Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Virgo: The Virgin-Whore



Don’t let the title offend you, if you happen to have any major placements – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and/or Rising – in Virgo. I have three planets myself in Virgo (Mercury, Venus, Mars) and can attest to the greatly misunderstood dichotomy of this sign. Virgo is the virgin-whore not in a sexual sense, necessarily, although it can be the case. It’s more so in the manner that this sign can veer back and forth from the famously pristine, organized reserve (virgin) that the sign is famous for to a much looser, messier form of personal expression (whore) that is not often given much press when we read about the sign of Virgo.
Virgo is an Earth sign and, being Mutable, it represents the changeability (Mutable) of the physical and practical (Earth) plane. Like all Mutable signs, there’s a curious duality to Virgo. But, it’s probably the sign in the Mutable family that’s least known for this duality.
You’ve got Gemini, the Twins, which is the most blatantly dualistic in the group, with its ever-changing mind, ideas, and whims. Then, there’s Sagittarius, the half-man, half-horse, representing both a primal, feral life force that yearns for freedom and a higher, more rational aspect that philosophizes everything in its path. And it’s no coincidence that Pisces is symbolized by two fish swimming in the opposite direction, showing this emotionally charged’s sign innate ability to experience various emotional states at once, usually a mixture of their own and other’s responses.
The fact that Virgo’s mascot seems just like a regular old Maiden belies just how complex this sign actually is. We’ve all heard the stereotypes: obsessively tidy, perfectionistic, analytical, critical, etc. This innate desire for so-called perfect order is due to its Mutable Earth status, as well as it being the opposite sign of free-flowing, day-dreaming Pisces. However, every sign has some of its opposite in them. So, people with a prominent Virgo influence are less organized, in one way or another, than you’d think.
This also points to Virgo’s duality, showing that there must be a lot of chaos going on in there for them to want everything in order. We treat our outside world the way we want to treat our inside world. Virgo-influenced people can have some powerful anxieties, insecurities, and, yes, even really strong emotions. The idea that this is an unemotional sign isn’t true. Not only does Virgo want to make sense out of their feelings, but it can feel just as overwhelmed by them as Pisces. This is when you meet the Virgo who can’t get anything done on that famous to-do list because they’re just too stressed and their nerves are too shot.
Pisces is famously creative, but Virgo can rival this sign in this department. The list of gifted artists strong in Virgo energy is surprisingly lengthy. Well, how else do you think this sign can find a channel for its emotions? Acting and performing seems like a perfectly practical way, in Virgo’s mind, to let all of that out. It’s a channel, an outlet where those chaotic emotions can be contained and expressed and where Virgo can tap into its inner Pisces, finding the innate balance we all need to when our sign’s energy is too polarized on one end of the opposite-sign spectrum. The fact that Virgo has a very strong imagination – which is what helps them come up with resourceful solutions to their problems, as well as fuels that famous potential for hypochondria – only boosts their creative energy.
Now, we’ve reached the other side of Virgo: the whore side. Again, I don’t exactly mean sexually promiscuous, even though Virgo individuals can rival most other signs in this department when they’re particularly “active.” It’s just the very loose, sensual side of Virgo that gets much less attention and notice. And Virgo energy is incredibly sensual, arguably even more than Taurus. The five senses of this sign are exquisitely fine.
This is what can make Virgo people – especially Venus or Mars in Virgo – so very touchy in bed. “Don’t do it that way. That doesn’t feel good. Stop going so fast.” Although it might sound critical, this is really an expression of Virgo’s highly acute sensuality. When something feels off, it’s off. But, when something feels good, it feels really good.
Hence the reason why many Virgo-influenced folks are so highly fond of sex as well as so free of bodily tension. Being Mutable Earth, they really enjoy fine-tuning their systems, as well as other people’s. A Virgo-prominent person in this loose state of expression can actually be very fun, even if they’re not so showy or loud about it. It’s a wonderful thing to see this sign being able to reach this state of freedom, where everything’s flowing and they’re not judging or criticizing, others or themselves.
Also, when Virgo reaches this state, there can sort of be no turning back. This is the Virgo-influenced person who doesn’t care about working out or cleaning up their room on a regular basis. Virgo Sun and Moon tend to be a bit more regimented about these things. But, Virgo Venus and Mars, in particular, can become surprisingly lax and lazy about certain routines. Once they let go of a need to be "perfect", these are things that can easily be thrown out of the window. However, even with a sloppier, looser Virgo individual, there’s still some sense of order somewhere. They might walk out of the house with wrinkled clothes and neglect going to the gym, but there’s an inner checklist going on in their heads at all times regarding something.
However, most Virgo people themselves will attest to this. The Virgo Moon with the clear head and practical life plan can be puzzled to read that they always have to have a clean kitchen when their kitchen is constantly a mess. On the flip side, you can find a Virgo Venus who has every single thing in its place at home, yet their emotional life is a total mess that they struggle to keep together. Either way, this sloppy-in-one-area/organized-in-another-area dichotomy practically defines Virgo.
Another less talked-about duality of Virgo energy is its ability to be both articulate and coarse. Virgo’s often called well-mannered and loving good manners in others. In some ways, this can be true, because Virgo doesn’t like any behavior they deem unnecessary, which can include rudeness. But, Libra is, in the end, the sign that’s significantly more refined and well-mannered because Libra cares a great deal about social approval and being thought well of. Virgo just cares about intelligence and correctness, which is often more defined by their own standards than others.' Therefore, they can forgo traditional "manners" when they feel its not a big deal.
Virgo is refined just in its ability to carry on an intelligent conversation and clearly articulate itself. But, paradoxically, this can be an utterly foul-mouthed sign, especially if they’re going on one of their critical rants or are just in a more jocular mood. Venus in Virgo, in particular, is a placement that often displays this dual nature. They can give a well-read criticism on Tolstoy and Jung, then drop one f-bomb after the next and tell some of the most vulgar jokes you’ve ever heard. It can surprise people to hear such talk coming out of the mouth of someone who looks like a refined angel.
So, don’t underestimate Virgo. This Maiden’s got more tricks up her sleeve than you expect.

5 comments:

  1. Best article on Virgo placements EVER, hands down. I've said many times that Mars in Virgo is extremely sensual but it's hidden behind a humble shyness. I think a lot of people forget Virgo is of the Earth element and focus on the negative traits of Virgo.

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    1. Yeah, actually, I think Virgo's reputation has gotten better nowadays. If you read some of those old-school texts, they take the Virgin symbol too literally. :) Today, most people into astrology know the truth about Virgo. The talk of Virgo placements being very critical still gets around a lot. But, that's not exactly undeserved, in many cases.

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  2. Being a Virgo Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Pluto. You nailed it! So, Virgos can be just as mysterious as Scorpios. We are not always neat freaks or health conscious, but we do have at least one thing that we obsessively tend to.

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  3. Wooooooooow!!!! I'm bouncing up and down in my seat one moment, and blushing the next. Nobody can ever guess what I'm going to say next, but usually, unless they know me, they won't expect the full range of foul words to spill from this face. I think people see my Libra Rising, and assume that I'm prim and proper...until someone is not running their something in the right order (in my opinion), then you get the whorish Virgo. I try though.

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  4. I dated a Leo man who had Venus/Mars in Virgo. Behind closed doors he was extremely sensual. His touch was very warm and erotic...

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