While I have always thought of myself as being meticulous when it came to the work I did for others, it was only recently I had to acknowledge I may be a tad anal in all aspects of my life. When my husband and I were shopping before Valentine’s Day, he told me he wanted me to pick out the candy I liked best as well as the flowers. I said I wasn’t that fussy and he just looked at me. Huh. He was right!
While I don’t nag about having things done to my standards, I will quietly go around rearranging and redoing. For instance, one of my pet peeves is sour dishcloths and facecloths. I regularly wring the dishcloth out and spread it out to dry when someone else besides myself has washed up. And there is a certain way I want the clothes hung on the drying racks by the wood stove. Yeah, anal all right!
So is this my Virgo Midheaven? Or is it Mars-Mercury conjunct the Ascendant in Scorpio? Or maybe having controlling Pluto square my Mars is why I want things just so. By the way, this seems to have little to do with a need for organizing. In that respect I am not anal at all. Now I have an aunt with Pluto conjunct the Ascendant opposing her Mars-Mercury in Capricorn who is ferociously meticulous and has everything neatly labeled. Hmm, maybe it does have to do with Pluto aspecting her Mercury because her handwriting is very small and tight too.
There is a place for us anal types in the greater scheme of things. My son-in-law has the same inclination and he works as a lab technician in a hospital – not a place for “good enough.” He has a natal Mars-Jupiter conjunction trine Saturn and Pluto trine Mars. I recall working with a couple of different computer troubleshooters; one was a typical geek, willing to keep after the problem until he figured it out. The other was more slapdash in his approach and most his patches came apart or had to be replaced later, not cost efficient at all.
Will I stop wringing out dishcloths and straightening pictures? I doubt it. I will continue to do my best not be too offensive and just accept this is one facet of who I am. Besides, whenever Pluto is part of the equation the best solution is accept and move on.
Anyone else feel they may lean towards the anal side?
This photo of the Full Moon in Virgo reminds me of a story about the Moon being caught by a tree.
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