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Today is a big day for “Virgos.” What exactly do “Virgo” and “zodiac” mean?

If you read your horoscope, you probably know that today is special according to the zodiac. But honestly, do you know what all the terms of astrology refer to?  As an exercise in clarity, let’s explore the precise sense of the mystical-sounding phrase “the sun is in Virgo.”

The zodiac is, officially, “an imaginary belt of the heavens, extending about 8 degrees on each side of the ecliptic, within which are the apparent paths of the sun, moon, and principal planets.” The ecliptic is “the apparent annual path of the sun in the heavens.” During the course of the year, as the sun moves through the twelve constellations that make up the zodiac cycle, the sun is said to “enter” the astrological name for that constellation, or its sign. The designated constellation then becomes the Sun Sign for that interval, which is approximately a month.

If you learn only one fact from reading this, this should be the one: the sun does not literally enter the physical constellation known as Virgo during this time period. Because of an astronomical phenomenon called the precession of the Equinoxes, the stars and their zodiac equivalents haven’t matched up for a long time.

Anyhow, in astrology, the position of the sun, the moon, and various planets in relation to the signs of the zodiac at the time of your birth define an intricate set of qualities that allegedly influence not just your personality but the course of future events. This of course constitutes your horoscope.

Which brings us to Virgo. A person born between today and roughly September 23 are “Virgos.” The qualities mystically associated with Virgo may include precision, a desire to be of service, and a sense of duty. The constellation Virgo (a Latin form of the word for virgin), contains the star Spica and a cluster of several thousand galaxies.

Have we left out any astrology words or ideas that confuse you? Let us know.

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US Fed News Service, Including US State News April 3, 2008 Pennsylvania State Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone, D-Berks (127th District), issued the following news release:

The House this week passed legislation authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, that would enhance the Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Program by requiring that either or both of the parents in custody cases provide health insurance for their child. go to website pennsylvania child support

“We’ve seen cases where after child support payments are determined, parents bicker over who will pay for doctor visits and medicine,” Caltagirone said. “The issue is left unresolved, leaving the children without any coverage or care. My bill would put a stop to any inaction by holding parents accountable for providing health insurance.” Caltagirone said the bill (H.B. 2252[1]) would put Pennsylvania in compliance with a federal law and position the state to better assist child support cases involving Pennsylvania’s low-income families. website pennsylvania child support

Under the bill, a $25 annual fee would be required for medical support but the state would cover the fee when parents have never received medical assistance through Social Security or have paid $500 in support over the course of a year.

The measure now goes to the Senate for approval.

33 Comments

  1. ummmm ya reckon -  August 28, 2010 - 11:07 pm

    they are called horoscopes but they don’t really mean anything. people put their lives into the hands of star signs?!

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  2. Sun Tattoo Charm -  August 27, 2010 - 3:50 am

    [...] Today is a big day for “Virgos.” What exactly do “Virgo” and … During the course of the year, as the sun moves through the twelve constellations that make up the zodiac cycle, the sun is said to “enter” the astrological name for that constellation, or its sign. The designated constellation then . The charm of astrology is that it's a loosely held belief system started by our ancestors' need for order. It helped put the universe in human terms and explained the variations and similarities of a wide spectrum of human behaviors. [...]

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  3. Stuart -  August 25, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    Tiffany Menter, you (and the other devotees of astrology) are in the grip of a delusion. Shake off that grip, with the help of modern education.

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  4. Ray Butler -  August 25, 2010 - 6:56 am

    @ paulo

    Every time I drop an object, it falls down to the ground. Never have I known a dropped object to move upwards. Now of course, my tests “aren’t a hundred percent “accurate” ” as you say, but I think it’s pretty safe to conclude that dropped objects always fall downwards.

    It’s also pretty safe to conclude that modern astrology & horoscopes are horse manure.

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    • Tanian -  December 1, 2015 - 5:32 pm

      Well yeah astrology isn’t an exact science, but neither is psychology. The human brain is ever changing and no two people will react the same to the same thing. Just the same anyone taught you to not say anything if you have nothing good to say. There are followers of certain faiths and upon checking your own horoscope you might learn some of this is true about yourself. Never all of it because just like in psychology no two results are the same. Granted I’m late my five years, but five years ago I was no follower of astrology and knew very little about it.

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  5. make Money -  August 24, 2010 - 10:38 pm

    It is absolutely hysterical how worked up and ticked off people become when the subject of astrology is brought up. Nice. Wipe the foam from your lips people because in reality is it that big of an issue what people do or do not choose to believe?

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  6. paulo bettinelli -  August 24, 2010 - 5:17 pm

    In response to Stuart I’d like to say that all these tests carried out in the research field by psychiatrists and psychologists aren’t a hundred percent “accurate” as well, and neither is anything else in life! By the way, I don’t waste my time reading my horoscope, I TAKE MY TIME doing it! I have other mad “modern world” things to waste my time with…

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  7. Poppy -  August 24, 2010 - 11:43 am

    It is absolutely hysterical how worked up and ticked off people become when the subject of astrology is brought up. Nice. Wipe the foam from your lips people because in reality is it that big of an issue what people do or do not choose to believe?

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  8. That Guy -  August 24, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Not for long.

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  9. tamara -  August 24, 2010 - 10:40 am

    Very sad, I used to follow this huey but realized that only my willingness to work hard and my faith in God and his divine purpose for my life made any difference.
    People who live according to horoscopes are self absorbed and have control issues!

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  10. Tiffany Menter -  August 24, 2010 - 10:33 am

    You have left out important facts that make a person who they really are…People don’t just have a sun sign. They have an ascendant and a moon. My birthday falls on July 17th, so I am a Cancer. But I also have my moon in Gemini and my ascendant in Leo. We all have three sides.

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  11. Jang -  August 24, 2010 - 9:52 am

    my sister is a virgo =)

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  12. JM -  August 24, 2010 - 9:31 am

    Hi !!!

    well I enjoyed reading this..
    If I can request for you guys to discuss the sign GEMINI ..
    hahah .. .. thanks .. ..

    ^_^

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  13. Ray Butler -  August 24, 2010 - 9:24 am

    Modern astrology is, of course, a load of bollox. But charlatans have always been good at extracting money and respect from ignorant people.

    Ancient astrology, as a precursor to the modern science of astronomy that is my profession, is worthy of respect. It was the best that learned people could come up with at the time.

    The astrological zodiac is utterly useless as a description of the sky because
    (1) precession has gradually rendered it approximately 1 full month out of synch with the real observed sky (both the sky tonight and the sky on the day you were born);
    (2) it states that the sun spends one exact month in each constellation, but it actually spends only a handful of days in Scorpius (not Scorpio!!) and well over a month in the larger constellations like Virgo;
    (3) it ignores the 13th constellation through which the ecliptic passes, Ophiuchus.

    So folks, use your intelligence and ignore it. Look up and enjoy the _real_ night sky.

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  14. David -  August 24, 2010 - 7:23 am

    I never knew what “Virgo” meant until now. My birthday is Aug 24 (Today), and I’m joining the Marines. Coincedence, I think no… OK maybe.

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  15. a character out of Capricorn -  August 24, 2010 - 6:28 am

    Erudition, that is very interesting. Whatever horoscope says about my sigh, I will go my way because my plam says so–it says my wishes come true.Peace.

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  16. jia -  August 24, 2010 - 5:39 am

    very interesting!

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  17. Marissa Wilson -  August 24, 2010 - 5:18 am

    Sorry… STATED

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  18. Marissa Wilson -  August 24, 2010 - 5:17 am

    WOW… I’ve always thought that there was a bigger picture to the stars. I am extemly glad to hear that being a Virgo is not all about being the princess on the chart.

    I’ve never being one to read my sign (monthly, weekly or daily), so this read is informative – even the comments started.

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  19. Rabeeta -  August 24, 2010 - 1:49 am

    Yes it ws indeed utterly cOnfusing :/

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  20. ting -  August 24, 2010 - 12:50 am

    as a science major i found it very interesting
    thanks!

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  21. Stuart -  August 23, 2010 - 11:50 pm

    JoyCorcoran wrote:
    “It’s also a comfort when we can’t break certain habits. It’s a great coping mechanism filled with stories and mysteries tied together with an imaginary belt in the heavens.”

    It’s a great crutch, you should say (if you want to be more accurate). Any habit can be broken with enough willpower, and it doesn’t depend on which arbitrary (and imaginary) grouping of stars and planets happens to be visible.

    paulo bettinelli wrote:
    “…one thing is for sure: the personality traits do match up just fine! What now?<

    What you now need to do is learn about experiments that have been done with groups of students. They were given astrologic charts which they were told had been drawn up to fit their birthdates. When they were asked to evaluate the accuracy of the horoscope descriptions, they each reported a good fit. However, each one had been given an identical chart, demonstrating that their perceptions of accuracy were simply delusional.
    Horoscopes are written in such vague or general terms that nearly anyone can find some correspondence with his/her situation, even though it is essentially coincidence. Don't waste your time with it, folks.

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  22. alan -  August 23, 2010 - 11:40 pm

    My birthday tomorrow.!

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  23. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  August 23, 2010 - 7:02 pm

    THE HISTORIC CASE of St. John’s vision in the heaven, of a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet and a crown of ‘twelve stars’ upon her head, is one of these instances of the sun in Virgo, the -invisible- new moon under her feet, under a crown showing only the front four stars (planets) of twelve (cf four gospels of twelve)… Sept. 4-5, 1861, best viewed in North America (e.g. Boston) for the full revelatory effect….

    The same era as Indian-nemesis “Son of the Morning star” General Custer.

    And, It is a very, rare, event, that the planets are all above, etc….

    But–

    THE POINT IS, St. John didn’t know about the precession of the ecliptic: so it was actually the constellation Leo the lion, clothed with the sun, the moon under foot, and a crown of stars… ROOAAARRRR…!

    (Whence too, the famous feminists’ line, “I am woman, Hear me roar….”)

    ANOTHER BIG ITEM of note regarding predestination and influence, is that the original zodiac was designed by Ptah who created his future children in thought, and told Amun Ra what to do about the family– But that only applied to the first-lineage… nobody else….

    SECONDARY ITEM– The Sumerian moon god was Nanna-Suen, whence infamously the titlar, Sin, applied to those whose calendars drifted because of the moon not meeting the sun in any usable fashion, (Anu lamented to Ishtar: His moons would never meet her years)… so those were called, ‘Sin’ers, who messed up the calendar: according to the Book of Enoch.

    Ray.

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  24. happybunny -  August 23, 2010 - 5:59 pm

    All this stuff is pure crap, makes no sense. It’s mad up stuff from a loonggg time ago. It’s not real, people! So, If you follow horoscopes your just plain old dumb!! And if you really think it predetermines life, you’re just really dumb!!!!

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  25. ToriMay -  August 23, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    And i’m having an aweful day :( but yay for virgo’s :D

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  26. ToriMay -  August 23, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    im a virgo :D

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  27. paulo bettinelli -  August 23, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    The great thing about astrology is not whether it’s precise scientifically or not, but how precise it can be in terms of personality traits. We may not believe it (and we don’t actually need that!) but one thing is for sure: the personality traits do match up just fine! What now?

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  28. wil -  August 23, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    Per physics, informally stated, all zodiac signs are inaccurate. I vaguely remember the reason/reasons why but the latter comment sounds valid. I clearly remember my instructor stating previous students appeared a bit blurred when gaining such knowledge. The students who read their horoscope and those who had a tattoo of their zodiac sign. Space is manifold and everyone has their own reality. I hope.

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  30. Geoffrey -  August 23, 2010 - 3:37 pm

    The reason why the zodiac has not been acurate for a long time is that it has been manipulated to leave out the thirteenth sign Ophiuchus.The snake handler .
    13 Lunar months were somewhat ignored by the Gregorian calender and 12 was a good number while 13 was supposed to be bad luck. not something that the early manipulators of astrology wanted .

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  31. JoyCorcoran -  August 23, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    The charm of astrology is that it’s a loosely held belief system started by our ancestors’ need for order. It helped put the universe in human terms and explained the variations and similarities of a wide spectrum of human behaviors. It’s a belief system, that as far as I know, never caused a war — although I’m sure many generals and warriors consulted their astrologist before battle (perhaps they still do). It seems to explain why we just don’t get along with certain people, so we can part in peace and connect with people who are in our celestial family. It’s also a comfort when we can’t break certain habits. It’s a great coping mechanism filled with stories and mysteries tied together with an imaginary belt in the heavens.

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  32. Parch -  August 23, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    confused? nope! it makes perfect sense that every aspect of our daily lives is predetermined by the positioning of celestial bodies millios of light years away.

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