The Twelve Astrological Star Signs
Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac. Aries represents fiery initiating energy, new beginnings, the Child, powerful energy that focuses on action, exploration and adventure. Aries people tend to be direct, blunt and energetic. They prefer moving ahead on the path rather than planning for the trip.
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars. Mars was the Roman god of War, and is associated with energy, pure and simple, whether directed in sports, sex, entrepreneurship or medicine. Representing clear action, Mars is the knife, whether weapon, tool or scalpel. Aries people enjoy being in charge and like to lead or go ahead on their own. In relationships, Aries wants fun and the freedom to be themselves.
Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac. Taurus represents earthy consolidating energy, focusing on completing the job, building solid structures and staying around to enjoy them. Taurus people tend to be steady and reliable, strong and focused.
Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus. Venus was the Roman goddess of Love, and is associated with money, beauty and attractiveness. Her symbol is the mirror, and Taurus people do want to look good, checking their appearance carefully and repeatedly before going out the door.
Taurus people enjoy material goods, and value solid, tangible, sustained effort and reward. They love nature and being surrounded by beauty, even luxury where possible.
In relationships, Taurus wants sensuality, comfort and stability.
Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac. Gemini represents airy transitioning energy, the ability to move from one focus, task, location or person to another.
Gemini people tend to be interested in everything and can talk to anyone. Versatile, they nimbly adapt to change.
Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury. Mercury was the Roman god of communication, the messenger god, associated with the mind and education. Mercury has winged feet, symbolizing movement, travel, swiftness.
Gemini people enjoy ideas and delight in word play. "I think, therefore I am." Rene Descartes was not a Gemini, but he certainly spoke for them.
In relationships, Gemini wants a twin, a mind-mate, a conversationalist, someone to keep them interested and amused.
Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac. Cancer represents watery initiating energy, the beginnings of life, and the family. Cancer people tend to be emotional and sensitive, caring and sympathetic. They prefer home and treat friends like family. They value security and protect what is theirs.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon. The Moon in Astrology symbolizes emotion, and is associated with the mother. The Moon, which visibly changes from New Moon to Full Moon, influences the tide, and Cancers may seem moody as they respond to nature's ebb and flow.
Cancer people enjoy nurturing and developing their home, projects and people. They are natural care-givers, and love to see themselves reflected in the positive light of others' appreciation.
In relationships, Cancer wants warmth and lasting togetherness, a real home for the heart.
Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac. Leo represents fiery consolidating energy, dramatically expressed creativity. Leo people tend to be flamboyant, the person all eyes turn to when they enter the room. They prefer fame, fortune and admiration embellishing their accomplishments.
Leo is ruled by the Sun. The Sun in Astrology symbolizes life-giving energy, the brilliant center others revolve around. It is associated with personal charisma and leadership. The Sun symbolizes royalty, warmth and generosity. Leo rules the heart, and Leos not only have big hearts, but also get to the heart of the matter. Whatever the issue, Leo can be relied on to bypass unnecessary detail, both naming and solving the problem decisively.
Leo people enjoy fun and games. They entertain lavishly so that others may admire their largess.
In relationships, Leo wants an independent partner to be proud of. Leo personifies loyalty with friends and family. After all, a group of lions is called a "pride."
Virgo is the sixth sign of the Zodiac. Virgo represents earthy transitioning energy, the practical mind, clear thinking that makes sense. Virgo people examine their world in detail, sorting through and organizing information into usable units. They notice the fine print and are willing to do what it takes to do their jobs.
Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury. Mercury was the Roman god of communication, the messenger god. Mercury's winged feet symbolize Virgo's swift apprehension of the situation in front of them and ability to get the message across clearly.
Virgo people enjoy clarity, work, accomplishment and pets. They prefer cleanliness and value health. They are often found in fields demanding responsible precision, like accounting and medicine.
In relationships, Virgos wants to remain themselves, requiring non-interference and enjoying shared work. Their symbol, the Virgin, indicates purity, modesty and detachment from emotion.
Libra is the seventh sign of the Zodiac. Libra represents airy initiating energy, creative thought, justice, the laws that govern right relationships. Libra people tend to be attractive and social, with a natural flair for diplomacy. They prefer harmony, and are capable of seeing both sides of an issue, compromising reasonably to create a win/win outcome.
Libra is ruled by the planet Venus. Venus was the Roman goddess of love, and is associated with attracting cooperation and creating pleasing interactions. Libra people enjoy beauty, peaceful surroundings and intelligent conversation. Literary Salons and book groups are Libran delights. In relationships, Libra wants a real partner. Libra will go to great lengths to please, and they expect reciprocity, valuing fairness and equality as expressions of love.
Scorpio is the eighth sign of the Zodiac. Scorpio represents watery consolidating energy, deep feelings, quiet strength; "still waters run deep". Scorpio people tend to be private and cautious in communication. They prefer behind the scenes research to asking for help, feeling safest when personally in control.
Scorpio is ruled by the planets Mars and Pluto. Mars was the Roman god of war and is associated with outward moving energy. Pluto was the Roman god of the underworld and is associated with transformation on the deepest level. Together, these planets indicate powerful force, Spartan determination, indomitable will.
Scorpio people enjoy creativity with meaning, power with purpose. They are attracted to martial arts (Mars = martial) and the military, as vehicles for internal development in a context of challenging action.
In relationships, Scorpio wants absolutes, passion, loyalty, intensity.
Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the Zodiac. Sagittarius represents fiery transitioning energy, inspirational communication, philosophical exploration, expansive ideas and far-reaching travel. Sagittarius people tend to be talkers who have a lot to say, as they have seen and learned much. They prefer adventurous sports and much communication.
Sagittarius is ruled by the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. Jupiter was the Roman god of expansion, the king of the gods, and is associated with leadership, cheerfulness and generosity.
Sagittarius people enjoy teaching and studying, especially subjects with variety and societal value. They are "big picture" visionaries, letting others focus on details
In relationships, Sagittarius wants fun, freedom, excitement and a real soul mate who can share their boundless enthusiasm for life.
Symbol: Mountain Goat
Capricorn is the tenth sign of the Zodiac. Capricorn represents earthy initiating energy, pragmatic creation, unstoppable determination, the "talent" that shows up because of hard work
Capricorn people tend to be executives or entrepreneurs, but definitely the one in charge of the project. They prefer delegating tasks but not authority. They take responsibility very seriously.
Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn. Saturn was the Roman god of work and is associated with time. His Greek corollary was Chronos, as in our word "chronological". Saturn's rings symbolize the constraints of responsibility binding us to right action.
Capricorn people enjoy achievement of their high aspirations, completing the goal and reaching the top of the mountain or their profession.
In relationships, Capricorn wants practicality, love that works, an appropriate partner who matches or enhances their status.
Symbol: Water Bearer
Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac. Aquarius represents airy consolidating energy, thought manifested in society, reason applied to the higher good of all. Aquarius people tend to be open and accepting of others, expecting equal treatment for their own eccentricities. They prefer freedom above all other values, and are definitely on their own trip.
Aquarius is ruled by the planets Saturn and Uranus. Uranus was the Greek god of the sky, and is associated in astrology with limitlessness, revolution, breaking with tradition and rules.
Aquarius people enjoy outer and inner space, aeronautics, utopian political ideas, friends and the universal family of humanity. Their brilliant flashes of intuition delight or mystify others.
In relationships, Aquarius wants freedom and intelligent discourse, a partner with whom to explore ancient wisdom and futuristic theories and realms.
Pisces is the twelfth sign of the Zodiac. Pisces represents watery transitioning energy, sensitivity, responsiveness, going with the flow. Pisces people tend to be creative and may seem other-worldly as they respond to intuition more than linear logic, absorbing information by osmosis. They prefer mysticism to dogmatism, and best express their understanding with fluid media, music, dance, painting, photography and film.
Pisces is ruled by the planets Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter was the Roman king of the gods. Neptune was the Roman god of the ocean, and is associated with vast, amorphous power potential, symbolizing in modern terms the unconscious mind.
Pisces people enjoy fantasy, creating imagery unconstrained by laws of physics. They are empathic, and protect themselves by creating a pure energy environment in which to retreat and recharge.
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