In August and September, the Sun journeys through the serious sign of the Virgin, signaling a collective focus on work, health, service, and skill-building. The exact dates will depend on the year, but typically the Sun settles down in this mutable Earth sign from from August 22 to September 21.
Virgo can have workaholic and hyper-critical tendencies, so remember to pay attention to what is working in your life, even while attending to what needs improvement.
Detail-oriented Virgo says that little things can make a big difference -- take small steps toward manifesting your perfect world! Make the most of the Sun's passage through Virgo by checking out your zodiac sign's advice below:
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Virgo's meticulous focus on the nitty-gritty may irritate your spontaneous nature, but you now have the opportunity to improve your quality of life by making adjustments in your daily habits and routines. Find more healthful and sustainable approaches to your work, or perhaps start planning for a change in career. Apply your analytical skills to determine what is truly good for you.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
It's time to get serious about bringing more fun, pleasure and creativity into your life. Make a list of the activities that make you happy and then schedule time for at least one of these items every week. The more fun you're having, the more confident you'll feel -- and the more romance you're likely to attract. This is also an excellent time to launch a new artistic project and establish healthy creative habits.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
The Virgo Sun is calling for housecleaning on a fundamental level -- both in your home and in your emotional life. Start with one small area of your home -- a drawer, shelf, closet or cabinet -- and give it a thorough cleaning. While you create order on a physical level, consider that you're also clearing out what you want to release from the past, preparing to bring in the new.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Lighting up your mental realm, the Virgo Sun brings an infusion of new ideas and fresh perspectives. This is an ideal time for taking classes or attending lectures, especially ones with a pragmatic, work-oriented focus. Enhance opportunities for making new connections -- and improve existing relationships -- by sharpening your communication skills and making a habit of expressing yourself more clearly.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Money matters invite your attention during Sun in Virgo. Carefully analyze the details of your personal budget and identify places where you could be more frugal -- without sacrificing the feeling of abundance. The small changes you make now can result in significant long-term gains. Acquiring new skills, or honing existing ones, can also help you build your base of financial security -- and your sense of self-worth.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Happy birthday, Virgo -- it's your turn to shine! As you start this new cycle, consider how you can apply your skills in a bigger way and serve at a higher level. What duties do you need to let go of in order to fulfill your true purpose? The Sun in your own sign can intensify your perfectionist tendencies -- self-acceptance and self-love are the antidotes. Make time to celebrate in the midst of your industrious activity.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Your work this month may be primarily on an internal level, as the Virgo Sun activates your spiritual life and dream world. It's time to clean out the contents of your unconscious, in search of your highest vision for yourself. Pay close attention to your dreams, which can offer valuable insight into your true path of service. You might need more rest than usual, and time for engaging your imagination.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
The Virgo Sun energizes your hopes and wishes, calling for a pragmatic approach to bringing dreams into reality. Take stock of your abilities, map out your vision for your future and break down long-term goals into bite-size pieces. Networking now pays off in the long run -- identify the friends, associates, groups and organizations that can support your aspirations and get busy making connections.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
You're ready to take on more responsibility in your work -- or to start on a new career path. The Virgo Sun helps you clarify and get realistic about your long-range professional plans. If you want to achieve recognition, you may need to perfect your skills or find a mentor. The best approach now is contrary to your nature: slow down, simplify, be patient and attend to the nit-picky details.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
As Virgo's workaholism is rivaled only by your own, you feel right at home this month. You can harness this industrious energy for significant growth, both personally and professionally. Taking work-related trips and classes supports this expansion process. You may also find yourself exploring spiritual values, and analyzing how your work is -- or is not -- in integrity with your beliefs. It's time to walk your talk!
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
The messy and mysterious realm of your subconscious is lit up by the Virgo Sun, inviting you to sort through emotional depths to uncover the essence of your power. The most practical thing you can do is express your irrational feelings, rather than trying to explain them away with logic. Showing vulnerability -- just a little at a time -- helps build trust in relationships and plants seeds for deeper intimacy.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Partnerships are in the spotlight, and it's time to perfect your skills and build confidence in this department. Learning about and practicing active listening, conflict resolution or non-violent communication can enrich existing relationships or help attract new ones. Get clear about the gifts you have to offer others and the kinds of support you would like to receive in return -- finding balance is key.