Signs: Mutable Cross—Virgo

Ray 6 triangle Ray 2 triangle

I am the mother and the child. I, god, I matter am

Care of the soul within the form: awakening the transpersonal

Mutable complement:Pisces
Rays:Ray 2, Ray 6
Othodox ruler:Mercury
Esoteric ruler:Vulcan
Hierarchical ruler:Jupiter
Esoteric decanates:1st: Mercury, 2nd: Saturn, 3rd: Venus
Retrogressive motto:Let matter reign
Virgo triangles:

Virgo: esoteric meaning

Details to follow.

Virgo: rulers

Orthodox: Mercury

Details to follow for Mercury as orthodox ruler.

Esoteric: Vulcan

Details to follow of Vulcan as esoteric ruler.

Hierarchical: Jupiter

Details to follow of Jupiter as hierarchical ruler.


See the notes about the inconsistency of decanates in Esoteric Astrology. For comparison, Stephen Pugh’s decanate rulers are listed, alongside current orthodox rulers and those given in the book.

Esoteric/developmental: conscious development (annual signs from Aries via Taurus to Pisces)
0-9°: Mercury C: Virgo, at an advanced stage, “Mercury and the Sun are interchangeable terms”
10-19°: Saturn G: Capricorn, the knowledge that Saturn “offers opportunity” and is no longer the planet that “brings disaster”
20-29°: Venus D: Taurus, “the source of wisdom and the… transmutation of the mind into intuition and… intellect into wisdom”
Exoteric/experiential: humanity in general (precession from Aries via Pisces to Taurus)
29-20°: Venus D: Taurus, immersion in the comfort of earthly concerns
19-10°: Saturn G: Capricorn, limitations and obsessions that conceal the door to opportunity
9-0°: Mercury C: Virgo, the need for order to stave off anxiety and the conflicts of an awakening consciousness
  • Orthodox: Mercury, Saturn, Venus (Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus)
  • EAst e/o: Mercury, Saturn, Venus / Venus, Saturn, Mercury
  • Pugh e/o: Mercury, Saturn, Venus / Venus, Saturn, Mercury

Sepharial’s allocation of Sun, Venus, Mercury is clearly corrected in the passage below, so we can presume a simple reversal of the “backwards” orthodox order of the decanates.

According to Sepharial, the three decanates into which Virgo is divided are governed by the Sun, Venus and Mercury, whilst Alan Leo gives us Mercury, Saturn and Venus. I would remind you … that, in the case of the disciple, Mercury and the Sun are interchangeable terms. When the disciple becomes aware that he is himself Mercury, the Son of Mind, and therefore one with the universal Christ, the “Sun and yet the Son of God” (as it is esoterically called), he is then an initiate. Therefore, Leo’s assignment of rulers is the truly esoteric one. When the disciple knows Saturn as the God who offers opportunity and does not only feel him to be Deity who brings disaster, then he is on the path of discipleship in truth and in deed and not just theoretically. When Venus is the source of wisdom and the expression of the transmutation of the mind into intuition and of intellect into wisdom, then he is ready for initiation. He is rapidly achieving liberation. The weakness of the rulers of the decanates as given by Sepharial lies in the fact that as both Mercury and the Sun are one, the choice is therefore redundant; he omits Saturn and because of this omission, esoterically speaking, the “door is not open.” (EA 284)

Esoteric Astrology: 284