Positive Traits: Clarity of Thought, courtesy, service to others, practicality, and self-honesty.
Negative Traits: Critical, crankiness, timidity, pessimism, inferiority, and hair-splitting.
- Ruling Planet: Mercury
- Colors: Brown, dark grey, navy blue, green, wheat and colors of a farm.
- Dates: August 24 - September 22
- Polarity: Negative/Yin
- Duality: Feminine
- Element: Earth
- Quality: Mutable
- Body: Nervous System, Stomach, and Intestines
- Direction: South-West
- Geography: Brazil, Crete, Greece, Iraq, Mesopotamia, Turkey, Virgin Islands
- Cities: Athens, Boston, Corinth, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, Lyons, Paris Trees~All nut bearing trees Plants: Aniseed, azalea, balm, bittersweet, bryony, caraway, elfwort, fern, haresfoot, lavender, lily-of-the-valley, maidenhair, myrtle
- Foods: All kinds of nuts and root vegetables like carrots and potatoes.
Practical and pragmatic, with plenty of common sense, Virgos are the ‘workers of the zodiac.’ They have a need to always keep busy as they often find it hard to sit and listen; they're worrying about numerous tasks that are yet pending! Nevertheless, they can be surprisingly good listeners and wonderful speakers (if given the opportunity). Excellent at expressing their opinions, they often tend to be a tad too critical, often over analyzing everything. This is only because they are critical of themselves, and criticize everything else to mask their own flaws. Once they’re able to curb the self criticism, Virgos can carve out successful careers, often becoming ‘self-made-millionaires,’ who never lose their humility and self-effacing charm. Dedicated and loyal, they always lend a helping hand when asked politely, and always make sure that every task done by them, is done as close to perfection as possible.
Virgo is one of the few zodiac signs that is represented by a human figure rather than an animal or mythical beast, and her legacy of being the sole virgin of the skies is bestowed upon her from various cultures. In Babylonia, she was Nidaba (or Shala), the goddess of the grain, depicted with a whip that trailed out over the tail of Leo in the constellation--hence we get the phrase, "beauty tames the savage beast. " Here's what Virgo's Constellation looks like In Greek Mythology, Erigone, was the mortal daughter of the King of Attica, and associated with the sign of Virgo. When her father was killed by a band of drunken shepherds, Erigone lamented his death so deeply that Zeus placed her within the 13-starred constellation of Virgo, along with her faithful dog Maera, now referred to as the Dog-star. Some believe Virgo was Astraea (the ‘starry maiden’), the goddess of purity and innocence, who was long associated with justice, and was known as the last god to leave the Earth. Soul Journey. The idyllic youthful Summer of Leo comes to an end as the crops of the field are ready to be harvested before the Fall sets in. In its second sojourn into the night forces of Earth--the first being Taurus --the teenage soul blossoms into an adult, matured by the practical and pragmatic element of Earth. The Virgo soul lets go of the carefree indulgent Summer and takes upon itself the duties and responsibilities of ‘adulthood’ while defensively striving for perfection.
Unlike the Leo soul that bravely rebelled against orders, the Virgo soul complies with society’s rules and regulations by submitting itself gracefully and courteously, despite being frustrated by them. Here the soul learns the values of hard work and dedicated service, often putting playtime aside. And since this is a Mutable Earth sign, even versatility and flexibility become traits carefully measured by clocks and schedules. This happens to such an extent that the Virgo soul can forget the importance and power of dreams, dismissing them as hallucinations that distract from more ‘important’ matters like school and work. Like the new adults symbolized by them, Virgo souls see much to criticize: the traffic, the pollution, what their friends are wearing, or if you're late for a get together with them. However, it's important to understand that this soul secretly resents the loss of childhood innocence. As it has always faced and witnessed criticism from others and itself, so critical thoughts are all that it knows. They believe their value increases with the amount of responsibility they can take on their steady yet nervous shoulders. So when you see a Virgo criticizing and complaining, whether it's about something important or futile, realize that it's merely their way of masking their own self-criticism.
While all the other signs frolic and bask in the Summer of life, Virgo frets and worries about how to warn everyone of the approaching Winter. Life is a very serious matter for this soul. They spend their time planning ahead for a happier and comfortable tomorrow and can forget the virtues of living in the moment and enjoying it. Virgos yearn for something better, and feel that this can only happen for them if they push themselves beyond their limitations. Virgo souls must embrace their flaws wholeheartedly and learn the power of gratitude. Achieving their desires will only occur once they ask and receive graciously, and be willing to spend without pinching pennies and budgeting every area of their life. It does pay to be cautious, but abundance and prosperity like everything else are forms of energy, and need to ‘circulate’ in order to reach their full power. These are life-long lessons for Virgo. Virgo, like Cancer, is often driven by fear, but unlike the moody crab that hides in its shell and wonders who will take care of them, Virgo is fearful of dependence, and determined to live a life where they'll be self-sufficient in every way. This is one of the main reasons why Virgo is symbolized by a Virgin--not for the purity, but for the fact that they are happy leading a life in which all their basic needs and wants are met by themselves (Think of the Hermit from the Tarot, who lives high in his mountain in solitude and is happy and complete from within.). Don’t be fooled by this: Virgos need love. When they let their guard down, Virgo souls make the most devoted and dedicated partners, even if they do criticize and complain.
The motto of Virgo is “I ANALYZE,” and it is through their carefully fine-tuned analysis that can we discover the best in ourselves. However, for this soul to truly experience love at its deepest and purest form, the Virgo soul needs to love itself, and only then can they give and receive true love from the world around them. The Karmic goal of this sign is to give dispassionate, altruistic service as an expression of Divine energy at work. Their quick minds and their ability to see patterns and understand (and obsess) over the finer details, allows Virgo souls to plan things in the most functional and efficient way. Creativity within this sign can be channeled towards practical undertakings, allowing them to create brilliant masterpieces either on canvas, film, stage, or even in the kitchen and backyard. However, it's important that along with seeing the trees, the Virgo soul doesn’t miss the ‘forest,’ and appreciates the grander scheme of the Universe’s workings. They can only have true control of their lives once they learn to trust and believe in process of life and thank the Universe for everything they receive. The inner nature or destiny of this sign is DISCRIMINATION.
by Zorian Cross, art from the collections at karenswhimsy ♥