Born Under the Virgo Sign? This Is Why You're Such a Perfectionist

Updated 07/16/19

Each month, our resident astrologer, Amelia Quint, shares her horoscope wisdom so you can better prepare for the weeks ahead. But do you truly know your sign and how it impacts everything in your life, from relationships to career and even parenting? Do you know how to deal with your S.O.’s temperamental sign, your mother’s authoritative sign, or your best friend’s type-A sign? In this series, we explore the personality of each zodiac sign so you can shed a little light your own personality traits and those of the ones you love. These insights will help you be the best version of yourself in all aspects of your life, from how to handle conflict with your partner to how to take better care of yourself.

Virgo Sign — Zodiac Personalities
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

The best thing about you, Virgo? You never, ever do anything halfway. You’re one of the most underrated signs of the zodiac, probably because you’re willing to get behind the scenes and do the hard work no one else will. But like Queen Bey, you know that every detail is an integral part of putting on an unforgettable show. As an earth sign (like Taurus and Capricorn), you’re motivated to be the best at whatever it is you do, especially when it comes to traditional accomplishments like grades and awards. Even better, your status as one of the four mutable signs (like Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces) means you know how to make—and keep—VIP connections. Having Mercury, the zodiac’s messenger, as your patron planet seals the deal. Virgo season lasts from August 23 to September 22, so expect to overachieve even more than usual in your career, relationships, and spiritual journey during that month.

What to expect? Let’s see what the stars have to say.

Don’t be afraid to let down your guard and share a little more of the real you.

Virgo and Personality

Far and away, your best trait is your dedication. No one works as tirelessly as a Virgo, and the world loves you for it. No matter what you’re working on or who’s on your team, you’re 100% devoted to achieving perfection (or as close to it as you can get). You’re willing to tackle any and all obstacles if they stand between you and your goals.

While it’s great to boost your résumé, don’t overcommit yourself. Being the mutable sign you are, you’re sensitive and need to respect your limitations. Virgos are usually introverts, so give yourself time alone each day to recharge. Also, make sure to bond with people who you’re drawn to outside of work, too! We love your achievements, but we love you as a person even more. Don’t be afraid to let down your guard and share a little more of the real you.

Virgo and Career

Virgos have a knack for precise details and curation that no other sign can match. You’ll find them in careers as wide-ranging as scientific research and fashion design, because they always know what’s missing as well as what’s needed to make the picture complete. They’re natural editors, so you’ll find lots of Virgos in publishing and media. Virgos are also motivated by a genuine desire to help that leads many of them to service-oriented professions like social work and philanthropy.

As a Virgo, your single-minded focus on the task at hand often means you fly below the radar. But while your colleagues are chatting at the water cooler, you quietly stay miles ahead of your competition thanks to your sign’s trademark precision and commitment to craft. But avoid being too critical, both of your own work and that of your co-workers. We know you’re constantly striving for the best, but remember: Nobody’s perfect!

For you, someone who means what they say and says what they mean isn’t just a turn-on—it’s a necessity.

Virgo and Wellness

Your sign rules health and habits, so you’re going to need a more robust fitness plan and nutrition regimen than your cosmic cousins. Tap into your innate planning abilities and choose a routine you can stick to—and don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a gorgeous pair of new shoes or a flashy water bottle if it means you’ll feel more confident going to the gym!

Because you’re a perfectionist, you tend to overwork and can be prone to burnout. A healthy spiritual practice can help you prevent this before it ever begins. Restorative yoga is a great choice for Virgos, since it targets the mind and body at the same time! Be sure to spend plenty of time in savasana, resting up after your session. Want to go deeper? If you’re feeling frisky, experiment with a little practical magic using a candle and a few herbs. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results!

Virgo and Relationships

When it comes to love, you and your fellow water signs (especially Cancer and Scorpio) are a match made in heaven. Their intuitive ability to tap into your feelings makes you feel comfortable right away, and they appreciate your genuine, down-to-earth approach. Dreamy Pisces could be too impractical for your taste, but you two vibe on an emotional level. The fire signs inspire you with their confidence, but they might be too hot to handle at times. You and the air signs have totally different values (you care about material progress; they care about shared ideals), so that makes it tough to connect.

Having Mercury as your patron planet means that your relationships have to be built on some level of intellectual connection (especially wordplay), or else there’s no foundation. For you, someone who means what they say and says what they mean isn’t just a turn-on—it’s a necessity. Among friends, you’re the responsible one everyone turns to for advice. Even though you’re more than happy to lend a hand, keep your boundaries strong and your words of wisdom stronger.

Keep in mind that not everyone welcomes feedback, even constructive feedback, in the same way that you do.

Virgo and Friendships

At a party, you’re the person arriving early and leaving late to help set up, tear down, and ensure that all the particulars are in order. You’re introverted but also a mutable sign that thrives on connection, so the helping role allows you to participate in social gatherings without the pressure of random mingling. You need to feel useful, so having a specific role to play means you’ll be in your element for the rest of the night, allowing everyone to see you shine.

As an earth sign, you’re always in career mode. No matter where you are, you have an uncanny ability to make business connections. Maybe it’s your elegant demeanor, but people always assume you’re on the way to an important destination. It’s great for your personal brand, but it can be a little intimidating at first. When you’re getting to know someone, make sure to show your imperfections as much as your résumé-ready side.

Virgo and Parenting

Because Virgo is the sign of service, parenting comes easily to you. You’ve probably been the resident caretaker in your family or friend group for as long as you can remember, and you tend to put others’ needs ahead of your own. This can be either your biggest strength or weakness, depending on how you work it. While the rewards of seeing your child learn and grow far outweigh the hard everyday work of being a parent, be sure you celebrate your own learning and growth along the way.

The difficulty with Virgo parents is that their desire to bring out the best in their child can often lead to harsh criticism. Keep in mind that not everyone welcomes feedback, even constructive feedback, in the same way that you do. If your little one asks you for help, deliver it with a gentle touch, and appreciate the effort more than the outcome.

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