Sun in Virgo ~ I perfect and I serve.
Virgo window at Chartres Cathedral
When the Sun is in Virgo the Hero discovers the fruits of the harvest, the efforts of labours, to capacity to differentiate, to order and the value of service offered selflessly. You will always choose the useful over the frivolous, deploring waste whether it be of time or substance or personality. You are usually careful, efficient and methodical, deriving great pleasure in creating order from confusion and chaos. You will like to put things straight and tidy, to organise your environment and also any people that happen to be there. You have a high degree of common sense, and can be an active thinker who has to put thoughts into practice. You are efficient at handling and working with details in life, and are able to learn new things quickly and easily.
Modest and retiring, you don't like to make a display of your self in front of others being easily embarrassed. While your life-attitudes are fundamentally conservative and traditional, you are cautious and protective regarding your interests. Nevertheless, in your own quiet way you seek perfection in people and the world, and can tend to point out faults to others; sometimes, these comments can be too sharp and upsetting, even if your perceptions are generally accurate. Yet when you consciously choose to be, you can reveal a tactful and diplomatic style of expression. You may not always judge yourself to quite the high degree that you expect from others you may find it difficult to feel content with life, yet have difficulty distinguishing which aspects should be changed to improve it. There can be anxiety undercurrents, and through excessive worry your nervous system can be affected. You may need to be careful that excessive work does not place too much strain on your health, as you tend to be one of the consistent and reliable workers of the zodiac.
You will either have, or learn, specialised knowledge and skills which are highly developed because they concentrate on your chosen subjects and you take a deeply professional and responsible attitude to all that you do. A late developer it sometimes takes a while before this knowledge and ability becomes apparent to others because you tend to hide your light under a bushel. Work is important to you, and you need a measure of status within your job and also need to be acknowledged an experts within your field. If you have this status and feel secure in your work, then you will be happy and content; but when uncertainty strikes or when you have to fight for your rights, you lose confidence and become dejected. Conscientious to a fault, whatever task the task you do it in the best way possible and like to think that you are fulfilling your duties to the best of your abilities. You are quick, industrious, intelligent and thorough, and invariably deserving of recognition. However, a tendency toward self-denigration can often get in the way of recognition leaving you feeling that you are being made use of, taken for granted, and not accorded the respect which you deserve, this can turn you sour, tetchy and difficult. For some of the motivation behind the go-getter Virgo is a sneaking feeling of worthlessness or a fear of losing what they have gained.
There is a fairly large segment of the Virgo community who seem to defy the usual interpretations of this sign's nature. For one thing, these people can be extremely untidy in some or all areas of their lives. Some are in a muddle at home but fastidious at work. Some appear to live in perfect order but shove all the mess away where it cannot be seen. Others are simply completely disorganised. The reason for this phenomenon is the theory of 'polarity' in which the very characteristic for which a sign is known is polarised so that the person displays completely opposite traits and habits and which is explored more deeply in one of the myths associated with Virgo.
It is important to understand that to the ancients Virgo had nothing to do with sexual chastity, but was really about being pure unto oneself and beholden to no one. Such goddesses abound in myth and many of them were impregnated, not by men or god but with nature free and uncontrolled and their own life and purpose. One such goddess is Persephone. The daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest, Persephone starts out as the archetypal maiden content at her mothers side. She was such a beautiful young woman that everyone loved her, Hades in particular wanted her for himself so one day, when she was collecting flowers, the earth suddenly opened and Hades rose up from the gap and abducted her.
Broken-hearted, Demeter wandered the earth, looking for her daughter until the all seeing Helios revealed what had happened. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate and when she ate of it, she became the goddess of the underworld, there bound forever where that she must stay one-third of the year, for which time Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began.
Given that Persephone both picked the flower and ate of the pomegranate one can begin to suspect that there was something of her mystery of fate at work here and so far from the victim maiden did she become she that Homer describes her as the formidable, venerable majestic queen of the shades, who carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the dead, along with her husband Hades.
Virgo is a dualistic sign. In you as in the myth there exists an inherent ambiguity. A pull between conflicting and opposite imperatives, innocent maiden, queen of shades and an important part of the quest for Virgo is to reconcile the opposing parts of themselves of which your life is an expression. This might manifest as conflict between outer circumstances and inner necessity, between duty and need, between being a daughter or a wife and mother and being a 'self', between picking flowers or beginning your descent. When this tension is lost then Virgo either falls into the detail driven nit picking obsessive, fixed, inflexible and for whom nothing and no one is ever right or else a depressed 'shade' themselves. For some this too, for a time, can be part of the journey.
This leads us to a consideration to Virgo's shadow qualities or hidden flaws. These traits you will probably be able to identify in others just as others will no doubt erroneously see them in you, but because they can't possibly relate to you consider their inclusion academic! One is the compulsive perfectionist coupled with an inability to compromise, another paradox in an earth sign rooted in a material world that really runs to plan, coming to terms with this can lead to difficulties. There are also both the 'know it all' types for whom it is impossible to contribute and the 'I told you so' types who themselves organise everything down to the last exasperating detail less chaos knock upon their door. Another is the doer all ways doing for others yet quietly resentful when this is not reciprocated.
Contrast this with the self sufficient individual whose mastery and expertise within the physical world is the source of the competence and discrimination required to follow their often lonely quest, of service, humility and inner loyalty, and to accept and reconcile the conflicts that are inherent in a life lived deeply and ultimately for oneself.