The 12 signs of the Zodiac and their meaning


Zodiac signs are the symbolic representation of the relation between the stars and the actions of people. Each one of the 12 signs represents 12 sectors of 30 degrees of space, following the trajectory of the Earth in relation to the sun and the moon. According to Western tradition, the alignment of the date of birth (day and month) of a person with the transitional moment of the planet determines certain actions, trends and characteristics of each sign.

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People born under the influence of the Aries sign (21 March – 20 April) are very active, usually take the initiative and have strong leadership skills. They generally feel good in situations that are competitive and where their adrenalin is pumping. Accordingly, they like to experiment and have adventures. They are direct and sincere. However, their high energy levels can lead them to be impatient and in turn seek to dominate situations. They cannot stand failure. Finally, they are rebellious and a little self-centred, meaning they usually clash with authority figures.

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People who belong to the Taurus sign (21 April to 21 May) are usually associated with pleasure, sensuality and physical attraction. They like to enjoy life’s pleasures in a quiet and calm way. However, in matters of love, they can become jealous and possessive. For this reason, they need to feel secure and prefer to be in the company of close and trusted people. They are normally very calm and talkative, but when they suppress their emotions they can explode with great fury.

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Those born under the Gemini sign (22 May – 21 June) have complex personalities. Gemini is the sign of the twins and this means they usually have a dual character. They are very communicative and sociable people and have a lot of energy and vitality. This spreads itself across many interests and they frequently attempt to do lots of things all at once. In matters of love, they are usually fickle and sometimes insincere but on the other side of the coin they are emotionally open. A Gemini is the type of person who sees life as a game.

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People born under the sign of Cancer (21 June to 21 July) are very sentimental and romantic. However, they usually have a complex personality. On the one hand, they can be shy and hide within an emotional shell, while on the other hand, they enjoy having fame and influence. It is a sign strongly linked to motherhood and family and for this reason Cancerians usually see home as a place of refuge from problems. They possess great insight and empathy, leading them to develop a broad set of emotions and great fondness for the arts.

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People whose sign is Leo (24 July – 23 August) are quite dominant, creative and extroverted. It is a sign ruled under the influence of the sun and therefore people with this sign usually need to be the centre of attention and admiration. They are quite passionate and have a lot of energy. They are also warm, kind and natural leaders but sometimes struggle to control their own ego. They are normally intelligent and they can be idealists. On the negative side, they are arrogant, selfish and less loyal than other signs in terms of love.

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People born under the influence of Virgo (24 August – 23 September) are conservative by nature and have a passion for detail, meticulousness and order. They are people characterised by their intelligence and shyness, plus for their eagerness in cleaning and producing tidy work, something they not only demand of themselves but of others. In personal relations, they often display a superficial approach, as they fear showing their true feelings. Sometimes they focus too much on details, leading them to be very demanding and unable to see the bigger picture.

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People born under the sign of Libra (24 September – 23 October) typically look for balance within things. They stand out for their desire for justice and also for their diplomacy and concern for others. These qualities often lead them into conflict as they take one side or the other. They are very attracted towards harmony and they always need to be in loving company and have social contact. This leads them to define themselves by their personal relationships. The negative side to this sign is indecision and fickleness, which is due to Librans’ search for the right balance.

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People with the Scorpio sign (24 October – 22 November) are the most emotional of all of the signs of the zodiac. They are very passionate with fantastic energy and a magnetic personality, possessing an intensity that, if not handled with maturity, can be damaging to those around them. It is the sign of extreme behaviour, which can either be very positive or very destructive. In matters of love, they can become very jealous and obsessive. If they control their negative side, they can develop a great intellectual potential.

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People born under the sign of Sagittarius (23 November – 21 December) are characterised by their optimism and ability to look to the future. They are people with a broad capacity for contemplation and understanding. For this reason, they are interested in profound areas of thinking and knowledge such as religion and philosophy. On some occasions, their optimism makes them forget that there are also negative aspects to life and they can behave in an irresponsible way. In personal relations, they are calm and stable, although they need to feel as if they are free.

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People born under the sign of Capricorn (22 December - 20 January) are hardworking, disciplined and respectful of the rules. They tend to respect social norms, leading them to avoid taking the easy way out of difficult situations as they do not want to break the rules. They enjoy long-term projects, are very patient and are forceful in pursuing their goals. This can often mean they neglect others as they look to complete their objective. In matters of love, they do not usually mix with many people and they are loyal when they fall in love.


People with the sign of Aquarius (21 January – 19 February) are very independent, intelligent and fight for just causes. Aquarians believe in equal opportunities for everyone and normally fight for these ideals, although they do this in their own unique way. Sometimes this originality leads them to always wanting to take the opposite view. However, they are also very honest, tolerant and have an open mind. In matters of love, they need to be with people who share their own ideals.

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People born under the Pisces sign (20 February – 20 March) tend to be dreamers and have a compassionate side. They often worry too much about others and are very helpful. This can lead them to neglect their own needs for the sake of others. They are also very spiritual and for this reason prefer to resolve problems with intuition instead of reason. Sometimes they can be too idealistic and weak willed. They can be submissive in the workplace and generally give more than they receive in matters of love.

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