All About Virgo: Your Complete Guide To The Sun Sign

Everything you need to know about Virgo the Virgin

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All About Virgo: August 22 – September 22
Symbol: The Virgin
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Element: Earth  
Quality: Mutable
Body part: The intestines, the nervous system  
Personal Mantra: I analyze
Crystal: Peridot, Sapphire, Amber, Green Jade, Citrine
Colors: White (purity), neutral beige and tan hues, golden yellow, mustard, muted shades of green   
Luckiest Numbers: 5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50
Positive Traits: Intelligent, responsible, practical, observant, meticulous, gentle, analytical
Negative Traits: Overly self-critical, harsh, unimaginative, fussy, nervous, judgmental, skeptical, timid
Most Likely BFFs: Pisces, Scorpio, Capricorn, Taurus, Cancer
Most Likely to be Bae: Pisces, Capricorn, Scorpio, Taurus
Most Likely to be Frenemies: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius 

Famous Virgos:
Beyonce Knowles
Zendaya
Michael Jackson
Paul Walker
Steven King
Greta Garbo

Virginal Virgo often finds themselves on the spit, being roasted by the zodiac for their precision and purity, which is commonly misunderstood as pedantic pickiness. Though the sixth sign of the 12 is exacting and can be critical, Virgo’s keen eye for detail and discernment makes them some of the most observant, careful souls around. Industrious and methodological, Virgo the Virgin won’t be able to sleep a wink if anything is left to chance. But this all-hands-on-deck approach isn’t simply the stuff of an obsessive-compulsive power trip; no, Virgo involves themselves in every nitpicky little detail because underneath all their armor of organization and conservative respectability hides their tender servant’s heart, desperately longing to help others and be put to good use.

Efficiency is Virgo’s bread and butter, baby, and if something doesn’t make sense logically, well, these signs are keen to throw the baby out with the bathwater, opting to scratch everything and go back to the drawing board. Virgo’s deep sense of duty and humanity drives them to use their intense brainpower and industry for the greater good. Nothing fills Virgo with more joy and fulfillment like helping others, something that isn’t readily seen by others unless they’re intimately involved with Virgo.

Another cardinal reason for Virgos being so misunderstood is their symbol, the Virgin. She is often depicted as the maiden of the harvest, bearing the “sheaf of wisdom” illustrating the signs of the late summer to the edges of autumn, when Virgo’s constellation appears in the sky. But Virgo the “Virgin” shouldn’t be taken literally—these personalities are far from prudes. Still, these signs are often are painted with a broad, puritanical brushstroke. Virgos are innately physical thanks to being associated with the element of earth and are rarely celibate. It’s not their sexuality that is virginal in nature, but their composure, personal identity, and reputation, which they are diligent about keeping pure and squeaky clean. Virgo’s attraction to all things pure and natural doesn’t exclude them from dabbling in the dirty and artificial. They’re not afraid to get down into darkness if the task will result in new knowledge or understanding of some kind. Virgos, after all, are one of the most intensely curious signs of the zodiac, though this trait is often mistaken for white-hot passion. 

The idea of the Virgin as associated with the purity of the natural world also comes into play with the sixth sign of the zodiac. Virgo’s love of nature and all things “natural” and healthy keep these hard-working folks balanced and self-sufficient, even in the most stressful of times. In times of extreme tension and pressure, Virgo will maintain a self-contained image, at least on the surface, much like a swan gliding effortlessly atop glassy waters as their flipper feet kick manically below the stream. For Virgo, modesty and humility go much farther in the face of struggle than the ol’ razzle dazzle more fiery signs might exhibit in times of crisis. And while other signs may label Virgo as repressed goody-goodies, the Virgin is quick to disagree, noting dignity and grace in their conservative, often shy nature.

Virgo is ruled by the wing-footed messenger god Mercury, who also rules Virgo’s unlikely celestial sister, Gemini. Mercury, who is in charge of communication, knowledge, and technology, lends Virgo their legendary brainpower and lust for information and know-how. Though unlike Gemini’s helter-skelter cerebral agility, Virgo’s intelligence and mental backbending is rather organized and “by the book.” Because Virgo’s mind is constantly in overdrive—almost as if it’s in competition with itself—these personalities are total whiz kids when it comes to getting shit done the right way, down to the last nitty-gritty detail. Aside from being lightning-fast bundles of sheer mental energy, Virgos are also skilled communicators, thanks to Mercury, and often follow career paths as writers, journalists, and other publishing professionals. Make no mistake, Virgo knows how to employ their mental acuity to maximum advantage.

Still, that powerful intellectual energy can sabotage thoughtful, gentle Virgo, overpowering their minds and evoking tendencies toward over-thinking everything. This obsessive nature can lead to overkill, particularly because these signs are so prone to skepticism. You can bet that fictional characters like Gillian Anderson’s masterful Agent Dana Scully à la The X-Files might’ve been born under this sign—but you’d be engaging in a Sisyphean battle trying to prove astrological legitimacy to these types. At best, analytical Virgo easily falls for research and study, as they truly want to understand everything to a detailed degree (a trait we’d likely associate more with Mulder, to wit).

Virgo-born folks simply love poring over detailed projects and assignments, effortlessly summoning their sharp logic and practicality to get the job done. Virgins absolutely live for the tiny, fine-print details, literally reveling in the minutiae of tasks. Fact-finding missions are Virgo’s druthers and leaving no detail overlooked and no stone unturned, Virgos are industrious workers who tend to be quick studies with sharp minds. Don’t ever try to put one over on Virgo; much like Scorpio, these fierce detectives are likely 10 steps ahead of you.

As an earth sign, Virgos tend to be extremely grounded, “salt of the earth” types who are innately honest (sometimes to their detriment) and deeply rooted in realism. There are no sparklers or fireworks in Virgo’s production, and for good reason: These earthy Virgins would so much rather be chill and humble over allowing themselves to get all worked up. Much like their elemental sibling sign, Taurus, Virgo has a taste for nice things. Virgin-born people tend to love fine material possessions but will become exceedingly picky about what they choose to surround themselves with. Because of this quality, many Virgos are mislabeled as materialistic and self-centered, but really Virgo’s most primal desire is making sure that everything is functional and makes sense for their day-to-day lives.

Earth signs like Virgo are acutely physical people, making them warm lovers and high-achieving athletes. Virgo is hyper-aware of their body at all times, which can push these personalities to become health nuts—or worse, total hypochondriacs. (In fact, because of Virgo’s whip-smart and research-hungry minds, combined with their constant awareness and sharp observational skills, hypochondria, and self-diagnosis can be a dark skeleton in their mind’s closet—that is, if they don’t go into a medical profession.) These folks are always thirsty for more information about the physical body, which sometimes turns Virgo into a virtual database of health, fitness, and medical information. Exercise, for Virgo, is elemental to living a balanced, healthy life. Pushing their bodies to the limit isn’t such a chore for Virgo because the benefits always outweigh the process in their mind.

Since knowledge and information are Virgo’s most powerful currency, these signs are meticulous when it comes to hearing all sides of a story and gathering all the facts before making a clear-cut decision. This trait has built Virgo a solid reputation as one of the most fair and balanced signs of the zodiac, a quality that can be traced back to the Virgin as a mutable sign. Virgo belongs to a group of four signs called a “quadruplicity,” mutable signs are the adapters of the zodiac, as their signs come at the end of their season, concluding one and beginning another. Virgo finishes out summer and transitions into fall, Sagittarius follows by closing fall into winter, Pisces arrives at the tail-end of winter and welcomes spring, and Gemini comes as spring’s last hurrah before summer officially begins. Even though Virgo is prone to discomfort when change is afoot, as a mutable sign these personalities are not necessarily stubborn, but rather the chameleons of the zodiac who have the know-how and grit to go with the flow and make the best out of whatever situation they find themselves in. Resourcefulness is Virgo’s strength, and their gentleness allows them to transition from space to emotional space without a great deal of stress.

Though Virgo can handle change a little better than its earthy elemental sibling signs, these personalities don’t like to set themselves apart and will certainly not dive into the spotlight. As shy, reserved creatures, Virgos tend to be deeply uncomfortable when singled out or faced with any kind of celebrity. Virgo prefers to blend into the background—as long as they feel useful and appreciated—or better yet, set up shop as the “brain” of the operation behind the scenes, like so many Virgo-born writers and directors. They are extremely sensitive to their environments and are notorious for becoming embarrassed easily. And although these signs do adapt to their environments with little struggle, that doesn’t mean it’s a quick process. At first, Virgo will remain shy—but once they’re comfortable, these earthy intellectuals are capable of talking your head off about practically any subject matter that interests them.

Hard-working and ambitious, Virgos are respectable pragmatists with an arsenal of knowledge and practical solutions. Many Virgo-born people slip into becoming workaholics, becoming unmoored and unfocused if they aren’t completely consumed by a detail-driven project or puzzle. Their dead-on decisiveness and knack for nosing out the most logical option can be unparalleled, setting these folks up for success in business. Nervousness, on the other hand, tends to plague this sign, driving them to become restless—even when busy at work. Virgo spars with a great fear of under-performing and disappointing others, almost constantly. Those that try to calm their nerves by lying to themselves about their level of responsibility will surely feel a vague sense of discomfort and discontent at abandoning duty.

Despite lacking confidence or stage presence, Virgos are proud of their work routines and habits, mostly because they think they’ve mastered the best way to do things—and they usually have! Regardless, their nervousness wins, forcing these signs to shy away from sharing their unfinished work with other eyes. Likewise, most Virgos are quite fussy and private when it comes to their offices and workspaces.

Virgo wants to do everything right and will feel utterly incomplete if they allow themselves to be associated with a less-than-perfect job. Perfectionism can often cloud Virgo’s thinking; These personalities love picking things apart but have trouble with putting them back together, sometimes neglecting to see the bigger picture. Tremendously neat and clean, Virgo is exceedingly discriminating and knows their well-honed tastes are second to none. Though there are certainly a few messy Virgins out there, these are the personalities you want to have around to keep things in order as they are reliable and practical to the extreme.

As such an intensely curious sign, many Virgins become connoisseurs—their attention to details and enormous observational powers give them the ability to learn all of the ins and outs of any subject they so choose. Virgos are incredibly hard on themselves, and while their ironclad self-discipline might be a factor in their success, these self-punishers would do well to loosen their grip once in awhile. Falling in love tends to help Virgo lighten up, as these are very devotional lovers and partners. The exception is their predisposition to becoming jealous easily, which is a major stressor on many a Virgo’s romantic life.  

Virgos are known worrywarts notorious for becoming plagued with anxiety, thanks to all that massive brainpower they’re wielding. Exercise helps, but because Virgo the Virgin rules the intestines as well as the nervous system, many late-August and September-born people have trouble with their digestive systems and bowels reacting negatively to nervousness, stress, and generalized anxiety. When upset, Virgo’s surroundings and environments do wonders for soothing their jangled nerves. Many choose to decorate with warm earth tones, especially yellows, golds, mustards, and neutral hues like shades of tan or beige.

Virgo-born people tend to be rather slender or even willowy, with an oval-shaped or very angular, chiseled face, and very squared-off shoulders. Virgos are known to be late bloomers, often not coming into their own physically until a bit later in life. Their eyes are bright and inquisitive and their craniums tend to be well-formed and solid, giving credence to their sheer brainpower. If these signs neglect proper hydration, toxicity will show up in their faces, dulling their skin and causing clogged pores and breakouts. Virgos are elegant and serious, sometimes even preppy when it comes to their personal style. Aside from tending to be taller than average, Virgos don’t possess telltale physical traits like some of the other signs. Why? Because they loathe being noticed.