The Zodiac: Signs, Dates, Compatibility & Meanings
Zodiac signs represent the division of the zodiacal circle into twelve equal parts, starting from the point where the Sun located at the beginning of spring. This means that no sign is defined by any constellation, but by pure geometrical approach based on the seasons of the year. Each astrological sign takes full 30 degrees of a circle and represents the beginning, the continuity or the end of one season.
Astrology deals with the interpretation of an individual's natal chart. The astrological chart is built from the Earth's two distinct movements: its rotation around the Sun, which results in the cycle of the seasons and the length of daytime throughout the year, its rotation around its own axis, which rules the alternation of day and night.
The position of the celestial bodies, as seen from the Earth and the place of birth, is established in connection with a system of coordinates based on the horizon and the zenith. This is how it becomes possible to materialize the positions of the planets, the Sun, and the Moon in the window of heaven known as the Zodiac. The celestial belt where the Sun relentlessly follows his course, when seen from the Earth, is divided into twelve equal parts called zodiacal signs. It all works out as if all the human features were represented within the whole twelve signs. Each sign reflects an independent and strong typology, complementary to the other signs, expressing by itself its nature and its personality with its characteristics, its tendencies, and its motivations.
The Element of Air (Aquarius, Libra, Gemini)
In a way, the element of Air can be considered mysterious because it cannot be seen and touched, but our lives depend on it nonetheless and it is essential for every creature on Earth. Its movements are quick and unpredictable, and signs made of this element are free, fast and point to independency and the element of surprise. People born with their Sun in one of the Air signs are social, eloquent and oriented to their mental processes. Their speed will distance them from emotional depth and often make them detached and unrealistic as if earthly matters are too far from them to be handled. We may call these people thinkers, for they rely greatly on the power of their mind. They will enjoy reading, discovering interesting new information and social gatherings. On the downside, they can be superficial and too quick to judge.
Aquarius is a fixed Air sign that speaks of inevitability of change. It is a carrier of originality and ideas, one more related to the power of the mind. It speaks of our constant ability to be in touch with the Universe and the field of universal knowledge. People born with the Sun in this sign can be too erratic and unfocused, lost in their constant buzz. They will absorb more than they can metabolize and often turn to any form of humanitarian work just to handle the troubles of humanity in an acceptable manner, for they already see the world the way it should be.
The sign of Libra is an Air sign with a Cardinal quality, making people born with the Sun in it potentially innovative and incredibly open for new things. Libras bring balance and harmony into our lives, much faster than their indecisiveness will let you believe. Their main problem is the fall of the Sun in their sign as they need to come to terms with their role of announcers of autumn, the season when all things are dying down. If they accept their personality in all its glory, they become joyful but calm, those few able to mend any relationship or conflict.
The sign of Gemini is a mutable sign belonging to the element of Air. This makes it the least stable of all signs of the zodiac and people born with the Sun in Gemini can be hard to follow. They are always looking for something new and exciting, never having enough incredible experiences that will satisfy their craving for information and socializing. Their life seems like a search for something or someone to complete them and excite them enough so they can find peace. They need room to explore and show their intellectual and verbal magnificence daily.
The Element of Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Earth is concrete, visible, touchable and we can even smell it. It employs all of our senses and is composed, fixed and solid. Not prone to change for centuries or under influence of one of the other elements, this is the element of specific, unchangeable things that can be used in our material reality. All signs that belong to it are practical and turned to the material essence of existence. No Earth sign representative will settle for empty words or promises, expecting things to be touchable and real if they are to commit to them. Down to Earth just like their element would suggest, these individuals are good to be around when you need something done. They can be conservative if they lose sight of progress or get scared of time passing by. Loyal friends of substance that will never let you down, these are the exact people you need to put any plan into action and feel secure about the outcome.
Among the Earth signs, Taurus is the most stable because of its fixed quality. This can make individuals born with the Sun in it quite rigid, stubborn and unmovable, quite irritating to those marked by the element of Air. These individuals are wise, nurturing and reliable, with a mission to find physical satisfaction in this lifetime. They build a solid foundation for each relationship they commit to and won’t settle for any sort of material insecurity or fear. They need a strong basis to have some fun and enjoy their deeply calm and emotional nature. Seemingly clingy and tied up, they can be perfect companions in the long run.
Virgo is a mutable Earth sign, representing soil that is not that tough and stiff as you always expect from Earth. In general, those born with the Sun in Virgo are less set in their ways than other Earth signs, but still have trouble remaining that flexible attitude when it comes to matters of the heart and their own emotional needs. They took the best from the earthly world though, as reliable and caring, while at the same time changeable enough to be fun to be with. They need to let emotions lead the way from time to time in order to achieve true inner state of satisfaction.
The sign of Capricorn is the last Earth sign that opens us up to other worlds, everything that comes “after” and represents our strongest, inevitable faith. Cardinal quality in Capricorn individuals makes them strangely open for change, however closed up they might be for any sort of innovations along the way. Once they find a method that works, they will rarely change it but this doesn’t mean they won’t try many new things, often in secrecy out of fear of failure or making a mistake. Serious workers and career chasers, these individuals know how to reach point B from point A and are valuable as leaders and managers.
The Element of Fire (Sagittarius, Leo, Aries)
Fire may seem harmful because it burns, but it also keeps us warm and though our fiery Sun – gives us life. Its movements are not easily predicted no more than those of Air, and people born with the Sun in one of the Fire signs are temperamental and let their mind carry their fiery emotions where it may. If they get in touch with finer, emotional nature within, these individuals can use their great energy to create and initiate beauty, love and childish joy in the world. They are passionate and impulsive, often unaware of their sensitivity, and may turn to anger quickly if they get hurt. However, they forgive and forget as fast as they burn and never hold a grudge for too long. Adventurous and energetic, individuals that belong to Fire need to stay on the move, inspiring and sharing their energy and respect with other people. Passionate about everything they do while very self-aware, it is good to have them on your team as you strive for greatness.
The sign of Sagittarius is the Fire that is out of our reach, mutable in quality and really hard to grasp on. People born with their Sun in this sign are idealistic and always striving for more, aiming higher and higher, reaching for the sky. Representing the end of one season, a Sagittarius is the gentlest of all Fire signs, just like fire that goes out slowly, with all the work done and left behind. Philosophic and idealists, these individuals seem to be the closest to the element of Air and often pair with Air individuals for they seem to help them breathe.
Just like a middle child among the Fire signs, Leo craves to be the center of attention to everyone around. Belonging to the sign of fixed quality, they represent the personality that is proud and constant, with little room for change. This can make Leo representatives a tad difficult, for they have deep seeded, passionate respect for who they are and are often unaware of the requests of society and other people. Ruled by the Sun, Leo is passion and creativity in its most stable unchangeable form, giving balance to the Universe as we know it.
That temperamental trait of individuals born with the Sun in the element of Fire is best seen in a young Aries. They are dynamic and full of energy, often forgetting to slow down, look into the past for some answers and learn from their experiences. Filled with enthusiasm and childish, an Aries is a true leader that will be able to spark your inner fire in no time. When active enough and focused on ways to focus their energy on their true goals, these people are representatives of Fire in its purest and controlled form.
The Element of Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
Water is the element that is a little easier to grasp even though it still holds so much mystery to it. Its movements are more predictable and slow than those of Air and Fire, but its depths are unknown and hard to reach for all of humanity. Water can be dark and silent, but it is also refreshing and cold, filled with emotion and genetic inheritance in its core. People born with the Sun in this element are sensitive and compassionate, capable to understand motives and needs of those around them. When hurt, they tend to close their hearts and can be too dramatic in reflecting on actions of those they see as aggressors. Caring, helpful and empathetic, these individuals are capable of real intimacy and devotion, followed by profound emotions. Be careful around your watery types for they are what helps you grow and supports you on your path for as long as they are nurtured and cherished in return
As a cardinal representative of the element of Water, the sign of Cancer is compassionate and caring on first impulse. Without overthinking, those born with the Sun in Cancer will be supportive and caring, with an open mind and heart for all human differences. Once they get hurt, these people close their hearts and become overprotective of those they still love, or their country and their home. Unaware of the lack of danger that lurks around the corner, they can get too attached to their home and even become afraid of leaving it or letting go of their memories.
Scorpio is a fixed Water sign. Slippery and dark, this is a sign of all dark places, dirty rivers that need to be cleansed and ancestors that brought us where we are today. Those born with this Sun sign are intense as they carry memories of their entire family tree on their skin, and have a task to overcome emotional challenges of those that are long gone. In their “underground activities”, digging through their subconscious, these individuals will find pools of greatest energy this planet has, like rivers of lava that burn their way through the stone.
The sign of Pisces is a mutable Water sign and represents the deepest oceans in their whole glory. Wide, lost, floating on the surface of the seas, those born with the Sun in Pisces often have trouble discovering their mission and their true path in life. This is a sign of hidden talents, those that aren’t approved by one’s family, and as such it can be the cause of suffering and feelings of incompetence. Spiritual and sensitive, these people are great missionaries with a cause to follow and a talent to share with the rest of the world.