By Riley Dauber
We are currently in Virgo season, which started on Aug. 23 and ends on Sept. 22. Anyone whose birthday falls within that timeline has Virgo as their main sign in their zodiac chart.
Virgo is one of the 12 zodiac signs that impacts one’s personality and characteristics, but with the numerous signs, it can be difficult to keep track of which signs correlate to which traits.
The 12 zodiac signs are categorized into four groups: earth, air, water, and fire. Virgos are earth signs, meaning they ground themselves and the people around them. Taurus and Capricorn are the other earth signs, and are platonically and romantically compatible with Virgos.
According to The Cut, “Virgo combines a natural affinity for the earthly and physical with a sharp intellectual streak. It’s an earth sign, closely connected to the body and the tangible world, and ruled by Mercury, the planet of thought, curiosity, and communication. Virgo is analytic and observant, uniquely equipped to deal with the practical details of real life.”
Along with their practicality, Virgos are often the ones to make plans, schedules, and to-do lists. They tend to get upset when plans go awry or head in a different direction, and have trouble going with the flow.
Virgos are viewed as organized individuals thanks to these strict schedules. However, they may also fall into habits of perfectionism; they need each aspect of an assignment to be perfect before they can move on to the next task, according to Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House and Associate Professor of English Dr. James Hall.
Their set schedules make it difficult for Virgos to connect with air signs like Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
“[Virgos] are planners in relationships…so they don’t do great with air signs who don’t love to plan and [are] more spontaneous,” Dr. Hall said.
When it comes to romantic relationships, Virgos are highly compatible with Pisces and Scorpios.
In terms of platonic relationships, Virgos are “some of the best friends you could ever have” thanks to their reliability and dependability, according to Dr. Hall.
“They give great gifts,” Dr. Hall said. “They tend to give plants as gifts, rather than a vase of flowers. They want something that will thrive and grow…something practical.”
Virgos are also most at home in nature, and may enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities.
Center Coordinator for the Rose O’Neill Literary House Linda Hamrick described a recent trip to a park on Kent Island and, as a Virgo, she felt it was “where [she] was supposed to be.”
Along with the positive traits and characteristics, specific zodiac signs are also associated with negative stereotypes. Virgos are sometimes viewed as cold and calculating because of their strict plans.
Although Hamrick sees herself as a Virgo “to a ‘T,’” she did say that she is open to changing plans, and likes when a day has to be rescheduled or adjusted because of conflicting schedules.
“I think we get kind of a hard rap sometimes,” Assistant Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House Amber Taliancich said. “I don’t get mad if plans change or anything. Virgos are kind of perceived…[as] controlling and cold and I don’t align with that.”
Virgos may also struggle with opening up to others, which adds to the cold-and-calculating stereotype. They may focus on themselves and reflect inward instead of discussing their feelings with others.
However, not all Virgos may not align with these traits. Zodiac signs are a fun way to look at one’s life and personality, but they are not the deciding factor.
“I always joke that I’m a failed Virgo,” Taliancich said. “I like organized chaos, and I have my own way of organizing.”
After Virgo season is Libra season, which starts on Sept. 23 and ends on Oct. 22. Look out for an article detailing the aspects of Libra season in a future edition of The Elm.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Photo Caption: The zodiac sign Virgo is linked to the constellation of the same name, and is connected to the myth about the Greek goddess of spring, Persephone.