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Venus has been doing her flamboyant thing in Leo recently, and now pulls herself into line in cool-cat Virgo, from now until mid October. When it comes to romance, love, art and beauty, we are now all about elegant personal discipline, discriminating good taste, intelligence and earthy, pragmatic efficiency.

In love, it all begins with respect in Virgo. We respect our own choices in romance, take responsibility for who we've chosen to love (our standards are pretty high!) and take personal responsibility for maintaining the highest possible standard of romantic conduct within our relationships. Because we respect our lover enough to treat them well, and also respect their emotional boundaries enough not to try to force or manipulate them into whatever behaviour we expect/desire from them-we allow them be who they are. Intelligent conversation, stimulating repartee and respecting one another's beautiful minds is also a major turn-on here, and helps us to negotiate a romance that involves truly understanding one another, which is always pretty special:

So if our lovers naturally get on board with good, high quality loving great-all good in romance land. But if they repay our respect with shoddy, grotty or below-par conduct; we recoil and freeze up at warp speed and if it's not on, it's not on, as they say. Love is high quality and romantically healthy or not at all. Same goes if we're single and on the prowl, it's all about high standards -we only go for the kind of high class attractions we can respect ourselves for pursuing, or we're quite happy on our own thank you very much. Virgo has the art of self-contained, self-reliant, whole-unto-oneself, satisfied autonomy down pat, if needs be.

Of course the shadow of this is control-freaky, micro-management; where we attempt to critique/nag one another into subservience to the great Virgo cult of unobtainable perfection (Virgo can be a fuss-pot); so yeah no, let's not go down that tedious path huh?

And the big love news is that Venus is heading towards a Virgo rendevouz with her lover Mars, and when these two hook up is most auspicious for own love stories-we'll be feeling the romantic momentum already, and super strong by October 5th/6th. A most promising shot coming up to connect with that special someone who shares exactly the same high standards as we do, for the kind of classy, high-quality romance we deserve... oh yeah!

And Venus rules beauty, and in Virgo we keep it clean and pared back to the essentials:

Good skin is fundamental to Virgo beauty- we want the glowing, radiant complexion that comes from a healthy organic diet, hydration, and investing in high-quality, super-natural skincare products (no petro-chemical crap and definitely not animal tested, obviously).

And the Virgo dress-sense begins by tackling our wardrobe with a ruthless cull, and ditching anything naff/clogging up space-that overflowing bag of 'maybe on day' tat, maybe time to cart it off to the op shop or try to flog it off on ebay? Virgo loves a good de-clutter! So once we've dispensed with the crap-especially anything of poor quality fabric that rubs our lovely, sensitive skin the wrong way; we're only left with good-quality, truly stylish pieces (according to our personal taste), and we wear them with simple, timeless chic. We don't need too many accessories or bling here, it's more about well crafted garments, clean lines and an impeccable fit for our particular body type -simple and comfortably functional is best:

And because we are feeling more productive and efficient with Venus in Virgo; and more likely to be busy and 'on the tools' so to speak this month-so we're not so much tottering around on stilettos or whatever as dressing to get things done -albeit as elegantly and classily as humanly possible. Yes Virgo energy can pull this off!

And Venus rules art and creativity. It's all about a disciplined work ethic and mastering our tools/skills/technique this month. It's all very well to be wildly talented (and we've been exploring that in Leo recently), but Virgo says if we don't put the work in to refine our creative practice, and get a bit more perfectionist about the final product, it's only going to take us so far...This is particularly handy for writers, especially the editing part of the any project you're working on right now.

So let's get on with living well and making things happen with some lovely, stylish self-composure this month. Happy Venus in Virgo x

Image 1: Paolo Roversi

Image 2: unknown source

Image 3: Katherine Hepburn and Carey Grant

Image 4: Jeffery Lewis Bennett

Image 5: Cristian Girotto

Image 6: Cher

Image 7: Jerry hall and Lisa Taylor by Helmut Newton

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