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Karmic Saturn in Virgo

Your karmic Saturn in Virgo holds the secret to manifesting your soul purpose.

Virgo symbolizes your karmic responsibilities, duties and obligations. Its shows you what you need to do, and how to structure your life to achieve your soul purpose.

It's about facing your karmic (Virgo-related) fears. Then step-by-step… living empowered Virgo. Think of it another way…

Saturn in Virgo is the karmic reality you need to face about yourself. And once you do that, it becomes your bridge to accomplishment in the material world: the answer to your “how”.


Fears to face:
Perfectionism outside yourself

Commitment to make:
Integration inside and out…)

Clues to “doing” your purpose in the real world

With karmic Saturn in Virgo, you're here to understand that the restlessness, boredom and obsessions you feel about your work, your body and that which is OUTSIDE YOURSELF, really reflects the disconnect INSIDE YOURSELF. Healer: Heal Thyself. And then...dedicate yourself to others.

Understand that the health of your body is not the overreaching goal: but simply one preparation for this integration... which will be expressed in your work, employees and how you choose to serve others.

Integration of...Master and Servant

Virgo is a humble, servant who wants to help. Saturn is a power climber.

Saturn is ruled by pragmatic, uber-dependable Capricorn. In its highest sense, Capricorn is the master of the material world, the “stable, dependable father”. And Virgo loves to serve, without being subserviant. But when stressed, Capricorn can also be rigid and emotionally cut off.

Saturn always symbolizes the area of life in which you'll feel some challenge and constriction. And where you're being called to face reality.

Therefore, “doing” your karmic Saturn is not meant to be easy peasy. Especially when it's in discerning, industrious, health conscious Virgo who loves to perfection in all of its forms: you may feel as if this side of you is blocked.

Where do you need to apply focus?

Saturn abhors laziness. But Saturn's earthy energies also reward effort. Your progress will be in proportion to how much effort you put in to turn your Saturn around. Progress may be slow, but don't give up!

Your karmic Saturn in Virgo is asking you to commit and assume responsibility for seeking the true meaning of perfection (not obsession) … INSIDE AND OUTSIDE.

Your first task is to recognize the connection between YOUR EMOTIONS and YOUR HEALTH. Then by studiously seeking congruency between your mind, body and heart – in your own life first.

Does Virgo scare you a bit?

Does the mention of integrating the “mind and heart” and letting go of “perfection” make you feel a bit squeamish or scared? Or anger you?

That's understandable. Saturn's dampening influence can make anyone shy and awkward. There's a feeling of inadequacy, or “not being enough” in this Saturn position.

Shadow Virgo represses emotion, in favour of obsessing about all the details! Often combined with the fear… that you'll be “called out” – and make a fatal mistake.

Yes: manifesting your Saturn will require some emotional fortitude. But your efforts will be worth it.

What if you committed to Virgo... anyway?

Committing to your Saturn in Virgo not only helps transform the fear and overwhelm into manageable bits – it's the key to manifesting your soul purpose. You can read more about Saturn in karmic astrology here.

When you manifest your Saturn in Virgo, you'll no longer be obsessed, nit picky, prim and proper. You will be exacting, precise and organized inside and out. Feel the difference? Then you can become the healer you were meant to be, committing to being of service to others' physical or emotional health.

How Virgo karma might show up in your life

From a karmic point of view, Saturn in Virgo symbolizes past lifetimes where you didn't “do” Virgo in an extreme way, or you didn't even try!

So instead of embracing your path of a purposeful Virgonian healer, you repress, dany or over analyze your emotional life, and focus on physical perfection. In other words, you get caught up in negative Virgo extremes.

After squelching your fear into “tiny little boxes” in past lifetimes (or in this one), your soul may respond in a number of ways.

  • You continue in the extremes of negative Virgo: you're critical, petty, a martyr, demanding others conform to your high standards; or
  • You over-compensate by focusing on the perfect body, or being hyper organized (but you're emotionally or mentally stressed or afflicted); or
  • You project your unhealthy Virgo by drawing super critical people, martyrs, hypochrondriacs… who push your buttons! But who really reflect your (soul) self that needs to be faced and healed.

Virgo is a mutable earth sign. When healthy, it's balanced in mind and heart and experiences meaning in helping others. Combined with Saturn, it's seriously discriminating, refined and has the potential to be a supportive partner who expresses their love through “acts of service”.

But Virgo also becomes stressed, bored, depressed, anxious – and even physically ill – when life (or work!) doesn't live up to its perfect ideal.

When hurt, Virgo gets stuck in its head (ya know)?…

At times, Virgo can be too nit picky, take life way too seriously!

But this “being stuck in your head” also has a golden lining. It can lead you to integrate those “warring” parts of your psyche, your internal and external worlds.

Like esteemed astrologer Liz Geene says, Saturn in Virgo is a process of “inner synthesis and purification”. One's "purified" Virgo can then be purposefully expressed... in the world of work and productivity.

However, before this integration, you may punish yourself with severe self-judgement and criticism. You may beat yourself up, or refuse to even try, stuck in black and white thinking: “do it right”, or ”don't do it at all”. Sound familiar?

Stuck in menial work?

Saturn in Virgo can show up in situation where you hate your job, be restless, complaining, burdened with monotony of routine – but do nothing to change your circumstances. Instead, you may cling (in fear) to lists of reasons why your possible actions would never work. If you're not careful, you may become resentful, feeling under paid (appreciated) and overworked.

It's like your aversion to risk can be paralyzing. If I can't do it perfectly, do nothing.

An afflicted Saturn in Virgo can result in health problems and anxiety due to stress, or lack of meaning at one's vocation. Deep down, you seek to serve and heal.

Your work challenges are an opportunity to explore the relationship between your energy, health – and the practical aspects of your life. You are being called to assess your situation, through a realistic lens. To assess your reality… accurately. To find purpose in your work.

Saturn in Virgo wants to help. It shows its love by doing small things “acts of service” for those it loves. But this selfless giving may not come without effort.

See your boredom as your “pearl inside”

When you begin to see how your inner and outer world are out of sync and take steps to change — you'll stop beating yourself up.

You'll find meaningful work. You'll channel your energy into higher (not menial) service: because this is what fills you up. Instead of criticizing and finding fault, you'll become a beacon of calm discernment and logic.

When you walk the road of Saturn in Virgo, you'll see how you can be truly useful to others. You'll settle into your role as a healer, organizer or advocate for other people (or animals) less fortunate than yourself.

This is amazing potential, right? But when you have Saturn in Virgo, it's like your thrusters are being throttled. You may be uptight and inhibited. Resentful, in what you see as your “menial” role. Which is why Saturn in Virgo can often show up (first) through layoffs, pain or frustration through work.

To determine Saturn's challenges in your life, ask yourself…

Do you stay in job you hate but do nothing about it?

Are you extreme in that you obsess about your physical health, or physical body – but neglect your mental and emotional health?

Do you fear illness? Or have you been chronically ill, taking your out of the work environment … without looking at possible emotional sources?

Are you afraid of delegating, feeling as if “if I don't do it myself, it won't get done right”? Do you strongly resist change and growth? Do you have OCD?

You get the idea. These are some of the painful symptoms of “shadow” Virgo.

The “gold” of these Saturn in Virgo symptoms, is to force you (through discomfort!) to look inward.

With focus, your anxiety about making a mistake disappears (and if you do make a mistake, you conscientiously fix it).

You are organized and efficient – but not extreme. And you'll feel that what you give others is connected deeply to your soul.

Does this resonate for you so far? If so, what's the source and what can you do to transform your Saturn in Virgo?

Possible Saturn in Virgo past lives

“Psychic energy does not vanish, it just takes another channel.”
– Liz Greene

Here are some past lifetimes that might relate to karmic Saturn in Virgo. Hint: these themes may also be symptoms of present Virgonian challenges.

  • Doctor, nurse or healer who burned themselves out by trying to be perfect (or who made a fatal mistake)
  • Person who had [or have in this life] a heavily structured, disciplined childhood, with no room to breathe, play or explore: you always had to be perfect little boy/girl
  • Scientist or manager who made others wrong, and themselves sick “analysis paralysis”
  • Petty, controlling micromanager, with employees who you constantly criticized: “if you want something done right, do it yourself”.
  • Someone who is obsessed with having the perfect body, at the expense of the mind and heart (think workout or plastic surgery junkie)
  • Literally being an anonymous, unappreciated servant, with a monotonous routine (Does your work feel that way?)
  • Germophobe or hypochrondriac, who uses their (real or imagined) illness for attention
  • Animal activist who cared for or fought for animal rights (in Virgo, these are mostly our companion animals, or domesticated furry friends, did you witness or perpetrate horrendous conditions for animals?)
  • Man or woman who was overly critical of everyone in their lives, destroying their relationships (Are you hyper-sensitive to even constructive criticism? Bingo.)

Recognizing your karmic Saturn in Virgo in your life

“What we hate in others is consciously living within us.”
– Liz Greene

Your fears, projections and overreactions in this lifetime may have their roots in past lifetimes.

Your fears

  • Fear of doctors or nurses who may cause harm to you, who make mistakes, healers who are imperfect
  • Fear of making a mistake, lest it damage self or others, driven by guilt
  • Fear of not being organized enough, letting a detail slip through the cracks leading to catastrophe
  • Extremes in “black and white” thinking, fearing shades of grey
  • Fear of germs, getting ill, hypochrondria, unusual fear or unsafe sex
  • Fear of taking risks, especially to do with work, health or daily routine &lquo;I don't want to change because it's always been done this way”
  • Terrified when something isn't perfect (and you aren't in control of the details)
  • Feeling imprisoned by circumstances (Hint: it's an inner process you're resisting)

Your projections (karmic mirrors)

  • Read the fears and overreactions – are you married to (or close to) someone like this – who pushes your buttons? Do you keep attracting these types of people (like a magnet?). There you go….
  • You have a deep soul connection with your pets or animal companions. Perhaps you're an animal doctor. Or... you find yourself overly protective, for fear of your furry friends becoming ill (or they are ill, and you nurse them… with not only love, but guilt or obligation)
  • You keep meeting, working for or marrying hyper critical, risk-adverse, cheap, perfectionistic, extreme “black and white” people (who are showing you what you've been) - yikes!
  • You attract nerdy and uptight people with extreme self-control… terrified or flexibility, change, growth
  • You encounter an (animal?) physician or healer who makes a mistake, harming their patients. Hint: are you able to forgive them?

Your overreactions

  • You are an extremist: black and white thinking, right or wrong, hero or martyr
  • You have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or extreme anxiety, with an emotional source
  • You are obsessed with science as truth “the facts” and you emphatically reject spirituality
  • Fear of germs, getting ill, hypochondria, unusual fear of unsafe sex
  • You get overwhelmed with details and live in chaos (or you're a Felix Unger type where your surroundings must be perfect, all the time)
  • You are severely judgemental or critical (of self or of others)
  • You have impossibly high standards
  • You completely avoiding doctors or healers (or overly rely on them)
  • You have an obsession with (or abhorrence of) details and order
  • You have an overreaching desire to have “perfect body” (at the expense of your emotional health), plastic surgery or Botox junkie, seeking fountain of youth to the extreme.

Three steps to claiming empowered Virgo

Keep in mind that these steps aren't a linear “process”, this is a lifetime unfolding. But hopefully, they're a good place to start.

Step one: Read up on Virgo

Read about Virgo to understand its highest potential – and it's pitfalls. Notice your emotional reactions, that's where the growth is.

Step two: Face your Virgo fears

When fears come up, take that as a clue. Stay open to receiving insights on your present life or past lives that might help explain your symptoms. When you have an insight on a past life, tears mean yes, you're probably right about that.

Step three: Commit to empowered Saturn in Virgo

When you're looking for “How” to launch a venture, make a move, manage a situation: look to healthy Virgo. Choose a career, where you're manifesting your inner purpose, and desire to be of service. Work in the area of health – or help people or animals! You are here to be designed, assembled, organized – and useful.

Activities that align with healthy Saturn in Virgo

(Are you already doing some of these? Awesome!)

  • De-clutter, without being obsessive. Start a business to help others get organized!
  • If you feel that it's your purpose: become a true healer (in the modality you most resonate with). Have you noticed some healers who are inspired by parents, or grandparents, or figures that are healers? That these people inspire them? This is what you're looking for: your purposeful grounding, your "why".
  • Seek the emotional source of illness (for example, for OCD consider Emotional Freedom Technique, or Psychosomatic Energetics)
  • Volunteer, or donate your time and energy to a cause you believe in: seek “higher” service that is meaningful to you personally
  • Get fit! Become a professional trainer, yoga instructor, something with the mind body connection
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter (or if you have the resources set up an animal charity)
  • Get healthy! Become (or hire) a nutritional counsellor, vegan chef, learn how to take care of your immune system
  • Study the mind, body and emotional connection for good health
  • Become a counsellor or psychotherapist, or coach
  • Buy the book “Messages from The Body” by Michael J. Lincoln, Ph.D.

Last word. Saturn in Virgo is not about being “terrified, white knuckle” perfect. It's about carefully ordering and tending to your external life as a reflection of your internal life (and vice versa). As above, so below.

It's recognizing that when your external life feels out of control… then what's needed is some form of inner integration.

And that while your purpose is to be expressed through some sort of work in the material world, your work must have a deeper foundation of meaning that inspires you (this is when your job becomes service).

Claim your Saturn in Virgo... and you'll transform your one-dimensional “menial servant” view of work – into the salve of “higher service”, rooted deeply inside you – and generously bestowed as a profound gift for others.

References and further reading:

  • Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil – Liz Greene
  • Discovering Your Soul Mission – Linda Brady
  • Twelve Faces of Saturn: Your Guardian Angel Planet – Bil Tierney

Want to go deeper?

If you found this helpful, why not book a private karmic astrology session with me. I work with professionals on an awakening journey who want to consciously align their personality with their soul.

By the way, practising karmic astrology is one of the ways I “do” my own Saturn in Aquarius in the 7th. Aquarius rules astrology, among other things.

Take me to:

North Node – Life-changing descriptions of the North Node, by sign and house.

Saturn in karmic astrology – Empowering perspectives on Saturn – your unique bridge to accomplishing your soul purpose in the real world.

Book a private karmic astrology session with me now (or just read about my sessions).

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