Astrology is one of the most popular and well-known subjects of study in history. Astrology is said to have originated in Babylon in the second millennium BCE and has been used to predict the future, guide religious practices, determine the best times for certain activities, and more for millennia.
Astrology has gained widespread popularity and recognition in societies worldwide. From the Ancient Greeks and Romans to present times, where it is commonly referred to as star sign or sun signs. In this post, our astrologer Bella Martin will explore the zodiac signs and the current state of Western astrology. If you want to learn about the Chinese zodiac signs and the twelve animal signs, you should read our post here which goes into detail about Chinese astrology.
Astrology can give people a general idea of what to expect in their future, it can also be used to help people understand themselves and others better. Astrology can be a fun way to learn more about yourself and the world around you and can inspire you into taking actions you might not have otherwise done.
The 12 zodiac signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. They are each associated with a particular time of year, a particular planetary ruler, and can influence your personality traits, your character traits, and your destiny.
Each star sign is represented by a symbol, and the twelve signs are arranged in a circle called the zodiac. Each sign has different characteristics and qualities, and people born under that sign are said to have those qualities.
Each star sign has a corresponding element, these are either fire, earth, water, or air, and a modality, these are cardinal, fixed, or mutable. Each sign also has a ruling planet. Each of these is explained in more detail below.
Today, astrology is one of the most popular forms of divination in the world. Many people believe that the position of the stars and planets can influence our lives and destiny, and many consult astrologers for guidance on their life path. One of the most common ways to find out what your future holds is to consult your zodiac sign.
In order to find your zodiac sign, you need to know your date of birth. You can either use my free tool here, or you can consult this list of zodiac signs which are in order, along with their date ranges:
Aries ♈️: March 21st - April 19th
Taurus ♉️: April 20th - May 20th
Gemini ♊️: May 21st - June 20th
Cancer ♋️: June 21st - July 22nd
Leo ♌️: July 23rd - August 22nd
Virgo ♍️: August 23rd - September 22nd
Libra ♎️: September 23rd - October 22nd
Scorpio ♏️: October 23rd - November 21st
Sagittarius ♐️: November 22nd - December 21st
Capricorn ♑️: December 22nd - January 19th
Aquarius ♒️: January 20th - February 18th
Pisces ♓️: February 19th - March 20th
Each of the 12 signs are divided into four groups, or quadruplicities, based on their elemental association: fire, earth, air, and water. These elements represent an essential type of energy. Each of the four elements contain three astrological signs. Each sign has one of the four elements, and the elements exhibit profound influence on basic traits, behaviors, and actions. Each element has a different meaning and influence on our lives.
The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. These signs are associated with the element of fire, which is associated with passion, energy, and enthusiasm.
The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. These signs are associated with the element of earth, which is associated with stability, practicality, and realism.
The air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. These signs are associated with the element of air, which is associated with communication, intellectualism, and social interactions.
The water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. These signs are associated with the element of water, which is associated with emotions, intuition, and imagination.
There are three zodiac sign modalities: mutable, fixed, and cardinal. Each modality has its own strengths and weaknesses. Mutable signs are good at adaptability and change, but they can also be indecisive and easily swayed. Fixed signs are reliable and consistent, but they can also be inflexible and stubborn. Cardinal modality signs are ambitious and driven, but they can also be domineering and aggressive.
Which modality you belong to will influence your personality and character traits and how you interact with the world around you. If you know your zodiac sign, you can find out which modality it belongs to below.
Cardinal signs comprise Aries (fire), Capricorn (earth), Libra (air), and Cancer (water).
Mutable signs comprise Sagittarius (fire), Virgo (earth), Gemini (air), and Pisces (water).
Fixed signs comprise Leo (fire), Taurus (earth), Aquarius (air), and Scorpio (water).
The 12 houses of astrology are the foundation of this ancient practice. Each house represents a different area of life, and the planets moving through the houses influence our experiences in those areas. The ascendant, or rising sign, is the most important planet in a birth chart, as it represents the self. The other 11 houses each represent a different area of life, from family and home to love and relationships, to career and ambition. The houses provide a helpful framework for understanding how the planets influence our lives.
There are 12 houses in astrology, each representing a different area of life.
The first house, also known as the ascendant, is the most important house. It represents the self, the ego, and the individual's outward appearance.
The second house represents the material world and the things that we value, such as money and possessions.
The third house represents communication and the way we interact with others.
The fourth house represents home and family.
The fifth house represents creativity and self-expression.
The sixth house represents work and service.
The seventh house represents relationships and partnerships.
The eighth house represents sex, death, and transformation.
The ninth house represents higher education, travel, and philosophy.
The tenth house represents career and public reputation.
The eleventh house represents friends and community.
The twelfth house represents the subconscious, the hidden, and the mystical.
This next section is going to look at different aspects of astrology one sign at a time, the 12 zodiac signs dates, planetary rulers, and the meaning behind them.
Symbol: The Ram
Ruling Planet: Mars
Ruling House: First House - House of Self
Key Traits: Creativity, passion, and energy
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the ram. As a fire sign ruled by the planet Mars, Aries' key traits are creativity, passion, and energy. Aries is the cardinal fire sign and is known for its masculine nature, passion, and energy. People born under this sign are often natural leaders and are always up for a challenge. They are also known for their impulsive nature and their ability to make things happen. Aries are always moving forward and are always looking for new adventures.
Symbol: The Bull
Ruling Planet: Venus
Ruling House: Second House - House of Value
Key Traits: Stability, security, and reliability
Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is represented by the bull. As an earth sign ruled by the planet Earth, Taurus' key traits are stability, security, and reliability. The fixed earth sign is known for its stability and practicality. People born under this sign are usually reliable and down-to-earth, and they make good friends and partners. They are often very successful in their chosen field, because they are able to focus and work hard. Fixed earth signs can be a bit inflexible at times, but they usually mean well.
Symbol: The Twins
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Ruling House: Third House - House of Sharing
Key Traits: Communication, ideas, and movement
Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the twins. As an air sign ruled by the planet Mercury, Gemini's key traits are communication, ideas, and movement. The mutable air sign is known for being adaptable, changeable, and flexible. People born under this sign are often able to quickly adapt to new situations and change their plans on the fly. They are also known for being intellectual and communicative, and are often skilled at multitasking. Aries often have a busy mind and are constantly thinking about new ideas.
Symbol: The Crab
Ruling Planet: The Moon
Ruling House: Fourth House - House of Home and Family
Key Traits: Sensitive, sentimental, and a homebody
Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the crab. As a water sign ruled by the Moon, Cancer's key traits are sensitive, sentimental, and a homebody. The cardinal water sign is known for its strong emotions and intuition. People born under this sign are highly sensitive and compassionate, and they have a deep understanding of the human condition. They are natural healers and often use their gifts to help others. They are also highly creative and have a strong connection to the natural world.
Symbol: The Lion
Ruling Planet: The Sun
Ruling House: Fifth House - House of Pleasure
Key Traits: Courage, strength, and nobility
Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the lion. As a fire sign ruled by the Sun, Leo's key traits are courage, strength, and nobility. Leo is dominated by its masculine nature. The fixed fire sign is known for being determined, passionate, and assertive. People born under this sign are often natural leaders, and they are not afraid to take risks. They are also known for being loyal and protective of those they care about.
Symbol: The Virgin
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Ruling House: Sixth House - House of Health
Key Traits: Logical, practical, and systematic
Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the virgin. As an earth sign ruled by the planet Mercury, Virgo's key traits are logical, practical, and systematic. The mutable earth sign is known for its adaptability and ability to change with the seasons. People born under this sign are often known for their love of nature and their connection to the earth. Mutable earth signs are often creative and have a strong connection to their intuition.
Symbol: The Scales
Ruling Planet: Venus
Ruling House: Seventh House - House of Balance
Key Traits: Balance, beauty, and harmony
Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the scales. As an air sign ruled by the planet Venus, Libra's key traits are balance, beauty, and harmony. The cardinal air sign is known for its high intellect and its ability to communicate clearly and effectively. People born under this sign are often known for their adaptability and their ability to quickly change to new situations. The cardinal air sign are excellent thinkers and problem solvers, and are often able to see both sides of any issue. Libras are also very social and outgoing, and enjoy being around other people.
Symbol: The Scorpion
Ruling Planets: Pluto and Mars
Ruling House: Eighth House - House of Transformation
Key Traits: Passionate, determined, and instincts
Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the scorpion. As a water sign ruled by the planets Pluto and Mars, Scorpio's key traits are passionate, determined, and instinctive. The fixed water sign is known for having a strong emotional presence and being highly intuitive. People born under this sign are often natural caregivers and often put the needs of others before their own. Fixed water signs are incredibly loyal and supportive, but can also be quite jealous and possessive. They tend to be passionate and sensitive, and often have a deep connection to the spiritual world.
Symbol: The Archer
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Ruling House: Ninth House - House of Purpose
Key Traits: Adventure, optimistic, and learning
Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the archer. As a fire sign ruled by the planet Jupiter, Sagittarius' key traits are adventure, optimistic, and learning. The mutable fire sign is known for being adaptable and changeable. People born under this sign are often always on the go, and their energy is contagious. They are also known for being impulsive and impetuous. They can be reckless and careless at times, but they are also full of life and passion.
Symbol: The Goat
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Ruling House: Tenth House - House of Enterprise
Key Traits: Industrious, determination, and practicality
Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the goat. As an earth sign ruled by the planet Earth, Capricorn's key traits are industrious, determination, and practicality. The cardinal earth sign is known for its strong determination and practicality. People born under this sign are often natural leaders, and they are often very successful in fields such as business and finance. They are also known for their down-to-earth approach to life, and they are often very level-headed and sensible.
Symbol: The Water Bearer
Ruling Planet: Uranus
Ruling House: Eleventh House - House of Blessings
Key Traits: Individualistic, intelligent, and invention
Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the water bearer. As an air sign ruled by the planet Uranus, Aquarius' key traits are individualistic, intelligent, and invention. The fixed air sign is known for being analytical and detached. People born under this sign are often very intelligent and have a great capacity for critical thinking. They can be quite detached from their emotions, which can make them seem unemotional or even cold. However, this doesn't mean that they don't feel things deeply, they just tend to process their emotions in a more rational way. Fixed air signs are often very good at problem-solving and can be very helpful in a crisis. They are usually very reliable and can be counted on to keep their word.
Symbol: The Fish
Ruling Planets: Neptune
Ruling House: Twelfth House - House of Sacrifice
Key Traits: Compassionate, imaginative, and emotional
Pisces is the twelfth and final sign of the zodiac, and its symbol is the fish. As a water sign ruled by the planet Neptune, Pisces' key traits are compassionate, imaginative, and emotional. People born under this sign are often known for their emotional depth and sensitivity. The mutable water sign is known for its ability to adapt to any situation. They are also compassionate and caring, and are often the sign that people turn to when they need comfort and support; Pisces are always there to support their loved ones.
Most people are familiar with the tropical zodiac, which is based on the seasons; all the above describes the tropical zodiac. The sidereal zodiac, on the other hand, is based on the constellations. They are both based on ecliptic coordinates and how the earth revolves around the sun. Both systems have their pros and cons, but ultimately it's up to the individual to decide which one they prefer.
The tropical zodiac is more closely aligned with the natural world and the changing seasons. This can be seen as a positive, as it reminds us of the cyclical nature of life and the importance of staying in tune with the natural world. On the downside, however, the tropical zodiac can be less accurate when it comes to predicting future events.
The sidereal zodiac, on the other hand, is based on the fixed stars and is therefore more accurate from an astrological perspective. This can be seen as a positive, as it can give us a more accurate picture of the future. On the downside, however, the sidereal zodiac can be less in touch with the natural world and the changing seasons.
We hope you enjoyed this post about the different signs dates and their meanings of the zodiac.
The twelve zodiac signs are divided into twelve equal parts and this has a profound influence on basic character traits of everyone. The influences of the signs are thought to be due to the positions of the planets and the positions of the sun at the person's time of birth and year of a person's birth.
Each sign has their own traits and ways that they can best be understood. We hope that this information will help you learn more about yourself and others in your life!
Once you understand what each sign is about, they can help describe the unique personality types associated with people close to you even better than before. This post was an introduction to each sign, there is still plenty more to understand.
Thank you for reading, we at playwithlife.org are always excited when one of our posts is able to provide useful information on a topic like this!