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Horoscope Signs and What They Mean
Are you wondering what your horoscope sign means? Are you eager to know if your horoscope sign describes you best? Read about the horoscope signs and their meaning.
Manali Oak
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2018
Your horoscope sign depends on when you were born. Your date of birth decides what your horoscope sign is. In astrology, there are twelve horoscope signs that are derived from constellations in the sky. Your zodiac sign is based on the constellation in which the Sun was, at the time of your birth. Every sign has a symbol, an element (fire, earth, water or air) and is ruled by a planet (one planet rules not more than two signs). Cancer (ruled by the moon) and Leo (ruled by the Sun) are the only two signs that are not ruled by a planet. The meaning of a horoscope sign is hidden in the three associations it has - its symbol, its ruling planet, and its element.
Let's take Aries for example. A ram symbolizing this sign, is an animal known for its surefootedness and aggressive behavior. These are traits associated with an Aries personality. Take the ruling planet Mars (appears red) and the element fire (symbolic of heat and rage). Put them together and you will get the Aries personality trait of being short-tempered and headstrong. The same applies to any horoscope sign. Take its symbol, ruling planet and element, think of the characteristics these are associated with. That should give you an idea of that sign's personality. Here we describe each horoscope sign in brief. See which one you belong to and find out how you are!
Born: March 21 - April 20
Symbol: Ram
Ruling Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Characteristics: They are impulsive and goal-oriented. They are quite short-tempered. They need to understand things quickly and take immediate action. They are self-willed. They are loving and make people around them feel comfortable in their company.
Born: April 21 - May 21
Symbol: Bull
Ruling Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Characteristics: They are passionate and loyal. They are short-tempered but quick to cool down. They are romantic at heart. They prefer to go with their decisions and do not relent to domination so easily. They come across as stubborn and less understanding.
Born: May 22 - June 21
Symbol: Twins
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Characteristics: Rightly denoted by the symbol, geminis have two facets to their personalities. They are creative. They always crave for knowledge. They are outgoing and quite talkative. They love change. But this can make them deviate from their goals.
Cancer zodiac sign
Born: June 22 - July 23
Symbol: Crab
Ruling Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Characteristics: People belonging to this sign are calm and peaceful. They have a good understanding of human nature. They are patient and empathetic. They are sentimental but tend to hide their emotions.
Born: July 24 - August 23
Symbol: Lion
Ruling Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Characteristics: Leos are gifted with leadership qualities. They may not be easy to work with, as they tend to dictate terms. Honest and candid, they fight for justice. Contrary to how they seem to be, they are warmhearted.
Born: August 24 - September 23
Symbol: Virgin
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Element: Earth
Characteristics: They are analytical. They always strive for perfection and are highly critical. Virgos are best at planning and organizing. You can't expect them to take risks; they are very cautious about every small thing. It's rare to find a Virgo who's an extravert.
Born: September 24 - October 23
Symbol: Weighing scales
Ruling Planet: Venus
Element: Air
Characteristics: They are balanced and thoughtful by nature. They are in constant pursuit of betterment. Their family means the world to them. They are not very comfortable expressing their emotions and can come across as aloof or indifferent.
Born: October 24 - November 22
Symbol: Scorpion
Ruling Planet: Pluto
Element: Water
Characteristics: Scorpios are magnetic. They are intelligent and astute. They are optimistic about life. They have intense and dramatic relationships. Known to belong to the most powerful sign, Scorpios are born to win!
Born: November 23 - December 21
Symbol: Archer
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Element: Fire
Characteristics: They like to accept challenges and take risks. They are cheerful. They pursue perfection. They are quite philosophical. They believe in learning from experience. They are slightly moody and may come across as less responsible individuals.
Born: December 22 - January 20
Symbol: Goat
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Element: Earth
Characteristics: Endurance and stamina are characteristic to this sign. Capricorns are active. They think too much sometimes and stress themselves. They may come across as selfish. They may exhibit dark emotions.
Born: January 21 - February 19
Symbol: Water bearer
Ruling Planet: Uranus (Saturn was considered the ruler of this sign before Uranus was discovered.)
Element: Air
Characteristics: They are trustworthy. They believe in the power of truth. They are intellectuals who are immersed in gaining knowledge. They are philosophical by nature and somewhat detached.
Born: February 20 - March 20
Symbol: Fish
Ruling Planet: Neptune
Element: Water
Characteristics: They are compassionate and caring in nature. Their friends mean a lot to them. They can go out of their way for the sake of friendship. They believe in living in the present and dealing with situations as and when they come.
This was something about what horoscope signs mean. However, understand that horoscope signs broadly categorize personalities into twelve classes. You cannot have all the traits of your sign or be exactly like what your horoscope sign suggests. It is only a broad classification. Your zodiac sign is not the only determinant of your personality.
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