Perfection will peak when the Sun is in meticulous Virgo from Aug. 22 to Sept. 22, putting an end to the playful days of the Sun in rambunctious Leo.
When the Sun moves into Virgo, it's time to take life a bit more seriously. Sure, it's still carefree summertime, but now it's also time to focus more on our work, our health and how we can make ourselves useful to society.
Virgo is practical and detail-oriented, so this is also a good time to learn new skills, practice perfecting old skills, and for doing any activities that require paying close attention.
All that said, it's also important to remember that you can have at least a little bit of fun while the Sun is in Virgo. You can work hard and strive for perfection, but take a break once in a while and remember not to judge yourself or others too harshly.
Do you know any Virgos? You can get a good idea of how they'll be affected by reading Real Life Astrology: Virgo by Maria Desimone.
No one is perfect.
Here's how to make the most of that Virgo lifestyle:
What to do: Get your work done -- perfectly. Then go for a run, get a massage and wind down with a good book and a glass of wine. Virgo is an Earth sign that values sensation and the best things in life, so make sure it's a deep tissue massage and a very fine glass of wine.
What to say: "Let me double-check that." Virgo doesn't let anything go -- a quality that is both invaluable and annoying. It's great to have an eye for the smallest details, especially if you're an editor or a mathematician. But if you're double-checking someone else's work, take it easy on them if you find fault -- which you will, because the Sun's in Virgo!
Where to go: Camping! Earthy Virgo finds comfort and security when surrounded by nature and wildlife, so get out to the country while the Sun's in Virgo. Such a serene setting will also calm Virgo's overly anxious tendencies and help you loosen up and relax.
What to wear: A cashmere cardigan and a comfy pair of shoes. Practical Virgo is most at home in luxurious yet comfortable clothing, in earthy tones of beige and tan. Virgo can be fussy sign, so it's best to keep it clean, cozy and simple when it comes to getting dressed in Virgo season.
What to buy: A vacuum cleaner! Forget "spring cleaning" -- we prefer "summer cleaning" when the Sun is in Virgo. For that matter, you might also want to pick up a broom, a mop and a new feather duster, because now is the perfect time to use that meticulous Virgo energy to get your home perfectly spotless.
What to watch out for: Being too critical and judgmental. Virgo can sometimes be too fussy, turning "perfect" into downright picky, which can be annoying and frustrating for others. Strive to loosen up a little and let a few things go -- after all, not everything needs to be perfect.
What to look forward to: Getting back on track. Sun in Virgo is an organized and practical period in which to get back to business after a few playful months. It may not be all fun and games, but you will feel fantastic about how much you've accomplished by the time the Sun moves on into Libra on Sept. 22.