Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Virgo


Virgo
is the sixth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Virgo.

In western astrology, the sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. In astrology, Virgo is considered a "feminine", negative (introvert) sign. It is also considered an earth sign and is one of four mutable signs. Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, but Ceres has been strongly suggested as the ruler of Virgo for some modern astrologers.

Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Virgo individuals. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in Virgo roughly from August 23 to September 22. Under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently there roughly from September 17 to October 17.

Virgo is the only zodiac sign represented by a female.

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According to one interpretation, the Virgo constellation depicts Astraea, the virgin daughter of the god Zeus and the goddess Themis. Astraea was known as the goddess of justice, and was identified as this constellation due to the presence of the scales of justice (Libra) nearby, and supposedly ruled the world with her wise ways until mankind became so callous that she returned to the skies, disgusted. Virgo is also identified with Persephone, daughter of Demeter (goddess of agriculture and guardian of marriage). Persephone was the goddess of innocence and purity, then later on became the Queen of the Underworld, when she was abruptly snatched away by Hades.

Another possible myth is one about Asclepius the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek mythology. He was the son of Apollo and Coronis. His mother was killed for being unfaithful to Apollo and was laid out on a funeral pyre to be consumed, but the unborn child was rescued from her womb. From this he received the name Asklepios "to cut open." Apollo carried the baby to the centaur Chiron who raised Asclepius and instructed him in the art of healing and hunting.

The astrological symbol of Virgo is said to represent the arms and torso of the virgin holding a sheaf of wheat.

3 comments:

robyn said...

i am absolutely in love with your work. i linked to it from hallie gillett's page (i love her too) and am happy i did.
can't wait to see what you do with sagittarius. wish you much success.

Dot said...

I'm really enjoying the Zodiac series :) I'm waiting for Sagittarius too!

By the way, I tagged you with one of those silly 7 questions things here, as an artist I really like:
http://www.dabbled.org/2008/11/thrifty-links-little-known-facts.html

Cheers!
dot

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