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I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. – Arthur C. Clarke
Though I’m not an astrologer, I think it’s important to have a basic understanding of all Zodiac Signs – their personality, traits, and characteristics.
The path to self-awareness as well as spiritual awakening will be a much easier one once you understand how everyone’s emotions, thoughts, and actions are directly related to the traits of their Zodiac Sign.
There are a number of different Astrology & Zodiac Signs ‘systems’. Below, click to read about your Zodiac Sign (aka Astrology, Horoscope, & Star Signs) in Western & Chinese Astrology. And tickle your funny bone with funny Chinese Zodiac Signs!
Learn which Zodiac Signs make a compatible love match (or not). Have kids? Get insight into their personality, traits, and characteristics.
Visit my sister site WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com for in-depth descriptions of the Native American Zodiac!
Also, scroll down to read more about how astrology ‘works’!
What is Astrology
What’s your sign, baby?
OK, it’s a terrible pick up line and worse opener for an article about zodiac signs and the inner workings of astrology but, hey, we’re children of the 70’s and it still makes us chuckle.
However, in our own defense, that classic example of social cheese still makes all kinds of Top 10 lists for pick up lines (not that we read that kind of tripe, mind you).
Think of all the questions people have about their lives! It’s not just about who will be the best partner in bed or life, but other issues like jobs, housing, hobbies and whether those “lucky lottery numbers” are REALLY lucky.
No matter the culture, Astrology endeavors to provide guidance on those questions using the patterns of the Zodiac as a starting point. An unknown author once said that, “the signs of the zodiac are karmic patterns; the planets are the looms; the will is the weaver”. In mystical and metaphysical circles that description is pretty spot on.
Astrologers over the ages assigned each Zodiac Sign with specific characteristics, both positive and negative. The idea being that the time frame of one’s birth somehow influences your fate and personality.
This is very similar to the explanation of a Life Path Number in Numerology or Animal Guides in Native American or Celtic beliefs. And the more you read about these symbols and their meanings the more you see the connections between them. It’s really quite staggering.
Is Astrology ‘Real’
Let’s consider the term Astrology. It basically comes from two terms that mean “star logic.” Mind you, modern skeptics would scoff mightily at the thought of stars’ movement influencing a person’s fate, let alone how well the toast came out that morning (and whether it landed butter side down). Nonetheless, this system has been around for thousands of years and the ancients relied on it for a great deal.
The Birth of Christ was foretold by Astrology, or so we think. Purportedly the three wise men spoken of were Magi, priests of Zoroaster (whose name, by some ruthless act of fate, means keeper of old goats). In any case these priests used Astrology to measure time, denote seasons and significant events. This is just one example from history that illustrates Astrology’s impact on our ancestors.
Combine that with the weight given to Astrology as a predictive device in numerous cultures and you have a lot of precedence for pondering the Zodiac Sign symbols and meanings provided by various systems.
We believe Astrology is an effective life and soul management tool.
How does Astrology ‘Work’?
As your life unfolds, the planetary influences make themselves known in various ways. Perhaps it’s a necessary lesson for your soul’s progression. Perhaps it’s a pattern that you need to break or develop for greater success. Perhaps it’s moving you toward a hot lover or life mate (if you’re lucky you get both!)
Astrology provides us an important link to our past and our future (the stars will be here long after our spirit flies to another incarnation). It teaches us about the human condition from the eyes of many eras and cultures. It cannot, and does not, say THIS WILL HAPPEN. Rather it explores potentialities.
This means you’re not “stuck” with whatever bad stuff your chart indicates. This art does not play judge and jury; it has no bias. It simply gives us a glimpse into our personal tools and how we might use them effectively for self-actualization mundanely and spiritually.
We are still people with free will. Just like you can draw a box then erase a line and make it into a triangle, you still hold the correction fluid for your life firmly in hand.
Now, we don’t really advise grabbing the daily paper or the little point-of-purchase books at the supermarket. Astrologers will tell you that there is quite a bit involved in creating a chart for a person.
Every planet’s position at the time of your birth adjusts the predictions in your chart. Think of this like a giant loom. If you pull a thread in one spot, it affects another. The planets are like that. The moon phases and the sun also count into the equation.
Speaking of the moon – how often have you said, “it must be a full moon”? Most people accept the Moon’s mischief in human behavior and events without thinking twice about it – and that, dear readers, is Astrology at its foundation!
Effectively Astrology connects the motions of the heavens with the events on earth (as above, so below). As human souls appear in the Universe’s tapestry things shift – Karma and fate play their hand and then time marches on to its own tune.
Western Astrology & Zodiac Signs
Western Astrology is perhaps the most widely known system. The roots of this method go back over 5,000 years. However, it was around the 1700s when it became more popularly used as a divination tool to predict everything from the outcome of a sports event to a person’s love life.
Since Astrology can be used to discover information in very specific and targeted ways, we’ve included detailed Western Astrology, Horoscope and Zodiac descriptions for the following types of Zodiac Signs and Astrology systems…
Chinese Astrology & Zodiac Signs
Chinese Astrology and the Chinese Zodiac system is founded on the idea that a person’s personality and fate are heavily influenced by the moon, stars, sun and even comets at the exact time of a person’s birth.
The ancient Chinese astrologers observed the movement of Jupiter and created a twelve point system that spans 12 years. Each annual sign has an associated animal including the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
See our Chinese Zodiac Calendar to discover what your Chinese Zodiac Sign is.
All of these Zodiac Signs also have elemental correspondences depending on the birth year so be sure to check which elemental type of Chinese Zodiac Sign influences your personality and characteristics.
Are you in love? Learn how each Zodiac Sign communicates as well as what your lover wants in a relationship and in bed! What Zodiac Signs make the best soulmate couples? Which are twin flames? Who will never make it past lunch? Plus, learn more about yourself! How do you love based on your Zodiac Sign? Read all about Zodiac Compatibility!
Native American Zodiac Signs & Astrology
Native American Zodiac bears some similarity to the Chinese in the use of animal symbols.
The monthly emblems are Goose, Beaver, Bear, Otter, Elk, Raven, Wolf, Woodpecker, Snake, Hawk, Salmon and Otter.
Each birth animal spirit also has corresponding elements, wind direction, mineral, plant, color, personality, emotion, intention, goals and overall life aptitude just to name a few.
If we use Goose as an example, we discover that it blends the Air element with the Earth, its mineral is peridot, plant – the blackberry, color – white and its life talent is adaptation. If you were born December 22 – January 19, you are a goose.
On my sister-site, WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com, you can discover your Native American Zodiac Sign & Birth Totem.
Zodiac Signs for Kids
Get parenting tips based on your child’s Zodiac Sign! Learn the best ways to communicate with your baby, toddler, tween, teen, and young adult. Gain insights into your child’s behavior. Why do some kids seem to follow the rules while others are rebels with no cause? Why are some kids homebodies and others great adventurers? Their Zodiac Sign has much to do with who your child truly is! Click to read all about Zodiac Signs for Kids!
Aztec/Mayan Astrology & Zodiac Signs
Aztec Astrology has animals, objects and natural events that relate to the time of your birth. These items also have a Divine ruler who influences those born in each month and a governing planet.
The Zodiac Signs are Crocodile, Wind, House, Snake, Death, Stag, Rabbit, Water, Dog, Monkey, Grass, Reed, Jaguar, Eagle, Earthquake, Silex, Rain and Flower.
We’re working on a full Aztec/Mayan Astrology & Zodiac section so keep checking back to get astrological insights from our Mayan and Aztec ancestors!