This week we're examining the sixth sign of the zodiac, Virgo. If our hypothesis is correct, then the elements of this sign should be apparent in Chapter VI of Homer's Iliad.
Virgo is the service industry. It's our support system which deals with ordinance and supplies. Today these are plumbers and domestic staff. In times gone by they were artisans, craftsmen and soldiers on the male side, and weavers, water-carriers and nursemaids on the women's. At best, the people of this sign represent the virginal entourage which maintains the most sacred, in the church or temple. They are the chosen, the select, the few.
Our harvest 'earth' themes are briefly reintroduced as we saw last week in Joshua, for instance when Diomedes asks, "...if you are man and mortal, one who feeds on harvest of the grainland...", and when Bellerophontes overcomes his foes and is being rewarded by the people they "...set aside their finest land for him, vineyard and plowland, fertile for wheatfields." But other Virgoian themes take center stage in Book VI of the Iliad, and that is the role of the nursemaid with small child, and of the women who work together, at the loom and needlecraft, weaving the finest robes.
"So Hektor spoke, and she walked slowly on
Latter in Book VI we see another Virgonian theme being threaded throughout the chapter:
"With one nursemaid and her small child,
There is a choreographed emphasis on servants, the women at work, the finest offerings at the inner temple, the craftsmanship of Priam's inner court and their master-builders... all as the tragic hero of the Trojans takes time out to talk to the maid.