Zodiac signs: What do they mean?


Bella Wiltfong, Staff Reporter

When you analyze the projection and position of the planets, including the sun and the Moon, at the moment of your birth, you can get a glimpse at the characteristics, preferences, weaknesses and strengths of a person. 

Whether or not you truly believe that your Zodiac sign truly determines certain aspects of your personality, it is undeniable that there are some certain uncanny similarities between your personality and aspects of your determined zodiac. 

There are 12 Zodiac signs which can be grouped into four different categories: Water, Fire, Air and Earth signs. 

Water Signs consist of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Water signs, much like their name, resemble the ocean. They are as mysterious as the ocean’s depths, and rarely open to others. Though they are extremely emotional and sensitive, sometimes it can get them into trouble. They have wild imaginations and are very artistically talented. 

Fire signs consist of Sagittarius, Aries and Leo. They are passionate yet hot-headed. While also adventurous with a dynamic personality and intelligence that leaves them ready for almost anything. They tend to cover up their weaknesses and emotions with their strengths.

Air signs consist of Libra, Gemini and Aquarius. Air signs are a friendly philosophical type. They are rational people who enjoy being social with others, though sometimes they can be quite superficial. They are a voice of reason and are level-headed. 

Earth Signs consist of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Usually, they are grounded and conservative people. They are rational and quite realistic with the reality brought upon them. They are the friend that sticks by your side, with undeniable loyalty. Although they can be quite possessive and stubborn, they have good intentions. 

Though they can be grouped into four consistent groups, each Zodiac sign is quite different by itself.

The first sign of the Zodiac, Aries, March 21- April 19, is ruled by Mars and associated with Ares, the Greek god of war. The strengths of an Aries are determination, courage, confidence, optimism, honesty and passion. Though they have weaknesses too; hot-headed, aggressive, impatient, moody, and impulsive. Aries enjoys leading people, individual sports, competitions and winning, but dislike being lazy, losing and not using one’s talents. 

The second sign of the Zodiac, Taurus, April 20-May 20, is ruled by Venus and associated with Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty. The strengths of a Taurus are reliability, patience, practicality, devotion, responsibility and stability. Some of Taurus’s biggest weaknesses consist of uncompromising, possessive and stubbornness. Taurus’s enjoy romance, music, expensive things, working with their hands and cooking; while they dislike insecurities, sudden changes and complications with prior plans. 

The third sign of the zodiac, Gemini, May 21-June 20, is ruled by Mercury and associated with Hermes, the messenger god. The strengths of a Gemini include: social, affectionate, curious, adaptability and compassion. Weaknesses of the Gemini include: nervousness, inconsistency and indecision. Geminis enjoy talking with anyone, music, small road trips and books; while they don’t enjoy routine, repetitive actions, being alone or confined. 

The fourth sign of the zodiac, Cancer, June 21-July 22, is ruled by the moon and associated with Artemis, goddess of the hunt and the Moon. Some strengths of Cancers include: imagination, tenacity, emotional, loyal, and persuasion. Some weaknesses include: pessimism, insecure, manipulative and moodiness. Cancer’s enjoy home-based hobbies, helping others, artistic activities, being near water and eating with friends or family. Cancer’s dislike criticism and being open with others and strangers. 

The fifth sign of the Zodiac, Leo, July 23-August 22, is ruled by the sun and associated with Apollo, god of the sun and all that is light. Strengths of Leos include creative, passionate, humorous, generous, and warm-hearted. Weaknesses of Leo’s include, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, arrogant and manipulative. Leo enjoys vacations, expensive things, attention and being with friends, while they dislike being ignored, not being put on a pedestal and facing a hard reality. 

The sixth sign of the Zodiac, Virgo, August 23- September 22, is ruled by Mercury and associated with Demeter, the goddess of the harvest. Virgo’s strengths include analytical, kind, practical, and hard-working; while some weaknesses include shyness, overly critical of others, judgemental, and overly honest. Virgo’s enjoy healthy foods, organization, animals and books while they dislike attention, asking for help and rude people. 

The seventh sign of the Zodiac, Libra, September 23-October 22, is ruled by Venus and associated with Themis the Goddess of Justice. Libra’s strengths include social, fair-minded, gracious and diplomatic; while some weaknesses include holding a grudge, self-pity, avoiding confrontation, indecisiveness and judgment. Libra’s often enjoy the outdoors, sharing, and peace along with gentleness; Libra’s dislike conforming, violence, loud people and injustice. 

The eighth sign of the Zodiac, Scorpio, October 23- November 21, is ruled by Pluto and Mars and is associated with Hades the god of the underworld. Strengths of a Scorpio include, brave, stubborn, friendly, brave and resourceful; while some weaknesses include jealousy, mistrusting, secretiveness and violence. Scorpio’s enjoy being right, long-term friendships, teasing, truth and facts along with passion. Scorpio’s dislike passive people, dishonesty and revealing secrets or being open to others. 

The ninth sign of the Zodiac, Sagittarius, November 22- December 21, is ruled by Jupiter and is associated with Zeus, god of the sky and thunder. Strengths of Sagittarius include generosity, a sense of humor and idealism, while some weaknesses include broken promises, impatient and rude. Saggitarius enjoys being outside, philosophy, freedom and traveling; while they dislike clingy people, being constrained, and crazy theories with no sense of logic. 

The10th sign of the Zodiac, Capricorn, December 22-January 19, is ruled by Saturn and is associated with Persephone, goddess of springtime and the underworld. Capricorn’s are known for their good manners, responsibility, discipline and self-control. They have weaknesses that include being know-it-alls, condescending, pessimistic and unforgiving. Capricorn’s enjoy family, traditions, quality material and music; while they dislike almost everything at some point if they have too much of it. 

The 11th sign of the zodiac, Aquarius, January 20-February 18, is ruled by Uranus and Saturn and is associated with Hera, Goddess of Marriage. Aquarius’s strengths are original, independent and progressive while some weaknesses include no emotional expression, uncompromising, aloof and temperamental. Aquarius enjoys fighting for a cause, being with friends, helping others, intellectual conversations and good listeners; while they dislike limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring scenarios and disagreeing with others. 

The 12th sign of the Zodiac, Pisces, February 19-March 20, is ruled by Neptune and Jupiter and associated with Ishtar, goddess of fertility and universal love. Pisces’s strengths include compassion, artistic, wise and musical: while some weaknesses include, sad, victim-mentality, fearful and overly trusting. Pisces enjoy being alone, sleeping, music, romance and swimming; while they dislike cruelty, know-it-alls and criticism. 

There is much more to the Zodiac than just the 12 signs. If you continue to look into Astrology, you can determine personal traits more by the placement of the planets at the time you were born. If you seek more information on astrology the website, cafeastrology.com has more reliable charts and horoscopes than many other sites and apps.