About VirgoVirgo is the sixth sign of the astrological year and is known by its
astrological symbol, the Virgin. Virgos are intelligent, patient, and humble. With Mercury as the
ruling planet, people born under this sign are quick-thinking, observant, and analytical.
Virgo is the only zodiacal sign represented by a female. It is sometimes thought of as a
potentially creative girl, delicately lovely; sometimes as a somewhat older woman, intelligent but
rather pedantic and spinsterish. The latter impression is sometimes confirmed by the Virgoan
preciseness, refinement, fastidious love of cleanliness, hygiene and good order, conventionality
and aristocratic attitude of reserve. They are usually observant, shrewd, critically inclined,
judicious, patient, practical supporters of the status quo, and tend toward conservatism in all
departments of life. On the surface they are emotionally cold, and sometimes this goes deeper, for
their habit of suppressing their natural kindness may in the end cause it to atrophy, with the
result that they shrink from committing themselves to friendship, make few relationships, and those
they do make they are careful to keep superficial.
But the outward lack of feeling may, in some individuals born under this sign, conceal too much
emotion, to which they are afraid of giving way because they do not trust others, nor do they have
confidence in themselves and their judgments. This is because they are conscious of certain
shortcomings in themselves of worldliness, of practicality, of sophistication and of outgoingness.
So they bring the art of self concealment to a high pitch, hiding their apprehensiveness about
themselves and their often considerable sympathy with other people under a mantle of
matter-of-factness and undemonstrative, quiet reserve. They are still waters that run deep. Yet in
their unassuming, outwardly cheerful and agreeable fashion, they can be sensible, discreet, well
spoken, wise and witty, with a good understanding of other people's problems which they can tackle
with a practicality not always evident in their own personal relationships.
Both sexes have considerable charm and dignity, which make some male Virgoans appear effeminate
when they are not. In marriage they can be genuinely affectionate, making good spouses and parents,
but their love making is a perfection of technique rather than the expression of desire, and they
must be careful not to mate with a partner whose sex drive requires a passion they cannot
They are intellectually enquiring, methodical and logical, studious and teachable. They combine
mental ingenuity with the ability to produce a clear analysis of the most complicated problems.
They have an excellent eye for detail but they may be so meticulous that they neglect larger
issues. Also, although they are realists, they may slow down projects by being too exact.
They are practical with their hands, good technicians and have genuine inventive talents,
Thoroughness, hard work and conscientiousness are their hallmarks, and they are such perfectionists
that, if things go wrong, they are easily discouraged. Because of their ability to see every angle
of a many-sided question, they are unhappy with abstract theorizing. Appreciating the many
different points of view as they do, they find philosophical concepts difficult, and they vacillate
and have no confidence in any conclusions at which they arrive.
With these qualities, they are better as subordinates than leaders. Responsibility irks them and
they often lack the breadth of strategic vision that a leader needs Virgoans are essentially
tacticians, admirable in the attainment of limited objectives. Their self distrust is something
they project on to other people and tends to make them exacting employers, though in the demands
they make on those under them they temper this attitude with justice. They have potential abilities
in the arts, sciences and languages. Language especially they use correctly, clearly, consciously
and formally, as grammarians and etymologists rather than for literary interests, yet they are
likely to have a good memory for apt quotations. Although they are well suited for careers in
machine drawing, surveying and similar occupations, they are better fitted for a job in a library
or office than a workshop.
Their minds are such that they need the stimulus of practical problems to be solved rather than
the mere routine or working to set specifications that need no thought. They are careful with money
and their interest in statistics makes them excellent bookkeepers and accountants. They also make
good editors, physicists and analytical chemists. They may also find success as welfare workers,
ministering to those less fortunate than themselves. They can be doctors, nurses, psychologists,
teachers, confidential secretaries, technologists, inspectors, musicians, critics, public speakers
and writers especially of reference works such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. Both sexes have a
deep interest in history, a feature recognized by astrological authorities for at least two hundred
years. If they go in for a business career their shrewdness and analytical ingenuity could tempt
them into dishonesty, though they usually have enough moral sense to resist temptation. Female
Virgoans may find a career in fashion, for they have a flair for dress, in which they can be trend
setters. In any profession they choose the natives of this sign readily assimilate new ideas, but
always with caution, conserving what they consider worth keeping from the past. They love country
life but are unlikely to make good farmers, unless they can contrive to carry out their work
without outraging their sense of hygiene and cleanliness.
Their faults, as is usual with all zodiacal types, are the extremes of their virtues. Fastidious
reticence and modesty become old-maidishness and persnicketiness; balanced criticism becomes
carping and nagging; and concern for detail becomes overspecialization. Virgoans are liable to
indecision in wider issues and this can become chronic, turning molehills of minor difficulties
into Himalayas of crisis. Their prudence can become guile and their carefulness, turned in on
themselves, can produce worriers and hypochondriacs.