The 12 Zodiac Signs 

What are the 12 constellations?

Zodiac signs - Explanation of the 12 Constellations

We are all born under a zodiac sign. Your zodiac sign is calculated by the position of the sun at the time of your birth. A zodiac sign is also called a sun sign. The sun symbolizes warmth and strength, it is our ruler because it provides life on earth. Your date of birth is therefore important to determine your zodiac sign. Your sun sign largely determines your character and inner emotional world. A zodiac sign or sun sign tells about your personality, your ambitions, your past and talents. 

Zodiac Signs - Western Astrology

But where does the word constellation actually come from? Centuries ago people started studying the starry sky. This soon showed that different stars appeared in the sky according to a fixed pattern. The name constellation is derived from the Latin term Contellio, which means 'group of stars'. Viewed from Earth, the stars appear to be close together in the sky when in reality they are many light years apart. These drawings were used as a navigation system. Later it was discovered that the position of these planets influences humans. As above, so below. Every event in the sky has an effect on the earth and vice versa. 

In Western astrology we know twelve zodiac signs namely Leo, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Pisces, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius, Sagittarius, Virgo and Scorpio.

We can describe the specific characteristics of a zodiac sign with keywords, but also with an extensive text or explanation. Every human being is born in one of the twelve signs of the zodiac. If your zodiac sign is Capricorn, the sun appeared in the sky at the location of this sun sign in the month of your birth. Most people know at least the name of their zodiac sign. Are you a stubborn bull, a proud lion or perhaps a sensitive fish? Below you will find the zodiac signs and the month of birth. 

The 12 Zodiac Signs and their dates

  1. Aries - March 21 to April 20 
  2. Taurus - April 21 to May 21 
  3. Gemini - May 22 to June 21 
  4. Cancer - June 22 to July 23 
  5. Leo - July 24 to August 23 
  6. Virgo - August 24 to September 23 
  7. Libra - September 24 to October 23
  8. Scorpio - October 24 to November 22 
  9. Sagittarius - November 23 to December 22 
  10. Capricorn - December 23 to January 20 
  11. Aquarius - January 21 to February 18 
  12. Pisces - February 19 to March 20 

Each sun sign is associated with one of the four elements of nature. These elements are fire, water, air and earth. Leo, Aries and Sagittarius fall under the fire element, these are generally proud and self-confident individuals. The water signs are Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio, these are the sensitive people and they mainly act from emotions. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are classified under the element of air, they often react impulsively, are easy going and are very active. The three other zodiac signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the Earth signs. They have both feet on the ground and are mainly practical. 

Your zodiac sign can also tell you a lot about how you behave in that love, what your talents are or what work suits you best. Some zodiac signs are better suited to each other in a relationship than other signs. By studying your zodiac sign, you can learn to understand yourself better. A horoscope can be calculated by a professional astrologer on the basis of a zodiac sign. We often see these horoscopes in magazines or newspapers. These are usually general daily or weekly horoscopes. An astrologer can calculate a personal horoscope using your exact date of birth, time and place. This shows not only what the position of the sun was at the time of your birth, but also the position of all other planets and their proportions and how this affects everything in your life.

A zodiac sign is a big part of astrology. In addition to your zodiac sign, your ascendant sign and descendant sign are of great importance in how you experience situations, how you express yourself and which energy from the cosmos influences you and your environment. The ratios of the moon, sun and other planets to each other at the time of your birth give an astrologer a great deal of insight into your personality and future outside influences. In addition to an extensive birth chart in which your specific character traits are described and your future is predicted, an astrologer can also calculate a relationship horoscope, love horoscope, monthly horoscope or yearly horoscope. These horoscopes are always unique and are calculated especially for you.

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