Characteristics of Star Signs

Patricia Lantz C.Ht.
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Each of the 12 astrological Star (Sun) signs is assigned a modality (method of action), an element (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water), and is represented by a person, animal or object. Additionally, each sign is Yin or Yang and is also defined as personal, social or universal. Knowing all of this can help you understand the horoscope characteristics and compatibilities of each star sign personality.

The Personal Signs

The first four signs of the Zodiac are the Personal Signs. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer are the "I" signs of the zodiac. If your Sun is in any of these signs, you operate through self-directed action and experience.

Aries Star Sign Personality: Approximately March 21 - April 19

Aries is the Cardinal (initiating), Fire (passionate) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yang (outgoing), and it is represented by the Ram. Aries is the "I am" sign of the zodiac. Those with the Sun in Aries initiate action independently and are head-strong.

Aries traits:

  • Strong-willed and ambitious
  • High expectations of self and situations
  • Risk-taker
  • Passionate and impatient
  • Devoted and loyal to friends and family
  • Bold and athletic
  • Intense sexual appetites

An Aries in Love

An Aries fall in love spontaneously. They charm and dazzle the object of their affection and become uncharacteristically caring, sensitive and romantic.

Aries best love matches:

Astrological sign of Aries

Taurus Star Sign Personality: Approximately April 20 -May 20

Taurus is the Fixed (unmovable), Earth (practical) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yin (receptive), and it's represented by the Bull. Taurus is the "I have" sign of the zodiac. Those with the Sun in Taurus enjoy the physical world and engage life through their physical senses.

Taurus traits:

  • Strong with great physical and mental stamina
  • Stubborn and unwilling to give ground
  • Materialistic and possessive
  • Appreciate comfort and of the finer things in life
  • Generous, patient, and loyal

A Taurus in Love

Taurus is serious and cautious when it comes to love. They like to build a relationship slowly so it has the potential to last, but when a Taurus does fall in love, they are solid partners who are sensual, nurturing and faithful.

Taurus best love matches:

Gemini Star Sign Personality: Approximately May 21 - June 20

Gemini is the Mutable (changeable) Air (mental) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yang (outgoing), and it's represented by the Twins. Gemini is the "I think" sign of the zodiac. Those with the Sun is in Gemini scout out information, spread it around, and exist in the shifting, malleable world of their own ideas, thoughts, and perceptions.

Gemini traits:

  • Versatile, adaptable and easily bored
  • Quick-silver mind and wit
  • Loves to chat and share information
  • Communicators
  • Sociable and enjoys variety as well as change
  • Relies on mental analysis more than gut feelings

A Gemini in Love

Geminis enjoy the newness of a love affair and every stage of flirting, the fun of dating, and the first blush of romance, but when the excitement and newness wear off, they can also be off searching for the excitement of someone new.

Gemini best love matches:

Astrological sign of Gemini with cherry trees and the moon

Cancer Star Sign Personality: Approximately June 21 - July 22

Cancer is the Cardinal (imitating) Water (emotional) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yin (receptive), and it's represented by the Crab. Cancer is the "I feel" sign of the zodiac. Those with the Sun is in Cancer live in a world of emotions and are sensitive in every sense of the word.

Cancer traits

  • Needs to feel secure, safe and comfortable
  • Home, family, and friends come before all else
  • Deep appreciation for family history and exploring family trees
  • Self-protective and lives by gut feelings and instinct

A Cancer in Love

Marriage minded Cancers are cautious and never rush into love or commitment. But when they do fall in love, they're old fashioned romantics who are affectionate, sweetly seductive, protective, and loyal.

Cancer Love matches:

Astrological sign of Cancer

The Social Signs

Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio are the social signs. If your Sun is in any of these signs you establish contact in terms of "me and you" relationships and require social interaction with others.

Leo Star Sign Personality: Approximately July 23 - August 22

Leo in the Fixed (unmovable) Fire (passion) of the zodiac. It is Yang (outgoing) and it's represented by the Lion. Leo is the "I will" sign of the zodiac. Those with a Leo Sun are driven by the need to shine and the desire to be loved and admired.

Leo traits:

  • Likes to be in the spotlight
  • Dramatic
  • Athletic and physically strong
  • Great judgment
  • Strong leaders
  • Knows self-worth and exerts will

A Leo in Love

A Leo in love shines. They are warm, generous romantic, and shower their lover with affection.

Best love matches:

Astrological sign of Leo

Virgo Star Sign Personality: Approximately August 23 - September 22

Virgo is the Mutable (changeable), Earth (practical) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yin (receptive) and it's represented by the Virgin. Virgo is the "I analyze" sign of the zodiac. Those with a Virgo Sun are driven by a desire to solve problems and create perfection.

Virgo traits:

  • Skilled and successful in a career
  • Steady workers and attentive to details
  • Keeps emotions reined in
  • Analytical and focused on the task at hand
  • Tend to be overly-critical in their desire to find perfection

A Virgo in Love

A Virgo is practical and decerning when it comes to love, but once in love, they tend to stay in love and are eager to please their partners.

Virgo Compatibility:

Astrological sign of Virgo

Libra Star Sign Personality: Approximately September 23 - October 22

Libra is the Cardinal (initiating) Air (mental) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yang (outgoing) and its symbol is the Scales. Libra is the "I balance" sign of the zodiac. Those with the Sun in Libra are driven to initiate relationships, make connections and create perfect balance and harmony.

Libra traits:

  • Justice and equality are mainstays
  • Surround themselves with beauty and art
  • Good social skills
  • Partner oriented
  • Voices opinions only when provoked or passionate about a cause

A Libra in Love

A Libra in love is idealistic, thrives on the beauty and romance of love, and as skilled at creating a long-lasting and committed love affair.

Libra compatibility:

Astrological sign of Libra

Scorpio Star Sign Personality: Approximately October 23 - November 21

Scorpio is the Fixed (unmovable) Water (emotional) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yin (receptive) and its symbol is the Scorpion. Scorpio is the "I desire" sign of the zodiac. Those with the Sun in Scorpio sense everything, show nothing and are driven by a desire to feel life on the deepest and darkest level.

Scorpio traits:

  • Enjoys a big and bold lifestyle
  • Have a powerful ability to focus
  • Trustworthy and faithful.
  • The ability to overcome massive obstacles
  • Power, position and money are key motivators

A Scorpio in Love

A Scorpio in love is passionate and possessive. They want to experience the extremes of love, its highs, its lows, and the total emotional and physical experience of love.

Best love Matches:

Astrological sign of Scorpio

The Universal Signs

Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces are the Universal signs. If your Sun is in one of these signs you strive to see the big picture when making decisions and base your decisions on what you consider to be philosophically correct and best for all.

Sagittarius Star Sign Personality: Approximately November 22 - December 21

Sagittarius is the Mutable (changeable) Fire (passion) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yang (outgoing) and its symbol is the Archer Centaur. Those with the Sun in Sagittarius are truth seekers who have are faith in themselves, tolerate differences, and are driven to explore, experience, learn, and gather knowledge.

Sagittarius traits:

  • Philosopher and seeker of knowledge
  • Bright sharp intellect and enjoys mental challenges
  • High energy that keeps them constantly moving
  • Must be allowed to roam free and will always return home

A Sagittarius in Love

A Sagittarian is a fun, exciting, appreciative lover who enjoys pleasing his mate, but even in love, they require to freedom to go and do what they want.

Best love matches:

Astrological sign of Sagittarius

Capricorn Star Sign Personality: Approximately December 22 - January 19

Capricorn is the Cardinal (initiating) Earth (practical) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yin (receptive) and its represented by the Sea-goat. Those with a Capricorn Sun are driven to survive and thrive in the material world and make the best use of what exists on earth.

Capricorn traits:

  • Practical problem-solver and excellent organizer
  • Plans life and each stage to create a blueprint he can follow
  • Closed-mouth when it comes to emotional sharing

A Capricorn in Love

A Capricorn in love has settling down on their mind. They are committed and loyal lover who make great husbands or wives.

Best love matches:

Astrological sign of Capricorn and winter motifs

Aquarius Star Sign Personality: Approximately January 20 - February 18

Aquarius is the Fixed (unmovable) Air (mental) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yang (outgoing) and it is represented by the Water Bearer. Those with an Aquarius Sun are driven by a desire to make the world a better place and to help everyone they can along the way.

Aquarian traits:

  • Unorthodox and unconventional
  • An eclectic collection of friends
  • Humanitarian and will take up just causes
  • Very sociable, intelligent and quick to make friends
  • Enjoy art and a leisurely lifestyle

An Aquarian in Love

An Aquarian in love has an unorthodox approach. They aren't particularly romantic, but when they fall in love they are loyal, will do anything for their partner and will their lover's best friend first, last and always.

Best love matches:

Astrological sign of Aquarius

Pisces Star Sign Personality: Approximately February 19 - March 20

Pisces is the Mutable (changeable) Water (emotional) sign of the zodiac. Its polarity is Yin (receptive) and its symbol is Two Fish. Those with the Sun in Pisces strive to connect with the ethereal and experience heaven on earth.

Pisces traits:

  • Unassuming and deeply sensitive and emotional
  • Selfless to a fault
  • Illusion of naivety
  • Psychic

A Pisces in Love

A Pisces excels at giving and receiving love. They are devoted and all about romance, passion, emotion, and sensitivity.

Best love matches:

  • Pisces
  • Cancer
  • Scorpio
  • Capricorn
  • Taurus
Astrological sign of Pisces

Star Sign Stereotypes

Always remember when you're reading Star (Sun) sign personality traits that they are stereotypical characteristics. Astrology is much more than a Star sign, additionally, a Star sign has many levels of expression. Though everyone will express these Star sign traits to a greater or lesser degree, a quick look at an individual's entire birth chart will quickly remind you that no one perfectly fits stereotypical Star sign descriptions. That's not how astrology works.

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Characteristics of Star Signs