Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac. It is also known as the sign of the virgin. If Virgo is your lunar sign, then this guide is for you. The horoscope presented here is based on the ancient science of Vedic astrology, also known as the Sidereal or star-based system of astrology. It is a moon-based approach rather than the sun-based approach common to western astrology. In this article, you’ll learn all about your strengths, weaknesses, compatibility, ideal careers, and more.
Virgo is known as कन्य (kanya) in Sanskrit, or “virgin.” Each sign of the zodiac is characterized by certain basic traits. This includes Symbol, Planetary Ruler, Element, Nature, and Gender. The general make-up of the Virgo sign is below:
Sign of the Virgin. Virgo natives are intelligent and resourceful. They may experience conflicting feelings and desires in life.
Ruled by Mercury. Mercury is the planet of thought, the nervous system, communication, and literature. Mercurial individuals are hard to predict. Their minds move so quickly that others have a hard time keeping up.
An earth sign. Those with a Virgo moon are dexterous, thoughtful, and practical.
A dual sign. Persons born under this sign are adaptable and multi-talented.
A feminine sign. This makes the native receptive, sensitive, and empathetic.
Symbolized by the Virgin, or young unmarried girl, Virgos are smart and sensible. They have a knack for problem-solving and are very practical. They are dutiful and dependable, and always keep their word. They understand that the long-term consequences of dishonesty outweigh its short-term benefits.
An earth sign, Virgos enjoy working with their hands. You can often be found helping others. Though you possess active minds, you are down to earth. As you confront major choices or challenges in life, you proceed with due caution. You consider all options presented before you in a rational and step-by-step fashion.
Virgo-natives are expert judges of people and circumstances. You have a powerful intuition. You’re a quick learner and you grow in wisdom from your lived experience. Although you possess an above-average intellect, you are modest. You aren’t one to brag or exaggerate your qualifications. Rather, you prefer to remain quiet and in the background, and allow your accomplishments to speak for themselves.
Virgos are multi-talented individuals who can succeed in a number of different professions. However, they generally prefer to take up a helper role and are rarely to be found in the driver’s seat.
Recommended careers: Virgos do well in careers involving hard facts, data, and anything service-related. They can make good mathematicians, scientists, linguists, architects, or researchers. Their literary and scholastic talent can make them excellent teachers, writers, or journalists.
Careers to avoid: Roles involving a high degree of leadership would likely not suit a Virgo. For example, CEOs, principals, or deans. Virgos are also dispassionate by nature. This means they may want to avoid roles which require a high level of empathy, such as a career in counseling, coaching, or childcare.
Virgos are detail-oriented and gifted analysts, but they often struggle with an overactive mind. You are self-critical and can also be too judgmental of others. This can lead to low self-esteem and high levels of anxiety.
Virgo-natives are often emotionally conflicted. Mercury’s active, intellectual nature does not perfectly mesh with the earthy qualities of this sign. This creates competing desires that are not easy to fulfill. Nevertheless, you strive to exert your influence on your environment to make it fit your particular ideal. This can lead to frustration and disappointment when things do not go your way.
Your calculating nature helps you achieve your personal interests more often than not, but it can also make you somewhat cold to the feelings and needs of those around you.
You can balance your natural strengths and offset your weak tendencies by putting some effort into the following areas:
- Have children. Raising and caring for children is one of the most effective ways to develop compassion and empathy. It requires a tremendous amount of self-sacrifice, and can be a wonderful opportunity for personal growth, especially for Virgos.
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet. Though this may come as a surprise to many people, diet plays a significant role in mental health. Eating three well-rounded meals a day at regular times helps not only with physical health, but also mental stability.
- Work with your hands. Virgos are naturally gifted artisans, carpenters, or craftsmen. Finding a career or hobby that involves your hands — even gardening — will bring you joy. It will also serve as a meditative break from the myriad stresses of life.
Virgos are slow to express their true feelings and can be somewhat closed in relationships.
Virgos can easily win friends with their sincere and helpful character. However, their logical approach to life may make them somewhat socially awkward. You are likely to have friendships which transform over time, not always for the better.
Your children will be somewhat stubborn, but you generally get along well with them. You are likely to enjoy positive relations with your parents and may have more in common with your father.
Virgos are faithful and committed partners. They can have more luck than other signs when it comes to romance, as they are likely to attract a loving and compatible spouse. However, there is a risk your true love will slip away. Be sure to attune yourself to their feelings and needs so you can help them find fulfillment in the relationship.
In Vedic astrology, compatibility in relationships is a complex science that takes many different factors into account. It’s always helpful to consult with an experienced astrologer who can carefully consider yours and your partner’s individual charts.
Nonetheless, there are general patterns of compatibility across signs. These signs are usually a good match for Virgo:
The Sexes at a Glance
The Virgo Man
- Prefers urban areas
The Virgo Woman
- Skilled speaker
Each planet oversees different areas of life. Saturn is the slowest-moving of the planets, and his influence is often accompanied by hard lessons.
When Saturn passes through the native’s moon sign, as well as the one before and after it, this is known as sade sati, or “Saturn’s Grind.” During this period, one experiences heavy karmic reactions. However, by adopting the right attitude, this can be a period of tremendous personal growth.
For Virgos, the periods of sade sati are as follows:
- July 26, 1948 — November 11, 1955
- September 6, 1977 — December 20, 1984
- October 31, 2006 — November 2, 2014
- August 27, 2036 — December 11, 2043
- October 12, 2065 — February 5, 2073
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David Foster Wallace
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
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