Virgo in Love

Goodness know why word has it that Virgos are the staunch realists of the zodiac - the sign that is to romance what chalk is to cheese - but ignorance breeds many falsehoods. In truth Ms Virgo yearns to be swept away by love and passion and longs to find her soul-mate. However, since her logical mind informs her that this probably won't happen - at least in this lifetime - she makes an awful lot of noise about love being the holy grail of the seriously misguided. (She really doesn't mean it and she's hoping against hope that one day she'll be proved wrong.)

You and your opposite sign, the mystical and dreamy Fish, have more in common than you may think. The main difference is that while Ms Pisces dives into love and allows herself to be totally submerged by the experience, Virgo stands on the edge of those deep waters, analysing the pros and cons, until she convinces herself that her wetsuit will protect her. At some point, usually after several painful excursions into love, you realize that you cannot seal yourself off from hurt because it is the handmaid of love.

For some reason, perhaps because you can't resist lost causes, your sign picks up more than its share of life's dependents and misfits as partners, men who use and abuse you. This doesn't have to be a life-long pattern, of course, but the trend towards sacrificing yourself through a relationship needs to be faced and understood, so that you will attract a sane, loving and supportive mate. Part of the problem revolves around self-esteem, or the lack of it, and as soon as you get the idea that you deserve to be loved, like magic, it happens.

Forget all that nonsense about Virgo being the librarian and the caretaker of the zodiac - you are a sensuous, resourceful and fascinating creature. Now, repeat after me: I am desirable. I am a wild thing. I deserve the best.

The Virgoan Man

Virgo men do not draw attention to themselves: they insinuate their way into your life. Somehow they appear from behind the scenes and steel your heart: they were just a friend, maybe a no strings attached one-night-stand, yet before you know it you have become reliant on their know-how, happy to be an audience for their dry humour and pithy comments, and, well, used to them. To be honest, Mr Virgo can be tricky: he's emotionally very self-contained and not open to intimacy - a stark contrast to his passion and his performance under the sheets, or anywhere come to that - he's quite the dark horse. This man is drawn to highly-sexed and colourful, spontaneous women of the fire and air variety, yet when it comes to marriage (usually late and sometimes never) he'll go for a safe bet.

Who's For You

Your fellow Mutable signs top the list of candidates for your heart - Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces and Virgo. Sagittarian men are just the most dazzling, devil-may-care hunks where you're concerned: they make you laugh, keep you guessing and defrost any icicles that may have formed around your heart. Yet in the long term you may find your Archer a little too casual, irresponsible and inconsiderate for you. The Gemini is another irresistible catch-me-if-you-can guy: you two never stop talking (or is that arguing?) and even though this relationship may not fulfil the promise of its sexual overture, you can manage a happy-ever-after story. Pisces is your near-perfect mate - sentimental, tolerant, forgiving and loving: sex is a crucial part of your relationship and can be sustained for many, many years. Another Virgo alternately captivates and irritates you, but a good long-term bet. Cancer and Scorpio are two other signs made to make you happy - these two signs appreciate your fine qualities and rub along with you very, very nicely.

Your Stone

What you should wear in your wedding or engagement ring

Pink diamond, Topaz, Jasper.

Life Love Money The Year Ahead for Virgo

Just before Christmas Saturn entered your fellow earth sign, Capricorn, where it will aid as opposed to impede your progress. You will be able to build on your reputation during the next couple of years and you will be taken more seriously by people who matter to you and your future. You can expect to go from strength to strength. Uranus too will move into an expansive area of your solar chart giving you a chance to explore new routes for your talents and interests. There is a strong emphasis on education and communication in 2018, which may manifest as your acquiring extra qualifications or taking on positions where you will mentor others. And even in a small way, your voice will reach a larger audience. The downsides to the year are Neptune-shaped and you still run the risk of putting your trust in people and companies who fail to deliver.

Neptune is a little over halfway through its transit of the zone of relating, so although the prospect of making soul-to-soul connections remains strong, so too does the trend for disappointment and loss. A relationship may not survive an infidelity, and should you or your partner stray, the reason may not lie in another person’s irresistibility but problems at the core of the relationship. Without intimacy a relationship becomes brittle and snaps. Mid-March is a peak period both for magical moments and deep disappointment; July is another month for important romantic developments. If there is a way to ensure 2018 brings you what you want in love and relationships it is in trusting the love you feel in your heart: sometimes when we fear someone will let us down it is because we fear just that in ourselves.

In many ways, 2018 is a positive, growth-oriented year, so although not every Virgo will be financially secure and professionally fulfilled, there is much you can do to improve these aspects of existence. Extra skills are one way to up your income, broadening your horizons is another. Look outside your industry or your state/country for opportunities and have the confidence to put yourself forward for positions you know you could fulfil. (Don’t wait to be asked.) Some Virgos could face redundancy, but this should be seen as your chance to diversify; others may be tempted to resort to the law to settle a case of unfair dismissal/treatment. Ideally, your energies should be focussed on creating new structures in 2018, and learning a new language, and getting more techno-savvy could be part of the package.

Penny Thornton

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