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Virgo August 23 - September 22

The star sign of me, Paul Kavanagh

Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac and is symbolised by the virgin. The symbol of the virgin may be used for Virgos in part because it shows their cool and disciplined ways. Virgos are rational, practical, intelligent people who are able to think clearly thanks to the ruler of their Earth sign, Mercury. If you ever decide to question a Virgo, make sure you know your stuff because it will be hard to convince them they are wrong. A Virgo's thought is so precise that they are not very tolerant of other people's procrastination or lack of common sense. They simply cannot understand why other people cannot function at the same level as they do. Virgos also pride themselves on their excellent memories.

Because Virgos have such clear thought, they may be critical of others. They are perfectionists who despise carelessness and incoherence in others. However, as critical as they are of others, they usually turn that criticism inwards on themselves. They dislike being criticised by others because they already know their own faults.

Virgo: The best quality of Virgo is analytical ability. The worst quality is petty criticism. A key phrase is “I analyze.” The Virgo personality is nothing if not practical. You can be attentive to details to the point of obsession. Virgos have encyclopedic memories for detail, and can often recall casual references to minor subjects. You thrive on meticulous examination of the facts, and are able to manipulate statistics easily.

Traits of a Virgo:

  • Analyst
  • Purist
  • Plays safe
  • Worrier
  • Has mood swings
  • Perfectionist
  • Easily learns mastery
  • Demands respect
  • Fair judgement
  • Pessimistic
  • Frequently depressed
  • Destructive at times


  • Pursuit of 'trueness'
  • Standards
  • Proper methodology
  • Practicality
  • Neat & tidy
  • Friendliness


  • Chaos
  • Noise
  • Asymmetry
  • Change
  • Risk
  • Nagging

Virgos can take the thoughts and ideas of others and organize you into a working whole. Your orderly approach to most subjects insures that you will not overlook any significant information in your pursuit of an answer to a question. Once you have completed an analysis, you can seem to be arbitrary in your decisions. Never think, though, that you have not considered the question first. Virgos can be ingenious at dissecting a problem to get to the heart of a matter.

Virgos are worldly. You understand the nature of material reality. You are fastidious about your own appearance, and often have orderly homes, offices, and vehicles. Virgos make good followers, but as you progress through life you accumulate the knowledge and experience to make you good leaders. Your analytical style does not have the flamboyant energy of the Leo, unless you have planets in Leo, but your dependability and honesty are strong management traits. Virgos tend to judge by results.

Every sign rules a part of the body, Virgo the intestines. This provides a vital clue as to the function of Virgo within the whole of humanity. Think of what the intestines do. They take in energy in the form of food, and break it down into its constituent parts. Then they analyse the components and see how they can be made to be useful. Perhaps some will be combined with others, some will be stored for later use, and some will be eliminated as being useless. Virgo takes in substance and discriminates between what is useful and what isn't, and works with it so that it may be more useful still, and thus be of service to humanity. That is the key to it all - service. 

The Virgo disposition is discerning and critical. You are able to discriminate among diverse offerings and identify the best and worst qualities in people or things. You inquire into the shy and how of things as much as into the concrete facts of what, where and when. Generally economical in decision-making, you tend to buy quality and then keep it. Most Virgos have an intensity that makes them both industrious and efficient. Sticklers for detail, they are very organised. They are also hard workers as they are driven to do, not daydream. They are weary of making decisions until they know all the facts. Virgos are shy by nature and function better in one-on-one situations rather than in large social gatherings.

Calm Intensity

Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo. Both signs have a lot of restless nervousness, but while it manifests into nervous energy for Geminis, you will rarely be able to see it in Virgos. To the world, Virgos appear calm and collected, but underneath that, they have a great intensity that demands they bring order to their worlds. Beneath the calm exterior is a frantic interior that needs to rearrange until everything is perfect.


This leads to one of Virgos most important personality traits - that is that of perfection. Whether it is balancing a checkbook to the penny or measuring something five times until they are sure it is precise, Virgos are perfectionists. This works well with their analytical thinking and practicality.


Virgos have the tendency to be as overly critical of others as they are of themselves. They can be seen as petty and are often sceptical of the ideas of others. They are worriers, which may lead them to be hypochondriacs. Their constant need for perfection can wear on others.

Famous Virgos


  • River Phoenix
  • Sean Connery
  • Richard Gere
  • Charlie Sheen
  • Raquel Welch
  • Jacqueline Bissett


  • Michael Jackson
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Buddy Holly
  • Otis Redding
  • Jose Feliciano
  • Elvis Costello


  • Mary Godwin Shelley
  • O. Henry
  • D.H. Lawrence
  • Agatha Christie
  • Upton Sinclare
  • Stephen King

Sports Figures:

  • Refrigerator Perry
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Tom Landry
  • Jimmy Connors


  • Prince Albert
  • Mother Teresa
  • Yasser Arafat
  • Queen Wilhelmina
  • William H. Taft
  • Rev. Robert Schuller
  • Queen Elizabeth I
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