The origins of the name Andrew can be traced back to Native America, England and Greek. Among the three cultures, it conjures up strong, descriptive adjectives equating to strong, manly, fearless and brave.
The middle name Russell can be traced back to England, and has its origins as a term used to describe those with red hair. Over time, the name came to relate to enigmatic, rich and successful.
The surname Garfield can be traced to England, and is considered largely habitational. Andrew’s ancestral surname of Garfinkel comes from Hebrew & Jewish origin, and means diamond.
|VIRGO DATES: August 23 – September 22
RULING PLANET: Mercury
BODY PARTS: The digestive system
|SYMBOL: The Virgin
COLORS: Tan & Warm Yellow
|MODE + ELEMENT: Mutable Earth
MANTRA: I Analyze
TAROT CARD: The Hermit
Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac, to be exact, and that’s the way Virgos like it: exacting. Those born under this horoscope sign are forever the butt of jokes for being so picky and critical (and they can be), but their ‘attention to detail’ is for a reason: to help others. Virgos, more than any other zodiac sign, were born to serve, and it gives them great joy. They are also tailor-made for the job, since common Virgo traits are being industrious, methodical, and efficient. The sense of duty borne by these folks is considerable, and it ensures that they will always work for the greater good.
The stellar constellation of Virgo has origins in Babylonian society, where it was associated with the goddess Shala, who was depicted holding an ear of grain. To the Babylonians, this goddess ruled over fertility and the harvest, connecting Virgo to some of its earliest archetypal associations.
This connection to the harvest continues into Greek mythology, where Virgo was connected with the goddess Demeter, who ruled over the bounty of the earth and agriculture as well. Virgo is also connected to Ceres through early Roman culture, where she was the ruler of the same agricultural themes.
To this day, Virgo has held this connection with planting, growing, harvesting food, and herbal medicine. In the Middle Ages, Virgo’s virginal symbolism was observed by association with The Virgin Mary.
Virgo’s personality traits are derived from its receptive, feminine, or yin qualities, making this sign oriented toward contemplation and engagement with inner awareness. Alive in both, a Virgo woman or Virgo man, those born with the Virgin as their rising, sun, or moon sign have a diligent, adaptable, and observant energy in the core of their personality, an echo of the preparedness and utility of late summer/early fall activities.
As a mutable sign, Virgo holds the qualities of being an alchemical “synthesizer,” able to find relationships between seemingly disparate and disjointed factors to transform these into a meaningful, useful harmony.
Those with the sign of the Virgin prominent in their charts are great at dedicating themselves to projects and relationships that need some care, healing and tending, to restore them back to health, purity, and natural function.
The primary Virgo strengths can be found in their mental agility, adaptability, and skillful, meticulous nature. Diligent and observant, these folks think clearly, learn quickly, and gain enormous satisfaction in serving, healing, and helping to bring order, perfection, and practicality to their world.
Cool and conscientious, they are typically able to carefully discern between what is skillful and useful, and what is not. Too busy working on improving themselves and the world around them, they are often humble and modest and are usually too earthy and sensible to become arrogant and self-aggrandizing.
Virgoan powers of communication are powerful and they value developing a functional emotional vocabulary to help themselves and others to be understood. Hard-working and efficient, they are happy to be at the service of friends and family, not in a self-diminishing way, but in a way that is innately considerate and compassionate. Diligent, dexterous, and facile, those born under the sign of the Virgin are blessed with artistic and technical abilities, empowered with Mercury’s signature highly functioning fine motor skills.
The sign of the Virgin is innately connected to the earth and nature, and here we may find some of the world’s great animal lovers and environmental conservationists. The Virgoan archetype reminds us of our dependency on Mother Nature, and the need for our relationship with her to be healthy and reciprocal. These values are often upheld in Virgoan natives who seek to restore bodies, minds, and ecologies back to their purified and intended natural states.
Some potential weaknesses in Virgo’s approach to life are rooted in their great strengths. Though intelligent and mentally dexterous, this highly functional mind can easily become overactive, leading to worry, anxiety, and insomnia. What they think up may become more real than what is actually happening, making it important for these natives to stay grounded in their bodies, breath, and the moment.
The Virgin’s talent for service and healing can get out of hand if they are overidentifying with being useful to others. They may be keeping themselves busy to avoid uncomfortable feelings and need to remember that it’s okay to “just be” at times, and to balance service with some healthy self-care and “healthy selfishness.”
Virgo’s naturally discerning nature can become disproportionate if they are feeling unbalanced, leading them to notice flaws and inefficiencies in themselves and others, more than they notice what is actually good. With this tendency they may hold themselves and others to impossibly high standards of perfection, sometimes causing more stress than anyone needs.
Naturally modest and humble, Virgin natives may become too much so, succumbing to self-doubt and worry that they will never be good enough and that their work will never be worthy of presenting to the world. This may paralyze them from taking risks, sometimes leading to a surprising streak of avoidance and procrastination that normally productive Virgos can fall prey to.
Those born under the sign of the Virgin care deeply about bodily health and protection of the environment, however, they can become inordinately focused on toxins, hygiene, and catching possible diseases. Virgo natives must be careful to not give into obsessive and compulsive rituals, as well as going down the rabbit hole of self-diagnosis. The stress that this causes will only lead to the ill health that they fear.
Virgo children will be well-nurtured if they are encouraged to get their hands dirty and make a mess, to be allowed to make mistakes, and yet be loved unconditionally. Naturally self-critical and self-aware, they may be too sensitive to overly stern criticisms and need to know their self-worth is not connected to how well they perform.