Virgo and Gemini

by Wesley Pritzlaff

Constellation Virgo (Part of the Zodiac)

--Virgo in Latin Means Virgin.

--Virgo received this name through the Greeks and Romans. They associated Virgo with their goddess Demeter-Ceres, the goddess of Agriculture. Demeter-Ceres was also known as the virgin goddess.

-- Through the Babylonians, they identified the constellation as their goddess Shala's ear of grain. The brightest star, Spica, is Latin for "ear of grain". This allowed for the constellation to be associated with the idea of fertility, or the birth of their food.

-- Lastly, Virgo was also associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Middle Ages!

The Myth's Behind Virgo

--Roman Mythology: A myth associated the constellation Virgo with Astraea,

goddess of Justice, when the gods lived among men on earth during the Golden

Age. The increasing iniquity of the humans, however, began to drive the gods,

one by one, to leave the humans on earth and go to heaven. Astraea was the

last of the gods to leave. When she left she took the scales of justice with

her, which you can see beside her in the sky today.

--Greek Mythology: In one well-known myth, the goddess of the Spring season, Persephone, is kidnapped by the god of the underworld. Upon discovering this, the young goddess's mother, Demeter, being the goddess of the harvest, decides to ruin the harvest in her despair. Long story short, the Spring goddess got to return for six months a year to aid her mother in the harvest. This coincides with the constellation Virgo being visible for only the months of March through August.

--Babylonian Mythology: The story of Ishtar (Babylonian mythology) is similar to the Greek Mythology, except that it was her husband Tammuz (the god of the harvest) who was taken to the underworld where she followed only to be trapped there as well.

Most of the goddesses who were linked to Virgo were considered fertility goddesses, or goddesses of the harvest. This resonates with the view of Virgo being the caretaker of mankind through her fertility. This includes Ishtar (Babylonian mythology), Isis (Egyptian mythology), Ceres (Roman mythology), and Demeter (Greek mythology). The constellation Virgo is thought to be a woman holding a spike of corn, thus reinforcing the Harvest Mother mythology.