It is very difficult to trace back the exact history of the zodiac signs. This is because they have originated since our ancestral times and were used by our ancestors to predict a host of things like the future of people and the weather conditions. However it is believed that the entire science of astrology and the 12 signs of the zodiac are approximately 3,000 years old.
Research has shown that these 12 signs have their origins in Babylonia and Egypt. However China and India are the 2 countries where there was great advancement in the study of the zodiac signs. Chinese astrology is famous globally and uses animals consisting of a 12-year cycle. Each year is named after a specific animal. This is because astrologers in these countries have predicted the future of people using signs from animals.
Documentary proofs suggest that zodiac signs were used in the Roman era to find out the fortunes and destinies of influensive people like priests and kings. There are 12 zodiac signs, which are divided into four major groups of signs namely Fire, Earth, Water and Air.
- Fire signs
These include Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. They deal with the most fundamental and ultimate power that is the natural source of heat, which is the Sun.
- Earth signs
These include Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn. They deal with the ultimate power of the land or Earth.
- Water signs
These include Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio. They depict the soothing power of moisture or water.
- Air signs
They are the signs that are linked to the power of the wind. These include Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
Therefore as is obvious the positioning of the Earth with regards to that of the Sun and other planets at the time of an individual’s birth determines which zodiac sign he belongs to.
Zodiac signs help to determine the compatibility between individuals. It helps estimate how positive or negative a relationship between two people is. A horoscope is a chart that shows the positioning of various heavenly bodies at a specific time and place. The horoscope has these 12 zodiac signs on them. Every zodiac sign has specific characteristics for with regard to an individual’s nature. However it doest mean that a person may not have any traits of another zodiac sign. The qualities of a particular zodiac sign are the ones that may be the most prominent and consistent in an individual.
General traits of every sign of the zodiac
- 1. ARIES
People who are born between March 20th and April 18th are of this zodiac sign. The symbol of this sign is the Ram and the planetary ruler is Mars. The main traits of a person with this sign are that they are independent, dynamic, arrogant and courageous. They are known to be extremely loyal to their friends and family. They always want to lead rather than being led. They are compatible with Gemini, Libra, Scorpio and Leo.
- 2. TAURUS
If one is born between April 19th to may 20th then they belong to the Taurus zodiac sign. The symbol of this sign is a bull and the planetary ruler is Venus. A person belonging to this zodiac sign is generally very dependable, patient, stubborn and practical. They are very loving and warm hearted however they do not forget insults easily. They make good matches with Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn.
- 3. GEMINI
This sign falls between May 21st and June 20th. The symbol for it is twins and the ruling planet is Mercury. These people love to talk and are adaptable, versatile, witty and curious. At times they are pessimistic and get along well with Virgo, Sagittarius and Libra.
- 4. CANCER
It includes people born between June 21st to July 22nd. The symbol used for denoting this sign is a crab and the ruler is the Moon. Cancerians are emotional, shy, lazy and sympathetic. They tend to take everything personally. They gel best with Aquarius, Pisces and Scorpio.
- 5. LEO
Leo includes people born between July 23rd and August 22nd. The symbol is that of a lion and the ruler is the Sun. These people are very creative, loyal, optimistic, confident, generous and boastful. They get along well with Leo, Capricorn and Scorpio.
- 6. VIRGO
Virgos are born between August 23rd and September 22nd. The sign is that of a virgin and the ruling planet is Mercury. They are generally very picky, accurate, rational and intelligent. They need things in order and perfectionists. They get along well with Gemini, Pisces and Taurus.
- 7. LIBRA
Librans are born between September 23rd and October 22nd. The symbol is that of scales and the ruler is Venus. They are cooperative, loyal, sociable and persuasive. They believe in maintaining balance and playing fair. They are ideal matches for Aries, Aquarius and Taurus.
- 8. SCORPIO
They are born between October 23rd and November 21st. The symbol is of a Scorpio and the ruing planet is Pluto. They are very sarcastic, suspicious, resourceful, clever and non-compromising. They don’t always say what they think. Great matches are Pisces, Leo and Capricorn.
- 9. Sagittarius
They are born between November 22nd and December 21st. The symbol used for denoting this sign is that of an archer. The ruling planet is Jupiter. These people are honest, faithful, blunt, impatient and enthusiastic. They change as per different situations. They are compatible with Aries, Taurus and Gemini.
- 10. Capricorn
People born within December 2nd and January 19th belong to this sign. The ruling planet is Saturn and the symbol used is that of the goat. They are responsible, practical, reserved and shy. They are insecure. The ideal matches for them re Virgo, Leo, Cancer and Taurus.
- 11. AQUARIUS
People whose are born between January 20th and February 18th belong to this zodiac sign. The symbol is that of a water bearer and the ruling planet is Uranus. The traits are unpredictability, charming, independent and sincere. They get along best with Libra, Aries and Gemini.
- 12. PISCES
People born between February 19th and March 19th are Pisceans. The symbol is of a fish and the ruling planet is Neptune. They are dreamy, artistic, loving, sensitive, impractical and kind. They can multitask and get along best with Cancer, Aquarius and Scorpio.