Astrology 101: The Western Zodiac Signs

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Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Today, we’ve got the first in our two-part astrology series! We’ve talked a bit about astrology on the blog before, and now for the next couple Fridays, we’re going to get into what all the fuss is about and why, for centuries, we’ve looked to the stars for answers.

And first: the basics! Figure out your Western zodiac sign below (if you don’t already know it), do any extra research you’d like, and we’ll meet you back here next week for even more star magic!


The Air Signs

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First things first, there are 12 signs in the Western zodiac, broken down into four elemental categories: air, earth, fire, and water. Air signs are known for their communication skills and ability to build relationships as well as abstract reasoning. They’re analytical, friendly, and love intellectual discussions, social gatherings, and giving advice. Air signs can, however, be a bit superficial and can become cold if they don’t get their way.


Aquarius, The Water-Bearer

  • Birth date range: January 20 through February 18
  • Ruling planets: Uranus, Saturn
  • Lucky numbers: 4, 7, 11, 22, 29
  • Colors: light blue, silver
  • Compatible signs: Leo, Sagittarius
  • Strengths: progressive, original, independent, humanitarian
  • Weaknesses: suppresses emotions, temperamental, uncompromising

Gemini, The Twins

  • Birth date range: May 21 through June 20
  • Ruling planet: Mercury
  • Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 14, 23
  • Colors: light green, yellow
  • Compatible signs: Sagittarius, Aquarius
  • Strengths: gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable
  • Weaknesses: nervous, inconsistent, indecisive

Libra, The Scales

  • Birth date range: September 23 through October 22
  • Ruling planet: Venus
  • Lucky numbers: 4, 6, 13, 15, 24
  • Colors: pink, green
  • Compatible signs: Aries, Sagittarius
  • Strengths: cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social
  • Weaknesses: indecisive, avoids confrontation, tends toward carrying grudges and self-pity


The Earth Signs

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The earth signs are the grounded ones of the zodiac, the most conservative and realistic of us all, but they can also be very emotional. Earth signs are very connected to our material reality and are known to stick by people through hard times. They’re practical, loyal, and stable, but can also become stuck in the mundane, becoming workaholics or hoarders and giving into petty behavior.


Taurus, The Bull

  • Birth date range: April 20 through May 20
  • Ruling planet: Venus
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 6, 9, 12, 24
  • Colors: green, pink
  • Compatible signs: Scorpio, Cancer
  • Strengths: reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable
  • Weaknesses: stubborn, possessive, uncompromising

Virgo, The Virgin

  • Birth date range: August 23 through September 22
  • Ruling planet: Mercury
  • Lucky numbers: 5, 14, 15, 23, 32
  • Colors: gray, beige, pale yellow
  • Compatible signs: Pisces, Cancer
  • Strengths: loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical
  • Weaknesses: shyness, worry, self-criticism, workaholic

Capricorn, The Mountain Sea-Goat

  • Birth date range: December 22 through January 19
  • Ruling planet: Saturn
  • Lucky numbers: 4, 8, 13, 22
  • Colors: brown, black
  • Compatible signs: Taurus, Cancer
  • Strengths: responsible, disciplined, self-control, good management
  • Weaknesses: know-it-all, unforgiving, condescending, pessimistic


The Fire Signs

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Fire signs are the passion players in the Western zodiac! Passionate and dynamic, fire signs can get angry quickly but they’re just as quick to forgive. They’re full of adventure and are generally physically strong and a source of inspiration for others. Intelligent, self-aware, and creative, fire signs are always ready for action.


Aries, The Ram

  • Birth date range: March 21 through April 19
  • Ruling planet: Mars
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 8, 17
  • Color: red
  • Compatible signs: Libra, Leo
  • Strengths: courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate
  • Weaknesses: impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive, aggressive

Leo, The Lion

  • Birth date range: July 23 through August 22
  • Ruling planet: the sun
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 10, 19
  • Colors: gold, yellow, orange
  • Compatible signs: Aquarius, Gemini
  • Strengths: creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous
  • Weaknesses: arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible

Sagittarius, The Archer

  • Birth date range: November 22 through December 21
  • Ruling planet: Jupiter
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 7, 9, 12, 21
  • Color: blue
  • Compatible signs: Gemini, Aries
  • Strengths: generous, idealistic, great sense of humor
  • Weaknesses: overpromises and under-delivers, impatient, can be undiplomatic


The Water Signs

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And last but not least are the water signs, the sensitive and emotional ones. Water signs are highly intuitive but mysterious. They love profound conversations and intimacy and will rarely do anything openly. They’re very supportive of loved ones but can often be more impulsive than logical.

Pisces, The Fish

  • Birth date range: February 19 through March 20
  • Ruling planets: Neptune, Jupiter
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24
  • Colors: mauve, lilac, purple, violet, sea-green
  • Compatible signs: Virgo, Taurus
  • Strengths: compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical
  • Weaknesses: fearful, overly trusting, sad, self-victimization or martyrdom

Cancer, The Crab

  • Birth date range: June 21 through July 22
  • Ruling planet: the moon
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 15, 20
  • Color: white
  • Compatible signs: Capricorn, Taurus
  • Strengths: tenacious, imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive
  • Weaknesses: moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure

Scorpio, The Scorpion

  • Birth date range: October 23 through November 21
  • Ruling planets: Pluto, Mars
  • Lucky numbers: 8, 11, 18, 22
  • Colors: scarlet, red, rust
  • Compatible signs: Taurus, Cancer
  • Strengths: resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, a true friend
  • Weaknesses: distrusting, jealous, secretive, violent


So now that you know your sign, be sure to tune back into HealingRadius next Friday for the second in our two-part astrology series!

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