I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Books by Stefan Stenudd:
This book presents an imaginative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, consisting of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Qi (chi), prana, spirit, and all the other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Try the old deck of Tarot cards for free divination online. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.
Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.
The Virgo Symbol
Its meaning and origin
The above image is the established symbol (also called glyph) for the Zodiac sign Virgo, the Maiden (or Virgin). It's an M with what might be the crossed legs of a chaste virgin. Both the Zodiac sign and its symbol have been along for ages.
The Zodiac division of the ecliptic into twelve parts, each assigned a Zodiac sign, is probably of Babylonian (Mesopotamia) origin. They were very early with astrology, mapping the sky and noting planetary movements thousands of years ago. The Zodiac very much like the one we know today, might have emerged in Mesopotamia around 1000 BC, but Babylonian astrology is probably far older than that.
The Babylonians connected this Zodiac sign and the constellation to farming, calling it "The Furrow," which remains in linking this Zodiac sign to the element earth and the characteristic of productivity from hard labor.
The constellation of Virgo is not that hard to see as a picture of a maiden, if the right stars are connected with lines. There are the arms and a body covered with a gown. Through history, this has been the image related to the constellation. Several of the Zodiac constellations are much more vague in depicting their Zodiac sign. Here's the constellation Virgo:
Below is an antique illustration of the same constellation, where the figure of a winged maiden has been added. It's from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690.
Anyway, here's that ink again, this time in the original black and white (click on the image to see a bigger version):
Virgo the SignAs for the picture commonly used to represent the Virgo Zodiac sign, it's been an image of a maiden for as long as that has been its name - surely longer than the symbol described above has existed. Often, the maiden has been equipped with wings, to mark her chastity. Below is one typical example, where the stars of the constellation Virgo have also been marked. It's an illustration from Poeticon astronomicon, a 1482 book by Hyginus.