Virgo (August 24 to September 23). Common sense, intelligence, precision and an insistence on ‘doing it right’ are the outstanding characteristics of the pure Virgo. There is an emphasis on technique which makes the Virgoan approach to life almost chilling in its efficiency. Even in their sex lives Virgoans are notable for their attempts at clinical perfection of their techniques. The Virgoan love of order extends into almost every aspect of life: a holiday is planned, almost hour by hour, long before it has begun; a Virgoan in hislher twenties enters into complex saving schemes which will ensure a prosperous retirement; a Virgoan home-owner will ensure that everything is in its right place.
Even in childhood Virgoans tend to behave in an ordered way. They are the “pupils whose exercise books are a model of neatness, who like the dull routine of school life and the pattern of rules and discipline, and are described as being ‘no trouble at all’. At home they are equally neat and ordered – a Virgoan child never has to be told to tidy his or her room.
At its worst, the qualities with which the pure Virgoan is endowed lead to a certain ‘dryness’ – he or she begins to take on some of the characteristics of a well-programmed computer. If, on the other hand, the Virgoan can retain tolerance for the foibles and fecklessness of others, he/she can use the Virgoan capacity for imposing order on chaos to the advantage of friends, partners, and workmates, and become both popular and prosperous in the process. Virgoan personalities have included Albert the Good, the tiresomely virtuous husband of Queen Victoria; the writers Charlotte Bronte and D. H. Lawrence; and the comedian Peter Sellers.