The Virgo is highly discriminating, but not necessarily as prudish at some might believe. In ancient times, a Virgin was a woman who was not the property of man, and therefore had the legal right to just say “no.” Now, in modern times, Virgos are known for their ability to be highly discriminating — especially when it comes to matters of personal desire. When Virgo is ready, however, to say yes, the laser-like focus of their passion is anything but prudish.
Virgos have the uncanny sense to see what’s wrong with a person, a situation or their environment. It’s why Virgo makes such a natural critic. Virgo’s practical analytical abilities are second to none. Their mental process may not be the most creative, but their razor-like thinking is highly effective. Like the maiden pictured in the Virgo glyph, they separate the useful wheat from the unneeded chafe, the good from the bad. Virgo might be a “clean freak,” but most have a messy closet somewhere or a disaster under their bed.
The Virgo motto should be, “Perfect is almost good enough.” On one hand, this trait makes them very employable, for they’re not likely to do shabby work. On the other hand, they can be so finicky that they put limitations on their interactions and experiences before they happen. They’ll be happier if they can learn to be selectively less critical, both of others and themselves.
Earth signs are naturally practical. In this lifetime we are bound to Earth. There is no escaping the reality around us The Earth is about as real as it gets; it can be felt, weighed and it has substance. Accordingly, the earth signs base their life on what is real, not what is imagined. Sensation is valued over thoughts or feelings. Earth signs live with their feet on the ground. Others seek their advice because of their basic sensibility. For earth signs, seeing is believing.
The earth of Virgo is a changeable earth, light to the touch. It’s about practical analysis – using mental tools to discern the best use for what is around us.
SIXTH HOUSE: WORK
The Sixth House is about the regular performance of work-related tasks. This isn’t necessarily about career. It’s about the job you have that buys the bread for the table. This sector is also where we look to find out about health and healing, for it’s not only work routine, but also our daily habits of hygiene.
RULING PLANET: MERCURY
Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, moves around the Sun faster than any other planet. He symbolizes our thoughts — not only how we think, but how we communicate. In fact, Mercury is in charge of all language. Mercury is our active and rational mind. It is not only “just the facts” but also what we do with them. As the ruling planet of Virgo, Mercury is about intellectual discrimination. It’s the binary function of the neurons in our brain. They either fire and impulse or they don’t. Mercury here is about the basic “yes” or “no” decision that must be made for every piece of information that enters our consciousness.
Biggest Strength: your ability to focus your attention
Potential Weakness: need for perfection gets in the way of enjoyment