Signs of the times: an astrological overview

Published on: April 17, 2017

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The concept of astrological (star) signs dates back to the Babylonians in the first millennium BC. The simple split of twelve different “signs” corresponding with celestial coordinates in relation to the movement of stars was later adopted by the Greeks and Romans. Around that same time, Hindu astrologers developed a system called “jyotish vidya,” or “science of light.” While it was measured slightly differently than the Greeks (a sidereal coordinate system as opposed to a celestial system), the Vedic zodiac shared many of the same symbols with the Greek signs. Our modern zodiac uses the Latin names of the signs, recognizing Aries as the “first” sign at the vernal equinox. Though each sign shares its name with certain constellations, the precession (drift) experienced over time has limited some of the correlation between each sign’s “season” and the actual presence of the stars in the sky. The natural elements (fire, earth, air, water) signify the time of year – summer, autumn, spring, winter, respectively.

While there’s no “real” science to it, the cultural influence of astrology in relation to horoscopes has become a phenomena we can’t escape. How many times have you heard “actually, it’s because you’re a Scorpio” or “yeah, that’s very Gemini of you”? Have you ever wondered if you and your crush’s signs are compatible? Can you feel a change in your mood when Pisces season starts? Whether you believe in the power of astrology or not, here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about your star sign (according to the modern Western zodiac):

 

Aries (March 21st – April 19th)

Fire Sign

 

Aries, tied to the story of the Golden Fleece, is always ready to fly in and be the hero. Aries tend to be leaders, and are most compatible with the similarly minded Leos and level-headed Libras. Aries are energetic, courageous, and always willing to take on a challenge. Aries are great at multi-tasking and have exceptional organization skills.

 

Famous Aries: Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon

 

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

Earth Sign

 

Being an Earth sign, like Virgo and Capricorn, Taurus is very practical and down-to-earth.They are also very passionate about their commitment to projects. Sometimes seen as stubborn, this sign is often seen as the most reliable in their dedication to their work and to the people about them.

 

Famous Taurus: John Cena, Adele, Melanie Martinez, Gigi Hadid

 

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

Air Sign

 

Gemini, the twins, often has a “two-faced” stigma about it. However, Geminis just find it easy to turn from easygoing to serious, leaving them with an open mind that is great for creativity. Geminis are endlessly curious, a trait that makes them well-suited for compatibility with Sagittarius and Aquarius. A Gemini is never bored, and their personality is never boring.

 

Famous Geminis: Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie

 

Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)

Water Sign

 

Like all water signs, Cancer tends to be emotional and could come across as moody, But Cancer is always quick to help others and find it easy to empathize. Cancers are hard workers. It takes a lot to get to a Cancer’s true feelings, but they can form strong friendships.

 

Famous Cancers: Ariana Grande, Jaden Smith, Ashley Tisdale

 

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

Fire Sign

 

Leo, the Lion, is a natural-born leader. Leos are warmhearted and treasure their friends, but have an ever-growing ego. Leos love an adventure, but when their authority is questioned they can become inflexible. The personality of Leo is a great fit with Gemini and Aquarius.

 

Famous Leos: Barack Obama, Kylie Jenner, Joe Jonas

 

Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)

Earth Sign

 

Virgos are one of the most loyal and levelheaded of the signs making them great companions for Pisces and Cancer (typically Water and Earth signs are the most compatible groups). Virgos have a trained attention to detail and are empathetic and cautious in their decision-making. Even if they are overwhelmed for a moment, Virgos never lose sight of the end goal for their dreams. Sometimes a little obsessive over the small things, Virgo is most likely to have their whole life planned out from day 1, but always know when to let their emotions steer them back on course.

 

Famous Virgos: Beyoncé, Zendaya, Bernie Sanders

 

Libra (September 23rd – October 22nd)

Air Sign

 

Libra loves companionship and being supported by others. They are easily touched by the things they read and watch. Libra’s can be indecisive and struggle hardest when they are told to choose sides. This makes them easy negotiators and very fair-minded as well.

 

Famous Libras: Zac Efron, Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars

 

Scorpio (October 23rd – November 21st)

Water Sign

 

Scorpio can be a bit of a wild card, as is sometimes evident in their personal life. Scorpios are stubborn and passionate, making them true friends. They are determined and decisive and often step up to self-advocate. As a water sign Scorpios are very emotional, but usually manifest that emotion in their mysterious and secretive personality unlike Pisces or Cancer.

 

Famous Scorpios: Drake, Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Willow Smith

 

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

Fire Sign

 

Sagittarius is a free-spirited sign, a lover of adventure, and endlessly curious – making this sign well-suited for Gemini and Aries. Open-minded and sometimes philosophical, Sagittarius loves travel and are very generous. A sagittarius is never afraid to speak their mind.

 

Famous Sagittarius: Sia, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj

 

Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)

Earth Sign

 

Ambition is the name of the game with Capricorn. Capricorns tend to be independent and more serious, sometimes coming across as arrogant but they (usually) have good intentions. Capricorns are especially good leaders and have the practical and responsible mind of Taurus.

 

Famous Capricorns: Zayn Malik, Michelle Obama, Gabby Douglas

 

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

Air Sign

 

Aquarius is also an independent soul, but tends to be more quiet and willing to go with the flow than other signs. Aquarius sees the world as a place full of endless possibility and hate to feel limited. Aquarius loves to be in a group or included in a community, and they tend to feed off positive energy. Aquarius are one of the most optimistic signs.

 

Famous Aquarius: Harry Styles, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey

 

Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)

Water Sign

Pisces are extremely creative and sensitive souls. They are naturally friendly and are always surrounded by a group of people; Pisces are also extremely empathetic. Hopelessly romantic, Pisces will fall for just about everyone, but are most compatible with Virgo, Taurus, and Capricorn.
Famous Pisces: Rihanna, Millie Bobby Brown, Ke$ha

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