Most people know what their Sun sign is, although this is often referred to as a Star sign - they are both the same thing. A Sun sign is the sign of the Zodiac that the Sun was occupying at the time of birth. The twelve signs of the Zodiac are actually star constellations in the elliptical belt of the sky around the Earth. The Sun appears to move through these constellations in turn, spending about thirty days in each one. The astrological year begins at the Spring Equinox (March 21st) when the Sun enters the constellation of Aries - the first sign of the Zodiac. The Moon and the planets of our Solar System also follow a similar path through the sky and these also represent qualities and characteristics in effect at the time of birth and their "aspects" with each other can correspond to events taking place on the Earth.
Aries - March 21 - April 19
Aries is the sign of people born between March 21 and April 19. Aries are represented by the ram and can be stubborn about things they believe in. An Aries will put his or her head down and march straight towards a goal without paying much heed to obstacles. They have a child like persistence that can be endearing or annoying, depending on which side of the issue you're on. Aries are passionate and throw their heart into their goals. Aries are gregarious and like to be in charge. They can have quite a temper but can also get over anger easily. Aries have a tendency to feel they are right and can get snappy if told otherwise. The Aries straightforward nature sometimes rubs people the wrong way, but they aren't trying to offend, they are just trying to get the job done.
Taurus - April 20 - May 20
People born between April 20 and May 20 have their Sun in Taurus. Taurus is represented by the bull, and is dogged and determined. Taurus is patient, focussed and the traditional, slow and steady worker. Taurus is a sign that stands for responsibility and tradition. Taurus individuals have a favourite chair, a favourite thing to eat in the morning, a favourite tradition to follow on the holidays. A Taurus is the perfect friend. They will be there for you through thick and thin. The Taurus is the one who will show up at when your car breaks down. They aren't necessarily ready to jump into anything, but when they commit, they mean it. A Taurus is also slow to anger, but very determined once they get angry. A Taurus may forgive many times, but if you cross that threshold, they will never speak to you for the rest of your life. Really. If a Taurus decides you're not worth it, they won't change their mind. Taurus enjoy quality items in life. They will spend weeks and weeks researching the perfect guitar, coat, oven, jewellery, or whatever. They'll finally decide on the perfect item, get it, and then be quite content.
Gemini - May 21 - June 20
People born between May 21 and June 20 have their Sun in Gemini. Gemini have great charisma, being very good at flirting and socializing. Gemini are extremely good communicators, able to chat with newcomers with great ease. They have many friends and enjoy mixing in many circles. Gemini is the sign of duality, of playful joking and an underlying seriousness. Gemini can switch between these two sides very quickly. They are incredibly curious and love learning. Gemini hate to be bored and actively seek new things to learn about. They are happiest when they are in the middle of a new adventure.
Cancer - June 21 - July 22
People born between June 21 and July 22 have their Sun in Cancer. They are sensitive and emotional, and are the most psychic of all signs. Cancers are quickly changeable, deeply emotional. They hide their feelings but desperately need love and reassurance. It takes them a long time to get comfortable with a partner. But once they are comfortable, they are incredibly loyal and dedicated. Cancers can be very jealous, possessive and hold grudges for very long times. They can brood and grump for months on end.
Leo - July 23 - August 22
A Leo is born between July 23 and August 22. These people are said to have their Sun in Leo. Leos are very creative, and have powerful personalities. Leos love to be on centre stage, commanding everybody's attention. They have great charisma and draw people in to them. Leos get used to being the star of the show and become fond of making great demands. They feel like the spoiled, only child even when in a large family. When they have money, they like to spend it extravagantly to show off. Leos have tempers that flare but then try to find the best angle to get a new advantage. They love flattery and have a passionate nature.
Virgo - August 23 - September 22
People born between August 23rd and September 22nd have their Sun in Virgo. Virgos have an enormous capacity for love, strive for perfection and adore animals, particularly small, exotic ones. If your Moon is in Virgo or if it is your rising sign, the traits of this sign will mix with those of your Sun sign. Virgos prize intelligence, their own and that of others. Analytical and exacting they love to gather facts and then practically apply what they know. Sometimes, however, they focus so much on details that they miss the whole picture or over-complicate issues. While critical, they don't take criticism well; if you become frustrated because a Virgo seems to be missing the main point, it's best to just let it go. Superb problem solvers, Virgos often pick up on aspects of situations that other people miss. They can often intuitively understand what people's real motivations are so it's hard to pull the wool over their eyes. They give wonderful advice and have a low tolerance for nonsense. Money matters to a Virgo and they are excellent bookkeepers. They have wonderful taste and want the best but will always look for a way to get obtain it as cheaply as possible. Over-indulgence is very rare for them. Somewhat shy and reserved, Virgos can find it hard to relax in large groups of people. They shine in intimate settings with one or two friends. Small talk doesn't appeal to them; they're too perceptive. Their charm and wit will enchant others as long as they don't feel overwhelmed. Virgos are kind and have a lot of love to give. They are loyal and if they love someone, they try everything they can to make them happy. Warm, meaningful relationships bring out the best in them. Virgos enter relationships carefully and their feelings emerge slowly. They believe in true love and once they find it, caution falls to the wind and passion takes over.
The scales of Libra represent balance and justice, harmony and fairness. Above all, Libra's want people to be fair, to them and to others. The one thing that really gets these usually non-confrontational people riled up is feeling they're not getting what they deserve. Libras are magnetic, charming social butterflies that project their best self and bring out the best in others. They are excellent listeners and conversationalists. Intuitive and kind, they are good at lending a sympathetic ear. In return, they expect to be admired and to be the centre of attention (it's only fair, right?). Venus, the ruling planet, adorns Libras with a love of pleasure and luxury. They don't love money but do love what can be done with it. Possessions are important to them, especially those that add a splash of elegance. Venus also lends a tendency to base impressions of people on appearances alone. This is a dangerous practice since appearances can be deceiving. Love of beauty inclines Libras towards all areas of the arts. If they have talents, they cultivate them. If they want to achieve artistic success very badly, they can rise to the top of their fields. Libras do, however, have a tendency to want little badly enough to work very hard for it. Hard work (if they're the ones doing it) repels them. Libras are romantics at heart and feel they won't be satisfied until they find true love. They are affectionate and sentimental. They tend to focus primarily on themselves in relationships, however. Libras are in love with being loved and fall in and out easily. Once they have captivated and enchanted a partner completely, they start to lose interest. Harmony is essential to a Libras happiness. Fortunately, they're able to view situations from all sides and are great at smoothing things over. In situations where they can't talk things into a better space, they can go to extremes to avoid conflict.
Scorpio October 23 - November 21
Scorpios are intense people. They may appear aloof and introspective but underneath that cool exterior a cauldron of emotions boils. Scorpios just care more about things than most people. They need, above all, something they feel passionate about to focus on. Having a career and/or partner that provides that is very important to them. If they feel they lack this, they can become a little self destructive. Once their attention is captured, Scorpios are devoted partners and employees. As long as they feel they're working towards a higher purpose they give their all to people and projects. Because they give so much, they demand a great deal of others. Scorpios are also very curious. They're often philosophical, as well, and may be particularly drawn to religion and the occult. Their intuition is strong and they tend to feel they understand the mysteries of life, the universe and the mind more than most. In relationships, Scorpios can be a little jealous and possessive. They are also very affectionate and give a great deal in return for loyalty. Exciting and mysterious, a Scorpio can easily be so irresistible that a little jealousy is actually flattering. They tend to want serious, committed relationships and rarely consider one night stands or casual affairs. Scorpios are flexible and adapt easily to newsituations. Career changes late in life are not uncommon for them. They are goal-oriented and almost always manage to get what they want.
Sagittarius - November 22 - December 21
Ruled by Jupiter, planet of luck, Sagittarians seem to lead charmed lives. Happy go lucky (pun intended) they may get angry, they may even brood but it never lasts long. Enthusiastic and independent, it's hard for people born under this sign to stay in one place. Not surprisingly, Sagittarians are the least monogamous sign of the Zodiac. They and their eyes tend to wander. Sagittarians are explorers, both physically and mentally. They love to investigate new places and ideas. People born under this sign are always searching and they are often philosophical, extending their search to truth. A Sagittarius can be the best friend you've ever had. They're giving, kind and only ask for friendship in return. They're likely to have a bevy of interesting experiences to share and are marvellous conversationalists. People born under this sign are the most likable in the Zodiac. It's hard to capture a Sagittarian heart. If they truly fall for someone they will be faithful but otherwise shun monogamy. Honesty is important to this sign so if you can't have them all to yourself at least be consoled by the fact that they're honest about it. A Sagittarius will almost never be possessive or jealous but their free-spiritedness is likely to inspire these feelings in others. Imaginative and intelligent, Sagittarians are well suited to many occupations. People born under this sign may find that they're good at so many things they may make frequent career changes. They'll be among the best in their chosen field but are likely to miss deadlines and appointments frequently.
Capricorn December 22 - January 19
Capricorns want to get ahead and usually do. Money, social position and power are very important to them. Determined and focused, people born under this sign rise to the top slowly and stay there. A Capricorn feels that there is one person in the world they can count on, the one they see in the mirror. This comes across sometimes as coldness or selfishness. Deep down, however, they are caring and sensitive. People born under this sign value security above all else. They are conservative, particularly with money. Capricorns appreciate money for the stability it provides. Luxury seems like a waste to them. Capricorns test the loyalty of those who care about them. They need to feel loved, wanted and needed. A Capricorn won't let on that they crave these things . They often mask their vulnerability with sarcasm and humour. Once you get past a Capricorn's tough exterior you find a caring, loving person.
Aquarius January 20 - February 18
Aquarians are always ahead of their time. Aquarians "not only march to a different drummer, they make up new music as they go along". Aquarians form their own opinions, disregarding and perhaps even disdaining the orthodox. They stand by what they believe with almost Taurean stubbornness, the one unchangeable aspect of this sign. They are open-minded but once they make a decision, their mind (at least on that subject) closes. People born under this sign are always looking for something new and exciting. They avoid routine and anything else that may lead to boredom. Aquarians are outgoing and find friends to share their adventures easily. An Aquarius will always follow his or her dreams. They don't like to feel they're in limiting situations and will avoid people (and jobs) that make them feel that way. Aquarians tend to avoid hard work and will fulfil their potential best working with ideas (and teams of people to implement them).
Pisces February 19 - March 20
Spiritual and mystical, Pisces often seem to be living in another world. They are very intuitive, often to the point of being psychic. Dreams are important to Pisces and they are always slightly in danger of confusing them with reality. Pisceans are the wateriest of water signs. They are extremely fluid and adaptable. They empathize deeply with others and need the same degree of empathy in return, a task that may be difficult for many to fulfil. Pisces need to take care that their caring nature doesn't lead them to too much self-sacrifice. Pisces vivid imagination and endless creativity make them brilliant writers, artists and composers. They work best on their own, away from the harsh realities of the corporate world. Mysterious, enchanting and often intellectual, Pisces can dramatically influence others. As a partner, Pisces is devoted and selfless. They look beneath the surface and make those they love feel they are truly understood. A Pisces is a sensitive, kind lover.