Virgo

This is the beautiful virgin of the zodiac. She is represented as holding a spear of ripe wheat in her left hand, marked by a brilliant star, called Spica. In the Egyptian zodiac Isis supplies the place of Virgo, and is represented holding three ears of corn in her hand. Spica, together with Denebola in Leo, and Arcturus in Bootes, forms an equilateral triangle of great beauty. Arcturus is also one of the stars mentioned by Job: "Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?" Mazzaroth signifies the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Arcturus is also frequently alluded to by Virgil in the first book of the "Georgics." The rising and setting of this star were supposed to portend great tempests. In the time of Virgil it rose about the middle of September. The bright star Spica, in Virgo, lies within the path of the moon, and is of great use to navigators. In the Hebrew zodiac Virgo is assigned to Naphtali, whose standard was a tree bearing goodly branches.

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