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Virgo
Virgo

August 23 Through September 22

The ruler of Virgo is Mercury. The glyph is said to be connected to the Immaculate Conception of the Messiah. It's symbol "The Virgin" originated from the star Spica in the constellation of Virgo.

The Virgo character is precise, refined, and a lover of cleanliness, hygiene and order. Conventional, with a rather reserved manner. They are usually observant, shrewd, critical, and patient. Supporters of the 'status quo', and conservative in all areas of life. Virgos are undemonstrative due to a coolness in their nature. Very selective, and non committal in friendship, they prefer to keep relationships on a superficial basis.


The Constellation of Virgo, Seventeenth century wall mural.

Quietly reserved, Virgos are polite and soft spoken people. Unassuming, outwardly cheerful and agreeable, they can be sensible, discreet, wise and witty, with an understanding of other people's problems which they tackle with deftness. Virgos find their friends among those who can help them move up the social strata. They can be name droppers as they like to associate with achievers.

Both sexes have considerable charm and dignity, which make some male Virgoans appear effeminate when they are not. In marriage they can be genuinely affectionate, and make good partners and parents.


European manuscript depicting Virgo, and the
labors of the season, late fourteenth century.

They are practical, mental people, possessing inquiring and logical minds. In this respect, they make excellent students, and good teachers. Their mental bend gives them the ability to analyze and solve the most complicated problems. Virgos have a wonderful eye for detail and often neglect the overall issues. Practical and good with their hands, they are excellent technicians and have good inventive talents.

Due to the Virgo preference for detail rather than the big picture, they make better workers than they do leaders. Virgoans are essentially tacticians, admirable in the attainment of limited objectives. They have a basic distrust in their nature, not only of other people but themselves as well. They project this mistrust to others and therefore make exacting employers. Although, they will never ask anyone to do what they won't do, it is still asking a lot, because most people will not go to the pains a Virgo will.

Virgos possess a strong potential for the arts, sciences and language. They are well suited for any career where analysis, detail and precision are required. They make excellent programmers, accountants, and statisticians. Many go into medicine, law, and the teaching profession. With an avid interest in history, some Virgos make excellent writers and researchers.


Horoscope Symbol of Virgo,
Seventeenth Century European Zodiac.

On the shadow side, Virgos have a penchant for turning molehills into mountains, difficulties into stress and cleanliness into obsessive behavior. There is a need to pay attention to health concerns, particularly those related to overt stress. Virgos are predisposed to worry and hypochondria, even to the point of exhibiting symptoms of the latest diseases.


Origins in Mythology

Virgo, also known as Astraes, was the daughter of Jupiter and Themses and considered the Goddess of Justice. The constellation is one of only three which represent women. The others are Andromeda and Cassiopeia. In combination, these can be seen as the three aspects of the feminine: maiden, mother and crone.An alternate belief associates the constellation with the tragic Coronis, lover of the Greek god Apollo. Coronis was mortal and feared that the god would tire of her as she aged, so she took another mortal, Ischys, as her lover. In his rage, Apollo shot her fatally, with an arrow. In some tales, this unjust act was carried out by Artemis, the sister of Apollo.


A Virgo rhyme

But modest Virgo's rays give polished parts,
And fill men's breasts with honesty and arts;
No tricks for gain, nor love of wealth dispense,
But piercing thoughts and winning eloquence.

Virgo
(August 23 Through September 22)
Virgo Associations

Ruling Planet
Mercury
NatureNegative
QualityMutable
Element
Earth
Symbol
The Virgin
Glyph
ColorsNavy Blue,Dark Gray, Brown
MetalMercury
GemSardonyx
Flowers
Small & Colorful
AnimalsDomestic
CountriesGreece, Turkey,West Indies,Uruguay
CitiesParis, Boston, Heidelberg
HerbsCat's Ear,Crosswort
Body AreaBowels, Intestines
PrincipleDiscernment
KeywordsAnalytical, Critical, Practical
Notable Virgo
Ingrid Bergman




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