12 Zodiac Signs: What Are The Dates, Meanings and Compatibility?
What are the zodiac sign dates for every star sign? Your sign, also known as your Sun sign, is based on a range of dates that lasts about a month. If you were born with this date range, you are a member of this zodiac sign.
Zodiac Signs Month Range:
- Aries March 21st – April 19th
- Taurus April 19th – May 20th
- Gemini May 20th – June 20th
- Cancer June 20th – July 22nd
- Leo July 22nd – August 22nd
- Virgo August 22nd – September 22nd
- Libra September 22nd – October 23rd
- Scorpio October 23rd – November 21st
- Sagittarius November 21st – December 21st
- Capricorn December 21st- January 19th
- Aquarius January 20th – February 18th
- Pisces February 18th – March 20th
Have you ever wondered what hides behind each one of the 12 signs of the zodiac?
Regardless of what your sign is, all of us has a little bit of influence from the sun and the planets and their cycles, whether we are noticing it or not.
Often, the modern horoscopes affect us so much that we forget about the true history that lies behind astrology and the deep meaning of this topic of interest for thousands of researchers and scientists from all over the world.
Astrology is born: The true meaning of this ancient science
Did you know that the actual founders of the astrologic field are the Ancient Babylonians? This science which at around 2000 back from today was equal with astronomy, helped the Babylonian people to forecast the seasons and other events such as the celestial ones.
Even since the ancient times – the 12 signs of the zodiac are believed to be time periods which have the strength to foresee people’s life and their fortune throughout life. Contrary to the generalized thinking of astrologists as people who have a “supernatural” gift to predict people’s lives according to their sign, they are now confirmed as actual scientists who spend a long time determining the meaning and the aspects behind each of the zodiac signs.
The three most important developmental phases of the Zodiac began with the establishment of 12 unequal star segments along the ecliptic and went on with the transformation of the Zodiac into 12 equal moving parts while the third phase was transforming these 12 moving segments into fixed ones.
Whereas the Babylonian zodiac is not related to any spiritual or religious representation, the Egyptian descriptions are related to the heavens, the gods and other religious meanings that at the beginning of the Zodiac structure were pretty unknown. The Greek and Egyptian Zodiac was and always will remain a mystery and this is the main reason why the symbolism of the signs of the Zodiac system are often investigated in the books of countless old authors.
The oldest, Babylonian history knew about 6 signs: the Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Libra, Aries and the Pisces. These 6 signs were established in the so-called Sumerian period – dating at around 3200 to 2000 BC, while the Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Cancer, Capricorn and the Aquarius have become known by their names around 300 to 150 years later.
What’s the real meaning of “the Zodiac”?
The Greek word for the zodiac is a circle of animals. How the zodiac was actually configured as 12 cycles date back from the ancient Egyptians and later the Babylonians who figured out that the sun needs 12 cycles or months to get back to its starting position. Later, these ancient people divided the 12 cycles into four groups or so-called “houses”. While each of the 12 houses has been related to the rotation of the Earth on a daily basis and is believed to have a strong link to the relationships and finances of each house – depending on when the person is born, the division of the signs is related to the yearly rotation of the Earth and has to do with some more personal traits in each person. The ancient division of the signs are still actual and count four groups – the signs named as “fire”, which are Aries, Sagittarius and Leo, the so-called “air” signs (Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius), signs that belong to the “Earth group (Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus) and the water signs (Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces).
What about the famous Chinese astrology?
The ancient branch of philosophy that has a fortune-telling power depending on the day a person is born and its relation to the charts of the sun and other planets has been known in China – 5500 years back from now. The Chinese Zodiac even from the mere start had a big interest on the exact date of birth of the person, and by using the sun and other planets charts, creates a life horoscope chart which determines the life fortune of the certain person.
Chinese astrology is an ancient philosophy and form of fortune telling that is interpreted by knowing the exact day of a person’s birth, and using charts of the sun and the major planets allows practitioners to develop a horoscope and life chart for the person whose fortune is being determined. In common with western astrology, the Chinese variant is believed to be useful in predicting a person’s character and their potential for happiness and success in life. What Western or so-called “popular” astrology has in common with the Chinese astrology is the division of the natural elements with the small difference in which the Chinese astrology has the water, fire, metal, wood, and earth connected to each zodiac sign.
What we often wonder is why the Chinese gave names of the animals for the 12-year cycle of the Sun; a thing that until now – stays a mystery. What’s known is that each animal name related to the “modern” signs of the astrological system relates to some animal from their own mythology – which has both negative and positive aspects (similar to the people born in any zodiac sign, respectively).
When people personalize the aspects of the rat, the tiger, the rabbit, dragon, buffalo, horse, monkey, goat, snake, boar, rooster and the dog they can often recognize their own flaws and positive aspects without being offended by the other characteristics of the animal.
The Horoscope: Science or fiction?
The horoscope is known as a map of the circle of the Zodiac with the Earth placed at the very center. The horoscope has the idea to chart the positions of the Moon, the Sun and the other planets at the specific time that is your time of birth. As the Astrologers use a bit different time from the clock time – the Horoscope reading is often considered a science, rather than a surface fortune telling. The interpretation of the chart is also known as a science, but some modern computer software claims to create a horoscope chart pretty easily. Scientists often argue about the legacy behind those horoscopes, as according to them, only a highly trained astrologer can properly read the horoscope charts.
So, having this in mind: have you read the scientific truth behind your astrological sign?
Digging into your deepest secrets: the Zodiac knows you better than you know yourself.
These are 12 zodiac signs:
Aries – The man of Action
Aries March 21st – April 19th
Being the first sign of the Zodiac system, the Aries always mark the beginning – and this beginning is always full of enthusiasm and energy. Almost nothing can stop this sign from the action and the dynamics that they burst off constantly. The ruling planet of this sign is believed to be Mars and the astrologists agree that the power of Mars is truly embarked on the characteristics of people born between March 21st and April 19th. These people simply enjoy action and have greatly pronounced organizational skills. Being constantly overwhelmed with action – the Aries often have problems with aggression and overexcitement; just because of overstressing about things. Some little more stress-reduction technics are always welcomed for these men of action.
What’s even more typically about this sign is their constant search for answers for some deeply personal and life-related questions. Hundreds of years back from today, people born in this part of the year have been considered as the best scientists.
Taurus – The strongest Lover
Taurus April 19th – May 20th
The nature of the people born under the sign of Taurus, or between April 19th and May 20th is described in the animal which hides behind the sign – the Taurus itself. They are strong in each area of life, but often too materialistic and perceptible. Still, the opposite side of these strong people is the sensual and emotional side which is pronounced pretty much at the same time as their strong one. Touching them makes them happy – same as doing things with their own hands does. Creativity is their second name, so when this gets combined with their strong need to protect people around them makes them the perfect family member, a great friend, and a true lover.
When people search for someone who can count on – the search often ends with finding a Taurus. And by all means, this makes Taurus even more proud of themselves – as they enjoy taking care of things and people.
Gemini – The ever-changing sign
Gemini May 20th – June 20th
When one thinks of people that constantly change certain aspects of themselves and are in constant search of new thinks – one is describing the ever-changing Gemini. People born between May 20th and June 20th often have two different aspects or so to say – personalities that can easily confuse others around them. The imaginative and hesitant part of the Gemini is as strong as their social and friendly characteristics, a fact that can be confusing for the other 11 Zodiac signs. However, this “negative” side of the Gemini makes them as adaptable as they can be and gives them the ability to always maintain themselves and people around them without getting to a point where they are bored…or boring. They constantly need a change and the fear that they don’t have time to see and feel it all is their biggest fear. Still, this over-excitement about things often makes them lose energy fast and feel tired and fatigued. Keeping the focus is probably something they should constantly be reminded of, for the sake of staying on track and keeping their well-being.
Cancer – The emotional part of the Zodiac
Cancer June 20th – July 22nd
The fourth sign of the Zodiac, Cancer – or people born between June 20th and July 22nd are probably the easiest to recognize among all 12 signs. Deeply emotional and empathetic, easily attached to their families and loved ones: nothing is more important to the Cancer than the strong emotional bonds with other people.
Feeling safe matters a lot to these people, same as taking care of others-wellbeing does.
As the Moon is their ruling planet, Cancers can behave strangely if someone tries to enter their “zone” too quickly. However, when given enough time to get to know the other person; the Cancer will either fully dedicate himself to the other, or strongly decline him. When it comes to the Cancer, the cards are always open and clear.
If your sign is Cancer – then you better be careful of taking over the whole problems of the world. Balancing is the cure for the over-caring character of this zodiac sign and the people around him.
Leo – The powerful Lover
Leo zodiac sing date: July 22nd – August 22nd
The fifth element of the zodiac – the Leo belongs to people born between July 22nd until August 22nd. The powerful side of the Leo can’t go unnoticeable since he always wants to be the center of attraction. People born under this sign are creative, extremely social and often dramatic. These characteristics make them powerful and dedicated lovers since their energy is often wasted around people they care about. This flamboyant sign loves to have fun and loves puzzles: solving problems and different situation make him productively use his hyper-leveled energy.
However, like every other sign, the Leo also has its downsides. His touch of arrogance can sometimes turn others mad. Developing a sense of humor that will ease up the tension in the social relationship is something that often helps Leo people – a trick that they have “invented” to bond with people easily without insulting them.
Virgo – The attentive earth sign
Virgo zodiac sign date: August 22nd – September 22nd
Constantly occupied with details, the dedicated sign Virgo belongs to people born from August 22nd until September 22nd. Their careful approach to life leaves nothing unplanned. The Virgo people are extremely cautious and analyze each step before they decide to make it.
these people are often pretty conservative as they love their life and the life of people around them being perfectly organized and fairly predictable.
With Mercury being their ruling planet – the Virgos are pretty well in speaking and writing, but also great in their organizational skills. Reaching the core of the chaos and settling it is their ultimate goal, as they, once again – love organized and settled life. Overstressing about things is their big downside and the Virgos are prone to problems with their nervous system which comes naturally with their pre-occupation with keeping things under control.
Criticizing others may create big problems for these people. Learning to cope with their over-caring and tensed character by using some technics such as meditation and yoga can ease both their life and the life of those around them.
Libra – The balancing one
Libra zodiac sign date: September 22nd – October 23rd
The seventh astrological sign belongs to people born between September 22nd and October 23rd – the Libra.
The description of this sign often tells the most prominent characteristics of these people: they always love to balance and keep things and people under control. Consequently, the Libra always wants company and the personal life, the especially partnership is extremely important for “the scale”.
These people often have pronounced perceptible mindset and their intellect is what they are proud of. Their ruling planet is Venus, so they often fall in love with extraordinary things, music, art and outdoor activities that make them feel cool and chilled-out. They also love books and creative discussions with interesting people.
They don’t tolerate injustice and do everything they can to either fix it or avoid it. Balance and a perfect symmetry is something that fascinates the Libras, so a perfect equilibrium is needed in order for them to maintain a happy life.
Scorpio – The mysterious lovers
Scorpio zodiac sign date: October 23rd – November 21st
Being careful about expressing emotions, but taking care of things that go on under the surface is the leading trait of people born under the sign of Scorpio; or between October 23rd and November 21st. Their excellent leading skills are more than remarkable, as they always like to be aware of the situation and are often doing it stubbornly. Their constant need to exploring until the truth comes to the surface is often pronounced and is sometimes misinterpreted by others – since the Scorpios are pretty dedicated both to love life and family relationships. They show their emotions a bit differently, but once people learn their character; things can go pretty smoothly.
Like the other two water signs, Scorpios cherish love and emotions equally. They are great secret-keepers and their ruling planet – Pluto gives them the ability to stay calm and focused, while at the same time a bit mysterious. However, discovering the Scorpios is a lifetime task, as they don’t speak a lot and tend to be secretive about their feelings. Opening up a bit can easily transform them into the perfect partners, friends, and co-workers.
The curious and energetic: Sagittarius
Sagittarius zodiac sign date: November 21st – December 21st
The life traveler – the energetic, open-minded Sagittarius is the biggest adventurist among the 12 signs. People born between November 21st and December 21st are a true fire sign: they love to wander a lot and constantly search the meaning of life. Extremely extroverted and at the same time totally optimistic, these people don’t mind staying off the ground. A constant need for change is their gift from their ruling planet – Jupiter. As this planet is often known as the trigger of happiness; the Sagittarius is prone to attracting happy and positive events in their life.
Their nature makes them create things enthusiastically and with a lot of humor along the way. Being always honest – the Sagittarius sometimes forget about expressing themselves in a tolerant way for the others around them. To sum up: giving these people the space to investigate and explore new things and people will make them as happy as they can be.
Capricorn – The self-control master
Capricorn zodiac sign date: December 21st- January 19th
The tenth astrological sign belongs to people born between December 21st and January 19th. The Capricorns are known to rule on professionalism and seriousness. These people are totally independent both in personal and in professional life. Things that come with discipline and a full certainty are their favorites and therefore value traditions, family, and perfectly structured relationships. These characteristics make Capricorns great leaders and managers.
As Saturn is their leading planet, these people are prone to materializing ideas and make them the most responsible among the twelve.
As stubborn as the animal that describes the sign, there is no such thing that can stop the Capricorn from climbing that mountaintop once they’ve decided to. Still, when they are put in a situation where diversity and open-mindedness exist, the Capricorn can easily go mad.
Getting back to the conventional way of life is something they often do in order to maintain their personal happiness – the number 1 thing on the scale of importance for the Capricorns.
Aquarius – The calm eccentrics
Aquarius zodiac sign date: January 20th – February 18th
People born between January 20th and February 18th are known as the Aquarius in the zodiac system. These deep thinkers, helpful and energetic, while on the other hand calm and often shy are a real enigma in the world of astrology.
In a constant search for new possibilities, these people often feel the need to isolate from the world and think about life, answer some deep problems and find ways to help others. However, as Uranus is their leading planet, the Aquarius can often show their aggressive nature quite unexpectedly for others: this is why they are often enigmatic for people around them.
Predicting life-events is their obsession, so they always like to know what awaits them in the next 5 years. These people easily transform themselves and this trait makes them great friends and excellent lovers. Limiting their possibilities will likely put them down, as their main source of life energy is the constant change and diversity. Giving them enough freedom to think and act can transform them into the perfect life companions.
Pisces – The emotional Dreamers
Pisces zodiac sign date: February 18th – March 20th
The last sign of the Zodiac – the Pisces are people born between February 18th until March 20th. The deep need to understand themselves and others is their best trait. They are deeply emotional and have a strong need to support others. Their deep empathetic trait makes them bad leaders. They often have difficulty accepting the unexplainable things that happen in life and this is why they are often prone to depression. With Neptune being their ruling planet – these people are big dreamers and often fascinated by metaphysics and psychology. They often attach too deeply to other people and often get disappointed when people don’t act the way they have dreamed of. Learning to set their limits can help them feel more comfortable and adapt better to the “real” world that differs a lot from the one in their dreams. As wisdom is their strong side, along with the need to dig things deeply make Pisces great scientists and researchers.
Now that you know the main traits of your personality and the leading planets that create your deepest traits; you can use them to change whatever aspect you don’t like about yourself.
After all – the Zodiac knows tons of intriguing things about you, remember? Reading a reliable scientifically created Horoscope reading from time to time – can help you learn things about yourself and the people you love.