VIRGO - The Virgin
July 23- August 22
SYMBOL - The Virgin
ELEMENT - Earth
QUALITY - Mutable
RULING HOUSE - Sixth
PLANET - Mercury
LUCKY COLOUR - Blue
LUCKY STONE - Sapphire
LUCKY DAY - Wednesday
LUCKY NUMBER - Five
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|Virgo is the sixth sign of the
zodiac, to be exact, and that's the way Virgos like it:
exacting. Those born under this sign are forever the
butt of jokes for being so picky and critical (and they
can be), but their 'attention to detail' is for a
reason: to help others.
Virgos, more than any other sign, were born to serve,
and it gives them great joy. They are also tailor-made
for the job, since they are industrious, methodical and
efficient. The sense of duty borne by these folks is
considerable, and it ensures that they will always work
for the greater good.
Virgo is represented by the Virgin, although this
association should not be taken literally. Rather,
Virgos tend to take on some of the qualities of a
Virgin, things like modesty and humanity. Some might
consider them repressed, although Virgins would argue
that it's a noble quality, as opposed to a negative one.
Most of all, Virgos enjoy indulging their practical and
logical side and poring over their projects to the nth
degree. To say these folks are good at fact-finding
almost understates the case, since Virgos revel in their
exacting (some would argue pedantic) behavior and are a
whiz with minutiae.
Lovely Persephone was the daughter of Zeus, King of the
Olympians, and Demeter, revered goddess of the Harvest. As such,
along with her beloved mother, Persephone was worshipped as the
all-pervading goddess of nature, who both produces and destroys
Others claim that, being the infernal goddess of death, she was the daughter of Zeus and Styx. In the
ancient area of Arcadia she was
worshipped under the name of Despoena, and there her parents were said
to be Poseidon and Demeter; in that version of the myth, Persephone was said
to have been brought up by the Titan Anytus.
Us darned Greeks could never make up our minds, I tell ya! Can we
reach a consensus already, folks?
Let me confide to you a little bit about this intriguing
we get into the story of her vile abduction and the ensuing
bedlam. I promise to not be too tedious.
Persephone's name is commonly derived from 'pherein phonon',
which translates "to bring or cause death,"
with the actual name Persephone initially occurring in the ancient poet Hesiod's
Theogony (Birth of the Gods).
From Hesiod we first find out about Persephone's cruel kidnapping at
the hands of Hades, Lord of the Underworld, and the terrible
anguish of a mother who loses a child.
The poet Homer calls her Persephoneia and he describes her as
the wife of Hades, and as 'the formidable, venerable, and
majestic queen of the Shades, who exercises her power, and
carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the
dead, along with her husband.'
Homer makes no mention of
the abduction story. Probably didn't want to antagonize Hades
and provoke retribution. Hey, it was hard enough being a blind
poet; that's all he needed, the Lord of Death on his case!
The dreaded Erinnyes -- the Furies, feared avenging
spirits that tormented evildoers -- were daughters of Persephone
by Hades. Groves sacred to her are said by Homer to lie in the
western extremity of the earth, on the frontiers of the Lower
World, which is itself called the House of Persephone.
The place where Persephone was alleged to have been carried off
differs among the various local traditions, so don't write me
bitching about how wrong I am. The Sicilians, among
whom her worship was probably introduced by the Corinthian and
Megarian colonists, believed that Hades found her in the meadows
near Enna, and that the well named Cyane arose on the spot where he
descended with her into the Lower World.
The Cretans thought that their own island had been the scene of
the rape, and the Eleusinians mentioned the Nysaean plain in
Boeotia, and said that Persephone had descended with Hades into
the Lower World at the entrance of the western Oceanus. Later
accounts place the kidnapping in Attica, near Athens.
Seems like everybody, not just randy Hades, wanted a piece of Persephone.
Alright, enough boring stuff! Her story is fascinating, I
Even as a young maiden, Persephone's noble beauty was
family tree wasn't too shabby, either -- naming Zeus and
Demeter as parents on one's birth certificate does give one
serious street cred, and opens many a door. Impressive lineage,
to say the least.
The Olympian gods Hermes and Apollo had for years wooed gorgeous
Persephone but Demeter had other plans for her girl. The goddess
of the Harvest rejected all their gifts and entreaties and hid
her breathtaking daughter away from the company of the
persistant Olympian deities, hoping to keep her chaste.
Good luck with that, mom.
Apollo and Hermes respected Demeter, thus, even though
disappointed at the flat-out rebuttal, they didn't press the issue. It wasn't as if there
weren't queues of nubile Grecian maidens more than eager to hook up with
these two handsome Greek gods! The boys would just have to slum.
Hades didn't care about Demeter's feelings one iota. The dreaded Lord of the
Underworld, just like his brothers Zeus (the Heavens) and Poseidon
(the Seas) was in absolute charge of his domain. Serious
Hades had no qualms about
his uninhibited passion for Persephone, who just happened to be his
niece -- Demeter was his sister and Zeus was his brother as
The Lord of Darkness had recently fallen madly in love with the
maiden, having espied her as she leisurely bathed alone at a
crystal clear lake. Can you say 'lust at first sight'? She was
spectacular, and Hades knew he had to make her his bride!
Still, discretion was paramount. Hades knew that he had better first run this by Zeus,
cognizant that the Lord of the Sky had the ultimate say in all
things, and not being of any mind to upset his omnipotent
You just did not mess with Zeus! Remember the thunderbolts! Remember
Hades was not about to ruffle Zeus' feathers, or those of his
gigantic pet eagle, which perched majestically at the feet of
his grandiose throne and ominously retrieved its master's hurled
Thus Hades found it prudent to approach the King of the Heavens
in order to confess his ardent infatuation with the sweet
Zeus knew that Demeter would never permit her daughter to leave
for the Underworld willingly. He tried to dissuade Hades from
carrying out his abduction but was unable to shake his brother's
Zeus gave to Hades his reluctant permission to carry away
One fine morning soon thereafter, while Persephone was gathering
flowers with Artemis (virgin goddess of the Hunt), Athena
(virgin goddess of Wisdom and War), and the lovely Oceanids
(virgin goddesses of the Seas -- do you sense a pattern here?),
Hades suddenly burst through a cleft in the earth and carried
the young girl off.
What an acid trip! One moment pure Persephone was happily
plucking bright flowers in a pristine meadow, the next moment
she was in Hell.
The maidens - all of them dedicated virgin goddesses. strong and
confident - were laughing and chattering idly when suddenly,
with a great and furious sound, the earth next to them split
open, and from the cleft burst out grim Hades.
I must confess, he made a very impressive entrance. Poor
Persephone didn't know what to think, the scene was both awesome
Lord of the Dark Hades commandeered a majestically constructed,
ornate black chariot, steered ably by four of the most
incredibly beautiful black stallions ever, the intimidating
quartet of super-steeds capable of attaining extreme speeds.
The thunderous sound of their hooves, even from a distance, was
enough to scare you to death. As if that weren't enough, the
chariot of Hades was also capable of streaking like lightning
through the sky. Wow.
Nice ride, even though it was only four horsepower. Too bad that
the industrious god of the forge, Hephaestus, at the request of
Hades stopped making that model. Wouldn't mind owning one, I
Before any of the maidens could react, Hades, shrouded by a dark
cloud which concealed his identity, swept up the hysterical
Persephone and disappeared back into the crevice from which he
had just emerged.
At once the earth closed behind the chariot, leaving scant
'What just happened?', wondered Athena, Artemis and the
Oceanids, as the black cloud dispersed. 'Did anyone get the
license plate of that chariot? And where in dreaded Hades is
Little did they know that Persephone was in
dreaded Hades, deep inside the Dark Palace to be precise!
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