Zodiac signs have been around for thousands of years. Your date and time of birth play an essential role in this. It started with Babylonian astronomers, who wanted to use the stars in the sky to make an agricultural calendar capable of determining when they should plant and harvest crops. The calendar was based on the rising and setting of stars and constellations.
Early astronomers used the ecliptic, the sun’s path in the sky throughout the year. They created a celestial coordinate system that uses the latitude of the ecliptic and the longitude of the sun’s position at the vernal equinox. Afterward, they divided their findings into 12 longitude divisions. These divisions are what we call the 12 zodiac signs.
You can find zodiac signs in several cultures, such as the Chinese, Romans, and ancient Greeks. The word zodiac stems from the Zoidiakos, Greek for “little animal sign”; this adds up, seeing as how zodiac signs are based on animals.
No professional astrologer can say how old zodiac signs are because astrology and the signs are continuously evolving. However, recent western astrology has heavy influences from ancient Babylon and Greece. Furthermore, we can trace the zodiac back to astronomer and mathematician Ptolemy. His Tetrabiblos was published about 1800 years ago when astrology is said to have started.
Now, the zodiac is associated more with astrology than astronomy. Astronomy studies the physical universe, celestial objects, and space, as opposed to astrology, which studies the movement of planets and stars and how they relate to human events.
Astrologists believe these stars and planets possibly affect human behavior based on a person’s date of birth, which is associated with a star sign. Using the planets’ and stars’ movement and location during birth, astrologists believe they can predict a person’s personality. They do this by studying the earth’s rotation and planetary movements.Besides this, astrologers, often use zodiac signs to perform the tarot card reading.
Below are the 12 zodiac signs and their birth dates:
Aries – (March, 21-April 19)
Taurus – (April 20-May 20)
Gemini – (May 21-June 20)
Cancer – (June 21-July 22)
Leo – (July 23-August 22)
Virgo – (August 23-September 22)
Libra – (September 23-October 22)
Scorpio – (October 23-November 21)
Sagittarius – (November 22-December 21)
Capricorn – (December 22-January 19)
Aquarius – (January 20-February 18)
Pisces – (February 19-March 20)
The Four Elements
Before we get into the zodiac signs, we need to talk about the four essential elements of the signs.
All 12 zodiac signs fall under one of the four elements: air, fire, earth, and water. These elements represent the type of energy found in each sign; no two signs have the same element. Astrology is a study that attempts to use these energies to focus on the positives and to help us better determine our potential, favorable personality traits, and deal with undesirable traits.
These four elements help further distinguish the different types of personalities within these astrological signs (celestial bodies). They have strong influences on emotion, thinking and behavior. Here are detailed explanations of each sign.
According to the expert tarot card readers, Water signs are naturally emotional and extra sensitive. They are instinctual and mysterious, having a vast area of unknown depths similar to the ocean. Water signs tend to find themselves lost in deep and intimate conversations. They prefer to keep things private and support their loved ones no matter what. The water signs include Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio.
Fire signs are like the element itself; wild, temperamental, and dynamic. They quickly get angry but forgive just as easily. Also, they have intense energy and love to go on adventures. These people tend to be powerful and inspire those around them with their resilience and confidence. Fire signs are creative, intelligent, and always ready to take action. The fire signs include Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo.
Earth signs are down-to-earth and always keep those around them grounded. They are usually realistic and conservative, and these people are more in tune with material reality than most. Additionally, they stand as a source of stability, loyalty, and practicality. They are known for sticking around through rough times. The earth signs include Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo.
Air signs think before they act. They are always calm and rational. Furthermore, they are social, love to communicate, and build strong relationships with others. Also, they love to engage in intellectual and stimulating conversations. They love reading books and imparting knowledge. You can run to them for sound advice, but they can be pretty superficial sometimes. The air signs include Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra.
The Three Quadruplicities
Now that you know about the four elements and what they entail, you need to know about the three qualities (quadruplicities) that fall within each of them. These qualities also determine a person’s different personality traits, and they include cardinal, mutable, and fixed signs.
Many professional tarot card readers say” such signs always see the bigger picture”. They excel at planning, which includes brainstorming and starting the plan. However, they are not the best at seeing the plan through to the end. Therefore, they tend to have a lot of unfinished projects. They include Cancer (water), Aries (fire), Capricorn (earth), and Libra (air)
These signs have the most adaptability of all the zodiac signs. Furthermore, they are ready to take on challenges and changes in their strategy based on what is in front of them. Unfortunately, they tend not to take things seriously in some cases, which can be frustrating, especially when the situation requires them not to be jovial. They include Virgo (earth), Pisces (water), Sagittarius (fire), and Gemini (air).
These signs are ready to do the dirty work. They tend to be driven and engulf themselves in whatever they do without relenting. Some call them resilient, while others call them stubborn. Furthermore, they are self-aware and do not conform to anyone’s idea of what they should be. They include Aquarius (air), Taurus (earth), Leo (fire), and Scorpio (water).
At the end of this section, we can go into detail about the zodiac signs, their origins, and what they say about you.
Different Astrology Signs
Aries (The Ram)
Aries typically marks the start of the zodiac calendar. The sign represents people who are born between March 21 and April 19. The symbol for Aries is a ram (lamb) and is considered a Fire Sign. The Ram symbolizes new beginnings and rebirth, which makes sense that it marks the beginning of the zodiac calendar.
Additionally, this sign stems from a Greek Myth about Phrixus and Helle, heroes who were rescued by a ram covered in golden wool.
Aries love to be on top. They are competitive, athletic, and always want to win. Furthermore, they love to be the first to discover a trend, such as buying the latest pair of sneakers or phones. Not only do Aries like to complete, but they also like to argue and win. Aries excel at being world-class athletes, lawyers, and influencers.
Taurus (The Bull)
Taurus is the second zodiac sign and belongs to people born between April 20 to May 20. It is an earth sign with a bull as its representation. You can trace the origins of this sign back to several cultures. The first reference to this sign came from the Ancient Mesopotamians in about 4000 BC, who referred to it as “The Great Bull of Heaven.”
Another origin of Taurus is from Europa, a Greek myth about Zeus transforming into a bull and “wreaking havoc” on his companion, Europa.
Taurus is one of the stubbornest of the zodiacs. With that said, Taurus love to take it easy. They enjoy a relaxing and serene environment with soft sounds and relaxing aromas. So it’s not surprising to find a Taurus taking a 3-hour bath or going for spa days more often than most.
Also, they love life’s finer things and are loyal. They enjoy art and usually end up as creatives. Lastly, they love taking time with everything they do; some might even call them lazy.
Gemini (The Twins)
Gemini is the first air sign on the zodiac calendar and represents people whose date of birth falls between May 21 and June 21. The symbol for this sign is the twins, and this representation comes in different forms. The origin of Gemini can be traced back to the Babylonian era. During this era, the stars Castor and Pollux were regarded as the “Great Twins in the sky.”
In Ancient Greek myth, Pollux is said to be Zeus’ son. After the death of his friend, Castor, Pollux begs his father for immortality, a request his father grants.
Gemini is an air sign that lives for all forms of communication. They enjoy being as candid as possible. Speaking their mind is important to them, and they do it however and whenever they please.
Nevertheless, they are not always outgoing. Their personality traits vary from time to time. One minute they are chatty and all over the place and reserved the next. Geminis tend to have mastery of social skills and can converse with all kinds of people. They tend to delve into careers that enable them to be as expressive as possible. Careers such as marketing and publishing are optimal for them.
Cancer (The Crab)
Cancer is the first water sign that marks summer’s beginning and ends the first third of the astrological cycle. Every year, the sun travels through the cancer period around June 22 to July 22. The symbol for this sign is a crab. However, some cultures represent this sign as a crawfish or lobster.
In Ancient Greek myth, Cancer was a giant crab sent by Hera to fight Hercules. After several events, Hercules runs mad (killing his family) and kills the crab.
Cancers are dreamers and always have a “can-do” attitude. They appreciate family and home life, which means they enjoy quarantine and love to keep strong connections with friends and family.
However, when Cancers feel frustrated or moody, they tend to go into self-protective mode. During this period, they must be alone to care for themselves. Afterward, they return to their old selves and can now take care of others.
Like the animal that represents their sign, Cancers tend to create a hard shell around themselves to protect themselves emotionally. It takes a long time for you to build trust and get to know them for who they are.
Leo (The Lion)
Leo is the second fire sign and probably the most recognized symbol. The Leo has a lion as its representation and encompasses people born between July 23 and August 22.
The sign, again, traces back to Hercules, a significant part of Greek mythology. According to the myth, Hercules was given “12 labors” as punishment for going mad and slaughtering his children. The first labor was to kill the lion, Nemea. Hercules lost but was impressed with the lion’s bravery. Thus, he gave him a constellation as a reward.
Leos are passionate, fiercely loyal, and have a flair for dramatics. Like the lion that represents them, these people are proud and enjoy their royal status. They love attention and love to celebrate themselves, and they also love to treat themselves to the finer things in life.
People born under this sign are typically upbeat and cheerful. They are passionate and driven leaders who prefer to take action and choose a path that will favor them in life. Leos have the wildest dreams and always believe they can achieve them because they tend to have good fortune and strongly believe in themselves.
Even though they tend to focus on only themselves, they can be devout and loyal and show extreme love to those closest to them.
Virgo (The Maiden)
Virgo is the last sign in the first half of the zodiac cycle. It is the only sign represented by a woman, who is commonly regarded as “The Maiden.” This sign embodies those between August 22 to September 23.
According to history, the woman that represents Virgo is thought to be Astraea. Astraea is regarded as a virgin who represents precision, innocence, justice, and purity. According to Ancient Greek legend, one day, she will come back to earth during the beginning of the “Golden Age.”
People usually mistake Virgos for an air sign because of the Mercury influence. What this means is that their minds are always on the move. They love planning and working; you will usually find them working with lists and spreadsheets. Virgos are organizers and researchers, and most refer to them as scholars.
Virgos love hard work and ensuring everything is right regardless of the task. Furthermore, Virgos go above and beyond for their loved ones; they ensure to do their very best to help those around them and make them as happy as possible.
Virgo is an earth sign with strong ties to the goddess of wheat and agriculture, which isn’t surprising, as Virgos tend to have deep roots in the material world. They are perfectionists and always look for ways to improve themselves through practice and dedication.
Libra (The Scales)
Libra begins the second half of the zodiac cycle and is the seventh sign in the calendar. This sign applies to those born from September 23 to October 23. Furthermore, it is the second air sign. This sign is symbolized by a scale that comes from Greek mythology. This scale is meant to symbolize the Scale of Justice held by Themis, the Goddess of Law and Justice.
Libra also has strong ties with Astraea and Venus, and you can usually find them depicted in courthouses or buildings that deal with the law and justice.
Libras love peace, harmony, balance, and justice and incorporate these characteristics in their relationships and work. This is no surprise seeing what their symbol is. Their Venusian influence makes them love art, and they tend to find beauty in the mundane. They are pretty famous for being social and the best hosts at parties.
Libras appreciate one-on-one relationships, especially when it comes to romance. They appreciate peace and can associate themselves with people, but do not mistake that for meekness. They stand up for themselves and others when need is, dream big, and ensure they do all they can to achieve their goals.
Scorpio (The Scorpion)
Scorpio, a water sign, is the eighth sign in the zodiac calendar and completes the second third of it. This sign applies to people born from October 23 to November 21. Coincidentally, this sign is represented by a scorpion. You might find Scorpio associated with an eagle or snake in some cases. These animals are prevalent in mythologies from several cultures.
In Greek mythology, Orion bragged about his goal to kill all the animals in the world, but sadly, the scorpion killed him with a bite.
This water sign is one of the most private, and both Pluto and Mars influence them. Scorpios can draw people’s attention with their powerful and intense auras, and they also seem to have a bit of mystery that catches people’s attention.
Scorpios are not afraid to dig into their sexuality and spirituality, but they still ensure to have their privacy. Being in any kind of relationship (be it romantic, business-related, or platonic) with a Scorpio is not the easiest thing. This is because you could know them for years and still not scratch the surface of who they are and what they are about.
Sagittarius (The Archer)
Sagittarius is a fire sign. An archer represents this sign and takes the form of the centaur, Chiron. This sign belongs to people born between November 22 and December 21. Centaurs are half-human and half-horse and play a significant role in Greek myths. However, Chiron is one of the most famous and essential centaurs. According to legend, Chiron was a significant mentor of Achilles.
Jupiter rules this sign, which is why they magnify everything they touch. Sagittarians are larger-than-life characters that love to travel the world. They are always the life of every party and are not afraid to try new things.
Sagittarians believe learning never stops, which is why they do not relent in their quest for knowledge. They chase after knowledge and experience through intellectual, geographical, and spiritual explorations.
Additionally, they are deep thinkers and born philosophers with a solid connection to their beliefs. Sagittarians seize every moment they can to share their world views and do so without holding back. They are natural leaders, entertainers, and comedians and move toward jobs that let them travel a lot.
Capricorn (The Sea-Goat)
Capricorn is an earth sign and one of the three winter signs. It runs from December 22 to January 21. Capricorn traces its origins to Sumerian Mythology and Babylonian.
Capricorn is usually represented as a goat or, in some cases, a sea goat. Amalthea is the inspiration behind this goat. Amalthea is known for turning into a goat and singlehandedly raising Zeus, who his parents left.
Capricorns are born cheerleaders, and if you are looking for someone to motivate you and your team, they are the perfect candidates.
People born under this sign are goal-driven and never stop until they accomplish their tasks. Most know them for their work ethic because they do their work diligently and ensure they succeed wherever they find themselves, which is why some call them workaholics.
Capricorns understand and appreciate the value of time and know that everything is achievable through patience, dedication, and perseverance. Furthermore, Capricorns can navigate through the material and emotional realms seamlessly.
Besides their firm conviction towards work, they are loyal. These people tend not to have a sense of humor, but what they lack in humor, they make up for pragmatism. Stick with a Capricorn and let them show you how to take a grounded and steady approach towards doing anything. So, if you need someone logical and who can put you in the right direction, look for a Capricorn.
Aquarius (The Water Bearer)
Aquarius is the last air sign and ironically represents the symbol “water bearer.” This sign falls between January 22 to February 20.
Its inspiration comes from Ganymede, a mortal man considered by both gods and humans to be the most beautiful of mortal men. Sadly, Zeus kidnapped him when he became a water carrier on Mount Olympus. Today, when people think of Aquarius, they think of wisdom and revolution.
People born under this sign are social, quirky, calm, and aloof. You will always find these people talking to somebody because they believe they can be friends with everyone.
Like the water bearer who grants water(life) to the land, Aquarius are humanitarians who seek to better the world through affirmative actions.
These people have a sense of community; they focus on the group rather than themselves. They make decisions and take actions that benefit society, not just themselves.
Furthermore, they prefer platonic relationships to intimate ones, and you might even see them stick to unconventional relationships because they love to break away from the norm.
Pisces (The Fish)
Pisces is the last sign in the zodiac cale, and its date runs from February 20 to March 20 (in some cases, you will find that dates of signs overlap). Such sign representation is a pair of fish swimming in a circle in opposite directions.
When Typhoon, a water serpent, started intimidating Greek Titans, some gods decided to take up new forms and leave. The fish that depicted Pisces are thought to be Eros and Aphrodite, who took the form of fish.
Pisces are famous for their “heightened senses.” Not only are they able to completely understand and master their emotions, but they are also in tune with others.
These people are intuitive and sensitive; nothing ever gets past them. They are the artists, escapists, and hopeless romantics of all the signs.
The two fish moving in opposite directions represents the division of Pisces. They split their attention between fantasy and reality but realize that reality is better and healthier.
It is in their nature to run away from emotional pain by focusing on their daydream, but they tend to find positive outlets to channel these emotions. This is why you usually find them in the theater or delving into music or poetry.
Lastly, those born under Pisces tend to explore metaphysics, psychology, and spirituality. This is due to the influence of Neptune.
Conclusion: Is Astrology Signs Helps To Know The Horoscope?
- You might hear people talking about a sun sign, moon sign, or rising sign related to your birth chart. You can find a birth chart, also known as a natal chart, on the internet. Many platforms are available for Vedic astrology on the western or eastern horizon to offer free horoscopes regularly.
- People show a lot of interest in these predictions and want to know what happens in general, but more importantly, they want to know what happens to them.
You might be curious to hear about what happens in a few days, weeks, months, or even years. Maybe you want to make a big decision and need some guidance, or maybe you just need advice on what to do next.
Fortunately, there’s a way you can find answers. People have turned to the tasty dessert known as “fortune cookies’ to find answers. So, you can give them a try and see what happens.
- Finally, if you want to learn more about your personality, you can visit What Is My Sign. While there, you can enter your birthday, and the site will reveal your zodiac sign. You can also use the platform to find out about other famous people that have the same zodiac as you.