What the 12 Signs of the Zodiac Say About You

Astrology is an ancient practice we can use to gain insight into our life.  It can help us better understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and our place in the world.  Through exploring the different signs of the Zodiac, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and those around us.  In this post, we’ll explore what the Zodiac is, and dive into each sign individually.  Whether you ‘believe in’ astrology or not, understanding the Zodiac can be a tool we can use as part of an overall approach to self-exploration. 

What is the Zodiac?

The Zodiac wheel contains 12 signs, from Aries to Pisces.  The signs represent different sections of the sky, and the constellations that are contained in them.  Each sign is associated with an element, and with either feminine (Earth and Water signs) or masculine (Air and Fire signs) energy.  Your sign is determined by your date of birth; for example, my birthday is April 8th, so I am an Aries.  If you know your time of birth, you can get a birth chart reading to learn about the specific cosmic happenings that occurred at the moment you were born.   

Most people associate astrological signs with horoscope readings, but there is much more depth to the Zodiac than that.  This mystical tool hones in on specific elements of each person’s nature, enabling insight that goes far beyond a journal entry or fortune cookie phrase.  By understanding your sign and learning more about its many facets, you can unlock the understanding of subtle idiosyncrasies that compose you as an individual.  Ultimately, every sign reveals unique insights that can help guide us on our life journey. 

Read on to learn more about your sign, and what it says about you!

The 12 Zodiac Signs

Aries – March 21 – April 19

Symbol: Ram

Element: Fire

Aries individuals embody independence and assertiveness.  They thrive when presented with challenges and are constantly seeking out fresh goals to conquer.  Aries people are passionate and strong-willed, but can occasionally be guilty of arrogance and stubbornness.  Because of their high level of motivation, they can sometimes be impulsive or impatient.    

Taurus – April 20 – May 20

Symbol: Bull

Element: Earth

As its element suggests, Taurus signs are grounded, down-to-earth people.  They are dependable and patient, and tend to be persistent through failures and setbacks.  Taurus people are independent, but generous to others in times of need.  Negatively, Taurus signs can be insensitive to the emotions of others in their pursuit of prosperity, and materialistic when their goals become misguided. 

Whether you ‘believe in’ astrology or not, understanding the Zodiac can be a tool we can use as part of an overall approach to self-exploration.

Gemini – May 21 – June 20

Symbol: The Twins

Element: Air

Gemini signs connect easily with a diverse range of individuals, thanks to their outgoing nature.  They are flexible and versatile, and typically enthusiastic and positive.  Geminis want to experience everything life has to offer, so as a result they sometimes lack consistency and follow through.  Although passionate, Geminis can find it difficult to stay dedicated to one thing. 

Cancer – June 21 – July 22

Symbol: Crab

Element: Water

Cancer signs are especially intuitive and creative.  They are faithful and loyal, and prefer smaller social circles of intimate relationships.  Cancer people are emotional, and find it easy to show love. 

Because of their emotional nature, Cancer signs are susceptible to unpredictable moodiness.  They might have difficulty moving on from a conflict, or become suspicious of other people as a result of a previous negative experience. 

Leo – July 23 – August 22

Symbol: Lion

Element: Fire

Leo signs are kind and helpful, and have the ability to show love and affection to others with ease.  They are optimistic in their outlook on life, and straightforward in their communication.  They are loyal, but this becomes a fault when it is not reciprocated at the same level.  The Taurus is prone to jealousy, and a domineering presence in relationships. 

Virgo – August 23 – September 22

Symbol: Virgin

Element: Earth

The Virgo sign is intelligent and practical, looking at life’s situations as problems to be solved.  They pay great attention to detail, and strive for perfection in all they do.  Because of their strong desire for excellence, Virgo people can be overcritical, both of themselves and others.  They may be close-minded, or judgmental.   

Libra – September 23 – October 22

Symbol: Scales

Element: Air

Libra signs are ruled by the planet Venus, which gives them their romantic and charming nature.  A Libra is open-minded, and accepting of the perspectives of others.  Libras have a desire to be inclusive of others, which can sometimes lead to neglect of self.  Libras should be wary of becoming emotionally detached from the situations in their life. 

Scorpio – October 23 – November 21

Symbol: Scorpion

Element: Water

Scorpio signs are ambitious, and have the ability to focus intensely on a task to get it done.  They are brave in difficult situations and are not easily swayed by challenges.  Despite this strong exterior, Scorpio signs are easily hurt, and can become resentful as a result.  They may have a hard time trusting people, or become possessive in their relationships. 

Most people associate astrological signs with horoscope readings, but there is much more depth to the Zodiac than that. 

Sagittarius – November 22 – December 21

Symbol: Archer of the Centaur

Element: Fire

The Sagittarius sign is one of straightforwardness.  People with this sign are honest and intellectual, and curious about the way the world works.  The self-confidence of the Sagittarius sign can sometimes lead them to be over-confident, and impatient with the pace of others.  Sagittarius’s honesty can be a fault when they say things that didn’t need to be said.

Capricorn – December 22 – January 19

Symbol: Goat

Element: Earth

Capricorn has high standards, and they are practical and disciplined in their approach.  They have big goals, but they are mature, sensible, and self-aware.  Despite their confidence, Capricorn signs can often be shy, and prefer the company of only a few people.  They can sometimes take a ‘glass half empty’ perspective when faced with difficult situations. 

Aquarius – January 20 – February 18

Symbol: Water Bearer

Element: Air

Aquarius signs make friends easily, and tend to have a larger social circle.  They are concerned with making the world a better place, and creative in their approach.  The Aquarius sign can sometimes be unpredictable in their behavior, and they tend to possess an ‘all or nothing’ attitude toward conflict.   

Pisces – February 19 – March 20

Symbol: Fish

Element: Water

Pisces signs are gentle, kind, and compassionate.  They are usually willing to help others even when no return is expected.  They are sensitive and highly in tune with their emotions.  Pisces signs are sometimes guilty of blaming external people/places/things for their problems, and easily becoming unmotivated when met with difficult obstacles. 

Understanding your own sign can be a powerful tool when it comes to exploring who you are as an individual and what path you want to take in life.  Yoga is a journey where knowledge of yourself is power, and so discovering your strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and how those influence your decisions can be the catalyst for achieving success.  

At Inspiring Actions, we believe that self-exploration is key in order to create a fulfilling life.  Our classes and events are aimed at providing a safe and welcoming space for yogis of all levels.  We provide guidance and resources as well as workshops focused on self-exploration in order to gain insight into what sets you apart from everyone else.  Check out our class list here, and join us on our journey towards self-discovery today!

Some of the information in this post was taken from the book Psychological Astrology: A Synthesis of Jungian Psychology and Astrology, by Karen Hamaker-Zondag, available here


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