Gluten-Free Astrology: Virgo (Born August 23 – September 22)

Hey, Gluten-Free Virgo, wait up! Don’t click…darn. Lost another one. Logical Virgo is the sign least likely to brook the vague suppositions on which astrology is founded, so I’m sure they’ve mostly fled.

Nevertheless, for those in the Virgo ranks whose anxious nature keeps them from completely dismissing even something so silly as a horoscope, or who are working on broadening their rational worldview, or who are simply too kind to abandon me now, I’ll carry on. After all, this stuff is important. Get ready, because my spot-on analysis is about to blow your left-brained mind.

Fun fact: your sign is the Virgin, but she stands more for purity of purpose than for any other kind of purity that might occur to you—though most of you are probably still a bit too reserved to go prancing about naked like this statue. Photo © Tom Magliery | Flickr

Fun fact: your sign is the Virgin, but she stands more for purity of purpose than for any other kind of purity that might occur to you—though most of you are probably still a bit too reserved to go prancing about naked like this statue.
Photo © Tom Magliery | Flickr

The GF Virgo is an organized creature. When you hit the road or the skies, there’s no throwing a half-stale bag of Popchips and a Larabar into the suitcase at the last minute for you; you travel prepared with an assortment of food optimized to fill all your calorie and nutrient needs for precisely the amount of time you’ll be away—plus backups in your carry-on and a bento box for the flight. And no, you didn’t accidentally pack anything liquid.

When you were first diagnosed with celiac or gluten intolerance, you wasted no time in clearing out the pantry, wiping down every surface, and perhaps even lining your drawers and resealing the dining room table.

Because of your budget savviness, you’d probably amassed quite an impressive pantry, so throwing out all of those opened packages of flour and pasta and even not-glutenous but possibly contaminated containers of sugar and baking soda may have hurt a little—but just a little. Your mottos are “order above all else”; “a clean home is a happy home”; “idle hands are the devil’s playthings”; and all that Protestant ethic jazz. Some may therefore consider you rather cold or callous, or at the very least a stickler.

And, well, the stickler part is probably true. No trying “just a taste” or figuring “this should be safe” for you. Every package gets checked, every question gets asked, every manufacturer gets directly called. And, as a result, many fewer glutenings get got. You go, GF Virgo.

The cold and callous part, though? No, that’s not you. You care intensely about doing the right thing, and that includes doing right by others. You’re dedicated to your family, friends, and community—so though you may not be as nurturing as a Cancer or as buoyant as a Leo, in your own way you’re just as warm as your fellow summertime signs.

Photo © Rromir Imami | Flickr

Your symbol, the Virgin, is often pictured holding a sheaf of wheat. In the GF Virgo’s case, she’s probably carrying it somewhere far away from her own kitchen to gift to someone who will be able to use it. Because that’s just the kind of person she is. (She will then scrub her hands for five minutes afterwards. Because that’s also the kind of person she is.)
Photo © Rromir Imami | Flickr

This month, you might put your conscientiousness to work on behalf of your fellow GFers by helping a local restaurant to iron out the kinks in its gluten-free service. Using your eagle eye for flaws, teach that sandwich bar attendee to keep the breaded chicken farther away from the cucumber, or point out (gently) that soup isn’t gluten-free if it’s served in a bread bowl. Or take advantage of back-to-school season to do a little educating of your own—many public and private schools have a thing or two to learn about gluten and allergies. Beware, however, of your tendency to overcomplicate. Not every change must be implemented by a planning committee.

Oh, and while I’m criticizing you, I should remind you that you yourself have a tendency to be overcritical, not only of others but of yourself. Virgo rules over the nervous system and the intestines, so the GF Virgo is at the heart of a perfect storm when it comes to gluten-induced anxiety. You’re also quite health-focused, and therefore prone to hypochondria. This month, try to take it easy on yourself; give yourself the same care you give others, but avoid obsessing over the details of your day-to-day wellness. Getting out of your own head (and your extraordinarily tidy house) just might be the best thing for it.

GF Virgos tend to be shy, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few famous ones running around. (Pardon me, they are in fact very rarely found “running around” as opposed to “proceeding in a calm and efficient manner toward their goal.”) Here are a couple:

Confucius

Confucius

Confucius, born September 28th, 551 BC, might seem to have a birthday outside of the Virgo date range. However, my ultimate guide to astrology and several less trusty but ultimately convincing websites tell me he was a Virgo, so I’m just going to assume it has something to do with planetary motion and thousands of years having passed and all that. But was he a GF Virgo? Judge for yourself: I hear Confucius said, “I do not eat if I do not get the proper soy sauce.” Sounds like a celiac saying to me.

Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa, born August 26th, 1910, would not be very happy to hear herself associated with this blasphemy, but she was without a doubt a Virgo through and through. It takes some serious belief in rules, order, and a sense of what’s right to become a nun in the first place, not to mention do the additional work to which she dedicated her life. But GF? Well, I don’t mean to say that Mother Theresa was a fad dieter, but she did briefly flirt with eating nothing but rice and salt, in imitation of the diet of the poor. She was talked out of it eventually, but at least for a time, turns out, she was by default a GF Virgo.

Anyone else you can think of? I can’t help but imagine that all of those celiac experts must fall under this sign (Peter Green? Stefano Guandalini? Alessio Fasano? Total Virgos). However, I don’t know their birthdays, and neither does Google, it seems, so you’ll have to take my word for it—though if you’re a GF Virgo, you totally won’t.

As always, the “information,” such as it is, in this post has been largely ripped off from The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, by Joanna Martine Woolfolk, which is in fact the only astrology book you’ll ever need (need here being a relative term).

See also: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo

My dear GF Virgo friends, I am ready for you to tear into me for propagating such unremitting nonsense. (But…come on…didn’t I get it just a little right? Let me know if so!)

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17 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Astrology: Virgo (Born August 23 – September 22)

  1. It seems like you tell every GF sign that they have an anxious nature. Might you be projecting?

    • Molly says:

      Interesting point, but you’ll really have to take it up with Ms. Woolfolk (and the stars).

      P.S. Aries and Taurus are definitely not anxious, and Leos only get anxious when they don’t feel their many needs are being met.

  2. Dad says:

    Re: Confucius’ birth date. Up until 1568 in Europe the Julian Calendar (based on the ancient Egyptian calendar) was followed. One leap day added every 4 years. However, that’s a tiny bit off, and so by then the calendar was out of synch with the seasons, so the Gregorian reform eliminated the leap year in years ending in “000″ unless evenly divisible by 400.
    The English, however, were hardly going to follow suit with this papist nonsense, and kept on with the Julian calendar. They “adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, by which time it was necessary to correct by 11 days. Wednesday, 2 September 1752, was followed by Thursday, 14 September 1752″. So, subtract 11 days from Confucius’ Sept 28th and you get Sept 17th, well within the Virgo boundaries. (In the same way, George Washington’s birthday, originally on Feb 11th, became Feb 22nd in the new calendar.)

    quote from Wikipedia’s entry on Gregorian calendar

  3. gfandme says:

    OMG thanks for the morning belly laugh. You totally got my virgo nature down pat except that I am actually quite a follower of astrology and tarot. (I tell myself it gives me an outside perspective :)) I especially liked the sheaf of wheat caption! It’s my partner, Geoff, who has celiac disease and he’s a Scorpio so I can’t wait to see what you have to say about him! Oh, and thanks for the table refinishing tip – one thing I hadn’t thought of!

    • Molly says:

      All credit for the table resealing idea goes to Kathryn, who helpfully commented. (We’ve been too lazy so far and have stuck with a tablecloth.)

      Glad you enjoyed! Virgo and Scorpio—great match! :)

  4. Casey says:

    Haha I loved it! I’m a Virgo and could totally relate to some of your points! It would be pretty awesome if doctors could predict their patients’ reactions to a celiac diagnosis by birthday though. “Dr. Brown, watch out. We have a Capricorn coming up to get the news. You know how they are…” :)

  5. Nicole says:

    I said last month that I figured I lean a little more to the Virgo side. I’m an egomaniac with an anxiety complex! Or maybe it’s less astrological and more only-child syndrome :)

    This is brilliant.

    • Molly says:

      It’s good to have something else to blame for these things, right? Stars, upbringing, autoimmune diseases…all fair game in my book. Glad I got it right about you, ha! Though I’m sure you’re not really an egomaniac. :)

  6. Hilarious! I know quite a few Virgos and this seemed rather spot on to me :) with the exception of my brother who is not neat or orderly AT ALL but he’s always drummed to a different beat anyhow.
    -Dana

    • Molly says:

      Hmm…I’m sure there’s a nice rational astrological explanation for the discrepancy, but I’d have to see your brother’s chart to tell you.

      (Just kidding, I would not have the first idea how to go about interpreting an astrological chart!)

  7. rachelmeeks says:

    My husband’s a virgo who seems to display none of these traits. :( I do wish he was tidier.

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