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Definition: Virgo from Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained

In astrology, the sixth sign of the zodiac, between Leo and Libra.

In Western astrology, Virgo is the sign of zodiac for those who are born between 24 August and 23 September. The symbol for Virgo is the virgin, and the sign is ruled by Mercury. Virgoans are said to be methodical and analytical, although they may seem cool and reserved. Virgo is believed to be an earth sign, having an affinity with the element earth.


Summary Article: VIRGO
from The Columbia Encyclopedia

(vûr'gō) [Lat.,=the virgin], constellation lying on the ecliptic (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Libra and Leo, and SW of Boötes; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Virgo is traditionally depicted as a maiden holding an ear of grain to symbolize the harvest; various civilizations identified her with such figures as Ceres, Isis, Ishtar, and Rhea. The most prominent star is Spica (Alpha Virginis), a white star of first magnitude. In 1936 a supernova was discovered in Virgo. A famous cluster of 2,500 galaxies, the Virgo cluster, lies in the constellation; the radio galaxy Virgo A is also found there. Virgo reaches its highest point in the evening sky in late May.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, © Columbia University Press 2017

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