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Virgo zodiac sign and its interpretation

This page offers a few texts published in several pages of our website along with other unreleased features. Its aim is to describe and to recapitulate the mains characteristics of Virgo.

It is useful to recall that to be a Virgo means to have one's Sun in Virgo, which requires to know the exact time and place of birth in addition to the date. Indeed, sometimes a one-minute gap is enough for the Sun to shift signs when the birth occurred near the end or at the beginning of a given sign.

Astrotheme enables you to find rapidly the exact position of your Sun and your Ascendant, should you have any doubt.

The astrological sign of Virgo and its personality

Your psychological nature is nervous and secondary. Before you take action, you cautiously ponder over things and you review all possible alternatives and reactions. You strive systematically to find the best possible response to any given problem.


Above all, you are a perfectionist and you have no rest until you optimize a situation, in each and every area, be it professional, pragmatic, aesthetic or in pleasure. You do not accept spontaneity and, to fully enjoy life and go further, you consider that demanding the best is the least you can do, even though it is detrimental to the rough forces associated with your instinct.

Intellectual elements intervene before both the physical ones and your feelings: it is one of the essential clues to understanding your personality.

Virgo' sayings and key-words

The sentence "I serve" encapsulates the character of Virgo, for whom it is imperative to be helpful by methodically improving oneself.

The sign of Virgo is brainy, perspicacious, in love with truth and accuracy, attentive to detail and numbers, analytical, serious, competent, scrupulous, sensible, modest, logical, tidy, well-organized, clean, hard-working, provident, honest, faithful, reserved, shy, helpful, and is a perfectionist.

But sometimes it is narrow-minded, calculating, irritating, petty, anxious, cold, repressed or caustic.

The sign of Virgo and its astrological characteristics

Rulership and exaltation in Virgo

Virgo is obliging and dedicated

Each astrological sign has traits which are similar to, or different from, those of certain planets. They are known as planetary dignities. The planet having the strongest affinities with a sign is said to rule the sign and to be in its domicile, i.e. at home. It expresses itself with all its might, unreservedly. When a planet does not match a sign too well but remains compatible, it is in its exaltation. It gets its strength and its energy from the said sign though to a lesser extent than a planet in domicile.

The sign of Virgo is in analogy with Mercury, its ruler.

The astrological sign of Virgo shares several features with this planet: communication, exchanges, intellectual activities, a style of reasoning, understanding and also of learning.

It must be noted that the interpretation of each zodiacal sign echoes the meaning of its House: the first sign and the 1st House, etc. Therefore, Virgo, the sixth zodiacal sign, is in analogy with the 6th House: it describes the native's everyday life, his behaviour at work, minor obligations, servitudes, lower-ranking co-workers, and pets. It also concerns health, medicines and minor illnesses.

Virgo Elements, Quadruplicities, and Polarities

Earth element of Virgo

The twelve zodiacal signs are divided into four sectors matching the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. An element includes three compatible signs (triplicity), each element being mutually complementary.

Virgo, like Capricorn and Taurus, is an Earth sign: people with emphasised earth signs have a practical and realistic mind and are down to earth. The earth element provides solidity, stability, persistence and a concrete nature. People ruled by this element know how to bring their undertakings to a successful conclusion and never shirk from anything.

They are rather calm, slow, and cold, but they are resilient, with an iron will. Earth is also synonymous with sensuality, earthly pleasures, and both material and sentimental security. However, the natives are also capable of incredible temper tantrums and outbursts of fury if their anger has been repressed for too long.

Virgo sometimes has a critical mind

The Mutable mode of Virgo

Signs are also divided into three sectors comprising four signs each. They are the Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable sectors. Quadruplicities are also referred to as mode: the Cardinal mode, the Fixed mode, and the Mutable mode. Like elements, they rule different values and have characteristics of their own.

Virgo, like Sagittarius, Pisces, and Gemini, is a Mutable sign. People with prominent Mutable signs are volatile, changing, quick, and they lack depth. Nevertheless, they adjust well to all situations. They are complex, with a dual nature that is mistaken for instability. They are very flexible and tolerant.

Virgo changes her mind. In practical areas, she is a perfectionist who looks for new means to continuously improve herself.

Yin polarity for Virgo

Lastly, polarities divide the Zodiac into two groups of six signs. Polarities are referred to as Masculine and Feminine, Yin and Yang, or Active and Passive.

These characteristics alternate from one sign to the next in zodiacal order. Active signs indicate extroverted, expansive, and fairly physical people who express themselves easily and are quite energetic and enthusiastic. Passive signs are more introverted, internalised, intellectual, deep, and calm.

Virgo is passive, or Yin.

The sign of Virgo and its physical appearance

Even though they may not perfectly match your outward appearance, if your Ascendant, or to a lesser extent, your Sun, is in Virgo, you might take on the following characteristics:

Virgo physical appearance

Physically speaking, Virgo people look serious, discreet, rather preppy and elegant. They usually are persons of good taste and they are reluctant to show off.

The height is from average to tall with a quite slender build, particularly for males. There is no distinctive mark for this sign which loathes being noticed.

As a consequence, their look is neutral. The British chic may be one of their favourite attires. All of green and yellow hues are their favourite colours.

The sign of Virgo and its health

The intestines are the part(s) of the body in analogy with the sign of Virgo.

If your sign is Virgo, and often of those who have the Ascendant in Virgo, your health is good, particularly owing to your constant concern to improve yourself and think before you leap and... eat! You always have in mind the balance of your diet. Furthermore, your innate propensity for moderation constitutes an automatic defence against potential weight gain and aggressions resulting from careless eating patterns which are inappropriate for your lifestyle.

However, since you have a nervous and quite compulsive nature, you keep on analysing everything around you, including your own health. You worry when there is no reason to do so, you grow anxious and become the cause of psychosomatic disorders, the very victim of your excessive mistrust of everything related to your health. You are often a big hypochondriac.

Nevertheless, in the long run, you are one of the signs which are most unlikely to experience health problems thanks to your carefulness. Your potential weak point is the intestines, which are ruled by your sign.

The sign of Virgo and its hobbies

If your sign is Virgo, you are obviously drawn to intellectual hobbies rather than sports disciplines, which does not prevent you from performing remarkably well, for a short while, in sports requiring precision such as shooting, billiards, golf, etc.

Your neurones are in perpetual motion, and as paradoxical as it may be, in order to relax, you need to think, to solve, and to improve yourself. Thus, crossword, chess, mathematical and logical problems, jigsaw, bridge, go game, computer network-based role play, and surfing the Internet, all these intellectual sports supply food for your insatiable mental energy.

Chess, a pastime for Virgo

You are not attracted to violent or exerting sports, but you may appreciate outdoor activities such as golf, ping-pong, hiking, gymnastics, rock climbing, croquet, cricket, archery or pistol-shooting, darts, animal husbandry, butterfly-hunting, or mushroom picking.

Virgo and Love

The affective life of people born with the Sun in Virgo – and often of those who have the Ascendant in Virgo, is marked by some degree of reserve, often owing to a lack of self-confidence, at least during the younger years.

Virgo broods so much that she doubts her partner's feelings, she discourages his ardour, or even her own tender surges. As a result, she comes across as a cold and detached person, which is not true at all.

Virgo is intelligent, analytical and concerned about the slightest detail. She may also worry unduly. She regularly feels a deep need to share her thoughts in order to assuage her fears, but it is preferable that she does not overdo it, otherwise she might irritate her partner, which could result in the opposite of what she hoped for.

Humble and modest, Virgo may at first find it hard to express herself on sex topics. Fortunately, her potential inhibitions are compensated by the Earth element of the sign, which demands and brings sensuality as well as true physical closeness in the relationship.

In addition, the mutable mode gives Virgo a taste for change and variety. In the years of maturity, thanks to her different romantic experiences, all fears fade away, and Virgo become almost the opposite of what she was during the first half of her emotional adult life, a person as daring and enterprising as she was reserved in the past.

Virgo and work

Vet: one of the professions which may suit Virgo

Virgo tends to have low self-esteem during the first half of her life. Success usually comes slowly. Then with perseverance and caution, she achieves her aim, quietly and surely.

You are well-organised, methodical, hard-working, concentrated, and discreet, and you do not like to take risks. You tend to underestimate your own worth, and therefore, you occupy positions which are too modest for you. But it is your personal choice, and this is how you can have the feeling that you keep full control of the situation.

Furthermore, your will to constantly improve yourself enables you to make up for lost time. In the second part of your life, it is most likely that you eventually spread your wings and soar up to the place which your qualities deserve.

Your need to be of Service is legendary. Being helpful is one of your main motivations, along with the desire to progress. Your sign is in analogy with the 6th House, the house of work, and especially of daily responsibilities, as opposed to long-term career goal or social status. This is the reason why you find in your activities the pace of life and the joy which constitute the base of your personal equilibrium.

You are a born hard-worker, and when you feel that other people acknowledge your helpfulness, you deem that your mission is accomplished. Nothing can make you more serene than this impression that you contribute to the enhancement or the successful implementation of a project.

You build your destiny little by little, slowly but steadily. You are quite unlikely to undergo twists of fate since you carefully steer clear of roller-coaster situations which result from impulsive decisions. Should Jupiter or the Sun prevail prominently in your natal chart, there is a strong possibility that you obtain a top job in the affairs of the State or in the corporate world.

The following professions are most likely to suit you very well: architect, industrial designer, watchmaker, computer specialist, scientific expert, mathematician, librarian, banker, chartered accountant, financial officer, stockbroker, shopkeeper, secretary, executive assistant, household aide, cleaner, social worker, civil servant, breeder, medical practitioner, pharmacist, veterinarian, physiotherapist, medical assistant, as well as Minister for Health or for Finances.

The symbolism of the sign of Virgo

Countries and cities associated to Virgo

Below are several traditional features associated with the sign of Virgo.

For the countries : Brazil, Greece, Turkey, West Indies, United-States (the same as Gemini), Yugoslavia, Crete, Mesopotamia, Lower Silesia, State of Virginia.

For the cities: Paris, Boston, Athens, Lyon, Corinthia, Heidelberg, spa towns in general.

Animals, Food, Herbs and aromatics for Virgo

The animals in analogy with Virgo are dogs, cats and all pets.

The foods in analogy with Virgo are root vegetables: carrots, celeriac, kohlrabies, potatoes etc... Also dried fruits such as chestnuts. For herbs and aromatics: the same as Gemini whose ruler is Mercury too, lilies of the valley, lavenders, myrtles, ferns, Venus-hair-ferns, bittersweets, clovers.

If you are Virgo, your appetite is quite moderate, and in some cases, you do not feel hungry at all. You are more intellectual than physical, and nutrition is not your first concern. On the other hand, you are generally picky and demanding regarding the quality and the variety of what you eat. You are prone to digestive troubles and intestinal infections, but you are endowed with innate protection against the dangers of imbalance diet.

You particularly enjoy diet low-fat food such as the Japanese cuisine or the French nouvelle cuisine. You also appreciate natural and healthy dishes served in carefully calculated amount. You are often an expert in dietetics.

Regarding your culinary tastes, you are crazy for cherry or rhubarb clafoutis, because seasonal fruits are highlighted. Owing to your meticulousness, you have a knack for making scrumptious quince jellies or lime mousses and their cardamom shortbreads – a spice related to your sign.

Concerned with dietetics, you are among those who denounce the damaging effects of sugar and the risk of addiction it causes. On the other hand, you are willing to experiment all sorts of sweet products, if their benefits are real. Therefore, you take agave or maple syrup to sweeten your desserts. You decide to use healthier alternative foodstuffs such as buckwheat or rye flour, the taste of which is very interesting. Similarly, you give a try to almond or soy milk to prepare delicious chia or banana puddings.

Flowers, plants and trees associated with Virgo

Flowers and plants: small bright-coloured flowers, especially blue and yellow, such as dandelions, buttercups, yellow dead-nettles, buglosses, forget-me-nots ; cardamoms, oak leaves, acorns. Trees: all nut trees, e.g. the hazelnut tree.

Stones, Metals and Salts associated with the sign of Virgo

Stones, Metals and Salts in analogy with Virgo are sards (red agate), mercury, nickel, potassium sulphate and iron phosphate.

Celebrities with the Sun in Virgo

Beyoncé Knowles, a famous Virgo woman

Astrotheme's database of celebrities lets you know who are the most popular personages. There are two possible criteria: the number of clicks on a celebrity's page, or the number of visitors who put them in their favourite file of their account. The examples below take into account both criteria, at the date of creation of these pages.

Taking into account contemporary people, the three most popular females are Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Beyoncé Knowles. The most popular males are Johnny Depp, Leo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

However, we are focusing here on people born with the Sun in Virgo. The currently most popular people are: Beyoncé Knowles (again), Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, Harry de Sussex, Sean Connery, Pink (singer), Niall Horan, Mylène Farmer or Richard Gere.

Famous people having a Virgo dominant

The Sun in Virgo corresponds exactly to the topic of this article. However, it may be interesting to check the dominant of the chart. Indeed, it sometimes happens that the only planet in Virgo is the Sun, but that the other planets or an angle such as the Ascendant are in a different sign. Although the chart's owner is a Virgo, his chart may display a more "powerful" sign than Virgo. This is called the "dominant sign".

Sophie Marceau, a Scorpio woman with Virgo dominant

Conversely, some people are not Virgo, although Virgo is their planetary dominant. In that case, they display Virgo features. In some cases, they are "much more Virgo" than people having the Sun in Virgo.

Astrotheme has computed eleven types of dominants for all the entries of its database. They include the dominant sign and in particular, the Virgo dominant.

The most popular people having Virgo as their planetary dominant are, for some of the most famous ones: Libra Laurent Mariotte, Leo Madonna, Leo Patrick Drahi, Libra Jean-Pierre Elkabbach, Scorpio Jean-Pierre Cassel, Leo Audrey Tautou, or Scorpio Sophie Marceau.

The other signs of the zodiac

You can also read the files about the signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.