THE KEY PHRASE for Virgo is “I serve” and it governs the number 6
Virgo August 23 – September 22 (approx)
Virgo is the helper of the zodiac. It rules the intestines and Virgos are prone to worry which results in tummy upsets. Virgo digests and analyses, it breaks everything down and examines it, then uses what it can for the benefit of others. It doesn’t waste anything and does things properly and well. Virgos love systems for filing, organising their wardrobe, tool kits, beauty kits, filofaxes, ipods and iPhones. Virgos have high standards
As the Sun passes through Virgo the harvest is gathered in, and this is symbolised by the wealth of talents and skills that Virgos possess.
They are practical and good with their hands. These are the craftspeople and technicians of the zodiac:- the weavers, potters, dressmakers, carpenters and IT experts of the zodiac.
Planetary Ruler and Qualities
Virgo is a mutable earth sign. Traditionally ruled by Mercury, it is now also associated with Chiron, the Wounded Healer and Ceres the Goddess of the Harvest which is a new planet upgraded from an asteroid. Mercury in an earth sign is both analytical and practical, it sorts the chaff from the grain, and is discriminating with information. Mercury is exalted in this sign. Mercury is the messenger and Virgos use the information they learn for the benefit of others.
Virgo is emotionally cool and they are looking for a perfect mate. This is of course not possible so Virgo needs to learn to accept people as they are and not try to improve them. Marriage is best approached as a friendship with common goals. The best kind of relationship is one where there is sympathy and understanding. This is found with Capricorn and Taurus the other earth signs, and the caring water sign Cancer. Aries can be good for business and Gemini keeps you on your toes with lively mental debates. You can adapt well to another Virgo and Sagittarius has the optimism and spontaneity that lightens you up.
Constellation and Myth
Virgo lies in a very bountiful area of the heavens with over 500 nebulas. She is the constellation of The Virgin, a Goddess holding a wheatsheaf represented by the star Spica. She is connected with many Goddess myths, the most apt is the story of Demeter (Ceres) the Goddess of grain and fertility. Her daughter Persephone was abducted by Pluto, God of the Underworld. In her anguish Demeter left her temple to search for her, and the crops died. So the gods decided to reunite mother and daughter. However Persephone had eaten pomegranate seeds while in the underworld, so each year she has to return for six months to join her consort Pluto and the earth becomes barren. This story explains the seasons of the year.
Strengths and weaknesses
Virgo is a master of detail, skilled in techniques. An excellent critic and they notice what others might overlook. Their ability to take care of others brings them into the health professions as nurses, doctors, healers, herbalists, nutritionalists, social workers or teachers.
They are the investigative journalists and thrive in the media. Their perfectionism gives them the reputation of being fussy. However they can be very messy. This mess gets to a point where they have to clear and tidy it up, which gives them immense satisfaction. Virgos are always busy and prone to overwork, as they often do more than they need in order to get results. This is because they get easily distracted and bogged down in inessentials.
Practical, resourceful, modest, shy and unassuming, versatile and meticulous, calm and self reliant, critical and fussy.
Tarot Card: The Hermit.
Colours: navy blue, dark brown, green
Best Day of the Week: Wednesday
Anatomy and physiology: intestines
Herbs, plants and trees: all bright small flowers like anemones,nut bearing trees