A Beginner's Guide to Astrological Signs: Does Your Sign Really Sync With Your Personality?
Looking To The Stars
As human beings began to explore the stars, the universe, and the meaning of life, a study in a subject called "astrology" came about.
Some scholars believe that as soon as humans were able to map out seasonal and tidal patterns, they immediately became interested in how the planets and celestial objects affected human behavior. And they still are.
There has been much debate over the validity of astrological signs and if they indeed give away our traits and personalities. Though scientific studies have remained "inconclusive," many people swear by the compatibility of their astrological sign in regards to their personality type.
Though we cannot prove that the sun's rotation affects our genetic make-up or wiring, the fact that astrology has remained a constant theme in many cultures can't be disputed.
The fact that our ancestors looked to the stars and planets in an attempt to determine their destinies must still mean something to people today because astrology and horoscopes are more popular than ever.
There are those who are extremely engrossed in the study of astrological signs, and others who know very little about it, or think it's complete rubbish.
All of the twelve astrological signs are divided up into four elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. These four elements are all vital to life as we know it.
Each person has an astrological sign unique to their date of birth - or the time in which the sun makes the majority of its transit around this sign.
In Western astrology, the astrological signs are the twelve 30 degree sectors of the ecliptic which start at the vernal equinox.
The ecliptic is the basis for the ecliptic coordinate system and is believed to be the path of the sun on the celestial sphere. The ecliptic coordinate system is used to show the positions and orbits of objects in the solar system.
The vernal equinox is one of the intersections of the ecliptic with the celestial equator which is also known as "the First Point Of Aries."
The twelve astrological signs are: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
Let's explore the traits of each sign, and perhaps you'll find yourself reflected back...
- Fire Sign
- Birthday: March 21st to April 19th
- Ruling Planet: Mars
- Symbol: The Ram
Aries is the first of the astrological signs in the zodiac, which coincides with the spring equinox on March 21st. Due to being in line with the spring equinox, Aries represents new beginnings and the ram springs out into action with enthusiasm.
Aries is the first fire sign of the zodiac, and it is considered the most dramatic of all the fire signs. Words like temperamental and impulsive are commonly used for people born under this sign, but other useful attributes include adventurous, brave, and quick-witted.
People born into Aries can exhibit impatience when things don't go their way and become quickly irritated with people whom they feel are moving too slowly.
As the first sign of the zodiac, people who fall under Aries are generally great leaders or pioneers but without specific passion or cause an Aries personality will quickly become frustrated and lose direction.
An Aries can be high-strung and prone to spontaneous relationships but is a devoted, fearless parent and friend. A high sex drive may be apparent in an Aries sign which may lead to a desire to make many romantic conquests. An Aries partner can be a passionate mate that will defend to the death.
An Aries person must be careful not to suffocate the feelings of others as the ram tends to go full steam ahead, trampling on the feelings of others. Consideration is something an Aries can practice.
Famous People Under Aries: Rosie O'Donnell, Aretha Franklin, William Shatner, Hugh Hefner, Thomas Jefferson
- Earth Sign
- Birthday: April 20th to May 20th
- Ruling Planet: Venus
- Symbol: The Bull
A Taurus personality will keep their heels dug firmly in the ground.
This trait of absolute determination and resilience can also come off as stubborn (as a bull) or not flexible.
A person born under the sign of Taurus is usually very loving and affectionate, although usually chooses to display this side to a select few.
Taurus is dependable, responsible, and usually pretty good with finances.
A person born under Taurus will generally avoid conflict and their tempers are usually slow to moderate. A Taurus sign is the closest to the Earth out of all the signs, which explains their earthly, grounded nature.
A side effect of the grounded Taurus's nature is to put too much value on earthly possessions which can lead them hoarding possessions, being obsessive, and jealousy.
A Taurus will gravitate to all things attractive and loves to be around pleasure and comfort. The Taurus personality usually has an appreciation for art, music, and may be an artist or musician by profession.
To stay truly happy the Taurus cannot move too far from nature. They need to feel stable and dislike being rushed with their projects. If you try to push the bull into something they don't like, be prepared for a battle.
Famous People Under Taurus: Queen Elizabeth II, Adele, Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Saddam Hussein
- Air Sign
- Birthday: May 21st to June 20th
- Ruling Planet: Mercury
- Symbol: The Twins
As Gemini's symbol implies, those born under this sign can have a dual nature.
While Gemini's are usually flexible and happy people, they can also be restless, flighty, and indecisive. A Gemini is usually very loving and sentimental but can tend to withdraw when their emotions are overloaded.
Though imaginative and talkative, Gemini's are prone to sullen moods and temper tantrums if they don't get what they want. Gemini's are able to adapt to new environments pretty well, but not without expressing their dislike if things change too quickly.
A Gemini is also a bit of a worrier and tends to get nervous easily. Their lack of long-term concentration can cause them to lose interest in things more quickly than others, and they may come across as being inconsistent or flaky.
Gemini's are highly intelligent and are often excellent diplomats. They are usually skilled in speaking, writing, language, and are able to learn new skills quickly. The trick is to keep a Gemini engaged as their attention spans don't last long.
Gemini's are said to have temperaments like children: enthusiastic at everything new, while eager to move on to the next thing. A Gemini personality can make great scientist due to their logical, rational minds. They can also be adept at sculpture and music.
Famous People Under Gemini: Johnny Depp, Alanis Morrisette, Stevie Nicks, Queen Victoria, Salmon Rushdie
- Water Sign
- Birthday: June 21st to July 22nd
- Ruling Planet: The Moon
- Symbol: The Crab
People who are born under the sign of cancer tend to be much like the water - changeable and moody. Cancer signs are emotional by nature and can be sullen or hyper, depending on the circumstances.
A person who is a Cancer sign can be extremely loyal in relationships, although they often run the risk of being influenced too easily by those with shady agendas due to their generosity. A person under the Cancer sign is full of emotions and not afraid to show them.
A Cancer partner who loves you will be fiercely protective, though, on the negative side of that, they can be overly clingy.
People born under the sign of Cancer tend to be good homemakers, chefs, politicians, or public servants. They are excellent at looking after others.
On the darker side, Cancer's are capable of sulking too much, feeling offended, and acting in a sneaky, cunning manner.
You may find a Cancer up on stage, as they love the emotional gratification of acting, or they may also be quite interested in the supernatural element as they have highly active imaginations. The Cancer sign needs to be careful not to get too carried away.
Famous People Under Cancer: Pamela Anderson, Bill Cosby, Anthony Bourdain, George W. Bush, Meryl Streep
- Fire Sign
- Birthday: July 23rd to August 22nd
- Ruling Planet: The Sun
- Symbol: The Lion
The lion. King of the jungle and of the most outgoing of all the signs. A Leo is generally extroverted, adventurous, and generous. Their warmth and spontaneous nature can draw others to them, as they are natural leaders.
A person born under Leo's sign is usually creative and inspired, able to rally people under their spell quite easily.
On the other hand, a Leo can be extremely arrogant, dark, and insulting if caught under negative circumstances. A Leo also has a very strong sense of pride and sometimes that can get in the way of relationships if the Leo cannot swallow it.
Whatever a Leo is doing they're usually going to want to be on top and in charge. Whether they are business executives, movie stars, or conducting an orchestra, a Leo wants all the attention.
In relationships, a Leo is attracted to the most beautiful of mates and has a taste for pleasure, often leading a Leo to experiment in love affairs. But once a Leo finds a true love, they have the ability to be loyal, faithful, and exciting partners.
Generally, Leo's have a very high sex drive and are also gifted in sports and anything physical.
Famous People Under Leo: Barack Obama, Woody Harrelson, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lopez, Martha Stewart
- Earth Sign
- Birthday: August 23rd to September 22nd
- Ruling Planet: Earth
- Symbol: The Maiden
As the only zodiac sign to be represented by a female, the sign of Virgo carries with its attributes of reliability, modesty, cleanliness, and control.
A Virgo likes things to be exact and observes the details of everything. They are intellectual, curious, and logical people who like to investigate the world. Since Virgo's are so observant, they are often efficient at figuring out how to help others.
A Virgo is generally great with their hands and particularly inventive. Though they are enthusiastic learners, Virgo's tend to be shy so they don't always bask in the limelight as well as others. They often prefer to work in the background.
Virgo's make excellent nurses, teachers, doctors, musicians, accountants, and can even display a talent in the fashion industry. A Virgo is talented at solving other people's problems but may lack that same insight in their own life. Virgo's are usually good with money as well.
A Virgo must take care not to be overly critical or severe in their words to others. The Virgo's quest for perfection can often lead them into hot water in relationships with others.
Famous People under Virgo: Lance Armstrong, Lauren Bacall, Tim Burton, Mother Teresa, Queen Elizabeth I (The Virgin Queen)
- Air Sign
- Birthday: September 23rd to October 22nd
- Ruling Planet: Venus
- Symbol: The Scales
Libra the romantic!
With Venus as it's ruling planet, a Libra is flirtatious, charming, and idealistic.
Libra falls into a time when, traditionally, the harvests are collected and the rewards of hard work are enjoyed.
Generally seen as mellow and peaceful, a Libra personality is good at seeing the emotions of others clearly and using their positive energy to make people happy. A Libra can be very indecisive at times, even flaky, but once a decision is made, a Libra will not change it.
Due to the generally moderate nature of a Libra, they excel working in professions that surround justice, the law, and administration. They also make fantastic composers, writers, and designers,
On the dark side, Libra's can demonstrate a frivolousness with money (gambling) and occasionally fly into a blind rage for seemingly no reason due to jealousy.
Libra's like luxury and pleasure, and under certain circumstances, can be quite fickle.
The romantic Libra can be a bit of a heart-breaker, potentially going haywire with their romantic exploits. Both Aries and Libra have a dramatic flair for romance probably more so than any of the signs and can make a dynamic couple in many ways, to say the least.
Famous People Under Libra: Brigette Bardot, Matt Damon, John Lennon, Gwen Stefani, Oscar Wilde
- Water Sign
- Birthday: October 23rd to November 21st
- Ruling Planet: Mars
- Symbol: The Scorpion
Of all the signs of the zodiac, Scorpio has the most temperamental reputation. Though not a fire sign, Scorpio's are known to be passionate and outspoken.
A Scorpio is usually very charming and engaged, capable of making many friends, although they also have a tendency to discard relationships hastily if they feel betrayed. A Scorpio has a practical and analytical mind, and they are usually sensible unless their emotions get the best of them.
Scorpio's do well in the careers of law enforcement, research. psychology and - if they are at all religious - they can make fantastic preachers due to their persuasive powers of speech.
Though a Scorpio can have the gift of charisma, they are also prone to obsession, resentment, and have the flaw of being unforgiving on many occasions. Scorpio's can also be selfish and abrupt.
One of the most interesting aspects of the sign of Scorpio is the potential for anyone born under this sign to achieve greatness. Scorpio's have many gifts and can become great leaders.
If the Scorpio personality wanders with no direction then they are more prone to giving in to self-indulgence, procrastination, and self-pity.
A Scorpio can make for a desirable, passionate mate, but it's not without a sting if things don't go their way.
Famous People Under Scorpio: Leonardo DeCaprio, Jodie Foster, Bill Gates, Whoopi Goldberg, Hillary Clinton
- Fire Sign
- Birthday: November 22nd to December 21st
- Ruling Planet: Jupiter
- Symbol: Archer
Those born under the Sagittarius sign are energetic, positive, and always ready for an adventure. Independent by nature, the Sagittarius personality has an excitement for travel and is often an idealistic dreamer.
A Sagittarius is loyal in love and fun to be with. They love to learn new things and take on new challenges. One of the biggest challenges that face the Sagittarius personality is their restlessness and impatience.
If bored, a Sagittarius will take flight on to a new adventure which can make them seem frivolous, but it's only the fire of discovery that burns so brightly inside of them that leads them astray.
No matter what gets in their way, the Sagittarius person will usually remain optimistic.
A Sagittarius personality makes a good lawyer, advertiser, scientist, or musician. Due to the need for travel, a person who falls under the Sagittarius sign may find solace in a profession that changes environments, such as the military, musicians, professional sports, or a traveling salesperson.
The Sagittarius person is prone to superstition and can easily fall under the influence of any religion. They also get irritated when those around them can't catch on as quickly as they can, or move on to new things as enthusiastically as they do.
Famous People under Sagittarius: Jim Morrison, Taylor Swift, Joe DiMaggio, Jimi Hendrix, Nostradamus
Birthday: December 22nd to January 19th
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Symbol: The Sea-Goat
Capricorn is the most stable of all the signs. Deeply rooted in the earth, this sign is known for being hard-working, independent, and reliable.
Capricorns set high standards for themselves as well as for others and are highly ambitious people. Although Capricorns are generally said to have no sense of humor, they actually have a more dark sense of humor, which goes over the heads of many around them.
A person under the sign of Capricorn can be surprisingly witty and entertaining at random moments but tends to drift into depression or feel melancholy if they lose focus.
Capricorns are notoriously passionate and giving when it comes to their families or careers. Capricorns are usually the glue that holds any company or family together and their tenacity to get to the top of any mountain is unmatched.
Capricorns often have a hard time with romance and tend to be hard on any lover who tries to court them. But once a Capricorn loves, it's usually faithfully and for life.
Capricorns make great teachers, musicians, politicians, and managers. Due to their love of sarcasm, Capricorns can also become great entertainers or comedians.
Famous People under Capricorn: Jim Carrey, Steven Hawking, Janis Joplin, Jude Law, Michelle Obama
- Air Sign
- Birthday: January 20th to February 18th
- Ruling Planet: Uranus
- Symbol: The Water Bearer
Those under the sign of Aquarius possess the ability to attract others with their charm. An Aquarius may be shy and gentle, as well as exuberant and uninhibited, depending on the person.
An Aquarius personality seeks honesty and is both logical and spiritual by nature. They are intelligent and active both mentally and physically.
A person under the sign of Aquarius can appear aloof at first, maybe even arrogant or cold, but under the surface, they are emotional beings who love to make friends - cautiously. An Aquarius personality is independent and prides themselves on not following the crowd. They can be intense loners.
Someone who is an Aquarius likes to work with people, although prefers to take the lead. They are generally good at anything to do with technology, electronics, drama, and broadcasting.
Though an Aquarius is a magnetic and forthcoming person, they can also be withdrawn, secretive, and tense which causes friction in relationships with others. The person under this sign must be careful not to let resentment take over the mind, which is their greatest asset.
Famous People Under Aquarius: Charles Darwin, Ellen Degeneres, Charles Dickens, Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey
- Water Sign
- Birthday: February 19th to March 20th
- Ruling Planet: Neptune
- Symbol: The Fish
A Pisces personality generally cares more for the feelings of others than themselves. They are emotional, intuitive people, with an intense empathy for both humans and animals.
As the fish loves water, the Pisces personality will swim on their own, relishing the comfort of their own world rather than reality. A Pisces is a dreamer, and very idealistic by nature.
Usually, someone born under a Pisces sign is gifted artistically and musically, showing great depth for the understanding of those around them. Pisces care more about the way they feel in any given situation, rather than the logical aspect of what's happening around them.
A Pisces is a delicate soul, close to the spiritual and mystical side of things. They love unconditionally and make excellent nurses and veterinarians. Since a Pisces understands the feelings of others well, they can succeed in the dramatic arts by imitating and acting.
A Pisces person is rarely self-centered and can have a tendency to lose themselves in relationships. They have a habit of giving more of themselves than they ask in return.
Famous People under Pisces: Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Jobs, Michelangelo, Fred Rogers, Anais Nin
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