When Does The September Star Sign Begin?
Do you celebrate a birthday between the dates of August 23 – September 22? Then you fall under the sixth astrological sign of the Zodiac which is Virgo. As the Sun travels along the ecliptic during these dates, it passes this particular constellation which lies between Leo and Libra.
Virgo is actually the largest of the constellations in the Zodiac and the second largest overall in the skies. This September star sign, like all the other signs, has a range of different personality traits, strengths and weakness. By studying the constellations we are able to take an insightful look to answering why Virgos are like they are.
What Are The Dates / History?
Throughout history, different cultures have seen the constellation of Virgo in a variety of ways. During Babylonian times the sign was seen as a furrow (a trench made for planting seeds) and therefore associated with Shala, the goddess of grain.
Another interpretation comes from Greek mythology. Virgo was seen as a maiden who represented Persephone, the daughter of the harvest goddess – Demeter. When Persephone is kidnapped, Demeter (in her despair) ruins the harvest.
Persephone is allowed to return for 6 months to aid her mother with the harvest. Every year the sun passes across the constellation during late summer/ early autumn – harvest time! Interestingly the brightest star in Virgo’s constellation is Spica – and this was interpreted as an ear of grain.
Virgo was also linked to the Greek goddess of justice – Dike. Over time there were a number of mythological females representing Virgo – all of who were key to the qualities linked with Justice. It is no coincidence that Libra (next to Virgo) has the symbol of the scales of justice.
Virgo is also the origin of the word virgin, although the original meaning was actually unmarried’. Virgos themselves are said to represent pure intentions.
What Is Their Symbol?
The symbol of Virgo is of a maiden, sometimes carrying ears of corn. It is one of the few signs that depicts a human and not an animal. As an earth sign, Virgo was the representative of the goddess of agriculture and wheat. The symbol (also known as a glyph) when drawn is ambiguous – looking like an M with a twisted tail.
Some believe that it indicates Virgo’s relationship with the intestines. Others that it is a representation of sexual organs – with the loop indicating modesty and shyness (in keeping with the virgin references).
The loop can also be interpreted as closing off a part of oneself. One theory about this September star sign, is the loop indicates the Virgo’s personality’s, which is hiding away from their true self. That doesn’t mean that a Virgo is trying to lie to anyone, but instead is seen as a proper sense of decorum.
All of the zodiac signs belong to one of four elements. Representing the energy within us they are: Water, Fire, Earth and Air. Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo all belong to the Earth element. They are the most grounded of all signs: completely stable and reliable.
Their Strengths Include: Patience And The Ability To Commit.
The earth signs also have the strongest sense of duty. This is in every area of their lives- work, career, family and friends.
Seen as the builders of the zodiac they are methodical. They work hard and are trustworthy. Logical in their approach to life they can be very measured about what they tackle. In fact they are definitely not the risk takers of the zodiac. They would prefer to be sure of what an outcome will be before they get involved. When they decide to do something they will be persistent until the goal has been achieved.
They are also known as being sensual, tactile and earthy with primal needs. They will look for a life with all comforts and pleasures – including good food and wine!
All the signs have their strengths but they also have their weaknesses. Earth signs are known to become overly rigid and stubborn. They won’t bend on what they see as important principals. They certainly won’t do anything suddenly! Everything has to be thought out, routines have to be established.
As they work hard they also have a tendency to become indulgent and materialistic. They can come across as being distant and cold – although this can be their own defence mechanism to protect themselves.
The Virgo Traits – The good, The bad And The Quirky
With the influences of being an Earth sign, Virgos also possess many more individual traits and characteristics.
They are very hard workers but in doing so they have no doubt that all will be rewarded. They will keep going on no matter how long a project takes.
Virgos tend to be very creative and imaginative. They embrace this side of their sign with different outlets such as dance, writing and art. “It is a fundamental characteristic”. They work better alone and many famous writers, actors and artists have all been Virgos.
Virgos are humble and will always try and see the good in people. This makes them kind and helpful. They can come across as shy and reserved but when you are friends with a Virgo they will be the first to be on hand for anyone who is in need.
Supportive to friends and family they will always give you the benefit of the doubt. And they will never let you down. You will always know where you stand with a Virgo! They are not afraid to voice exactly what they’re thinking. This doesn’t mean that they want attention, in fact they have no desire to be in the spot light at all. They are quite happy running things behind the scenes.
The virtue of patience is typical of a Virgo. Just like a farmer waits for seeds to sprout and grow before they can be harvested, Virgos like to take things slowly. They will wait to find the good in others – knowing that it can just take time with some people. “Patience it’s own reward”
They are completely realistic and remain calm under pressure. Highly intelligent they will find solutions to problems and can assess situations objectively. Their attention to detail will drive other signs nuts but Virgos need all the small piece’s in order to see the larger one and work out an overall solution to what lies ahead of them.
As Virgos are such hard workers they can unfortunately become critical and judgemental to those around them. They believe they know what is best for themselves and others. Stubborn cannot be overstated enough here. They will dig their heels in and there is no moving them.
Born worriers they will obsess about the details and overthink everything around them.
As this September star sign becomes frustrated easily, this can lead to some Virgos having a very short fuse. It stems from them being perfectionists. They are hard on themselves, but will not tolerate others, who do not strive to reach the same levels that they have set themselves.
In a work situation Virgos are especially irritated by people who can’t think for themselves. A major annoyance to a Virgo. They are especially picky – not just in work aspects but in all life areas….be it food, drink or relationships.
One quirk of a Virgo that drives other Signs crazy can be their organization. They dislike mess and clutter. If something needs cleaning they won’t be able to concentrate on anything else! Interestingly the Virgo glyph is drawn as precise and neat – certainly in keeping with the Virgos characteristic of everything being tidy!
Is It Ruled By Mercury?
All signs of the zodiac are equally affected by different planets locations, with the assignment of planets going back to ancient times. They can bring an even deeper insight into each zodiac sign.
Mercury is the ruling planet of Virgo. It is representative of intellect and the mind, and deals with all types of communication. Virgos reflect “Mercury’s organizational nature” – in all aspects of their lives. Skilled in matters of communication- not only verbal but written, Virgos can be seen as witty as well as the rulers of sarcasm.
What a complex September star sign Virgo is. Most compatible with those of the signs of Taurus, Cancer and Capricorn; they are least compatible with Gemini, Libra and Aries. Although they are seen as perfectionists- as with all traits this has its good and bad about it.
Don’t be fooled by the thought that they are completely reserved, for when they are in the mood they can really let their hair down. Attracted to intelligence, it’s not a pretty face that will keep them interested.
As a friend though you can’t go wrong. You may have to work hard to earn their trust but when you do you will win their loyalty for life. “A Virgo is a person of steel. They are not afraid to wage war for what they believe in” Anonymous.