What are the 12 signs of the zodiac?

The 12 signs of the Zodiac are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. People believe that different sun signs of the zodiac present different characteristics and talents.

Twelve Signs of the Zodiac or Western Astrology

Western Astrology SignsBirth TimePersonality Traits
AriesMarch 21 -April 19Energetic, candid and willful
TaurusApril 20 – May 20Reliable, diligent and conservative
GeminiMay 21 – June 21Quick-witted, capricious and cheerful
CancerJune 22 – July 22Considerate, imaginative and sensitive
LeoJuly 23 – August 22Enthusiastic, proud and arrogant
Virgo August 23 – September 22Elegant, perfectionist and picky
LibraSeptember 23 – October 23Equitable, charming and hesitant
ScorpioOctober 24 – November 22Insightful, mysterious and suspicious
SagittariusNovember 23 – December 21Unconstrained, lively and rash
CapricornDecember 22 – January 19Perseverant, practical and lonely
AquariusJanuary 20 – February 18Smart, liberalistic and changeful
PiscesFebruary 19 – March 20Romantic, kind and sentimental
12 Zodiac Signs

Origin of Zodiac or Vedic Astrology

According to natural distribution, stars are divided into many regions of different sizes, each called a constellation. Connecting all bright stars in a constellation with lines, different images in the shape of animals and objects are formed. People named each constellation according to its shape. The International Astronomical Union divided the sky into 88 constellations with precise boundaries, making every star belonging to a particular constellation.

Seen from Earth, the sun moves slowly in the Celestial Sphere and passes through constellations, forming a large circle for a year. This circle is called Ecliptic. The Ecliptic is divided into twelve equal portions (each equivalent to 30 degrees); each portion was named after the closest constellation. All these twelve portions were called Ecliptic Constellations, according to which western horoscope theories developed.

The astrologists divide a year into 12 periods, during each period the sun being in a constellation area. So everyone has a corresponding Zodiacal sign according to the period his / her birthday lies in. The 12 signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. People believe that different sun signs of the zodiac present different characteristics and talents.

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