Virgo Personality is intimately tied to the constellation of the Virgin. The starry construct of Virgo is believed by some astrologers and historians to be the first constellation identified by primitive man. Being the second largest constellation after Hydra (by only 9°), it has been identified as a goddess in almost every culture on earth. The glyph for Virgo is thought to depict the female body.
Virgo is home to the densest nebular region in the heavens, and it was here that the minor planets Ceres and Pallas were discovered. The ancient Greeks described this goddess as “inhabiting the stars.” Virgo, Andromeda and Cassiopeia are the only constellations which represent women. These can be seen as the three aspects of the Virgo personality of femininity – maid, mother and spinster.
The constellation’s brightest star Spica (Latin for “stalk of grain”) possibly refers to a time when the sun passed through this constellation during the inundation of the Nile and the Egyptians’ springtime harvest (15,000 years ago). Virgo myth has long been associated with the Sphinx (generally claimed as prehistoric). Greek tradition explained the mysterious figure as the head of Virgo on Leo‘s body. The ancient Egyptian zodiacs of Denderah and Thebes portray her as Isis, the thousand-named goddess, with wheat ears in her hand that she dropped to form the Milky Way.
Astraea (“starry”) was a Greek title for Virgo along with Erigone (“Early Born”) perhaps indicating its great age. Greek “eri” is cognate with English “early” from the Indo-European root “ayer- day, morning”.
The tropical zodiac places the Sun in Virgo from August 23 to September 22, exiting the sign for Libra at the autumnal equinox, while the more astronomically correct sidereal zodiac places the sun in Virgo from September 17 to October 17.
Virgo sign traits include passivity, negativity, and introversion. Virgo is traditionally ruled by the planet Mercury, but Ceres, “Vulcan”, and several other planets have been suggested as more appropriate by some modern astrologers. Being the sixth sign of the zodiac, Virgo is the ruler of the astrological sixth house.
The Sixth House, governed by the Planet Mercury (which also rules the Third House) concerns service, work and health. Associated with the work ethic, it is the measure of personal integrity, usefulness, productivity, and the manner in which humankind functions.
Virgo Man/Woman Characteristics and Personality:
Their minds are such that they need the stimulus of practical problems to be solved rather than the mere routine of working to set specifications that need no thought. The great strength of the Virgo-born is in their practicality, sharp mind and attention to detail. Mercury is the zodiac’s active and rational mind. The Virgoan possesses a well balanced mind and superior intellectual abilities. Body and mind are as one to them.
There is seldom much room for emotional involvement because the mind is always engaged and dominant. They are practical, mental people, possessing inquiring and logical minds. It can be beneficial to take up a pastime which occupies the mind and the hands, while providing a sense of accomplishment. Many are especially interested and concerned with physical health, and some are attracted to mind-body awareness exercises such as yoga.
Virgos belong to a group of people known for their perfectionism and highly analytical minds. In their mind there’s no point in doing anything half-heartedly. It is possible however that their narrow mindedness causes their creativity to suffer and they may lead regular routine lives. Some people find them cold or emotionally detached because they live in their minds, not in their emotions and feelings. Virgos are intelligent with an excellent memory and a highly analytical mind, however, they must have the proper attitude for their life to be happy and successful.
They need to be organized in their mind, sometimes all their energy is taken from organizing their mind that they have a difficult time organizing their surroundings. To the world, Virgo presents a calm and collected exterior but on the inside, nervous uncontrolled intensity is trying to figure things out – how to improve everything, analyzing and thinking. They are conventional, so do not do anything spontaneous or that forces them to make hasty decisions. They take their time. Don’t attempt to probe their mind because their emotions are pretty much closed off until a relationship is solid, and they will be the ones to decide when that time is.
Erigone will direct to study, and she will train the mind in the learned arts. Virgo natives seek complete realization of the mind, being logical, practical and methodical with an intellect which subrogates the instinct. The one with the tick-tock mind, clicking away the hours neatly and methodically – noticing the smallest details. The first thing you’ll notice about the typical Virgo is the definite impression he gives that there’s a serious problem on his mind that he’s struggling to solve, or a vague feeling that he’s secretly worried about something. You may run across a Virgo who is so busy keeping the corners of his (or her) mind neat and orderly that he’s become careless about his clothing or his surroundings.
Practical Virgo often appears “dreamy” – as if they were all wrapped up in the very rainbows that their logical minds refuse to believe in or follow. It’s just that this orderly, curious, Mercurial mind of Virgo myth and personality can’t stand procrastination, neglected details or confusion of purpose. It’s interesting to note that Virgos’ alternate ruler Vulcan, in Greek mythology, is the lame god with the brilliant mind. The Virgo, with mind made up moves on, and having moved on, all your tears, pleadings, and apologies are useless in changing his/her mind.
Virgos look for a partner who is clean in body and mind, and who dresses well, but not in flashy extremes of fashion. Pure-minded, they are certainly not naive. They notice, the after shave lotion/perfume, the lint, your hair, your clothes, your shoes, and your manners. Considered by some to be boring and unimaginative, what would we do without the sharp eye and mind of Virgo. So, keep your fingernails clean if you’re on the trail of a virgin.
The printed word often isn’t enough for the inquisitive, painstaking Virgo mind. They will need practical (preferably personal) proof. Like the tiny ant industriously going about its business, Virgo is absorbed in the tiniest detail of whatever he/she is involved with at the moment. Their power of concentration and oblivion to the world and the “big picture” is legendary.
Actually, his mind is working at Mercury (warp) speed, though mere speed will never be allowed to replace cautious, methodical procedures. Virgo employees don’t mind working in the background, or at the “bottom”. But, in the position of right-hand man or gal Friday, the boss can confidently relax and head for the golf course, content in the knowledge that someone totally reliable is covering his back at the office. The Virgo personality is often put down by astrologers as being fussy and narrow-minded, but if you’ve got a job that needs to get done – and done right – this is the zodiac sign for you.
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