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VIRGO - The VIRGIN
Those born between August 23 - September 23
Keyword: I Analyze.



But modest Virgo's rays give polished parts,
And fill men's breasts with honesty and arts;
No tricks for gain, nor love of wealth dispense,
But piercing thoughts and winning eloquence.

— Manilius

Spiritual Goal: To learn to discriminate between destructive criticism and simple wisdom
Spiritual Correspondence: The Virtues
Apostle: Philip
Prophet: Micah
Anatomy: Rules the hands, abdomen, intestines, spleen and central nervous system
Associated Countries:  Brazil, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Uruguay and the West Indies
Associated Cities:  Athens, Corinth, Paris, Boston and Heidelberg
Animals:  All Domestic Animals and Solitary Animals
Watchword:  Service
Keynote:  Purity
Physical Manifestation:  Crystallization
Mental Manifestation:  Discrimination
Motto:  I Wish To Give
Quote:  I Analyze


Virgo Traits
It does not mean, that they are pure and sinless.
On the bright side....

Modest, Health Conscious, Meticulous, Faithful, Reliable, Practical, Humble, Analytical, Humorous, Organized, Imaginative, Adaptable
Easily learns mastery.

On the dark side.... Demented, Fussy, Hypercritical, Harsh, Conservative, Hard to please
Finicky, Perfectionist, Worriers &hypochondriacs, Idealistic, Argumentative. Frequently depressed, Destructive at times

Likes

Dislikes

Not being pressured
Unconditional love

Hygiene

Privacy
Being Independent
Being Alone
Pursuit of 'trueness'
Standards
Proper methodology
Practicality
Neat & tidy
Friendliness

Chaos
Delusional people

Noise
Change
Sloppiness
Nagging
Familiarity
Lateness
Bullies
Ignorance and foolishness
The Profane
Being fooled

VIRGO AFFIRMATION: I analyze, differentiate and function efficiently. I accept my ability to choose, to distinguish, to discriminate, to easily let go of the "ten thousand" worries of life, to avoid unwise sympathy, to focus on the essentials of life and be wisely passionate. .

Virgo is the Sixth sign of the Zodiac. It heralds the end of Summer and nearing of the harvest. The origin of its name has become lost over time but among European and Middle Eastern mythology, Virgo has always been a symbol of fertility and a representation of the production of crops. Even in prehistoric times, this Zodiac Sign was perceived as both a mother and a virgin. According to some astrological sources, Virgo's original symbol was the Sphinx...mythological poser of riddles...and, indeed, those governed by Virgo are prone to question, turning inward in order to seek larger meanings about causes and purposes in life. Some sources maintain that Virgo began as The Great Mother, a Sumerian Corn Goddess, while in Egypt, she was Nidaba, Goddess of Grain, whose harvest began when the Moon was in her constellation. In medieval times, Virgo was associated with the Virgin Mary. However, in most depictions, Virgo holds sheaves of wheat or an ear of corn, emphasizing her role as a Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture. Occasionally portrayed as bearing flowers, this image may be a reference to Mi, her Babylonian name, which means "cluster of flowers." Virgo natives seek complete realization of the mind, being logical, practical and methodical with an intellect which subrogates the instinct. This is an unassuming Sign, but one which rules hard-working individuals who are prepared to serve unflinchingly and give of their hearts. Those born under the Sign of Virgo should strive to expand their perspective beyond details...to see the larger order and underlying pattern of creation. Thus, those who accomplish this will know the goals worthy of service and learn how to temper intellect with reverence.

The personality of a Virgo can be complicated. It is common knowledge that August born Virgos are usually quite different from September born Virgos. Pay attention to the birth month of the next Virgo you meet. But generally, Virgoans are hard working and practical. They will stand no nonsense and deal sensibly with problems. These personalities will most likely realize their full potential. They are talkative and don’t mind a good argument because they can communicate their ideas. Virgoans have a penchant for details. Sometimes they are too critical, even of themselves, which can cause problems in relationships. Because they stand no nonsense in their approach to life, others might see them as too pragmatic. It is hard for Virgos to live up to the expectations they put upon themselves. When a Virgoan is thinking of going farther in personal relationships, they may examine themselves to the point of being too self-disparaging. They need to work on their confidence because looking themselves over so violently cannot be good. Virgoans have trouble accepting compliments gracefully.

Also known as the Sign of the Craftsman or Critic, Virgo is Negative in polarity (as are Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces). The general characteristics of Negative Signs lean toward introversion and prefer to draw upon personal resources rather than look for external stimuli. Such individuals are naturally more receptive, sensitive and nurturing than are the Zodiac Signs of Positive polarity (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius). However, Negative Signs are also likely to be much more cautious, retiring and standoffish than their Positive counterparts with a tendency to keep personal feelings under tight control. Taurus is the most introverted of the Negative Signs (with Virgo a close second). The planet Mercury, which rules both Virgo and Gemini, inclines its subjects toward constant activity. However, in Gemini the nervous energy is directed primarily toward stimulation and adventure, while in Virgo the ceaseless drive is to accomplish and perfect. It's impossible for Virgos to put off until tomorrow what might be done today, or to do later what might be done now. Virgos are, in a word, organized. Their idea of taking it easy would seem like hard work to most people. Virgos are not a daydreamers, they're a day-doers.

Virgo's nature is shy and reserved; its' hard for Virgos to relax, to make small talk or be gregarious with strangers. Virgos prefer one-on-one encounters, in which they can offer the full benefit of their sharp insights and discerning opinions. That's also when people discover how well-read, perceptive, charming, and witty they are. Virgo people are usually very gentle and quiet, and love small animals and growing things. Many Virgos love to do detailed things and are talented at crafts like dressmaking, needlepoint or website design. They will work hard to create something which is beautiful and useful at the same time. People born under the sign of Virgo are often happy to be alone, providing they know that they are needed and appreciated by others. In fact, the most important thing to Virgo people is service. They are always ready to help others, and are very sympathetic to their friend's problems. Often they are shy and sensitive, but deep down are generous with their love and their talents. Virgos are polite and soft spoken people. Unassuming, outwardly cheerful and agreeable, they can be sensible, discreet, wise and witty, with an understanding of other people's problems which they tackle with deftness.

Virgos may run into difficulty because of a tendency to complicate everything. No problem is ever simple for Virgo. For every answer they've got a question, and making mountains out of molehills is one of their specialties. There is seldom much room for emotional involvement because the mind is always engaged and dominant. What they lack in passion they make up for in preciseness. When confronted with obstacles, they stay calm and rational and work on finding a solution rather than loosing their cool. This calmness is sometimes seen as being cold and calculating. In spite of this, Virgos are friendly and outgoing people.

Virgo's emotional life is a constant striving to bring order out of chaos. Although Virgos have a great capacity for love, love alone is not enough for them to be happy, they need more than a mate, home, children, friends. Virgos must justify their lives, and they are known to conduct themselves as a good bookkeeper keeps a ledger—always ready to give a reckoning on whether there's a profit or a loss. There are two main hindrances to success in love for Virgos: shyness and perfectionism. So even if Virgos encounter someone they consider worthy of their heart (and that's rare), they still have to overcome their natural reserve to win them over. Moreover, once they're in the relationship, they have to be careful not to be overly critical and make sure their partner understands their perfectionist ideals right away, or they're in for a rocky road. Virgos are much more the true romantic; they love giving as well as receiving, passion and uninhibited joy. The independent and never clingy Virgin may seem ultra-cool on the outside, but inside smolders a red-hot ravisher waiting to release potent charms on a deserving partner.  The ideal Virgo soul mate is well-dressed, empathetic and dying to show their Virgo a good time. 

The level-headed Virgo is also a conciliator where romance is concerned, perhaps because being in love for them means falling hard. All that effort cannot be wasted. As a result, this perfectionist aims to please, and Virgo's lover will be one happy camper. Wise partners, though, will know that the Virgin also needs a place to call home. Virgo's natural opposite, Pisces, is their most ideal partner. Every quality they lack is ample in Pisces, and vice-versa, so no problem in this marriage is unsolvable, and every day is interesting. Virgos enjoy the Piscean imagination and free-flowing creativity, while they need Virgos to bring them back to reality. Virgos are also compatible with Taurus and Capricorn, their fellow earth signs: in the former, Taurus supplies the big heart while Virgos provide the headiness; in the latter, the two of them work so hard to such a degree of perfection that, if they were business partners, they could dominate their field. Virgos should avoid Aries (too bossy and will not tolerate their pickiness), Libra (completely unable to take their criticism) and Aquarius (this can be either intensely wrong or surprisingly compatible, but most of the time they're at each other's throats).

Both sexes have considerable charm and dignity. In marriage they can be genuinely affectionate, and make good partners and parents. They are meticulous planners, considering every detail and its effect. They have a basic distrust in their nature, not only of other people but themselves as well. They project this mistrust to others and therefore make exacting employers. Although, they will never ask anyone to do what they won't do, it is still asking a lot, because most people will not go to the pains a Virgo will.

The well-toned Virgo often has a body which is the envy of many, thanks to a healthy regimen of diet and exercise. It's safe to say that a heady game of tennis followed by a leafy salad would be aphrodisiac enough for those born under this sign. Many encounters with Virgo will be a well-choreographed ballet of excellent taste, seeing as how neat surroundings and stylish accoutrements are considered important to these folk. The level-headed Virgo is also a conciliator where romance is concerned, perhaps because being in love for them means falling hard. All that effort cannot be wasted. As a result, this perfectionist aims to please, and Virgo's lover will be one happy camper. Wise partners, though, will know that the Virgin also needs a place to call home.

All Zodiac Signs governed by the Elements of Earth and Water are considered to be Feminine in nature. Thus, Virgo (ruled by earth) is considered Feminine (as are Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces). Feminine Signs are traditionally conceived as being more receptive and less active than their Masculine counterparts which are ruled by the Elements of Fire and Air (the Zodiac Signs of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius). Feminine Signs focus primarily on the emotional and material world with particular attention to sensitivity and depth of feeling. Feminine Signs are said to be nocturnal or night-oriented. Therefore, the term "feminine" should be viewed in the same light as the Yin (or dark) Polarity of the Tao.


HEALTH CONCERNS: Any illness caused by stress, especially ulcers, digestive upset, colitis and skin breakouts. Virgos can literally worry themselves sick.

STRENGTH: Clarity

Practical, efficient, meticulous, industrious, intellectual, steadfast, discerning, unselfish, responsible, kind, loyal, devoted.

If they can relax, Virgos have a marvelous wit and sense of humor. Virgo people excel at organization, be it office or closet. They will know where every item is in the house. Clean is a life mission.

CHALLENGE: Criticism

Petty, skeptical, judgmental, hypochondriac, aloof, argumentative, nervous.

Negatives (and how to transform them):

Judges others by external appearances
Learn to ‘judge a container by its content, not its label.’ Look deeper into a person, and do not put so much importance on what they look like.

Reacts without regard for anybody else’s feelings
If you spot it, you got it! People are mirrors for us, so when we see faults in other people, it is reflecting something in ourselves.

Doesn’t accept criticism.
No one is right 100% of the time. Though you may be right 99% of the time, be open to what others have to say.

Impatience
Being patient with someone is actually a gift. By holding your tongue and listening, you are doing a great act of sharing.

Focuses on the small scale
Virgos have the ability to make great changes for large amounts of people, as long as they are taught to widen their focus.

Worriers
Virgos always see what needs to be done next, and this state of constantly being “on” makes them inclined to worry. On top of that, they think they have to do everything by themselves.
You are not alone. It’s OK to ask others for help. In fact, it’s recommended.

How to improve relationships with a Virgo:

Don’t take their criticisms personally.

When they are being testy, it’s best not to engage them. It’s hard to tango alone.

Encourage them to learn how to relax.

Give them criticisms by proposing alternate solutions. Don’t just lecture them.


PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE FOR YOU, AND THEIR SOLUTIONS

As with all sun signs, we all have unique traits to our personalities. When these traits are suppressed, or unrealized, problems will arise. However, with astrology we can examine the problem and assess the proper solution based on the sun sign characteristics. As a Virgo you may see things below that really strike home. Try the solution, you most likely will be amazed at the results. If you find yourself on the receiving end of the negatives below, it is because you are failing to express the positive.

Problem: Finding yourself frequently alone and unable to keep friends for more than a few weeks.
Solution: Try not to be argumentative over much and the constant criticism that Virgos give to their companions are not endearing qualities to have. Try to live and let live, they will love you for it.

Problem: People tend to avoid making close contact with you.
Solution: Being too preoccupied with health and making it a continual topic of conversation. Try to keep your tips and suggestions about health and health products to yourself unless asked for them.

Problem: Dissatisfied with the way your life is turning out; no excitement or change to speak of.
Solution: You may be restricting yourself by reducing your life to a set of theories and pigeon-holes. Try to express the positive by first asking yourself, Who or what are you serving; are you devoted or are you enslaved. Answer those questions and then start a new path that includes your true worth.

Problem: You may feel that your life and your climb to success is a steep hill that you may never be able to scale.
Solution: Try expressing the positive traits of your finely tuned analytical reasoning, employing the light touch with employees and coworkers, while expressing genuine concern for all; You will find those mountains turning into hills that you run right over.
 

 Paul Wade, Mirthe Valentijn, Kaye Cooksey © 1996-2006