Virgo Traits as Seen By a Virgo

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (public domain)
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (public domain)
15th century medieval depiction of a Virgo.  Artist unknown.
15th century medieval depiction of a Virgo. Artist unknown.

Virgo Traits From a Virgo's Perspective

Enelle Lamb has written an excellent hub about Virgo astrology. In it, she describes some primary traits of Virgos such as being rather introverted, concerned with health, prone to worrying, and hard working. She also observes that Virgos are dependable, sincere, knowledgeable about health and nutrition, orderly, and sometimes overly critical.

I am a Virgo, and reading Enelle's hub was like reading something I might have written about myself! It was nice to finally read a Virgo description that does not focus solely on the negative aspects of the sun sign. In this hub, I will expand upon some primary characteristics of Virgos.

Virgos Are Hardworking

All the Virgos I know are extremely hardworking. Personally, I work hard because I want to make life better and easier for others. I also find that chaos (in the form of a messy house, unfinished paperwork, or a weedy garden) drives me crazy. Unfortunately, this tendency can really wear a Virgo out. Even though I know that the sink full of dirty dishes can wait until morning, I'm willing to stay up for an extra 15 minutes to put them in the dishwasher.

The Virgo trait of being hardworking goes hand in hand with wanting to be helpful. If a Virgo is surrounded by others who also want to be helpful, then this quality will not be so draining. If, however, the Virgo is surrounded by people who suck up the attention and assistance and do not return it, then she will become resentful and feel very hurt. If nobody notices her efforts to provide an orderly, calm environment for others, she will feel hurt as well.

It can be very difficult for a Virgo to realize that not everyone shares her need for orderliness and calm. It has taken me many years to even begin to understand that when I work hard and nobody notices, they are not deliberately hurting my feelings... they just really don't notice!

Virgos are Critical

"Virgos are critical." This seems to be a common observation about Virgos. As a Virgo, I agree with this assessment, but with some conditions. One is that Virgos are critical for a specific reason, and it's not to be petty or mean. Second, Virgos have a lot of opinions about other people, but can't tolerate much criticism of themselves.

Virgos are not critical because they dislike other people. They are critical because they want to help other people. "Do you eat many vegetables?" I might ask a friend. "You don't? Well, you should definitely start taking a multivitamin. Do you think you would remember to take a multivitamin? You could just set the alarm on your phone to go off at the same time every day. If you don't eat vegetables, YOU REALLY NEED TO TAKE A MULTIVITAMIN DO YOU WANT ME TO GO TO THE STORE WITH YOU C'MON DROP EVERYTHING LET'S GO RIGHT NOW!"

Ugh. Even though I have had that exact conversation (more than once!), I can see how a sincere desire to make life better for someone else can come across as critical or naggy.

Though Virgos notice small problems and want to correct them by pointing them out to you, they don't handle being criticized very well. To this day, I feel very defensive and hurt if anyone even offers a mild suggestion for improvement, or points out any less-than-perfect behavior. This is probably my worst quality, and I'd be curious to see if other Virgos feel the same way. I can logically understand the conflict between offering criticism of others while not being able to take criticism myself, but my first instinct is to deny... and then cry. I have made a conscious effort over the past year to work on this tendency, but it is an uphill battle!

Virgos also have a heightened sense of fairness. If, for example, a Virgo does all the housework, she will feel aggrieved and let you know about it. She will describe in detail the many, many reasons why sharing housework is the bedrock of a relationship, quote statistics about the number of hours that women spend on housework compared to men, and how many Google searches are done per day for the phrase "men and housework." Virgos have encyclopedic knowledge about many topics, and they enjoy sharing their knowledge with you. While this can come across as critical or downright annoying, Virgos want to share their knowledge with you so you can live a better life. Life is better when you take a multivitamin, right?

Virgo Dates

Virgo birthdays fall between August 24 and September 23.

Virgos are Worriers

Virgos are often worriers. This trait is related to the ones above, since Virgos work hard... in order to relieve worry. They are critical... because they worry about you! Virgos have very active imaginations and thus can picture a million different outcomes for every situation. They also want to make sure that each situation works out as well as possible, which causes them to be in work-overdrive all the time. Personally, I hardly ever sit down, and if I do, it's to do something that I consider useful like writing a Hub, or researching a new recipe, natural remedy, or lifestyle tip.

Virgos are very concerned with health because they are worriers. If you know a Virgo, he or she is probably very knowledgeable about how the body works and knows a lot about different diseases and maladies. She or he may also be a hypochondriac, or diagnose you with various ailments! The positive side of worrying about health is that a Virgo will take very good care of herself, her partner, and her pets. (She will also take care of her garden, her house, and her workplace!) If you have a question related to health, just ask a Virgo. If she does not know the answer to your question, you can bet that she will make a beeline to the internet or the library, and soon after, overwhelm you with information. If you let her, she will take over and turn into your nurse. After all that, you may need to offer your Virgo a glass of wine!

Virgos and Other Sun Signs

How do Virgos get along with other sun signs? Virgos are very courteous and sensitive to other people's feelings, so they take pains to treat everyone with respect. If, however, you are a jerk or a boor, you will fail Virgo's sensitivity test and Virgo will want nothing more to do with you. If you rile a Virgo enough, he or she will finally crack and tell you exactly what she thinks of you. This doesn't happen very often, but when it does, you do not want to be on the receiving end of Virgo's keen criticism.

Since Virgos believe strongly in equality and fairness, they are often interested in activism of some sort, and will have strong opinions on matters of justice, small and large. If a Virgo sees or hears of some small injustice that is in her power to correct, she will take action.

Virgos are also very stubborn, and usually believe they are right. (Since they have intelligence and research on their side, they quite often are right!) If Virgos can be convinced that they are not completely right, they will try to convince you that they are at least partially right. This can be a problem when Virgo encounters other strong sun signs, like Leo. If, however, Virgo and Leo come together romantically, they can be a powerful partnership! Virgos are very analytical, so a Virgo will analyze a relationship very well, and take steps to make it work. Just because a Virgo is stubborn does not mean that he or she will not compromise. Virgo's keen intelligence and emotional perception makes her a good partner, since she is able to sense when she should compromise and when she should stand her ground.

How to Support Your Virgo

If you love a Virgo, it is important that you:

Notice his or her efforts. Virgos like praise! I think this comes from doing so many small things for others that often go unnoticed. It's not fun to feel like you are doing all the work and not getting noticed. It can also make you feel insecure, like nothing you do is good enough. So say thanks, good job, and more!

Do your fair share of the mundane work, otherwise your Virgo will work him or herself to the bone doing it for you.

Distract your Virgo from the day-to-day routine and do something fun! Plan it yourself, however, or it will just be another task for your Virgo.

Listen to your Virgo's worries, and reassure him or her that everything will be okay. Don't belittle the worries, listen well, ask questions, and follow with a hug! Spontaneous compliments and hugs are also a good idea - think of them as the multivitamin that will keep your relationship healthy.

Virgos can, and do, get along well with other sun signs. Some pairings, like Leo and Virgo, can be an educational experience for both signs!

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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

My youngest is a Virgo and he is very critical at times and stresses out easily. You're right about the praise thing, he seems to need reassurance about his abilities more than my other children. But he's also very sweet and has a great sense of humor.

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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California'

What a great hub! It's good to hear about Virgos from someone born under this Sun Sign. An excellent read!

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hazelbrown 5 years ago from Central PA Author

Hi bethperry, thanks for the comment! I hope your little guy learns much earlier than I have how to stress out less :)

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hazelbrown 5 years ago from Central PA Author

Hi Enelle, I really like reading your hubs! Thank you for stopping by!

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Hazel, well written hub, you're so right Virgo's are big worriers, many thanks for sharing.

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hazelbrown 5 years ago from Central PA Author

Thanks Movie Master - yep, the motto "don't worry, be happy" is a hard one for a Virgo :)

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April P Clemens 4 years ago from VT

Love the article. I'm a Virgo and my messy son drives me bonkers. He comes home from school and drops his backpack and whatever else in the hallway. To find him, I just follow his trail of belongings!

My BF's a Pisces, and when I say things like "I have so much to do, look at the house!" he asks why it always has to be clean. To me, that's like asking why the Earth has to turn.!

As for being critical, I also think of it as being helpful, but my son begs to differ :)

Also, I never just sit down. Sitting down must have purpose!

I'm definitely a workaholic. Thank goodness my Pisces BF makes me go have fun.

Thanks for writing about the intricacies of Virgo. It needed to be done! Voted awesome and up.

anju 4 years ago

wow.. i m myself a virgo and i totally agree with u .. ynks a lot :)

Vinh 4 years ago

I'm a Virgo myself and strangely I find myself quite artistic :) My room is usually a bit messy although I always know where my stuffs are. Meanwhile I have no obsession in learning about health

These are the things that I found myself differ from every astrology documents about Virgo.

Amy 4 years ago

90% true made me laugh because its me

Leslie 4 years ago

I'd say this is honestly 100% me. Thanks for articulating!

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LadySagit 4 years ago from Idaho/Louisiana

I am currently in an 'almost' year relationship with a Virgo. He is spot on! I am a Sagittarius. We are very compatible in many areas. Your Hub is very helpful in gathering understanding and insight to not only recognize how he is and for the most part why, but also puts at ease my feelings of inadequacies or that I may disappoint him. We are currently contemplating a 'break' from one another. Of course, there are specific dynamic pieces as to why but perhaps there is hope as we do love one another greatly. Thanks for the info and here's praying all can be worked out sensibly.

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hazelbrown 4 years ago from Central PA Author

Hey guys! Thanks a lot for commenting :) LadySagit, I hope everything works out with your Virgo partner. I'm lucky to have a very laid-back Leo partner who goes with the flow most of the time, so my "quirks" (i.e., annoying critical behavior sometimes) don't bother him too much. Best wishes!

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LadySagit 4 years ago from Idaho/Louisiana

Thank you HazelB.. Much appreciated. Time will tell! :D

Moshkeeb 4 years ago

I am a Virgo, 8/30 with Epstein Barre syndrome, so I work, work, work, take care of everyone, pets & humans and then have to rest, but I have no one to lean on, except for my loving animals. I cry every night for the plight of abused and homeless animals.

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hazelbrown 4 years ago from Central PA Author

Hi Moshkeeb,

I think it's wonderful that you are taking care of everyone. As you know from experience, Virgos are notorious caretakers. I hope you find a way to get some more rest though - it sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Hang in there!

Buzz 4 years ago

I think its very true since I'm a Virgo myself! Thanks!

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hazelbrown 4 years ago from Central PA Author

Thanks for stopping by, Buzz!

Charlene 4 years ago

Today is my birthday & I had to laugh at the "always right because of the knowledge acquired" part. That's me to a T. I'm always digging through books & websites and picking peoples' brains to add to my knowledge base. When someone presents me with information that doesn't quite make sense to me, I will DEFINITELY voice my opinion AND present facts that I already have or find some in order to "enlighten" them. The part about jerks is true to me also. I give most people the benefit of the doubt where others don't BUT, if/when you prove yourself to be undeserving of this consideration, it's gone probably never to return again... Not everyone appreciates my "helpfulness" but it won't change who I am. Also, because of my inherent helpful nature, I am completing Master's-level studies in Social Work (THE helping profession). I am glad to have been born under this sign because it keeps my life (& those around me) interesting. Lastly, I HAVE to mention that meticulous nature synonymous with Virgos. I can sometimes keep a messy space for indefinite periods BUT, at some point, it WILL drive me mad & I will get into the "anally organized" mode & clean until I'm tired or satisfied, whichever comes first ;-}

Chelsea 4 years ago

That is so true! I sometimes tend to critique people...a lot but once they mention something wrong with my artwork, I tend to get defensive. It's not exactly a good trait but its me. It was pretty funny reading this article since it was like describing myself!

Jessica 3 years ago

So true esp regarding the defensive part. I did a school display&was advised of how to improve it. I did want to cry or rip it all down in anger(could they have done any better?) but spot on, a good read. Now hoping my Leo will make a move!

Nice! 3 years ago

Can you do a detailed report on Virgo man and scorpio woman?

Fahim 3 years ago

think of them as the multivitamin that will keep your relationship healthy.

I have a virgo aunt whose nick name is Multi Vitamin. She also asked us to save her number on our cell phones as " Multi Vitamin". LOL

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hazelbrown 3 years ago from Central PA Author

Ha, that's pretty funny! Cute nickname!!

dottydorothy 3 years ago

I am a Virgo with a Moon in you can imagine the battle I rage with cleanliness with myself!!! I am highly messy and it haunts me every second of the day! And you are so right about the unsolicited advice! I have given it to strangers on trains in faraway countries! I hate the criticizer tag we have earned! It's not ever as a purpose to criticize! We never do it to be mean or hurtful and generally when we criticize people, we are really really polite about it! Great job on this article and I hope more people read this article and get a better understanding of us!

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hazelbrown 3 years ago from Central PA Author

Thanks for reading! I laughed about the advice to strangers on trains in faraway countries... I'm sure I'll do that too, eventually :-)

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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

YES, YES, YES a multillion times. I am a Virgo; however, the abovementioned characteristics do describe me. I can be HIGHLY critical and acerbic. People have told me to use more tact. However, I am ME and I usually say it as it is.

I am also hardworking. As I am that, I usually give no quarter to those who are not as hardworking as I am. I LOVE this hub. However, I am a mild Virgo. My mother has THREE planets in Virgo, she is truly Virgo personified. She makes Felix Unger look like a slob. Great article as usual.

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hazelbrown 3 years ago from Central PA Author

Thanks, gmwilliams! It's nice to hear from other Virgos who understand. I think I am a mild Virgo as well, because I usually know when to give advice/criticism and when to hold back. Not always, though! Like you, I am especially critical when I think someone is not pulling his or her weight. Unfortunately, since most people feel more comfortable criticizing/giving advice (or nagging?) their loved ones, my close friends and family have to bear most of my Virgo-ness.

Awc 2 years ago

Just wanted to take a moment to say how nice it is to have the essence of Virgo spelled out in a truthful and conceice manner. Giving others the opportunity to better understand the method to our offen self impossed madness. Keep up the good work

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hazelbrown 2 years ago from Central PA Author

Thanks very much, Awc!

Vrr go 3 months ago

I'm a Aug 27 Virgo and most of the article described me fairly well but, my room is messy but i know where every single thing is and yes i do occasionally go ape poo and put everything in visual order and throw away a lot. I dont usually have a sunny disposition but im not sad or depressed either. I guess I'm even tempered but quick to re-act to something positive outwardly and negative inwardly and put it in my file cabinet. I do love conversations of all kinds but not small talk or shallow b.s. also I am not a health nut nor would I give up meat and dairy products for love or money. I am painfully detail oriented but only on what I care about or interests me otherwise I couldn't care less. The big picture is a challenge but I'm getting there step by step. I love my family and friends deeply and I will do anything for them because it's what I need to do. I don't ask for help often (or ever) but they will always give it. Virgos absolutely have tendencies to give WAY too much advice and kinda stuff it down your throat and then wonder why you couldn't just say thanks. If you ask me I will try to tell you everything I can which at times could take months.....non-stop, I can commit, can you ? I'm a very blunt person, I don't mince words and when I tell someone something good or bad, i mean every single word. I have found that phrases like "have you ever considered....." work alot better than " YOU HAVE TO TRY/ TAKE/ READ THIS RIGHT NOW!!! sometimes I'm unaware of my own intensity because I can't understand why you aren't just as excited or worried as me. I'm picky and inwardly bitchy because if I know you I don't want to offend or hurt you with my " two cents". Otherwise I'm probably gonna say something. It is also true we don't do well with others criticism as we give ourselfs 10x more than anyone could. We are our own best friends and worst enemy and I can feel like I've died and been reborn emotionally many times a day but my brain does NOT have time for that right now or in the near future but I can feel it all, always just below the surface, dying to explode. I'm always busy even if I'm not productive, a cardinal sin for most Virgos and you should believe they suffer for it. Virgo will always win an argument with a mountain of researched, double and triple checked FACTS and if that doesnt get the point across then Virgos do have a tendency to get salty. We will usually feel embaressed and regretful afterwards but not always and not in the moment. A Virgos honesty can be a very sharp double edged sword that can save you from almost anything or cut you down in an instant, but it's always there. We are in the center of the zodiac, the middle, the neutral, the balance. If not for the Virgo, the other zodiac symbols would fall apart. Without all the other zodiac symbols the Virgo would have no purpose and couldn't exist. That is also a reason why many Virgo have not many close friends, they DO have a lot of very diverse.......people they know....of.....maybe. Why? Did someone say something? I think it's because in being the balance and their NEED to help and experience as many facets of life as possible (on their terms) we Virgos run across interesting (to us) characters from all spectrums of life and society in our wandering travels as we just notice something that sticks out to us about a person and on those occasions we can break our anti-social shell and try to see what they're about. Ive seen different blogs and posts about Virgos being chamaeleons or being fake or acting different around different people. Whatever we are we are NOT fake. We use different ways of approaching different people to gauge their personality and us being a small part of each zodiac and they being the entirety of what makes a Virgo makes it just natural for us to show that particular part of us. It is not made up on the spot but has been inside of us from the beginning begging for a reason to come out

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