There are 12 total zodiac signs in astrology, and each of these signs possesses its own set of qualities, strengths, and weaknesses. Understanding your zodiac sign helps simplify things in life. During times of struggle, you can look towards your strengths. During times of triumph, you can question your weaknesses. In this article you will find 12 zodiac signs dates, meanings and compatibility.
For many, their zodiac sign offers an explanation of why we do things the way we do them.
We’re able to identify our zodiac sign by taking a look at the position of the planets, moon, and sun during our time of birth. That slight moment in history provides us with a long list of preferences, personality traits, flaws, and fears.
The goal of this guide is to offer an overview of all the signs so you can see how your zodiac sign relates to the other 11. At their core, they all belong to one of the four elements. Your sign is either an air, water, fire, or earth sign. These energies help you understand your personality at its core and how you interact and communicate with the other signs.
Every move and decision you make in your life is guided by the planets and these four elements. Each interaction you have exhibits the qualities of your sign and the emotion of your element.
Water is the element of consistent movement and emotion. Water signs understand life at a deeper level, and they relate to death, life, and fairytales. They are the element of emotion and they understand what moves them to follow a desired direction. While sometimes their emotions can get the best of them, they’ll look towards an earth sign to level them out and keep a level head on their shoulders.
The signs of the water element are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. It’s important that all three of these signs embrace their negative emotions and understand that feeling emotion is okay as long as you know what to do with it. Embrace change in life and look at anger and sadness as a lesson learned rather than an evil action hindering your happiness.
Unfortunately, emotion is the water sign’s biggest downfall and the most significant struggle in life. Other signs see them as too fragile and sensitive. The good news is, with experience and a callused mind, the water sign can become a compassionate leader helping those who struggle with their own emotional issues.
Fire is the element of fierce energy. Fire signs play an important role as they serve as leaders, creators of movements, and generators of new ideas leading us to a more prosperous life. Those possessing this element are the only ones who can shine on their own. They’re independent, intense, and fiercely competitive, which becomes their greatest feature but also their most significant flaw.
Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are the three fire signs. What makes them so powerful is that they possess the energy of the sun, and they’re born with a chip on their shoulder and a spring in their step. They’re not afraid to get in your way to get what they want, and their fiery passion is intoxicating for the other three signs.
While they’re compassionate and motivated in everything they do, their speed and attitude can sometimes make them come off a little too strong to some of the other signs.
Fire signs don’t understand how to be careful with other emotions, which can lead them to upset fragile signs like water. Also, earth signs like Taurus keep both feet planted on the ground at all times and might look at the crazy Leo as having their head in the clouds and thinking too unrealistically. Those types of issues cause relationship problems right off the bat.
Fire signs possess strong masculine energy, so it’s important to have feminine energy around to balance everything out. While water signs will dry up quickly, air will offer fuel to the fire and help the energetic fire sign burn brighter than ever.
Those with the sign of Earth are some of the most important people on the planet. They exist to keep us grounded, level-headed, and realistic at all times. While this might seem like a constant positive, it can also serve as a negative trait when it prevents the humble Earth sign from chasing dreams and taking their life to new heights.
Earth is immovable and stiff. People with this element are not afraid to stand their ground and stick up for the greater good. Earth signs represent the physical body and everything that pertains to it. This trait leads to immediate issues when someone doesn’t see things their way. Earth signs think they’re right, and if anyone who disagrees is seen as unrealistic.
Those with the Earth element need to understand others’ differences and respect others regardless of their world views. The Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Earth signs may struggle to climb the corporate ladder because they always “play it safe.” They’d rather work their life in a position they hate than to take a risk and go for something that really makes them happy. Fire and air signs cannot even fathom the thought of that.
The best way to balance out an Earth sign is to find a fire or air sign to provide the Earth sign with the motivation they need to chase something bigger than themselves. They need someone to push them out of their comfort zone once in a while, or else they’ll get stuck there forever.
Air is at the center of everything we do, and each element has a little bit of air in it. People with this element are seen as free-willed, liberated, and free. Their ultimate goal in life is to live the life they dream of without interference from any of the other signs. They don’t want to be told what to do, which can lead air signs to exile themselves from others.
It’s important to understand that we all need air in our lives, and this is the most important element to keep the other three going. Those with the air element teach us that it’s important to slow down and smell the roses and that we don’t need to constantly chase anything in life other than our own happiness.
The air is represented by Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. Those born into these three signs should realize early in life that something is different about them. They simply don’t fit in where others do, and that’s because they’re not born to live a normal life. Air signs aren’t here to work a 9-5 job, go home, watch TV, and go to bed. They’re born to live a free life by their own playbook and not worry about what anyone else is doing.
For some, this works out perfectly, but others have a hard time accomplishing this, which leads to a miserable existence when the air sign must go against everything it believes in and succumb to the realities of our modern society.
For the air sign to succeed and achieve everything they want in life, they need to marry ideas with actions. They have a lot of ideas and talk a big talk, but they need to be able to sit down and put the work in to get them where they want to go. This is where Earth and fire come in. These two signs are great at putting you to work, and they provide a nice balance for the idealistic air sign.
Zodiac Sign Compatibility
Every sign is compatible with the other, but some are more compatible than others due to personality traits and habits. Those with a high compatibility rating will get along easier and have a greater chance of developing a successful relationship. It’s important to mention that high compatibility doesn’t always mean the best relationship.
Sometimes those with a high compatibility rating will get along well, but they will experience a boring union because neither of them brings anything unique or exciting to the table. Much of the time, opposing signs bring the most energy to a relationship and have the highest attraction, but they may have a harder time getting along.
Same Element Compatibility
Signs with the same element are naturally compatible because it’s easy for them to understand each other. Pairing two Earth signs like a Taurus and Virgo is a great match because they both keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, they’re great with finances, and are likely capable of building a strong and steady life together.
The obvious downside could be the fact that they may never do anything interesting together. They’re afraid of risk and don’t like to venture too far outside the boundary. As a result, they might lead a rather boring existence together, simply doing the same thing day in and day out.
It’s important to understand which signs balance the others out. Pairing a water sign with an Earth sign is a great way to pull the constantly level-headed Earth sign out of their comfort zone just enough to get them to try something new.
Opposite Element Compatibility
So, what happens when you pair a Fire and an Earth sign? A relationship between these two can stand the test of time as long as they establish firm boundaries right away. There are times where fire signs come up with the best ideas, and they have the steadfast motivation to put them into practice. The problem is, they don’t know how to do it.
Earth signs are great at establishing routines and putting practices in place. For these reasons, these two signs can make excellent partners and constantly feed off each other’s energy. For this to work, they need to learn to compromise and try things their partner’s way.
Both of these signs are incredibly stubborn and never want to budge. Earth needs to be willing to let fire learn things the hard way sometimes. Fire needs to slow down and trust Earth’s process as well.
On the flip side, air and water make an excellent combination because they flow perfectly together. These two signs are in touch with their emotions, and they share an equal balance of work versus play. Those with an air sign can help teach water signs how to use their emotions in a positive manner rather than letting it drag them down and hold them back.
They’re master communicators, and while they’re opposite signs, it’s important that they use their expert communication skills as a force for good.
Astronomy is the foundation of traditional Chinese astrology. It came into practice during the Han Dynasty, and the Chinese Zodiac is the oldest horoscope system in the world, and we still use it to this day. It consists of 12 animals with each representing a year. These animals are pig, dog, rooster, sheep, monkey, snake, horse, rabbit, dragon, tiger, rat, and ox.
Chinese astrology also possesses five elements compared to our four. Those are water, fire, earth, wood, and metal. The position of the planets determines our destiny as well as that of the Sun and Moon. The Chinese believe that your birth year plays a significant role in who you grow up to be and your potential in this life. There’s a lot of symbolism behind this, and many of our behaviors are guided by this thought process.
This branch of astrology has many names. It’s been called Jyotisha, Indian astrology, and in modern years, Vedic astrology. These horoscopes consist of three different layers:
- Indian astronomy
- Mundane astrology
- Predictive astrology
All three of these layers reveal great details about our personalities, character, and compatibility with other signs. Vedic astrologists believe that the Moon and Nakshatras divide space into 12 quadrants called the Nirayana. Vedic astrology uses a “fixed zodiac,” meaning it does not move, so you will likely have a different Vedic sign than you do in Western astrology.
The Mayan calendar is the foundation of Mayan astrology. It’s based on intangible energy in space and consists of 20 different “day” signs and 13 Galactic numbers that make up a full calendar year. The Mayans believed that you need to be in touch with the universe and the planets to experience true peace and bliss in life. The 20-day signs represent a day on the Mayan calendar, and each day possesses its own unique set of personality traits.
Why Do We Believe in Astrology
We believe in astrology because it helps us understand ourselves at a deeper level. We live in a superficial world where clothing, social status, and appearance guide our opinions of each other but astrology doesn’t care about any of that. It helps us to understand that everything in life happens for a reason, and astrology provides answers to the questions we have about why and how we do certain things.
Astrology also helps us play on our strengths. When we understand our zodiac sign and the many traits that are attributed to it, we can use those to our advantage to get the most out of our life.
Best of all, astrology provides us with an outlook on life and answers to our questions. When we’re lost and we don’t know what to do next, sometimes a horoscope can provide us with the guidance we need to keep moving forward. Always keep in mind that astrology only works when you do, and you need to put in the effort as well to move yourself in the right direction.
One of the key points of astrology is to help us locate a partner or develop relationships. When we understand our personality, and who we’re compatible with, it makes it easier for us to find the right person.
While we don’t suggest going out and chasing after specific zodiac signs, it helps to know what sign your partner is and how that might impact their treatment of you. Knowing what sign they are will also help you work better with them because you’ll understand what makes them tick and what might turn them off.
Finally, our horoscope is a blueprint in life. It’s the closest thing we have to a map telling us how to get from point A to point B the quickest and most efficient way. The planet’s placement in the sky determines your sign, and it’s unique to you. While many people may share the same sign as you, your sign is still uniquely you, and nothing can ever change that. Use it to your advantage and let it guide you through this life.
By understanding zodiac signs, we can all work together towards a better planet with increased compatibility, a deeper level of awareness, and better communication with others.