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Virgo in the Complete Horoscope

The Maiden Zodiac Sign in Classical Astrology

Virgo Zodiac sign in Astrology
The Virgo Zodiac sign glyph. Ink calligraphy by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see it enlarged.

Virgo, the Virgin (or Maiden), is the sixth sign of the zodiac. The sun enters it on or around August 23, when the summer is fading.


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       Virgo belongs to the element earth, its quality is mutable and its charge is negative. Its Ruler is Mercury, and Venus exalts in it. Its motto is: "I scrutinize." In the horoscope chart, the zodiac sign Virgo brings a scrutinizing and diligent character to planets and astrological houses therein.

       Please observe that the text on this webpage is about the role of the Virgo zodiac sign in the complete horoscope chart, and not just its meaning as a star sign, also called sun sign (when the sun was in Virgo at the time of your birth).

Your Virgo Zodiac Sign

The sun, the basis of Zodiac sign astrology. Woodcut. Those who have Virgo as their zodiac sign (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 adequately — called the sun sign.

       Observe that it's just one of the many components of the complete horoscope chart. Nowadays, star sign astrology is much more widespread and common than readings based on the classical birth chart, but the latter is what astrology is really all about.

       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 is your basic drive.

       If your sun sign is Virgo, you are a hard working person, paying great attention to detail, scrutinizing just about everything. You are quite critical, the last one to be convinced or swept away. You're not much for improvisation, but need mostly to go to the bottom of things, and to be prepared.

The Father of Virgo

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).

       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.

Virgo, by Hevelius.

       For more about your sun sign in Zodiac sign astrology, see the link further down this page.

The Planets in Virgo

The planets and astrological points are the active forces in the horoscope chart, the energies by which we are able to act. As such, each has its own characteristics, but they are influenced by the zodiac sign they occupy. When a planet or other point of the horoscope is in Virgo, it is also affected by the zodiac sign, getting something of its character. Here are those planets and astrological points, what they stand for in the complete horoscope chart, and how they are affected by the zodiac sign Virgo:

The planet symbols (glyphs).

Planet symbols (glyphs). From left to right: sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Medium Coeli, moon node.

  • Sun   basic drive — Virgo brings diligence and scrutiny.

  • Moon   longing — Virgo brings a sometimes frustrating inability to trust others.

  • Mercury   curiosity — Virgo brings a sharp mind, set on details, keen to dispute.

  • Venus   affection — Virgo brings a fine sense for detail and a capacity to handle complicated things.

  • Mars   aggression — Virgo brings mechanical skills, and little patience with the shortcomings of others.

  • Jupiter   luck — Virgo brings capacity to get lots of things done, and an ability to succeed in most trades.

  • Saturn   duty — Virgo brings a strong conviction of the necessity to strive for perfection.

  • Uranus   contemplation — Virgo brings a mind set on detail and on what makes things work.

  • Neptune   fantasy — Virgo brings a fantasy that usually stays on the ground, inside what's concrete and makes sense.

  • Pluto   catharsis — Virgo brings concrete and predictable changes, more often small than big ones.

  • Ascendant, AC   attitude — Virgo brings a critical and demanding attitude, that might put others off.

  • Medium Coeli, MC   self-image — Virgo brings a sense of being competent and serious, maybe also kind of boring.

The Houses in Virgo

The astrological Houses are life environments, different sections of what constitutes our everyday reality. The Zodiac signs bring their characteristics to the Houses, influencing the environments described by them. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how the Zodiac sign Virgo affects them:

  1. Identity — Virgo makes you seem competent, but also predictable.

  2. Resources — Virgo makes you skilled at taking care of yourself.

  3. Communication — Virgo makes you doubt and criticize your friends, but you are a committed student.

  4. Home — Virgo makes your home well organized, and your family life is full of demands.

  5. Pastime — Virgo makes you diligent with many a hobby, and reluctant to just relax.

  6. Work — Virgo makes you work hard, and with considerable skill, which is also expected from you.

  7. Partners — Virgo makes it hard for you to find the perfect mate, and you tend to doubt any partner.

  8. Unknown — Virgo makes you frustrated by things out of your control, and working hard to prepare for them.

  9. Travel — Virgo makes you prepare any trip, no matter how short, and reluctant to accept changes in life.

  10. Career — Virgo makes you get a trusted position, where your competence is recognized, but you are not seen as a leader.

  11. Ideals — Virgo makes you quite utilitarian in your ideals. What works is good, what doesn't is bad. You are sure that you mostly know best.

  12. Shortcomings — Virgo makes it hard for you to have a lasting order in your life, and many things don't get done, no matter how many times you try.

Virgo in General

Of course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Virgo zodiac sign works in the horoscope and influences its different components. You need to study your complete horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.

Virgo — Maiden. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

Virgo — Maiden. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

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