Crash Course on the Zodiac

Astrology (noun) – the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects

As long as humans have walked underneath the sky, they have looked to the stars and theorized about deeper meanings behind them. While this practice is in no way new, astrology has experienced a massive surge in popularity in recent years, and especially popular is the study of “Zodiac signs”. The twelve Zodiac signs each respectively relate to a certain constellation that appears in the night sky during specific times of the year. Every person on Earth is born underneath one of these constellations, which supposedly determines certain aspects of their personality. This simple theory has led to thousands, if not millions, of believers in the predictive ability of the Zodiac.

In order to properly determine your own astrological birth chart, you need the date, time, and location of your birth. This information will help you determine what is called your big three: your sun sign, moon sign, and ascendant sign. A sun sign is what most people think of when they think of the Zodiac. It is determined by the position the Earth is in its orbit of the sun, or more simply, your birthdate. This sign is supposed to represent individual characteristics about someone and their most likely path in life. This means that it is possible to use your sun sign to learn your own strengths and weaknesses, either now or later in life. A moon sign uses the position of the moon relative to your birth location in order to determine your deep emotional identity. This means that this sign can theoretically determine your true personality that never comes out around the majority of other people. Inversely, an ascendant sign can determine the traits that people can see in you when they first meet you. An ascendant sign (also known as a rising sign) can give a person insight on how they are perceived on a surface level, and is found using the time of birth. These signs can also be found more simply through the use of online websites such as or

There are twelve Zodiac signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Dates of Birth: March 21 – April 19
Symbol: The Ram
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Thomas Jefferson, Clyde Barrow, Robert Downey Jr.
An Aries sign represents great bravery, and prefers even a reckless amount of ambition. The people with an Aries sign are not known to back down.

Dates of Birth: April 20 – May 20
Symbol: The Bull
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Queen Elizabeth II, Ulysses S. Grant, Stevie Wonder
A Taurus sign represents large amounts of knowledge in several diverse fields. Those with this sign are very knowledgeable both in a traditional sense and in their personal relationships.

Dates of Birth: May 21 – June 20
Symbol: The Twins
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: John F. Kennedy, Paul McCartney, Tupac Shakur
Those with a Gemini sign are known to change themselves depending on the situation they are in. They are great communicators, who relate easily with those around them.

Dates of Birth: June 21 – July 22
Symbol: The Crab
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Henry VIII, Alexander the Great, Malala Yousafzai
Those with a Cancer sign are very emotionally intuitive. Their insight allows them to determine people’s true intentions from miles away.

Dates of Birth: July 23 – August 22
Symbol: The Lion
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Barack Obama, Amelia Earhart, Usain Bolt
People with a Leo sign are known to be extraordinarily bold and courageous. They know their strengths and are not afraid to show them with pride.

Dates of Birth: August 23 – September 22
Symbol: The Virgin
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Freddie Mercury, Mother Teresa, King Louis XIV
A Virgo sign represents sophistication and intelligence. People with this sign are able to give great advice in almost any situation.

Dates of Birth: September 23 – October 22
Symbol: The Scales
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi, Will Smith
A Libra sign represents harmony. The people with this sign often put others’ needs before their own, and excels at finding compromises.

Dates of Birth: October 23 – November 21
Symbol: The Scorpion
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Gates, Weird Al Yankovic
Those with a Scorpio sign are fiercely independent. They are unafraid of what other people may think of them and blaze trails wherever they go.

Dates of Birth: November 22 – December 21
Symbol: The Archer
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Mark Twain, Walt Disney, Billie Eilish
While they are friendly and generous, people with a Sagittarius sign are also honest to a fault. While they have strong personalities, they are natural born leaders who attract others to them.

Dates of Birth: December 22 – January 19
Symbol: The Goat
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Joan of Arc, Muhammad Ali, Stan Lee, Eli Metoyer
Whatever they put their mind to, people with a Capricorn sign are able to achieve it. When presented with a challenge, they will always prove themselves as smart and hard-working.

Dates of Birth: January 20 – February 18
Symbol: The Water Bearer
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Rosa Parks, James Dean, Galileo Galilei
An Aquarius sign represents the epitome of creativity. They are truly unique in not only artistic fields but also political, scientific, and philosophical fields.

Dates of Birth: February 19 – March 20
Symbol: The Fishes
Famous Figures With This Sun Sign: Steve Jobs, George Washington, Steve Irwin
People with a Pisces sign are total empaths. They feel emotions very strongly and are able to judge situations both quickly and accurately.