Signs of the zodiac

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SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC What zone of the zodiac was the sun in when you were born? For centuries people have studied the effect of the sun and other celestial bodies in shaping the personalities of individuals. Many people believe that it is possible to achieve a better understanding of individuals by knowing what sign of the zodiac they were born under.

Aquarius the Water Bearer (January 21 to February 19) Aquarians are always analysing situations, friends, and strangers. This sun sign is known as the sign of genius. Aquarians are inclined to be scientific, unpredictable, honest, and usually cheerful.

Aries the Ram (March 21 to April 20) Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. It represents birth. People born under the sign of the ram are very frank and honest. They are likely to be strong, tough, and optimistic. Aries people are inclined to go right to the point, even if it means being blunt.

Cancer the Crab (June 22 to July 23) The Cancerian has many moods and changing emotions. The life-of-the-party will be a Cancer-with a keen sense of humour. Sensitive feelings and crankiness are also characteristic. You'll often find the Cancerian on the water-swimming, water-skiing, etc.

Capricorn the Goat (December 22 to January 20) The goat is a climber, striving to get to the top. A quietly ambitious person, the average Capricorn can look and act quite harmless but can be very tough. A good mind and reasoning ability often mark the Capricorn.

Gemini the Twins (May 22 to June 21) Eagerness and energy mark the Gemini. Geminians are clever, quick-witted, and charming, but they lack persistence and patience. A Gemini is very good at disguising true motives. Many people born under this sign are found in occupations relating to the communications field.

Leo the Lion (July 24 to August 23) Leo is a natural leader and loves to give free advice. A Leo will give money to almost anybody. The lion's roar is often not indicative of his true feelings. Leo is a fiercely loyal friend.

Libra the Scales (September 24 to October 23) The Libran's goal in life is to achieve harmony-the balancing of the scales. The Libran character is a curious mixture of kindness, gentleness, fairness, stubbornness, logic and indecision. Most Librans have a good ability to concentrate, and they generally like books.

Pisces the Fish (February 20 to March 20) Very few of the people born under the Pisces sign can stand being confined for long in one place. Pisces people are charming and have a relaxed nature. They are very kind and sympathetic and cannot stand to see others suffer. While Aries represents birth in the zodiac, Pisces represents death and eternity. The fish is the twelfth sign, a composite of all others.

Sagittarius the Archer (November 23 to December 21) Sagittarians are known for their direct honesty and disregard for conventional behaviour. The archer loves animals. The typical Sagittarian is attracted to danger-in sports, occupation, or hobby. Freedom and independence are valued highly. The archer also tends to have a violent temper.

Scorpio the Scorpion (October 24 to November 22) Scorpio is the only sign with 3 symbols: the scorpion, the serpent, and the eagle. Scorpions have total command of themselves and their emotions. They are able to size up situations at a glance. A Scorpion is intensely loyal to friends and never forgets a gift or a kindness.

Taurus the Bull (April 21 to May 21) The Taurean is solid and practical. It is difficult to change the Taurean's mind once it has been set. Worrying or fretting isn't part of the bull's nature. The average Taurean is healthy, with a strong constitution, and has an excellent appetite.

Virgo the Virgin (August 24 to September 23) Worry comes naturally to the Virgo. Virgos are very dependable, sincere, and hard-working. An orderly mind causes the Virgo to form habits which are not easily broken. People born under this sign usually find more satisfaction in serving others than in satisfying their own personal ambitions.

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