AUTHOR’S NOTE: These are not my words. I merely compiled the writings of the most prominent sidereal astrologers, all who give a thorough explanation of the signs as they really are. The works of Cyril Fagan, Rupert Gleadow, and Alex-Blaire are hardly known to the world. They deserve to have their voices heard. Their writing is invaluable to any serious student of astrology.
The temperaments of those whose span of life she pronounces at their birth Erigone will direct to study, and she will train their minds in the learned arts. She will give not so much abundance of wealth as the impulse to investigate the causes and effects of things. On them she will confer a tongue, which charms, the mastery of words, and that mental vision which can discern all things, however concealed they be by the mysterious workings of nature. From the Virgin will also come the stenographer. His letter represents a word, and by means of his symbols he can keep ahead of utterance and record in novel notation the long speech of a rapid speaker. But with the good there comes a flaw: bashfulness handicaps the early years of such persons, for the Maid, by holding back their great natural gifts, puts a bridle on their lips and restrains them by the curb of authority. And (small wonder in a virgin) her offspring is not fruitful.
Fagan, THE SYMBOLISM OF THE CONSTELLATIONS, 1962
SUN IN VIRGO: Sep 17 – Oct 17
Virgo, the ‘Cinderella’ of the constellations, is the dirunal house and Exaltation (at 15 degrees) of Mercury. It is the only one of the constellations to be featured with the wings of an angel, and, as a class, Virgos are credited with being pure in heart and deed, as befits the nature of the asexual Mercury. Conscientiousness in all dealings and firm adherence to principles are among their most treasured qualities. Highly intelligent, gifted, apt at learning, versatile, encyclopedic in knowledge, expert with fingers and toes, mechanically dexterous, capable of seeing through machinery, and industrious, children of Virgo are nevertheless, frequently lacking in ambition, personal drive and independent action. Poor masters, they make excellent servants.
Virgo is, par excellence, the constellation of the civil and military engineer, the draftsman, the cartographer, the mechanic, the strategist, the tactician, the craftsman, the factory hand, the librarian, the professor, the orator, the clerk and the school teacher. One of the most glaring anomalies of the tropical zodiac is that many of the most successful military commanders in the field and captains on the high seas, have had their Sun at birth in tropical Libra ruled by peace loving Venus [which is sidereal Virgo]. These include such names as: General Eisenhower, Marshall Foch, Lord French, General Gamelin, General Hindenburg, Lord Nelson, Lord Roberts, Walenstein, and many others.
What a flagrant contradiction of one of the fundamental doctrines of astrology, which avers that those who have the Sun in a sign ruled by Venus are essentially peace-loving in disposition, eschewing war and turmoil on all possible occasions as being completely alien to their nature. Adherents of the tropical zodiac have been at a great loss to explain this contradiction away, and have been much embarrassed in consequence. They usually end up by ignoring the solar position altogether – the prime significator of character and interest – and put the emphasis on some less convincing feature of their natal chart. In all these cases, the Sun falls into the Sidereal Virgo, precisely where one would expect to find it, thus affording a most satisfactory reason for their military predilections.
Adept in big schemes, Virgos nevertheless excel in minutiae and in the splitting of hairs; they take as much delight in mending a child’s toy as in planning a military campaign. Whilst perfectly at home in their offices, studios and workshops, they are less at ease in society and in the salons of the elite. If forced to appear in society, they sometimes become absurdly respectable and meticulous over their appearance conscious of it all the time. Although excellent about the house and in the kitchen, they make poor Romeo’s, and when expected to make love, feel embarrassed and behave awkwardly. For this reason, many Virgos prefer the company of their own sex… As a class, Virgos are not predisposed to marriage, and many of them pass through life single.
As is the case with the other Mercurial constellation, Gemini, native of Virgo are highly nervous. An unexpected noise or touch will make them ‘hit the ceiling,’ and their limbs are not infrequently found twitching in a state of nervous agitation. Easily worried, they lack the unruffled placidity of their opposite number Pisces. Concerned about their physical well-being, many Virgos diet to excess, or resort to physical culture, and sample most nostrums. Despite their tendency to stage fright, they can, when animated by deep emotion, make superb orators, and on the battlefield are astonishingly brave.
Their features are usually pyriformed and the color nondescript. Representative of the extraordinary versatility of this constellation are: Cornelius Agrippa, Marcus Aurelius, Dr. Annie Besant, Crowley, Marc Edmund Jones, Clemenceau, Julius III, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Queen Elizabeth I, Michael Faraday, Nietzche, Upton Sinclair, Oscar Wilde, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, George Gershwin, Guiseppe Verdi, Helen Hayes, Deborah Kerr, Marcello Mastroianni, Truman Capote, Greta Garbo, Julie Andrews, John Lennon, Caesar Borgia.
MOON IN VIRGO, 1962
In thought, they are too serious and impersonal to be socially acceptable, and they prefer solid study or experimentation to a life of frivolity and worthless gossip….Moon in Virgo folk are gentle, patient, tactful, discerning and unusually intelligent, yet withal simple and unaffected…. But they seldom make ideal husbands or wives, as the frivolity of social life is inclined to bore them. They find it impossible to whisper sweet nonsense in the ear of the beloved. Nor are they ‘given’ to gushing sentimentality or expressions of sympathy, which is the stuff social life is woven of.
Rupert Gleadow, YOUR CHARACTER IN THE ZODIAC, 1968
…Furthermore Virgo people are attracted to a career in the civil service or the armed forces, which are often known as the ‘services,’ so there is a real emphasis on service. Proud people will not like this; they think one should live to oneself and be a success at the expense of others. But pride is not a vice of Virgo, tiresome as its natives can be in other ways, by being fussy and managing. And if we were all unwilling to serve one another the world would fall to pieces. Virgo therefore is a very useful and helpful constellation–indeed the ancients thought it the most pleasing of all, though modern astrologers have often gone to the other extreme and made it the most unattractive.
…This (Firmicus’) is quite the most flattering description we shall find of any constellation; and Rhetorios too makes Virgo modest, pious, and discreet….These ancient descriptions are really a little too flattering to be plausible, but in substance perhaps not far out. Virgo is supposed to be the modest expert, good with the hands and useful about the house, who reluctantly appears in society, very quiet and neatly dressed. He is not cold or argumentative, but on the contrary friendly and tactful, conscientious and high-principled, clever with figures, but rather nervy and lacking in ambition. For this reason history is not rich in famous Virgonians, though two of notoriously shy disposition are Greta Garbo and T.S. Eliot.
A striking character of Virgo, no explainable by either the symbol or the ruler Mercury, is its courage. It is attracted by all forms of public service, including the armed forces, has a good sense of tactics, sometimes also of strategy, and the force to carry out its plans. But though cool-headed in danger, in peace it may become fussy and turn respectability into a vice; it also provides hidebound administrators with a mania for routine. The secretarial tradition persists in both zodiacs, though the character is very different, sidereal Virgo being gentle and always willing to help.
To provide a few vices for this overpraised constellation, its love of exactness does not always make it either honest or truthful; for meaning rarely comes from acquaintanceship with detail, and too much information can make a false pretender to knowledge. Another Virgo habit is to ask questions and then verify the answers. They think, for instance, that it matters who said what to whom, or where people get their money. This inquisitiveness can lead to needless gossip, and to others often seems superfluous, or even ill-mannered and tactless;…Its besetting sin appears to be officiousness, and it seems likely that Virgo people, when they commit their social inelegances, feel they are not acting on their own behalf but rendering some kind of official or unofficial service.
Outstanding fame seems rarer under this constellation than under others, doubtless because the natives are modest rather than pushful, and tend to the scholarly professions. There is often a talent for maps, mathematics, machinery or languages, and Virgo makes a good teacher, accurate but kindly, and a good but not flamboyant orator. The average Virgonian is not unduly modest or averse from sexual experience, but those who are will often turn out to be under Virgo.
SIDEREAL VIRGO IN DEPTH
Even though no one really understands you it doesn’t bother you most of the time. The main thing is that you manage to pass for normal everywhere even though you are deeply eccentric. With your highly developed imagination you are privy to many unusual things outside the mainstream where you live. Things are simply the way they are, then they change, you see no need to turn this obvious fact of existence into a crisis. You like to preserve an unruffled exterior to mask the inner turmoil of your highly self reflective subjective existence. You have many different interests many different acquaintances. And you also have many different faces to go with them. You always have somewhere else to go, other people to be with but you discretely keep this to yourself.
You enjoy working and usually make yourself indispensable to some high powered individual or prestigious organization. You really like being the adviser behind the throne, in on every detail, party to every secret. You may have several skills and excel at turning hobbies and part time interests into careers.
You are a natural designer graphic artist photographer and coder. Work involving painstaking research, analysis and writing also suits you. You have a very good eye for the unique detail and can take interesting photographs or render equally good drawings.
You are sexually responsive to a truly remarkable degree but are equally able to remain at an emotional distance. This confuses your lovers who feel rejected and then reject you. You are very attracted to the company of the wicked provided they maintain a passable veneer of civilization and respectability. Though otherwise cautious to a fault you can become embroiled in scandal through your wicked associates. No sooner do you feel that your mask has slipped than you leave town and begin a new life elsewhere.
You hold a very high opinion of yourself and can project an air of superiority based upon nothing more than your attitude of polite self importance. At pains to appear knowledgeable and well informed you are always listening out for the opinions you should adopt. When challenged in a debate you will seize upon some irrelevant detail and insist upon discussing that, in an attempt to mask your ignorance. You are a great one for invoking intellectual authorities and quoting books you have incompletely read. Your opinions tend to change with the tides of public opinion and the last bestseller you have read. Higher education is crucial to your mental well being and standing in the world. If you do train your mind you are capable of almost heroic intellectual feats. Genius is not entirely out of the question.
In love you are deeply insecure and tend to analyze the life out of your romance before it gets a proper chance to get started. This makes strong initial sexual attraction all the more important. Material considerations are very important to you and if you’re prospective spouse has a lot of money and the right social profile it makes all the difference. Your natural capacity for self discipline makes meditation and prayer possible but your main source of spiritual inspiration comes from your extremely vivid dreams and visions.
As Mercury-Venus also governs the arts, it is easily seen why the ancient astrologers attributed creativity and artistic intelligence to the fifth starhouse. The Aristotelian category of Virgo is Appearance. Here we can see the fifth starhouse association with self-expression. This allows the astrologer to determine the strength and well being of the native’s sense of self. This naturally combines with the other Mercury-Venus-ruled house, Gemini, the second starhouse, which governs Ego.
Further, we will notice that the beings existentially present in the constellation of Virgo are immersed in the activity and consciousness of Phenomenalism – which is to say all creativity and artistic endeavor involves the production of phenomena.Whereas Leo is the primal existence of all life, Virgo is the creative response to it. In this way we can perceive how Virgo is the sense of Transformation wherein life becomes art through the self-expressive creativity of individuals. Needless to say, the creator is transformed by the act of creation.
At the highest level of Mercury-Venusian life, we find the Ego of the native, motivated by selfless-love and striving for perfection as an individual. In the chart, a well-positioned or elevated Mercury-Venus finds the native in love with the uniqueness of the self and capable of loving the uniqueness of others without projection or the desire to re-design the other’s being. This, of course, is true love of the other. This love spills over into the world at large and we see here the cultural benefactor, either through participation in direct creativity or the enthusiastic support of same. When the planet Mercury-Venus is in the fifth and well or powerfully aspected, we find the endlessly creative and mystical individual. Devotion is a word that applies here.
The fifth starhouse of Virgo is a feminine constellation in the element of mutable Earth. The myth is that Diana / Venus leapt fully formed from the brow of Zeus / Jupiter. Diana is the goddess of the arts. She is not, as such, evolving – she is predestined to her own perfection. Venus has nothing to receive from the world except its worship and devotion. Venus is motivated by the conviction that the world ought to be more exciting, artistic and wonderful than it is.
Venus is extremely seductive. Proud of her lofty attainments, she stands in the glorious light of her perfection. In her perfect creative powers there is nothing in all the world that she is unable to transform into a higher perfection. To this extent, Venus loves the Earth with ardent enthusiasm but she loves it in order to replace it with her own world, which is not what the Spiritual Sun has in mind for us.
Venus is the agency of humanity’s higher destiny, her longing for the ultimate consummation of the good, the true and the beautiful. How she has inspired us down through all ancient time. Constantly bringing change and new life to humanity, so that our souls do not grow weary of life, she brings us always something new and exciting to look forward to.