Virgo Traits: active, adaptable, analytical, anxious, capable, cautious, clean, clever, conscientious, critical, detail-oriented, diplomatic, emotionally reserved, frugal, fussy, hardworking, health-conscious, helpful, humble, intellectual, introverted, logical, modest, patient, perfectionistic, practical, reliable, skeptical, talented
Pragmatic, Detail-Oriented, and Talented
Virgos have a knack for detail work and sorting and organizing both information and objects. They tend to compartmentalize things in their own minds and to view the world through an analytical lens. As a result, they tend to be rational, practical, and adaptable. However, on the negative side, they have a tendency to fuss over little details and, in some cases, suffer from obsessions and compulsions.
Many Virgos have talents in one or more of the sciences, linguistics, or mathematics, and particular aptitudes for medicine, editing, nonfiction writing, or accounting. Typical Virgos are also good at crossword puzzles and other word-related pursuits, design, research, and practical crafts.
Virgos are perfectionists. Whatever they do, they need to do it thoroughly and get it exactly right or they feel dissatisfied.
Diplomatic, Introverted, and Cautious
Common sense, modesty, and diplomacy enable Virgos to get along well with most people, though they like to spend time alone and may prefer the company of animals to that of people unless their ascendants are in more outgoing fire or air signs. Even atypically extroverted Virgos will usually hang back in social situations while they assess the people around them because they don’t like to put themselves forward until they know what sort of people they’re dealing with.
Virgos are cautious in most of their endeavors. They like to examine all the pros and cons before making decisions and they are slow to trust because they don’t like to be vulnerable. They don’t fall in love easily and they are very choosy about their romantic partners and friends.
Typical Virgos are drawn to people by intellectual curiosity rather than shallow physical attraction or passion. Because they need intellectual stimulation, they will quickly grow bored in the company of those who make small talk rather than speaking of serious, important things, and they are attracted by brilliant minds rather than shallow charm and slick banter.
Frugal and Reliable
Virgos are careful with their money. They live frugally and don’t make frivolous expenditures, unless other elements in their natal zodiacs incline them to be more extravagant than is typical for this sign. Purchases are usually well thought out rather than made on a whim (Virgos deal with stress by working on things, making things, organizing things, cleaning things, or analyzing things rather than by shopping).
Virgos can be critical of others and even harder on themselves, particularly when it comes to productivity and reliability. Most can be counted on to keep their promises and fulfill their obligations, regardless of the effort required or mitigating circumstances, and they cannot tolerate unreliable people.
Fastidious and Anxious
Typical Virgos keep their homes, their clothing, and their bodies exceptionally clean. Most shower or bathe and wash their hands more frequently than other people. They usually take good care of their belongings and dress in comfortable, practical clothing rather than flashy outfits (most Virgos don’t like to draw attention to themselves).
Virgos may suffer from anxiety disorders or depression due to their tendency to agonize over things. They are prone to worrying, and they can develop hypochondria or a germ phobia as a result. However, most show common sense in their health-related behaviours, choosing (mostly) healthy foods and getting regular exercise.
Virgos have difficulty relaxing because they feel lazy if they’re not doing something worthwhile at all times, despite the fact that they tend to achieve far more than most people over the course of any given day.
Cool Under Pressure, Hardworking, and Motivated to Help Others
Virgos are very cool under pressure (at least overtly), which makes them great people to have around in a crisis. They are willing and able to take on difficult jobs and they have a lot of endurance. Moreover, in even the most traumatic of circumstances they can appear calm, cool, and collected. Although Virgos are often quite anxious or self-conscious, they maintain good poker faces and have the will power to perform under stress. Oddly enough, they tend to be better at dealing with major life challenges and hardships than minor daily irritations and setbacks.
Typical Virgos have a strong desire to serve a good cause, and when they find one they feel passionate about, they can labor intensively for it, even when rewards are minimal to nonexistent. This sign is suited to charity or volunteer work, and to medical, caretaking, and rehabilitative jobs.
Virgos need to be needed, and they have a talent for healing the sick and providing practical advice and assistance. Their advice is usually worth following because it is usually based on a thoughtful analysis of the benefits and drawbacks of a potential course of action rather than a knee-jerk emotional reaction.
Emotional detachment and repression of feelings usually keeps fights and destructive impulses to a minimum with this sign (unless the Virgo has a more passionate moon or rising sign). However, this impressive self-control and tendency to think rather than feel things out can make Virgos appear cold, and this perception is exacerbated by the Virgo ability to walk away from relationships suddenly without looking back.
Because they tend not to show emotion or express their feelings openly, when Virgos are unhappy in a situation, their partners may not know until it’s too late, and Virgos disentangle from people relatively easily, making the decision to go based on rationality and logic rather than emotion.
Active and Health Conscious
Virgos are health conscious and most follow modern research on diet, nutrition, supplements, and complementary medicine. They are inclined to exercise even if they don’t enjoy it because they have plenty of willpower, so typical Virgos maintain a higher-than-average level of fitness.
Many Virgos are fussy about food. Food sensitivities and aversions often prevent them from eating as much junk food as those of other signs, unless other elements in their natal zodiacs cause them to be more easy going and self-indulgent than is typical for this sign.
The Atypical Virgo
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, a Virgo with Sagittarius rising will be more laid back, extroverted, and careless, and with Leo rising, a Virgo will be less cautious and sensible and more optimistic and romantic. Taurus rising will enhance the pragmatic, down-to-earth side of Virgo, while an Aquarius ascendant brings out the intellectual, experimental side at the expense of practicality.
There are many websites that offer free chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Symbol: the virgin
Gemstones: malachite, aventurine, sardonyx, peridot (August), sapphire (September)
Associated Parts of the Body: intestines, nervous system
Places Associated with Virgo: Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Crete, West Indies, Paris, Boston, Jerusalem, Reading, Heidelberg, Strasbourg
Animals: crane, stork, fox, chub fish, rainbow salmon, small domestic pets
Trees: hazel, nut bearing trees
Plants and Herbs: azalea, valerian, fennel, lily of the valley, myrtle, vine, sage, marjoram, savory, balm, caraway, fenugreek, morning glory
Foods: carrot, beet, endive, hazel nuts
Colours: navy blue, forest green, earthy browns and grays, beige, tan, khaki
Other Virgo Associations: pets, numbers, books (especially reference books), practical clothing, collections of small items, sewing supplies, mathematics, accounting, vitamins, herbs, writing tools, word processing tools, stationary supplies, logic, medicine, hospitals, biology, microscopes, anatomy, statistics, education, languages, craft models, health, hygiene, nutrition, public institutions, civil service, charity work, nursing, crossword puzzles, labour organizations, the intellect, analysis, public service
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