The Man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted also in great.
Virgo is the second earth sign, the second mutable or adaptable sign, and the second social sign. Like the advertisement for a car rental firm used to say, “Number two tries harder,” Virgo tries very hard to fix things up, to make improvements, to rearrange, to schedule and systematize. As an earth sign, it is practical, wanting to have a place for everything and everything in its place.
Continuing a theme begun in Leo, Virgo also sees its self-worth as based upon the validation of others. But now the process is reversed. Virgo sees everything in terms of flaws, or what is wrong, while Leo tends to see everything in terms of what is good, pleasing or right. Leo’s cup is half-full; Virgo’s cup is half-empty. Virgo can feel worthy of being loved only if it performs well. Leo expects to be validated simply for performing; his being alone is quite sufficient to warrant adoration and applause. Furthermore, take the self-critical Virgo lady, wearing a blue dress to a party. When she sees a friend dressed in a green trousers outfit, Virgo thinks, “We are dressed differently. One of us must be wrong; and it’s probably me!” At the same time her Libra friend thinks, “That blue dress looks good with her blond hair. I’ll go stand next to her, because with my red hair and this green color on, I look great. Together we’ll look fantastic!” Libra sees the beauty and harmony in differences.
Virgo’s deepest desire is to be of service, to do something useful and helpful for others. It is a sign of humbleness and humility, following after the prideful lion. It is the sign of the apprentice and of the disciple. The parable of the Prodigal Son told in Luke 15:11-20 illustrates the psychological turning point that Virgo symbolizes.
When Virgo performs, he analyzes, compares and criticizes, asking, “How good is good?” There is always better. The performance or the project is never quite good enough, never finished, never completed; something always needs fixing up. Virgo is the sign of the imperfectionist because it always sees whatever is wrong. (Capricorn is the sign of the perfectionist.) To make it better, first find out what is wrong, where is the fault? Of course, to discover that, the whole thing has to be taken apart. Unfortunately, it cannot always be put back together again.
When the urge to fault-find and fix-up is applied to human relationships, results go from bad to worse to disaster! In a way, Virgo is like the adolescent with all his fears and doubts. It examines all things on the social relationship level to determine the difference between you and me. It is the urge to compare, filter and dissect. The ultimate purpose of the processes is to purify the mind and to develop refined discrimination, the power to discern.
Filtering and reducing things down, focussing on details are a Virgo talent, but it can lead to an inability to see the forest for the trees. Reducing something down to component parts allows its true value to be assessed. Take care not to lose sight of why this is being done in the first place. Virgo has a reputation as a fuss-budget, nag, critic, cynic, super-achiever and perpetually dissatisfied. Virgo can be too literal in his or her interpretation and/or understanding of things symbolic or allegorical.
For example, he may be an agnostic because the Bible seems impractical and nonsensical, or she may be a fundamentalist who believes literally every word of it!
Additionally, Virgo is associated with the idea of monks and nuns, of service and celibacy. Virgo, however, is not virginal nor a virgin! It is, after all, an earth sign and just as lusty as the others. As a mutable sign, it desires all kinds of experiences, maybe a variety of sexual experiments too.
Virgo has a strong concern with physical hygiene, diet and cleanliness. Even the sloppiest of them will probably be offended if you invite the dog to share the picnic table.
Systems, organization, routines, rules and regulations are strong points. Interestingly, religious rituals and ceremonies are Virgo specialties, as well as the technical expertise and excellence for which they are known. When Pluto moved into Virgo in the 1950′s, the U.S.S.R launched Sputnik, a feat of great technical ability. The sub-generation, born in the 1960′s with Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo, was the first wave of real computer geniuses.
When you want a good repairman or mechanic, find a Virgo type. These people are found also among the wonderfully competent physicians and nurses who serve our health care needs. As inspectors, investigators, research people and private eyes, they are superb. They will find out what is wrong and they know how to fix it, or how to refer you to someone who can.
As Virgo focuses on his life purpose, by being of useful and loving service to others, he learns to see both the forest and the trees as a whole. Through diligence, a good sense of discrimination, honesty and excellence at his small tasks, he earns the trust of his fellowmen and the grace of the universe. For example, the late Mother Theresa had a Virgo stellium in the ninth house – by God’s grace she chose to serve the humble people in a foreign land (born in France and served in India).
Some famous Virgo natives are: H. G. Wells, Joseph Kennedy, Sr., and Sean Connery; also Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin and Queen Elizabeth I (the “Virgin Queen”). We can see the quality of excellence demonstrated in their work.
About the author:
Eleanor Buckwalter has studied, practiced and taught astrology in Los Altos, CA for more than twenty-five years, including three years with the late Richard Idemon, a psychological astrologer. Her primary astrological focus of interest is parent-child relationships and family dynamics.