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According to the Babylonian Mul.Apin, which dates between 1000 BC and 686 BC,
this constellation was known as "The Furrow" , representing the goddess Shala's ear
of grain or corn. One star in this constellation, Spica, retains this tradition as it is
Latin for "ear of grain", one of the major products of the Mesopotamian furrow. The
constellation was also known as AB.SIN and absinnu. For this reason the constellation
became associated with fertility. According to Gavin White the figure of Virgo
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.
The Greeks and Romans associated Virgo with their goddess of wheat, Demeter-Ceres
who is the mother of Proserpina-Persephone. Alternatively, she was sometimes
identified as the virgin goddess Iustitia or Astraea, holding the scales of justice in her
hand as the constellation Libra. In the Middle Ages, Virgo was sometimes
associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
As of 2002, the Sun appears in the constellation Virgo from September 17 to October
30 . In tropical astrology, the Sun is considered to be in the sign Virgo from August 23
to September 22, and in sidereal astrology, from September 16 to October 15.
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