Virgos are born between August 23 and September 22, and belong to the Earth element of the zodiac (along with Taurus and Capricorn). Earth signs are solid, reliable, practical and stoic. They are the zodiac’s backbone!
Virgos are blessed with a powerful intelligence AND equally cursed with a leaning towards self-criticism and judgment. They can turn that ‘laser beam’ of perceptiveness on anyone, anytime, but mostly it’s (sadly) focussed on themselves. They are not their own BFF by default, and it can take gentle Virgo a long time to curb this savage inner judge. That said, this perfectionism can drive them to heights of achievement, fame and success which other, more laid-back, star signs can only dream of.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury (as is Gemini, and actually these two signs get on well, despite BIG differences) and this makes them smart, organised, communicative and fast. They also know how to present a ‘good face’ to the world.
To get an idea of the classic Virgo personality traits and types, we need only to look to some of the most famous virgins (the sign’s symbol - not literal, obvs…) - Beyonce, Pink, Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, and Blake Lively.
Typical Virgo personality traits
DISCRIMINATING (read: judge-y)
Virgos don’t ‘slum it’, no sir, they have a highly tuned sense of style, quality and taste. They’re like the zodiac’s ‘Quality Control Officers’, maintaining high standards across everything in their realm (including YOU). This default wiring towards ‘the best’ can tip over into judging, sniping and griping when they spot things which don’t meet their exacting expectations. And they notice EVERYTHING. So, there’s no escape. You’ll get nothing past them.
MODEST (read: imposter syndrome)
You will rarely find a Virgo boasting, bragging or showboating - it’s just not their style. Even world-beating achievements are presented with a humble shrug and a self-depreciating comment. Left unchecked, this modesty can turn into a self-confidence dip, and their critical inner judge can take over, highlighting their flaws and negatives at max volume, making them think they’re not good enough and don’t deserve their spot. Be kind to your Virgo friends (even if they’re not always kind to you), they really beat themselves up privately.
HARDEST WORKER IN THE ROOM (read: control freak)
Virgos are born conscientious. They evolve into diligent perfectionists who can’t bear to see anything delivered in a shoddy way and will happily take on extra to avoid that happening. There’s a fine line here, though, between working hard in the team and becoming a monstrous control freak who tries to do everyone else’s job for them. Yup, tricky.
HELPFUL (read: martyr)
Virgos seriously LOVE helping other people out, proving their worth, being leaned on, feeling valued. It’s their catnip! However, they do (quietly, mind you) expect gratitude, recognition and maybe a lil’ reward. They won’t ever state this overtly (too crass), they’ll just ramp up the favours/tasks completed in the hope you WILL HAVE TO acknowledge it. This can become a vicious circle because, eventually, others take this level of servitude for granted and this then really annoys Virgos. Internally, the inner judge is unleashed, harping on about other people’s TOTAL LACK of manners/gratitude/morals etc… Just say ‘thank you’ when your Virgo pal does you a solid. PLEASE.
What are Virgos into?
Googling their *symptoms*. If hypochondria had a face, it would be that of a solemn, earnest Virgo gazing at you, while tapping simultaneously on the latest doctor app to diagnose themselves with something *terrible*. They can’t help it. They need to label everything.
Taking classes. Mercury rules Virgo, and this ruling influence makes them knowledge-THIRSTY. Education, classes, workshops, forums, self-learning modules… they’ll always have some side line whirring, or be learning some skill or topic. A restless, inquiring intellect drives them.
Marie Kondo’ing anything that moves. Virgos organise *things* for fun. If there’s a free-style sock drawer, an unalphabetised bookcase or a neglected kitchen cupboard within two miles of them, they’ll find it and SORT IT OUT.
Volunteering. I have a Virgo friend, and she literally cannot HELP herself offering to HELP. I’ll sometimes tease her by saying aloud how much I’m struggling to find something out… lo and behold, in minutes, she has gone and done it. I call her ‘Lassie’ (which she despises). Virgos ARE Lassie, though, running around, looking cute, being natural-born do-gooders (in the nicest possible way).
Beautifying themselves. Naturally elegant, fascinated by fashion, compelled to make outfits MATCH godammnit, it MUST ALL match. Virgos, despite their modesty, do spend a lot of time messing about in front of the mirror. They value, appreciate and prioritise appearances.
Who gets on best with Virgo?
Virgos’ attractive, poised outward demeanour and quick wit ensure they’re never short of admirers.
Elementally, they get on great with other Earth signs. The Earth sign collective are all of one mind: they like material indulgence (food, drink, sex, shopping), status (more shopping) and generally prefer settled, secure relationships rather than running around town (although they’re not prudes)- so Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn are all good in relationships together.
The hot tip for hot sex for Virgo is Pisces. The virgin and the fish are total opposites. Head vs heart, practical vs imaginative, logical vs emotional, perceptive vs intuitive- and that is a turn on for both signs. It’s like dating an alien. Weirdly, they both like this idea.
Many of my closest friends are Virgo (I’m a Gemini, so we have that Mercury ‘thang’ going on), and they are the best, I salute you guys- shout out to Lassie!