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Characteristics of Horoscope Signs
Knowing about the different characteristics of the zodiac signs of your dear and near ones would help you understand them in order to maintain healthy relationships. This AstrologyBay article gives you some information on the various characteristics of the horoscope signs.
Maya Pillai
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2018
A 'horoscope' is a diagrammatic representation of the positions of the planets, the moon and the sun at the time of birth of a person. The term horoscope is derived from the Greek word 'horoskopos', meaning 'a look at the hours'. An astrologer interprets and writes the horoscope based upon the date, geographical location, and the time of the birth of an individual.

The characteristics and traits of each and every zodiac sign is unique. People behave and react differently in different situations, and many times this is ruled by their zodiac signs; which indirectly means that a person's behavior is decided by planetary arrangements.

Here are the major characteristics of the twelve zodiac signs.
Aries (March 21 - April 20)
  • Intelligent
  • Confident
  • Assertive
  • Leaders
  • Enthusiastic
Individuals born under Aries are intelligent, confident, and highly ambitious. They are assertive, and more often than not, make their point with such an impact, that most people around them tend to agree with them. Arians are self-driven and hence, born leaders. Arians have a magnetic personality which makes them very popular - as friends and as individuals who are followed by many for their intellectuality and personality. Arians are always enthusiastic about everything they take up.
  • Boastful
  • Intolerant
  • Selfish
  • Bossy
  • Demanding
  • Impulsive
That Arians are ambitious individuals with a go-get-it attitude is well known, but the bawdy side of it is their tendency to show off these achievements, sometimes to the displeasure of others. Their leadership abilities tend to make them over-bearing, something not received well by others. Astrologically, Mars (Aries' ruling planet) is known to be an assertive planet in itself. This gives Arians an aura of assertiveness, but the adverse side of this is that Arians are intolerant and impatient to the opinion of others. Arians are an enthusiastic lot and use the same metric to others. This makes them come across as demanding.
Element: Fire
Symbol: Ram
Planet: Mars
Numbers: 9, multiples of 9
Colors: Crimson, Rose Pink
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday
Gemstones: Diamond, Ruby
Famous Arians:
Leonardo Da Vinci, William Wordsworth, Otto Bismarck, Thomas Jefferson, Keira Knightley, David Letterman, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Eddie Murphy, Emma Watson, Diana Ross, Quentin Tarantino, Conan O'Brien
Taurus (April 21 - May 21)
  • Affectionate
  • Passionate
  • Ambitious
  • Considerate
  • Reliable
  • Patient
Taureans are strong-headed individuals. They are patient, and hence, reliable. Taureans show high levels of ambition when it comes to things that interest them. They are affectionate and passionate people, and hence make great lovers. Taureans think from their head, rather than their heart. They are not very emotional and don't develop a bond with non-living or superficial entities. They are practical and make decisions after a lot of pondering over. This makes a Taurus individual's decision dependable and worth trusting. Since they ponder over every little thing and think it through before taking a final call, Taureans are considered good decision-makers.
  • Jealous
  • Stubborn
  • Laid back
  • Lazy
  • Resolute
Taureans tend to get jealous of other achievers. They are not a very hurried lot and take their own sweet time to do everything. Their inability to take quick decisions is looked upon by many as a lazy and laid-back attitude. They are stubborn in their approach to certain things, and are inflexible when it comes to adjusting their decisions. Taureans are selectively over-enthusiastic. They can become very ambitious if something excites them to the core; alternatively Taureans won't even touch something with a barge pole if it does not appeal to them.
Element: Earth
Symbol: Bull
Planet: Venus
Numbers: 6, 15, 24, 33, 42
Color: Green
Days: Friday, Monday
Gemstones: Emerald, Sapphire
Famous Taureans:
William Shakespeare, Harry Truman, Alexander Pope, Andre Agassi, David Beckham, Robin Cook, Jessica Alba, Saddam Hussein, Tina Fey, Mark Zuckerberg
Gemini (May 22 - June 21)
  • Talkative
  • Adventurous
  • Flexible
  • Quick
  • Witted

The twins in the Gemini symbol represent a Gemini's dual nature. It primarily represents a Gemini's flexibility; they can adapt themselves to the mood of people around them to the extent that they may seem like a different person altogether. One advantage of this is that Geminis earn a lot of friends and well-wishers. Geminis are born with an awesome quick wit and hence, are always popular; more reasons to earn friends! Geminis are a talkative lot. They love collecting knowledge in bits and pieces, although they may not have extensive knowledge about any one particular thing. Geminis are good with money and make exemplary financial decisions. They are adventurous and more often than not excel in games that involve rough physical combat.
  • Unreliable
  • Reckless
  • Unorganized
  • Malicious
The fact that Geminis adapt easily and transform themselves, makes them highly unreliable and hard to understand. Geminis are a bunch of haphazard and unorganized individuals, and many Geminis end up harming their superior financial prowess due to this reckless behavior. Geminis can be extremely malicious and deprecatory about someone who rubs them the wrong way.
Element: Air
Symbol: Twins
Planet: Mercury
Numbers: 5, 14, 23, 32, 41,50
Colors: Orange, Lemon Yellow
Day: Wednesday
Gemstones: Aquamarine, Agate
Famous Geminis:
John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, Kanye West, Donald Trump, Clint Eastwood, Anne Frank, Steffi Graf, Paul McCartney, Nicole Kidman, Boy George, Henry Kissinger, Russell Brand, Kim Clijsters, Naomi Campbell, Drew Carey, Muammar Gaddafi
Cancer (June 22 - July 23)
  • Reserved
  • Fun
  • Eccentric
  • Creative
  • Romantic
Cancerians always feel the need for constant reassurance and intimacy; this makes them extremely adorable. Cancerians give the child inside them a lot of freedom. They are fun to be with once you get to know them. Cancerians are eccentric and this gives way for a lot of entertaining moments one can spend with them. They have commendable imagination which gives way to a unique creative gyre. People born under this sign are blessed with the unique ability to quickly and flawlessly put to words their most complicated thoughts. Cancer individuals are considered the best when it comes to romance and are extremely giving and caring of their partner. They expect the same in return all the time.
  • Demanding
  • Untrustworthy
  • Paranoid
  • Shut to criticism
  • Stubborn
  • Insensitive
Cancerians are moody and sometimes very insensitive. Their incessant need for intimacy and love can make them either very demanding or very untrustworthy. They have a tendency to magnify problems unnecessarily and panic about them. Cancerians also go through constant emotional shifts. They do not take criticism in a good way, neither do they accept their mistake quickly.
Element: Water
Symbol: Crab
Planet: Moon
Numbers: 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25
Colors: Cream, White
Days: Monday, Thursday
Gemstone: Moonstone
Famous Cancerians:
Alexander the Great, Ernest Hemingway, John Ruskin, Helen Keller, Lionel Messi, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Selene Gomez, Tom Hanks, Prince William, Sylvester Stallone, Tobey Maguire, Cyndi Lauper, Pamela Anderson
Leo (July 24 - August 23)
  • Leaders
  • Cheerful
  • Enthusiastic
  • Creative
  • Very friendly
Leos have a cheerful outlook toward life and look enthusiastically upon everything they undertake. They think positively and this instills in them a sense of pride about everything they accomplish. Leos are highly creative and are born leaders. They become the center of attention everywhere they go. This is because Leos are ruled by the Sun, and it gives them the ability to command respect. However, unlike Arians, Leos never get over-bearing with their leadership act; they accompany, rather than leading from the front. Leos never backstab; Leos hold no grudge, and are the best friends a person could have. Leos build genuine, warm, and tender relationships. They can go out of their way to accommodate someone.
  • Insecure
  • Give up easily
  • Autocratic
  • Attention-seekers
Leos tend to get insecure when the focus of attention shifts from them to someone else, especially someone they don't like. If not given due credit and recognition, Leos slump into disappointment and take a very long time to recover. They tend to give up easily; never recognizing the fact that one more try; a harder attempt at accomplishing something may work in their favor. Although not over-bearing, Leos do hold the risk of becoming despotic in their attempt at staying the sole leader.
Element: Fire
Symbol: Lion
Planet: Sun
Numbers: 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22
Colors: Yellow, Orange, Gold
Day: Sunday
Gemstone: Ruby, Chrysolite
Famous Leos:
Barack Obama, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Daniel Radcliffe, Neil Armstrong, Usain Bolt, Mila Kunis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Affleck, Fidel Castro, Coco Chanel, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Clinton, Benito Mussolini, Matthew Perry, J.K. Rowling, Pete Sampras
Virgo (August 24 - September 23)
  • Analytical
  • Organized
  • Understanding
  • Practical
  • Caring
  • Perfectionists
Virgos display great analyzing skills; something that stems from their practical and calculated approach to life. They are meticulous and organized in life, and it shows in their personal, social, and professional life as well. Their understanding attitude and the ability to give everything enough time only helps further. They are great problem solvers with excellent reasoning skills. Friends turn to Virgos for advice when needed, due to this very reason. Virgos have a caring attitude towards people and make great companions.
  • Fussy
  • Idealists
  • Insensitive
  • Hard to please
Virgos are extremely fussy about things. Their assiduous attitude to everything always puts them in a position where they crave for perfection. For people who like to live their life on random terms, getting along with a Virgo is a mountainous task. Their idealist attitude means they place high merit levels to judge everything. Hence, Virgos are hard to please. They don't get impressed easily and are quick to point out flaws, without giving sensitivity a thought.
Element: Earth
Symbol: Virgin
Planet: Mercury
Numbers: 5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50
Colors: Gray, Beige, Silver
Day: Wednesday
Gemstone: Sapphire, Agate, Hyacinth
Famous Virgos:
Jane Addams, Warren Buffett, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, H.G. Wells, Adam Sandler, Charlie Sheen, Lance Armstrong, Kobe Bryant, Sean Connery, Cameron Diaz, Mother Teresa, Bruce Springsteen
Libra (September 24 - October 23)
  • Sensitive
  • Emotionally aware
  • Impartial
  • Lavish
  • Creative
  • Peace Loving
  • Diplomatic
Librans are very sensitive and emotionally charged. They understand others emotional needs and are very giving in that context. They have an uncanny knack of understanding others emotional needs without any communication. Librans are diplomatic individuals; they are able to see both sides of a certain subject. This imbues in them an impartial sense of judgment. Librans are passionately romantic and their idea of romance sometimes borders on the promiscuous. Librans have a fondness for finer things in life. They are as generous as they are lavish. The Libran make of thought is more creative than intellectual. However, Librans are the only people who have the ability to occasionally apply their intellectual side to their creative pursuits. Librans are peace-loving individuals. They would go the extent of accepting an unjustified defeat just to avoid an ugly showdown.
  • Unreliable
  • Gullible
  • Self-Indulgent
  • Lazy
  • Easy-Going
The fact that Librans are diplomatic in their behavior makes them unreliable. Librans never take sides and are rarely firm on a strong-headed decision. Librans are also very gullible and hence easily impressionable too. This makes them even more unreliable. Librans are highly indecisive and tend to oscillate between extremes even when they make a certain decision by themselves. Librans love a lavish life to the extent that they can become self-indulgent. Librans cannot say 'NO' and this puts them in many awkward and unpleasant situations. Librans are easy-going people; almost on the verge of being lazy, and hence prefer jobs that involve the least hard work.
Element: Air
Symbol: Scales
Planet: Venus
Numbers: 6, 15, 24, 33, 42, 51, 60
Colors: Blue, Green
Day: Friday
Gemstone: Opal
Famous Librans:
T.S. Eliot, Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vladimir Putin, Martina Hingis, Will Smith, David Cameron, Kate Winslet, Gwen Stefani, Martina Navratilova, Eminem
Scorpio (October 24 - November 22)
  • Intuitive
  • Good mind-readers
  • Intense
  • Ambitious
Scorpios are intuitively emotional people. They understand the human mind very well, and this gives them a good hold on understanding what others are/may be going through. Scorpios are ambitious people. They work relentlessly towards achieving something they have set mind on. Their intense and powerful mind helps them in focusing all their energy towards their goal.
  • Power-hungry
  • Excessive self-pride
  • Jealous
  • Compulsive & Obsessive
As much as Scorpios are ambitious, they are equally power-hungry people. This coupled with their shrewdness, is a dangerous trait. Their excessive sense of self-pride always acts as an obstacle in them being socially popular. Scorpios are sensitive and can act very crude to people who have hurt them. Scorpios tend to get jealous easily and in some cases almost compulsively try to match up with the individual they are jealous of.
Element: Water
Symbol: Scorpion
Planet: Pluto
Numbers: 9, multiples of 9
Color: Blue
Day: Tuesday
Gemstone: Topaz
Famous Scorpios:
Pablo Picasso, Theodore Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, Martin Scorsese, Wayne Rooney, Julia Roberts, Leonardo Di Caprio, Jodie Foster, Demi Moore, Gordon Ramsay
Sagittarius (November 23 - December 21)
  • Positive
  • Honest
  • Versatile
  • Good Foresight
  • Good Judgment
Sagittarians have a very positive outlook towards life. They always seek change. They keep looking for newer avenues in every context. They are born with a predilection for newer experiences in life. Sagittarians have strong moral values and hold them very close to their heart. They are principled individuals are barely make a compromise on that front. Sagittarians are honest and open-minded; this gives them a huge edge during social interactions. Sagittarians are pretty versatile when it comes to talent, and excel in a multitude of professions. This is further propelled by their excellent judgment and foresight abilities.
  • High-Principled
  • Short Temper
  • Acerbic Words
  • Boastful
When interested in something, Sagittarians tend to become over-excited. Their high-principled nature makes it difficult for them to adapt to certain people, and this is a major social handicap. Sagittarians have a short temper and are ticked off easily. This, coupled with a bitter tongue, is extremely deleterious to others, which Sagittarians sometimes don't even realize. Sagittarians tend to over-exaggerate, and can sometimes get very boastful to the displeasure of others.
Element: Fire
Symbol: Archer
Planet: Jupiter
Numbers: 3, 12, 21, 30
Colors: Purple, Red, Brown
Day: Thursday
Gemstones: Sapphire, Topaz
Famous Sagittarians:
Arthur Clarke, Winston Churchill, Bruce Lee, Tina Turner, Woody Allen, Jim Morrison, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Ozzy Osbourne, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Samuel Jackson
Capricorn (December 22 - January 20)
  • Goal-Oriented
  • Focused
  • Self-Critical
  • Organized
  • Wry humor
Capricorns are extremely goal-oriented. They are focused and driven by ambition to achieve their goals. They adopt a business-like approach to everything in life. They are practical, and take things one step at a time. They are self-critical, but mostly cautious while criticizing others. Well-organized, with good reasoning skills, they are excellent man managers. Capricorns have a uniquely wry sense of humor which comes to the fore when they are in the company of someone they are very comfortable with.
  • Egoistic
  • Stubborn
  • Snobbish
  • Materialistic
  • Superstitious
Capricorns can sometimes come across as stubborn, selfish, and egoistic. Capricorns have a business-like approach to everything. This makes them very materialistic in life. This materialism eventually leads to greed. Capricorns are aloof and this trait sometimes borders on the snobbish. Capricorns are known to be skeptic, suspicious, and consequently superstitious about a lot of things.
Element: Earth
Symbol: Sea Goat
Planet: Earth
Numbers: 1, 4, 8, 10, 13, 17
Color: Violet
Day: Saturday
Gemstones: Garnet, Amethyst
Famous Capricorns:
Stephen Hawking, Benjamin Franklin, Louis Braille, Nicholas Cage, Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bradley Cooper, Dolly Parton
Aquarius (January 21 - February 19)
  • Friendly
  • Independent
  • Creative
  • Entertaining
Aquarians possess excellent communication skills. This makes them a social magnet. Aquarians too, in turn attach immense importance to their friends and close ones. Aquarians are very creative and entertaining individuals. This makes them popular amongst their friends. They possess a sense of independence and like to get things done their own way. They are born rebels and this works positively as well as negatively for them. A unique trait that Aquarians possess is their inquisitive interest in nature and biology.
  • Rebellious
  • Erratic
  • Nagging
Aquarians are born rebels. Sometimes, in lieu of being a rebel, Aquarians get carried away and fail to realize they are treading the wrong path. Aquarians appear to be indifferent to others' emotions and can sometimes even be insensitive to the core. Since, they have a tendency to get things done their way, Aquarians nag a lot when something doesn't work out. They usually blame others and keep drawing attention to the fact that the reason for the failure was that things weren't done their way.
Element: Air
Symbol: Water Bearer
Planet: Uranus
Numbers: 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26
Colors: Blue, Black
Days: Saturday, Sunday
Gemstones: Amethyst, Aquamarine
Famous Aquarians:
Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Humphrey Bogart, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Seymour, John Travolta, Michael Jordan, Bob Marley, Sarah Palin, Justin Timberlake, Chris Rock
Pisces (20 February - 20 March)
  • Shy
  • Classically Romantic
  • Caring
  • Artistic
Pisceans are typically shy and hence socially awkward. Once a Piscean gets to know you, he/she is the most easygoing and likable person around. Pisces individuals are classically romantic and love the orthodox mushy concepts of romance. They possess a gentle and caring nature, and hence are very dear to the people who hold them close to their hearts. Pisces are too idealistic for a run-of-the-mill life. Given the right enthusiasm and motivation, Pisces individuals hold the ability to pull off extra-ordinary deeds. They have a vivid imagination which makes them amazing artists.
  • Disorganized
  • Moody
  • Unrealistic
  • Self-Pitying
Pisces are scatterbrains; highly disorganized and unable to maintain focus on the same thing for a long time. They lack finesse or attention to detail and often fail in organized environs. Pisces are impractical when it comes to viewing something and at times tend to establish unrealistic goals. Given their moody nature, they soon lose interest in their unachievable prospects and move on to other things. Pisces are self-pitying individuals and easily fall in the self-deprecation trap. Their dependence of external motivation means a lack of it around them only worsens their condition.
Element: Water
Symbol: Fish
Planet: Neptune
Numbers: 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25, 30
Colors: Blue, Teal
Days: Monday, Thursday
Gemstones: Amethyst, Bloodstone
Famous Pisces:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Drew Barrymore, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Daniel Craig, Robert Mugabe, George Harrison
The above information is just a rough idea of how people under a certain star sign normally behave. How a certain individual behaves in certain situations depends on his surroundings, culture, upbringing, education and lot of other things.
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