Zodiac Signs
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Zodiac Signs

A detailed guide to astrology and all 12 signs of the zodiac, including traits, compatibility and daily horoscopes.

A detailed guide to astrology and the characteristics of the 12 signs of the zodiac, including traits, personality, compatibility and daily horoscopes.

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Astrology can teach you a significant amount about yourself, your personality, your wants, and your needs. There are twelve star signs overall and each one is powerful in their own unique way. Although not all signs are compatible when it comes to friendships and relationships, there isn’t a specific sign that is better or worse than the others. Each sign has their own strengths, weaknesses, and general personality traits associated with it. They are also associated with a specific symbol, animal, planet, power color, and tarot card.

In order to unlock information about your core personality, all you need to know is the date of your birth. Why? Because your star sign is determined by the sun’s positioning during that time. Remember, although the sun doesn’t move, it looks to be in constant motion from our position on earth. Its spot at the exact moment of your birth determines your sun sign, which is the main astrological sign that you usually see referenced in articles and on social media. Your sun sign tells you about your overall personality, your likes and dislikes, and your romantic compatibility with other signs.

Although sun signs are the first thing you learn when you start studying astrology, you also have a rising sign and a moon sign. Your moon sign is determined by the moon’s position at the time of your birth, but this is a bit trickier to figure out. In addition to knowing your date of birth, you need to know the specific time and location of your birth. Your rising sign is also determined with these three crucial pieces of information. If you want to take things a step further and get the most in-depth look at yourself possible, then you can check out the planets and placements in your birth chart. This will give you a complete snapshot of your personality. However, your sun sign alone can provide an immense amount of information about your sense of self and the way you navigate this world, so don’t worry if it’s all you know right now.

The twelve sun signs are divided into four zodiac elements, or triplicities. These are called fire signs, earth signs, air signs, and water signs. The fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are passionate and spontaneous. They have short tempers, but their creativity and enthusiasm make them excellent employees and partners. The earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) are grounded and responsible. They lead stable lives and avoid taking unnecessary risks that could put them in danger. The air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) are curious and wise. Although they are filled with knowledge, they are daydreamers with their heads in the clouds. And the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) are sensitive and empathetic. They feel every emotion deeply and have vivid imaginations.

Then there are the quadruplicities, also known as modalities. The modalities represent three different life conditions — creation (cardinal), preservation (fixed), and transformation (mutable). For example, one of the fire signs is considered a cardinal sign, another fire sign is considered fixed, and the last fire sign is considered mutable. This is true for every element. The cardinal signs, which occur at the beginning of a new season, are natural leaders. These signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Then there are fixed signs who are reliable and consistent. These are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Lastly, there are mutable signs, who are adaptable and open-minded. They are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.

Whether you’re a beginner astrologer or a professional astrologer, knowing your sun sign can tell you a lot about yourself. The better you get to know your own traits and tendencies, the more confident you’ll feel about your strengths and the easier it will be to work on your weaknesses. Whether you’re trying to uncover more about yourself or others, astrology is informational — and just plain fun!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aries are known to be curious and enigmatic individuals who enjoy socializing. They possess a sharp intellect and are able to articulate their thoughts quickly and effectively. Their passion, enthusiasm, and high energy helps them stay focused and determined to reach their goals. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Taurus are known to be reliable friends and partners. They take their responsibilities seriously and stick to rigid schedules to keep life predictable. Although they can be stubborn and set in their ways, they are dependable and always follow through on promises. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Geminis are known to be flexible and fun-loving. They are social butterflies who can hold long, interesting conversations about any topic. Their curiosity and intelligence encourages them to learn as much about others as possible. They stay open-minded and never judge. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Cancers are known to be nurturing and compassionate caretakers. They have huge hearts and think selflessly in every situation. Although they come across as sweet and sensitive, they are fiercely protective of their loved ones and will do anything to keep them safe. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Leos are known to be ambitious, intelligent, and determined. They are natural leaders who never back down from a challenge. They are also incredibly loyal and keep their friends around for life. Their courage and confidence convince them to keep their standards and expectations high. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Virgos are known to be practical, patient, and hardworking. They will put consistent effort into reaching their dreams because they are goal-oriented. However, since they are perfectionists, they can be overly critical of themselves and have a tendency to overthink. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Libras are known to be charming and extroverted. They are peacemakers who wish everyone would get along. Since they are uncomfortable with conflict, they won’t always speak their mind. However, they see the best in everyone and consider themselves eternal optimists. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Scorpios are known to be ambitious, brave, and determined. They work hard to complete their goals and always speak with honesty. Although they have a jealous, vindictive side, they are incredibly loyal. When they make a commitment, they take it seriously. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius are known to be hilarious and laidback. They are social butterflies who want to make everyone around them laugh out loud. Their optimism and open-mindedness help them get along with everyone they meet. They are excellent conversationalists and listeners. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorns are known to be persistent and intelligent. Since they are overachievers, they’re always working. They put one hundred percent of their effort into every job and relationship because they care deeply. They might seem clinical at times, but they are secretly sensitive. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius are known to be creative and assertive. They have strong opinions and prefer to make their own choices instead of following a leader. Since they are so independent, they need a lot of freedom and space. They can take care of themselves, so they never want to rely on anyone else. Read your sign’s full profile here. Read your sign’s full profile here.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Pisces are known to be sensitive, generous, and empathetic. They put others before themselves because they cannot stand to see anyone in pain. Their huge heart causes a lot of stress because they’re always doing favors for others. They rarely relax. Read your sign’s full profile here.

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