Life is about more than just expressing and fulfilling ourselves. This stage necessitates a set of complex adjustments to society and to the world. We are required not only to accept criticism from others, but to become more honest and critically self aware, to appropriately modify our own behaviour, to become more skillful and competent in all facets of life ~ personal, social and practical.
At issue is the nature of self awareness, self knowledge, self criticism, self improvement, a degree of humility, serving others as well as oneself, dedication to the performance of a task for its own sake ~ an apprenticeship to life.
Of course, the normal human manifestation of this archetype can often look like obsession with details and order, fussiness, pickiness, too much self criticism and a controlling judgmentalism toward others. Virgo can become crippled with too much introspection, endless analysis, worrying and fretting, shyness and self consciousness and a general lack of intuitive and expressive spontaneity. At times, perfectionism and self effacement can manifest in Virgo with the accompanying resentment toward those who get the accolades while the Virgo is called on to do the necessary and tedious “behind the scenes” logistical work because “you do it so well”!
Ultimately Virgo is seeking the middle way, the path of moderation, of mind and body balance, of bodily and mental health. Virgo is so often capable of that daily, regular self discipline and tireless practice of good habits that the rest of us envy.
At best, Virgo concerns the development of a discriminating awareness rather than a critical judgementalism, a natural humility rather than neurotic self effacement, a skillful and dedicated craftsmanship and practical competence, an astute self awareness, and, without setting impossible standards of perfectionism, a dedication to improving and perfecting one’s way of living.