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What are the Personality Characteristics Associated with the Astrological Sign Virgo?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 17, 2024
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In astrology, Virgo refers to those born 24 August through 23 September, and is the sixth sign of the Zodiac. People born under this mutable Earth sign are stable, but flexible. They can be too critical of others when, instead of focusing on their own possible improvements, they look for flaws in others. However, they can accurately analyze situations and see reasonable actions for improvement when they use a fair-minded approach.

Many Virgos are neat, clean, and fussy about how things should be done. They are analytical by nature and often value all sorts of systems. Reliable and practical, they are task-centered and do well in methodical, analytical jobs such as those in information technology (IT) and accounting.

Like Gemini, this sign is ruled by changeable, adaptable Mercury. But, whereas Gemini is always seeking out new activities, Virgo usually prefers being on familiar ground. Both signs are intelligent and flexible, but Virgos thrive on details and Geminis would rather skip the details and concentrate on the big picture.

The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin and the sign has a feminine reactive energy rather than a masculine expressive energy. Some people born under this sign can be quite shy and cautious. Many Virgos can worry almost to the point of being neurotic.

Classic Virgos tend to stay in the background at work, but often long to be noticed and move up in the organization. While they can be self-important and irritable at work, they can also be dependable and well-organized. A typical one understands the importance of proper dress at work, although they are usually careful not to show off or upstage their boss.

Some colors associated with Virgo are dark blue and white. It rules the intestines. Keywords for the this personality are analytical, critical, methodical, and flexible.

The other Earth signs, Capricorn and Taurus, are the most compatible with the Earthy Virgo as they are stable and conventional signs. Libra, Scorpio, Leo, and another Virgo may also be quite compatible. Sagittarius may be too wild and unpredictable for a more conventional person and Gemini may not seem serious enough. Pisces may seem too introspective to Virgo. Aquarius and Aries have a neutral compatibility. Famous Virgo natives include Marlee Matlin, Regis Philbin, Ricki Lake, Dr. Phil McGraw, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

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Discussion Comments

By anon328670 — On Apr 05, 2013

When we read about different zodiac signs, the common mistake that the majority of people often make is that they on their own assume that people's behavior and conduct need to conform exactly with what is written in the Zodiac sign.

However, it should be understood that people's behavior and conduct is not just governed by our own personality, but also by external factors that influence it, such as the prevailing circumstances, behavior of the person/s with whom you are interacting, surroundings etc. Also, personality and behavior are not the same thing.

Behavior constitutes how we come across to others, mainly through our actions, our decisions and mainly the manner in which we communicate with others. However, personality defines our basic mental construct which, in my opinion. essentially remains the same throughout our existence, hence I believe is more genetic.

The characteristics that are mentioned for a zodiac sign essentially signify people's personalities and are much less about people's behavior. Hence, if we are curious to know about a person's behavior and are reading about a particular person's Zodiac sign then, in my view, it should be left to the reader's interpretation of what he understands from an article.

By hangugeo112 — On Jan 30, 2011

The sign of Virgo goes with a typical patriarchal image of the submissive and consistent wife and partner. The constellation appears supine and is associated with fertility. The Babylonians also considered it to be an ear of grain, which would also mean fertility and fecundity.

By BioNerd — On Jan 27, 2011


The signs of the zodiac don't define people, but can be interesting markers of general trends. It is an exciting and popular topic of study and self-awareness, but certainly has its limits.

By Qohe1et — On Jan 25, 2011

I am someone who was born under the sign of Virgo, and am in no way described by the previous. While I do enjoy various systems, I also crave constant change and new adventure. I don't prefer to be in the same set of rules all the time, and I am very much creative and very much not analytical.

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