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Zodiac Constellation Virgo

painting by Lisa Bohnwagner zodiac constellation virgo winged goddess persephone with torch and stars and pomegranate
Virgo (aka: Persephone) 15"x 19" acrylic $650

Okay Virgos, you know who you are so I won't get into your personality traits or horoscope here. Plenty of other places on the internet for that! I'm going to talk about your constellation, seen in the white lines in this painting.


Virgo, Latin for "maiden," is the second largest constellation in the sky. No one knows who created it or when, but one section called "the furrow" was documented in a Babylonian text from the 10th century BC! Due to that reference, many Greek and Latin myths surrounding Virgo are connected with agriculture. This is also why Virgo is an Earth sign, and green and brown are her colors. For this painting, I refer to the Greek myth of Persephone - daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, and Zeus.


Hades, god of the underworld, saw Persephone picking flowers one day and instantly fell in love with her. As Classical gods do, he kidnapped her and took her down into the underworld to be his wife and Queen. When Demeter couldn't find her daughter, her grief caused all the crops to fail - permanently. At this point, Zeus appealed to Hades to return Persephone and bring life back to the world. Hades agreed to do so but first gave Persephone a pomegranate. A seemingly kind gesture, however, once food has been eaten in the underworld, one can never fully return to the land of the living. Thus began the eternal tug-of-war of the Queen of the Underworld's life. While Persephone spends the Fall and Winter months with her husband, Demeter's grief causes plants to wither and die. In the Spring, with a torch to light her way, she finds her way back to her mother whose joy causes the world to blossom again.


And speaking of blossoming, this painting of Virgo begins my next collection of paintings: The Zodiac Constellations. If you're not already on my email list, sign up here to get news of the paintings as I complete them. I'll bring the ones I create over the Summer to my Fall festivals but feel free to email me if you're interested in purchasing.

 

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