I Don't Believe in Horoscopes but I am a Total Virgo
I have never really invested in horoscopes but I have always loved the whole Virgo persona. So the “traits” of us September babies are:
Strengths: Loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical
Weaknesses: Shyness, worry, overly critical of self and others, all work and no play
Virgo likes: Animals, healthy food, books, nature, cleanliness
Virgo dislikes: Rudeness, asking for help, taking center stage
(from - https://www.astrology-zodiac-signs.com/zodiac-signs/virgo/)
Yes, I know these are purposefully general in order to relate to me but yet I look at that list and go, yep. Well…except for the healthy food. I do devour all sorts of berries and do love soups and salads, but I love beef. A good burger or a steak? Of course! My Wela’s red rice and beans, that is my one island food answer. But the rest, very much so.
Well cleanliness, technically that is true. I hate dirt, germs, etc. Now clutter…well, sometimes my kitchen table will go all weak without having space and I do fit the Puerto Rican mom stereotype and there are currently cookie sheets in the oven.
That said, I think there is more to why I love the concept of Virgo. I am a mythology buff. Shocker, my name comes from the goddess of the moon. And though the Virgo constellation originally was the Sumerian goddess Shala, the goddess of compassion and grain, it is most identified with the Greek goddess of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Demeter, the goddess of the grain was also the most dedicated mother. Her daughter, the queen of the underworld, when married to Hades leaving her mother, caused the seasons to be created. Her mother was so upset that her despaired caused the crops to whither and die and winter to start. Persephone, trying to be both a good wife and a good daughter, splits her time so that way we can have Spring and Summer. Yes, Virgo is also related to the Roman goddess Ceres, but the Greek ones are my favorite. Hades, is a pretty cool guy who is just trying to make the best of a bad situation. As the oldest, he had to deal with all his siblings, took the worst job and had a dog, Cerberus, whose name translates to Spot. I mean, not that bad.. So the characters involved are some of my favorite besides my namesake and of course, Athena.
Then there is the iconography related to Virgos. Often a woman with dark wavy hair, holding grain and surrounded by the stars, often the moon is also in the mix, which I like because it hints at my name. I love the grain imagery because I do love to bake and feed people. That is a familiar trait, there is a deep seeded fear that is passed down through the generations that at any moment people will be hungry and you have then failed them.
So pretty adjectives I like to think pertain to me, cool myths that appeal to me and awesome pictures that looks like someone I would look like if I grew my hair out and wore more free flowing clothes with cool symbols. I just can’t help it. I might never look up what my horoscope says for the day but damn it, I am a Virgo.