Zodiac Signs Dates
Zodiac | Signs | Dates
There are 88 constellations in our night sky, and in western astrology each month of the year corresponds to one of twelve of these constellations. They are known as astrological or zodiac signs. The 12 signs are divided into 4 groups defined by elements: Fire, Earth, Air & Water. Each element houses 3 signs (known as triplicates).
Fire: Aries, Leo & Sagittarius
Earth: Virgo, Taurus & Capricorn
Air: Gemini, Libra, & Aquarius
Water: Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces
The 12 zodiac signs are also divided into three groups: Cardinal, Fixed & Mutable signs.
Each season starts with a Cardinal sign (Aries/Spring, Cancer/Summer, Libra/Fall and Capricorn/Winter). Cardinal signs like to lead, have ideas and get things going.
Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) fall in the middle (Cardinal-Fixed-Mutable) and do the work started by a Cardinal sign, but see it through to completion. They are the ones who can get the job done!
Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) all end the seasons and prepare us for the change into the next season. They are adaptable and more flexible than the other signs. They have the ability to put finishing touches to something started by a Cardinal sign and built by a Fixed sign.
So what is your Zodiac sign?
There are actually 3 types of zodiac sign:
1. Sun sign. This defines your outer-personality, your character, and your ego.
2. Moon sign. This represents your inner personality, your feelings and emotions.
3. Rising sign. This is all about your style and appearance to the rest of the world.
The Sun sign is what we generally refer to as ‘someone’s star sign’. It tells us the position of the sun amongst the constellations at the time of birth. However, importance should also be given to the Moon sign – in fact, in some forms of astrology more importance is given to the Moon sign as it’s closer to earth than the sun and therefore has a greater effect on our lives. The Rising sign is the sign on the eastern horizon at the moment of birth. It is the lens through which our chart is focused and colors the way we look at everything.
A full astrological reading will consider the position of all the planets too. It will also include which portion of the sky they occupy and the angles they form in relation to each other. The various portions of the sky are called ‘houses’ and the angles created by the heavenly bodies are known as ‘aspects’.
The order of the astrological signs is…
March 20 – April 22 approx.
Aries (the Ram) is the first astrological sign in the zodiac and covers 0° to 30° of celestial longitude. The Ram is based on the Chrysomallus – the flying ram that provided the golden fleece in Greek mythology. Aries loves to be number one and it’s no surprise that Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. People born under the sign of Aries tend to be bold, ambitious and relish a challenge. READ MORE
April 21 – May 22 approx.
Taurus (the Bull) is the second astrological sign and spans 30° to 60° of the zodiac. The Bull is based on the Cretan Bull that fathered the Minotaur and was killed by Theseus. Taurus is an earth sign and as such, Taureans enjoy relaxing in calm, pastoral environments, enveloped by nothing but sounds and aromas. Taureans aren’t afraid of hard work – they are ambitious and resilient. READ MORE
May 21 – June 22 approx.
Gemini (the Twins) is the third astrological sign and covers 60° to 90° of celestial longitude. These are based on the Dioscuri of Greek mythology; two mortals that were granted shared godhood after death. Gemini has an intrinsic duality that can often be misread as two-faced although this is rarely the case. Geminis are playful, interested and always on the go – it’s as if they need two of them to accomplish all they set out to do. READ MORE
June 21 – July 22 approx.
Cancer (the Crab) is the fourth sign in the zodiac and covers 90° to 120° of celestial longitude. The Crab is a giant crab from Greek mythology that harassed Hercules during his fight with the Hydra. Cancer is a water sign, allowing the crab to weave between the sea and shore, representing Cancer’s ability to exist in both emotional and physical realms. Cancers are sensitive, and although they can appear cold (and like a crab have hard shells), they are very caring and nurturing once you get to know them. READ MORE
July 21 – August 22 approx.
Leo (the Lion) is the fifth zodiac sign and spans the 120° to 150° of celestial longitude. The Lion is based on the Nemean Lion of Greek mythology – a lion that had an impenetrable hide. Leo is a fire sign that loves to lead. Leos love the limelight and to celebrate themselves. They are natural leaders and are known for their loyalty and dependability. READ MORE
August 21 – September 22 approx.
Virgo (the Maiden) is the sixth astrological sign and covers 150° to 180° of the zodiac. The Maiden is based on Astraea – the last immortal to abandon Earth at the end of the Silver Age, when the gods fled to Olympus. Virgo is an earth sign; they’re grounded, logical and practical. Virgos tend to be perfectionists but must remember that expecting the same in others, or indeed themselves, can be destructive. READ MORE
Sept. 21 – Oct. 22 approx.
Libra (the Scales) is the seventh sign of the zodiac and covers 180° to 210° of celestial longitude. The Scales (the only inanimate object of the zodiac) are based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and the inspiration for modern-day Lady Justice. The Scales representing Libra reflect Libra’s fixation on balance, harmony and symmetry. Libra’s strive to create equilibrium in all areas of life. Libras are people-pleasers but they must remember that the happiness of loved ones is more important than maintaining the attention of mere acquaintances. READ MORE
October 21 – November 22 approx.
Scorpio (the Scorpion) is the eighth astrological sign and covers 210° to 240° of the zodiac. The Scorpion is based on Scorpius – a giant scorpion in Greek mythology sent by Gaia to kill Orion. Scorpios can be mistaken for a fire sign but are in fact a water sign; they have passion but with a sting in their tail! Scorpios know what they want, and can be calculating to get it. They are enigmatic, seductive and beguiling. READ MORE
November 21 – December 22 approx.
Sagittarius (the Archer) is the ninth sign of the zodiac and occupies 240° to 270° of celestial longitude. The Archer is based on the centaur Chiron, who according to Greek mythology mentored Achilles in the art of archery. Sagittarians have a thirst for knowledge, thrill-seeking and adventure. They have magnetic personalities, infectious laughter and attract people with their sense of humor, although they have to be careful not to be perceived as arrogant. READ MORE
December 21 – January 22 approx.
Capricorn (the Mountain Sea-Goat) is the tenth astrological sign and spans 270° to 300°. This sign is based on Enki, the Sumerian god of wisdom and waters who has the head and upper body of a goat, and the lower body and tail of a fish. Capricorns are traditional, organised and methodical. They are practical and efficient, and are happiest in careers calling for organizational skills and integrity. READ MORE
January 20 – February 19 approx.
Aquarius (the Water Bearer) spans 300° to 330° of celestial longitude and is the eleventh astrological sign. In ancient Greek mythology, Aquarius is Ganymede, the beautiful Phrygian youth who was snatched up by Zeus. Aquarius is an air sign, despite the “aqua” in it’s name. Aquarians are rebels who oppose authority and conventionality although they can sometimes become so obsessed with reform that they appear distant within personal relationships. READ MORE
February 18 – March 21 approx.
Pisces (the Fish) is the twelfth sign in the zodiac and covers 330° to 360°. This symbol is derived from the ichthyocentaurs – a pair of centaurian sea-gods that had the upper body of a male human, the lower front of a horse, and the tail of a fish – who aided Aphrodite when she was born from the sea. Pisces is the last constellation and is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions, representing the division of Pisces’ attention between fantasy and reality. Pisces are very empathetic and emotional but they must remember to stay grounded otherwise they can be easily overwhelmed. READ MORE