You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody.
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.
~ Bob Dylan, Gotta Serve Somebody
Virgo rules the sixth House, the “House of Servants.” It’s hard for a modern student of astrology to connect with that descriptive phase. Perhaps there was a day when astrology was available only to the ruling class, when a phrase such as “house of servants” connoted all one’s employees or slaves, but that’s no longer true about astrology. It’s available to the masses in our western world, even those in the servant class. Who makes up the servant class? You. Dylan had it right. We all have to serve somebody. The question is, who do you serve? Or perhaps the better question is, what do you serve?
The sixth is a vocational house, giving us clues about our job, our everyday routine. In that regard, the sixth is sometimes given the name, “House of Service,” and it’s sign might shed some light on the type of service you provide as a servant and planets in the sixth will bring nuance to the equation. The question remains, who or what do you serve?
Not many people aspire to the mundane, and the sixth poses the threat of being incredibly mundane. Arise to the alarm clock, mark the morning routine, off to work, get through the day, squirm through the traffic home, search for a little way to numb the mind, off to bed, arise to the alarm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…ad infinitum. What are we? A bunch of wind up toys programmed to perform a little routine and then shut down?
How do we get ourselves out of this mess? Serve what we love. Maybe the answer lies across the wheel in the 12th house, opposite the sixth, the realm of our dreams. Maybe it lies somewhere else for you. Whatever it is, it satisfies your soul, you find it hard to resist, and will come back to it for comfort time and time again when the everyday work-a-day world becomes unbearable. We escape to it, and will serve it gladly. We put off the duties of our sixth to serve the true master of our souls.
There’s a fantastic book, Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow, by Marsha Sinetar. She doesn’t say a lot of money will follow, but it does offer some sound advice on finding a way to do what you love. Doing ~ serving ~ what we love makes us a member of the ruling class and the “House of Servants” becomes a pleasure to live in. Oh, there’ll be plenty of work if you have the self-discipline for it, and difficulties will still arise, but wouldn’t it be nice to be completely immersed in something you adore even if the pile of dollars is a bit shorter? Would you trade that for a bunch of money? Maybe, maybe not. Each of us has to make that choice for ourselves, and that brings us back to our definition of the sixth ~ the house of servants or the house of service.