Zodiac Signs and Astrology Characteristics

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Welcome to our Zodiac signs main page! Here is the starting place to dig deep into your Zodiac sign and the signs of all the other people in your life. Use our site to explore your Zodiac sign thoroughly, learning about your personality, career, family, compatibility with friends, and love life. Gain insight into your strengths and weaknesses, and discover the life lessons of your sign.

Get Answers to These Kinds of Questions about the Zodiac Signs

  • What is astrology?
  • What is my rising sign?
  • What is my astrological sign?
  • What is my astrology chart?
  • What type of person is an Aries?
  • Who should date a Taurus?
  • What are Gemini’s strengths?
  • What are Cancer’s weaknesses?
  • Who should a Leo marry?
  • What are Virgo dates?
  • What are the traits of a Libra?
  • What kind of person is a Scorpio?
  • Who is Sagittarius attracted to?
  • Why is Capricorn so serious?
  • Why are Aquarians so different?
  • Why are Pisces so dramatic?

The Zodiac Sign

When someone asks, “Hey, what’s your sign?” and you say, “I am an Aries” or “I am a Capricorn,” you are referring to the position of the Sun on the day you were born. Your Sun sign exerts the strongest influence on your personality and emotions. The Sun sign is the place to start when considering your personal map of the sky on the day you were born, which is known as your Natal Chart. The Moon, every planet, and all the asteroids were in a Zodiac sign when you were born. Some may even be in the same sign as your Sun, but most will be in other Zodiac signs.

But first, let’s make sure you know the Zodiac sign of the Sun when you were born.

What and When is Your Zodiac Sign?

Zodiac SignDatesHouse RulershipRuling Planet
AriesMar 21 – Apr 19FirstMars
TaurusApr 20 – May 20SecondVenus
GeminiMay 21 – Jun 20ThirdMercury
CancerJun 21 – Jul 22FourthMoon
LeoJul 23 – Aug 22FifthSun
VirgoAug 22 – Sep 21SixthMercury
LibraSept 23 – Oct 22SeventhVenus
ScorpioOct 23 – Nov 21EighthPluto
SagittariusNov 22 – Dec 21NinthJupiter
CapricornDec 22 – Jan 19TenthSaturn
AquariusJan 20 – Feb 18EleventhUranus
PiscesFeb 19 – Mar 20TwelfthNeptune
☀ Note: If you were born at the beginning or end of the dates for a sign, then you would be “on the cusp” of one of the signs and feel the influence of the other sign.

What is my Zodiac Sign?

If you are not certain, you can determine your zodiac sign by entering your data in the Birth Chart Calculator below and find out where the Sun was at the time of your birth.

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The 12 Zodiac Signs: Key Traits

Now that you know your Sun Zodiac Sign, find out about your characteristics and traits, as well as the symbol, element, ruling planet, quality, and birthstones of your sign. We will even list some famous personalities that share your sign and tell you which signs match best with which signs.

Aries Zodiac Sign

Aries Symbol

Aries is the first Zodiac sign. People born between March 21 to April 19 have an Aries Sun sign. The symbol for Aries is the ram. Aries’ quality is cardinal, its element is fire, and Mars is its ruler.

Aries Traits

These individuals initiate by acting. They lead by doing. They are at their best striving to be free, living independently, and pursuing maverick opportunities. They need to learn self-discipline to make the most of their life journey.

Aries Birthstones

If you were born in March, your Aries birthstone is Aquamarine. If you were born in April, your Aries birthstone is the Diamond.

Famous Aries Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Robert Downey Jr, Jackie Chan, and Robert Frost

Women: Maya Angelou, Lady Gaga, Diana Ross, Danica Patrick, and Reba McEntire

Aries Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Aries matches best with itself and the other fire signs: Sagittarius and Leo, as well as the air signs: Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini.


Taurus Zodiac Sign

Taurus Symbol

Taurus is the second Zodiac sign. People born between April 20 to May 20 have a Taurus Sun sign. The symbol for Taurus is the bull. Taurus’ quality is fixed, its element is earth, and Venus is its ruler.

Taurus Traits

These individuals work hard to establish traditions, security, and reliability; they form the bedrock of society. They are at their best in routines, taking care of necessities, and making sure their needs and the needs of others are met in practical ways. They need to learn some degree of flexibility to make the most of their life journey.

Taurus Birthstones

If you were born in April, your Taurus birthstone is the Diamond. If you were born in May, your Taurus birthstone is the Emerald.

Famous Taurus Personalities and Celebrities

Men: The Rock, George Clooney, David Beckham, William Shakespeare, and Willie Mays

Women: Adele, Tina Fey, Queen Elizabeth II, Florence Nightingale, and Shirley Temple

Taurus Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Taurus matches best with the other earth signs: Capricorn and Virgo, as well as the water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.


Gemini Zodiac Sign

Gemini Symbol

Gemini is the third Zodiac sign. People born between May 21 and June 20 have a Gemini Sun sign. The symbol for Gemini is the Roman numeral II, which represents twins. Gemini’s quality is mutable, its element is air, and Mercury is its ruler.

Gemini Traits

These individuals adapt using their intellect, curiosity, and skill as communicators. They are at their best learning new information, sharing ideas, and interacting socially with the people around them. They must learn how to focus-on-demand to manifest their best results.

Gemini Birthstones

If you were born in May, your Gemini birthstone is the Emerald. If you were born in June, your Gemini birthstone is the Pearl.

Famous Gemini Personalities and Celebrities

Men: John F. Kennedy, Tupac Shakur, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood, and Lou Gehrig

Women: Marilyn Monroe, Anne Frank, Steffi Graf, Judy Garland, and Angelina Jolie

Gemini Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Gemini gets along with everyone!


Cancer Zodiac Sign

Cancer Symbol

Cancer is the fourth Zodiac sign. People born between June 21 to July 22 have a Cancer Sun sign. The symbol for Cancer is the crab. Cancer’s quality is cardinal, its element is water, and the Moon is its ruler.

Cancer Traits

These individuals initiate using their emotions, their caretaking instincts, and their desire to heal. They are at their best leading people who share strong emotional bonds (first and foremost, the family), need to be nurtured, and who need to develop emotional intelligence. They must learn “emotional balance” to manifest their best results.

Cancer Birthstones

If you were born in June, your Cancer birthstone is the Pearl. If you were born in July, your Cancer birthstone is the Ruby.

Famous Cancer Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Nelson Mandela, Henry VIII, Tom Hanks, Lionel Messi, and Elon Musk

Women: Frida Kahlo, Angela Merkel, Ariana Grande, Hellen Keller, and Selena Gomez

Cancer Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Cancer matches best with the earth signs: Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo.

Leo Zodiac Sign

Leo Symbol

People born between July 23 and August 22 have a Leo Sun sign. The symbol for Leo is the lion. Leo’s quality is fixed, its element is fire, and the Sun is its ruler.

Leo Traits

These individuals work hard to be creative, playful, and recognized. They are at their best performing, competing, and acting heroically. They must learn self-discipline to manifest their best results.

Leo Birthstones

If you were born in July, your Leo birthstone is the Ruby. If you were born in August, your Leo birthstone is Peridot.

Famous Leo Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Barack Obama, Napoleon, Wilt Chamberlain, Neil Armstrong, and Chris Hemsworth

Women: Mata Hari, Whitney Houston, Amelia Earhart, Madonna, and JK Rowling

Leo Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Leo matches best with the other fire signs: Aries and Sagittarius, as well as the air signs: Libra and Gemini.

Virgo Zodiac Sign

Virgo Symbol

People born between August 23 and September 22 have a Virgo Sun sign. The symbol for Virgo is the young woman or maiden. Virgo’s quality is mutable, its element is earth, and Mercury is its ruler.

Virgo Traits

These individuals adapt by solving-problems, being inventive, and acting through service. They are at their best following instructions, paying attention to details, and fixing what is damaged or broken. They must learn to “see the forest for the trees” to manifest their best results.

Virgo Birthstones

If you were born in August, your Virgo birthstone is Peridot. If you were born in September, your Virgo birthstone is the Sapphire.

Famous Virgo Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Kobe Bryant, Freddie Mercury, Sean Connery, Arnold Palmer, and Keanu Reeves

Women: Queen Elizabeth I, Sophia Loren, Beyonce, Ingrid Bergman, and Mary Shelley

Virgo Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Virgo matches best with the other earth signs: Capricorn and Taurus, as well as the water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.


Libra Zodiac Sign

Libra Symbol

People born between September 23 to October 22 have a Libra Sun sign. The symbol for Libra is the scale. Libra’s quality is cardinal, its element is air, and Venus is its ruler.

Libra Traits

These individuals initiate through analysis, decision-making, and judgment. They are at their best negotiating, balancing/re-balancing life circumstances and relationships, and creating harmony where there is disharmony. They must learn to be assertive to manifest their best results.

Libra Birthstones

If you were born in September, your Libra birthstone is the Sapphire. If you were born in October, your Libra birthstone is the Opal.

Famous Libra Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Eminem, Will Smith, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Confucius, and Matt Damon

Women: Bridgette Bardot, Serena Williams, Kate Winslet, Avril Lavigne, and Cardi B

Libra Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Libra can match well with all signs, but favors other air signs: itself, Aquarius, and Gemini; and the fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Scorpio Zodiac Sign

Scorpio Symbol

People born between October 23 and November 21 have a Scorpio Sun sign. The symbol for Scorpio is the scorpion; older symbols include the eagle and the snake. Scorpio’s quality is fixed, its element is water, and Pluto is its modern ruler, while Mars is its classical ruler.

Scorpio Traits

These individuals work hard as change agents, transformers, and power brokers. They are at their best dealing with intense situations, people in crisis, and issues involving sexuality and intimacy. They must learn “playfulness or lightness of heart” to manifest their best results.

Scorpio Birthstones

If you were born in October, your Scorpio birthstone is the Opal. If you were born in November, your Scorpio birthstone is Topaz.

Famous Scorpio Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter Jackson, and Pele

Women: Marie Curie, Julia Roberts, Hillary Clinton, Katy Perry, and Bjork

Scorpio Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Scorpio can overpower all the signs but itself, Aries, Capricorn, Taurus, and Sagittarius. Matching for a Scorpio is more about power than harmony.


Sagittarius Zodiac Sign

Sagittarius Symbol

People born between November 22 to December 21 have a Sagittarius Sun sign. The symbol for Sagittarius is the centaur (half man/half horse) archer. Sagittarius’ quality is mutable, its element is fire, and Jupiter is its ruler.

Sagittarius Traits

These individuals adapt by deepening their knowledge, committing to a belief, and exploring the world. They are at their best developing expertise, being the authority regarding knowledge or skills, and teaching others. They must learn to “map their travels” and record their knowledge to manifest their best results.

Sagittarius Birthstones

If you were born in November, your Sagittarius birthstone is Topaz. If you were born in December, your Sagittarius birthstone is Tanzanite.

Famous Sagittarius Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Winston Churchill, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, Chadwick Boseman, and Steven Spielberg

Women: Billie Elijah, Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson, Billie Jean King, and Nicki Minaj

Sagittarius Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Sagittarius matches best with itself and the other fire signs: Aries and Leo, as well as the air signs: Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini.


Capricorn Zodiac Sign

Capricorn Symbol

People born between December 22 and January 19 have a Capricorn Sun sign. The symbol for Capricorn is the goat, and more traditionally, a half goat, half fish (goat head, fish tail) creature. Capricorn’s quality is cardinal, its element is earth, and Saturn is its ruler.

Capricorn Traits

These individuals initiate by taking responsibility, setting lofty goals, and producing for compensation. They are at their best testing themselves against standards, pursuing achievements, and getting results. They must learn compassion to manifest their best results.

Capricorn Birthstones

If you were born in December, your Capricorn birthstone is Tanzanite. If you were born in January, your Capricorn birthstone is Garnet.

Famous Capricorn Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Stan Lee, and Lebron James

Women: Greta Thunberg, Betty White, Stephanie Meyer, Dolly Parton, and Mary J Blige

Capricorn Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Capricorn matches best with itself and the other earth signs: Taurus and Virgo, as well as the water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.


Aquarius Zodiac Sign

Aquarius Symbol

People born between January 20 and February 18 have an Aquarius Sun sign. The symbol for Aquarius is a woman pouring water from an urn, which often leads people to think that Aquarius is a water sign; it is not. Aquarius’ quality is fixed, its element is air, and Uranus is its modern ruler, while Saturn is its classical ruler.

Aquarius Traits

These individuals work hard to find their role in community, to bring ideals into the world, and to connect people into cohesive groups. They are at their best finding their niche, socializing, and visualizing the future. They must learn quiet fortitude to manifest their best results.

Aquarius Birthstones

If you were born in January, your Aquarius birthstone is Garnet. If you were born in February, your Aquarius birthstone is Amethyst.

Famous Aquarius Personalities and Celebrities

Men: Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Fredrick Douglas, Michael Jordan, and Jackie Robinson

Women: Rosa Parks, Yoko Ono, Jennifer Anniston, Shakira, and Oprah Winfrey

Aquarius Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Aquarius matches well with the other air signs: Libra and Gemini, as well as the fire signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Pisces Zodiac Sign

Pisces Symbol

People born between February 19 to March 20 have a Pisces Sun sign. The symbol for Pisces is a two fish chasing each other’s tails. Pisces’ quality is mutable, its element is water, and Neptune is its modern ruler, while Jupiter is its classical ruler.

Pisces Traits

These individuals adapt by being intuitive, sensitive, and flowing. They are at their best dreaming, imagining, and tapping into the collective consciousness. They must learn toughness to manifest their best results.

Pisces Birthstones

If you were born in February, your Pisces birthstone is Amethyst. If you were born in March, your Pisces birthstone is Aquamarine.

Famous Aquarius Personalities and Celebrities

Men: George Washington, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Justin Bieber

Women: Elizabeth Taylor, Millie Bobby Brown, Rhianna, Rachel Weisz, and Simone Biles

Pisces Compatibility with other Zodiac Signs

Pisces, like Gemini, can get along with all the other signs but does very well with Capricorn and Taurus.

13th Astrological Sign

Modern astronomy has recorded 88 constellations covering the southern and northern hemispheres of our sky. 13 of these constellations cross or touch the ecliptic – the trajectory of the Sun’s apparent path across the sky as seen from Earth.

These include the constellations that inspired the names of the 12 Tropical astrology signs, plus a thirteenth constellation – Ophiuchus sign (Oaf-ih-YOU-kus), which was known but not included in the Tropical zodiac.

Is Ophiuchus the 13th Zodiac Sign?

No. In astrological terms, this sign would only be meaningfully significant if Tropical (western) astrology was still tied to the position of the constellations. It is not, and your zodiac sign, also known as your sun sign is one among the twelve most everyone knows.

Astrology Qualities, Modalities, and Elements

Other than the four astrology elements (Water, Fire, Earth, and Air), the twelve signs of the Zodiac are also classified through the zodiac qualities. There are three qualities in astrology: Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. These qualities are also called Quadruplicities, and they have a significant effect on a person’s general outlook and attitude, and indicate how they function in their daily life. The qualities represent how a person with a certain sign interacts with their environment, how they respond to situations, and how they interact with other people. Every person plays a different role on a team, some are starters or initiators (Cardinal), some are the hard workers (Fixed), and some are the connectors (Mutable).

The twelve houses also have a quadruplicity in their modalities: Angular, Succedent, and Cadent, which correspond to the three qualities. The first house is Angular and ruled by a Cardinal sign (Aries), the second house is Succedent and ruled by a Fixed sign (Taurus), the third house is Cadent and ruled by a Mutable sign (Gemini), and so on around the wheel.

The Fire and Air signs are Masculine and the Earth and Water signs are Feminine.

HouseModalitySignQualityGender
1stAngularAriesCardinalM
2ndSuccedentTaurusFixedF
3rdCadentGeminiMutableM
4thAngularCancerCardinalF
5thSuccedentLeoFixedM
6thCadentVirgoMutableF
7thAngularLibraCardinalM
8thSuccedentScorpioFixedF
9thCadentSagittariusMutableM
10thAngularCapricornCardinalF
11thSuccedentAquariusFixedM
12thCadentPiscesMutableF

Air: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius

Air is the element associated with thought, communication, and social connection. At their best, Air signs can be open-minded, communicative, and connecting; they love learning (Gemini), fairness (Libra), and improving society (Aquarius). These qualities not only let them think with fresher perspectives, but also lets them understand the other person very easily. The highest expression of the Air element helps people with these horoscope signs learn the deeper meaning of life by being open to all kinds of ideas where others might draw a line.

Water: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces

Water is the element associated with emotions, intimacy, and dreaming. At their best, Water signs can be nurturing, intense, and loving; they excel at caring (Cancer), transforming (Scorpio), and imagining (Pisces). These qualities shape our inner being and help us connect with others at an emotional and intimate level. The highest expression of the Water element helps these people learn the deeper meaning of life through feelings and intuition.

Fire: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius

Fire is the element associated with independence, creativity, and exploration. At their best, Fire signs can be exciting, playful, and maverick; they excel at initiating (Aries), entertaining (Leo), and discovering (Sagittarius). These qualities help us keep life exciting and challenging. The highest expression of the Fire element helps these people learn the deeper meaning of life through action and competition.

Earth: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

Earth is the element associated with needs, practicality, and productivity. At their best, Earth signs can be reliable, inventive, and successful; they excel at gathering resources (Taurus), problem-solving (Virgo), and prospering (Capricorn). These qualities help us survive, get our needs met, and feel safe. The highest expression of the Earth element helps these people learn the deeper meaning of life through hard work and persistent effort.

Two Systems of Astrology (Tropical and Sidereal)

There are two primary systems of astrology. One is tropical astrology, used extensively in Western culture (the United States and Europe) and the other is sidereal astrology, used extensively in Eastern culture (India) and best known as Vedic astrology. askAstrology information is based on Tropical astrology. Below is a succinct explanation of the two and how they differ.

Sidereal and tropical are terms used to describe two different definitions of a year. In astrology, they refer to two different systems of ecliptic coordinates used to divide the ecliptic into twelve “signs”. Each sign is divided into 30 degrees, making a total of 360 degrees.

While sidereal systems of astrology define the signs relative to the apparent backward movement of fixed stars of about 1 degree every 72 years from the perspective of the Earth, tropical systems fix the vernal point or vernal equinox (also known as the March equinox in the Northern hemisphere) to 0 degrees of Aries and define the rest of the zodiac from this point. Sidereal astrology uses corrective systems known as ayanamsas (Sanskrit: ‘ayana’ “movement” + ‘aṃśa’ “component”) to account for the precession of equinoxes, whereas tropical astrology does not use such measures. This has caused the two systems, which were identical around 2,000 years ago, to drift apart over the centuries.

So, a person born on April 1, 2021, at 12:15 pm in Lynchburg, Virginia would have a Tropical Sun sign of Aries at 12 degrees and 10 minutes. That same person would have a Sidereal Sun sign of 18 degrees and 00 minutes of Pisces.

House Systems

Tropical astrology divides the wheel of the sky into 12 pie pieces, called houses, which get calculated and determined by time and location on the day of birth. If the time of birth is unknown an astrologer may choose to use 12 am or 12 pm and provide interpretations based solely on the position of the points in signs and in relationship to one another by certain angles, called aspects. It is possible to attempt find the correct time using a complex process known as rectification, which involves taking significant events from a person’s life and then working backwards to determine which birth time would yield the outcomes from the person’s life events.

Every house system is calculated on the rotational movement of Earth on its axis, but there is a wide range of approaches based on different calculations methods to determine how the houses are demarcated. Below is a list of the various house systems used in Tropical astrology over its inception and up to the current time:

  • Placidus (most used)
  • Whole Signs
  • Equal Signs
  • Porphyry
  • Regiomontanus
  • Campanus
  • Koch

Regardless of which system used, the position of the points will be in the same signs.