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Virgo is discriminating, realistic and practical – if something isn’t useful they’re not interested. Virgo likes to create order out of chaos, perhaps in an attempt to calm their highly strung nervous systems. They bring disparate things together to create a synthesis, and are intelligent and knowledgeable, sometimes in the most exasperating way with their tendency to obsess over every tiny detail. But if you’ve lost something – ask a Virgo, they’ll know where you put it. Virgo is ruled by Mercury.
Virgo is associated with the Virgin Goddesses, often simply called the Great Goddess or the Great Harlot. These were fertility goddesses, depicted with many, many breasts and voluptuous curves indicating their great fecundity. The word virgin originally meant unmarried and simply means Virgo is self-possessed, she doesn’t belong to anyone, particularly a man.
Astraea is the Greek goddess of justice. She used to hang out on earth urging people to follow natural laws, but our immorality sickened her, so she became the constellation of Virgo.
Artemis is a virgin goddess, a huntress and fertility goddess. In Ephesus, young women would spend the night before their wedding at her temple, prostituting themselves as an offering to the Great Harlot. Back then, of course, prostitutes had semi-divine status. How times have changed…
Atargatis is a fertility goddess from Asia Minor and is a virgin and harlot, worshipped with orgiastic rites, like Artemis. You’ll recognise her by her fish’s tail (an interesting reflection from the opposite sign of Pisces).
Virgo on Film
Lisbeth Salander for her refusal to be possessed by any man or institution in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Harold Crick the anally retentive tax man in Stranger Than Fiction.
Grady Tripp drowning in a sea of detail as he tries to finish his latest novel in The Wonder Boys.
Simone, the high class call girl forever out of reach in Mona Lisa.
Cameron Diaz (Sun & Mars in Virgo)
Richard Gere (Sun & Mercury in Virgo)
Stephen King (Sun & Mercury in Virgo)
Keanu Reeves (Sun & Mercury in Virgo)
Alexander Skarsgard (Sun & Venus in Virgo)
D.H. Lawrence (Sun & Mercury in Virgo)
Who are your favourite Virgo characters? Share your discernment below…