) 30. The Hunter 31. The Domestic 31. The Nomad 32. The Veterinarian 32. The Racer (of Horses or Dogs) 33. The Groom 33. The Rider 34. The Map-maker 34. The Explorer 35. The Spinster or Confirmed Bachelor 35. The “Don Juan” 36. The Sectarian, ‘Parochialist’ 36. The Internationalist 37. The Lover of Rules and Observances 37. The Lover of Freedom 38. ‘Security’ 38. The Adventurer, the Risk-taker 39. The Office 39. The ‘Field’ 40. Cutting the grass—on this side of the fence. 40. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” 41. Virgo for Unevolved Man: “Material life. The cherishing of an idea.” (EA 182) 41. Sagittarius for Unevolved Man: “Ambitious desire. Direction. Orientation” (EA 182) 42. Virgo for the Evolved Man: “The mother of the Christ Child. Gestation.” (EA 182) 42. Sagittarius for the Evolved Man: “One-pointed spiritual aspiration. Disciples.” (EA 182) 43. Virgo upon the Mutable Cross: “Virgo—In Virgo, the man who was fluid in Pisces and emotionally selfish and full of desire in Sagittarius, begins to focus still more intently and to reason and think. The latent soul is becoming interiorly active; a germination process is proceeding; the hidden man is making his presence felt. The intellect is awakening and instinct—after passing through the emotional stage—is being transmuted into intellect.” (EA 118-119) 43. Sagittarius upon the Mutable Cross: “Sagittarius—Here the ordinary man begins to demonstrate a tendency to become more focussed and the fluidity and negativity of Pisces become concentrated upon the attainment of that which is desired. The man demonstrates one-pointed selfish instincts and though he may be, for instance, friendly and kind, it is through a desire for popularity. This is a good expression of the individual Sagittarian subject and shows also the tendency of the soul to turn all evil eventually into good. The lessons of life are being learned and experiment is going on.” (EA 118) 44. Virgo upon the Fixed Cross: “Virgo—The mind, under the influence of Virgo, which has been analytical and critical, changes to that quality of mind which is best described by the words, illumination and revelation. The Christ to whom the Virgin must eventually give birth is recognised as present in the womb, though not yet born. Life is recognised. The process of the revelation of the Christ consciousness is [Page 121] carried intelligently forward and the selfish aspirations and experiments of the undeveloped man give place to the selflessness of the illumined and intuitive disciple.” (EA 120-121) 44. Sagittarius upon the Fixed Cross: “Sagittarius—This is now the sign of the one-pointed disciple. The life of fluid response to matter becomes that of the focussed response to spirit and preparation for initiation in Capricorn. The arrow of the mind is projected unerringly towards the goal.” (EA 121) 45. Virgo in Relation to Service: “In Virgo, matter or substance exchange or interchange their service and each serves the other.” (EA 258) “It has been said that Virgo ‘involves the service of the immediately present’ or in other words that God immanent evokes reaction from the form side and is thereby served.” (EA 258) 45. Sagittarius in Relation to Service:
“In Sagittarius, we find emerging the service of the One Life in terms of the service of the Hierarchy, the planetary expression of the idea of service,…” (EA 258)
46. Virgo—for the Undeveloped Man: “The germinating energy. The Mother.” (EA 332) 46. Sagittarius—for the Undeveloped Man: “Self-centeredness. Experimental approach.” (EA 333) 47. Virgo—for the Advanced Man: “The creative force. The Protector.” (EA 332) 47. Sagittarius—for the Advanced Man: “One-pointedness. Directed approach.” (EA 333) 48. Virgo—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Christ activity. The Light.” (EA 332) 48. Sagittarius—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Director of man. The controller of the Gate. (EA 333) 49. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Virgo: When the Sun is in Virgo, an individual “will know that opportunity to bring the form more under the influence of the hidden Christ is possible…” (EA 564) 49. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Sagittarius: When the Sun is in Sagittarius the disciple may “endeavour to practice ‘one-pointedness’ along some one line” (EA 564) 50. The Life of the Christ from a Virgoan Perspective: “The Virgo aspect came into expression in His twelfth year when He said: ‘Wist ye not that I must be about My Father’s business,’ thereby indicating the subordination of the form life to the will of the indwelling Christ; this was consummated when ‘divinity descended upon Him’ at the Baptism. (EA 564) 50. The Life of the Christ from a Sagittarian Perspective: “The Sagittarian energy enabled Him to say, when confronted with full knowledge of the imminent sacrifice which He would have to make: ‘I must go up to Jerusalem,’ and, we read, He then ‘set His face’ and trod the Path of the Saviour, leading to the liberation of humanity.” ( EA 565) 51. The energy of Love 51. The energy of Desire 52. Represents the Christ Aspect of the soul 52. Represents personality—as the coordinated, focused energy of the three lunar elementals. 53. Personality vision 53. Soul vision 54. Analytical 54. Intuitive 55. The motivations of the Monad 55. The motivations of the abstract mind 56. Realism 56. Idealism 57. “Works” 57. Faith 58. Taking the medicine 58. Visualizing the cure 59. Karma Yoga (FOP) 59. Bhakti Yoga (FOP) 60. Associated with the immediate foreground 60. Associated with distance 61. Considering the nature of small and particular things 61. Considering the nature of broad and general things 62. Cool and discriminative 62. Fiery and aspirational 63. Sees the “trees” 63. Sees the “forest” 64. Lost in detail 64. Keen sense of direction 65. Dutiful, responsible 65. Sometimes escapist and irresponsible 66. Careful, cautious 66. Often careless, risk-taking 67. Moving slowly and methodically 67. Moving hastily, rapidly 68. Often concealed and secretive 68. Revealed, open and more blatant 69. Often serious 69. Good humored 70. Reticent with praise 70. Enthusiastic 71. Full of doubt 71. Full of faith 72. Skepticism 72. Belief 73. Realistic 73. Often unrealistic 74. Common sense 74. Believing more things are possible 75. The small 75. The big 76. Small and careful gestures 76. Large and expansive gestures 77. Reticence 77. Forthcoming-ness 78. Modesty 78. Exaggeration, bombast 79. Minimization 79. Exaggeration 80. The particulars 80. The general plan 81. Proceeding rationally 81. The “leap of faith” 82. Pragmatic 82. Philosophical 83. Concretion 83. Abstraction 84. Arithmetic 84. Higher Mathematics 85. Seeking divinity in small things and immediate surroundings 85. The quest mentality—seeking divinity in the ‘distance’ Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences
Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences
A. We see that both are mutable signs and both are ruled by a powerful sixth Ray which ties them into the Christian or common cross. Although Virgo in its lower phases can be quite skeptical, analytical and full of doubt, it develops into a sign of great faith as is Sagittarius. So both are powerfully Christian signs, Virgo bringing through preeminently the second Ray and Sagittarius preeminently the sixth. And hence together they relate to the aspirational elevation of matter into the state where it can be controlled by the soul. Since both are signs of idealism, they each serve a higher source of energy. Virgo serves dutifully and Sagittarius serves ardently the vision or ideal which it sees.B. Both signs have a strong connection to the physical nature. In the Christian context they can be equally hard upon the physical nature, subjecting it to great disciplines. Often with Virgo, disciplines of diet and with Sagittarius, disciplines of exercise and austerities. Going back to differences, we see Virgo seeking divinity in the immediate surroundings and in small things. Sagittarius following the quest mentality seeks divinity in the distance.
C. Both have a profound body focus, Virgo because it is an earth sign and is esoterically ruled by the Moon which relates to the physical body, that Moon veiling Vulcan which is on one level a very physically oriented planet, ruling physical rhythms and Sagittarius because in relation to the trinity Aries-Leo-Sagittarius, Sagittarius rules the body with Leo the soul and Aries the Monad. Also the esoteric rulership of Sagittarius by the earth relates it to both the etheric body and to the body corporeal which that etheric body animates. In relation to the disciplines which followers of Christianity subject themselves to, such disciplines are often of a bodily nature and are inspired by these two signs. Further, the Lunar Lords which is the Sagittarian Hierarchy are related also the Virgo through the esoteric rulership of Virgo by the Moon and indeed Virgo rules the perfecting of these Lunar Lords.
D. In another manner, both Virgo and Sagittarius are related to the animal nature. In conventional astrology, Virgo rules small animals which are of course the servants of humanity, a theme associated with Virgo. And Sagittarius indicates via its symbol, the centaur, that the animal nature of man comes under its province. So animal lovers of all kinds are found in relation to Virgo and Sagittarius and also Pisces must be included. And indeed Virgo rules the perfecting of these Lunar Lords.E. In another manner, both Virgo and Sagittarius are related to the animal nature. In conventional astrology, Virgo rules small animals which are of course the servants of humanity, a theme associated with Virgo. And Sagittarius indicates via its symbol, the centaur, that the animal nature of man comes under its province. So animal lovers of all kinds are found in relation to Virgo and Sagittarius and also Pisces must be included demonstrating that those signs which convey the sixth Ray as all of these do, are very much associated with the animal kingdom. In the early Christian disciplines, it is the animal nature of man which must be brought under control and these two signs either through discipline or aspiration assist in this control.F. Both signs as well can find themselves engaged in processes of idealistic purification and hence willing to sacrifice human values for these purificatory processes. The statement by the Tibetan in connection with the sixth Ray seems appropriate here. Love more your fellow men.
G. There is a peculiar connection here where by the monadic nature found upon the second subplane of the Cosmic physical plane is brought into association with the astral nature ruled by the Lunar Lords which is the second subplane of the Cosmic Physical plane counting from below upwards. So in this relation, the Lunar Lords are rendered subject to the Sun. These two signs participate in the drama of the enfiring of matter, the elevation through purification and aspiration of matter. Although the natives of these signs can seem so very different in their outer appearances, they are united by the sense of something higher which must be obeyed and so their sense of discernment is very strong.
H. I have not associated signs with the various senses but I feel that both of these could be associated with the sense of smell via their sixth Ray. And from another point of view, both are involved in form production. Virgo we have seen as the mother supervising the maturing process of the germ in the womb and Sagittarius via its association with Mars and the Lunar Lords is intimately involved with form production and also with the sexual instinct involved in form production which in the early days represents the quest of the polarized unit for its mate. Both signs are powerfully connected therefore with the instinctual nature, the instinctive intelligence of matter which processes are in the early days, blind.
I. So in one way this most material of the fire signs is related to the earth sign, Virgo and to the instinct of matter to liberate itself. Interestingly the process of gestation ruled by Virgo takes archetypally nine months and Sagittarius is the ninth sign and in a certain respect, therefore, represents the fulfillment of the animal nature or the fulfillment of the Lunar elemental nature. Going back to differences for a moment, Sagittarius represents this coordinated, one pointed, lunar elemental known as the personality and Virgo represents the Christ aspect of the soul achieving discriminating control over the one pointed urges of the lunar elemental. As we can see, the signs have their higher and lower aspects and mix according to these aspects. The dynamics of their interaction change constantly depending upon whether the superior or inferior aspect is being considered.
J. Going back, another important distinction or difference. Virgo lost in detail. Sagittarius –a keen sense of direction. Contrasting Virgo in association with the Pleiades, Sagittarius in relation to the pole star. By the way, in terms of similarities, they both have a strong galactic association as there is an immense cluster of galaxies to be found in relation to the constellation Virgo and Sagittarius itself rules the center of our galaxy as well as the point towards which our Solar System and all related solar systems are converging, the point upon which they are converging. So, in one powerful sense upon the physical plane, Sagittarius rules the point which embraces all points, that is the universal point upon the physical plane though not the universal point upon all planes.
Missing or Weak Links Between Virgo and Sagittarius