Virgo Vision Makes For Fabulous Writers

Author Jennifer Egan in a trenchcoat

Virgo Vision has its drawbacks but it certainly makes for fabulous writers. Check out this list of famous Virgo writers and it’s not even exhaustive. It’s true what they say about Virgos. Not that they’re half school sock monitor and half sacred whore – though I did say that. And not how they elatedly correcting your pronunciation in the middle of even the most profound dialogue. Noticing nuance? Being fuqing thing about hemlines and split ends? Guilt-Tripping? No.

Virgos throng the list of renowned writers & scribes. Is it their attention to detail, finely honed observation skills, words witch vibe, cosmically upped cognition or pattern recognition?

There are SO many of these Virgos but some examples include:  Jean Rhys, Jorge Luis Borges, A.S. Byatt, Ben Bradlee, Janet Frame, Jennifer Egan, William Golding, Cheryl Strayed, Edgar Rice Burroughs, James Lipton, Tolstoy, D.H. Lawrence, Mary Shelley, James Fenimore Cooper, Tanith Lee, George R.R. Martin, Roald Dahl, Robertson Davies, Stephen King, H.G. Wells, Rebecca Skloot, Leonard Cohen, Marian Keyes, Edith Sitwell, Jessica Mitford, John Green, Samuel Johnson, H.L. Mencken, Upton Sinclair, O Henry, Agatha Christie, Barbara Ehrenreich.

Thoughts? What famous Virgo writers have I missed?

 

Image: Jennifer Egan by Pieter M Van Hattem 

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Abdiel
Abdiel
November 2, 2018 4:18 pm

Amy Winehouse…wake up alone. Look at rhe lyrics thank me later

Corrina
Corrina
August 26, 2016 6:42 am

Funny …. every time I see a Really Good Looking Person, I automatically think Leo. Usually they are.

Never thought to consider where a Really Well Written Paragraph may have been the creation of a Virgo.

Pity I don’t read much anymore. I used to love it and would immerse myself in books for hours. I always enjoyed beautiful and interesting words, in well constructed paragraphs.

~many natal mercury aspects~

davidl
davidl
August 24, 2016 6:57 pm

Virgo is my 3rd house with Pluto in there.
I do get asked by friends and associates to edit their work at times. I’m very good at turning 500 words of fluff into 50 words that actually mean something ! My most common criticism of people’s drafts… Why use 10 words to describe something when 1 will do very nicely ?

sphinx
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sphinx
August 26, 2016 12:06 am
Reply to  davidl

Me too, but with Mars.
Like Mercury in Aries Mystic, I am a fan of the haiku.

Sam
Sam
August 26, 2016 2:43 am
Reply to  davidl

the ruler of your ascendant is in which sign?

Corrina
Corrina
August 26, 2016 6:45 am
Reply to  davidl

Well that all depends who your audience is right?

If it’s business writing, pr or anything designed to grab attention then yes.

But if it’s reading for pleasure … there’s nothing more glorious than an adjective filled literary scene, painting the picture in one’s mind with luscious language. Words are there to be used sometimes … 🙂

Gemricorn
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Gemricorn
August 24, 2016 12:44 pm

D. H. LAWRENCE!!! I LOVE HIM!

THIS!!!

http://individual.utoronto.ca/amlit/why_the_novel_matters.htm

But also if you get a chance, there is a book of the letters of DH Lawrence, and it’s like sitting around a dinner table with him drinking wine. You really get to feel him as a person, his energy direct – and it’s just so thrilling and hilarious and witty and intelligent and so human at the same time.

https://www.amazon.com/Selected-Letters-D-Lawrence-Cambridge/dp/0521777992

Lili
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Lili
August 25, 2016 12:03 pm
Reply to  Gemricorn

Ooh nice!!!

ICPluto
ICPluto
August 24, 2016 12:06 pm

I’m a Virgo SN and IC. Father and sister are Virgo Sun, mother is Moon conjunct Saturn in Virgo. Current beau has 5 planets in Virgo. They’re kind of a version of Mae West’s quote, that even they’re bad, they are better!

Sam
Sam
August 24, 2016 6:43 am

Better that virgos apply their mercurial wit, OCD tendencies for finding perfect word and syntax, and withering powers of observation to the page, than to their subjects directly, where burns have been known to occur.

Sam
Sam
August 24, 2016 6:45 am
Reply to  Sam

although interpersonal directness would be callow, to the average virgo.

Lili
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Lili
August 24, 2016 9:34 am
Reply to  Sam

So true- I always think of Jeeves–

Sam
Sam
August 25, 2016 1:11 am
Reply to  Lili

Stephen fry is a Virgo!!

Sam
Sam
August 24, 2016 6:48 am
Reply to  Sam

fwiw i think my highly strung uranian supervisor might be a virgo. strongly suspect he is sun uranus conjunct. would make vast amounts of sense..

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0
August 24, 2016 7:11 am
Reply to  Sam

Yeah? How’d your mtg go?

Jokerman
Jokerman
August 24, 2016 10:11 am
Reply to  Sam

Highly strung Uranian?

Must be a Stradaquarius.

Ampersand
Ampersand
August 25, 2016 12:04 am
Reply to  Jokerman

Pi I am a Virgo rising with Sun and Uranus conjunct within a degree in Libra. Highly strung neurotic. If you would like any advice on how to deal with his particular brand of fuqwittery I’m your go-to asshole here. Just offering it up. 🙂

Sam
Sam
August 25, 2016 1:29 am
Reply to  Ampersand

But I mean I’m all ears anyway ; )

Sam
Sam
August 25, 2016 1:10 am
Reply to  Sam

Surprisingly well, I think I re-read quintiles thing about mars-boosted ego confidence and it sank in..Also the MM missives about backbone reinforcement via Saturn..

Ampersand thank you lol…
HSU is far from fuqwit – no conflict or anything – but I always need to go in with my brain ON, higj standards are high, he is king of swords energy and being a bit fragile this year I find the smell of ozone in the air I.e. electricals maxing out a bit overpowering sometimes hahaha

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0
August 24, 2016 7:11 am
Reply to  Sam

So true.

sphinx
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sphinx
August 24, 2016 3:54 pm
Reply to  Sam

Poetic.

indigo
indigo
August 25, 2016 8:26 am
Reply to  Sam

Yes oh yes

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0
August 24, 2016 6:30 am

I have a disproportionate # of Virgos in my family. Two-thirds of them, I’d say. It’s unnatural.

Last week on the Uranian Full Moon, my Virgo father came over while my internet guy was on my roof. Dad drank several beers (more than I’ve seen him drink in years), then kicked the internet guy off of my property. Loudly. He did me a favor, but damn.

And today, it’s round 2 with Dad & the internet guy. Mars-Saturn conjunct? Goddess help us all.

ICPluto
ICPluto
August 24, 2016 12:24 pm
Reply to  AnkhRising8.0

Hilarious! It sounds like my Virgo father. I can’t have people doing any kind of service at home when he’s visiting. Once, I came back from work, he had exchanged words with the gardener (I had a roofdeck, not a proper garden, mind you). Apparently, the way the woman decided to display the herbs was getting on his nerves. Supposedly, she was not obeying any alphabetical order.

AnkhRising8.0
AnkhRising8.0
August 24, 2016 3:33 pm
Reply to  ICPluto

That. Is. My. Dad. lol!

We should start a support group.

mickstuh
mickstuh
August 24, 2016 6:11 am

Why the predominance of Virgo writers? No detail is too small (comma or semi-colon?). There is always another way of writing the sentence (The sentence could be written many different ways). It’s not so much that they (we?) like to hear themselves talk, as they like to hear themselves think. And writing is something you can do by yourself and be quite happy doing it. Which, of course, does not preclude complaining about it – and guilting yourself for not doing more. Virgos are the great spectators of life; naturally they are its recorders. Lastly, no one else can interfere.

Jokerman
Jokerman
August 24, 2016 10:17 am
Reply to  mickstuh

I think it is important to realise
1) things do need order
2) that recording is achieved in a succinct manner
3) that good writing is worth a thousand pictures

(2H Virgo Mars/Pluto/Venus tri-junct)

leogroover
leogroover
August 24, 2016 4:08 pm
Reply to  Jokerman

Inspiring Pf for this newbie uni student who must proof and proof again my first essay right now to get it off so i can enjoy 3 days with my son. Not a jot of virgo in me but admire them so.

I’ve got grammarly on my computer now – its boss.

i shall channel the V vibe today.

gbs
gbs
August 24, 2016 6:30 pm
Reply to  mickstuh

A wonderful distillation of Virgos and writing. Do you think there’s also something of trying to make sense of people’s flaws? Speaking as someone with several planets in Virgo, and several more in the 6th house, I find writing the perfect place to take people apart and examine them without their ever having to know.

Electro
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Electro
August 24, 2016 5:49 am

I *only* have psyche in Virgo, but I feel it deep. Love Virgos, husband is one. I also have very close Virgo rising friends – not sure what it is but they are wonderful.

ICPluto
ICPluto
August 24, 2016 12:11 pm
Reply to  Electro

Progressed Sun in Virgo? 🙂

Electro
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Electro
August 24, 2016 4:50 pm
Reply to  ICPluto

Yes, I do believe you’re right!

Electro
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Electro
August 24, 2016 4:56 pm
Reply to  Electro

After reading more comments, I have to ask if anyone has a messy Virgo that is a horrible speller? Just me? This is going to sound ridic because of my name but the only thing I can think of that he’s particular about is incense and light bulbs. We have all different kinds of lights and very carefully thought out brands and specifications. He also despises running out of light bulbs and he’s always buying back-up boxes of extra light bulbs.

Jokerman
Jokerman
August 24, 2016 5:39 pm
Reply to  Electro

My typos on the phone are bad. And l am incredibly messy; my Katness.

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
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Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
August 24, 2016 5:44 am

yes truth.

Calli G
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Calli G
August 24, 2016 4:01 am

I’ve worked for a number of small publishers, and there are a ton of Virgos in editing. Trimming down extraneous words and suggesting just the righ ones–right up their collective alley.

Sam
Sam
August 24, 2016 6:39 am
Reply to  Mystic

omg those convenience stores and their arrays of brightly packaged processed once-was-food-maybe, so neatly arranged! To me it looks like contemporary art. lol

Jokerman
Jokerman
August 24, 2016 10:31 am
Reply to  Sam

I think if you eat you it,
you produce contemporary fart

quintile
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quintile
August 24, 2016 4:23 pm
Reply to  Jokerman

he he

baristagem
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baristagem
August 24, 2016 4:21 pm
Reply to  Mystic

I love a newsagency & have always wanted to buy one.

Papers, magazines, news, the scene. I totally get it.

– I love how The Economist refer to themselves as a newspaper. I still buy them in newspaper form.

Jupiter, Mars conjunct Saturn Virgo 6th house

davidl
davidl
August 24, 2016 6:48 pm
Reply to  baristagem

Newsagency’s were like one of the foundation stones of modern retailing and were so central to suburban communal life. In many ways they have been replaced by cafes I reckon. Instead of seeing all your neighbors lining up to buy their Saturday papers, getting the local gossip etc now they are all cued up to get their lattes reading the news on their phones.

Jokerman
Jokerman
August 24, 2016 8:23 pm
Reply to  davidl

Once you could spill ya coffee and the newspaper would protect your jeans. Now? The phone gets damaged and the jeans get stained.

Now the trick, I reckon, is to get the stuff into your mouth. However if you have the NN, in your 3rd, your will be doing other than sipping coffee; esp if it trines your Aqua Moon

Lili
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Lili
August 25, 2016 5:44 am
Reply to  davidl

Nice observation!

mshenna
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mshenna
August 24, 2016 4:32 pm
Reply to  Calli G

Copy editor here (Virgo sun/rising plus a couple of planets) — it’s true. Same for proofreading. We actually LIKE that stuff.

Virgo Ellie
Virgo Ellie
August 24, 2016 3:09 am

Sun in Virgo here and I just said yesterday at work “I am a perfectionist”…. it is awful. I cannot stand seeing mistakes I made. I place myself into unworthy category. I am trying to let it go because it is also hard on others. I feel like I am looked at by others as a hindrance, like “keep her away”…. I do like being proficient and reactive but how others see me is very hard to take. Libra rising here also. Talk about split personality my birthday is on the cusp of Virgo and Libra (9/21)…. No wonder people… Read more »

Virgo Ellie
Virgo Ellie
August 24, 2016 3:47 pm
Reply to  Virgo Ellie

and…. as a Sun in Virgo, I can’t stand writing. Maybe my Libra tones bring it down to just feeling and verbally communicating. I do that SO well but a Virgo push to make some really mad at me.

cosmic fleece
cosmic fleece
August 24, 2016 1:23 am

And our one and only Sir Nick Cave. Sun Conjunct Mars, then Moon conjunct Pluto ! & Mercury thrown in – all Virgo….

Listening to Fiona Apple today, she is Sun conjunct Moon with Mercury thrown in. Raw.

Virgos (and Aquarians) were like beetroot, olives and coffee in my youth. Not to my taste at the time, however later in life – post Saturn return, love ’em, love ’em, love ’em. To walk /drive/visit places beside them, their minds,great minds, stories, quirks, rituals, honesty and observations.

baristagem
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baristagem
August 24, 2016 4:14 pm
Reply to  cosmic fleece

Omg, I just totally revived my playlist with Fiona Apple the other day. I love her 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFOzayDpWoI

cosmic fleece
cosmic fleece
August 24, 2016 11:54 pm
Reply to  baristagem

Sorry bout the (nothing in Virgo chart)spelling of Dachshund ! Not sure if i’ll ever get the hand of checking how stuff is spelt before i type it . x

baristagem
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baristagem
August 25, 2016 12:10 am
Reply to  cosmic fleece

No judgement just BIG LOVE to you Fleeecy

Thanks for the clip xxx

cosmic fleece
cosmic fleece
August 25, 2016 12:44 am
Reply to  baristagem

Thank you too, the Piscean happily sang along. xx

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly
August 24, 2016 12:36 am

I met so many Low vibrating ones as a youth. But as an adult we j’dore one another – I fucks with them.

May I add my fav director Pedro Almodovar who writes his films?

Lili
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Lili
August 24, 2016 2:05 am
Reply to  The Venus Fly

Mystic, I write in honor of my formidable dad and mother, married in 1944. They maintained a riotous and brilliant correspondence when apart in the early 1959s. It’s the best legacy of their marriage. Unbridled documentation of family history, loves and hates. He was a reporter. “A journalist is a reporter without a story,” he once said. She wrote too for local papers- more society stuff. In those days a byline was acknowledgement of extraordinary work- life and limb risked. The reporter was a neutral but keen observer. He, Virgo Sun, Saggo Moon ( like my eldest son) she, Gem… Read more »

Centaurus
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Centaurus
August 24, 2016 3:54 am
Reply to  Lili

That lit up my imagination Kell. I’d say their skills were passed down 🙂

Ali
Ali
August 24, 2016 4:00 am
Reply to  Centaurus

Agreed! Beautifully written. X

Lili
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Lili
August 24, 2016 6:03 am
Reply to  Centaurus

Aww, thank you Centaurus and Ali!!! (Blushing with pleasure!)

astraeagold
astraeagold
August 24, 2016 3:18 pm
Reply to  Lili

love this story, beautifully written

Lili
MM Member
Lili
August 25, 2016 5:39 am
Reply to  astraeagold

Thank you!!!

quintile
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quintile
August 24, 2016 4:21 pm
Reply to  Lili

lovely – thanks for sharing!!

Lili
MM Member
Lili
August 25, 2016 5:42 am
Reply to  quintile

Thank you, quintile!

davidl
davidl
August 24, 2016 6:38 pm
Reply to  Lili

OMG , Gore Vidal, my favourite Libran ! I discovered him in my late teens and hung on his every word till his passing.
40 years later I’m still sure that he is the most intelligent and eloquent man I have ever witnessed. I still mourn that mans mind. Will America ever again produce a mind like his ?

Lili
MM Member
Lili
August 25, 2016 5:42 am
Reply to  davidl

My additional crush on him is his Bouvier-Kennedy connection-

He ripped away every veil of pretense and in his day examined straight white male privilege in elegant, searing prose. Swooning!!

My mother’s favorite Vidal book was “Palimpsest”, which I am just now old enough to appreciate.

Lili
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Lili
August 24, 2016 2:05 am
Reply to  The Venus Fly

Yaaas!!!

Lili
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Lili
August 24, 2016 2:08 am
Reply to  Lili

http://www.astrotheme.com/astrology/Pedro_Almodóvar

Actually it would seem that he’s a Libran- will happily claim him! Saturn in Virgo-

The Venus Fly
The Venus Fly
August 24, 2016 4:11 am
Reply to  Lili

Why did I think he was born September 6th???

Women, colors – it all makes sense!

Lili
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Lili
August 24, 2016 6:04 am
Reply to  The Venus Fly

I find that early degree Librans can be persnickety like Virgos-

Rose
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Rose
August 25, 2016 1:11 am
Reply to  The Venus Fly

<3 Almodovar

Rose
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Rose
August 25, 2016 1:14 am
Reply to  Rose

And Kell – beautiful post 😀

Lili
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Lili
August 25, 2016 5:44 am
Reply to  Rose

Thank you Rose! About time to pull up “Tie Me Up Tie Me Down” on Netflix!

Rose
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Rose
August 24, 2016 12:14 am

This post has perfect timing Mystic – I am a virgo sun with Saturn and Mars conjunct my natal Uranus and squaring natal Mercury right now. I was hoping to use the Saturn Neptune square hitting my Mercury to get some kind of writing magic on 🙂 but the Virgo perfectionist is also coming into play and I’m trying to shut my inner critic up and just do it for the pure joy of it (otherwise I’ll probably never do it). Also maybe if I get obsessive with writing, I’ll be less obsessive about the details of my life –… Read more »

quintile
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quintile
August 24, 2016 4:17 pm
Reply to  Rose

have you done the “writer’s way” course by Julia Cameron? I did it a few years ago and wished I had done it much much earlier – excellent methodology and methods for dealing with the inner critic etc. Also, I find its helpful to do unfettered, messy sort of writing too – not just aim for fully polished – sort of a hands-on studio practice. good luck x (sun, merc, venus and pluto in Virgo here).

bea
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bea
August 24, 2016 6:53 pm
Reply to  quintile

Hey Rose, Ditto on the kudos for Julia Cameron on The Writer’s Way. You can DIY but a course was the thing that kicked it up to the stratosphere for me. I started by writing practically for free. Some people disagree about that but I feel like, woohoo, someone was paying me to learn! It was good exposure and I was expected to produce 6 pieces a day! It taught me to not be precious about it. A regular routine helps make a habit that you do on good days and bad. I write super early in the morning when… Read more »

Rose
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Rose
August 25, 2016 1:10 am
Reply to  bea

Thanks for the advice quintile and bea 🙂 I read the book about ten years ago when I’d graduated and I love the morning pages – admittedly I was quite impatient with my life back then so I think I’m going to go dig it out and immerse myself in it again! I also recently read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and found that wonderfully inspiring with its playful view of creating – she writes about how she never wanted to put too much pressure on her writing and that with any creative act- success is never guaranteed so you do… Read more »

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