What is the Virgo Maiden holding in her hand?
What is Virgo holding in her hands?
Sometimes Virgo is holding a staff, a caduceus (the snake-entwined staff that symbolizes healing, rebirth, or oracle prophecy), or a scale in her other hand. These other symbols are associated with additional goddesses who symbolize justice or wisdom or prophecy.
What is the Virgo Maiden holding?
Virgo is so often mistakenly taken as 'the Virgin', depicted as a nun or chaste woman. The real representation of this constellation is Virgo the Maiden, who carries an ear of corn or sheaf of wheat.
What is the Virgo symbol holding?
The constellation of Virgo in Hipparchus corresponds to two Babylonian constellations: the "Furrow" in the eastern sector of Virgo and the "Frond of Erua" in the western sector. The Frond of Erua was depicted as a goddess holding a palm-frond – a motif that still occasionally appears in much later depictions of Virgo.
Why is Virgo represented by a maiden?
Why is Virgo sign a maiden? Some people may ask, why is the Virgo symbol a woman? Well, the maiden stands for beauty, purity, and tranquility. Virgo translates to "virgin" in Latin and the maiden is symbolic of this translation — but not in a literal sense.
What does the maiden symbol mean?
Virgo is represented by the virgin or maiden carrying a shaft of wheat. The maiden symbolizes Virgo's need to help and serve and the wheat symbolizes Virgo's ability to separate the wheat from the chaff. Its glyph, an 'M' with an inward twist, symbolizes the introspection and modesty that's inherent in Virgo.