Tarot and the Sign of Virgo
Most people are familiar with their sun sign, which reflects the location of the sun at the time of their birth. While it is not the only part of your chart to keep an eye on, it is arguably one of the most powerful placements in your natal chart, as it determines your overall disposition to a significant degree.
Virgo is the sun sign of people born between August 23 and September 22. The history of this sign can be traced back to the Babylonian goddess Shala and her ear of corn or grain. She was known for bringing forth the harvest in autumn and was also associated with fertility, birth, and motherhood. Later, in Greek mythology, this becomes the story of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, who mourns her missing daughter Persephone in the winter and won’t allow the crops to grow until she returns from the Underworld.
As a result, the sign of Virgo is connected to the divine feminine, harvest, fertility, and aspects of motherhood. These themes are still present in the modern-day manifestations of Virgo, though Virgo is not the emotional side of motherhood (that’s Cancer). It is instead the more regulated and critical side of the maternal archetype, ruled by the rigidity of the earth rather than the flow of water. While they can sometimes be a bit overbearing and controlling, it’s worth noting that for them, these traits aren’t necessarily negative. It can imbue them with a drive for perfection, deep critical thinking skills, and strong leadership abilities.
Likewise, the art of Tarot plays with these ancient myths and classic archetypes in a myriad of ways. It is not just interpretation but also direct correlation and analysis that link these mediums.
There are many cards that embody these Virgo ideals and traits. Here are just a few of them — each of which reflects a key aspect or archetype of the Virgo personality:
The Hermit is the Tarot card traditionally and formally associated with the sign of Virgo. It is a card that represents isolation, guidance, knowledge, and intuition. The image on the card is usually a wise old man, an individual who holds great knowledge. He is a scholar, and he follows his own path. All of these are traits we see embodied in the intellectual, practical Virgo.
Outside of the Hermit, the Empress embodies the most traditional Virgo traits and archetypes. Along with the Emperor, the Empress stands as a parental figure. She is the mother, the matriarch, and the one who holds others together. Collected and reliable, Virgo often plays that role for their friends and other groups. Additionally, this card sometimes represents fertility or pregnancy, another trait associated with Virgo, who is the virgin maiden and then the mother.
Ace of Pentacles
The Ace of Pentacles is another card often associated with the inception of something new. It is about prosperity and growth. While this can often mean evolution in career and finance, the same mystical principles of creation are at work. This is a card about miracles and gifts from the divine — less about struggle or effort and more about the path that lies ahead and choices yet to come. It is an ideal card for the dedicated (yet methodical) Virgo, who is in a constant state of forward motion.
Queen of Pentacles
The Queen of Pentacles is the embodiment of Mother Earth, and she is associated with all the earth signs — but especially feminine Virgo. Both Capricorn and Taurus have more archetypally masculine energy (though they are still entwined with the divine feminine and the goddess of the earth). Often portrayed as barefoot in nature and surrounded by verdant growth, the Queen of Pentacles nurtures, cares for, and works hard to keep her garden in bloom. Virgos approach their jobs, their relationships, and their self-care practices with that same devotion.
King of Cups
While it may seem counterintuitive to say that a water-associated card is connected to an earth sign, there are two details that make the King of Cups a Virgo card. The first is Virgo’s flexible nature. As a mutable sign, they have a bit more flow in their nature than their other earth sign counterparts. Virgos can be emotional, sensual, and compassionate — traits that are usually best embodied by water signs. Second, however, is the fact that the King of Cups is not at the mercy of their emotions in the same way that the lesser cups cards often are. Here, at the end of the cycle of cups, the King has learned to weather the emotional storm. This is someone who can feel the full range of human emotions and still behave logically, for the betterment of themselves and the people who count on them. Not much is more “Virgo” than that.
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