Virgo: All About This Zodiac Sign’s Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Virgo is the masterful helper of the horoscope wheel. Virgo energy teaches us to serve, do impeccable work and prioritize wellbeing—of ourselves, our loved ones and the planet.

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Virgo Personality Traits

Virgo Traits At a Glance:

Symbol:The Virgin
Element:Earth
Quality:Mutable
Ruling Planet:Mercury — the planet of communication
Body Part:Stomach, waist, digestive system
Good Day: Dedicated, resourceful, helpful, hardworking, witty, practical
Bad Day: Preachy, self-destructive, overwhelmed, self-pitying, uptight, critical
Favorite Things: Laptops, magazines, long showers with aromatherapy soaps, outdoor concerts, childhood friends, Trivial Pursuit
What You Hate: Lazy or vulgar people, dive bars, spicy food, leaving home, toothpaste squeezed from the top of the tube
Secret Wish: To be a hero
How to Spot Them: Baby faces, roving eyes that are sizing up or analyzing a situation
Where You’ll Find Them: Babysitting for the neighbor’s kids, running errands on their endlessly long to-do lists, building something with their own two hands, cleaning something to spotless condition
Keywords for Virgo: Health, Helpfulness, Order, Organization, Innocence, Purity


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What Is Virgo’s Symbol? The Virgin

Virgo Zodiac Sign Symbol

The Virgo horoscope symbol is the Maiden or Virgin. The Virgo symbol is usually depicted as a very simple graphic meant to resemble a Maiden carrying a shaft of wheat, in addition to the “M” glyph to represent either intestines or virginity. The main Virgo traits include being helpful, analytical and in tune with nature. Thus, the Virgo symbol of the Maiden expresses the service-oriented and innocent qualities of this zodiac sign. 


What Is Virgo’s Element and Modality? The Mutable Earth Sign

Virgo Element: Earth

Virgo is one of the three zodiac signs grouped under the earth element. The other two earth signs are Taurus and Capricorn.

Virgo Modality or Quality: Virgo is a Mutable Sign

The zodiac signs are grouped into three “qualities” or “triplicities”: cardinal, mutable and fixed signs. Virgo is one of the four mutable signs. These signs end every season—and have learned the hard lessons taught by spring, summer, fall and winter.

The mutable signs—Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces—know that all good things come to an end, and their role is to prepare everyone for the changing of seasons. Mutable signs are the adapters of the zodiac, a little bit older and wiser. More flexible and comfortable with change than other signs, they can “chameleon” themselves to fit into a variety of situations. Mutable zodiac signs are also the editors of the zodiac—the ones who complete the package with a winning touch. A plan can be sparked by a cardinal sign, built by a fixed sign, then perfected with the critical eye of a mutable sign.


What is Virgo’s Ruling Planet? Mercury

Virgo, like Gemini, is ruled by the fleet-footed messenger planet Mercury. In mythology, Mercury carried out requests and tasks at the command of other gods, even adopting multiple personas in order to fulfill his missions. This fits perfectly with Virgo’s ability to multitask and check off their never-ending to-do lists with precision.


Virgo love and compatibility

In love and relationships, for picky Virgo, romance can be a challenge because of this sign’s high standards. As the zodiac’s perfectionist, it’s hard for anyone to measure up to Virgo’s criteria. That said, this sign likes a project and can gravitate to “fixer-up” types who are anything but “perfect.”

Simply put: As the sign of the helper, Virgos need to be needed. Virgo’s ruling planet is Mercury, the communication planet. They thrive on satisfying their mischief. As a result, dating a Virgo can be a little like a job interview. If you pass the Virgo test, this sign is also one of the zodiac’s most skillful lovers.

Virgo is the sign of service, so sex with a Virgo means they know how to take care of you in bed. One of the reasons why this sign will cheat is if they feel they feel lack of control. A Virgo breakup can be tough. This sign can avoid another relationship for a lengthy bout if they get stuck in analysis paralysis after a breakup. Should they make it to the altar, a Virgo wedding is an elegant affair that doesn’t skimp on the details.

Virgo compatibility

While we believe that any two zodiac signs can be compatible in love and friendship, there are certain sign combinations that just flow together better than others.

Most compatible signs for Virgo:
For Virgo, the most compatible signs for romantic relationships, work and friendship tend to be the three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and the three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), who tend to be traditional and safe in similar ways.

Least compatible signs for Virgo:
Virgo may find their most incompatible signs for love, work and friendship to be the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and the air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius)

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Virgo in career and money.

The Virgo career path is a dynamic one. Busy-bee Virgo loves to work. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, you’re constantly thinking and strategizing. You always need something to do! Obsessed with organization, many Virgos work as office managers, or running a bustling department. Your detail-oriented mind keeps track of every little item, and you’re always planning ahead. Filing, labeling, managing data—what seems like a chore to others is a fun day at the office for you. Coaching, counseling and communication are among the best jobs for Virgo.

When it comes to money, Virgo is a natural accountant. Your organized sign likes to track details, so you easily squirrel away your earnings for a fantasy purchase. You’re a natural advice giver, so if you really want to dish out tips, get your accounting degree and get paid for it.


Virgo in a family: Virgo parents and Virgo kids

The Virgo family member is the happy helper, always in service to others. While this can border on martyrdom, they wouldn’t have it any other way. Simply being in the company of their family gives them great joy.

As a parent, this sign believes in giving their kids a great education, both when it comes to school and common sense learned at home. They want the very best for their kids and they’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they have it.

The Virgo kid is a creature of habit and loves a routine. They are the zodiac’s neat-freaks, so they prefer less cluttered spaces. These are the kids who will color-code their Lego storage.

Read more about Virgo family dynamics


Virgo taste and style: fashion, decor and wellness

Virgo Style + Home Decor

The Virgo style is in the details. When they dress up, they go full-on glam. But on the average day, Virgo’s practical nature prefers comfortable pieces. With a strong sense of ethics, their unique pieces may come from conscious brands and made of earth-friendly materials. Virgo home decor is a work in progress, as the zodiac’s perfectionist. Virgo is never fully satisfied or finished decorating, organizing or cleaning.

Virgo Health + Wellness

When it comes to Virgo health and wellness, these people favor routine. This sign does well to embrace core-based exercises and, because Virgo rules the digestive system, eating easily processed foods. When Virgo turns inward, they can benefit from a sign-based meditation or one that invokes the earth element.


Famous Virgos & Virgo Celebrities:

Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Richard Gere, Lea Michele, Zendaya, Nick Jonas, Bernie Sanders, Cameron Diaz, Niall Horan, Quvenzhane Wallis, Paul Walker, Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Fallon, Flo Rida, Blake Lively, Adam Sandler, Wiz Khalifa, Pink, Shania Twain, Sean Connery, Harry Connick Jr., Lilly Tomlin, Amy Poehler, William Howard Taft, Lyndon B. Johnson, Mary Shelley, Leo Tolstoy, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Freddie Mercury


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of Astrostyle.com and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.