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Transcript of Virgo
It got the name Virgo because the constellation is thought to look like a young woman
The Latin root of Virgo is Virginis which means maiden or unmarried woman so this corresponds with the image of the young woman.
When do we find it?
We can see it here in the Northern Hemisphere during the spring and summer.
It is best seen on May 9th at 9:00 p.m.
How do we find it?
Virgo is fairly easy to find if you look for the star, Spica, which is brighter than the rest
You can also use the Big Dipper to find it by following the handle southeast till you come to a bright star called Arcturus
Then you continue down to the next bright star which will be Spica
What Virgo Looks Like
How people imagined her:
Stars Within Virgo
Rijl al Awwa
History of Virgo
This is the brightest and easiest to find star in Virgo
it is also the 15th brightest star in the sky
In ancient times it was a very important navigational tool
It's Latin form,
, means "Virgo's ear of grain"
This is a yellow star
The name traditionally means "the foot of the barking dog"
It is the fifth brightest star in the constellation
The name comes from the Arabic form, zawiyat al-cawwa
this means "the corner of the barking dog"
Stories Surrounding Virgo
Ptolemy was the first to document Virgo and he had her hand holding wheat
This solidifies the belief that the constellation represented the goddess of wheat and harvests
Babylonians and Assyrians depicted the woman as the goddess Ishtar
Ishtar was a deity of love and she followed her husband into the underworld during which the earth was in darkness
When she came back the light returned and crops were able to live again
Virgo was also usually associated with Dike who is the Greek goddess of justice
Daughter of Zeus and Themis
She spread prosperity and justice among all humans
Christians loved this constellation and viewed Virgo with wings
As time went on the image changed into a vision of the Virgin Mary also holding baby Jesus
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Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. "Chapter 10: Virgo." Signs of the Zodiac: A Reference Guide to Historical, Mythological, and Cultural Associations. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997. 141-45. Print.