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More on Virgo Ascendant, Virgo Rising Sign

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  • Virgo Ascendant (Rising Sign) description
  • Virgo Ascendant (Rising Sign) with ruling planet, Mercury, in the signs
  • Alternate descriptions of Virgo Rising
  • Famous People with Virgo Rising


The Ascendant

Virgo Symbol

People with Virgo rising are often a little understated in their personal mannerisms and appearance, although a lot depends on the position of Mercury (the ruling planet of Virgo) in the chart. Generally, there is an intelligent and reserved aura about Virgo rising individuals that is unmistakable. These are actually somewhat shy people who need time to analyze things around them before they warm up to both situations and people. This quality can be received exactly as that, or it can be received as a rather stand-offish, cool, and even critical manner (depending on the audience).

One of the biggest personality traits of this position is body-awareness. People with Virgo ascendants are sensitive to any discomfort or other signals their body gives them. Many are especially interested and concerned with physical health, and some are attracted to mind-body awareness exercises such as yoga. Virgo rising people are often rather particular about food. Although some have good appetites, there can be an unmistakable pickiness about what they put in and on their bodies.

Virgo ascendant natives have a tendency to worry a lot, especially when confronted with new situations. They notice the tiniest details that others overlook.

Many people with this position have a tendency to attract (or be attracted to) people who need help. Their relationships may be confusing as a result. Despite the Virgo rising tendency to appear rather collected and professional, relationships can sometimes be messy simply because these natives don't always see their partners and partnerships clearly. 

There's a quiet charm to many Virgo rising people. Once they have the chance to warm up to new people and situations, you'll find they have a lot to offer. They'll help you out of a jam, go out on a limb for you, and surprise you with a natural modesty under a somewhat critical and standoffish manner.

The Ascendant (or rising sign) is often considered the mask one wears when meeting others. Perhaps it is most aptly thought of as the automatic responses to one's environment. The Ascendant shows our natural defenses and how we cope with day-to-day issues. The energies of the sign and condition of the Ascendant are most overt and obvious to others. The Ascendant shows an individual's first, natural reaction to new people and situations.

The characteristics of Virgo Ascendant described above are modified by planets conjunct the Ascendant, planets that aspect the Ascendant, and the position of the ruling planet of the sign on the Ascendant. For example, a person with a Virgo Ascendant with its ruling planet, Mercury, in Sagittarius will respond to the environment a little differently than another person, also with a Virgo Ascendant, but whose Mercury is in Scorpio. Similarly, a person with a Virgo Ascendant who also has Saturn conjunct it will "behave" differently than someone with a Virgo Ascendant who does not have that aspect in their natal charts.

Virgo Rising with Mercury (Ruler of Virgo) in the Signs

The following interpretations incorporate the position, by sign, of Mercury, the ruling planet of Virgo. The sign position of Mercury modifies your Virgo Ascendant characteristics. These interpretations are from the Karmic Insight Report, and are written from an esoteric viewpoint.

The point that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth is called the ASCENDANT, or rising sign. While the Sun describes your conscious direction and current life focus, and the Moon your subconscious predisposition and past, the Ascendant indicates a way of being that transcends and embraces past, present, and future. It describes the way you engage and merge with the outer world and how you bring through into life the energies depicted by the Sun, the Moon, and the rest of your birth chart. Everything is filtered through the Ascendant from an esoteric point of view. It indicates your soul's function and thus a key part of your destiny.

Virgo Rising - General

You do everything skillfully with a fine sense of craftsmanship and precision, perfectionism, care and attention to detail. You are keenly observant and have an acute sensitivity to each and every thing in your environment; therefore, you attend to small things that others do not readily notice, the subtleties, the fine points. You fulfill your soul function through service, assisting and helping others, perhaps in a rather humble, understated, unglamorous way, and doing a job for its own sake rather than for personal recognition or glory. Your simple desire to be useful and to be of service, your willingness to engage in ongoing practice in order to improve, and your willingness to change or adjust yourself according to the light you have at any given moment, enables you to fulfill your function. When out of balance, you criticize, worry, obsess about yourself and/or your health or body, and tend to magnify problems.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Aries

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in Aries, indicating a sharp intellect with an intuitive grasp of essentials, and the capacity to think for yourself. You have a creative mind and generate original ideas and plans. You tend to be impatient in conversation with slower or duller wits, can be too forceful or certain you are right, and also too argumentative. You often dominate conversations, lacking receptivity and the ability to listen (unless other factors in your birth chart suggest some sensitivity to others ideas). Others will seek you out as an authority in your specialty or area of expertise.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Taurus

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in the very down-to-earth and sensible sign of Taurus indicating that the service you provide is a very practical one. You are organized and efficient and think in very logical, pragmatic, and realistic terms. You enjoy math and/or solving problems that have clear, definite answers, rather than open-ended, ambiguous, intangible ones. You are oriented toward what's simple, obvious, common-sense, and workable, rather than complex and abstract. You have the patience to manage tedious, mundane, or repetitive tasks; you are a nuts-and-bolts sort of person in many ways. If other factors in your chart suggest creativity or imagination, you still will not neglect the earthly or business side of things. If artistically inclined you are likely to produce functional, utilitarian art work. Concrete facts, data, and information are your forte.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Gemini

Your ruling planet, Mercury is in the quick, lively, alert sign of Gemini, indicating that you are an extremely intellectual, mentally active person. You are interested in everything; you grasp new ideas quickly; you respond rapidly to changing needs and circumstances. Organizing ideas and information and/or facilitating efficient communications is your forte, an important aspect of your work/service. You could be a writer, editor, librarian, work with computers, manage a fast-paced office. Too much mental activity, however, creates nervous stress. It would be well for you to learn ways and make time to really slow down and relax your nervous system, as your metabolism is fast and nervous system tends to be rather high-strung.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Cancer

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in the sympathetic and subjective sign of Cancer, indicating an interest in children, women's health and/or the healing professions in general, food and nutrition, psychology, and teaching. You are a worrier, and need to learn to let go of excessive anxiety, especially over people you care about. (You tend to criticize or fuss about little things when you are afraid for their well-being). The domestic arts are your forte, as well, and an important part of your contribution to life.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Leo

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in the creative, self-expressive sign of Leo, indicating that the use of your creative intelligence and your capacity to communicate warmly, colorfully, and/or dramatically is an important aspect of your soul function also. Beware of editing and censoring the enthusiastic, child-like, or artistic aspect of yourself, and of hiding your light.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Virgo

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in Virgo as well, indicating a fine mind with a penchant for clear logical analysis, categorizing and classifying, and developing specialized skills, techniques, and expertise in some practical area. However, unless other factors in your birth chart suggest a breadth of vision and understanding, you are apt not only to forget the forest for the trees, but to forget the tree for the particular kind of bark. You can get lost in minutia, data, and facts, and be unable to perceive the overall direction or meaning.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Libra

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in the judicious, fair-minded sign of Libra indicating a gift for diplomacy and for communicating your observations, critiques, and analysis tactfully. Your impartiality and humility, as well as your ability to see and to weigh both sides, makes you a good mediator or arbitrator. Science appeals to your rational, logical, orderly mind. However, a refined sense of aesthetics, of form and beauty, colors all that you do.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Scorpio 

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in Scorpio indicating sharp and penetrating perceptions and a keen capacity for detection, probing analysis, and research. You have a discreet and secretive side, and can keep your own counsel. Your sharp wit, if misdirected, can become a habit of sarcasm, negative criticism, and dark or bitter humor.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Sagittarius

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in the idealistic sign of Sagittarius: you have definite convictions, beliefs, philosophical ideas and opinions that are important to you and which color your entire approach to life. You may believe that you know the truth for everybody, and nitpick over minor behaviors (minor to others, not to you). You also tend to hold yourself to unrealistically high standards as you try to sincerely apply your beliefs and ideals.

You have a highly-strung, sensitive nervous system, and you need to cultivate calming, regular habits in order to be your best.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Capricorn

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in Capricorn, indicating that your capacity for objectivity, detachment, clarity, discrimination, even-mindedness and a dispassionate view of things enables you to fulfill your purpose. You are rarely taken in by flattery or a flamboyant demonstration. Your quiet realism and discernment are your gifts. Your love of order, structure, and simplicity also color everything that you do.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Aquarius

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in the inventive and innovative sign of Aquarius, indicating that your service and helpfulness towards others may involve bringing in new concepts and ideas, or unconventional methods. Non-traditional means of healing or health care, or new, cooperative methods of teaching would be examples.

Virgo Rising and Mercury in Pisces

Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in the receptive and sensitive sign of Pisces indicating that it is through your ability to truly and deeply listen, to empathize, and to compassionately communicate that you fulfill your purpose.

Your meticulous attention to detail and technique is balanced by your openness to inspiration and your poetic imagination; you are an artist as well as a technician.

A Spiritual Interpretation of Virgo Rising

The following interpretation of Virgo Rising is from Your Spiritual Path Report.

"The most pervasive trait of the Virgo Ascendant is analysis. Because you have choice in how to engage in Virgo expression, you tend to analyze everything you do, with the intention of improving your own performance. You are able to research a subject intensely, studying the nuances of situations in order to find the most utilitarian methods for the task at hand. Once you have mastered a subject, you are well able to teach it to others in a logical, step-by-step way.

The developmental stage reflected in the Virgo Ascendant is the harvest. You rejoice in the moment when everything comes together in a fruitful expression of cooperation. You discriminate among factors presented to you and usually are able to find the proper line of approach to any problem. The less constructive side of the Virgo Ascendant can be seen in mental egotism. You sometimes feel you are superior to other team members, for example. You find fault with their work, perhaps in an attempt to show your superiority.

The path of Virgo is not easy. It embodies the human capacity to protect, to nurture and to reveal higher spiritual truths. The developmental power of Virgo can be experienced on at least four levels:
1. First there is the mental capacity. You examine, experiment and think about the results.
2. You use the same thought processes to examine emotional and astral realms, and understand the depth of personal involvement in this way.
3. You have the capacity for understanding the process of motherhood. You use all your practical skills to nurture your children, your crops, or your creative efforts through to maturity.
4. You metaphorically destroy or leave behind each task and its results.
The potential weakness of the Virgo Ascendant is spiritual materialism. You may be tempted to make your spiritual path into a measure of your value. Or you may measure your own spiritual value against that of another person. The aforementioned egotism and faultfinding may extend themselves into the spiritual world. This potential pitfall is part of the probationary quality of Virgo. In traditional astrology Virgo is the sign of service and this is true on the spiritual plane as well.

The power of cycles underlies the spiritual path of the Virgo Ascendant. For example, the phases of the Moon hold tremendous power because through them Virgo can relate to the energy of the earth itself. Sensitivity to the nuances of cycles can become a formidable force in your hands when you are open to their subtle movements. Any contemplative practice relaxes the mind so you can feel these energies will work. You may have different practices for different cycles of the Moon.

The physical effect of your spiritual work can often be felt in the nervous system. When your path is clear you can expect to feel calm and collected. When the path is not clear, you may feel a range of response from tightness in the abdomen to general stress to heightened anxiety."

Virgo Ascendant from the Cosmo Natal Report:

"Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, you are a person who is content to be in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. You are quite humble in your own assessment of yourself and you have a very strong perfectionistic attitude, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well you do something, you always see the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often you will simply refuse to attempt something because you feel you cannot meet your own high standards.

You have an eye for detail and get upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. You are hard to please and your relationships with others may suffer because of this. You also have refined sensitivities and are very discriminating and particular in your choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in your environment is very important to you.

You step into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, you are unlikely to dive into it. You tend to underestimate your own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits your spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of yours. On the other hand, you rarely fall flat on your face and what you do, you do very well.

Others see you as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. You have a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to you. Your clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though you are really quite helpful and caring, you do not radiate much sympathy so that others may not see the helpful side as readily. You may seem more businesslike and factual, and also more conservative, than you really are at heart. You are the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.

You are keenly observant, intelligent, and have a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but you are not especially ambitious and are often satisfied in a rather simple, unglamorous position in life."

Famous People with Virgo Rising:

Hank Aaron (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius)
Debbie Allen (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Woody Allen (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Sagittarius)
Loni Anderson (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Virgo)
Kathy Bates (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Cancer)
Warren Beatty (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aries)
Jeff Bridges (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Sagittarius)
David Byrne (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aries)
Albert Camus (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Sagittarius)
Kim Carnes (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Leo)
Carol Channing (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius)
Dick Cheney (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius)
David Copperfield (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Libra)
Kevin Costner (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius) 
Ted Danson (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Doris Day (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Pisces)
Marlene Dietrich (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Shannen Doherty (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Taurus)
Placido Domingo (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius)
Patty Duke (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Sagittarius)
Faye Dunaway (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Sheena Easton (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aries)
Jamie Farr (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Cancer)
Betty Ford (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Taurus)
Harry Hamlin (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Scorpio)
Tom Hanks (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Cancer)
Patty Hearst (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Pisces)
Hugh Hefner (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aries)
Helen Hunt (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Gemini)
Don Johnson (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Gene Kelly (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Leo)
k.d. lang (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Libra)
Annie Lennox (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Shirley MacLaine (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aries)
Conan O'Brien (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Taurus)
Roy Orbison (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Taurus)
Dolly Parton (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Tim Robbins (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Scorpio)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius)
Cybill Shepherd (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius)
Paul Simon (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Scorpio)
Sissy Spacek (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Gay Talese (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius)
James Taylor (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Aquarius)
Uma Thurman (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Taurus)
Oscar Wilde (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Scorpio)
Tiger Woods (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Capricorn)
Dwight Yoakam (Virgo Ascendant, Mercury in Libra)


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