None of them knew. Perhaps it was best not to know. Their ignorance gave them one more glad hour.
Virgos all believe they possess the precise pattern for ironing out the quirks and kinks in everything, for smoothing out all the wrinkles in the personalities of everyone they know. Then Virgo meets Scorpio, and the formula gets stuck in the computer. Their steam irons blow a fuse. Something is wrong. What could it be?
What it could be is that Scorpios elude any sort of analysis. In addition, they look darkly upon being nit-picked, nagged, or scolded about their naughty tendencies (like holding a grudge, and gazing at people with that scary-spooky stare). Pluto-ruled folk do not care to be criticized, however gentle and courteous the critic may be. If they smoke, they won’t tolerate being told to stop, or being reminded to empty their dirty ashtrays. Conversely, if they do not smoke, they don’t need to be told what good boys and girls they are for refraining from such a messy and unhealthy habit, for the excellent reason that Scorpio Eagles are born with immeasurable reserves of self-confidence, plus highly suspicious natures. Therefore, they already know they’re “good,” and furthermore, they mistrust unsolicited pats on the head and cheerful words of approval from Virgos – or from anyone else.
Scorpios who are awarded Pulitzer or Nobel prizes do not tremble in gratitude. They’re more likely to grumble under their breaths that it’s about time somebody recognized their superiority (sometimes not under their breaths, but quite audibly). They fully expect to win spelling bees, monopoly games, the fifty-yard dash, frog-jumping contests, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, political campaigns, Academy Awards, and 4-H Club ribbons. It’s impossible to surprise them. Or rather, it’s possible to surprise them, but not possible to detect that you have from the Scorpion tone of voice, words, or change of expression. The reason is twofold, (a) They are precognitive enough to guess anything a few jumps ahead of you – and (b) those times when you do catch them unprepared, their facial features are prepared, even if they are not. Scorps take all the fun out of everything. They make very unsatisfactory guests of honor at surprise birthday parties. The spark of spontaneity will somehow be missing. It’s only exciting if you remember that they’re bubbling like champagne inside, even though the bubbles are kept tightly bottled.
As for Virgos, surprises make them more than a little nervous, since they represent something which has not been included in their schedules, and it throws them off balance for a few hours. Unlike Scorpio, Virgo is not suspicious. Virgos do not have time to waste pampering inner fears, and this is where suspiciousness is born. Neither do they have the self-confidence of Scorpio. Selfconfidence implies that one is perfect, or near-perfect, and Virgos are only too aware of all the imperfections in human nature in general, their own in particular. There’s not a single Virgo who isn’t convinced that there’s more to criticize and to improve in himself (or herself) than in anyone else. Once Scorpio recognizes this endearing trait of Virgo’s (and it usually doesn’t take long for Scorps to psychometrize anything or psyche out anyone) the Virgin’s compulsion to remind, suggest, and observe in detail is less annoying, and the Eagle smiles affectionately upon this elf like, well-meaning human. If Virgo will go easy on outright criticism, nagging, scolding, and hair-splitting, the two of them will get along famously and become unexpectedly close. Unexpectedly, because “closeness” to another person is not something either Virgo or Scorpio looks upon casually – or attains easily.
Others may fear to plumb and probe Scorpio’s secret nature and mantle of mystery, but Virgo has a curious, exploring mind, and although he or she won’t reach up and rudely pull off Scorpio’s mask, a gentle attempt will be made to uncover what is hidden from view. Virgos are somehow not as frightened or in awe of Scorpio as other Sun Signs often are, since Virgo frankly respects Scorpio’s own critical and analytical abilities. The Virgin will frequently make a conscious effort, with an Eagle, to avoid controversial matters before they become actual disagreements, for a couple of reasons. First, Virgo trusts Scorpio to be as careful and cautious as he (or she) might be – also wiser, more sensitive – and so the Virgins believe that there’s every possibility Scorpio’s views may be the correct ones. Second, Virgo has already calculated the percentage possibility of winning a battle of wits with the Eagle and has decided there’s not much ofa chance, at best. Further, the Virgo man or woman is acutely aware of the almost certain unpleasant results if Scorpio is goaded too far or unnecessarily challenged – and unpleasant confrontations are counterproductive to their common goals. (“Counterproductive” is one of Virgo’s favorite words.)
Virgos are enormously practical about such things. It’s this level-headed quality which makes Scorpio smile on the Virgins. They are nice, sensible sorts .. smiling, bright-eyed, and polite creatures to have around, in no way a threat. In some indefinable manner, Virgos seem to calm the Pluto spirit – and where Virgos may cause others to be jumpy, or to feel slightly guilty for not being perfect around them, they have the opposite effect on Scorpio. In truth, Scorpios often feel strangely loose and relaxed in the presence of Virgo. It is no small feat to make a Scorp feel “loose.”
This is a 3-11 Sun Sign Pattern, blending the Earth and Water elements. Translated from the symbolic to the real, this means Scorpio will somehow feel that he or she has “found roots” in an association with Virgo – and the latter will have a strong sense of being enriched in many ways from the Pluto contact. In some unexpected and unconventional way, Virgo will quietly and unobtrusively help to bring about Scorpio’s hopes, wishes, and dreams – also social success, prestige, and standing in the career or community. Scorpio will open Virgo’s mind to many new vistas of thought and progressive theories, bringing to the Virgin an easy communication of ideas. Relatives of one or the other may either introduce the two of them, or be prominent in some way, at some time, in the association.
More than any other person (except perhaps Taurus, Cancer, and Capricorn), Scorpio can check Virgo’s tendency to worry and sulk, with the result that Virgos seem calmer, more tranquil, less restless and jittery around Scorpio. The two of them do have a distinct beneficial influence on one another, as compared to the eerie (Scorpio) and disquieting (Virgo) effect they each are capable of having on others. If their Moon Signs or Ascendents should happen to negatively aspect in their mutual charts, there will be, of course, less beneficial influence, more irritation and tension. However, it will only continue for a brief period under normal circumstances. Scorpio is not one to suffer silently – or for long before firmly proposing a change in attitude, and then demanding a dissolution of the association if the change is not forthcoming, forthwith. Virgos don’t linger long either, after they’ve been disillusioned. Like the Cheshire cat and old soldiers, both of these people can just fade away, and never return.
Whether they’re thrown together as relatives, siblings, parent and child, friends, or lovers, they have certain traits in common which will open doors of understanding between them. For example, both Virgo and Scorpio know their individual assets as well as they know their liabilities. Neither of them will either undersell or oversell himself, or herself. They each know their own talents and capabilities, without being egotistical over the knowledge. They’re both equally aware of their shortcomings, of the limits of what they may expect from the inner self – and they won’t go beyond those limits. The typical Virgo will never be found pressing his or her luck beyond prudence, and the same is true of Scorpio. When an Eagle takes a big chance, you can be sure that here is one confident Eagle! (But he will have figured the percentages carefully.) Scorpios can be wrong now and then, but they’re right more often than they miscalculate. It’s a quality Virgo admires and respects. Being a Mutable Sign, Virgo will neither be envious of nor will seriously compete with, Scorpio – who senses this right away, which is one of the reasons Scorpio can relax with these people, and let down the defense bars this man or woman (or child) uses against other Sun Signs. There is no need for the Eagle to take excessive self-protective measures with the Virgin (except maybe a pair of earmuffs, for when the nagging starts).
Virgo will never agree with another Sun Sign’s description of the Scorp as ruthless, cold, and dangerous. This is not the way Virgo sees the Eagle at all. In Virgo’s eyes, the Pluto person is warm, generous, and protective – as well as sympathetic and compassionate. Nor will Scorpio normally allow anyone to put down Virgo by calling the Virgins picky, fussy, and nervous. How can this be, when Scorpio is always cooler than usual (and that’s pretty cool l), plus more peaceful, when a Virgo friend, relative, or mate is near? You must be talking about someone else, not Virgo. Once a tie between these two has been established, the Virgin will usually receive the full force of Pluto’s protective powers, and will enjoy as well Scorpio’s fierce loyalty, given to those who have earned it. If anyone tries to harm a Virgo who’s already won the devotion of a Scorp, that person is warned to back away while there is still time. There’s something gentle and defenseless about all Virgins, male or female, and when the Scorp sees someone verbally or otherwise preparing to attack or abuse this courteous, helpless soul, the Eagle will step in to turn all the energy of Pluto’s power against the attacker, who will seldom fail to retreat – unless it’s another Scorpio, with the Moon in Gemini or Sagittarius, who has hurt the Virgo. (In that case, Virgo should leave town for a few days, rather than get caught in the midst of an exchange of Pluto force between two Scorps, neither of whom will back down until one is declared victor.)
The less evolved Earthlings born under the sign of the Virgin are sometimes capable of biting sarcasm and bitter verbal expression. Indeed, an occasional caustic (but cauterizing!) criticism is actually Virgos’ one and only, their single, flaw. But you’ll never convince them of this. Virgos believe they possess every flaw and defect known to man – or woman. You name it, they’ll plead guilty to it. Yet, even a self-effacing Virgo will seldom go so far as to owning up to a charge of selfishness. No accusation could be more unjust. These men and women have a compulsion to serve, in one way or another, every Earthling who crosses their paths. Unselfishness is engraved upon the very heart and soul of Virgo – these sometimes cranky, but more often polite and always willing-to be-helpful people who bring their graceful and gracious ways to bless our troubles.
If! were you, I wouldn’t ever dare to call them “selfish” within the hearing of a Scorpio who has experienced the gentle devotion of a Virgo over the years. That would be an extremely unwise thing to do.
Love Signs by Linda Goodman