When someone asks you ‘What’s your sign?‘, they are asking about your sun sign. From our viewpoint here on Earth, the Sun travels around the Earth once each year. Within the space of that year the Sun moves through all twelve signs of the zodiac, spending approximately one month in each sign. The sign that the sun was traveling through at the time of your birth is your sun sign.
The Sun is our most powerful planet. It gives us life, warmth, energy, and food. It is the force that sustains us on Earth. The sun is also the most important and pervasive influence in your horoscope, and in many ways determines how others see you. The position of the sun in your birth chart governs your individuality, your distinctive style, and your drive to fulfill your mission in life.
Your Sun sign is similar to the role that you’ve been given in your grand drama. One can think of life as a play that one enters into at the time of birth. You are the leading actor in this drama, and the role you are acting is your sun sign.
|Aries||March 21-April 19|
|Taurus||April 20- May 20|
|Gemini||May 21- June 20|
|Cancer||June 21- July 22|
|Leo||July 23- August 22|
|Virgo||August 23- September 22|
|Libra||September 23- October 22|
|Scorpio||October 23- November 21|
|Sagittarius||November 22- December 21|
|Capricorn||December 22- January 19|
|Aquarius||January 20- February 18|
|Pisces||February 19- March 20|
However, your Sun sign is not all that describes you. You also have a Moon in your birth chart, and it’s probably a different sign from the one the Sun is in. You have planets in your birth chart, and each may be in a different sign. Only by studying an entire birth chart can an astrologer begin to get a complete picture of personality. Even then, there is a certain latitude for difference because human beings are not carved into stone. We change a little every day with every person we meet. Love, tragedy, success- each circumstance of life alters us. Regardless, the essential person still remains and the sun sign is the outline of that essence.
With your date of birth, time of birth, and city of birth, you can get a free comprehensive detailed birth chart which will show you much more detail about your destiny than just using sun signs. However, learning about sun signs is an easy and fun way of getting to know yourself and someone else.
Focusing on Sun sign attributes will give you a pretty good idea of someone’s characteristics, behaviors, and personality. Within the Sun sign, attributes are further split up into dualities, triplicities, quadruplicities, and polarities.
The twelve signs of the zodiac are divided into
two groups- masculine and feminine. A masculine sign is direct and energetic, and a feminine sign is receptive and magnetic. The masculine signs are defined as outer-directed and the feminine signs are self-contained and strong through inner reserves.
The twelve signs are also divided into four groups containing three signs each. Each group is called a triplicity, and each of these triplicities denotes an element. The four elements are Fire, Earth, Air, and Water.
The twelve signs are also divided into three groups containing four signs each, called a quadruplicity. Each quadruplicity denotes a quality which signifies the sign’s interaction with the outside world.
Cardinal means first, with the meaning of principal, or pivotal. The role of cardinal signs is to push forward, be first, initiate.
Fixed means to “latch onto”, or “to fasten”. Fixed signs fall in the middle, and as the continuation of what’s begun, often they’re steady and stable. They fix things in place, and are able to engage in sustained activity over a long period.
Mutable means to change, and is related to the words mutate and mutation. Mutable signs are the chameleons of each element, able to shift into many forms, and take on different personas.
The twelve signs are divided into six groups containing two signs each, which is its opposite sign on the other half of the zodiac wheel.
Sun sign summary
No one sign in the zodiac has exactly the same duality, element, and quality as another sign. Each of the twelve signs is attached to special associations in the outer world. There are lucky numbers, days of the week, special colors, jewels, etc. Although these attributes are not the only affinities you may have, you might already have the affinity for that particular choice and that it is another confirmation of the validity of astrology.
The affinities of each sun sign:
Aries: Masculine, Fire, Cardinal. Aries is active, energetic, excitable, and impulsive. They are open to change and new experiences. The ruling planet is Mars; the ancient god of war, aggression, and conflict. Mars’ influence denotes courage, passion, and competition. Aries’ symbol is the ram: assertive, sexual, and able to climb to great heights. The dominant keyword is “I AM”. The head is the part of the body ruled by Aries. Aries’ lucky day is Tuesday and lucky numbers are 1 and 9. The diamond is the magical birthstone and the special color is red.
Taurus: Feminine, Earth, Fixed. Taurus is quiet, affectionate, patient, stable, determined, practical, stubborn, and resistant to change. The ruling planet is Venus; the roman goddess of beauty and the arts, pleasure, and emotions. Venus’ influence inclines toward a love of luxury and exceptional creative ability. Taurus’ symbol is the bull: strong, stubborn, plodding, and can be both fierce and gentle. The dominant keyword is “I HAVE”. The neck and throat parts of the body are rules by Taurus. Taurus’ lucky day is Friday and lucky numbers are 6 and 4. The emerald is the magical birthstone and the special colors are pale blue and mauve.
Gemini: Masculine, Air, Mutable. Gemini is lively, energetic, versatile, and intellectual and lives primarily in the mind rather than the emotions. Geminis are extremely adaptable to new situations. The ruling planet is Mercury; the ancient messenger of the gods. Mercury rules communication and travel and its influence emphasizes quick cleverness and nervous temperament. Gemini’s symbol is the twins: associated with duality, humanism, versatility, and communication. The dominant keyword is “I THINK”. The hands, arms, shoulders, and lungs are the parts of the body ruled by Gemini. Gemini’s lucky day is Wednesday and lucky numbers are 5 and 9. The agate is the magical birthstone and the special color is yellow.
Cancer: Feminine, Water, Cardinal. Cancer is receptive, sensitive, imaginative, sympathetic, kind, and emotional. Cancer possesses an active, shrewd, and intuitive mind. The ruling planet is the Moon; Earth’s one satellite, which waxes and wanes and exerts a powerful magnetic influence. The Moon governs emotions and intuitive behavior. Cancer’s symbol is the crab: possessing an impenetrable exterior covering soft flesh underneath. The dominant keyword is “I FEEL”. The breasts and the stomach are the body parts ruled by Cancer. The lucky day is Monday and lucky numbers are 3 and 7. The pearl is the magical birthstone and the special colors are sea green and silver.
Leo: Masculine, Fire, Fixed. Leo is enthusiastic, powerful, expansive, creative, generous, extravagant, dogmatic, and fixed in opinion. The ruling planet is the Sun; the center of our solar system, a star that burns with intense fire and supplies us with light, heat, and energy. The Sun is the most powerful planetary influence, bestowing vitality and authority. Leo’s symbol is the lion: regal, brave, dominating, sometimes indolent but possessing nobility and pride. The dominant keyword is “ I WILL”. The back, spine and heart are the parts of the body ruled by Leo. The lucky day is Sunday and lucky numbers are 8 and 9. The ruby is the magical birthstone and the special colors are gold and orange.
Virgo: Feminine, Earth, Mutable. Virgo is reserved, modest, practical, discriminating, industrious, analytical, painstaking, and seeks to know and understand. The ruling planet is Mercury; the ancient god of communication and commerce. Mercury rules intelligence and reason, and predisposes toward a high strung temperament. Virgo’s symbol is the virgin: representing purity of motive, modesty, industriousness, and service of oneself and one’s talents toward helping others. The dominant keyword is “I ANALYZE”. The nervous system and the intestines are the parts of the body ruled by Virgo. The lucky day is Wednesday and the lucky numbers are 5 and 3. The sapphire is the magical birthstone and the special colors are navy blue and gray.
Libra: Masculine, Air, Cardinal. Libra is active, artistic, easy going, peaceable, diplomatic, polished, and prizes beauty and harmony, and is very socially inclined. The ruling planet is Venus; the goddess of love and beauty. Venus rules pleasure, social pursuits, art, and adornment, and inclines toward self-indulgence and a love of luxury. Libra’s symbol is the scales: signifying balance, equilibrium, order, and justice. The dominant keyword is “I BALANCE”. The lower back and the buttocks are the parts of the body ruled by Libra. The lucky day is Friday and lucky numbers are 6 and 9. The opal is the magical birthstone and the special colors are blue and lavender.
Scorpio: Feminine, Water, Fixed. Scorpio is imaginative, passionate, emotional, subtle, persistent, intense, obstinate, and unyielding. The ruling planet is Pluto; the ancient god of the netherworld and of the dead. Pluto rules regenerative forces, and the beginnings and ends of phases in life. Scorpio’s symbol is the scorpion: a secretive, deadly creature that can poison its enemies. The dominant keyword is “I DESIRE”. The genitals are the part of the body ruled by Scorpio. The lucky day is Tuesday and lucky numbers are 2 and 4. The topaz is the magical birthstone and the special colors are crimson, burgundy, and maroon.
Sagittarius: Masculine, Fire, Mutable. Sagittarius is energetic, ambitious, freedom-loving, open to new ideas and exploration, and a seeker of challenge. The ruling planet is Jupiter; the most important Roman god, ruler of the heavens. Jupiter is the planet of good fortune, optimism, expansion, and abundance. Sagittarius’ symbol is the archer: representing directness, high aims, a love of outdoor activity, and the chase. The dominant keyword is “I SEE”. The liver, hips, and thighs are the parts of the body ruled by Sagittarius. The lucky day is Thursday and lucky numbers are 5 and 7. The turquoise is the magic birthstone and the special color is purple.
Capricorn: Feminine, Earth, Cardinal. Capricorn is reserved, prudent, uses strategy instead of force, seeks security, is acquisitive, disciplined, determined, and quick to seize opportunity. The ruling planet is Saturn; the Roman god who presided over the sowing and reaping of grain. Saturn is the outermost planet of the known Universe and represents obstacles, limitation, restriction, discipline, and responsibility. Capricorn’s symbol is the goat: a surefooted animal who is able to ascend the heights by taking advantage of every foothold. The goat butts its way through obstructions. The dominant keyword is “I USE”. The bones, joints, and knees are the parts of the body ruled by Capricorn. The lucky day is Saturday and lucky numbers are 2 and 8. The garnet is the magical birthstone and the special colors are dark green and brown.
Aquarius: Masculine, Air, Fixed. Aquarius is assertive, independent, progressive, analytical, original, inventive, and has strong dislikes and firm opinions. The ruling planet is Uranus; the ancient Greek sky god, first ruler of the universe. Uranus is the planet of change, disruption, the unconventional, and the unexpected. It rules invention, aerodynamics, and modern science. Aquarius’ symbol is the water bearer: dispensing a gift that flows freely and equally to all, representing creation and the giving of life. The water that the water bearer pours out symbolizes truth. The dominant keyword is “I KNOW”. The circulatory system, shins, and ankles are parts of the body ruled by Aquarius. The lucky day is Wednesday and lucky numbers are 1 and 7. The amethyst is the magical birthstone and the special color is electric blue, the color of the sky.
Pisces: Feminine, Water, Mutable. Pisces is receptive, intuitive, emotional, imaginative, romantic, impressionable, mystical, adaptable, and very changeable. The ruling planet is Neptune; the ancient god of the sea. Neptune is the planet of illusion, glamour, mystery, and deceptions. Pisces’ symbol is two fishes tied to one another swimming in opposite directions. They signify hidden depths, shifting emotional currents, conflicting desires, and extremes of temperament. The dominant keyword is “I BELIEVE”. The feet are the part of the body ruled by Pisces. The lucky day is Friday and lucky numbers are 2 and 6. The aquamarine is the magical birthstone and the special colors are pale green and turquoise.
About the author:
Michelle Walling is a Certified Holistic Life Coach. She has devoted her life to being a bearer and grounder of the light in service to others. As a truth seeker, she is committed to share her experiences with the world. She is also a hands-on healer, a distance healer, an empath, and an intuitive. Michelle has recently joined forces with Gregg Prescott as an admin for the In5d Facebook page, as an assistant for In5d Events, as a contributing author for www.in5d.com. Michelle also supports Gregg’s endeavors in many other areas including alternative and holistic healthcare. Their next project is a walk in clinic under the name AHH- Alternative Holistic Healthcare to be launched in 2014-2015 in the Sarasota, Florida area, and then subsidiaries will be opened around the world based upon that model. Michelle Walling’s website is CosmicStarseeds, and her Facebook page can be found here.