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August 23, 2016 First Day of Virgo


In Virgo we seek approval from the collective by being of service. Virgo is the first zodiac sign where we are able to put the needs of others ahead of our own personal needs. Although Virgo still does not recognize individuals as such, Virgo is where the seed of this idea is planted.

Virgo is a mutable earth sign. As a mutable sign, Virgo is involved in the processes of healing, adaptation, and change and is fundamentally concerned with the processes of healing, adaptation, and change. It is also about completing things and becoming whole. As an earth sign, Virgo operates in the realm of the physical, of the material, and of the practical. Virgo, then, is in the realm of the physical, of the material, and of the practical.

In the Northern Hemisphere, where astrology originated, Virgo is associated with the time of the harvest. The virgin that Virgo is associated with is the Vestal Virgin. The Vestal Virgins were dedicated to the service of the goddess Vesta, the keeper of the flame. They were responsible for sorting through the harvest each year and selecting the best grains, the finest seeds to be held back and protected until they could be planted for the next year’s harvest.

Planet Mercury S both rules and is exalted in the sign of Virgo, making Virgo the most mental and intellectually oriented of the earth signs. Mercury represents the ability to think, to reason, to apply logic, to make connections, and to discriminate. Mercury also represents dexterity and speed, both of thought and of action. Virgo has the ability to quickly assess any given situation, and to perform complex analyses and evaluations. With Virgo, details are everything. Virgo energy is extremely efficient and precise, and is the very embodiment of the idea of constant, never-ending improvement. Virgo has a tendency to become too focused on the little things, however, and like Mercury, has a difficult time seeing the big picture.

Virgo can easily become overly critical, both of the self and of others, and offer advice when it’s not welcome. If Virgo falls into this trap of criticizing everything, then Virgo loses the ability to enjoy or appreciate anything at all. The hardest and most important lesson for Virgo to learn is that perfection is a process, not a destination. We canalways improve, but we must also take the time to appreciate our accomplishments along the way.

Famous VIRGO personalities: Poet Geoffrey Chaucer; Singer Michael Jackson; Mother Teresa; Investor Warren Buffett; Singer Gloria Estefan, Jorge Luis Borges, Carmen

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Romulus Zamora

Romulus Zamora was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, received a BFA from the University of Texas, and an MFA from Florida State University. He served on the theater faculties of UCLA and USC before devoting himself to the practice of Astrology full-time. In his 28 years as a consulting astrologer his clients have included actors, attorneys, executives, politicians and athletes. Contact him at: Romulus@RomulusAstrology.com.

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