the Maiden

Virgo is an ancient constellation, that is easily located by using its brightest member, the star Spica. Throughout history this group of stars has been pictured as a women. To the Greeks she was either the goddess Demeter or her daughter Persephone (Roman: Ceres or Proserpina). The constellation was signal to farmers that planting and harvesting was to take place, since the constellation is best seen during the spring and summer months. To the Egyptians, this group of stars was Isis; to the Babylonians, Ishtar. All were goddesses associated with agriculture. The easiest way to find the constellation is to start with the Big Dipper. If an observer follows the arc of the Big Dipper's handle it will lead to the bright star Arcturus. Then the observers simply continues the line until it leads to the bright star Spica, which represents the hand of Virgo.