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the various astrological sign readings and correspondences of the zodiacs

Basic Astrology

I'm far from an astrologist, but if you seek a basic or more well-versed understanding of the zodiacs then this is the place for you.

Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE and relies on reading the planets and the stars to determine their influence on events in human life. This was taught across the many different academic circles of the time along with alchemy, astronomy, meteorology and medicine. Although astrology is now labeled as a pseudoscience, it is based on the idea that everything happens for a reason, and nothing is coincidental.

Zodiacs are divided and listed by house numbers. No individual zodiac is better or superior than another and each work together harmoniously. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and the zodiacs are no different. With that said, I do not condone bias.

In divination, horoscopes use zodiacs as a means of advising daily actions and guiding you towards your best path to success. There are different ways a zodiac can be read including one's sun, moon and rising sign.

Your sun sign is said to depict your personality. This reflects your general approach to life and human nature.

Your moon sign is said to depict your heart. This reflects your emotions/fears in addition to your hidden subconscious.

Your rising sign is said to depict your outer appearance. This reflects how others may perceive you and your spontaneous reactions.

A zodiac was traditionally determined by one's birth relation to the moon, but now, it is read as one's birth relation to the sun. This was likely done during the shift from Paganism to Christianity as a major religion in an effort to erase any "dark" or otherwise feminine associations.

Aries the Ram (March 21st - April 19th)

  • House #: 1
  • Color: Red
  • Quality: Cardinal (Initiator)
  • Element: Fire
  • Ruling Planet: Mars
  • Lucky Numbers: 1 and 9
  • Lucky Day: Tuesday
  • Flowers: Geranium and Honeysuckle
  • Birthstones: Diamond, Topaz, Bloodstone, Sapphire and Jasper
  • Strengths: Courageousness, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate
  • Weaknesses: Impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive, aggressive
  • Aries likes: Comfortable clothes, taking on leadership roles, physical challenges, individual sports
  • Aries dislikes: Inactivity, delays, work that does not use one's talents

Taurus the Bull (April 20th - May 20th)

  • House #: 2
  • Color: Pale Mauve
  • Quality: Fixed (Resistant)
  • Element: Earth
  • Ruling Planet: Venus
  • Lucky Numbers: 4 and 6
  • Lucky Day: Friday
  • Flowers: Violet and Poppy
  • Birthstones: Emerald, Sapphire, Amber, Coral, Rose Quartz and Turquoise
  • Strengths: Reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable
  • Weaknesses: Stubborn, possessive, uncompromising
  • Taurus likes: Gardening, cooking, music, romance, high quality clothes, working with hands
  • Taurus dislikes: Sudden changes, complications, insecurity of any kind, synthetic fabrics

Gemini the Twins (May 21st - June 20th)

  • House #: 3
  • Color: Tiffany Blue
  • Quality: Mutable (Adaptable)
  • Element: Air
  • Ruling Planet: Mercury
  • Lucky Numbers: 9 and 5
  • Lucky Day: Wednesday
  • Flowers: Lilly of the Valley
  • Birthstones: Agate, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Moonstone, Pearl and White Sapphire
  • Strengths: Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas
  • Weaknesses: Nervous, inconsistent, indecisive
  • Gemini likes: Music, books, magazines, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around the town
  • Gemini dislikes: Being alone, being confined, repetition and routine

Cancer the Crab (June 21st - July 22nd)

  • House #: 4
  • Color: Silver
  • Quality: Cardinal (Initiator)
  • Element: Water
  • Ruling Planet: Moon
  • Lucky Numbers: 3 and 7
  • Lucky Day: Monday
  • Flowers: Larkspur and Acanthus
  • Birthstones: Pearl, Emerald, Moonstone and Ruby
  • Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive
  • Weaknesses: Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure
  • Cancer likes: Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends
  • Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life

Leo the Lion (July 23rd - August 22nd)

  • House #: 5
  • Color: Gold and Orange
  • Quality: Fixed (Resistant)
  • Element: Fire
  • Ruling Planet: Sun
  • Lucky Numbers: 8 and 9
  • Lucky Day: Sunday
  • Flowers: Sunflower and Marigold
  • Birthstones: Ruby, Peridot and Sardonyx
  • Strengths: Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous
  • Weaknesses: Arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible
  • Leo likes: Theater, taking holidays, being admired, expensive things, bright colors, fun with friends
  • Leo dislikes: Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being treated right

Virgo the Virgin (August 23rd - September 22nd)

  • House #: 6
  • Color: Navy Blue and Purple
  • Quality: Mutable (Adaptable)
  • Element: Earth
  • Ruling Planet: Mercury
  • Lucky Numbers: 3 and 5
  • Lucky Day: Wednesday
  • Flowers: Morning Glory and Pansy
  • Birthstones: Blue Sapphire, Arnelian, Jade, Jasper, and Moss Agate
  • Strengths: Loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical
  • Weaknesses: Shyness, worry, overly critical of self and others, all work and no play
  • Virgo likes: Animals, healthy food, books, nature, cleanliness
  • Virgo dislikes: Rudeness, asking for help, taking center stage

Libra the Scales (September 23rd - October 22nd)

  • House #: 7
  • Color: Blue and Lavender
  • Quality: Cardinal (Initiator)
  • Element: Air
  • Ruling Planet: Venus
  • Lucky Numbers: 9 and 6
  • Lucky Day: Friday
  • Flowers: Rose, Cosmos and Hydrangea
  • Birthstones: Opal, Chrysolite, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire and Agate
  • Strengths: Cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social
  • Weaknesses: Indecisive, avoids confrontations, will carry a grudge, self-pity
  • Libra likes: Harmony, gentleness, sharing with others, the outdoors
  • Libra dislikes: Violence, injustice, loudmouths, conformity

Scorpio the Scorpion (October 23rd - November 21st)

  • House #: 8
  • Color: Cinnamon, Burgundy and Maroon
  • Quality: Fixed (Resistant)
  • Element: Water
  • Ruling Planet: Pluto and Mars
  • Lucky Numbers: 2 and 4
  • Lucky Day: Tuesday
  • Flowers: Chrysanthemum and Rhododendron
  • Birthstones: Topaz, Beryl, Apache Tear, Aquamarine, Coral, Obsidian, Garnet, Ruby and Amethyst
  • Strengths: Resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, a true friend
  • Weaknesses: Distrusting, jealous, secretive, violent
  • Scorpio likes: Truth, facts, being right, longtime friends, teasing, a grand passion
  • Scorpio dislikes: Dishonesty, revealing secrets, passive people

Sagittarius the Archer (November 22nd - December 21st)

  • House #: 9
  • Color: Orange and Violet
  • Quality: Muted (Adaptable)
  • Element: Fire
  • Ruling Planet: Jupiter
  • Lucky Numbers: 7 and 5
  • Lucky Day: Thursday
  • Flowers: Narcissus, Holly and Dandelion
  • Birthstones: Turquoise, Topaz, Amethyst, Ruby, Sapphire and Beryl
  • Strengths: Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor
  • Weaknesses: Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic
  • Sagittarius likes: Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors
  • Sagittarius dislikes: Clingy people, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, details

Capricorn the Goat (December 22nd - January 19th)

  • House #: 10
  • Color: Dark Green and Brown
  • Quality: Cardinal (Initiator)
  • Element: Earth
  • Ruling Planet: Saturn
  • Lucky Numbers: 8 and 2
  • Lucky Day: Saturday
  • Flowers: Carnation and Ivy
  • Birthstones: Garnet, Ruby, Agate, Black Onyx and Lapis Lazuli
  • Strengths: Responsible, disciplined, self-control, good managers
  • Weaknesses: Know-it-all, unforgiving, condescending, expecting the worst
  • Capricorn likes: Family, tradition, music, understated status, quality craftsmanship
  • Capricorn dislikes: Almost everything at some point

Aquarius the Water Bearer (January 20th - February 18th)

  • House #: 11
  • Color: Electric Blue
  • Quality: Fixed (Resistant)
  • Element: Air
  • Ruling Planet: Uranus
  • Lucky Numbers: 1 and 7
  • Lucky Day: Wednesday
  • Flowers: Orchid
  • Birthstones: Amethyst, Garnet, Moss Agate, Opal, Sugilite, Jasper and Turquoise
  • Strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian
  • Weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof
  • Aquarius likes: Fun with friends, helping others, fighting for causes, intellectual conversation, a good listener
  • Aquarius dislikes: Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring situations, disagreement

Pisces the Fish (February 19th - March 20th)

  • House #: 12
  • Color: Sea Blue, Pale Green and Turquoise
  • Quality: Mutable (Adaptable)
  • Element: Water
  • Ruling Planet: Neptune
  • Lucky Numbers: 2 and 6
  • Lucky Day: Friday
  • Flowers: Water Lily, White Poppy and Jonquil
  • Birthstones: Aquamarine, Amethyst Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal, Ruby and Sapphire
  • Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical
  • Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr
  • Pisces likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes
  • Pisces dislikes: Know-it-all, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind,,,,

Added to on Nov 27, 2019
Last edited on Dec 07, 2019
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Jan 15, 2021
This is surprisingly accurate for me (Leo) and my mother (Virgo)!

Oct 30, 2022
This very accurate. Good job excellent work

Oct 31, 2022
About all I could possibly add is a fond axiom, and a couple 'further reading' suggestions;

One thing that every astrologer should keep to mind is this- The stats incline. They do not compel.

As for useful reading, Linda Goodman wrote several books based on astrology and numerology in her day. Star-signs, Sun-signs, and love-signs are solid staples.

Another book which has become somewhat obscure in it's old age (while being an invuable resource on actually building charts) is 'do it yourself astrology' by Lyn Birkbeck. It is literally an instruction manual.

Oct 31, 2022
And trademark typo correction... The stars incline, they do not compel.

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