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Virgo Characteristics

Ann Roberts
Dapper Virgo man

It's characteristic of Virgos to be the most analytical and organized members of the zodiac. Their perfection-oriented worldview makes them extremely efficient and diligent workers. However, Virgo's unwavering attention to detail also paves the way for a multitude of character deficiencies, including a hypercritical nature. However, you can always trust the sturdy Virgo to get the job done, and done correctly.

General Virgo Characteristics

If an individual were born between August 23rd and September 22nd, his zodiac symbol is the only one represented by a woman.

Introverted and Shy

The Virgo virgin is often considered a shy, naive personality. A person of this sign is typically conservative and often reserved in nature. In short, a Virgo enjoys the status quo.

Independent and Introspective

Virgos are also independent. They know how to get things done for themselves, but they may also have a tendency to be too introspective and might find it difficult to motivate themselves. A Virgo often needs someone who will encourage him not be so critical of himself and to motivate him to achieve.

Conscientious About Health

Health, and eating as healthily as possible, is very important to Virgos, so you'll may find them in the produce aisles of your local stores, buying organic. Virgo women are likely to eat calorie-conscious diets and Virgos of both genders are often found getting physical exercise. Not surprisingly, you may find Virgos are often in health related careers, too!


A place for everything, everything in its place, and everything just so; that's the Virgo ideal.

Perfectionist man cutting grass with scissors

A classic Virgo:

  • Seeks perfection in everything he does from his career to his hobbies
  • Expects a lot from everyone around him
  • Expects even more from himself
  • Can seem overbearing and controlling at times

It takes a very confident person to withstand Virgo's criticisms and understand that he delivers them because he genuinely wants to help you improve yourself. However, he just wants to help you put things in order according to his standards, and he really believes it will be the best thing for you.

Virgos in Relationships

In relationships, Virgos bring several unique personality traits.

Loyal and Determined

Virgos have charm and dignity, and appear to be cheerful and agreeable. People seek Virgo out to be their friend, but they sense that it is best to wait until this sign shows that he's ready. Once a Virgo appears amiable, they will appreciate his truthfulness, loyalty and determination.

Problem Solvers

Virgos also like to tackle people's problems. Friends and family may think that this sign is trying to control their life at first, but they will soon come to the realization that he is analyzing their situation to find ways to help them improve their life. They don't realize how sensitive the Virgo is and how his feelings can be hurt, even if such feelings are not externally apparent.

Shy in Relationships

Virgos like planned dates - nothing spontaneous. They tend to embarrass easily. They worry about what is going to happen or be discussed on dates and in relationships. Virgos don't like people probing their minds and asking them a lot of questions until you have formed a strong relationship with them. Even then, they do not feel very comfortable being asked questions.

The Female Virgo

Where a Virgo woman is concerned, she may seem quiet and reserved. She may appear to be playing hard to get, but she is really just holding back and analyzing all the facts until she decides to make a commitment. She doesn't want to be hurt. Once she make a decision, she will be loyal and devoted to a relationship. She is the perfect mate for someone who is looking for an old-fashioned, conservative partner who likes to takes a relationship slowly. Virgos have a running dialog with themselves in their minds, so they often appear lost in thought or look contemplative.

Happy Virgo woman

Hardworking and Helpful

Virgo women tend to be hardworking, industrious and helpful. In fact, it's not uncommon for Virgo women to help their friends, neighbors and family members in times of crisis.

The Male Virgo

The Virgo male possesses a cool exterior combined with a very sensitive interior. He might be easily threatened until he has analyzed the relationship and decides to make a commitment. He needs a mate with a lot of patience who is willing to lead a very predictable life. He is not terribly romantic, but is affectionate and very loyal. He is the perfect mate for someone who wants a stable, solid relationship with a loyal partner.

Look Beyond His First Impression

First impressions can be misleading, but it can take second, third and sometimes even fourth impressions to scratch the surface and begin to see this man's genuinely good qualities. If you're thick skinned and can endure, it's definitely worth the effort. Many Virgo men are snappy dressers and take great care with their appearance.

Great Qualities

The truth is that Virgo men:

  • Make steadfast friends
  • Are loyal lovers
  • Like to surround themselves with people who share their values
  • Like to keep a fairly predictable routine
  • Dislike clutter, whether it's physical or emotional in nature

Virgo Compatibility

Virgos tend to be the most compatible with:

  • Taurus
  • Aquarius
  • Gemini
  • Capricorn
  • Libras
  • Fellow Virgos

Virgos Are the Consummate Critic

One of Virgo's most hailed personality traits is his hypercritical nature. This behavior will often rear itself in Virgo's most intimate relationships. For this reason, this sign pairs well with other earth signs that tend to offer enough stability of character to deflect Virgo's incessant critiques. The emotional and adaptive properties of water signs also make good matches for Virgo's onslaughts.

Thoughtful gray-haired man
  • Water signs such as Pisces are particularly apt to soothe Virgo's anxious and critical nature.
  • Fire signs, with their aggressive and passionate approach to life, are easily irritated by Virgo's sharp critiques. They will boldly oppose Virgo when necessary.
  • Likewise, air signs haven't the patience for Virgo's constant need to dissect and resolve an issue, and they may simply choose to ignore him altogether. This is not always the case, however. Oftentimes, an air sign's ability to apply logic to any given situation can propel Virgo towards a much needed resolution.

Virgo's Outlook on Life

Virgos may seem cold and detached, yet at times they can actually be quite outgoing. This is because a Virgo's perception is his reality. If the Virgo has a negative outlook, his life will include negative twists and turns, and he'll often retreat into his inner feelings. If the Virgo has a positive outlook, his life will feel positive and he will be a more pleasant, upbeat person to be around. Virgos are sensitive to their surroundings, but they don't like to analyze their feelings. They are inclined to tell people that everything is going well, even when it is not.


Virgos appear calm to friends and family, but inside, they are always analyzing and thinking with a high degree of nervous energy. This sign can tire himself out without even moving. Virgos have a constant need to perfect their world, which can easily lead to them being perceived as picky and finicky by family and friends.

Virgo Decisions

Some people might think that Virgos are indecisive or slow to make a decision. In fact, the Virgo is just taking his time to weigh all the facts before he decides what he is going to do. Virgos are very good at problem-solving because they like to separate all the elements of an issue, think about each one individually, and then slowly put them back together again to determine what they all mean. The rational thinking of a Virgo often frustrates other people.

Virgo's Home Life and Career

Virgos tend to be very organized in their minds and very disorganized in their homes. They are good at thinking through all the details of buying a home, deciding which furniture is needed, and planning all the details of the move. However, they are not interested in spending their time deciding how to decorate that home. On the career front, Virgos are excellent employees because they are hard-working and apply themselves to increasing their knowledge and job skills. Virgos want to do things well. Considering the Virgo characteristics, people of this sign should consider careers such as the following.

Man holding test tube in greenhouse

Researchers or Investigators

Their attention to detail and their analytical and problem-solving strengths make them very successful at interrogations and fact-finding. They are also excellent at settling other people's disputes.

Police Officders

They like to maintain order.

Scientists or Linguists

They have a love of correctness and formality. Their need for order and preference to work alone make them well-fitted for a laboratory, writing or editing environment.

Bookkeepers or Accountants

Virgos are careful with money and have an exacting nature.

Famous Virgos

There are many eminent personalities who are Virgos.

  • Sophia Loren
  • Mother Teresa
  • Michael Jackson
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Raquel Welch

Chart Dominant Virgos

Do keep in mind that much of the Virgoan astrological advice hailed in columns and newspaper horoscopes is generated towards a sun-sign Virgo. However, an individual's natal chart is comprised of many planets located within various signs of the zodiac. Hence, a sun-sign Virgo with the remainder of his planets located in fire or water signs may exhibit a character that is quite unlike a Virgo. Moreover, the individual's Ascendant sign will also have a large effect upon his external behavior. The aforementioned Virgo analysis is only applicable to a chart-dominant Virgo; that is, an individual whose natal chart planets are located dominantly in Virgo. Astrology is a complex art, and a full examination of an individual's birth chart is essential for forming overarching conclusions regarding his character and predictable behaviors.

Virgo Characteristics