Zodiac Signs in Horoscope Astrology Charts - Star Sign Meanings and Dates

Richard Hills - Astrologer

zodiac signs meaning

zodiac signs meaning

The Sun Sign in your Horoscope may not be your most important astrological characteristic - note when assessing compatibility!

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Zodiac Signs! - Horoscope columns in popular newspapers and magazines might lead you to suspect that the meaning of the zodiac signs in which the Sun appears in horoscopes is of such over-riding importance that little else matters. The truth is that the star signs in which the Sun appears is assigned much more importance in modern astrology than was the case in ancient times. Then, each planet (the Sun and the Moon being counted amongst the planets) signified a particular area of life as indicated in the individual birth chart. In particular, the planet that rules the ascendant (the zodiac sign rising at birth), and its sign and house position, was seen as having special meaning for the individual. I believe this ancient tradition still holds true. Nevertheless there is no doubt that sun signs in horoscopes do have importance (the ancients acknowledged this too), and I offer these thumbnail profiles of the characteristic traits of each. The twelve zodiac signs are divided into four elements: Fire - Aries, Leo and Sagittarius; Earth - Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn; Air - Gemini, Libra and Aquarius; Water - Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.


Links to individual Zodiac Sign profiles

(N.B. The dates given vary slightly from year to year. If you were born on a date close to the beginning or end of each range, then I invite you to e-mail me, stating your date, time and place of birth, and I will advise you.)

Follow the links for both witty and in-depth analysis of each sign!

Aries (21 March-20 April)
Taurus (20 April-21 May)
Gemini (21 May-21 June)
Cancer (21 June-22 July)
Leo (22 July-22 August)
Virgo (22 August-22 September)
Libra (22 September-23 October)
Scorpio (23 October-22 November)
Sagittarius (22 November-22 December)
Capricorn (22 December-20 January)
Aquarius (20 January-19 February)
Pisces (19 February-21 March)

Aries
(21 March-20 April)

Taurus
(20 April-21 May)

Gemini
(21 May-21 June)

Cancer
(21 June-22 July)

Leo
(22 July-22 August)

Virgo
(22 August-22 September)

Libra
(22 September-23 October)

Scorpio
(23 October-22 November)

Sagittarius
(22 November-22 December)

Capricorn
(22 December-20 January)

Aquarius
(20 January-19 February)

Pisces
(19 February-21 March)

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Another way of classifying the zodiac signs is according to their so-called quadruplicities or qualities. The three quadruplicities can be seen as different ways of being creative.

Cardinal Signs

The four cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, have as a common trait the impetus to initiate or create, or to counter one initiative with another.

Fixed Signs

The four fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, are inclined to sustain or stabilise what has already been created, or to resist or practise endurance in the face of another's initiative.

Mutable Signs

The four mutable signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, take what has been created and attempt to alter or adapt it.

Combine the four elements with the three quadruplicities, and we find that each of the zodiac signs has a unique combination of the two. For instance, Taurus alone is fixed earth, Sagittarius alone is mutable fire. These four links will take you to a very brief sketch of the characteristics of each element, and of the differences between each sign of that element on account of the varying quadruplicities. Each page contains links that will take you to more detailed profiles of each of the zodiac signs, or you can go straight to the ones which interest you using the links above.

Fire Signs

The fire element desires freedom.

Earth Signs

The earth element needs security.

Air Signs

The air element (like fire but with a different emphasis) desires freedom.

Water Signs

The water element (like earth but with a different emphasis) needs security.


The Sun is in Aries 16:57 GMT 20 March - 03:55 GMT 20 April 2014
One of the finer side effects of Aries's need to be itself is that it is unwilling to become compromised by acting falsely or deceitfully. It is not so much that Aries has a moral objection to deceit as that its need to be itself does not square with misrepresentation.

Robert Hand: Horoscope Symbols. Whitford Press, 1981.


Any horoscope contains all the zodiac signs in one way or another. Order a report to see how they interact in your natal chart. The Natal Chart Report is just one of the reports I offer. See Astrology Reports for details of all reports offered, including half price offers and money back guarantee!

An overview of how horoscope analysis can help individuals and couples with compatibility issues in their relationships and suggestions about which star signs are likely to be compatible with each other: Star Sign Compatibility

Moon signs in your birth chart: moon signs

(Confused about Ophiuchus, the alleged '13th sign'? See Ophiuchus - a 13th Sign? No!)

Consultations with Richard Hills and how to book: Astrology Readings

If you have a specific question to which you seek an answer, you may find Horary Astrology more helpful than a birth chart reading.

The planets in astrology: planets

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