ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS
OF THE ZODIAC
Capricorn

December 22 - January 19

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and its symbol is the Mountain Goat.  Capricorn is an Earth sign, conservative and ambitious.

The one trait that best describes those born under this sign is ambition.  Their lives are devoted to achieving something,
whether it be an intellectual discovery, meeting a personal commitment , fulfilling a business obligation, or some other lofty
objective.  Capricorns have a tireless drive to accomplish their mission and they plod on methodically until they succeed.  Like
their symbol, the mountain goat, they are steady and sure-footed, and take few risks on the way.

Capricorns are highly intelligent and take naturally to positions of authority.  They are excellent administrators and use every
tool at their disposal to organize, plan, and problem solve their way to their goal.  Capricorns constantly strive towards security,
and they regard hard work and financial rewards as ways to secure their well-being.  They only desire money because it is a
guarantee against whatever the uncertain future holds.

Capricorns are very confident and have great faith in their own abilities.  Often, they feel that they can only depend on
themselves, and  this is sometimes misinterpreted by others who think them cold and detached.
This is far from true, however, as Capricorns can be very sympathetic and understanding.  Just when you least expect it,
Capricorns can show you an excellent sense of humor which is wry, witty, and very funny.


Aquarius

January 20 - February 18

Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus, and its symbol is the Water-bearer.  Aquarius is an Air sign, independent and
unorthodox.

Aquarians are the born eccentrics of the zodiac.  Born under the influence of the planet of change, Uranus, Aquarians live in
the future.  They are intellectually independent and tend to have little patience with those who either wish to make them
conform, or simply don't understand their radical ideas.  Aquarians frequently argue for the sake of intellectual exercise,
though if they have an opinion, they will defend it staunchly to the point where they will simply ignore the opposing arguments.

This is not to say Aquarians are anti-social.  Quite the opposite.  Aquarians hold brotherhood and fraternity nearly as
important as intellectual ideas, and constantly crave the stimulation of people.  They are humanitarians and their thoughts
constantly delve into the welfare of mankind.  They are dreamers and idealists and often come up with schemes to save the
world.  All of this dreaming takes its toll, though, and many an Aquarian has known the sting of disillusionment with the real
world.  

Aquarians tend to spend so much time in the clouds that often they are perceived as aloof and detached.   They would rather
dream up grand solutions to the problems of mankind that to involve themselves in the boring details.  Their great weakness is
their tendency to find faults in others, while taking for granted their own shortcomings.  Their calmness is also deceptive,
concealing great bouts of mental anxiety.

When down to earth, however, Aquarians are amongst the kindest people in the zodiac.  They are easygoing, reasonable, and
never boring.  So long as they are given the freedom to be themselves, they can be the most entertaining and loyal
companions



Pisces

February 19 - March 20

Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune, and its symbol is two fish bound together.  Pisces is a water sign, emotional and
compassionate.

Just like Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and represents beginnings, Pisces is the twelfth and last sign, and represents
eternity, reincarnation, and spiritual rebirth.  Pisceans are said to have deep intuitions into the human psyche.  They have a
sensitivity to their surroundings unmatched in the zodiac and are therefore highly spiritual beings.  Since they are ruled by
Neptune, the planet of illusion and mystery, their personality is  elusive and even harder to define.  

Pisceans are symbolized by the two fish, one swimming upstream and the other downstream.  This is a good representation of
the Piscean personality - one of duality and indecision.  Indeed many Pisceans have trouble defining themselves against their
environments.  Instead they use their powers of perception to blend into their surroundings like chameleons.  They are quick to
avoid a fight and are usually taken advantage of for this reason.  

Their charm, humor, and sympathy open the doors for Pisceans.  They are gentle and kind, but often tend to suffer from
extreme mood swings that typify their dual nature.  This moodiness can be irritating to others who can't relate to their
sensitivity.  Inner conflicts, negativity, carelessness, jealousy, and emotional confusion are all traits that afflict those born under
this sign.

However, Pisceans harbor an inner confidence that allows them to persevere.  Pisceans enjoy retreating to a dream world
where they can make the rules.  Often the result is uninhibited creativity and intense imagination.  Indeed, many of the world's
finest poets, writers, artists, and dancers have been Pisceans.  If they can temper their fatalistic moods, Pisceans can be great
assets as friends.  They are blind to outward appearances and can often lead their partners to new levels of perception.



Aries

March 21- April 19

Aries is ruled by Mars, and its symbol is the Ram.  Aries is a Fire sign, impulsive and energetic.

Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, and thus, it represents new beginnings.  Arian's are typically  full of creative energy,
enthusiasm, and a great inner drive to prove themselves.  They express themselves through action and are constantly seeking
experiences that give them the opportunity to prove they are the best.

There is little timidity in people under this sign - like the Ram, Arians are confident doers who often forge ahead confidently,
regardless of the consequences.  This impulsiveness can sometimes lead to problems when they leap before they look.  They
are not afraid to take risks or to gamble to have their way.  If they can temper their impulsive drives, Arians can accomplish
much and be successful leaders.  They constantly seek to be the best at whatever they do and would rather have fame and
fortune than material wealth.

Arians crave independence and often seek positions of authority.  Optimism runs through their veins and it is hard to
discourage them from tasks they have begun (However, they are notorious for not finishing what they start). Their high-spirits
are very contagious and are never daunted by fear of failure.  

As friends Arians are high-spirited and generous, though sometimes they must control their competitive impulses and how they
affect those around them.  They must learn to temper their aggressiveness and use reason and diplomacy when dealing with
others.



Taurus

April 20 - May 20

Taurus is ruled by Venus, and its symbol is the Bull.  Taurus is an Earth sign, reliable and materialistic.

Taurus is the sign of determination, stubbornness, and steadiness.  Taurean's greatest strength lies in their tenacity and
relentless drive to accomplish their goals.  They are practical at heart, and constantly strive to master their earthly and material
surroundings.  

A key element in the Taurean personality is the need for security, both emotional and material.  They are most comfortable
dealing with the familiar and have great bouts of anxiety and uneasiness about change.  Rather than resist it though,
Taureans take a wait-and-see approach before developing a level of comfort with new situations.  They must be sure that a
new person, situation, or relationship will be beneficial to them before embracing them.  Once convinced, though, Taureans will
develop a life-long loyalty and commitment that is unmatched by that of other signs.  This makes them intensely jealous, and
stories abound about the temper of a crossed Taurus.

Taureans are also very fond of  material and earthly pleasures.  They are  happiest at home, surrounded by the security and
comforts of their possessions.  Their sensuous nature leads them to live the good life.  They often seek the finest clothing, art,
and foods, and have a fine appreciation for beauty and aesthetics.

Beneath the stubborn exterior lies a gentler, softer side.  Taureans tend to be very sentimental and passionate and believe in
pampering their partners.  Deep inside, unseen to others, they are hopeless romantics.



Gemini

May 21 - June 21

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, and its symbol is the Twins.  Gemini is an Air sign, analytical and ever-changing.

Intelligent, communicative, and non-conformist are the qualities that best describe those born under the sign of Gemini.  The
influence of Mercury on the intellect give Geminis a thirst for learning and knowledge, which in turn they wish to tell everyone
about.  Their quick imagination and wit allows them to jump from one topic to another in conversation and they can keep an
audience riveted with their charm, originality and mental agility.

Geminis are often moody and unpredictable; hence the dual quality of their personality.  They constantly crave variety and
new stimulus, and are prone to depression if this urge is not satisfied.  But not for long, for their energy and quick thinking
always propels them in a new direction.  A happy Gemini is a Gemini with four of five interests going at the same time.  
Restless by nature, they often find themselves with more than one job, hobby, career, and lover.  

The down side to Gemini's personality is their constant contempt for the status quo and authority - breaking the rules is their
motto, which can sometimes work against their best efforts.  Another weakness of Gemini is superficiality.  With so much going
on, only the surface can be scratched in many endeavors, leaving a feeling of unfulfillment.   However, Gemini's quick thinking
and gift for improvisation can save the day by allowing them to creatively turn their negative tendencies into potentials for
success.



Cancer

June 22-July 22

Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and its symbol is the Crab.  Cancer is a Water sign, supportive and emotional.  

Cancer is the sign of emotional sensitivity and sympathy.  This sign, more than any other, is associated with domestic security
and homemaking.  Cancers are known for being very complex and often difficult to understand due to their ever changing
mood swings.  One minute they can be cranky and combative and the next they may seem the sweetest and most caring
individuals.

Cancers have a highly developed instinct for self-defense that protects them from their inner vulnerability and shyness.  Like a
Crab's shell, their personalities often project a tough exterior within which they can retreat to.  When hurt, Cancers often react
by withdrawing and sulking, a tactic that they have refined to perfection.  Cancers can be extremely stubborn and child-like,
and do not usually give in until they get their way.  

But underneath lies a softer side, a gentle, sensitive and emotional interior.  Cancer's are by nature caring and protective.  
Their maternal instincts lead them to form life-long bonds and not just with family members, but anyone they come to care
about deeply.  Their main drive in life is to establish domestic security for themselves and for those around them.  Cancers
desire wealth only as a means to achieve this stability and to have money for a rainy day.  They are very fond of the past and
are very aware of their family lineage.

Their great sensitivity makes Cancers almost impossible to deceive.  Also, they have their own way of doing things.  Like a
Crab's walk, their direction is often sideways and ambiguous, but they almost certainly reach their goals.  If they can learn to
temper their moodiness, Cancers can channel their great energies into positive directions. If one can learn to approach them,
they can be loyal and devoted allies at work or at play.


Leo

July 23-August 22

Leo is ruled by the Sun, and its symbol is the Lion.  Leo is a Fire sign, creative and grandiose.

Just like the Sun is the center of our planetary system, Leos see themselves as the center of all life.  There is no sign in the
Zodiac more proud or regal.  Like their symbol the Lion, Leos rule majestically over their respective kingdoms, be they an
entire nation, an office, or  simply a household.  

Leos are warm and generous by nature and believe in giving themselves wholeheartedly to the right causes.  In return,
however, they expect the same loyalty and integrity they exhibit from others.  The role they assume is that of nobility and
therefore tend to do things in a grand and flamboyant manner.  Leos feel most in their element when they are the object of
everyone's attention and will seek the spotlight whenever they can.  They have a talent for appearing regal and stately before
others and spend a great deal of energy influencing how others perceive them.

Leos are practical, enthusiastic, hard working, and remarkably self-confident.  They tend to gravitate towards positions of
authority and their strong sense of integrity and optimism make them excellent leaders.  They are at their best in positions of
power and responsibility.  However, like the Lion, they can become lazy and indolent if their desire for authority is not fulfilled.

Leos like the good life and will spare no expense to surround themselves with the finest luxuries and most lavish possessions.  
Nothing is too good for them, from the restaurants they frequent to the way they dress. They have a dislike for the ordinary
and the routine, and are constantly seeking new excitement.

If Leos have an Achilles heel it is in their insatiable thirst for admiration.  Their egos demand constant flattery and praise.  If
they not receive their share, they become withdrawn and sulky, but are too proud to ask for complements.  However, their
natural optimism and sunny disposition brings them back around, and before long, they are back to their original pomp and
flamboyance.


Virgo

August 23 - September 22

Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, and its symbol is a virgin with sheaves of grain in her hands.  Virgo is an Earth sign,
methodical and improving.

The planet Mercury, the planet of motion, inclines the natives of this sign to a state of constant activity.  Tremendous energy is
directed towards doing and accomplishing.  While other signs are dreaming up of things to do, Virgos are busy doing them.  

Virgos value work and the work ethic highly.  They are meticulously organized and prize efficiency.  Something about their
nature enables them to attend to the smallest of details.  Their analytical minds work round-the clock to bring order to the
chaos of day-to-day life.  Nothing escapes their microscopic analysis and they seldom tolerate shoddy workmanship.

But while Virgos may be excellent at performing on the job, their outlook may become focused only on their work,  making them
oblivious to the pleasures of leisure.  Not being able to see the forest through the trees is another common Virgo shortcoming.  
They become so focused on the intricacies of detail that sometimes they lose sight of the big picture.  Many Virgos need to
learn to be more tolerant of others who are not as exacting, or do not have as high standards, as they do.

Despite their apparent outward coolness, Virgos are kind, devoted, and loyal to those who can see past the efficient exterior.  
They tend to be loving parents and their devotion to duty makes them confident and responsible members of any family.


Libra

September 23 - October 22

Libra is ruled by Venus, and its symbol is the Scale.  Libra is an Air sign, charming and balanced.

Libras are defined by a highly developed social sense that draws them towards people.  They have a special need for
companionship and for contact with the public, whether it be art, law, performing arts, or even business partnerships.   

Libras have a natural attraction to beautiful things, thanks in part to the influence of the planet Venus.  They possess elegant
tastes and enjoy all the good things in life that money can buy.  Their admiration of the beautiful tends to make them just as
hungry for the praise and attention of others.  Libras can become overly concerned with outward appearances and will judge
others by their looks and apparent disposition on more than one occasion.  

Libras strive for balance and harmony in life.  They tend to see every side of an argument before choosing sides, and on many
occasions will try to smooth over disputes between others.  Since peace is paramount to Libras, they will go to any lengths to
achieve it, even if it means betraying their own internal feelings.  It is because of this that Libras are often seen as indecisive
since too often they aren't sure of what their own feelings are.

Hard working and optimistic, Libras are known for being great partners in business and team sports.  They attract the respect
those who interact with them for their sense of fair play and charm.  They make good counselors and have a keen sense of the
human psyche.   Libras are warm-hearted, pleasant, and naturally romantic.  They may not save the world, but they will do
everything in their power to make it a better place to live in.



Scorpio

October 23 - November 21

Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, and its symbol is the Scorpion. Scorpio is a Water sign, passionate and intense.

Many astrologers consider the sign of Scorpio as the most powerful of all the signs of the zodiac.   Pluto, the ancient god of the
nether-world, death, and regeneration, exerts its influence very strongly on those born under this sign.

Scorpios are know for their intensity and passion.  Their drive in life is improve the status quo through their actions and to
change the world for the better, provided that they can temper their own desires.  Scorpios are staunch defenders of justice
and will fight to the end for causes they believe to be just.  They are idealistic and are guided by the highest principles.  
Scorpios never get into anything "half-way".

Scorpios live their life in extremes. They can be at the same time powerful and weak, independent and clingy, passionate and
cold.  Beneath a confident exterior often lie turbulent and temperamental urges.  They are prone to being possessive and
jealous, and their relationships are often stormy.   Their unpredictable nature and their intensity of feeling often leads others to
keep their distance, but if a Scorpio is given a chance, they can prove to be loving, generous, and fiercely loyal.

Despite the negative aspects emphasized by some astrologers, Scorpios can prove that strong emotions can be channeled
positively.  Scorpios are passionate about everything that they become involved in, including romance.


Sagittarius

November 22 - December 21

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and its symbol is the Archer.  Sagittarius is a Fire sign, straight-forward and free.

Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck, Sagittarians always seem to be in the right place at the right time.  Like the arrow that
always finds its target,  Sagittarians always find themselves in the best of fortunes.  They are naturally enthusiastic, restless,
and too optimistic to let anything rain on their parade.  

Sagittarians have a longing for the new and exciting and have an inner desire to always roam free and unrestrained.  They
prize freedom and liberty above anything else, and they are often energentic and outgoing.  Their inquisitive nature leads
them on never-ending adventures that involve travel, discovery, or unconventional diversions.  This comes at a cost, however,
as many Saggitarians drift towards relationships that are never allowed to develop deep roots.  This is not to say that they
cannot be excellent friends, though "no strings attached" is usually the rule.

Sagittarians are very idealistic and straight-forward. They will let you know what is on their mind whether you like it or not.  
They posses an uncanny sense of intuition though they bore easily once they have figured something out. They are gifted
story tellers, and their charms and sense of humor are amongst the most liked in the zodiac.  Their honesty and candor are
admired traits, but many Sagittarians easily assume that everyone else shares in their integrity.

Though Sagittarians live for tomorrow, they can be the best of companions.  Despite their occasional irresponsibility, it is often
hard to resist the charms of a Sagittarian.
Copyright © DNA Alchemy.com. All Rights Reserved.