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Zodiac Signs and Their Meanings: Your Fast and Easy Guide

Everyone has their own individualised “astrological DNA.” 

It features a unique combination of signs that are spread across the sky.

Below is an overview of each zodiac sign, their meanings, and their distinct characteristics.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Ruling Planet: Mars

Symbol: The Ram

Key Traits: Energetic, fearless, impulsive, and competitive

This cardinal fire sign is known for their athletic and dynamic traits and their insatiable appetite for winning. 

Aries people take pride in being early adopters of anything and everything from the latest iPhone to the hottest new sneakers.

They also live to argue and compete. 

Ram people have the makings of a trendsetting influencer, pro athlete, or lawyer. 

Vice-president and former prosecutor Kamala Harris was born with the moon in Aries.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Ruling Planet: Venus

Symbol: The Bull

Key Traits: Grounded, sensual, tenacious, and resolute

This fixed earth sign has a reputation for being the most stubborn. 

But thanks to their Venusian influence, Bull people are fairly chill. 

They are also known for their love of indulgence and luxury, their love for art, and for their fierce loyalty.

Taurus people also tend to adore sweets and spa days. 

They are also known for taking their time, whether it’s being languorous and lazy when it comes to intimacy or dragging their feet when taking action.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Symbol: The Twins

Key Traits: Flighty, curious, witty, and charming

The word mercurial was probably coined with Geminis in mind. 

This mutable air sign lives for all forms of communication. 

They love sharing whatever it is that is on their mind, whenever, wherever. 

However, contrary to popular belief, Geminis are not always outgoing.

They can be very outgoing one minute and shy and reserved the next. 

With their social skills and innate mastery of the language, Geminis have a vast and diverse circle of friends. 

They also tend to gravitate towards career paths that allow them to use their super buzzy brains and express themselves—think: politics, publishing, and marketing.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Ruling Planet: Moon

Symbol: The Crab

Key Traits: Nurturing, sentimental, giving, and compassionate

This cardinal water sign is influenced by the maternal moon and they are one of the best dreamers and doers of the zodiac. 

Crabs are homebodies who love to bolster their connections with their loved ones to achieve some sense of security.

However, their crabbiness can show when they are frustrated. 

From there, they can catapult into a moody and grumpy headspace. 

They also have the tendency to hide into their self-protective shells so they can take care of themselves.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Ruling Planet: Sun

Symbol: The Lion

Key Traits: Dramatic, optimistic, generous, charismatic

Ruled by the sun, this fixed fire sign has a cheerful, positive, and gung-ho vibe. 

Self-assured and driven, they also tend to take action. 

They also believe they can accomplish their wildest dreams thanks to their combination of endless belief in themselves, magnetism, and luck.

While they have the tendency to struggle when it comes to stepping out of their self-focus, lions can be devoted, adorable, and extremely loyal. 

They also like showering their loved ones with life’s finest things and let them experience their playful energy.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Symbol: The Virgin or Maiden

Key Traits: Detail-focused, service-oriented, analytical, and health-conscious

The mutable earth sign is often mistaken as an earth sign because of Mercury’s influence. 

This means their minds can go nonstop. 

Lovers of spreadsheets, blank journals, and lists, they are organisers, go-to researchers, and the A-students of the zodiac. 

Virgos are also perfectionists who love working hard to ensure the end result is just the way they want it, whether it’s a project, recipe, or a partner. 

Speaking of loved ones and partners, Virgos often bend themselves into knots just to be of service to their dearest and nearest.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Ruling Planet: Venus

Symbol: The Scales

Key Traits: Diplomatic, artistic, indecisive, and romantic

Libras are born to bring justice, balance, and harmony to their relationships and work. 

With their Venusian influence, these social butterflies are considered lovers of beauty and art and are known as the ultimate hosts. 

They tend to give more priority to one-on-one bonds, especially the romantic type.

While they have the tendency to be interested in achieving serenity at all costs, they are not sheep. 

They also have the ability to connect with a vast range of people. 

They are go-getters who will stand up for whatever it is that they want. 

Libras like Serena Williams are also big dreamers who always go for what they want.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Ruling Planet: Pluto and Mars

Symbol: The Scorpion

Key Traits: Spiritual, magnetic, power-seeking, and mysterious

Scorpios are considered one of—if not the most—private sign of the zodiac. 

Co-ruled by go-getter Mars and transformative Pluto, Scorpios can command the attention of people with their air of mystery and powerful and intense presence.

They are known to be very in touch with their sexuality and spirituality.

However, they tend to hold their cards close to their chests.

Even if you have been in a relationship with a Scorpio for years (regardless if it’s business-related, romantic, or platonic), you might not fully know the story behind their rough-around-the-edges tone and emotional wounds.

However, once they are in any type of emotional entanglement, the razor-focused and resolute Scorpios and fully into it.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Ruling Planet: Jupiter

Symbol: The Archer

Key Traits:  Unfiltered, philosophical, and free-spirited

Ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarians are life-loving and big personalities who love being at the heart of any party and exploring all life has to offer. 

They also adore globe-trotting who are born philosophers and are fiercely passionate about their beliefs.

They are also entertainers, politicians, and natural born comedians.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Ruling Planet: Saturn

Symbol: The Goat

Key Traits: Disciplined, traditional, down-to-earth, and industrious

If you are looking for someone who is perpetually motivated to achieve, you can never go wrong with capricorns.

Capricorns are driven to succeed and earn recognition for their no-nonsense and diligent work.

They also have a dry sense of humor and are extremely loyal.

They are also known for their grounded, steady, and pragmatic approach to life.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Ruling Planet: Uranus

Symbol: The Water Bearer

Key Traits: Cool, individualistic, eccentric, and humanitarians

Skeptical, quirky, and generally progressive, aquarians are wired to prioritise “we” instead of  “me,” and they tend to gravitate to activities and causes that hold the greater good.

They also tend to gravitate towards platonic relationships rather than deeply intimate entanglements.

They might also opt for non-conventional arrangements as they strike out against any type of convention.

They are also science-minded and tech-savvy.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Ruling Planet: Neptune

Symbol: The Fish

Key Traits: Dreamy, psychic, artistic, and empathic

Pisces folks are not only super tuned to their own feelings, they are also quick to take on everyone else’s emotions.

Intuitive and highly sensitive, they are considered artists, hopeless romantics, healers, and escapists.

They typically channel their deeply felt emotions through creative mediums like poetry, music, and theatre.

Thanks to their Neptune influence, they have very keen imaginations and tend to gravitate towards anything related to metaphysics, psychology, and spirituality.