Astrology: Sun Sign Virgo

Quentin Metsys the Younger, Sieve Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, oil on panel, England, 1583. Elizabeth is portrayed as Tuccia, a Vestal Virgin who proved her chastity by carrying a sieve full of water from the Tiber to the Temple of Vesta. Elizabeth was a Virgo, b. 7 September 1533 – d. 24 March 1633.

We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.

Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator, founder of Montessori Method, Virgo, b. 31 August 1870- d. 6 May 1952

The Sun moves through the sign of Virgo each year from ~August 24 – ~September 22, the final month of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere), as the earth rejoices in the richness of early harvest, and preparations for the long winter ahead are still a consideration for tomorrow. Mutable Earth wants nothing more but to experience the multitudinous permutations of this physical world. There are so many things to consider, digest, explore, analyse. So many facts to derive, so many positions, juxtapositions. All so very interesting! But wait, don’t get too familiar, because familiarity is a bit too…sticky. Virgo likes to keep things pure, simple, and somewhat at arms length. There is no harm here, no judgement, it’s simply…cleaner, more rational, and tidy. Virgo loves to analyse, to help, and to know. And if they know about you, then you had better consider yourself a very lucky soul, because they simply do not bother with anything that is not interesting. At worst, you will be dismissed with a shrug and a grunt, perhaps a critical comment to consider as you are dismissed. At best, you will become the object of concern, consideration, scheduled attention, detailed management. Love for Virgo is a matter of caring, and if a Virgo cares about you, damn well pay attention, because these people know their shit.

“Make sure you eat your vegetables, get 8 hours of sleep, drink 2 liters of water a day…!”.  Rules, routines and guidelines are just the kind of thing that makes Virgo super happy.  This is Mutable Earth, a state of being that embodies and grounds the often random and mysterious facts of life. Categorization is a joy to Virgo, cataloging and delineating are like a fine wine to people who value reason above all else. They will always be there for you if you happen to need detailed advice, a thorough critique of just how you are incorrect in every way, or a compendium of facts pertaining to just about any question you can come up with. Virgo like details, they like precision, they like things tidy and organized and boy, do they like schedules. Got a messy problem?  Call a Virgo.  They are the type of people who just love to be left alone with sticky problems. You can come back in a few hours (or minutes, depending on your Virgo) and there you go, problem solved, and if you are wise enough to take their advice, your situation will be better than ever before, with innovations and ideas for future improvement to boot.  Virgo cares – about you, about the bigger picture, about doing the right thing, and in the right way. Virgo is perfectly content to let others believe what they want, quietly observing and making notes for future access, because they understand better than anyone that knowledge is power, and if you have the power, you really don’t need to go advertising it. Aristotle said “What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.” A Virgo would understand this perfectly, as power is a matter of choice, an execution of will, and without the knowledge and details to back you up, you’d might as well not bother. Go away and perhaps try again when you know what you are doing.

Virgo Tarot Correspondence – Major Arcana IX: The Hermit (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

Many Virgos can be a bit retiring in overtly social situations (more or less depending on their Leo/Libra spread), because they tend to get a bit confused as to how to present themselves, always thinking of rules of decorum, order of communication, social protocol etc. Are they going to be boring, or should they just let themselves go this time? Always polite, though occasionally overweening, these folks do love to share their insights if they find the right person to listen to their pet theories, of which they usually have many.  The original nerds of the zodiac, Virgos are they type of people who will gladly take on any type of situation, however gross, weird or confusing, with an almost clinical eye that moves past all the squeamishness that would make others run for the hills.  If you have an Uncle who just loves to talk about his favorite hobby ad nauseum, and the very sight of him brings back looming memories of boring hours spent listening to the very detailed ins and outs of tropical fly fishing, he might just be a Virgo. But don’t be surprised if that hot scientist who is expounding on their latest discovery, full of charisma and vigor is a Virgo too. These folks are usually quite surprising, and take a bit of time to understand. On a personal level, physical intimacy can be overwhelming (so close, so weird, so new, so messy!), and they may just leave their socks on all the time (if you know what I mean).

Virgo’s polarity lies in the mutable, watery sign of Pisces, and it is by taking a page from Pisces’ playbook that Virgo might learn a few things about why they are the way they are. Pisces has deep lessons of compassion, fluidity and universality that while often confounding and overwhelming, can really give analytic, earth-bound Virgo something to think about, infusing the occasionally dry sensibility of Virgo with a richness and depth they might need and not even know it. Let yourself take the plunge, Virgo – go out into the Pisces deep end every now and again and dive down, for there are untold treasures in those depths that can only add to the richness of knowledge that you have already accumulated.

  • Keywords: diligent, considerate, astute, precise, meticulous, modest, shy, practical, observant, intelligent, reliable, orderly, fastidious, petulant, obsessive, finicky, snobbish, demeaning, harsh, prudish, hypercritical, anxious, conservative, tense
  • Rulership: Mercury
  • Modality: Mutable Earth
  • Polarity: negative feminine
  • Gemstone: mercury, sardonyx, peridot, pink jasper
  • Metal: mercury, nickel, flint
  • Tarot: The Hermit
  • Color: navy blue, dark green, dark brown, yellowish green, plum, grey green, slate grey, violet
  • Deities: Isis (as Virgin), Attis, Persephone, Eve, Ceres, Adonis
  • Flora: forget-me-not, snowdrop, lily, narcissus, buttercup, cardamom, carrots, endive, grain, hay, millet, oats, potatoes, skullcap, valerian, wheat
  • Fauna: all small domestic animals, in general, chickens, small felines, dogs
  • Famous Virgo personalities: Queen Elizabeth I, Louis XIV, Michael Jackson, Mother Teresa, Maria Montessori, Kobe Bryant, Freddie Mercury, Beyoncé Knowles, Amy Winehouse, Lance Armstrong, Whitey Bulger, Leo Tolstoy, Aaron Paul, Faith Hill, Greta Garbo, Keanu Reeves, Stephen King, Prince Harry, Jimmy Fallon, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Idris Alba, Rose McGowan, Nick Cave, Sheryl Sandberg