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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About You

A lifelong devotee of astrology. I thank my grandma, a Libra, for introducing me. In my spare time, I randomly ask people their zodiac sign.


It’s human nature to want to predict others. I think that‘s what my Grandma was thinking when she turned to astrology in the 1960s. Sure, maybe it was the trend of the moment, but at that time, she was heartbroken. She was going through a messy divorce from her high school sweetheart with two daughters. At a time when her world turned upside down, the only thing that made sense was astrology.

After all, whenever does a Libra and Capricorn make sense? Not often. She realized they were two different people with two different sets of ideals. They were much less than a perfect match.

Whether astrology was truly a factor, we’ll never know, but what she did was open up my eyes to the possibility of astrology being true. It started to make sense why I am naturally loud, wear my emotions on my sleeve, and a true showboat. I am a stereotypical Leo. My parents are both incredibly unpredictable and emotional Pisces.

My Grandma is a bit flaky, but pretty easygoing, like the Libra she is. One note about her though, is that her birthday is on the cusp of two signs: Virgo and Libra. That means that she has characteristics of both signs at times, including her penchant for nitpicking as a Virgo. But, for the most part, she displays almost entirely Libra traits, so I would categorize her as “Libra on the cusp of Virgo”.

Speaking of cusps, there are other factors that can drill deeper into your personality. These usually come up if someone doesn’t identify with their Sun sign. Moon and Rising signs can be calculated by using your date of birth and location of birth via a natal chart. They tell you what other signs may influence you, based on where the moon, stars, and planets aligned when you were born. While these aspects are important to understanding a person’s makeup, this article is specifically focusing on Sun signs.

As you can tell, astrology is not a straight-forward or perfect science. It‘s not meant to be. It all boils down to how you and others perceive yourself. The following write-ups are my experience with the zodiac signs.


Water/Earth/Fire/Air Signs

I will be referencing two groups that Sun signs can be grouped under that can provide additional insight in your sign. One is the natural elements, and the other is the driving elements.

The natural elements—is exactly how it sounds—your sign naturally is at its core. Most of this you probably are familiar with these already, so let's have a review.

  • Water Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio. These signs tend to be emotional, sensitive, and intuitive.
  • Earth Signs: Capricorn, Virgo, Taurus. These signs tend to be, what else; down-to-earth, level-headed, and practical.
  • Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. These signs tend to be energetic, creative, and outgoing.
  • Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. These signs tend to be idealistic, chatty, and philosophical.

Fixed/Cardinal/Mutable Signs

This is another group that your Sun signs can be qualified under—the driving elements. This can help answer the question: What drives you?

  • Fixed Signs: Leo, Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius. These are the stubborn signs. In a group, they tend to make a decision and stick with it. They are also people you can rely on to be a "rock" and keep their head together when things go south. They are pretty perseverant.
  • Cardinal Signs: Aries, Capricorn, Cancer, Libra. These are the leader signs. In a group, these are ones that will almost always volunteer to be the leader, or could possibly butt heads with the actual leader. They love exploring new territory.
  • Mutable Signs: Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces, Gemini. These are the communicator signs. The mutable signs are the ones that will talk to everyone in the group. They might be distracting, but they bring fresh ideas.

Aries the Ram (March 21–April 19)

We’re going to start with Aries, as they love taking the lead. Aries are Fire, Cardinal signs—they’re competitive, energetic, outgoing, and natural born leaders. They are always on the move, usually have a lot of friends, and seem to have ants-in-their-pants. They are notoriously impatient and live life to the fullest. Aries can also be a bit selfish, when they have an idea and want to act on it. They can also have a temper.

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You'll recognize them as they never stop moving.

Of course, Aries best gets along with their fellow Fire signs: Leo and Sagittarius. They can also get along well with their fellow Cardinal signs: Capricorn, Cancer, and Libra.

Their best love matches are Fire and Air signs: Leo, Sagittarius, Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius.

Famous Aries:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Mariah Carey
  • Joan Crawford
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Harry Houdini
  • Russell Crowe
  • Elton John
  • Bette Davis
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Sarah Jessica Parker

Taurus the Bull (April 20–May 20)

My husband's a Taurus. He's gentle, yet quietly forceful. He can take the most complicated subject and break it down in common terms. He's to-the-point and rational. He's got "sweet eyes," like George Clooney. Just. Don't. Tick. Him. Off. The bull will come out and tear up the town. Bulls are wonderfully well-meaning but don't ever trick or betray them. Loyalty is everything to them. If they trust you, they will be your rock until the day you die.

I've also noticed that he and my aunt (who is also a Taurus) love good food. Like, really, really love good the point of making themselves sick at times. I have no idea why. They also both love pumpkin. Coincidence?

You'll recognize them as they are usually the reserved, yet naturally very sassy people that are willing to talk, but don't care if they do. They are usually dressed for comfort, maybe wearing their favorite cozy sweater.

Of course, Taurus best gets along with their fellow Earth signs: Capricorn and Virgo. They can also get along well with their fellow Fixed signs: Leo, Aquarius, and Scorpio.

Their best love matches are Earth and Water signs: Capricorn, Virgo, Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio.

Famous Taurus:

  • Cher
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Adele
  • Megan Fox
  • William Shakespeare
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Carol Burnett
  • George Lucas

Gemini the Twins (May 21–June 20)

Oh, Gemini. My other grandma is a Gemini. She has to be visually stimulated constantly, and they're natural multi-taskers. There have been times when I'm visiting where she will be playing a game or watching tv while planning a task, and answering multiple people in the room. It's crazy, but Geminis can handle it. Their life is no different--they are always getting involved in new things, whether it's taking up a hobby, meeting new people, or joining a club—they do it all. If Aries is the sign of physically not sitting still, they are the mental sign of not sitting still.

Geminis also can get distracted and lose interest very quickly. Their brain is always going a mile a minute. They wouldn't have it any other way.

You'll recognize them as: they are the ones talking to everyone in the room while texting on their phone, making friend requests on Facebook, and still holding court, ever as charming.

Of course, Gemini best gets along with their fellow Air signs: Libra and Aquarius. They can also get along well with their fellow Mutable signs: Pisces, Virgo, and Sagittarius.

Their best love matches are Fire and Air signs: Leo, Aries, Sagittarius, Libra, and Aquarius.

Famous Gemini:

  • Angelina Jolie
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Johnny Depp
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Juliette Lewis
  • Kanye West
  • Natalie Portman
  • Bob Dylan
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Stevie Nicks

Cancer the Crab (June 21–July 22)

One of my good friends is a Cancer, and she is wise beyond her years. She is very naturally maternal and loves to cook. That does seem to be a strong characteristic of Cancer--that they prefer to nest at home instead of a wild time out. I've known plenty of Cancers, and they tend to be a bit feisty. I think the "feistiness" is just to protect just how sensitive they truly are. They are pretty empathic and moody, too.

You'll recognize them as: they are either the ones taking care of people or the ones standing in the corner by themselves not talking to anyone. For some reason, I've seen a lot of Cancers wear a lot of bright pink and bright orange. I don't know.

Of course, Cancer best gets along with their fellow Water signs: Pisces and Scorpio. They can also get along well with their fellow Cardinal signs: Aries, Capricorn, and Libra.

Their best love matches are Water and Earth signs: Pisces, Scorpio, Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus.

Famous Cancer:

  • Bret McKenzie
  • Tom Hanks
  • Princess Diana
  • Harrison Ford
  • Kathy Bates
  • Anthony Bourdain (R.I.P beloved chef)
  • Mel Brooks
  • Larry David
  • King Henry VIII
  • Frances McDormand

Leo the Lion (July 23–August 22)

Ah, Leo the Lion. My sign. The dramatic, emotional, obstinate, expressive Lion. Lovable yet annoying. We don’t like our feelings hurt. That’s the worst thing in the world to us. Just let us be the center of attention--is that too much to ask?

Okay, we heard that collective groan. We get it. It's always a balance between exuding and pursuing our creative ideas and driving people crazy. I think people really respect my husband after they meet me. We are good people, though, and love our family and friends. We would do anything for them, as long as they get our "rules."

Some of us are quite loud, can have hot tempers, and most of us are pretty outgoing. We're just warm creatures who love people and animals.

You’ll recognize us as: we need to make you laugh or be seen. You'll probably hear us first.

Of course, Leo best gets along with our fellow Fire signs: Aries and Sagittarius. We can also get along well with our fellow Fixed signs: Taurus, Scorpio, and Aquarius.

Their best love matches are Fire and Air signs: Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.

Famous Leos:

  • Lucille Ball
  • Maureen O' Hara
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Whitney Houston
  • Ben Affleck
  • Coco Chanel
  • Lisa Kudrow

Virgo the Virgin (August 23–September 22)

Virgos are analytical; plain and simple. Gemini likes to talk is exactly how much Virgo likes to reason. God love them; don't expect them to make a decision very fast. They are classical overthinkers, who feel most natural taking a step back and looking at the big picture. Or the minute details—it could go either way. They have a very logical approach to everything and are also great communicators. Expect them to usually be a reliable friend who will be there to listen, anytime. They give great advice. They are definitely on the shy side.