“Beneath Bootes feet the Virgin seek, Who carries in her hand a glittering spike. Over her shoulder there revolves a star In the right wing, superlatively bright; It rolls beneath the tail, and may compare With the bright stars that deck the Greater Bear. Upon her shoulder one bright star is borne, One clasps the circling girdle of her loins, One at her bending knee; and in her hand Glitters that bright and golden Ear of Corn. May the Christ consciousness which loves all of humanity, Leads a disciplined life, recognizes the divinity in All faiths and all beings, fill your daily life With overflowing Love.” ~Aratus
Astronomers regard Spica as the standard example of a first magnitude star. It is a brilliant flushed white helium-type star, the 16th brightest star in our night sky.
Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. The name Spica, from the Latin Spicum, is said to signify the ear of wheat Virgo holds in her left hand. In the Greek and Roman tradition Virgo, the Virgin, was generally identified with the goddess Astraea, the personification of justice and also associated with innocence and purity. Legends say she was the last of the deities to abandon the Earth after the end of the Golden Age. In another legend she is Persephone, daughter of the goddess of the harvest Ceres, and consequently associated with agricultural matters. In many parts of the classical world she is the wheat-bearing maiden or the daughter of the harvest.