Virgo’s symbol, The Virgin, transmutes through the Virgo experience emanating in the love of all things natural and a certain purity of spirit that keeps these individuals self sufficient and self contained, at surface level. Virgo’s hands are porcelain crafted, magical and the operating channel of Neptune healing power. And so losing one’s virginity or sexual expression is never an act of impurity or contamination, because the hands are the instruments of the divine, completely, emphatically pure. Far from being celibate, the origin of Virgo was the Egyptian goddess of grain; whose daughter was sometimes the guardian of the harvest. Her hands, symbolized wisdom, garnered in the fields of experience relating the Virgin archetype to their radiant altruism, and self reliance.
"Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virile. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth