The Ultimate Guide to Zodiac Signs and Their Meanings

Zodiac Signs and Meanings
On hearing the word 'zodiac', many would be eager to know more about their sign, and the relevance it has in their daily lives. Zodiac signs and their meanings have attracted the interest of many since a very long time. The following article explains more about the different zodiac signs and their meanings.
Zodiac signs are conceived to foresee and forecast a person's individuality. Each sign is linked to a planet, termed as ruler of the sign. There are twelve zodiac signs and each sign has characteristics of its own.

The twelve zodiac signs are divided among four elements, namely, water, air, earth, and fire. Each of these elements play a critical role in determining an individual's traits.

The signs are also grouped into cardinal, fixed, and mutable - each group consisting of four zodiac signs. The zodiac signs with their meanings presented below should make an interesting read for all those interested in knowing more about the significance of their sign in their lives.

Aries -The Ram {March 21-April 19}

Ruling Planet:
Mars

Element:
Fire

Lucky Colors:
Red, Crimson

Lucky Day:
Tuesday
Aries, a cardinal sign, is symbolized by the horns of the ram. People born under this sign are inquisitive and need to know everything that is within their reach. They are spontaneous and have very good leadership qualities, and hence motivate every person they meet. Aries love to be the first to take up any opportunity coming their way. They actually believe and practice in the saying, 'Actions speak louder than words'. Hence they are doers rather than talkers. Extremely expressive and egoistic, Arians are self-centered, but not selfish. They are impatient, aggressive, and ignorant to others needs, but unintentionally and innocently, like a child. Arians do not hold a grudge against people, not even those who have hurt them, and follow the virtues - forgive and forget. Short-tempered at times, they cool down no sooner than they burst out in anger, and are even quicker to apologize. Arians get along with the Leos and Sagittarians, but not with Scorpios and Virgos.

Taurus - The Bull {April 20-May 19}

Ruling Planet:
Venus

Element:
Earth

Lucky Colors:
Blue, Pink

Lucky Day:
Friday
Taurus is a fixed sign represented by a bull, and symbolizes a muscular body with sharp horns. People born under this sign are often well-built, just like the animal associated with the sign. They are mentally and physically strong. Associated with toughness, they possess immense stamina and willpower. Romantic at heart, Taureans are materialistic, desiring lavish living and loving things in grand style. They are calm and composed and prefer staying away from huge crowds. They speak less, and to the point only. Taureans are patient and do not run after opportunities. They wait for the best opportunity that comes their way. Hence they could sometimes come across as passive, boring, and aloof. Reliability is their strength. Though stubborn and dangerous when aroused, they are sympathetic and soft from within. Taureans do get along with Virgos and Capricorns. However, Librans and Sagittarians do not gel well with the Taureans.

Gemini - The Twins {May 20 - June 20}

Ruling Planet:
Mercury

Element:
Air

Lucky Colors:
Green, Yellow

Lucky Day:
Wednesday
A mutable sign easy to interpret, it represents the Roman numerical two. Versatility is the keyword of a true Gemini. Fun-loving and energetic, people born under this sign are very flexible. Hence they are restless and get bored very easily. They are always open to new ideas and are interested in knowing about everything that exists on earth, but without diving deep into it. Multitasking is in their blood and they are extremely efficient in simultaneously doing many things at a time. People are often surprised by the versatility that Geminis possess. People love to bond with a Gemini, who is witty. They are generally easily identifiable in a crowd. A Gemini performs every task swiftly and is highly indecisive. They can switch over between emotions very quickly and is thereby considered to always be on the move. People born under Libra and Aquarius are compatible with a Gemini. Scorpios and Capricorns are, however, considered to be least compatible with a Gemini.

Cancer - The Crab {June 21 - July 22}

Ruling Planet:
Moon

Element:
Water

Lucky Colors:
Silver, Violet, Lavender, Green

Lucky Day:
Monday
Looking like two horizontal commas, or like the claws of a crab, emotion forms the base of this cardinal sign. Individuals under this sign are extraordinarily hardworking and own a never-give-up attitude. For them the sky is the limit. Extremely sociable, Cancerians spill out knowledge and wisdom in their talks, and hence take center stage at social gatherings. Loving and generous in nature, many seek help (mentally and financially), from a Cancerian. However, they could be moody at times, and decisions taken in a bad mood contradict their genuine caring attitude which may make them seem mysterious. They are very sensitive and protective of their loved ones. Conservative in nature, Cancerians are romantic and possess good intuitive skills. Once they set their mind on doing something, there is no stopping them and they pay no heed to anyone's advice. Basically noble human beings, a Cancerian gets along well with Scorpios and Pisceans, but not with Sagittarians and Aquarians.

Leo - The Lion {July 23 - August 21}

Ruling Planet:
Sun

Element:
Fire

Lucky Colors:
Purple, Bright Orange

Lucky Day:
Sunday
The curvy line ending with a circle represents waves, meaning the ups and downs in a Leo's life. A Leo is bright and vivacious, just like its ruling planet and element. People born under this fixed sign are born leaders. They consistently want to lead and be the star. Just like their animal symbol Lion, they live with the attitude that they are the king and thereby pride pours in. Leos love to seek attention. Optimistic about life, they constantly look for new avenues. Their personality and energy attract people towards them. Leos dislike taking orders from people and like to direct the people, and this makes them bossy. The saying, 'Jack of all trades, master of none', suits them the best as they are curious to know and learn everything. They strongly believe that there is nothing impossible to do and hence have a 'will-do attitude' in life. Once committed, they stick through thick and thin, but rub them the wrong way, and there is no looking back. Cutting ties is as easy as knitting new ones for a Leo. Compatible with Arians and Sagittarians, a Leo is least compatible with Capricorns and Pisceans.

Virgo - The Virgin {August 22 - September 22}

Ruling Planet:
Mercury

Element:
Earth

Lucky Colors:
Gray, White, Brown

Lucky Day:
Wednesday
Looking like a capital 'M', that is said to represent the intestines, a Virgo is prone to diseases related to the digestive system. Adaptability is the keyword for this mutable sign. Virgos have the ability to change their personality as the circumstances demand. They have a remarkable memory, and the virtue of love is overflowing in them. Virgos never let anybody down, especially when a person is facing tough times. Cleanliness freaks, they are extremely hygiene conscious, and cared about their physical appearance. Virgos are quick learners and pay attention to the finest of details. They do not work half-heartedly but put in all their mind, body, and soul in accomplishing any task undertaken. Every task, big or small, is completed flawlessly, as they aim for perfection. They always keep their faith in people even if they have been backstabbed. Virgos are good decision makers and are sensible. Though shy and quiet, they have the ability to spin outlandish tales and still make them believable. Compatible with Taureans and Capricorns, a Virgo is least compatible with Arians and Aquarians.

Libra - The Weighing Scales {September 23 - October 22}

Ruling Planet:
Venus

Element:
Air

Lucky Colors:
Blue, Pink, Light Orange

Lucky Day:
Friday
A cardinal sign of equilibrium, individuals born under this sign are extremely balanced, just like the weighing scales that represent this sign. Librans are the most diplomatic among all signs. They are polite, romantic, and friendly, and hence connect with people very easily. Librans possess extreme personalities. Their extreme attitude is always a topic of debate. Sometimes they are constantly working while sometimes they tend to get so lazy that it is difficult to get work done from them. They are composed and poised one moment, but may seem fidgety the very next moment. Librans hate conflicts and choose to keep mum even in grave situations, and hence hardly lose their cool. They are quick in grasping information and often come up with innovative ideas. Logical in thinking, they rarely are at the loss of words. Pick up an argument and the person debating on both fronts ought to be a Libran. They dislike impatience and taking orders. Among all the signs, Librans are considered the most civilized. Librans share a special rapport with Geminis and Aquarians, but not with Taureans and Pisceans.

Scorpio - The Scorpion {October 23- November 21}

Ruling Planet:
Pluto

Element:
Water

Lucky Colors:
Blood red, Maroon

Lucky Day:
Tuesday
Looking like the capital letter 'M', with an arrow towards the end, this sign represents the sting of a Scorpion. A fixed sign, Scorpios have intuitive powers second to none, thereby knowing the deepest secrets of a person. Determination is the word that describes a Scorpio. Bold in nature, a Scorpio is not scared of taking up challenges. Wise and mature beyond biological years, they are blunt on the face, but soft and gentle from within. Scorpios have immense patience, but the moment they lose their cool, better watch out. Two words that do not exist in their dictionary is 'forgive' and 'forget'. Hence having a Scorpio foe would definitely not work wonders in anybody's life. Highly observant and dominant, they have all capabilities in reaching the highest heights, but at the same time they may see lowest lows and yet bounce back firmly. The only sign known to be perfectly content when aloof, these individuals are the most misunderstood amongst all other signs. Scorpios are most compatible with Pisceans and Cancerians and least with people under the sign of Aries and Gemini.

Sagittarius - The Archer {November 22 - December 21}

Ruling Planet:
Jupiter

Element:
Fire

Lucky Colors:
Yellow, Blue, Pink, Light Purple

Lucky Day:
Thursday
Sagittarians are archers and are symbolized by arrows. They have all the traits of a mutable sign, activity being their strength. They are like a live wire, always active and restless. They cannot sit idle and love to make full utilization of their time. Sagittarians go out of their way to aid people, especially their loved ones. Though Sagittarians are helpful by nature, they do not receive help when in need. Moreover, they expect nothing in return from people. Having a great sense of humor, these individuals are extrovert in nature. Sagittarians are wise and have excellent communication skills. Thoroughly loyal, Sagittarians do not think before talking, and hence there is a possibility of hurting the feelings of people, not intentionally though. Sagittarians crave full freedom and live with no inhibitions. They become most upset when their freedom is stifled, as they are the happiest when on the move. They have a burning desire to conquer the world, and are fearless, honest, and kindhearted. Though zealous, they are careless and impatient. Sagittarians do make friends with Aries and Leos, but not with Cancerians and Taureans.

Capricorn - The Goat {December 22 - January 20}

Ruling Planet:
Saturn

Element:
Earth

Lucky Colors:
Blue, Black, Dark Gray

Lucky Day:
Saturday
This sign, that looks like the English alphabet 'V', has a twisting end that represents the tail of a mountain goat, the associated animal. A cardinal sign, Capricorns are considered the most patient among all the zodiac signs. Known to achieve success through hard work, individuals under this sign are intelligent and cautious. Highly dedicated and focused in life, once they set their eye on something they see to it that they achieve their goal. Ambitious and practical, Capricorns believe in taking things slow to achieve success and reaching the top. Calm and cool in behavior, they are not capable of causing severe damage to anyone. Capricorns possess an unbelievable capacity to confront trials and tribulations. They are reserved and orthodox in thinking, and hence rigid and stubborn. Capricorns are very trustworthy and sensible, and are sincere in their work and loyal to friends. Very organized, Capricorns are responsible and shy individuals. Taureans and Virgos are most comfortable for Capricorns while they are least comfortable with people born under the signs of Gemini and Leo.

Aquarius - The Water Bearer {January 21 - February 19}

Ruling Planet:
Uranus

Element:
Air

Lucky Colors:
Black, Gray, Purple, Dark Blue

Lucky Day:
Saturday
The two lines, that depict this sign, are considered waves representing water. Curiosity suits this fixed sign, which is the most unpredictable of all signs. Aquarians are considered to be original, highly focused, and analytical. Extremely social in behavior, Aquarians are known to make friends around the globe, though very few could be termed truly close. Creative and artistic, they have good taste in art and luxury. Their life is never drab, but full of excitement and adventures. They like being associated with social causes, and try bring some change even in the smallest possible way. Termed less emotional, Aquarians are way too practical about life and highly energetic. Aquarians are a perfect fusion of humor and diplomacy. They believe in speaking the truth and hate to lie. Usually soft spoken, they may at times surprise all with their offending words. Aquarians possess excellent concentration powers, and their intuition is immensely strong. Living in the present, they are constantly planning for their future. Aquarians are most compatible with people born under the Gemini and Libra signs, and least compatible with Cancerians and Virgos.

Pisces - The Fish {February 20 - March 20}

Ruling Planet:
Neptune

Element:
Water

Lucky Colors:
Yellow, White, Pearl, Golden

Lucky Day:
Thursday
A mutable sign, showing two curved lines that represent two fish moving in opposite directions, Pisces is considered the most sensitive of all signs. Sacrifice is the best word to describe a Pisces individual. Pisceans are not materialistic, and not interested in monetary gains. They live for the day and are careless for tomorrow. Pisceans are blessed with a sharp memory, and are generous and selfless. They do not judge, and accept people as they are, so as to be of help to them. They dream big and strive to make every dream see the light of the day. Pisceans have a bad tongue and can be extremely rude at times, but it seldom happens. Exceedingly helpful, Pisceans lend a helping hand even in the most difficult and tight situations. Pisceans prefer keeping a low profile. They are 'behind the scenes' people, who deserve all the success and accolades that other, more showy signs often get. They rarely get agitated and do not find it difficult to swim against the tide. Pisceans are friends with Cancerians and Scorpios, but not with Leos and Librans.

Today, zodiac signs are widely used and more recognized among the masses than previously. Every individual possess good as well as bad qualities, and zodiac signs help recognize negatives so as to turn them into positives, and thereby lead a comfortable life. Zodiac signs surely aid in understanding a person, so as to build a healthy relationship.
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