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Zodiac signs, also known as astrological signs, are based on the positions of the sun, moon, and planets at the time of a person’s birth. Each sign is thought to be associated with specific traits that influence a person’s personality, behavior, and potential destiny.
The signs are divided into four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Fire correlates with passion and enthusiasm, earth with practicality and stability, air with communication and intellectualism, and water with emotion and intuition.
While some believe that astrology provides woo-woo explanations not proven by science, others think it can provide deep meaning in their life to improve their self-care routine, manifest greater happiness, and learn more about who they are as a person. We’ll give you the lowdown of what each zodiac sign means so you can establish your own beliefs about astrology.
What are the 12 zodiac signs?
- Aries: March 21 to April 19
- Taurus: April 20 to May 20
- Gemini: May 21 to June 20
- Cancer: June 21 to July 22
- Leo: July 23 to August 22
- Virgo: August 23 to September 22
- Libra: September 23 to October 22
- Scorpio: October 23 to November 21
- Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21
- Capricorn: December 22 to January 19
- Aquarius: January 20 to February 18
- Pisces: February 19 to March 20
Aries: March 21 to April 19
Aries is a fire sign known for intense passion and energy. Aries’ are often leaders, meaning they’re initiative, confident, determined, and assertive. Other qualities include ambition and competitiveness, but they can also be impulsive, impatient, and quick-tempered.
A tip for Aries: Think before you act.
Taurus: April 20 to May 20
As a Taurus, you’re an earth sign associated with stability, practicality, and sensuality. You love sticking to your routine. Your main qualities include being patient, dependable, hardworking, and loyal, but you tend to be stubborn and possessive. You enjoy a relaxing night in — a bubble bath surrounded by a romantic candle setup probably sounds like an ideal night to you.
A tip for Taurus: Push yourself out of your comfort zone to switch things up a bit.
Gemini: May 21 to June 20
Gemini is an air sign associated with communication, intellect, and curiosity. Geminis are known for being adaptable, sociable, and witty, but they can also be superficial and indecisive. They love to be in the know and are also very active. In fact, partying and traveling the world are their biggest (nonsexual) turn-ons. Aka, dry January isn’t for you.
A tip for Gemini: Keep the gossip to yourself!
Cancer: June 21 to July 22
If you’re a Cancer, you’re a water sign filled with emotion, loyalty, and intuition. While nurturing, empathetic, sensitive, and protective, you can also be moody and clingy. You’re very protective of your loved ones and are quite in tune with your gut feelings.
A tip for Cancer: Find an activity, like journaling, that can get you out of your head when you start feeling emotional.
Leo: July 23 to August 22
Leo is a fire sign associated with creativity, passion, ambition, and self-expression. Leos are known for being confident and generous but also tend to be dramatic, narcissistic, and arrogant. They’re serious attention-seekers and absolutely love being in the spotlight. They’re body-positivity advocates and glass-half-full types of people.
A tip for Leo: Think beyond yourself and do a favor for someone else before they ask for it.
Virgo: August 23 to September 22
If you’re a Virgo, you’re an earth sign filled with practicality, logic, and organization. You’re detail-oriented, consistent, analytical, and helpful, but also critical and stubborn. You’re a hardworking problem-solver, but sometimes, you might be a bit too meticulous — your way or no way.
A tip for Virgo: Let go of perfectionism by being receptive to others’ opinions and methods without judgment.
Libra: September 23 to October 22
As a Libra, you’re an earth sign, and your energy reflects balance and harmony. You take pride in the strong relationships you’ve formed, and you’re charming, flirty, and romantic. That said, you can also be indecisive and obsessed with people-pleasing.
A tip for Libra: Remember to take care of yourself before others.
Scorpio: October 23 to November 21
Scorpio is a water sign linked to intensity, honesty, passion, persistence, and transformation. Scorpios are known for being mysterious, intense, and powerful but tend to be secretive and vengeful, too. They love thrilling experiences, and when they love, they love hard.
A tip for Scorpio: Once you open up to someone, try to avoid being overly obsessive. Take things slowly.
Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21
If you’re a Sagittarius, you’re a fire sign who loves adventure, spontaneity, exploration, and optimism. You’re known for being honest and enthusiastic but can also be overly reckless at times. If you’re a sag, you’re in for a wild ride at all hours of the day!
A tip for Sagittarius: Think before you speak; your bluntness can be offensive to others.
Capricorn: December 22 to January 19
Capricorn is an earth sign filled with ambition, discipline, and responsibility. While people of this sign are known for being hardworking and practical, they can also be pessimistic and rigid. Capricorns often keep their feelings to themselves and have a difficult time being vulnerable and opening up to others.
A tip for Capricorn: Find someone you trust and open up to them.
Aquarius: January 20 to February 18
If you’re an Aquarius, you’re an air sign that’s likely innovative, independent, humanitarian, unconventional, and intellectual. You strive to make the world a better place, whether by purchasing sustainable products or supporting Black-owned businesses. You tell things how they are and aren’t afraid to voice your opinions. At the same time, however, you can be unpredictable and come across as detached — often drifting off into the fantasy world inside your head.
A tip for Aquarius: Practice meditation or hot yoga to shift your focus away from your imagination and into the present moment.
Pisces: February 19 to March 20
Pisces is a water sign associated with imagination, creativity, intuition, and compassion. You’re known for being artistic, empathetic, and spiritual, but you can also be overly sensitive. You have a tendency to crave approval from others and often struggle with finding a balance between living in relativity versus a fantasy world.
A tip for Pisces: Work on seeking inner confidence and being proud of yourself rather than relying on approval from those around you.
In awe of astrology
Understanding your astrological sign can help you determine your passions and tendencies. In times of uncertainty and struggle, knowing that your feelings and actions aren’t abnormal can be reassuring. Although your zodiac description may not be entirely accurate or relatable, it can guide you through certain life hurdles you come across.