Virgo Zodiac Sign
True Horoscope Traits of the Maiden
The Virgo Characteristics in Astrology
The Virgo Zodiac sign, which is that of the Maiden, is the sixth sign of the Zodiac in the horoscope. It belongs to the element earth and the mutable quality. The Virgo horoscope sign is the character of the scrutineer, who never takes things for granted and always searches for flaws. It's the constantly inspecting mind.
In the horoscope chart, Virgo brings a scrutinizing and diligent character to planets or Houses therein.
Virgo the ScrutineerThe horoscope earth element leads to a mentality focused on the material, what's palpable and possible to investigate. The mutable quality normally makes a follower, but in the case of the Virgo Zodiac sign it's more of a critical attitude that never ceases. Virgo is difficult to manipulate and almost impossible to dupe. Virgo is also very hard to please.
The symbol of the Virgo horoscope sign, and the translation of its name, is the Virgin or the Maiden - not always the same thing, although in this framework intended to be. The most fmous of virgins is Mary, of course, although her virginity has been questioned. Undoubtedly, though, she was a maiden in the meaning of a young woman. In any case, the idea of the maiden representing the Virgo horoscope sign's traits may be the romantic notion that a woman chooses carefully her first.
More of an archetype for the Virgo horoscope sign and its meaning, though, would be a craftsman working minutely with complicated machines consisting of a multitude of small components that need to be assembled with precision. Such as the clockmaker.
Virgo mentality: The Village Clockmaker. Painting by Abbott Fuller Graves (1859-1936).
Those with Virgo as their horoscope Zodiac sign are born with the sun in it, between August 23 and September 22. For much more about the Virgo Zodiac sign influence in the horoscope, see the links in the menu to the left and below.
Virgo Star SignThose who have Virgo as their star sign are born when the sun was in Virgo, normally August 23 - September 22 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more accurately - called the sun sign.
The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It's your basic drive, a character you have as an ingredient - more or less evident in all you do and all you are.
The sun is the most important point in your horoscope chart, but of course it's not the only thing that describes your personality. You need to look at all the components of your birth chart, to get a correct astrological description of yourself. Below you find what can be said in general about the Virgo Horoscope Traits, based only on the sun's position.
Virgo Horoscope TraitsThe Virgo star sign, starting when summer ends, is the scrutineer of the horoscope, with the traits of one who examines everything carefully before deciding what to do about it. To the Virgo horoscope sign, there's no detail small enough not to be considered and no effort tedious enough to be ignored. A hard worker, just as hard to please.
Constantly Critical VirgoIf your star sign is Virgo, you are a hard working person, paying great attention to detail, scrutinizing just about everything. Virgo is quite critical, the last one to be convinced or swept away. Virgo is not much for improvisation, but needs mostly to go to the bottom of things, and to be prepared.
Virgo is usually rather restless, getting frustrated if there is nothing to do - but there usually is. If not, then Virgo is happy to do it all over.
Virgo is the sign of the diligent worker, who has the perseverence to bring things to their completion, no matter how long it takes and how many obstacles appear. Also, Virgo is very critical - especially of what others accomplish. There may be some truth to this criticsm, but the mere insistence and persistence of it can frustrate most.
But Virgo is really just as self-critical, although not publicly. Everything has to be perfect. Anything else is just sloppy, and Virgo hates that.
Virgo, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.
Three Different VirgoA Zodiac sign doesn't give exactly the same influence all through its 30°. Its first third has something of a cardinal quality, whatever the quality of the sign as a whole is, its second third is slightly more fixed in quality, and the last third is more mutable.
If you were born at the end of August, the sun is in the beginning of Virgo. That means you're very critical and trust nothing that you haven't examined thoroughly. Even things that seem to work you want to disassemble, just to make sure.
If you were born in the beginning of September, the sun is in the middle of Virgo. Then you're mostly critical and doubtful to any kind of change. What works should be left as is. When you do something, you need to be very well prepared.
If you were born in the middle of September, the sun is at the end of Virgo. If so, you're very hard to convince. You tend always to see faults and shortcomings - also in yourself. It's frustrating to everybody, including you. You need to be doing something, always, but sometimes it's hard to figure out what. The third part of the sign is mutable and so is the quality of the Virgo sign. Therefore, people with their sun here are the most typical Virgo, its traits obvious in them - sometimes irritatingly so.
The star constellation Virgo, represented by an angel. Illustration from Firmamentum, by Hevelius 1690.
Virgo's Father in the HoroscopeThe sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon). That means your Virgo traits reveal something about the characteristics of your relationship with your father.
If you have the sun in Virgo, your relation to your father is a bit strained. Neither one is fully pleased with the other, but quick to criticise. You both often think that the other one is doing things wrong, even if you're not always sure to be able to do it better. In spite of that, you have your best times together when you do things, when you're working on something. You can also enjoy your disputes, although neither one ever admits to be wrong.
Your Complete Horoscope ChartThe above description is very general, to give you an idea of how the Virgo Zodiac sign traits affect the horoscope. You need to study your complete horoscope birth chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation. Here is how you do that:
Zodiac Sign CalculatorIf you're unsure of your Zodiac sign, or if you want to know on what degree (between 0° and 30°) of the sign the sun was at your birth, please visit the Zodiac sign calculator. It's very easy to use, and then you'll know for sure. Here it is:
Virgo CompatibilityThe Virgo horoscope sign, the scrutineer, belongs to the element earth, which is that of material things and working with your hands. So do Taurus and Capricorn, but that doesn't necessarily mean Virgo is particularly compatible with them - they need to feel mutual connections and similarities. Nor for that matter is the Virgo Zodiac sign always incompatible with, say, the air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, although they are quite different.
All the astrological traits of each Zodiac sign have to be considered when examining their compatibility. Read more about what it means to the Virgo horoscope sign here:
Virgo Horoscope ForecastsBy reading the New Year Horoscope, astrology can reveal certain things about what will happen to Virgo during the year - at least some of the most significant and life-changing events. Here are the 2013 and 2014 astrological forecasts for the Virgo Zodiac sign (and 2012, if you're still curious about it):
Virgo Sex HoroscopeThe horoscope also reveals what your sex life is like. That's not only done by the Zodiac sign, but also by the planets, astrological Houses, and aspects. I've made a whole section about how to track sexuality in the complete horoscope on my general astrology site:
The Complete HoroscopeAstrology is much more than the Zodiac sign of the sun. The complete horoscope chart shows the positions of all the planets at the time of birth. It also contains the twelve astrological Houses and certain significant angles (aspects) between the planets. For all about it, go to my website on the astrological meaning of the complete horoscope:
Zodiac Sign TraitsYour horoscope Zodiac sign is where the sun was at the time of your birth. That's why it's called your Sun Sign. It's also called Star Sign, because of the stellar constellation it represents. Here are my websites devoted to each of the Zodiac signs and their personality traits: