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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Virgo: Why a Virgin?

When thinking about such Virgos as Charlie Sheen, one has to wonder how the association between Virgos and Virgins first came about.

According to Wikipedia, Astraea (an Ancient Greek goddess known as the "Celestial Virgin") lived with humans during the Golden Age of Man ("a period of primordial peace, harmony,
stability, and prosperity").  She even stuck it out during the Silver Age (when things were a bit less hunky-dory, but still bearable).  When the Bronze Age hit (and people became "undone by their own violent ways"), Astraea had just about had it with Earthlings.  By the time the Iron Age rolled around, Astraea's escape plan
was complete.  She soon beat a hasty retreat to the heavens - and was thereafter known as the constellation Virgo.

Café Astrology offers a less mythological and more psychological explanation for Virgo's alleged virginity.  After asserting that "Virgos are seldom celibate," Café Astrology goes on to praise their innate composure by calling it "virginal in nature."  This degree of composure is attributed to an outstanding ability to "keep
their personal identity intact throughout their lives."

Charm Virgo explains that the Latin word Virgo means "maid, maiden, unmarried, virgin."  The closed loop on the right side of the Virgo glyph "indicates the Earth energy is locked."  In other words, Virgo's "virginity" indicates a potential rather than a fully-expressed Earth energy.  Virgo combines "the feminine qualities of Taurus and the masculine qualities of Capricorn, into a separate neutral quality…" – as symbolized by "a virgin girl whose potential feminine qualities are not yet fully expressed."    


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