The Signs of the Zodiac

zodiacThe names of the 12 signs of the zodiac are based on the constellations. But the signs through which the planets travel are actually a division of the sky into 12 equal segments of 30 degrees each. The meanings of the zodiac signs in astrology are detailed below, with a discussion of each of the signs’ ruling planets.

There is much more to astrology than just Sun signs, but every sign has its own personality, due to the signs planetary rulership. Here is the meaning of each sign:

Aries (March 22 – April 20) – ruled by Mars, the God of War. Cardinal fire sign. Aggression, leadership, enterprise, warfare, anger, beginnings (Aries is the first sign of the zodiac), impulse, passion, inspiration, rapid movement, vengeance. Read more…

Taurus (April 21 – May 21) – ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love. Fixed earth sign. Stability/stagnation, beauty, pleasure, material things, love, debauchery, money, prosperity, maintenance of status quo, real estate, stubborness. Read more…

Gemini (May 22 – June 21) – ruled by Mercury, the Trickster/Messenger God. Mutable air sign. Communication, cleverness, trickery, commerce, analysis, reason, dispersal, intellect, dispute, changeability. Read more…

Cancer (June 22 – July 23) – ruled by the Moon, the lesser luminary. Cardinal water sign. Intense emotion, rapid movement, changeability, love of travel, need for variety, oracles and divination, adaptability, hidden things, beginnings (Cancer is a cardinal sign). Read more…

Leo (July 24 – August 23) – ruled by the Sun, the greater luminary. Fixed fire sign. Royalty, nobility, stability/stagnation, inspiration, passion, leadership, maintenance of status quo, stubborness. Read more…

Virgo (August 24 – September 23) – ruled by Mercury, the Trickster/Messenger God. Mutable earth sign. Communication, material things, tangible reality, intellect, analysis, cleverness, trickery, commerce, real estate, changeability. Read more…

Libra (September 24 – October 23) – ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love. Cardinal air sign. Beauty, pleasure, intellect, communication, aesthetic senses, love, debauchery, analysis, reason, beginnings. Read more…

Scorpio (October 24 – November 22) – ruled by Pluto, the God of War. Fixed water sign. Warfare, aggression, intense emotion, hidden things, maintenance of status quo, vengeance, stubborness. Read more…

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 22) – ruled by Jupiter, the Greater Benefic. Mutable fire sign. Expansion, learning, changeability, passion, inspiration, foreign countries, religion. Read more…

Capricorn (December 23 – January 20) – ruled by Saturn, the Greater Malefic. Cardinal earth sign. Leadership, restriction, limitation, rapid movement, material things, tangible reality, real estate, beginnings. Read more…

Aquarius (January 21 – February 19) – ruled by Saturn, the God of the Sky. Fixed air sign. Stability/stagnation, maintenance of the status quo, stubborness, restriction, intellect, analysis, communication, cleverness. Read more…

Pisces (February 20 – March 21) – ruled by Neptune, the God of the Sea. Mutable water sign. Religion, expansion, learning, changeability, intense emotion, hidden things, endings. Read more…

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