Western Zodiac Signs. All The Elements In A Nutshell

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The western zodiac signs relate to twelve equal segments of the sky in an ecliptic path the Sun follows over the course of a year. In a nutshell here are the names, elements, qualities, ruling planets, and birthdays that go with each.

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According to astrology, celestial phenomena in the zodiac reflect or govern human activity, so that the twelve signs are held to represent twelve basic personality types. As the Earth revolves around the Sun, a different part of the sky becomes visible each month, thus a different one of these 12 constellations can be seen above the horizon.

The Elements Of Western Zodiac Signs In A Nutshell

It is the the visible constellation at the time of your birth that represents your birth sign. There are also Sun signs and Moon signs, both of which depend on your date of birth. The position of the Sun is considered within one of the twelve zodiac signs depending on the month of birth. This sign is then called your sun sign or star sign of the month you were born.

The position of the Moon is also considered. The moon is associated with your emotional make-up, unconscious habits, rhythms, memories and moods. It is also associated with the mother, maternal instincts or the urge to nurture, the home, and the past. Each of the western zodiac signs has certain characteristics; but they are categorized in several ways.

Western Zodiac Signs

What Are Zodiac Signs Grouped By?

Fire Signs

  • Aries
  • Leo
  • Sagittarius

These fire signs are associated with action, enthusiasm and leadership, as well as an openness to change.

Water Signs

  • Cancer
  • Scorpio
  • Pisces

The water signs embody emotion, sensitivity and compassion.

Earth Signs

  • Taurus
  • Virgo
  • Capricorn

The  earth signs symbolize practicality and a focus on material goals.

Air Signs

  • Gemini
  • Libra
  • Aquarius

And the air signs are the signs of the intellect.

What Qualities Are Western Zodiac Signs Grouped By?

Three qualities assign the western zodiac signs into three groups of four. They are occasionally referred to as crosses because each quality forms a cross when drawn across the zodiac.

Cardinal Signs

  1. Aries - (Spring)
  2. Cancer - (Summer)
  3. Libra - (Autumn)
  4. Capricorn - (Winter)

If you are a Cardinal sign your job is to initiate the season. You are the leader which brings forth that season. Cardinal signs are pioneering and enterprising.

Fixed Signs

  1. Taurus - (Spring)
  2. Leo - (Summer)
  3. Scorpio - (Autumn)
  4. Aquarius - (Winter)

If you are a Fixed sign, you are the second month in that season and it is your job to maintain that season. Fixed signs concentrate energy and solidify ideas.

Mutable Signs

  1. Gemini - (Late spring)
  2. Virgo - (Late summer)
  3. Sagittarius - (Late autumn)
  4. Pisces - (Late winter)

If you are a Mutable sign, your sign is the third (and final) month within each season. The role for these signs is to prepare for the transition to the next season. Their traits are communication, flexibility, and destruction.

Putting the names, elements, qualities, ruling planets, and birthdays for each of the western zodiac signs together in a nutshell gives you:  


Capricorn is the Sea Goat with the element of Earth, the cardinal quality, a negative polarity, the planet is Saturn and the birth dates are December 23 - January 20 

The bigger picture for the Capricorn Horoscope Junkie


Aquarius is the Water Carrier with the element of Air, the fixed quality, a positive polarity, the planet is Saturn and the birth dates are January 21 - February 19

The bigger picture for the Aquarius Horoscope Junkie


Pisces is the Fish with the element of Water, the mutable quality, a negative polarity, the planet is Neptune and the birth dates are February 20 - March 20

The bigger picture for the Pisces Horoscope Junkie


Aries is the Ram with the element of Fire, the cardinal quality, a positive polarity, the planet is Mars and the birth dates are March 21 - April 20

The bigger picture for the Aries Horoscope Junkie


Taurus is the Bull with the element of Earth, the fixed quality, a negative polarity, the planet is Venus and the birth dates are April 21 - May 21

The bigger picture for the Taurus Horoscope Junkie


Gemini is the Twins with the element of Air, the mutable quality, a positive polarity, the planet is Mercury and the birth dates are May 22 - June 21

The bigger picture for the Gemini Horoscope Junkie


Cancer is the Crab with the element of Water, the cardinal quality, a negative polarity, the planet is Moon and the birth dates are June 22 - July 22

The bigger picture for the Cancer Horoscope Junkie


Leo is the Lion with the element of Fire, the fixed quality, a positive polarity, the planet is Sun and the birth dates are July 23 - August 21

The bigger picture for the Leo Horoscope Junkie


Virgo is the Virgin with the element of Earth, the mutable quality, a negative polarity, the planet is Mercury and the birth dates are August 22 - September 23

The bigger picture for the Virgo Horoscope Junkie


Libra is the Scales with the element of Air, the cardinal quality, a positive polarity, the planet is Venus and the birth dates are September 24 - October 23

The bigger picture for the Libra Horoscope Junkie


Scorpio is the Scorpion with the element of Water, the fixed quality, a negative polarity, the planet is Pluto and the birth dates are October 24 - November 22

The bigger picture for the Scorpio Horoscope Junkie


Sagittarius is the Archer with the element of Fire, the mutable quality, a positive polarity, the planet is Jupiter and the birth dates are November 23 - December 22

The bigger picture for the Sagittarius Horoscope Junkie


Cusps Of Western Zodiac Signs

What if you were born on the cusp?

If you were born at the time when the sun leaves one sign and enters another it is said that you were born on a cusp. When that is the case, you will benefit from reading your own star sign and the sign that ends or begins adjacent to your date of birth. As an example: if your birth date is June 21, your star sign is Gemini, but you also have some Cancer traits as well. 

What are the cusps of the zodiac?

In a nutshell - here are the dates for all cusps of the western zodiac signs.

  • The Capricorn-Aquarius Cusp is January 19 to January 20
  • The Aquarius-Pisces Cusp is February 18 to February 19
  • The Pisces-Aries Cusp is March 21 to March 22
  • The Aries-Taurus Cusp is April 19 to April 20
  • The Taurus-Gemini Cusp is May 20 to May 21
  • Gemini-Cancer Cusp is June 20 to June 21
  • Cancer-Leo Cusp is July 22 To July 23
  • Leo-Virgo Cusp is August 22 to August 23
  • Virgo-Libra Cusp is September 22 to September 23
  • Libra-Scorpio Cusp is October 22 To October 23
  • Scorpio-Sagittarius Cusp is November 21 to November 22
  • Sagittarius-Capricorn Cusp is December 21 to December 22

As a long time psychic and clairvoyant I have these observations to make about using horoscope predictions gleaned from the western zodiac signs.

  • First and foremost - you have free will! - That is a Universal Law. The guide lines - and that is what your horoscope is - are showing you what life lessons are currently there for you to learn. Of course if you do not learn your life lessons as they present, than you are doomed to have to repeat them until they are learnt. In my humble opinion, your life is not predestined, however you do have certain life lessons to learn or fulfil, regardless of which life path you choose. In other words - your horoscope does not determine your fate! The function of the cycles of your star signs is not to rule your life but to reveal your path and your life lessons to you.

Author - Richi Who


The Late: Richi Who

I first met 'Richi Who' (AKA Richard Philippe) in 1986 when I had moved to Magnetic Island in Queensland. Richi was leading a mystical, monkish, life at the time. He was living alone while caretaking the solitary house at Arthur Bay for its owner, the late, Sid Ward.

Richi became an integral part of my own spiritual initiation and was to become my psychic guide. His late-night mystic sessions on Arthur Bay filled my life with wonder while opening doors to other worlds.  

Richi later became the first psychic reader I retained at my Ancient Wisdom Center and we stayed friends ever since.  Sadly Richi Who passed away in 2013 while on holiday in Europe.

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