You are Virgo if born between 23rd August and 22nd September. If you were born on the first or last date of this sign, then you may feel an affinity with the characteristics of the previous sign (Leo) or the following sign (Libra). This may be to do with your Moon sign, or your actual Sun sign if the affinity is with the previous sign. (See Precession of the Equinoxes).
The Virgo character
Virgo is a Negative and Mutable Earth sign, so, unlike Taurus, the first Earth sign, Virgos are generally busier and quicker in their ways than the more plodding Taurus. Many Virgoans appear to be stand-offish and very self-contained, but they are simply reserved in manner, and want to know a bit more about people until they commit to friendships or relationships. They are good at attention to detail and become irked if plans aren’t followed precisely. However, being a Mutable sign, they are able to adapt to changes, as long as their well-ordered routine isn’t disrupted too much! They are often scrupulously hygienic, and like a neat and tidy home and workspace. They can also be quite nervy, and will fidget a lot, or worry about what some would see as small issues, but which can take on a lot of importance for them. The Earth of their sign is displayed as an attention to practical detail, and they have the ambiguous nature of a dust storm blown from the fields or desert. Physically, they often have a quiet look, with soft or wavy brown hair, and fine features, and will express themselves with their hands, like Gemini. They have a tendency to merge into the background, and usually walk quickly, with small steps.
Virgo likes to go about their own business in a methodical way, and is quite content with not receiving praise for their efforts. They are also happy to provide service to others in a quiet and unassuming way. Virgoans should be careful not to be too critical of others’ standards of cleanliness and hygiene, which may not be as high as their own. They have a tendency to nag, because they hate to see sloppiness, but sometimes it is wiser for them to hold back with the criticism. Virgos enjoy expressing themselves artistically and musically, always aiming for perfection, but can be timid about whole-heartedly expressing themselves, often pulling back for fear of failure.
If you are Virgo, then the above is just one aspect of your astrological make-up, as there are many other signs which will influence you, depending upon their position at the time of your birth. The most important influence comes from your Moon sign.