Characteristics of Zodiac Signs

Updated January 10, 2019
Astrological chart

Even if a person knows nothing else about astrology, they seem to know the astrological sign of their Sun. The Sun in your astrological birth chart is very important. It's your unique personal center and the energy of the sign it occupies colors every aspect of your life.

Aries - I Am

Aries is symbolized by the Ram. It's the masculine (outgoing), cardinal (initiating), fire (passionate) sign of the zodiac. On the most basic level, Aries is about the development of self and is inextricably connected with the concept of beginnings and charging full speed at life. It is about the physical "you," the excitement of being alive, and the desire to get started with creating something new.

Positive Aries is:

European Mouflon
  • Pioneering
  • Fearless
  • Versatile
  • Passionate
  • Courageous

Negative Aries is:

  • Insensitive to others
  • Difficult to deal with
  • Lacking in follow through
  • Confrontational
  • Inpatient

An Aries Sun gifts you with the energy, enthusiasm, willpower, and ability to make a personal impact.

Taurus - I Have

Taurus is symbolized by the Bull. It's the feminine (receptive), fixed (unmovable), Earth (practical) sign of the zodiac. On the most basic level, a Taurus is about the survival of self and acquiring all the practical resources necessary to ensure that survival. Taurus is concerned with finishing, holding onto, and maintaining whatever is started or acquired. It's the epicurean "you" and your ability to thrive in the material world and enjoy all the richness and pleasures it has to offer.

Positive Taurus is:

Scottish Highland Cattle Bull
  • Dependable
  • Generous
  • Down to earth
  • Patient
  • Persistent

Negative Taurus is:

  • Stubborn
  • Self-Indulgent
  • Materialistic
  • Possessive

A Taurus Sun gifts you with the opportunity for personal stability and prosperity.

Gemini - I Think

Gemini is symbolized by the Twins. It's the masculine (outgoing), mutable (changeable), air (mental) sign of the zodiac. At its most basic, it involves acquiring whatever information is necessary to further the personal impulse "to be." It's Gemini that encourages you to circulate and collect experiences and information that aid you in intellectually defining yourself. Gemini is the curious "you" and your ability to be in touch with who you are on an intellectual level by the mental examination of alternative thoughts and ideas.

Positive Gemini is:

Gemini women
  • Versatile
  • Sociable
  • Open minded
  • Intelligent
  • Witty, lively, and Fun

Negative Gemini is:

  • Scattered
  • Superficial
  • Inconsistent
  • Gossipy
  • Two-faced

A Gemini Sun gifts you with the ability to process experience and information mentally and give it personal meaning.

Cancer - I Feel

Cancer is symbolized by the Crab. It's the feminine (receptive), cardinal (initiating), water (emotional) sign. At its most basic level, it's charged with creating a sense of security for the self through the sensitive attunement to emotions. Cancer is the emotional "you," your sense of belonging and connection to mother, family, culture, and heritage.

Positive Cancer is:

Red claw mud crab
  • Sensitive
  • Protective
  • Supportive
  • Empathetic

Negative Cancer is:

  • Clinging
  • Dependent
  • Suspicious
  • Insecure
  • Moody

A Cancer Sun gifts you with the capacity to deal with others up close and personal on the feeling dimension of human experience.

Leo - I Will

Leo is symbolized by the Lion. It's the masculine (outgoing), fixed (unmovable), fire (passionate) sign of the zodiac. At its most basic level, Leo represents the individual human shining in its own glory and becoming intensely self-aware and self-conscious. Leo is the loving "you." It's your capacity to love yourself and share that love with others.

Positive Leo is:

Lion on a rock
  • Generous
  • Determined
  • Confident
  • Loyal
  • Magnanimous

Negative Leo is:

  • Arrogant
  • Selfish
  • Intolerant
  • Pretentious
  • Authoritarian

A Leo Sun gifts you with the motivation to shine and dramatically express your talents and specialness to others.

Virgo - I Analyze

Virgo is symbolized by the Virgin. It's the feminine (receptive), mutable (changeable), Earth (practical) sign of the zodiac. At its most basic, Virgo is about the sacredness of the human experience and becoming an expert technician of the earthly skills you've chosen to master. It's the humble doer "you" that enables you to cope skillfully with and organize your mundane life, point out errors, fix situations and things, and be of service to others.

Positive Virgo is:

Illustration of Virgo
  • Precise
  • Discriminating
  • Dutiful
  • Healthy
  • Service-oriented

Negative Virgo is:

  • Critical
  • Self-effacing
  • Nitpicky
  • Fault finding
  • Judgmental

A Virgo Sun gifts you with efficiency and precision in action and thought.

Libra - I Balance

Libra is symbolized by the Scales. It's the masculine (outgoing), cardinal (initiating), air (mental) sign of the zodiac. At its most basic, Libra is about the creation of beauty, social harmony, and the expression of fairness. Libra is the charming, aesthetic "you" that is concerned with balance and your ability to judge fairly and have a conscious awareness and consideration of others.

Positive Libra is:

Lady Justice
  • Cooperative
  • Courteous
  • Refined
  • Social
  • Impartial

Negative Libra is:

  • Inconsistent
  • Vain
  • Wavering
  • Flirtatious
  • Indulgent

A Libra Sun gifts you with a set of principles that are expressed through judging outward appearances, behavior, and actions.

Scorpio - I Desire

Scorpio is symbolized by the Scorpion. It's the feminine (receptive), fixed (unmovable), water (emotional) sign of the zodiac. At its most basic level, Scorpio is about knowing what's beyond intellectual understanding. It's the deeply secretive "you" that is charged with investigating the mysteries of life.

Positive Scorpio is:

  • Magnetic
  • Fierce
  • Loyal
  • Resourceful
  • Powerfully perceptive

Negative Scorpio is:

  • Possessive
  • Obsessive
  • Controlling
  • Vengeful
  • Suspicious

A Scorpio Sun gifts you with the ability to move through pain, transform, and rebirth yourself.

Sagittarius - I Aim

Sagittarius is symbolized by the Archer. It's masculine (outgoing), mutable (changeable), fire (passionate) sign of the zodiac. At its most basic, Sagittarius about the endless quest for knowledge. Sagittarius is the joyful "you." It embodies your capacity for optimism, sociability, expansiveness, and hope for the future.

Positive Sagittarius is:

  • Honest
  • Optimistic
  • Adventurous
  • Independent
  • Friendly

Negative Sagittarius is:

  • Reckless
  • Tactless
  • Irresponsible
  • Superficial
  • Overconfident

A Sagittarius Sun gifts you with optimism, philosophical understanding, a restless sense of adventure, and an idealistic faith in the future.

Capricorn - I Use

Capricorn is symbolized by the Goatfish. It's the feminine (receptive), cardinal (initiating), Earth (practical) sign of the zodiac. At its most basic, it's about setting goals and a commitment to excellence. Capricorn embodies your ability to be devoted to duty, fulfill your responsibilities, and ultimately be successful in the material world.

Positive Capricorn is:

Capricorn sea goat
  • Ambitious
  • Wise
  • Disciplined
  • Trustworthy
  • Patient

Negative Capricorn is:

  • Pessimistic
  • Stubborn
  • Self-centered
  • Cynical
  • Detached

A Capricorn Sun gifts you with the ability to live in a world filled with emotions, keep your head above water, and reach heights of achievement and the recognition that comes from years of hard work.

Aquarius - I Know

Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer. It's the masculine (outgoing), fixed (unmovable), air (mental) sign of the zodiac. On the most basic level, Aquarius is the open and forward-thinking mind. It embodies the ability to tap into the collective and share what's learned with the rest of humanity.

Positive Aquarius is:

Woman with Clay Pitcher
  • Intelligent
  • Open-minded
  • Inventive
  • Original
  • Independent

Negative Aquarius is:

  • Unpredictable
  • Aloof
  • Extremist
  • Chaotic
  • Unreasonable

An Aquarius Sun gifts you with the ability to distance yourself and open your mind in a way that gives you a broad and objective view of humanity as a whole.

Pisces - I Believe

Pisces symbolized by the Fishes. It's the feminine (receptive), mutable (changeable), water (emotional) sign of the Zodiac. On the most basic level, it's the sign of universal peace and love. Pisces is about the search for bliss and the belief in something that connects all of life.

Positive Pisces is:

Woman under water
  • Compassionate
  • Understanding
  • Imaginative
  • Selfless

Negative Pisces is:

  • Escapist
  • Weak-willed
  • Over-sensitive
  • Pessimistic

A Pisces Sun gifts you with deep empathy for others and where you struggle and the ability to make many sacrifices in an attempt to connect to something ethereal.

You are More Than Your Sun Sign.

Your horoscope contains much more than just your Sun's sign, there are many facets of "you." In addition to your Sun, your birth chart also contains your Moon and eight planets, as well as the 12 houses, and many other important points and each is associated with an astrological sign. The sign, planet, and house combinations are the most basic statements astrology can make about an individual. If you're curious about how astrology works and would like to play with it a bit, you can get a free detailed birth chart at AstroSeek.

Characteristics of Zodiac Signs