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An Introduction to Astrology and Zodiac Signs

By CJ Groom, Reporter

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Astrology is the study of the movement and positioning of the stars and planets around the earth. A zodiac sign is a symbol that represents somebody’s personality, emotions, and motivations. Everybody has many different signs, one for each planet, the moon, the sun, and many more. A moon sign dictates inner mood and emotions, while an ascending sign represents the impression others get from you. However, the sun sign is what is most commonly referred to, and used to explain a person’s basic nature and personality traits. While the characteristics of these signs may not apply to everyone, most people’s actions can be generalized by their sign. While you shouldn’t judge individuals based on these premises, you can line up their behavior with astrology, and teach them about themselves. You can check out your birth chart on many websites by entering your birthday, time of birth, and city of birth. You may also just google “[your birthday] zodiac sign.”

Additionally, the signs are divided into 4 elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Fire describes the signs of the most passionate, lively, and temperamental people. These signs must be managed carefully and nurtured lovingly. Earth signs tend to be grounded, practical, and prefer to keep it real. They are slow and steady, but stable and always willing to help others. Those with air signs express “the winds of change,” and value movement, change, and action. They are like a breath of fresh air with the potential to blow you off your feet. Last but not least, water explains the most sensitive, empathetic, and emotional signs, people with feelings flowing inside of them. These signs are highly intuitive, and can be mentally intense.

The element of the sign (Air, Water, Earth, or Fire) are indicated by the symbol next to the name of the sign:

(F) Fire (A) Air (E) Earth (W) Water

(F)Aries (March 21 – April 19), the rams, are independent, determined, and have magnetic personalities. They are generally positive thinkers, have high energy and fight for what they believe in. However, Aries also tend to be arrogant or insensitive of others emotions due to their fast pace.

(E) Taurus (April 20 – May 20), the bulls, are known for being stubborn, realistic, and ambitious. Though patient, they may be seen as materialistic or possessive due to their practical outlook. Taurus are also deemed dependable regarding finances and other important matters.

(A) Gemini (May 21- June 20), the twins, are known for their “multiple personalities,” because they are quick-witted and very expressive. Intelligent, affectionate, and adaptable, Geminis are social butterflies. However, they are also indecisive, nervous, and inconsistent.

(W) Cancer (June 21 – July 22), the crabs, are emotional, loyal, and sympathetic. Also sentimental, these people are deeply intuitive and have strong ties to friends and family. They are talented in art and have creative imaginations. Due to intense emotion, Cancers are moody, manipulative, and even insecure or pessimistic.

(F) Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22), the lions, are generous, passionate, and warm-hearted. They are great at making friends, but love to be the center of attention. Though confident, Leos are prone to being arrogant, self-centered, or inflexible. Due to this, they dislike facing reality and being ignored.

(E) Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22), the maidens, are analytical, practical, and hard-working people with strong character. They yearn for organization, and are careful people, leaving little to chance. These kind souls can be seen as shy as well as overly critical of themselves and others.

(A) Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22), the scales, are known for their fair-minded, cooperative, diplomatic personalities. These people are highly social, amazing communicators, and peaceful beings. They value friendship and company very highly, as they do not like to be alone. Due to their desire to please everyone, Libras are also known to be indecisive, self-pitying, and bad at confrontation.

(W) Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 22), the scorpions, are brave, passionate, loyal, and resourceful. They are assertive, decisive, and determined; a great leader. However, Scorpios are more than likely to be jealous, secretive, and distrusting. They may also be violent or chase adrenaline rushes.

(F) Sagittarius (Nov. 23 – Dec. 22), the archers, can be recognized by their great sense of humor or their idealistic and generous outlook on life. These people are considered adventurers, with curiosity and energy running through their veins. Though very fun companions, Sagittarius can also be impatient, distant, or unfair to prove their point.

(E) Capricorn (Dec. 23 – Jan. 22), the goats, are disciplined, responsible, and goal-smart. They are naturally serious people with strong grasps on tradition, independence, and prosperity. However, these realistic individuals may come off as condescending, unforgiving know-it-alls.

(A) Aquarius (Jan. 23 – Feb. 22), the water-bearers, are original, compassionate, and innovative. They may appear as shy and quiet or energetic depending on how well you know them and how old they are. Although temperamental, uncompromising, and bad at expressing emotions, Aquarius are deep-thinkers with a passion for teaching others. They are highly intellectual and great at conversation.

(W) Pisces (Feb. 23 – March 22), the fish, are gentle, artistic, compassionate and wise. Another very intuitive sign, Pisces are incredibly friendly, helpful, and selflessly caring towards others. They are connected to music and art, with creative minds. On the other hand, these people may also be sad, overly trusting, fearful, or have a desire to escape reality.

About the Writer
CJ Groom, Reporter

When I took Journalism 1 last year, I fell in love with the idea of taking pictures, writing, and being...

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