What is the Zodiac?
In the celestial sphere above us, the path which the sun travels along, has been studied for many centuries. Over the course of a year the sun travels along the ecliptic, passing twelve constellations. These constellations are known as the Signs of the Zodiac. Zodiac signs (and dates) come with their own traits, strengths and weakness. With the planets, sun and moon all in certain positions as each of us is born, we can look to our star sign for an insight into ourselves.
What Are The Individual Zodiac Signs and Dates?
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Symbol: The Ram.
Aries are seen as leaders – bold, ambitious and sometimes impulsive. They are motivated and confident. With any challenge they come across they will be the ones to take charge. Fearless in everything they tackle, they can be determined and headstrong. Like all leaders, they have a tendency to be bossy and domineering. They can be selfish and feel a sense of entitlement but are eager to please and help others. Despite being competitive they will champion the cause of the weak.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Symbol: The Bull
Trustworthy and smart the Taurus is known as the anchor of the Zodiac. They value honesty and are able to see others points of views. They are hard working and balance that with their passionate side and finding pleasures in life.
They have great levels of perseverance and will always see a job through to the end. They tend to be perfectionists who can walk away from something if it doesn’t meet their levels. Brave and resilient they demand the best of themselves and those around them. They can be set in their ways and have enormous reluctance to change. They are diligent workers and will stick to their guns.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Gemini’s are great communicators and known to be very talkative! Curious, energetic and quick-witted they have an ability to look on the bright side of life. They seem to land on their feet. They have a deep hidden emotional side and know just what to say. They can read and work a room, changing their personality as they go to suit others – a “natural chameleon”. With the twins as their symbol they can sometimes been seen as two faced and gossipy. Despite that they make good friends.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Whilst seen as a nurturing sign they can also be very sensitive. Compassionate and intuitive, they enjoy making people feel at home and really care about others. They are loyal and tend to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Highly intuitive, don’t try to keep a secret from them as they will wheedle it out of you. Being sensitive their moods can change rapidly – the lows following as rapidly as the highs. They also have difficulties letting anything go – be it a person or a belonging!
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Symbol: The Lion
Always fun to be around, they are positively charming and outgoing. Natural leaders they enjoy friendships and relationships. They are full of determination and ambition. Possessed of strength and bravery, they do not see failure as an option.
They are naturally self -confident and can be commanding. Full of generosity they will give freely of their attention, time and even money. Unfortunately this means that they can also be taken advantage of. Like all leaders, a Leo can come across as arrogant and dismissive of those who don’t fall in with their ideas. Being self-confident leads to an inability to take criticism. Luckily their optimistic and happy disposition always come through.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo’s are powerful communicators who have a great mental agility. They can be seen as picky and meticulous but are observant and can think clearly. Efficient and hard-working, they are humble and modest. They can be relied on to get the job done and are very practical. People have to work hard to earn the trust of a Virgo but when achieved they will be a friend for life. As they seek perfection in what they do, they get frustrated with others that don’t strive for the same levels.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Symbol: The Scales
The most balanced sign, they are diplomatic, inclusive and sensitive. Slow to anger they don’t hold grudges and tend to always see the best in others. Full of grace and charm, they keep the peace and make great listeners. As they tend to mask their own feelings for the sakes of others they can harbour resentment. In their desire to make everyone happy, they can be over generous in committing to all. They can sometimes come across as indecisive. They dislike being on their own and strive for harmonious partnerships.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Symbol: The Scorpion
Seeing the world in black and white there is no messing with scorpions. They are enormously curious and love to get to the bottom of things. They work hard and are keen observers. They are patient, sensitive and compassionate. They are strongly independent, make exceptional loyal friends and champion the underdog. In their search for life’s secrets they can become fixated on a plan and reluctant to change and adapt. They can also come across as brusque and intimidating. Inside though they can feel vulnerable. They can be creative, artistic and musical and will always be honest and forthright.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Symbol: The Centaur / Archer
Sagittarians are fair- minded, intellectual and honest. They are tremendous fun to be around and can be hilarious and witty. This means they generally have a lot of friends and can inspire those around them. Unfortunately their boredom level is very low and they have a reputation for being the most uncommitted in a relationship. They mix confidence with charm and come across as unpretentious. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with them?
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
With true calmness, a Capricorn will get what they want in life. They are in full control and work hard. Also determined, this can come across as being stubborn. They enjoy following rules and enjoy boundaries. They are intelligent and always keen to learn new things. They can sometimes be blinkered in how they perceive things and are known to hold a grudge. With their gift for detail, they also have the most incredible ability to remember everything!
Aquarius (January 20 -February 18)
Symbol: The Water Bearer
Strongly independent they are always looking forward. Compassionate, they have a strong perception of what is right and wrong. Being intelligent they are excellent problem solvers. That intelligence also makes them original in their thinking. They can come across as insensitive and aloof. They also have a tendency to be condescending. and bad tempered. They are so independent they enjoy having time on their own.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
They sign you will always want to turn to due to their compassion, ability to listen and broad shoulders to lean on. They are sensitive and smart. Their attention is often torn between reality and fantasy. Seen as complicated they can find it hard to let people in side of themselves and they have a weakness of being gullible. They are truly helpful and really do wear their hearts on their sleeves.
The 12 zodiac signs each belong to one of four elements: Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These represent a type of energy within each of us.
Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces)
Seen as sensitive, the Water signs are also able to demonstrate an abundance of sentimentality. In fact “their emotions are always flowing like the waves of the oceans”. No need to try and hide secrets from them as they notice everything.
Fire (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius)
With big passions, Fire signs, have high inspiration, intuition and can be spontaneous. This can sometimes mean they don’t realise the consequences of their actions. Described as wild, enthusiastic and excitable they can come across as larger than life personalities.
Earth (Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo)
The most grounded of all the signs, Earth signs, are reliable, pragmatic and sensual. They have tendencies of stubbornness and can have a workaholic outlook. They are not risk takers and in fact are duty bound. They are very practical as well as persistent.
Air (Libra, Aquarius and Gemini)
Quick witted, Air signs, lead with their minds. As well as curious, they make wonderful communicators and can be very flexible. They can be difficult to read and sometimes come across as detached. Ultimately though they are perceptive, fair and intellectual.
Zodiac signs and dates are unique, and truly fascinating. They can lead to a greater understanding of our own personality, our emotions and what lies within each of us. In the words of Dane Rudhyar “Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you”