Ruled by Mercury
Key Phrase: “I Analyze”
The Virgo Sign
Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac and is symbolized by the Virgin. This earth sign is often misinterpreted as being cold and clinical, due to the effort they put into keeping their emotions in check. Overthinkers, Virgos tend to be anxious perfectionists who hold themselves to impossibly high standards. A Virgo is still an earth sign, though, with all of the element’s tendency to be sensual and strong. Independent and intellectual, they most often choose to work alone where they can analyze uninterrupted by the outside world.
A Virgo can make a great friend, as they are thoughtful and resourceful. They are reasonable and can grow and change as they learn new things. They are capable of deep love, it is just that they are very particular as to with whom they will share it. Ruled by Mercury—or possibly the planetoid Chiron—a Virgo tends to always be in pursuit of intellectual gains and service to others over personal gain of their own. Mercury comes across in expressiveness for Gemini while it is used for internal processing with Virgo. Virgos prize clarity and order and are symbolized by the Maiden carrying a sheaf of wheat. However, some can seem hypercritical to those around them, and they should be careful to not push the same expectations on others that they have for themselves.
The Virgo Sign
Virgo is the sixth of the 12 astrological signs of the zodiac and is one of three Earth signs in the Zodiac. The other two Earth signs are Taurus and Capricorn. Earth signs exist in the earth element of the Zodiac calendar, but each sign exhibits their element in a different way. Earth signs are known to be grounded and practical. Virgo is a mutable Earth sign, which means that even though they may seem inflexible, they are always adjusting.
For Virgo, the Earth traits are evident in the way that they are capable of holding space for others. The typical pragmatism may come out in comparison and fierce independence. They also tend to value communication highly and spend time sorting their thoughts but aren’t shy in communicating them. Virgos tend toward perfectionism, which can create unrealistic expectations for themselves and others if not monitored closely for balance.
Virgo is associated with the earthy color brown. Brown is rustic and grounded, much like Virgo. Brown also represents Virgo’s tendency to be practical but critical of others. While often reserved, Virgo is also known for stability and attention to detail.
The Mythology of Virgo
Virgo is the largest constellation of the 12 Zodiac signs and is second only to Hydra among all constellations. Its brightest star, Spica, is the 15th brightest star in the sky.
The history of astrology contains mythology related to the constellation. The astrological constellation of Virgo has roots in many traditions. It is associated with Demeter, mother of Persephone, in Greek mythology and is associated with Proserpina in Roman mythology–both mothers of the harvest. In Egyptian mythology, the wheat harvest began when the Sun entered the constellation of Virgo. Indian astrology also calls this constellation the maiden and associates it with the Virgin Mary. In Christian tradition, the virgin birth takes place in Bethlehem, which means bread–tying the idea of the virgin with the wheat once again. It is, however, another Greek myth–the myth of Parthenos, which means virgin–that gives the constellation its name and most commonly accepted origin story.
Like many Greek myths, the story of the maiden Parthenos is a tragic one. The legend has it that Parthenos’ sister Rhoeo was impregnated by Greek god Apollo. Ashamed of the pregnancy and unaware of the divine origins, Rhoeo’s father locked Rhoeo in a box and threw her in a river. Unsurprisingly, Parthenos and her remaining sister became afraid of their father’s anger management issues.
One night, he leaves them in charge of a top shelf bottle of wine, but it gets destroyed by a pig. In terror of their fate, both sisters throw themselves off a nearby cliff but are saved by Apollo. Parthenos ends up being worshipped as a goddess. Other versions of this tale place Parthenos as the daughter of Apollo who created the constellation to honor her early death. Either way, the story is tragic for her sister, but Parthenos is saved and gets a constellation named after her, too.
Virgo Sun, Moon, Or Rising: Why It Matters
Celestial signs aren’t just the ones we think of when we read our daily horoscope. Sun signs are the ones we most commonly consider because they’re the easiest to find. Simply go to the date of birth, and the associated sun sign is identified. Those born within the dates of August 23rd to September 22nd have Virgo as their sun sign. The sun sign represents core identity and is why most people born during these dates read the Virgo daily horoscope.
To determine a rising sign or moon sign, we also need to know the exact time and location of birth. This helps determine the precise celestial transits. This creates a natal chart, which includes our 12 houses of astrology that represent each area of our lives. A natal chart can provide insight into our perceptions and the way others may perceive us. Think of it like a map of the sky at the moment we were born. It’s an in-depth look at the potential of our lives. It’s possible to be a Virgo sun sign, Virgo moon sign, Virgo rising sign, or a combination of these star signs.
Sun signs give insight into identity, goals, actions, and desires. Moon and rising signs allow a deeper understanding of other facets of personality. Moon signs represent the internal self and may encompass instincts, emotions, needs, and behavioral tendencies. A Virgo Moon sign is known for possessing an analytical nature, which is no surprise with Mercury as the ruling planet. Those who claim a Virgo Moon love to help others in practical ways. They are problem-solvers, but they are also worriers. They are happiest when they are able to contribute solutions, but they can require a deep sense of calm and reassurance to balance out the worry. Virgo Moon signs tend to have an active mind, always turning over the possibilities. Mindfulness and meditative practices could help manage the Virgo Moon tendency to ruminate over problems.
Rising signs represent the way our inner worlds are perceived from the outside. A Virgo Rising is known for their modesty and work ethic. They tend to be perfectionists who can be critical of themselves and others. Their tendency to focus on the details can sometimes prevent them from completing tasks or seeing the bigger picture. Virgo Rising personalities lack a filter and tend toward bluntness in communication. Their honesty can feel brutal to more sensitive souls, and Virgo may need to temper their feedback with kindness.
The purpose of astrology is to understand how celestial transits impact our lives. Horoscopes aren’t predictions. They don’t have all the answers. They can only show the possible strengths and challenges we may encounter. Exploring our sun, moon, and rising signs can help us better understand ourselves and our relationship with others.
Virgos are known for having an analytical mind and kind nature. They are hardworking and humble, and they tend to value order. The stereotype of Virgo is that they love cleaning, but this is a mischaracterization of the sign. Instead, Virgos tend to love cleanliness and order around them. Their practical, busy minds thrive well when their outer environment is as organized as their inner one. They may present as reserved, but this is often because they take the time to process their thoughts and feelings to be better able to communicate them.
Virgos are also deeply connected to nature and the world around them. This makes them feel great empathy toward animals and other people. They excel at caretaking and may find themselves nurturing families, gardens, or plants with ease.
Virgos pay careful attention to detail. They tend toward perfectionism and may have to be reminded to pull back and see the bigger picture or they can get lost fine-tuning smaller details and miss deadlines or other tasks. This perfectionist tendency can sometimes translate to being hyper-critical of themselves and others. Virgos need to work hard at self-love and at extending understanding and grace to others. Virgos may also struggle to accept what their heart is telling them if it doesn’t neatly fall in line with facts.
Because Virgos are detail-oriented and hard-working, it’s unsurprising that there are many famous Virgos in the world. Well-known Virgos include comedian Melissa McCarthy, actor Chris Pine, singer Bebe Rexha, actor Keanu Reeves, actor Zendaya, singer Gloria Estefan, BTS singer Jungkook, singer and icon Beyonce, actor Idris Elba, politician Bernie Sanders, singer Pink, singer and actor Jennifer Hudson, director Tyler Perry, and Prince Harry. These are just a few of the Virgos you may have heard about. Their independence, drive, and organization likely contributed to their success.
Virgo may be naturally more compatible with Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Capricorn while they may find Gemini and Sagittarius to be least compatible. Compatibility, in short, means that some relationships will be naturally less challenging than others. That doesn’t mean we should take more compatible partners for granted or dismiss less compatible ones. Instead, understanding how signs interact can provide valuable insights into the way we relate to others–and how they relate to us in turn. It won’t guarantee relationship success or longevity, but if we better understand each other, we might find it’s a great life hack for dating, marriage, and relationships in general.
Virgo + Taurus: These two are a study in L-O-V-E. Virgo and Taurus have much to learn from each other. While Taurus can teach Virgo much about love and intimacy, Virgo can teach Taurus a whole new approach to life. Virgo often comes at love from a more analytical perspective while Taurus connects more at a heart level. However, if these two can learn to trust each other, their bond will be strong and able to last a lifetime, and their differences could help make their relationship more beautiful than they could have imagined.
Virgo + Cancer: Happy homebodies, Virgo and Cancer will likely bring out the best in each other with their shared love of hearth and home. Expect stability, intuitive understanding, and great sensitivity from this pairing. Both Virgo and Cancer will be on the same page about routine, order, security, and comfort, which may make this couple one of the more harmonious of the Zodiac. The biggest challenge of this primarily peaceful pair will be to avoid falling into critical communication. If the Virgo and Cancer couple can figure out how to communicate kindly instead of nagging each other to death, their love could make for a happy forever home.
Virgo + Scorpio: Virgo and Scorpio go together like peas and carrots. Virgo’s will appreciate Scorpio’s tenacity and confidence, and these two will likely be happy to be unsociable together. Scorpio may like to dominate at times, but this will allow for plenty of space in the relationship, which Virgo enjoys. These two will have to work to master communication. Criticizing a cranky Scorpio is unwise, and Virgo may struggle to understand Scorpio’s more emotional reasoning. However, if this couple can figure out how to balance Virgo’s analytical nature with Scorpio’s passionate one, these two could get on like gangbusters!
Virgo + Capricorn: Virgo and Capricorn have serious soulmate potential. This pairing is a near-perfect complement. Both are intelligent, rational, dependable, and independent–so there will be shared activities and space coexisting within the relationship. Both signs are organized, goal-oriented, and grounded. If this all seems very boring, don’t worry: Virgo and Capricorn have a shared vision but are different enough to keep things exciting. A perfect pairing, Virgo and Capricorn just “get” each other, and they’ll likely be best friends who partner each other for life.
What Being a Virgo Really Means
Let’s talk about what being a Virgo doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean that people have to get over your problems when you have them because you’re a Virgo. Horoscopes don’t work that way. They aren’t a free pass to whatever bad behavior may be the occasional tendency. Cut that out!
Being a Virgo doesn’t define who we are, but it can shed light on aspects of personality. It allows us to understand ourselves without judgment. It may even help enhance our personal growth when we use it well. But what it doesn’t do is predict our future, give us answers to every life problem, or tell us what we should do. Wouldn’t that be awesome though? Perhaps not if you value the ability to make choices of your own.
Louder for the people in the back: celestial signs don’t determine behavior! Instead, it tells us that we have tendencies and many ways of approaching them. Perceived weaknesses can become strengths if we use them well. Perspective is important. The signs might be written in the stars, but our choices certainly aren’t.
For instance, Virgo may be a perfectionist, but this is also what makes them so good with details and so successful. They can be critical, but this also helps them take a deeper look at their own thoughts and actions to accept responsibility and empower themselves to create change. Their independence can make asking for help difficult, but it also helps them be self-sufficient and value healthy space in relationships. Understanding how challenges can become opportunities and even strengths can empower Virgos. They can certainly be their own worst enemy, but with a little insight, they can learn to become their own best friend.
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