Astrology is derived form the Greek words "astra" and "logos" which means "the science of the stars" and is a study of the planets and their influence upon our lives. Early astrologers divided the sky into 12 segments and each segment was given a name and as we know them today the signs of the Zodiac. The sign that the sun occupied when you were born is the determiner of your so called birth sign. There is however a lot more to astrology than the Zodiac and the Sun, there are the planets and where they lie on a particular date which determines what influences are beaming down on us.
Astrology is quite a complex study and is there is too much information to include here, but to put it in simple terms the sun takes a whole year to travel through all the segments or zodiac signs and our own individual sign is established from where the sun is at the time of birth. A horoscope or birth chart is a symbolic map of the sky which can show the characteristics and personality of a person depending on where the sun and other planets fall.
Zodiac Signs & Their Meanings
Aries: March 21-April 19
Symbol: The Ram
Characteristics: Arians are bold, confident and resourceful. You know in your heart of hearts that you can look after yourself. You can be direct, tactless and forceful and love getting your own way. You believe that you can shape the world according to your own image, in other words, can force circumstances to suit you. If you don't feel in control of events, you feel uncomfortable and worthless. On the whole, you look forward to the future and see it as a challenge.
Taurus: April 20-May 20
Symbol: The Bull
Characteristics: Taureans are practical people. You want a comfortable way of life, surrounded by nice possessions and with enough money to cope with difficulties. In others words, you are a materialist. You worry a lot about economic and emotional security whether you will have enough for a rainy day and whether you are truly loved and provided for. You are motivated by the desire for something solid and lasting.
Gemini: May 21-June 20
Symbol: The Twins
Characteristics: Geminians are tomorrow people. You love newness, novelties and fashions and can soon get bored with the same old people, furniture and ideas. You dislike living in the past., so the future is very important, but that doesn't mean you like to plan it. In a sense, you prefer to keep all your opinions wide open and can be very two faced. You love surprises. You love learning a little here, a little there. You cannot bear to linger long on any particular topic. To feel happy you need lots of variety in your life. Journalism is a very popular Geminian career, so you can see that you love the news. You like to stay young at heart, whatever your age.
Cancer: June 21-July 22
Symbol: The Crab
Characteristics: Cancer people are tough on the outside but tender and sensitive underneath and while they like to be busy in the outside world, they are also private people in their own imaginations. As a result, Cancerians are a bit apprehensive about the years ahead. You do not like change in your own lives, unless obviously for the better. You enjoy the company of others and like to influence them but you're a bit scared of their influence on you. Because of your active imagination you can get easily frightened by things that could go wrong. It's hard for you to keep a firm grip on the objective world. You always like to create a family atmosphere around you, whether in the home, the work place or among friends.
Leo: July 23-August 22
Symbol: The Lion
Characteristics: Life for Leos is a sport to be played and enjoyed. You are a pleasure lover at heart. You want everything to be full of smiles and happiness. In a way you're a bit childlike, whatever your actual age. You hate to see things less than perfect. You know in your heart that a single cloud can blot out the sunshine and similarly you can plunge from happiness to despair with a single stroke of bad news. So you are apprehensive of the future, scared that it will frighten you. Of all the Zodiac signs, you're the one who wants good news, or no news at all. You thrive on optimism. If you are treated kindly, you will do anything in return.
Virgo: August 23-September 22
Symbol: The Virgin
Characteristics: You keep a sharp, critical eye on everything, including yourself. You worry a good deal because you're a perfectionist with high standards. Once you discover what you want from life and just as importantly what you can give to life in terms of community service. You can become a workaholic constantly on the go. As a worrier you want to know about the future, because it helps you to plan your days and months ahead. It enables you to anticipate the bad times and get ready for the good spells. So any form of prediction could be a very useful tool in your life, but because you're so critical, you're inclined not to believe it. You want to have it proved to you, before you put any faith in it.
Libra: September 23-October 22
Symbol: The Scales
Characteristics: Librans look for peace and quiet, almost at any cost. You only like change if everyone approves of it, nobody gets hurt and everyone lives happily ever after. Of course we don't live in such a perfect world and so you do get apprehensive about the future. You believe greatly in personal relations. You hope that charm will get you everywhere. Certainly you don't believe in force as a way of solving problems. You are very worried by choice, big, long-term decisions that will determine your future for a long time to come. Librans find it hard to choose which person to pick as a marriage partner, which career to follow, which friends to mix with. So you look at the future with mixed feelings.
Scorpio: October 23-November 21
Symbol: The Scorpion
Characteristics: Scorpions are the most complex people in the Zodiac. You can be tremendously one sided, obsessively following your own instincts. You can be determined too and won't be budged by anyone from your chosen aims. All this sounds confident and successful, but life isn't as simple as that. You worry inwardly about a great number of things, yourself particularly. You are a great self improver and that's why you are so keen to look into your own future. You are fascinated by yourself, by your relationships with others and by what's going to happen to you. Some people never want to hear the bad news. You're not like that. You want the honest truth. This is why you can be such a prickly person to deal with and also why you posses such floods of devotion once you've found where to focus your emotions.
Sagittarius: November 22-December 21
Symbol: The Archer
Characteristics: Sagittarians are the great adventurers of the Zodiac. You love to explore physically or mentally and if you are prevented by circumstances you get very bored and restless. You like to be on the go at all times. So obviously you look forward to the future and you are the most likely of the Zodiac signs to want to discover your own fortune. In temperament you are cheerful and sociable. Everyone likes Sagittarius because you are so relaxed and easy going. You are very fair minded. Indeed, Sagittarians seem to have a built in sense of decency. You hate to see people bullied and will gladly step in to restore justice, but if it looks like a long battle ahead you haven't the patience to be stubborn.
Capricorn: December 22-January 19
Symbol: The Sea Goat
Characteristics: Capricorn people are rooted in the past. You are a traditionalist by nature and dislike sudden change, so you view the future with some apprehension. It is part of your nature to want to be in control of your own destiny. You have a serious view of life and want to be a success, so you like to plan your future and know in advance when the good or bad times may be. You are a careful meticulous type. You don't like to make mistakes especially when it comes to important long term decisions. If anything, you prefer to put it off until tomorrow what should be decided today just in case you get things wrong. At your best you have a wonderful air of reliability and trustworthiness. At worst you can get too immersed in material values.
Aquarius: January 20-February 18
Symbol: The Water Carrier
Characteristics: Aquarian virtues centre on your free thinking and an open minded outlook on life. You are good at what is called lateral thinking. Indeed you enjoy knocking public opinion so you're capable of being original and inventive. There's a split in the Aquarian personality, on the one hand you want to cooperate with others but at the same time you're a private individual. You can create a happy atmosphere where everyone is treated as an equal. At your worst you are unpredictable, always going your own way and never really belonging to a family, a marriage or working group. You love the future and look forward to tomorrow.
Pisces: February 19-March 20
Symbol: The Fish
Characteristics: Pisceans live halfway between fantasy and reality and sometimes you don't quite know which world you're living in. Quite literally you are absent minded at times and pay more attention to feelings than logic. Because you are closely in touch with your own psyche you may well be more psychic yourself. You will have vivid dreams, stray thoughts and sudden insights. You are not interested in the future greatly. You hate plans and prefer to live your life from day to day. You prefer to take the future for granted. At worst you are unreliable and devious doing anything to avoid a firm commitment. Against this must be balanced your devotion and kindly heart.