The Signs of the Zodiac

Learning about the signs of the zodiac is an important first step in understanding astrology. Included, below are brief descriptions of the 12 signs, including the dates during which the Sun is in each sign. There are variations on sun sign dates due to leap years which affect the calendar day but not the Sun's position. To verify your Sun sign, contact a professional astrologer.

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Aries

Mar 21 - Apr 19

Primary Motivation: To develop courage, strengthen willpower
Strengths: Vitality, directness, survival instinct
Positive Expression: Taking on meaningful challenges that are aligned with personal values
Negative Expression: Combativeness, wasting energy on minor arguments and frustrations

Symbol: The Ram

Element: Fire 

Color: Red

Planetary Ruler: Mars

Archetypes: Risk-Taker, Pioneer, Survivor, Warrior

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Taurus

Apr 20 - May 20

Symbol: The Bull

Element: Earth 

Color: Green

Planetary Ruler: Venus

Archetypes: Musician, Earth Spirit, Quiet One

Primary Motivation: To find inner peace, serenity, simplicity
Strengths: Simplicity, artistry, dislike of drama
Positive Expression: Developing a strong inner security that can accommodate change
Negative Expression: Becoming overly materialistic or stagnant out of fear of change

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Gemini

May 21 - Jun 20

Symbol: The Twins

Element: Air 

Color: Yellow

Planetary Ruler: Mercury

Archetypes: Teacher, Storyteller, Witness, Writer

Primary Motivation: To communicate, observe life, share information
Strengths: Curiosity, restlessness, open-mindedness
Positive Expression: Using the intellect to learn and teach life-enhancing information
Negative Expression: Becoming exhausted through excessive worry or external chatter

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Cancer

Jun 21 - Jul 22

Symbol: The Crab

Element: Water 

Color: White and Silver

Planetary Ruler: Moon

Archetypes: Nurturer, Sensitive, Therapist

Primary Motivation: To feel depth of emotions, develop trust, acceptance
Strengths: Compassion, empathy, desire to nurture
Positive Expression: Being sensitive to others while keeping strong boundaries
Negative Expression: Becoming easily overwhelmed and overly defensive

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Leo

Jul 23 - Aug 22

Symbol: The Lion

Element: Fire 

Color: Gold

Planetary Ruler: Sun

Archetypes: King/Queen, Performer, Child

Primary Motivation: To fully express one's creativity, own personal style
Strengths: Creative flair, sense of drama, ability to perform
Positive Expression: Developing self-appreciation and finding joy in creation
Negative Expression: Being overly dependent upon the approval of others

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Virgo

Aug 23 - Sep 22

Symbol: The Virgin

Element: Earth

Color: Light Green

Planetary Ruler: Mercury

Archetypes: Perfectionist, Critic, Analyst

Primary Motivation: To grow towards an ideal, develop skills and fulfill greatest potential
Strengths: Analytical ability, desire to serve
Positive Expression: Focusing on improvement and growth while maintaining appreciation for existing conditions
Negative Expression: Becoming pessimistic, turning analysis into criticalness

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Libra

Sep 23 - Oct 22

Symbol: The Scales

Element: Air 

Color: Pink and Blue

Planetary Ruler: Venus

Archetypes: Artist, Lover, Peacemaker

Primary Motivation: To create greater harmony and balance through relationships and artistic expression
Strengths: Diplomacy, tact, dislike of discord
Positive Expression: Learning how to compromise without betraying own values
Negative Expression: Denying own needs, being unable to take assertive action

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Scorpio

Oct 23 - Nov 21

Symbol: The Scorpio or The Eagle

Element: Water

Color: Black

Planetary Ruler: Pluto (traditional ruler: Mars)

Archetypes: Detective, Hypnotherapist, Psychologist

Primary Motivation: To live life with intensity, and be willing to face deep feelings honestly
Strengths: Desire for truth, inability to ignore feelings
Positive Expression: Accepting the reality of intense or hidden emotions
Negative Expression: Being controlled by unconscious emotional patterns, or hiding truth from self or others

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Sagittarius

Nov 22 - Dec 21

Symbol: The Archer

Element: Fire 

Color: Purple

Planetary Ruler: Jupiter

Archetypes: Student, Philosopher, Explorer, Gypsy

Primary Motivation: To expand awareness, find life meaning through a variety of experiences
Strengths: Sense of adventure, faith, humor
Positive Expression: Becoming aware of the meaning inherent in everyday experiences
Negative Expression: Losing sense of purpose through over- extending self and energies

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Capricorn

Dec 22 - Jan 19

Symbol: The Seagoat

Element: Earth

Color: Brown and Grey

Planetary Ruler: Saturn

Archetypes: Authority, Strategist, Hermit

Primary Motivation: To pursue and achieve goals in alignment with highest personal integrity
Strengths: Self-discipline, patience, self-reliance
Positive Expression: Balancing achievements with emotional/relationship needs
Negative Expression: Allowing goals to supersede other needs, becoming lonely or authoritarian

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Aquarius

Jan 20 - Feb 18

Symbol: The Knowledge Bearer

Element: Air 

Color: Blue

Planetary Ruler: Uranus (traditional ruler: Saturn)

Archetypes: Nonconformist, Scientist, Revolutionary, Genius

Primary Motivation: To claim the freedom to be oneself and attain true individuality
Strengths: Original thinker, willing to break the rules
Positive Expression: Being self-aware and true to unique path
Negative Expression: Living life in reaction -- either overly observant of rules, or rebelling against all structure

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Pisces

Feb 18 - Mar 20

Symbol: The Fish

Element: Water

Color: Green and Brown

Planetary Ruler: Neptune (traditional ruler: Jupiter)

Archetypes: Mystic, Poet, Romantic, Idealist

Primary Motivation: To develop spiritual awareness and higher consciousness
Strengths: Imaginative, idealistic, compassionate
Positive Expression: Developing spiritual or artistic connection that transcends physical reality
Negative Expression: Getting lost in escapist activities or a fantasy world

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The Signs of the Zodiac

Learning about the signs of the zodiac is an important first step in understanding astrology. Included, below are brief descriptions of the 12 signs, including the dates during which the Sun is in each sign. 

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Planets

There are 10 primary planets in the birth chart, each with their own meanings, expressions and affinities with The Signs of the Zodiac. Visit this page on a desktop computer to find out more

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The Houses

In Western astrology, a chart is drawn in the shape of a 360֩ circle, with 12 wedge-shaped divisions called "houses." Each house represents a different area of life experience, with the progression of houses following a sequence of development. Visit this page on a desktop computer to find out more

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Planets

These are the primary planets in the birth chart and their basic meanings.

Primary meaning:

Self-image, personal identity


Chart placement shows:

How a person feels most fulfilled, and the areas of life that most contribute to self-knowledge and personal fulfillment


Positive expression:

Strong sense of self, without being self-centered


Negative expression:

Selfish, insensitive, vain, inflexible, controlling
 

Does not go retrograde


Significator sign of affinity:

Leo

Sun

Primary meaning:

Emotional well-being, fulfillment

 

Chart placement shows:

What kinds of experience are most emotionally satisfying, and the areas of life that most contribute to emotional fulfillment

Positive expression:

Emotionally fulfilled, experiences emotions without being overwhelmed

 

Negative expression:

Self-indulgent, timid, indecisive, moody 

Does not go retrograde

 

Significator sign of affinity:  

Cancer

Moon

Primary meaning:

Mental activities, communication style

 

Chart placement shows:

How learning occurs, subjects of interest, in what area of life communication skills are most important

 

Positive expression:

Able to learn easily and communicate well

 

Negative expression:

Nervous, worried, inconsistent

 

When retrograde:

Likely to be more reserved in communications. In the positive, more able to understand own thinking process, comfortable with introspection; in the negative, fearful of verbally expressing own truth and opinions.

 

Significator sign of affinity:

Gemini and Virgo

Mercury

Primary meaning:

Relationships with people and things of

personal value

 

Chart placement shows:

How relationships are formed, how love is defined, in what area of life most important relationships are formed

 

Positive expression:

Relates well to others, has healthy relationships, appreciates aesthetics

 

Negative expression:

Manipulative, vain, spineless, materialistic

 

When retrograde:

More subjective/spiritual in the evaluation of beauty and relationships. In the positive, more easily turns to relationship with self for fulfillment; in the negative, may be uncomfortable being vulnerable and intimate with others.

 

Primary sign of affinity:

Taurus and Libra

Venus

Primary meaning:

Assertiveness, willpower, physical activity

 

Chart placement shows:

How desires are pursued, how initiative is taken, in what area of life courage is developed

 

Positive expression:

Able to act assertively and decisively

 

Negative expression:

Selfish, cruel, angry, insensitive, irritable

 

When retrograde:

Likely to review options carefully before taking action. In the positive, a strong inner courage; in the negative, difficulty in being self-assertive or in pursuing desires

Primary sign of affinity:

Aries and Scorpio

Mars

Primary meaning:

Self-confidence, faith, optimism

 

Chart placement shows:

How and where self-confidence and faith are needed and developed

 

Positive expression:

Feels good about self and life, has balanced approach to new adventures

 

Negative expression:

Overly optimistic, denies reality, overextends, has pretenses

 

When retrograde:

Seeks riches within rather than in the outer world. In the positive, more focused on spiritual growth and internal contentment; in the negative, may have difficulty being generous and carefree

 

Primary sign of affinity:

Sagittarius and Neptune

Jupiter

Primary meaning:

Self-discipline, self-respect, ability to be alone

 

Chart placement shows:

Where integrity and self-reliance are essential, where fears and laziness must be overcome

 

Positive expression:

Able to set goals, focus energies, rely on self

 

Negative expression:

Depressed, cynical, cold, lack of imagination

 

When retrograde:

A strong inner endurance and self-protective urge. In the positive, able to be strong under pressure; in the negative, may be more self-critical

 

Primary sign of affinity:

Capricorn and Aquarius

Saturn

Primary meaning:

Independence, individuality, originality

Chart placement shows:

How rebellious nature is expressed, where questioning of authority is healthy and essential

Positive expression:

Lives according to own truth, walks own path, stands up for own beliefs

Negative expression:

Contrary, stubborn, selfish, unreliable, insensitive, eccentric

When retrograde:

Greater attunement to intuitive information. In the positive, more able to experience higher planes of consciousness; in the negative, more disorganized and less able to focus on using higher energies in practical ways

Primary sign of affinity:

Aquarius

Uranus

Primary meaning:

Connection to something greater than the

self, awareness of soul

 

Chart placement shows:

How spiritual insights unfold, where they are most likely to occur, and where disillusionment is experienced

 

Positive expression:

Sees larger perspective, is able to detach from life’s dramas

 

Negative expression:

Confused, lazy, lost in fantasy or escapist activities

 

When retrograde:

Greater focus on spiritual aspects of life. In the positive, increases psychic abilities; in the negative, sensitivities may create difficulties in dealing with physical realities

 

Primary sign of affinity:

Pisces

Neptune

Primary meaning:

Fulfillment of mission, use of personal

power

Chart placement shows:

How a sense of personal mission manifests, where the greatest potentials for transformative experiences and personal empowerment are found

Positive expression:

Uses personal power without being controlling, follows higher purpose

Negative expression:

Rigid, power-hungry, violent, has sense of meaninglessness

When retrograde:

Able to explore personal motivations and workings of the unconscious. In the positive, psychological stamina increased; in the negative, may have isolationist tendencies

Primary sign of affinity:

Scorpio

Pluto

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1st House

A seed is planted. An identity is born. Personal style, ego development, physical appearance and body type, vitality, personality traits most apparent to others.

(Natural rulers: Aries/Mars)

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2nd House

Roots grow. A foundation is established. Personal resources, finances, material possessions, self-worth, earning and spending habits, personal values and opinions.

(Natural rulers: Taurus/Venus)

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3rd House

Leaves grow. Expansion begins into the environment. Early childhood education, learning and reasoning, everyday routines and communications, relationships with siblings and neighbors, short-distance travel.

(Natural rulers: Gemini/Mercury)

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4th House

Flowers form. Emotional nurturing is stabilized. Home environment, emotional patterns and programming, parental influences from childhood, relationship with parent of the opposite sex.

(Natural rulers: Cancer/Moon)

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5th House

Fruit develops. Personal expression gains form. Self-expression, creativity, play and playfulness, children, risk-taking, amusements, pleasure, romance.

(Natural rulers: Leo/Sun)

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6th House

Harvesting begins. Taking on responsibilities. Chores and responsibilities, employment environment, physical health and nutritional needs, skills-building, service to others.(Natural rulers: Virgo)

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7th House

Stasis is achieved. Balancing self and other. Partnerships, one-on-one commitments, significant others, cooperation, interdependence, projections onto others of aspects of self not yet claimed.

(Natural rulers: Libra/Venus)

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8th House

Leaves fall and decay. Adapting to that which cannot be controlled. Shared resources, others' opinions, powerful emotions, sexuality and intimacy, experiences of death and rebirth, mysteries.

(Natural rulers: Scorpio/Pluto)

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9th House

Seeds are carried on the wind. Expansion of awareness and sense of meaning. Philosophy, religion, higher education, wisdom and intuition, long-distance travel and adventures that expand one's world view.

(Natural rulers: Sagittarius/Jupiter)

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10th House

The seeds fall to earth. Participation in a greater purpose. Career or vocation, visible role in society, personal mission, role models, authority figures, relationship with parent of the same sex.

(Natural rulers: Capricorn/Saturn)

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11th House

Many seeds from many sources find fertile ground. Realization of personal and group needs. Personal dreams and wishes, social relationships and acquaintances, support groups, projects and activities with like-minded people.

(Natural rulers: Aquarius/Uranus)

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12th House

Nature at rest. Development of inner spiritual and creative resources. Spirituality, mental health, aspects of self usually kept hidden, solitude and quiet time, dream world, the void, subconscious.

(Natural rulers: Pisces/Neptune)

In Western astrology, a chart is drawn in the shape of a 360֩ circle, with 12 wedge-shaped divisions called "houses." Each house represents a different area of life experience, with the progression of houses following a sequence of development.

Several planets in one house of a chart indicates more opportunities and challenges in that area during the lifetime. It is common to have "empty" houses in a chart, that do not contain any planets. This does not mean that these areas of life will not be important, but merely that the primary areas of growth are found elsewhere.

The theme of each house corresponds with a different stage of nature's life cycle. These are included in the brief descriptions below, along with the "natural rulers" of each house -- the sign and planet that most resonate with the issues represented by the house.

 

The Houses