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Who criticizes all she sees?
Yes, e'en would analyse a sneeze!
Who hugs and loves her own disease?
Astrology Yes, Virgo !
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Ruling Planet

Earthlore Astrology - The Planet Mercury

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AstrologyVirgo Glyph The ruler of Virgo is Mercury. The glyph is said to be connected to the Immaculate Conception of the Messiah. It's symbol "The Virgin" originated from the star Spica in the constellation of Virgo.

Virgo The Virgo character is precise, refined, and a lover of cleanliness, hygiene and order. Conventional, with a rather reserved manner. They are usually observant, shrewd, critical, and patient. Supporters of the 'status quo', and conservative in all areas of life. Virgos are undemonstrative due to a coolness in their nature. Very selective, and non committal in friendship, they prefer to keep relationships on a superficial basis.

Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology: Virgo Constellation Art
The Constellation of Virgo,
Seventeenth century wall mural.




Virgo Element: Earth



Earthlore Astrology Art: Mary the Blessed Virgin
The Virgin

Navy Blue,
Dark Gray, Brown

  Virgo Quietly reserved, Virgos are polite and soft spoken people. Unassuming, outwardly cheerful and agreeable, they can be sensible, discreet, wise and witty, with an understanding of other people's problems which they tackle with deftness. Virgos find their friends among those who can help them move up the social strata. They can be name droppers as they like to associate with achievers.

Astrology Both sexes have considerable charm and dignity, which make some male Virgoans appear effeminate when they are not. In marriage they can be genuinely affectionate, and make good partners and parents. More concerned with the outcome than the process, Virgos lack spontaneity. They are meticulous planners, considering every detail and its effect. There is seldom much room for emotional involvement because the mind is always engaged and dominant. What they lack in passion they make up for in preciseness.

Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology: Virgo Manuscript
European manuscript depicting Virgo, and the
labors of the season, late fourteenth century.

Virgo They are practical, mental people, possessing inquiring and logical minds. In this respect, they make excellent students, and good teachers. Their mental bend gives them the ability to analyze and solve the most complicated problems. Virgos have a wonderful eye for detail and often neglect the overall issues. Practical and good with their hands, they are excellent technicians and have good inventive talents. Hard workers and conscientious, they are perfectionists with little tolerance for shoddy work. There is no place in their world for people who are footloose and fancy free.

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Where is the Planet Mercury in Your Birth Horoscope?

     Of all the planets within our solar system, Mercury is nearest to the Sun. There is a direct correspondence to this fact in the mapping of an individual's birth chart. With the exception of the Moon, Mercury revolves through the zodiac faster than any other planet; yet its proximity to the Sun insures that its placement will always be near to or on par with the subject's Solar sign.

      It is likely that you will be able to determine where Mercury was at the time of your birth without consulting an astrologer. By reading the three potential profiles, it is often uncanny how clearly one of them will fit to us. I thought you would enjoy trying this out. Links to the three positions are provided at the right.

     I am always interested to know what you think and discover. Feel welcome to write!  Material is currently being developed on the other planets. If you are interested, we would be pleased to keep you updated on their progress. Just send me a brief request!


The Planet Mercury

Mercury in


Mercury in


Mercury in



Small & Colorful

Earthlore Astrology: Bright Flowers



Cat's Ear,

Greece, Turkey,
West Indies,

Paris, Boston, Heidelberg

Body area:
Bowels, Intestines


Analytical, Critical, Practical

Notable Virgo
Earthlore Astrology: Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman

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    Theme Introduction

    Content Directory

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    'Must know' terms

    General terms

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    Psychological terms

    Study Elements

    First sign
    March 21 - April 20
    Symbol: Ram

    Second sign
    April 21 - May 21
    Symbol: Bull

    Third sign
    May 22 - June 21
    Symbol: Twins

    Fourth sign
    June 22 - July 22
    Symbol: Crab

    Fifth sign
    July 23 - Aug 22
    Symbol: Lion

    Seventh sign
    Sept 23 - Oct 23
    Symbol: Scales

    Eighth sign
    Oct 24 - Nov 22
    Symbol: Scorpion

    Ninth sign
    Nov 23 - Dec 21
    Symbol: Archer

    Tenth sign
    Dec 22 - Jan 20
    Symbol: Sea goat

    Eleventh sign
    Jan 21 - Feb 19
    Water bearer

    Twelfth sign
    Feb 20 - March 20
    Symbol: Fish pair

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      Virgo Due to the Virgo preference for detail rather than the big picture, they make better workers than they do leaders. Virgoans are essentially tacticians, admirable in the attainment of limited objectives. They have a basic distrust in their nature, not only of other people but themselves as well. They project this mistrust to others and therefore make exacting employers. Although, they will never ask anyone to do what they won't do, it is still asking a lot, because most people will not go to the pains a Virgo will.

    Virgo Virgos possess a strong potential for the arts, sciences and language. They are well suited for any career where analysis, detail and precision are required. They make excellent programmers, accountants, and statisticians. Many go into medicine, law, and the teaching profession. With an avid interest in history, some Virgos make excellent writers and researchers.

    Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology: Horoscope Symbol for Virgo
    Horoscope Symbol of Virgo,
    Seventeenth Century European Zodiac.

    Virgo On the shadow side, Virgos have a penchant for turning molehills into mountains, difficulties into stress and cleanliness into obsessive behavior. There is a need to pay attention to health concerns, particularly those related to overt stress. Virgos are predisposed to worry and hypochondria, even to the point of exhibiting symptoms of the latest diseases. It can be beneficial to take up a pastime which occupies the mind and the hands, while providing a sense of accomplishment. A Virgo finds peace where his or her physical mark can be measured on Earth.

    AstrologyDiscover how compatible you are with others!

    Sun Sign Virgo Aries - Taurus - Gemini - Cancer - Leo
    Virgo - Libra - Scorpio - Sagittarius
    Capricorn - Aquarius - Pisces

    ZodiacOrigins in Mythology

    VirgoVirgo, also known as Astraes, was the daughter of Jupiter and Themses and considered the Goddess of Justice. The constellation is one of only three which represent women. The others are Andromeda and Cassiopeia. In combination, these can be seen as the three aspects of the feminine: maiden, mother and crone.

    VirgoAn alternate belief associates the constellation with the tragic Coronis, lover of the Greek god Apollo. Coronis was mortal and feared that the god would tire of her as she aged, so she took another mortal, Ischys, as her lover. In his rage, Apollo shot her fatally, with an arrow. In some tales, this unjust act was carried out by Artemis, the sister of Apollo.

    VirgoThat Coronis was pregnant at the time, did not stay the god's sense of vengeance. Her child, Asclepius, was saved by Hermes, who delivered the baby on the funeral pyre. Entrusted to the care of Chiron, the child grew to become one of the greatest healers of ancient Greece.

    A Virgo rhyme —
    But modest Virgo's rays give polished parts,
    And fill men's breasts with honesty and arts;
    No tricks for gain, nor love of wealth dispense,
    But piercing thoughts and winning eloquence.


    Traditional Cultural Translations
    Arabic: Al Adhrã al Nathifah Virgo Anglo-Norman: Pulcele
    Chinese: She Sang Neu Virgo French: Vierge
    German: Jungfrau Virgo Greek: Arista Virgo Hebrew: Bethülah
    Hindu: Kanya Virgo Italian: Virgine Virgo Persian: Khosha 
    Portuguese: Virgem Virgo Spanish: Virgo

    Renowned Virgos: Sean Connery and Queen Elizabeth I

      Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and it will defend itself, it will do far more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.

      —Count Leo Tolstoi,
      born: August 28

      Ivan IV 'The Terrible' (August 25, 1530)
      Born: Vasily III - The first Tzar of Russia
      Queen Elizabeth I(September 7, 1533)
      Monarch of England
      Johann Christian Bach (September 5, 1735)
      German Composer
      Jacques-Louis David (August 30, 1748)
      French Classical Painter
      Johann Wolfgang Goethe (August 28, 1749)
      German Author, Scientist, Philosopher
      Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly (August 30, 1797)
      English Author: Frankenstein
      Count Leo Tolstoi (August 28, 1828)
      Russian Author, Mystic: War and Peace
      Sir Edward Burne-Jones (August 28, 1833)
      English Pre-Raphaelite Painter
      O. Henry (William S. Porter) (September 11, 1862)
      American Author: Gift of the Magi
      Herbert G. Wells (September 21,1866)
      English Novelist, Visionary: War of the Worlds
      J. Pierpont Morgan II (September 7, 1867)
      American Financier
      Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875)
      American Novelist: Tarzan of the Apes
      Agatha Christie (September 15, 1880)
      English Mystery Author
      D. H. Lawrence (September 11, 1885)
      English Author, Poet: Lady Chatterley's Lover
      Joseph P. Kennedy (September 6, 1888)
      American Financier, Ambassador to England,
      Father of President John F. Kennedy
      Darryl Zanuck (September 5, 1902)
      Legendary Hollywood Producer
      Greta Garbo (September 18, 1905)
      American Actress
      Aristotle Onassis (September 21, 1906)
      Greek Billionaire Shipping Magnate
      Loren Eiseley (September 3, 1907)
      American Naturalist Philosopher, Author
      Mother Teresa (August 27,1910)
      World Renowned Caregiver
      Ingrid Bergman (August 28,1915)
      American Actress
      Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924)
      American Actress
      Sean Connery (August 25, 1930)
      Scottish Film & Stage Actor
      Anne Bancroft (September 17, 1931)
      American Actress
      Regis Philbin (August 25, 1933)
      Television Host, Maker of Millionaires
      Sophia Loren (September 20,1934)
      Italian Actress
      Seiji Ozawa (September 1, 1935)
      Japanese Conductor
      Buddy Holly (September 7, 1936)
      American Singer-Songwriter
      Jacqueline Bisset (September 13, 1944)
      English Actress
      Van Morrison (August 31, 1945)
      Irish Singer-Songwriter
      Jose Feliciano (September 10, 1945)
      American Guitarist-Singer
      Oliver Stone (September 15, 1945)
      American Film Director: Platoon, JFK
      Barry Gibb (September 1, 1946)
      Manx Lead Singer of the Bee Gees
      Tommy Lee Jones (September 15, 1946)
      American Actor
      Stephen King (September 21, 1947)
      American Thriller Novelist
      Richard Gere (August 31, 1949)
      American Actor
      Jimmy Connors (September 2, 1952)
      American Tennis Champion
      Gloria Estefan (September 1, 1957)
      American Singer
      Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958)
      American Singer
      Keanu Reeves (September 2, 1964)
      Canadian Actor

      Two souls contend
      In me and both souls strive for masterdom,
      Which from the other shall the scepter rend.
      The first soul is a lover, clasping close
      To this world tentacles of corporal flame,
      The other seeks to rise with mighty throes
      To those ancestral meadows whence it came.

      Johann Wolfgang Goethe, born: August 28
      (Faust, Act I)


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