By America Lopez Talon co-editor
It’s amazing how everything in the world is a reflection of God. During spring and summer, look up into the night sky, and the Virgo constellation will be hard to miss- it is the biggest zodiac constellation after all. Virgo has 26 exoplanets (planets outside of the solar system) orbiting around 20 stars. Spica, a blue-white shining star is easy to locate in the Virgo constellation.
Virgo has always been known as a virgin, which is a sort of nod to Mary, mother of Jesus, who was virgin at the time of his birth. The constellation has come to represent fertility and agriculture.
Luke 1:30-34 says “’And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’”
The miracle of Jesus’ birth is amazing because God showed favor on Mary, trusting her with the life of His son. God knew the sacrifice He was making, knowing before we had ever been created. That’s always important to remember when thinking about the virgin birth of Mary is that God gave. His only begotten son for us.
There are always different ways to look at something, especially when it comes to the myths and legends behind the constellations. Another interpretation of the Virgo constellation is symbolic representation of fertility and agriculture. Genesis 1:22 says, “God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’” God encourages us to have children, within the bounds of marriage, of course, and it can also encourage us to remember that it is God of Israel who is Lord and Master of the bountiful harvests He so graciously bestows upon us.
Some say that Virgo actually doesn’t represent a virgin, but a nursing mother, one who is mother to all of the earth. The goddesses and gods associated with Virgo are usually those of the fertility and the harvest; Babylonian Ishtar, Egyptian Isis, Roman Ceres, and Grecian Demeter. Almost everyone knows the myth of Persephone, the goddess of the Spring seasons, who was kidnapped by God of the underworld Hades. Her mother, Demeter, goddess of the harvest, decided to ruin the harvest because of the sorrow she felt of losing her daughter. After making a deal with Hades, Persephone is able to return six months out of the year to help her mother with the harvest, coinciding with the constellation Virgo being visible for only the months of March through August. Ishtar’s story is similar, except instead of her daughter being taken into Hades, it was her husband Tammuz, who was the god of the harvest. The both ended up being trapped in Hades; from this comes the weeping ceremony, sowing with their tears.
Psalm 126:5-6 says “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy,” mirroring the myth of Isthar and Tammuz.
Genesis 1:11-12 reminds us that even the plants are given to us by God and He blesses us with them. God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” Growth is a necessary part of life and God encourages us to create new life, whether it be children, or plants around us, honoring Him in every part of it.