Ascendant in Virgo

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Understated, Virgo Rising is intelligent and reserved. They are shy in new situations and need time to warm up to new people and public events. Unfortunately, this can make them appear detached or critical. If you can get past this and get to know Virgo Rising, you will find a loyal and steadfast friend.

Virgo Ascendant is sensitive to any discomfort or other signs their body gives them. This makes many of them extremely alert to their health and they may enjoy activities that combine the body and the mind, like yoga. They may be picky eaters and be very careful about what they put into their bodies. Fastidious may be a better description.

Virgo Rising can worry a lot, especially when faced with new things. They are detail oriented and catch the finest little items that others may miss. They tend to attract or be attracted to those who need their help. This can put them in some uncomfortable situations at times, especially in relationships. They may not see their partners in a true light at times. Virgo Ascendant is charming in a quiet, soothing way. They are loyal friends who will go out of their way to help you out, while being reluctant to take the credit. They may develop a feeling of inferiority due to being overly modest. They learn quickly and spend a lot of their time analyzing and evaluating everything around them. They can adapt to changing circumstances, but the willingness to do so varies between individuals. They may complain while they adapt, however. They seek perfection in all they do, and sometimes find it difficult to accept less in others. They tend to criticize without thinking of the consequences to others, and they may need to learn how to be sensitive to the feelings of those around them.  When Virgo is your Rising Sign, giving service to others is one of the keynotes of your success. There are two main reasons for this: firstly, you are reserved, practical and methodical; secondly, you can be relied on to carry out instructions to the letter, with attention to every detail. With Virgo rising, you are likely to approach the world via mental analysis, and the need for organization. You are likely to have experiences which tend toward critical discernment, self-criticism, and the need to find practical outlets for your skills, talents and abilities. Typically humble and at times self-effacing, you can be more concerned with being useful than being recognized. There is a need to be productive – to be of service somehow – and your chosen career field will often be the arena in which you come to experience these lessons.

You are likely to be practical, capable and dexterous, and can easily draw upon these skills. You may be very good with facts, figures and details. You may also be quite self-critical because of early childhood experiences, and need to learn to identify and appreciate your talents. You are usually willing to assist and be of service to others, being hardworking, conscientious and studious. Nonetheless, you are likely to be a bit on hard on yourself, with a tendency to worry. If you do not perform your tasks to your own standards of perfection you can be very self-critical, and the recriminations may go on for days. Your tendency to worry may undermine your nervous system, and changes, especially at work can take a heavy toll. You like to know your place, and know that a systematic plan is in place. Cleanliness and order are often very important, as is the need to be systematic. The use of the mind, as well as the practical expression of mental energy, is most important. You are likely to be very practical and able, yet on the way to finding, or sorting, out which you are, you may need to overcome a crippling lack of self-confidence. Virgo rising is often associated with a tendency to self-censor and self-criticize that can be debilitating. You may inwardly question and criticize every move that you make, leading to chronic levels of anxiety, and even chronic illness if the effects on the nervous system are not eased. Those born with Virgo rising often have delicate constitutions, and care must be taken of the physical body. Your health, digestion and everyday processes are easily affected by negative thoughts and emotions. You may also tend to retreat from conflict and debate, for you may distrust your mental processes. This amplifies and deepens your tendency to self-doubt, and you would do well to learn more abut how penetrating you can be by daring to exercise your fine mental and critical faculties, and testing your insights out with other people. Learning to praise, rather than criticize, your own attributes is a great step forward, and developing a sense of purpose through being of assistance to others removes any residual feelings of being ‘imperfect’. You may have a tendency to be fussy, and inclined to worry, but you are able to give much love and security if you are able to create a secure and stable environment in your life where your natural talents have an outlet. In this way, your sense of discernment, practicality and willingness to serve can rise to the fore, adding purpose and fulfillment to your life. Virgo is associated with the proper assimilation of experience. You do this through trial and analysis, through discernment and discrimination. This is very similar to what occurs with the metabolic processes within the body, in that what is not useful or necessary must be discerned, filtered and eliminated from the psyche. Use the processes of metabolism and digestion as metaphors for your approach to life, and learn to see any imbalances within your own system as symptomatic of an imbalance in how you are assimilating your life experiences. You may be very particular about food, but this is because of your natural sensitivity to these processes. Learn to listen to your body and take care of your health, but watch out for tendencies to worry about the health as a substitute for something better to do! Taking care of your health is a natural outlet, and you will benefit greatly by incorporating a healthy diet and natural therapies that assist well-being into your everyday experiences. Regular practices such as yoga and meditation that synthesize mind and body are especially beneficial for you.

There may be tendencies toward rigidity, and a need to control outcomes, based on an innate fear of chaos or lack of order. You can learn to relax this side of your personality through the input of other people, who teach the lessons of flow, and trusting in the processes of life itself. Because Mercury, the planet of the mind, is your ruler, you have acute powers of analysis, discrimination and discernment. The quickness of your brain is allied with a cleverness of hand. Your cool, clear, keen intellectual abilities give you accurate insight into most problems and situations, especially those of a practical nature. Your way of summing up a person or a situation is to analyze all the small details you can perceive. You can do this in an objective, detached kind of way, but when something is not to your liking, you can become very critical. If this tendency is not curtailed’ it can degenerate into nit-picking, nagging and finding fault with almost everyone and everything. Naturally, your critical faculty makes you very choosy when it comes to the type of friends and associates with whom you like to mix, but to be fair to you (and because you are a perfectionist in many ways), you can be equally critical and exacting of yourself.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to achieve your cherished perfection in all things, with the result that you often feel thwarted and dissatisfied. Where your own impossible dream is concerned, you do not like to compromise.

Virgo on the Ascendant usually indicates great interest in health and diet. When you are not feeling well, however, try to avoid the habit of imagining yourself to be worse than you are. This innate interest in health complements your hygienic habits, as shown in the way you keep yourself, your clothes, your home and your surroundings scrupulously clean. Because you take much more interest in mental accomplishments than in physical prowess (especially after youth has passed), you are inclined to neglect physical exercise. This can lead to sluggish activity of the intestinal tract and subsequent poor elimination. Once a true-to-type Virgo Ascendant person becomes chronically ill, it is almost considered a status symbol to remain that way. There is, sometimes, a morbid satisfaction derived from talking about ‘My Illness’.

This position of Virgo usually confers a great love of detail; thus in everything you do, each separate little item will receive proper attention. You have the ability and aptitude required for a hobby or a job which means working with small component parts: jewelry, needlework, watch making, electrical circuits, microscopic analysis and so on. You will always prefer to base your judgment on facts, reason and logic rather than on emotions, or fantasy. Being a realist means that you like to have a commonsense, reason for doing anything important.

An ‘Earth’ Sign means that you do not have vivid flights of imagination.

Virgo Rising is practical and conservative. They don’t like public displays of affection, but in private they can be very affectionate. They can be extremely organized in some areas of their lives, while terribly messy in others. They may like to gossip, and they are curious about everything around them. They are capable of absorbing huge amounts of information that they are only too happy to share with anyone who will listen. Virgo Ascendant is dependable and they are always there for you in a crisis. They are often in service occupations like emergency personnel or police. They are also very good teachers. They may be a bit high strung at times. They are precise and careful, and dislike anything that is crude or coarse in nature.

Virgo Rising may like to collect things like recipes or other practical items. They may be prone to allergies or respiratory problems, and problems like anxiety may impact their life.

Virgo Rising likes to keep busy. They get irritable and nervous if they don’t have anything to do. They like to have projects in the works every waking moment and appear dressed well at all times.