Astrological Signs and Meanings

Astrological signs and their meaning
Delving into the zodiac signs can give us some hints on the personality and characteristics of the individual. With the help of this article let us unravel the mysteries of the astrological signs and meanings.
We are all familiar with the twelve signs of the zodiac, but may be unaware of the meaning of each sign. Sometimes we also tend to check astrology signs compatibility, for fun and at times seriously to find out which signs match the characteristics of the other signs. Zodiac is derived from the Greek word zodiakos, which means 'the circle of life'.

Each sign is ruled by a planet and governed by either one of the four elements - air, water, earth and fire. It is said that an individual born under a particular zodiac sign shows an influence of the element in his character. Each of the sun signs has its own traits, both positive and negative. Individuals born on the first or last day of the zodiac sign are said to be on the cusp and tend to show characteristics of both the astrological signs.

Astrological Signs and Their Meanings

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Aries Zodiac Sign and Symbol
The first sign of the zodiac, Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, the Roman God of war. The individuals born under this sign are self oriented, talkative and vibrant. Aries make good friends and can be very generous and caring. Arians are pioneers of action and thought, and love freedom. Just like the young ram, they are very enthusiastic and bubbling with energy. In relationships, Aries are candid and compassionate. They also make generous friends on whom they can rely on. They are very impulsive in nature and do not think before saying or doing anything, and regret the action later. Arians also dislike admitting failure, fearing that these may make them look weak, and are selfish at times. They can be very short tempered and hate any kind of restrictions (in case of possessive relationships) forced upon them. The most compatible zodiac signs for Aries are Leo and Sagittarius.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Taurus Zodiac Sign and Symbol
Though Taureans appear calm, composed and collected, they are a class apart from the rest of the sun signs. Just like the Bull, Taurus individuals are tough, persistent and independent. They have a perseverance towards achieving their goals, which gives them a stubborn streak. This stubbornness makes them fight till the end to achieve the impossible even when others have given up. They are very faithful and generous and shower affection on their family and friends. Though calm in outer appearance, Taureans are known to have a temper, and the wrath once kindled takes time to die down. Being down to earth, these individuals prefer creativity over flashy, gaudy things. These individuals like to follow a fixed routine and do not adapt well to change. The negative traits of this zodiac sign are being materialistic, stingy and expert procrastinators. Virgo and Capricorn are the signs that are compatible with Taurus.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Gemini Zodiac Sign and Symbol
Just like the Twins, Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, the messenger of Gods in Greek mythology. Similar to the ruling planet, Geminis can never stay at a place for long. They are always on the look out for knowledge and experiences. A perfect example for social butterfly, individuals born under this sign are known to keep a crowd entertained with their amusing talks, but, tend to get deviated from the main topic. Gemini are multifaceted personalities and can manage things very well if they put their heart into it. Adaptability and intelligence are their two main virtues. They can be very generous, affectionate, and kind. Gemini individuals are known to be superficial and judge a person not by his feelings, but by the way they are treated. They never go deep into a matter and lack perseverance. Geminis cannot compromise on their independence and freedom and take all care to get them. In terms of compatibility, Aquarius and Libra can make good partners with Gemini.

Cancer (June 22 - July 23)

Cancer Zodiac Sign and Symbol
The zodiac sign of Cancer is full of mysteries and contradictions. Cancerians are mysterious beings, similar to their ruling planet, the Moon. Just like the Crab, these individuals are unpredictable. At one time they will come out of their shell to 'fight' and at other times, they hide deep into the same shell. Intuitive in nature, they have a deep psyche and are very sensitive. Conservative by nature, Cancerians are very loyal and compassionate to their family and friends. They are also very caring, supportive and nurturing. Cancerians dislike being ordered around and can get offended easily. They take their own time to trust a new person, whereas they can maintain long-term friendships very well. One thing to be remembered while conversing with Cancerians is to balance the use of words since they can get easily hurt or offended. Cancer individuals are most compatible with Pisces and Scorpio.

Leo (July 24 - Aug. 23)

Leo Zodiac Sign and Symbol
Just like their symbol, the Lion, individuals born under the zodiac sign of Leo are ambitious and natural leaders. Mostly extroverts by nature, Leos make friends easily and can retain them for a very long time. Leos are genuine, open-minded and caring when it comes to relationships. Truly committed in a relationship, they remain devoted to it. But once the relationship is broken, then they move ahead without a second glance. Leos appreciate followers and can never be alone. They are also very outgoing and warmhearted. At times, Leos tend to go overboard and become melodramatic. If their path is crossed, they can attack menacingly but can never hold a grudge against anyone. They strongly believe in forgive and forget. Their main weakness is their pride which they protect fiercely. Though not impulsive in nature, these individuals react immediately to any situation, rather than sitting and analyzing about it. Leos can get along very well with Aries and Sagittarius like a house on fire.

Virgo (Aug 24 - Sept. 23)

Virgo Zodiac Sign and Symbol
The sixth zodiac sign, Virgo is symbolized by a female. Virgos are sensitive and shy. They take their own time to open up to others, but once you have won them over, you can find a dedicated partner. Virgos are steadfast friends, who never back out in times of trouble. When in doubt or in need of advice, Virgos are excellent counselors. Their kindheartedness is sometimes manipulated by others. These individuals show strong faith even when they are let down in a relationship. They are very thoughtful and think twice before hurting someone. At times Virgos can be critical and nagging, making mountains out of molehills over petty issues. Capricorn and Taurus are compatible with Virgo.

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

Libra Zodiac Sign and Symbol
The most balanced zodiac sign amongst the other signs is Libra, represented by a balance with two scales. Individuals born under this seventh astrological sign are very hospitable in nature. Being diplomats, they analyze anything and everything from another's point of view. They are easy to please and are charming and captivating. Very creative and diverse personalities, Librans love to socialize. Variety and change define a Libran's life. They are the avant garde in any creative undertaking since they have an artistic outlook for everything. Good observing skills, perception and critical ability give the Librans an upper hand in their work. They can suffer from insecurity and sometimes lack self-confidence. Their other drawbacks include being thoughtless, too self absorbed and flirtatious in nature. They find their match in Aquarius and Gemini.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Scorpio Zodiac Sign and Symbol
Considered to be the most powerful signs in the astrological chart, Scorpio, with the image of a scorpion ready to attack, is the eighth sign. Being fiercely independent in nature, Scorpios love to be on their own, rather than surrounded by people. These individuals are complicated and very moody. If they don't agree to anything, then it is better to leave them on their own rather than forcing it on them. They are the 'don't mess with me' kind. Scorpios are very loyal and if you gain their trust, then there's no stopping. They are very passionate about what they do. The individuals under this sign are blessed with imagination and intuition. Their egoistic and stubborn nature is their biggest drawback. Scorpios are also known to manipulate others for their own selfish motives. They also gain sadistic pleasure in certain things. Relationship with a Scorpio is similar to playing with fire, so it is important to make the right moves. When it comes to compatibility, Scorpios mix well with Cancer and Pisces.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

Sagittarius Zodiac Sign and Symbol
One word that describes the Sagittarius is independence. Armed with a positive outlook in life, Sagittarians are full of versatility, energy and eagerness to explore new horizons. If they have undertaken something, they believe in getting to the core of the matter or will not rest until then. Being good conversationalists, they are blessed with a good sense of humor and make friends very easily. They have genuine concern for others and have a caring heart. Just like the Archer, they remain focused till they hit the target. Sagittarians are tolerant and enthusiastic with an optimistic outlook. They are very straightforward and never hide anything. If something does not appeal to them, then they say it directly and don't bother to sugarcoat the words. They can be very extravagant and hotheaded. The most compatible signs are Aries and Leo.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Capricorn Zodiac Sign and Symbol
One of the most stable signs of the zodiac, people belonging to the Capricorn sign are of two different types. One type is represented by the mountain goat, which is known for its determined spirit and always pursuing till it gets to the top. The other one is the garden goat, that is quite amiable and is content, budging only when pushed. However, both the types are persevering and patient in nature. Powerhouses of concentration, Capricorns can remain focused in their task till they achieve success. They analyze and survey the situation, weighing the pros and cons, before they take a step. Some of their weaknesses are that they tend to be inflexible and slave drivers at times. They dislike fantasizing and believe in professionalism. Capricorn can pair up very well with Virgo and Taurus.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

Aquarius Zodiac Sign and Symbol
The water bearer is very friendly, caring and genuine in nature. Aquarians display attractive and strong personalities. The individuals born under Aquarius are shy, gentle and sensitive and at the same time can be exuberant also. They can be easily befriended and are very amiable. Non conformists and mysterious, Aquarians are unique in their own way. Driven by intellect rather than emotions, these individuals like to deviate from the usual crowd and find their own path. Aquarius individuals have contradictory nature, they enjoy solitude but if they have company, they transform into social butterflies. They respect every human and are always on the forefront when it comes to humanitarian services or social gatherings. At times they can be defiant, rude and aloof, least bothered by anything. Gemini and Libra are compatible with Aquarius.

Pisces (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

Pisces Zodiac Sign and Symbol
The last sign of the zodiac circle, Pisces are the most sensitive among the zodiac signs. Pisceans dwell in two worlds - real and mystical or spiritual. Since they are very sensitive, they show extremities of emotions. Similar to their symbol (two fish; one going upward and the other heading downwards), Pisceans usually find themselves torn between two existences. They have a deep psyche, which helps them look into the eye of the matter and look into a person's deep motivations. Pisceans are resilient and can adapt very well to changing conditions. They hate being criticized and can be lazy. They also turn towards self pity, when they are unable to fulfill their desire. Being temperamental and gullible are also their drawbacks. Cancer and Scorpio signs can gel well with Pisces.

This was all about the astrological signs. Astrology is a very fascinating realm and the more you dive into it the more insights you get.
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