"As we pass through the Lion's den (July 23-August 22), our creative skills become honed. In time, our urge to fashion things equips us with a greater ability to serve others. Enter Mercury-ruled Virgo (August 23-September 22), the last astrological month of summer. On the transcendental level, Virgo governs karma yoga, the path of service extended to all beings. By coming to know the needs of others and learning how best to satisfy their natural desires, we experience the unity of each and every creature woven into the web of life."
A detailed list of Virgo's characteristics and keyword
" Virgo has a mission. The mission of Virgo is to separate what is useful from that which is not useful. This is called discernment. This is a sign that needs to feel a sense of usefulness and purpose. Someone needs to create order from chaos. They've earned a reputation for being too critical. Don't take their criticism personally. Everyone and everything is subject to the same scrutiny. Those who are comfortable in chaos will not last long around Virgo.
"In my article, “A New Look at Virgo: Shifting from Mercury to Chiron" (The Mountain Astrologer, April 1990), I presented an updated image of Virgo with Chiron as its new ruler. An abundance of positive responses (and synchronistic connections) poured forth when I put out my concept of what Virgo is becoming. Certainly, Virgo ruled by Chiron was not new. Barbara Hand Clow developed this idea fully in her 1987 book, Chiron: Rainbow Bridge Between the Inner and Outer Planets.
"In Many Moons, a delightful children's story, James Thurber narrates the hidden wisdom of the court jester over that of the academic. Indeed, the court jester, inspite of his physical and/or emotional deformity, is nothing if not creative, innovative, flexible and challenging. He uses humor to dress up his prophetic foolery. 
"Virgo often gets a poor astrological report. The poem on the left typifies the critical, hypochondriacal tendencies dwelled upon by those that define the sign as pedantic, frigid and shrill. But this is a sign of rare understanding with discerning mental vision and it is only by applying such Virgoan traits that we see beyond the dross to recognise the Maiden in all her glory.