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Good Day!

Today the Virgo Moon joins Mars in Virgo.  We’re on a Virgo adventure this week as the Moon in Virgo met Venus yesterday, Mars today, and Saturn tomorrow.  Since the week is pretty astrologically light otherwise, we’re taking advantage of the lull to examine some practices that bring out the best of Virgo for our work and businesses.

We’ve been learning from Lindsay Satterfield, who teaches productivity internationally and coaches professionals about workflow.  She helps leaders to understand and manage their ever-expanding and changing commitments, responsibilities, priorities and demands.  She counsels that we must have a workflow system in order to be truly innovative and spontaneous.

That’s the role of Virgo in the zodiac – picking up the pieces, putting them into order, archiving and cataloging so when the moment comes, we’re ready.  Virgo as the sixth sign in the zodiac categorizes everything we’ve learned that has come before and prepares us for the upsweep of energy and change that comes with the next sign, Libra.  Very soon, all these planets – the Moon, Mars, Venus, and Saturn – will transition out of Virgo and into the next sign, setting up the climax of this summer of transformation over the next few weeks.  Are you totally ready?  If not, use this week of Virgo energy to get organized so you can take advantage of the culminating energies rather than being swept away by them.

I asked Lindsay to share a few tips with us that she has used effectively with her clients.  Be sure to see yesterday’s post for the first tip (link below):

Take a load off the mind/Define your work.

This next tip is perfect for today’s Moon/Mars energy because it’s about ACTION.  Lindsay says,

Actions are where it’s at. Even the most ambitious endeavor happens one step at a time through pretty much the same handful of verbs:  call, email, revise, draft, talk to, and so on.  When you define your work, identify specific actions.  This seems obvious – but few people do it.  Most of us think of the specific action for the item on our list closer to the time we do it.  Instead, stage your actions as things come into your world so you are ready to roll at any moment.  When your work is staged with this kind of up-front specificity, you become more agile – able to shift direction quickly as needed and then return to where you were without a lot of fuss and disorientation.

Defining the next action is one of my favorite time-and-energy saving tips.  When I identify the very next action to take, it brings large overwhelming projects down to bite-sized bits.  It’s not “write all the blogs I need to post during my trip to Lake Tahoe;” no, the next action is “look up the astrology for the first day.”  Little by little, step by step I focus on the next action only – this is Virgo productivity.  And it’s not that I’m a Virgo – in fact I have no planets in Virgo in my chart.  I had to learn this along the way and I still work on incorporating it daily.

So I encourage you:  take an hour today and see if you can identify the very next action for the array of tasks on your to-do list.  You may be surprised how do-able it all looks when you get “verby” about it.  Believe me, with the Moon channeling Mars in Virgo today, you’ll not only get a lot done, but the right things done too.

Do you have productivity tips that work for you? Please share them with all of us in the comments.

For the first two posts in this Virgo Productivity series, see these links:

July 13 Sort It Out!

July 14 Virgo and Productivity

For an overview of the week, see the Astro4Business Weekly Forecast – July 12-18

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – July 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets influencing today, see

The Sun

The Moon