Virgo Zodiac Sign Symbol and its Meaning

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Those born in between 23rd August and 23rd September carry the zodiac sign of the Virgo or the Virgin. Sometimes though, the zodiac may be depicted as a woman carrying a sheaf of wisdom, representing the harvesting of wheat at the time of year of the Virgo which is late summer. The glyph for Virgo is thought to depict the sexual organs with a tail that wraps inwards, thus indicating a personality that prefers closing itself to the world.

A Virgo man or woman usually bears a modest and sedate temperament which is in keeping with the symbolism of the Virgin. There is rarely anything over-the-top or highly dramatic about the Virgo personality. They don’t like to show off or demand to be center of attention. Neither are they intrusive in others’ personal space, hankering for exchange of intimate thoughts and feelings. Rather natives of this sign are shy and retiring or at the most embody a temperate personality which avoids excess of any kind. On the whole they prefer to keep to themselves, much in the manner of what is expected from a Virgin.

It is often thought that natives of the Virgo sign are celibates or even prudes. But this is a mistaken notion and once they are sure of a relationship, they can be quite passionate in their sexual ardor. However Virgos need to feel some sort of sweetness and purity in order to make love and this is in keeping with the association of the Virgin. They are one of the least likely in the zodiac to settle for a quick, no-strings-attached fling. So even if not they are actually in love with a partner, they need to believe in the presence of deeper feelings if they are to engage wholeheartedly in a passionate relationship.

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Virgos are also believed to possess a certain fastidiousness, a quality that can be associated with the symbol of the Virgin. As such Virgos often believe in the importance of having the ‘right’ conditions for doing something - whether it is completing a project at the office or making love at home. This trait also makes Virgos rather meticulous in nature; they are greatly concerned with making everything as perfect as they can and even expect others around them to subscribe to their high standards. Virgos are known to be quite finicky about neatness and organization, in essence all rather virginal qualities.

Yet another quality that may be associated with the Virgin is a tendency for service. Born with an innate sense of helpfulness, one of the supreme pleasures of this sign is to be of assistance to others and especially make their loved ones feel special. As such Virgos do very well in careers where there is an element of service involved like healthcare, education, charity and volunteer work. They are not so much motivated by money or lavish perks as by the feeling of satisfaction they get after having been of real help or service to someone.

The alternative symbolism of the Virgin indicates the goddess of the harvest. Depicted with a sheaf of corn in her hand, she stands for the fruit of labor or the harvest that one reaps after putting in the right amount of hard work. This too is an apt symbol for Virgos who are known for their industrious nature. A person born in this zodiac is hard-working and often an expert at multi-tasking. A Virgo can handle several tasks – physical as well as intellectual – at the same time. They thrive in high pressure, competitive environments which bring out the best of this industrious and meticulous nature. However the downside of this trait is that it can make a Virgo workaholic and prone to nervous exhaustion. Many among them tend to be worriers, fretting over whether everything is as ‘right’ as it should be. This streak of idealism, exemplified in their drive towards perfectionism as well as selfless service is yet another trait traditionally associated with the symbol of the Virgin.