It's officially Virgo season! Here's what you need to know

It's time to get ~real~.

By Jake Register

At 12:08 AM on Thursday, August 23, the Sun dances out of fiery Leo and crosses over into the more toned-down earth sign, Virgo. The rambunctiousness of Leo season draws to a close, and it's time to adjust to a more realistic mindset. Welcome to Virgo season 2018!

Earth signs like Virgo are practical and reliable, and, with this season, the collective mood is more hardworking and grounded. Like-minded earth signs Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn benefit the most from Virgo season's energy, and find themselves able to accomplish more, learn more, and express themselves better this month. Virgo is also a mutable sign, and despite being generally known as flexible and versatile, the other mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces) feel tension from the Virgo season vibes and weather change.

Back-to-back eclipses contributed tons of drama this season, and retrograde after retrograde bogged you down with technology issues and miscommunications galore. A major theme of retrograde periods is past relationships and projects re-entering your life, even if you thought they were long gone. If you're overwhelmed with everything that's been piling up on your plate, don't worry. The attentive and precise Virgo energy makes this transition phase move as efficiently as possible. Take stock of your emotional leftovers that the retrogrades and eclipses unearthed. This next month helps you take their value into account with a discerning eye, and you can organise who or what is actually important.

As the Sun crosses into Virgo, the shift in energy is apparent — a phenomenon known as a grand earth trine falls into alignment. Planets in the three earth signs (Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo) harmonise with each other and start the season off with a huge boost of earthy energy. You feel more driven and responsible than you have in months. The only obstacle is Mars retrograde, which is notorious for depleting any sort of motivation or energy you have, and it's been transpiring for the past two months.

Thankfully, Mars propels in the right direction starting August 27, and you feel like your batteries are fully charged! This astro-forecast shows that diving right into the work you have to get done will be a breeze. It's likely that this period of time becomes more productive than your whole summer!

As you're packing your bags for your first day of class or getting ready for a big presentation, try not to overthink things! Getting lost in the teeny tiny details easily happens with Virgo's deeply analytical nature. Understand that even if your work isn't 100 per cent "perfect," it doesn't mean what you did isn't good or good enough. Hyper-focusing on what's mostly irrelevant can cause a lot of anxiety and prevent you from meeting deadlines, so save yourself from future headaches by keeping the big picture in mind.

As Virgo season carries on, your overall awareness sharpens and your ambition increases. Mars, Saturn, and Pluto retrograde all end after several months, further clearing up the cluttered astrological atmosphere, and Mercury joins the Sun in Virgo, amplifying how focused and efficient you are.

Your heightened standards and industrious, busy mood inspire you to plan for the future, which further instigate positive changes around you. It's also a good time to work on your physical health — go for a run, incorporate more nutritious food into your diet, or cut down on some not-so-great habits.

Although there isn't the drama and flair of Leo season to keep you entertained over the next month-long period, it's necessary to reestablish some order. As you push for big changes in your life, the way you prepare for them now is going to be a huge asset in the future. The last few months of 2018 bring a lot of astrological drama, so take advantage of Virgo season while it's here — it's essentially the time to get your sh*t together!