June 12, 2014

The 12 Signs of the Zodiac

Below you will find basic information for each sign of the Zodiac. I mentioned in a previous post that nobody is just their sun sign, so it's important to remember that the descriptions for each sign below are not describing people who were born with their sun in Aries or Gemini or Libra, for instance. They are describing the signs themselves, and how each sign "colors" planets that are placed in them. Remember, the signs act as adverbs and describe HOW something is done. For instance, planets in Aries become more restless and impatient. In Pisces, planets tend to dissipate and become much more receptive.

For each sign I've included specific information: the planetary ruler, the element (Fire, Earth, Air, Water), modality (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable), polarity (Masculine or Feminine (yin/yang)), orientation (personal, social, universal), what part of the body it rules, it's symbol, motto, and the sign of its opposite. I also listed keywords and traits for each sign that will definitely help when it comes to interpreting a birth chart, as well as how each sign effects the planets. And of course I tried to include the very best celebrity quotes I could find for each sign. You will notice, that most of the celebrities I included have multiple planets in a particular sign. The more planets a person has in a single sign, the more intense and obvious that sign's traits become. The planets' keywords are coming up next!  And then we will put it all together.

Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo
Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces

Ruler: ♂ Mars
Element: Fire
Modality: Cardinal
Polarity: Masculine
Orientation: Personal
Rules: The Head
Symbol: Ram
Motto: "I am."
Opposite Sign: ♎ Libra
Aries Traits & Keywords
ambitious foolhardy desire
the hero / always on a missionthe warrior / crusader trailblazer
pioneer competitive restless
distinctly masculine impatient loves a challenge
initiative to do exactly what one pleases most impulsive sign
daredevil defensive instant gratification
easily bored / distracted "do or die" self-righteous
When a planet is in Aries it...
... expresses its energy in a bold, enthusiastic, and honest way.
... becomes more impulsive, action-oriented, and more single-minded in manifestation.
Quotes by Famous Aries
“My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.”
- Bette Davis (Sun & Saturn in Aries)
“My passion and energy get mistaken for anger.”
- Gary Oldman (Sun, Moon, & Mercury in Aries)
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
- May Angelou (Sun, Jupiter, & Uranus in Aries)
“The weak are the most treacherous of us all.”
- Bette Davis (Sun & Saturn in Aries)

Ruler: ♀ Venus
Element:  Earth
Modality:  Fixed
Polarity:  Feminine
Orientation:  Personal
Rules: Neck, Throat, & Voice
Symbol:  Bull
Motto:  "I have."
Opposite Sign:  ♏ Scorpio
Taurus Traits & Keywords
inertia slowest moving sign sustaining & maintaining
structure creating things of value extremely sensual
slow & steady wins the race possessive loyalty
stubborn determined accumulation
calmness grounded the five senses
art & music patience resilience
resistance to change materialism predictability
When a planet is in Taurus it...
... expresses its energy in a calm, earthy, and determined way.
... becomes much slower, deliberate, and more grounded in the physical.
Quotes by Famous Taurus
"If you’re given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal."
- Katharine Hepburn (Sun, Moon, Mercury in Taurus)
“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”
- Gary Snyder (Sun in Taurus)
“A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character."
- Daniel Day-Lewis (Sun & Moon in Taurus)
“If they try to rush me, I always say, I've only got one other speed and it's slower."
- Glenn Ford (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Midheaven in Taurus)

Ruler: ☿ Mercury
Element: Air
Modality: Mutable
Polarity: Masculine
Orientation: Personal
Rules: Arms, shoulders, hands, lungs, nervous system
Symbol: Twins
Motto: "I think."
Opposite Sign: ♐ Sagittarius
Gemini Traits & Keywords
duality communicative objectivity
intelligence changeable fickle
sociable flexible mult-tasking
the trickster the messenger inconsistency
mental agility playful avoids deep emotions
wit quick movement dexterity
friendly optimistic unfocused
When a planet is in Gemini it...
... expresses its energy in an alert, restless, and rational way.
... becomes much quicker in action and often more playful.
Quotes by Famous Geminis
"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."
- Walt Whitman (Sun in Gemini)
"Honestly, I like everything. Boyish girls, girlish boys, the thick, the thin. Which is a problem when I'm walking down the street."
- Angelina Jolie (Sun & Mercury in Gemini)
“I'm not that patient sometimes. I'm like a rocket - I go a hundred miles per hour.”
Heidi Klum (Sun & Moon in Gemini)
“I change during the course of a day. I wake and I'm one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I'm somebody else.”
Bob Dylan  (Sun & Mercury in Gemini)

Ruler: ☽ Moon
Element: Water
Modality: Cardinal
Polarity: Feminine
Orientation: Personal
Rules: Stomach, Breasts
Symbol: Crab
Motto: "I feel."
Opposite Sign: ♑ Capricorn
Cancer Traits & Keywords
very emotional nurturing instinctive
receptive maternal private
tied to the past protective moodiness
nourishment memories vulnerability
sensitive smothering shrewd business sense
affectionate subjective poetic & imaginative
self-pitying dependable deep urge to be needed
psychic  compassionate security-conscious
When a planet is in Cancer it...
... expresses its energy in a sensitive, emotional, and subjective way.
...becomes extremely sensitive to feelings and unconscious expressions.
Quotes by Famous Cancers
""It is such a secret place, the land of tears."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Sun & Venus in Cancer)
"Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.”
- Bill Cosby (IC, Sun, Mercury, Pluto in Cancer)
“I was completely unprepared for the public spectacle my private life became, and didn't like it a bit."
- Harrison Ford (Sun and Moon in Cancer)
“I think the sensitivity that you need to create certain things sometimes would spill over into things that shouldn't have bothered me."
- Jack White(Sun & Moon in Cancer)
“It's a wonderful feeling when your father becomes not a god but a man to you- when he comes down from the mountain and you see he's this man with weaknesses. And you love him as this whole being, not as a figurehead."
- Robin Williams (Sun and Mars in Cancer)

Ruler: ☉ Sun
Element: Fire
Mode: Fixed
Polarity: Masculine
Orientation: Personal
Rules: Heart & Blood
Symbol: Social
Motto: "I will."
Opposite Sign:  ♒ Aquarius
Leo Traits & Keywords
courage strength superiority
authoritative open-minded tolerance wants to be the best
the leader prideful dramatic
wants the spotlight boldness flamboyance & extravagance
mythologizes disinterested in practical details childlike innocence & openness
warmth generosity needy ego
creative self-expression idealistic needs approval and appreciation
craves recognition  feels special concern for the big picture
When a planet is in Leo it...
... becomes generous expressive and creative but also extremely self-centered.
... expresses its energy in a whole-hearted and authoritative way.
Quotes by Famous Leos
"You know, I am a Leo. Lion is a giant part of me.”
- Patrick Swayze(Sun, Moon, Mercury. Pluto in Leo)
"I always like to see if the art across the street is better than mine."
- Andy Warhol (ASC, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune in Leo)
“If I was a girl again, I would like to be like my fans, I would like to be like Madonna."
- Madonna (Sun, Venus, Uranus in Leo)

Ruler: ☿ Mercury
Element: Earth
Modality: Mutable
Polarity: Feminine
Orientation: Social
Rules: Lower Intestine
Symbol: Virgin
Motto: "I analyze."
Opposite Sign: ♓ Pisces
Virgo Traits & Keywords
discrimination efficiency & precision systems & synthesis
mental & intellectual serving others the critic
a need to be useful high standards very practical
resourceful classifying & organizing methodical categorization
practice makes perfect working with the hands craftsmanship
dutiful the worry wart skill mastery
easily stressed fear of chaos & the unknown compartmentalization
conservation  not easily fooled the realist
When a planet is in Virgo it...
... becomes very precise and efficient.
... expresses its energy in an anxious yet practical way.
Quotes by Famous Virgos
"Stupid. You have to be stupid. That’s what optimistic means, you know? It means stupid. An optimist is somebody who goes, “Hey, maybe something nice will happen.” Why the fuck would anything nice happen?”
- Louis C.K. (Sun, Uranus, & Pluto in Virgo)
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
- J.K. Rowling(Moon, Mercury, Venus, Uranus, Pluto in Virgo)
"“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create."
- Maria Montessori (Sun in Virgo)
“I crave ideas, and when an idea hits me, it grips me and it tortures me until I master it."
- Gene Simmons (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn in Virgo)
“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity."
- Leo Tolstoy (Sun, Moon, Mercury in Virgo)

Ruler: ♀ Venus
Element: Air
Modality: Cardinal
Polarity: Masculine
Orientation: Social
Rules: Kidneys
Symbol: The Scales
Motto: "I balance."
Opposite Sign: ♈ Aries
Libra Traits & Keywords
fundamental sense of justice decorum keeping the peace
"other"-oriented elegance charm
manners & etiquette compromise harmony
social grace dependence on others one-to-one relationships
cooperation tact the people pleaser
the true diplomat motivated by beauty refinement
ability to see both sides the perfectionist idealized love
fairness at all costs constantly beautifies passive aggressive
When a planet is in Libra it...
... becomes more balanced in its expression and shows a tendency to compromise in order to keep the peace.
... can see both sides of any issue.
Quotes by Famous Libra
"We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.”
- Dwight D Eisenhower (Sun, Moon, Mercry in Libra)
"All we are saying is give peace a chance."
- John Lennon (Sun in Libra)
“Don't confuse being stimulating with being blunt."
- Barbara Walters (ASC, Sun,  Mercury, Mars in Libra)

Ruler: ♇ Pluto & ♂ Mars
Element: Water
Modality: Fixed
Polarity: Feminine
Orientation: Social
Rules: Reproductive organs
Symbol: Scorpion
Motto: "I desire."
Opposite Sign: ♉ Taurus
Scorpio Traits & Keywords
intensity deepest emotions in the zodiac suspicious
defensive the urge to merge with another secretive
probing of the psyche an interest in what's hidden uncanny perceptions & instincts
jealousy emotionally committs great will-power
power & control compassion regeneration
rebirth transformation sex
deep truths the detective "x-ray vision"
lures & attracts magnetic depth & undercurrents
When a planet is in Scorpio it...
... becomes more intense and perceptive.
... becomes a instrument for change and transformation.
Quotes by Famous Scorpios
"Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”
- Pablo Picasso (Sun & Mercury in Scorpio)
"I would say what scares me is that I'm going to ultimately find out at the end of my life that I'm really not lovable, that I'm not worthy of being loved. That there's something fundamentally wrong with me."
- Demi Moore (Sun, Venus, Mercury, & Neptune in Scorpio)
“I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught."
- Georgia O'Keeffe (ASC, Sun, Moon, Mercury, & Jupiter in Scorpio)
“I'm a good girl because I really believe in love, integrity, and respect. I'm a bad girl because I like to tease. "
- Katy Perry (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn, & Pluto in Scorpio)

Ruler: ♃ Jupiter
Element: Fire
Modality: Mutable
Polarity: Masculine
Orientation: Universal
Rules: Hips & Thighs
Symbol: The Archer / Centaur
Motto: "I understand."
Opposite Sign:  ♊ Gemini
Sagittarius Traits & Keywords
enthusiasm optimism future-oriented
the adventurer passion & love for life the big picture
a fear of limitations candid, frank, & blunt philosophical
tendency to over-do wisdom benevolence
spontaneous a constant search for meaning buoyant & spirited
far-reaching utterly authentic needs space to roam
unwavering faith in life mental & physical exploration devotion to the truth
When a planet is in Sagittarius it...
... expresses its energy in an open, warm, and spontaneous way.
... becomes more zealous and direct.
Quotes by Famous Sagittarius
"I've always been very determined, ever since I was a little girl, to make my way."
- Scarlett Johansson (ASC, Sun, Uranus, & Pluto in Sagittarius)
"It's good to be able to laugh at yourself and the problems you face in life. Sense of humor can save you."
- Margaret Cho (ASC & Sun in Sagittarius)
“Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.”
- Ludwig Van Beethoven (Sun, Moon, & Mercury in Sagittarius)
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”
- Jimi Hendrix (ASC & Sun in Sagittarius)
“I like learning new stuff, and continuing to educate myself as best I can.”
- Dominic Monaghan (Sun, Mars, & Neptune in Sagittarius)

Ruler: ♄ Saturn
Element: Earth
Modality: Cardinal
Polarity: Feminine
Orientation: Universal
Rules: Skeleton & knees
Symbol: Goat
Motto: "I use."
Opposite Sign:  ♋ Cancer
Capricorn Traits & Keywords
mastery purpose integrity
tradition & structure achievement status
subtlety boundaries respect for  authority
hardest working sign serious maturity
self-control rigidity fatherly
constant awareness of time caution & realism investments
willingly endures hardship difficulty relinquishing control conservative
When a planet is in Capricorn it...
... becomes more focused, practical, and ambitious.
... becomes serious in its expression and more self-reliant.
Quotes by Famous Capricorns
"You can't expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding."
- Zooey Deschanel (ASC, Sun, Moon, & Mercury in Capricorn)
“Work cures everything.”
- Henri Matisse (Sun, Mercury, & Mars in Capricorn.)
“The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.”
- Woodrow Wilson (IC, Sun, Moon, & Mercury in Capricorn)
“I don't ever want to be a sentimentalist. I prefer to be a realist. I'm not a romantic really.”
- James Earl Jones (ASC, Sun, Moon, Mercury, & Saturn in Capricorn)

Ruler: ♅ Uranus + ♄ Saturn
Element: Air
Modality: Fixed
Polarity: Masculine
Orientation Universal
Rules: Ankles
Symbol: The water-bearer
Motto: "I know."
Opposite Sign:  ♌ Leo
Aquarius Traits & Keywords
freedom progression ahead of its time
reasoned logic humility & modesty compassion for all of humanity
impartial & unbiased the rebel the needs of the group
the most rational sign the genius exceptionally tolerant
idealistic brotherhood friendship
social welfare altruism independence
unconventional reformation forward-looking
basic human rights fanaticism science, invention, technology
When a planet is in Aquarius it...
... expresses  its energy in a dispassionate, thoughtful, and independent way.
... becomes focused on group dynamics rather than the individuals.
Quotes by Famous Aquarians
"I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free."
- Rosa Parks (Sun, Moon, Mercury, & Uranus in Aquarius)
"We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It's overrun with sheep and conformists."
- Bill Maher (Sun & Mercury in Aquarius)
“What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people's lives."
- Oprah Winfrey (Sun, Mercury, & Venus in Aquarius)

Ruler: ♆ Neptune + ♃ Jupiter
Element: Water
Modality:  Fixed
Polarity: Feminine
Orientation: Universal
Rules: Feet & Lymphatic system
Symbol: Fish
Motto: "I believe."
Opposite Sign:  ♍ Virgo
Pisces Traits & Keywords
self-redemption devotion the unconscious
sacrifice a very private soul passivity
fantasy & imagination the incurable romantic artistic creativity
the martyr psychic compassion
the chameleon natural actor glamour
dilution dreams inconsistency
nebulous self-undoing "to serve or to suffer"
the mystic evasion distortion
When a planet is in Pisces it...
... expresses its energy in an indirect way.
... becomes weakened and less distinct.
Quotes by Famous Pisces
"Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions."
- Edgar Cayce (Sun, Venus, Mercury, & Saturn in Pisces)
"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."
- Albert Einstein (MC & Sun in Pisces)
“The beast in me is caged by frail and fragile bars."
- Johnny Cash (ASC, Sun, Mercury, & Mars in Pisces)

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