Those born between August 23rd and September 22nd are born under Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac. As with previous months, we will be taking an in-depth look at the star sign, discussing its history and mythology as well as the unique traits of a Virgo. Basic Facts: Your element: Earth Your ruling planets: Mercury Symbol: The Virgin Your stone: Sapphire History & Mythology There are many stories surrounding the origin of Virgo, however one well-known Greek myth reveals Virgo is the celestial incarnation of Astraea, the Goddess of Innocence and Purity. Astraea, daughter of Themis and Zeus, lived on Earth in the Golden Age, but as humankind grew more violent and unbearable the gods abandoned this world and retreated to the heavens. Astraea was the last of the immortals to leave. She was immortalised in the sky by Zeus as the constellation Virgo. In another myth Virgo is named from Demeter, the earth goddess, celebrating the arrival of spring and the growing season. Traits Virgo originally comes from the Latin for ‘self contained’ which is possibly better interpreted by us as ‘self-sufficient’ and those born under this sign are independent and individualistic. They are extremely nurturing and care greatly for the needs of others, willingly making sacrifices for those less fortunate. They are often perceived as being picky, critical, and fussy, when in fact they are just striving for perfection. As friends, Virgos are fiercely loyal and will always be there in times of need to offer advice and companionship. They take their responsibility towards their relationships and family very seriously. Creative and intelligent, Virgos are an asset to any workplace and many Virgos will be found in ‘service to others’ industries from school teachers to doctors. A Virgo will analyse every detail before making a decision, which can sometimes make them seem indecisive and slow. The negative Virgo keeps a tight reign on their emotions, preferring to keep them out of decision making. While this allows them to make decisions objectively, some may perceive them as being cold or unfriendly. When in a critical mood, Virgos can pick at minor errors and the faults of others, making them miss the bigger picture. Famous Virgos Virgos often turn to music or acting in order to overcome their inhibitions, and when this is combined with their ambition, it is unsurprising that Virgo has given way to some of the most successful and creative stars that have ever lived. Pop superstars Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and Beyoncé were both born under the Virgo star sign, while Cameron Diaz, Hugh Grant and Sophia Loren all made their mark with their notable performances on screen. Other influential Virgos include Stephen King, Mother Theresa and Prince Harry. If you would like to learn more about your star sign, and discover what is in store for you this month then you can visit our horoscope page here. Many of our readers are especially talented in astrology and may be able to tell you more about what the future holds for all the Virgos out there. Look out for specialist readers including Adam, Diamond, and Ellie on the Psychic Light reader’s page, and get in touch!