Astrology is quite an interesting science that on a personal level could be very insightful. On a global scale, it leads us to believe that every part of humanity has a purpose. Each zodiac sign relies on the other, with all the pieces coming together in the end to form a beautiful mosaic of 12 zodiac signs. The term "zodiac" is derived from the Latin "zōdiacus," which in turn comes from the Greek "ζoδιακoς κύκλος" (zōdiakos kuklos) and means "circle of animals." Many people are intrigued by what the stars portend. They foretell our future personally and professionally. For quite a long time, the zodiac has been used as a universal method of predicting and personifying the human temperament. Whatever an Aries starts, Taurus knows how to finish it. Gemini on the other hand has the ability to communicate and express themselves in a great way. Pisces are known as the dreamers of the zodiac, and Aquarius in turn is intent on realizing the dreams of all mankind.
Although the zodiacs represent only one part of the puzzle of astrology, they occupy a large share of the science of the heavenly bodies. There is something special and at the same time fun about studying them, especially when it comes to highlighting traits of human character. Their archetypal nature gives a sense of our roles in the universe. Zodiac signs help us decipher existential questions such as: what is our purpose in this world, how can I be the best version of myself, etc. Of course, these questions require a much deeper level of introspection and self-awareness. Their answers might not be found entirely in astrology, but it is certainly a good start.
What are the twelve zodiac signs, what is behind them and what are the main character traits of people born under each zodiac sign? Get ready to recognize yourself and your loved ones in the main traits and characteristics described below, as well as learn many interesting facts about the origins of each zodiac sign. Let's get started!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Strengths - bold, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest and passionate.
They can sometimes be impatient, impulsive, and at times even slightly aggressive.
As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something tumultuous and energetic. They are constantly looking for dynamism, speed and competition. Aries strive to be first in everything from work to social gatherings. Due to the fact that it belongs to the element Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to sometimes take rash actions without thinking about the consequences.
The history of this zodiac sign is directly related to the myth of the golden fleece. Aries was introduced to Nephelle by Mercury, and later in order to keep her children from being sacrificed to the gods, she put them on the back of the magical ram, which flew away to the east. Legend has it that one of the children, named Hel, fell between the Aegean and the Sea of Marmara, while the other child, Phrixus, successfully reached the eastern shore of the Black Sea. Upon their arrival, Phrixus hands the ram over to Zeus, who adds it to the constellations that inhabit the sky at night.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Strengths - tenacious, reliable, patient, practical, dedicated and responsible.
They can sometimes be opinionated, obsessive and uncompromising.
Since Aries brings its fiery energy, it is the Taurus who quells passions. Representatives of this zodiac sign feel the need to be surrounded by love and beauty. They are lovers of the material world, hedonism and physical pleasures. Unlike the fiery zodiacs who seek change and adventure, here we rather observe people who are not great lovers of change. When they establish a routine that they like, it could cost them a lot of effort to resort to novelty and variety. People born under this zodiac sign are very sensitive, considering touch and taste to be the most important of all the senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most dependable signs of the zodiac, ready to defend its position until it reaches the point of personal satisfaction.
The origin of Taurus is related to the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Theseus was a young man who lived in Athens. He was part of the people offered as food to the terrifying monster Minotaur. The Minotaur was a mix between a man and a bull. He lived in a labyrinth on the Greek island of Crete. With the help of Ariadne (the daughter of Minos), Theseus managed to kill the ferocious creature and thus freed the city of Athens from the dreaded punishment that was inflicted by the Cretan king Minos. The young man's brave feat earned him a place in the zodiac in the form of the zodiac sign Taurus.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Strengths - smart, energetic, gentle, sensitive, curious and adaptable. Have the gift of learning new ventures quickly and exchanging ideas with like-minded people.
They can sometimes be nervous, indecisive and fickle.
Those born under the zodiac sign of Gemini enjoy socializing and generally like to be surrounded by people. They are influenced by the planet Mercury, which means they are happiest when sharing and discussing their ideas with someone. Geminis are an extremely communicative zodiac sign. They are often great chatterboxes and express their feelings effortlessly. Sometimes their extraversion causes them to seem manic, slightly nervous and agitated at times.
The zodiac is derived from Greek mythology and more specifically from the twins Castor and Pollux, who were the children of Leda and Tyndareus. The story goes that one brother was a divine child and the other a mortal. Despite this difference, the brothers shared absolutely everything and loved each other unconditionally. During an expedition into open waters, they became known for their ability to calm the rough seas. It was for this reason that Poseidon (god of the sea) proclaimed the brothers the protectors of shipwrecked men. To this day, the constellation is revered by all sailors and associated with good fortune.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Strengths - tenacious, loyal, emotional, sympathetic and persuasive.
They can sometimes be pessimistic, suspicious, mood swings, and insecure.
The zodiac sign belongs to the Water element, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancers can be some of the most difficult people to get to know. Sometimes they don't find it very easy to fit into the world around them. They are often emotional and sensitive, and they also hold their family in high regard. Home for them is a fortress and an integral part of feeling safe and comfortable. They have the characteristic of showing sympathy and genuinely sharing the emotions of people, especially those closer to them.
The origin of this constellation comes from the story of the second feat of the mighty Hercules. He was pitted in battle against the terrifying hundred-headed Hydra. In the midst of the fight, Hera sent a giant crab to help Hydra overpower Hercules, driving its pincers into his legs. Despite the pain, he furiously trampled the crab, but Hera was grateful for his support and attempt to help. She honored the creature, adding his image to the rest of the constellations.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Strengths - creative, dedicated, generous, warm-hearted, fun and humorous.
Sometimes they can be self-centered, a bit arrogant or lazy.
The planetary leader of the Lions is the Sun. Representatives of the zodiac sign carry within themselves the talent to bring warmth, life and light into important relationships. They possess a unique charisma that often attracts people of other zodiac signs to them. Like the Sun, they often like to be the center of attention, and they are also renowned as connoisseurs of compliments and endearments. However, it's worth mentioning that as befits a Leo, they should be the king of the jungle. Those born between July 23 and August 22 are self-confident and often dominant. They are capable of achieving anything they want, and in any area of life to which they devote themselves. In addition, Lions can also boast of their role as peacemakers. In quite a few situations, they are able to use their wits to prevent both minor and major conflicts. Their happy and friendly approach to life makes them pleasant conversationalists.
The story of the fifth constellation derives from the first success of Hercules - the conquest of the Nemean Lion. Legend has it that Hercules was sent by Eurychtheus to bring him the lion's skin. After Hercules finally managed to strangle the creature to death, he skinned it and covered himself with its skin, which protected him from all weapons available at the time. After his death, the famous lion was sent among the constellations by Zeus.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Strengths - loyal, kind, hardworking and practical.
They can sometimes be shy, self-conscious, overly critical of themselves and others.
Those born under the zodiac sign Virgo always pay attention to even the smallest details. Representatives of this sign possess a sense of humanity, which makes them one of the most attentive and demanding people. Although Virgos are often affectionate, they can sometimes be closed off and not let anyone into their heart. Their analytical and limited minds are often the reason we love and talk to them. Even when the stories they tell aren't nearly as interesting or real, their charming oratorical talents make us listen with rapt attention. Virgos are curious people, drawn to the idea of analyzing things - be it a person, a situation, etc. Although we mentioned their critical nature, which can sometimes be a bit irritating to others, they have a great memory, intuition and love to work in a team, making them good partners in almost any endeavor.
The constellation Virgo is often said to represent Persephone, who was the daughter of Demeter (the goddess of the harvest). According to Greek mythology, the eternal spring that reigned on Earth ended the day the god of the underworld (Hades) kidnapped Persephone. After taking away her only child, Demeter was so broken that she even withdrew from her role as fertility goddess. In some parts of the land, this turned the once fertile land into an icy wasteland, while in others, the summer heat scorched the land, causing pestilence and disease among the people. It was believed that the land would not bear fruit again until Demeter brought her daughter back.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Strengths - cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, conscientious and social.
They can sometimes be indecisive, self-pitying, shy and harbour anger.
Libra is an air sign bound to the planet Venus. It is the only zodiac constellation depicted by an inanimate object. Usually people born under it are calm, peaceful and fair. Librans do not like to be alone. Partnership and friendship are things they hold very dear. They are inspired by good books, as well as in-depth discussions with people they have something to learn from. Day and night are equal when the sun passes through this constellation. Librans thrive when they are satisfied with balance, fairness and stability in their lives. They are charming creatures who always manage to surround themselves with beauty and harmony. Some of them are even willing to go to extremes to achieve this harmony, which is sometimes not the most rational or practical solution in a given situation. Because Librans are so considerate and caring, they often find themselves in the role of comforter or helper.
The scales symbolize balance and justice, but more specifically they are thought to symbolize Dike, the goddess of justice and morality, as well as the daughter of Zeus and Themis. The ancient Greeks gave Libra a prominent place in the zodiac, as they considered justice and balance of moral values to be extremely important.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Strengths - resourceful, courageous, dedicated, tenacious and true friends.
They can sometimes be distrustful, jealous and secretive.
Scorpios are passionate and assertive by nature. They are very determined and when they think of something they will not stop working until they achieve their goal. They are proven leaders due to the fact that they are always aware of the situation and as mentioned before, they excel in resourcefulness. Representatives of this zodiac sign are capable of skillfully managing large-scale projects. The intense approach to almost any situation helps them overcome any obstacles in their way, if they are really determined on it. Although emotions are an integral part of a Scorpio's existence, they usually express them in a different way that can sometimes remain misunderstood. Because they really dislike dishonesty, they are sometimes quite distrustful. This leads to a more difficult adaptation to the different personalities and behaviors of the other zodiac signs. Scorpios are honest and will always keep a shared secret.
The story of Scorpio is associated with various versions involving the mighty hunter Orion. He was known as the tallest and most handsome man in the world, who could often be found hunting in the forests and hills of ancient Greece. One of the stories tells how Gaia (one of the goddesses of the Earth before the Titans existed) sent a scorpion to sting Orion, punishing him for parading and claiming that his might could rid the entire Earth of all evils. The scorpion stings Orion, after which Gaia sends him among the constellations as a reward for a job well done. Another similar story tells how Orion encounters 7 beautiful sisters, the daughters of Atlas. According to myth, they complained to Zeus, who had to save them, and the scorpion again took part, stinging Orion.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Strengths - generous, idealistic, great sense of humor.
They can sometimes be impatient and quite direct.
Sagittarians are some of the greatest travelers among all the zodiac signs, and their guiding planet is Jupiter. They are curious and energetic. Their philosophical views over things motivate them to travel the world, seeking the meaning of life refracted through their prism. They are known as great optimists who welcome change without prejudice. They have a great adaptation to difficult situations that helps them achieve their goals. Representatives of this zodiac sign consider freedom their most precious gift. Although Sagittarians are loyal, sometimes it is difficult for them to commit to long and serious relationships, as this could affect their freedom precisely. Last but not least, we must mention their honesty. Sometimes it makes them seem tactless and intolerant, but in the end you can be sure that they will talk straight to your face and without back thoughts.
The creature associated with Sagittarius is the Centaur. The centaur is a mixture between man and horse. Chiron was the king of the centaurs as well as the son of Zeus. He lived in a cave located on Mount Pelion. He is known as the oldest and wisest of all centaurs. Many kings have entrusted their sons to him to be trained in various aspects. Among the most famous of his pupils was Hercules. It is believed that Chiron's destiny was to suffer a slow and painful death. During a battle with several centaurs, one of Hercules' poisonous arrows struck the body of his teacher. The poison was not strong enough to kill him, but he was in such agony that Zeus decided to put him out of his misery by handing him over to Prometheus. Thus Chiron finally died and was given his place among the constellations.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Strengths - responsible, disciplined, good leaders.
They can sometimes be know-it-alls, condescending and pessimistic.
Capricorns are the embodiment of punctuality and responsibility, and representatives of this zodiac sign often occupy a position of serious personalities in society. Those born in late December or early January possess a touch of independence that enables them to make great progress both personally and professionally. They are renowned as masters of self-control, which makes them role models and hence great leaders. Capricorns know how to get the best out of people as well as learn from their mistakes. They make solid and realistic plans for the future, but are always prepared for unexpected turn of events and can hardly be surprised by fate. Like Taurus and Virgo, the other two zodiac signs belonging to the element Earth, Capricorns are the apex of this trio. It symbolizes groundedness and practicality, and this sometimes makes them too stubborn. They find it difficult to accept another's point of view and rarely rethink their views.
The story of Capricorn is associated with the birth of Zeus, who is considered the father of all gods. When Rhea gave birth to Zeus, she feared that Cronus would devour her child, just as had happened to her previous offspring. Rhea secretly takes Zeus to Crete, where he hides in a cave located in Mount Dikti. There Zeus was raised by Amalthea, whose name means "tenderness". Amalthea was a creature that resembled today's goat. It nurtured Zeus with extreme devotion and love, bestowing him with its own milk.
Aquarius - January 20 - February 18
Strengths - progressive, original, independent and humane.
They can sometimes be temperamental, uncompromising, aloof or aloof.
Aquarians are usually shy and quiet, but can sometimes be the opposite - eccentric and energetic. Representatives of the sign like to think more deeply, as well as to help others gratuitously. Their great ability to analyze a situation without prejudice makes them ideal for resolving disputes and negotiating. Aquarians love to use their mind in any situation, seeing a world full of possibilities. Although they can adapt well to their surrounding energy and environment, Aquarians need to spend some time alone with themselves. Representatives of the zodiac sign are known as cold and unfeeling people, but this is rather their defense mechanism against premature rapprochement. Representatives of this zodiac sign are devoted to their loved ones, but you should know that if you betray an Aquarius, you can never earn his trust again!
It is believed that the history of this zodiac sign originates from Ganymede. He was the son of King Tros, whose name bears the city of Troy. Ganymede was one of the most beautiful and graceful men who ever lived. Not only mortals, but even the gods were awed by his beauty. Zeus was completely obsessed with the young man's appearance. One day he disguised himself as a huge eagle, flew to earth and kidnapped Gallimedes, taking him to the home of the Olympian gods - Olympus. After taking him to his heavenly confidant, Zeus decided to make him his personal butler. The position was considered extremely important, as those occupying it were responsible for the miraculous nectar drink that was poured into the cups of the Olympian gods. This drink bestowed the superiors with eternal youth and endless energy. Zeus remains forever grateful to Gallimedes. He expressed his gratitude to the handsome man by granting him a prominent place in the Greek zodiac, in the form of the constellation Aquarius.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Strengths - compassionate, artistic, intuitive, wise, gentle and often musical.
Sometimes they can be too trusting, feel like a victim or want to escape reality.
Pisces are one of the friendliest signs, which is why they often find themselves in the company of different people. It is a water sign and as such, is often associated with sympathy and emotionality. They are selfless and just like Aquarians, are always willing to help others without expecting anything in return. Pisces are more intuitive than other people and often have more artistic inclinations in their blood. They are considered the dreamers of the zodiac. Their inner world is filled with fantasy, vitality and magic. This sometimes leads to their difficulty expressing themselves, and for this reason, a large number of Pisces representatives are introverts. Despite their quiet nature and trusting nature, Pisces have the necessary drop of determination to overcome obstacles in their way.
It is believed that the goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite, is behind the idea of this particular constellation. After the victory of Zeus over Cronus and the race of giants, their mother, Gaia, decided to create the most fearsome creature. His name was Typhon. Numerous serpents slithered down from his thighs, and his arms were so long that he was able to reach his victims with ease. Freed by Gaia, Typhon set out for the Olympian home of all the gods, declaring war on them. The gods had to respond quickly to the attack. They made the decision to disguise themselves as different animals. Zeus became a ram, Hera a cow, Artemis a cat, and Aphrodite and her son Eros dived into the depths of the ocean in the form of two fish. After Zeus' triumph over this fearsome creature, all the gods regained their old forms. In gratitude to the fish, Aphrodite bestowed upon them the honor of placing them among all the constellations.
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