Aries the Ram (March 21 to April 20) is called the first sign of the Zodiac.
We think of the beginning of the year as January, because that’s the start of
the new calendar year. But this is the Zodiac year, remember, and is governed by
matters more celestial than mundane! March 21 is the Spring equinox, which
signifies the beginning of the Zodiac year. And when you think about it, this
makes sense. Spring is the time of renewal and rebirth.
If you are born under this sign, you can tend to have the same traits as a
young ram. Enthusiastic, adventurous, forthright and energetic. You’re
courageous and confident. You could be a little impulsive though, right. Maybe
something of a daredevil. Where the world be though, without daredevils, willing
to strike out and do something completely different. Leonardo da Vinci is one of
the most famous Aries ever born. Think of some other famous Arians, such as
Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Goodall and
Marlon Brando. None of them afraid to break new ground; all of them changed the
world or their chosen fields in some way.
People born under the Aries sign are passionate lovers and intense friends.
They risk driving people away with their intensity and need partners that can
match them without fueling the fire and creating explosive situations.
Arians make good doctors, athletes and explorers. This isn’t to say that
people born under the sign of the Ram are all action, though. They have a
softer, lamb-like side as well and if you’re an Aries, make sure you draw on
this side of yourself as well when dealing with other people. You may have
difficulty in certain jobs, because you’re an idea person and the person to get
things started rather than finish them up. Surround yourself with people who can
supplement these traits and you’re sure to be a success.
Think about characteristics of a Bull other than the well-known phrase
of bull-headed. Taureans (April 21 to May 21) are steadfast, loyal, grounded.
They are stable and balanced. They’re smart without being overly intellectual.
They’re not likely to strike out for the unknown, but will prefer familiar
territory. They’re patient, reliable and loving.
In the workplace, Taureans are good craftspeople, good with their
hands. You can trust a Taurus; they make good managers and foremen. They’re good
in the fields of banking, architecture, farming, medicine or chemistry. These
are fields in which you can be creative, but within a framework of stable
practices and science. Taureans are good workers and not giving to goofing off.
Because they’re not big risk-takers, they can be trusted with the company
finances and are completely reliable and trustworthy.
In the zodiac Great Year, the Age of Taurus took place approximately
4300-2150 BCE which witnessed the rise of Mesopotamian and Egyptian
civilizations. This was the era of the Bronze age in Greece, rise of Minoan and
Mycenaean cultures. This was a period characterized by the growth of
agriculture, and the building of pyramids and megaliths. Bull cults were
prevalent in Assyria, Egypt, Crete.
Famous Taureans have excelled in all walks of life. They include
Socrates, George Lucas, George Carlin, Martha Graham and Margot Fonteyn, Audrey
Hepburn and Jerry Seinfeld.
As a partner or lover, Taureans are faithful and home-loving, patient
parents. Not given to sexual experimentation. Taureans are grounded in
practicality. They’re stable and like harmony. They love pets and the outdoors,
and like biking, hikes and enjoying nature in general.
Every positive characteristic has another side to it, and in the
Taurean, this reliability and steadfastness can manifest itself as jealousy and
obstinacy. Fortunately, they’re also highly intelligent and can soon reason
their way out of the occasional dark mood and depression.
Know any Twins. Then imagine they’re one person and you’ll have an idea of
what makes up the personality of a person born under the sign of Gemini (May 22
– June 21). Geminis can be contradictory, people with dualities to their nature
that can perplex their friends, families and lovers. They love versatility and
change, but can be flighty and mutable to create interest in their lives. They
don’t like routine. Decisionmaking can be difficult for them and they can often
change their minds.
In the Zodiac Great Year, the Age of Gemini occurred from about 6450-4300
BCE. It was a time when writing and accounting systems were developed and humans
were beginning to trade with one another.
Geminis are kind, affectionate and generous, so long as this doesn’t impact
their own lives and comfort systems too much. They have a strong intellect and
love mental challenges. They catch on to new ideas quickly. They have an
analytical side and can see both sides to an issue.
If you’re a Gemini, you have some interesting company in your birth sign.
Some of the famous Geminis include President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe,
Henry Kissinger, Joe Namath and Paul McCartney. Many members of royal families
were born under the sign of Gemini, too. Queen Victoria, King George V and
Prince William, all of England, were or are Geminis.
Boredom is a big issue for Geminis and they can get into trouble looking for
some excitement. But they’re very creative and active and should have outlets
for all this energy like artistic projects or exercise or vigorous sports like
racquetball. Because they’re always looking for new and interesting experiences,
they can tend to overindulge in food or drink or night life and club-hopping.
Geminis need to remember to pace themselves or they could risk burning
themselves out too early in life.
The sign of Cancer (June 22 – July 22) has very little to do with that
prickly crustacean, believe it or not. In fact, it’s hard to pin down exactly
what constitutes the Cancer personality. The ancient Egyptians perceived
Cancer as the sacred scarab. It was a symbol of resurrection and immortality and
they often placed a carving of a scarab in the body where the heart had been, as
part of the mummification process.
Cancers are very imaginative and intuitive. They make great artists and
musicians. They’re not risk takers, and will take the time to contemplate all
sorts of outcomes and probabilities before taking on a new venture. They’re very
sympathetic and protective of those around them. They will help out in whatever
way they can, although not impulsively and will temper their generosity with
calculating all the risks first. They’re emotional and loving, and great family
and pet people.
In the Zodiac Great Year, the Age of Cancer fell between 8600 and 6450 BCE.
It was a time characterized by the worship of mother goddesses. During this
period alcohol fermentation was discovered and people began to use copper.
Cancers make good journalists, writers or politicians because of their
ability to think and judge independently what they’re told. They’re good in
public service, perhaps in social service agencies. Cancers are good providers
because they themselves love comfort and a good life. Cancers can
procrastinate and can upset their families with this trait. They’re not too good
at taking orders, so positions where they’re required to be submissive or
subordinate may not suit them well.
Famous Cancers comprise an interesting mix of accomplishments. They include
the Duke of Windsor and Bob Fosse, Sylvester Stallone, the Dalai Lama, Robin
Williams and Ernest Hemingway.
The best partner for Cancer is Taurus, while the sign with the least
potential for a harmonious relationship with Cancer is Aries.
Leos (July 23 to August 22) are among the kings of the zodiac. They are
generous and warm-hearted, creative, faithful and loving. They can be prideful
and dominant, however. In Greek mythology, Leo was the lion that was killed by
Hercules as the first of his 12 chores. Leos are spontaneous and extroverted.
Like the king of beasts, they like to be in command and make good leaders. They
have strong intelligence and can be philosophical, even religious.
The Age of Leo in the astrological Great Year was between 10750 and 8600 BCE.
It was characterized by the Stone Age, and the first towns (Jericho).
A group of lions is called a pride, and this is a characteristic of the Leo
personality as well, sometimes to its detriment. But Leos are also highly
self-disciplined and will rarely allow any personality characteristic to get out
They make warm-hearted and trusting partners, but can be extremely hurt and
let down if this trust is abused. They have a strong sex drive which can make it
difficult for them to stay with any one partner for long.
Leos like to be the center of attention and have powerful egos. They can be
resentful if they’re not the center of attention. Leos occasionally need to
remember that less is more and they can attract as much attention if they stop
trying so hard to get it. It’s that pride thing, again.
There are many, many Leos in the arts and film. Some of them include Zelda
Fitzgerald and Alexandre Dumas, Andy Warhol and Neil Armstrong, Roman Polanski
and Robert DeNiro.
Which signs are the best and worst matches for the Leo. Surprisingly, the
best match is Aries, although you’d think two headstrong signs like these two
wouldn’t make a good pair. But it’s their strong character and passion that
makes them a good pair. The worst sign for Leo is a Virgo. Leos tend to be a
little more dominating than is good for a Virgo.
Now sometimes, we’re not too sure just how right-on these astrological
profiles are. I mean, consider Virgo (August 23 – September 22), your intrepid
author’s sign. Virgos are universally considered to be very buttoned-down,
methodical and detail-oriented. Geesh. Meticulous and reliable. I have to wonder
if my mother didn’t lie about my birthdate. I’m about as flaky and they come and
as far as methodical is concerned, I never do anything the same way twice.
Anyway, for you archetypical Virgos, here’s your profile, according to the
Now intelligent and analytical, we can agree with. It does say that
we’re shy and can be difficult to land as a partner. Maybe that’s why we’re
writing this on a Saturday night when all those Aquarius and Pisces are out
there living it up.
The age of Virgo in the astrologers’ Great Year took place circa 1300
BCE. Not too much going on there. It was the end of the Ice Age (well, we’re
also considered cool and aloof – it figures). It was also marked by spawning the
hunter-gatherer culture and clay pottery has been discovered in artifacts from
this period of time. This also marked the first use of agriculture by Man…er,
WOMAN. Virgo IS represented by a woman, you know. The only zodiac sign that does
The best match for Virgo is Capricorn and the worst is Aquarius. One thing
some experts say about the Virgo is that while they appear cool and aloof on the
outside, they may be hiding emotion that is almost too intense. We’re so
grateful someone recognizes this that we may have to briefly disappear and weep
in a corner somewhere for a few minutes.
Some of our favorite authors and other celebrated figures were also Virgos.
Leonard Bernstein, Mary Godwin Shelley (author of “Frankenstein”), Margaret
Trudeau and…Mickey Mouse!
Those born under the sign of Libra, the Scales (September 24 – October 23),
have a wonderful balance of traits. They’re considered to be diplomatic and
urbane, romantic and charming, idealistic and peaceable. Even their darker
characteristics aren’t so terrible. They can be flirtatious, easily influenced
and indecisive. Curiously, Libra is the only sign of the Zodiac represented by
an inanimate object, the Scales. Every other sign is represented by an animal or
sea creature or person.
Libra is the very first sign of the astrologers’ Great Year, and occurred
between 15,000 and 13,000 BCE. It marked the dawn of Man and his expression of
his condition beyond basic survival mechanisms. This is the approximate date of
the monumental Lascaux cave paintings. It also marks the appearance of humans in
the Americas, crossing from the Bering Strait into North America.
Like the scales of justice that represented Libra, this sun sign makes good
lawyers and judges. They’re able to stand back and look at situations with a
critical, objective eye. They’re among the most civilized of all the signs, with
elegance and culture among their traits.
As a partner, Libras are willing to bend over backwards to resolve an issue
amicably. The best match for a Libra is a Gemini; they’re least compatible with
Capricorns because Capricorns like a little more excitement in life, while
Libras prefer a more laid-back existence. You won't find Libra sitting out all
the dances that's for sure! Very easy going and likeable, you will find Libra's
company a pleasure to enjoy. Even though they are outgoing, they are also
surprisingly peaceful and calm of spirit.
Famous Librans include John Lennon and Jenny Lind, the famous Swedish singer.
Doris Lessing, Luciano Pavarotti, Oscar Wilde and Johnny Carson are just a few
of the Librans who have enriched our lives in the arts.
Scorpio, the Scorpion (October 24 to November 22), one of the most energetic
and powerful signs in the Zodiac. This is an exciting and magnetic personality,
very passionate and emotional. They are forceful personalities and can easily be
destined for leadership roles. Consider some of the complex famous characters
are Scorpios: Hillary Clinton, Pablo Picasso, Dylan Thomas, both Simon AND
Garfunkel are Scorpios. Others include the poet Sylvia Plath and Marie Curie.
Marie Antoinette was a Scorpio as well.
Scorpios have a better chance of having genius-level IQs than most of the
population; they are intense, critical and analytical. They tend to rebel
against all conventions and can be political extremists.
The best love match for a Scorpio is Capricorn; they understand each other on
a profound spiritual, almost psychic level. Scorpios give their hearts
completely and passionately.
Being so gifted, they can find fulfillment in many employments. Their inner
intensity can result in the ice-cold self-control and detachment of the surgeon,
the concentration of the research scientist, and the heroism of the soldier. Any
profession in which analysis, investigation, research, dealing with
practicalities, and the solving of mysteries are relevant, can appeal to them.
So police and detective work, espionage and counterespionage, the law, physics
or psychology may attract them, and they can become masters of the written and
spoken word. They may be most persuasive orators and find fulfillment as
diplomats or preachers and, if they make the Church their profession, their
inner intensity can express itself in the spiritual fervor of the mystic or the
There is no Age of Scorpio in the astrologers’ Great Year, because that will
be some time in the future. What will characterize that era, we wonder? Will
mankind survive that long.
Sagittarians (November 23 – December 21) have a positive outlook on
life, are full of energy, versatility, adventure and eagerness to experience the
new and different. They enjoy traveling and exploration; they are ambitious and
optimistic, even in the face of disappointment.. Their strongly idealistic
natures can also suffer many disappointments without being affected. They are
honorable, honest, trustworthy, truthful, generous and sincere, with a passion
for justice. They are usually on the side of the underdog in society they will
fight for any cause they believe to be just, and are prepared to be rebellious.
They balance loyalty with independence.
Sagittarians are usually modest and are often religious, with a strong sense
of morality, though they tend to overemphasize the ethical codes they follow and
worship beliefs about God rather than God Himself. This means that, negatively,
they regard rigid, unloving, intolerant adherence to ritual and conventional
codes as more important than the truths they symbolize or embody. They sometimes
pay lip service to religions and political parties in which they have ceased to
believe because the outward forms satisfy them, yet they may not hesitate to
switch allegiance in politics or change their system of belief if they see
personal advantage to themselves in doing so.
Sagittarius is the Archer and many war heroes were born under this sign.
There are also many artists and entertainers born under this sign, such as
Beethoven, Toulouse-Lautrec and Georges Seurat. Winston Churchill,
baseball legend Ty Cobb and publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst were all
born under the sign of Sagittarius.
In relationships, Sagittarians are reliable and will almost never betray
their partners. They are generous and forgiving, although they are prone to
temper and outbursts. Professionally, they make excellent teachers and
philosophers. Before the invention of the automobile, they were said to be
excellent with horses. This would make some sense, as the symbol for Sagittarius
is a centaur, half man and half horse.
If you are a Capricorn (December 22 to January 20), you are a personality to
be reckoned with, but in a quiet, subtle way. These are people who will achieve
whatever goal they set for themselves. They have the grit and determination to
see out a project or an objective, no matter how long it takes. They are
surprisingly witty, when they allow themselves to be, although they’re not the
fiery, flashy kind. A Capricorn will always be on time, will always have
positions of responsibility. They make good psychologists because of their
ability to listen to short-tempered people or people on a rant. They have an
ability to stay calm and reasoned in a disagreement or conflict, even though the
other side may be more passionate.
They are deep thinkers who have good memories and a never-ending intellectual
curiosity. In their relationships, they can have a tendency towards
unhappiness. Capricorns set very high standards for themselves, and can be
easily disappointed if others don’t set equally high standards.
Professionally, they are strongly attracted to music, although their logical
side also makes them excellent bankers. Some famous Capricorns include Anwar
Sadat and Martin Luther King. Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse were also
Capricorns. Other famous Capricorns include Richard Nixon, Simone de Beauvoir
and Edgar Allen Poe.
After the Age of Aquarius in the zodiac Great Year (approximately 2000-4000
CE) will come the Age of Capricorn. It’s hard to predict what the human
condition will be by then. Will we have moved on to other planets and solar
systems. If the Age of Aquarius is to be marked by humanitarianism and greater
understanding among the people on Earth, (we hope!), what will define the Age of
Capricorn. Will we achieve the goals of Aquarius. Many people look towards the
new millennium and the beginning of a new era in the Great Year with hope that
we will have learned from the mistakes of the past. Hopefully we will continue
to learn and in the Age of Capricorn will have evolved to even greater human
Were you born under the sign of Aquarius. What a compassionate and generous
person you are. And did you know that there really is an Age of Aquarius. It
wasn’t just a songwriter’s concept in the musical, Hair. Just as there are
individual zodiac signs, so are the eras of human history divided into 2000-year
segments of what’s called the Great Year. We just left the age of Pisces, which
began at the beginning of the Christian era until the year 2000. It was a time
marked by fluid changes in politics and governments. Pisces, of course, is the
sign of the Fish, the symbol of Christianity.
We are now in the age of Aquarius, but only just in the dawn of it, like the
song said. All the wonderful, generous characteristics of the Water Bearer are
not yet symbolic of humanity as a whole yet, as evidenced by the current turmoil
in the Middle East. But there are signs. Remember the Random Acts of Kindness.
Perhaps those were a harbinger of the Age of Aquarius.
If YOU are an Aquarian, then you were born between January 20 and February
18. You are a humanitarian and more intelligent than most and given to thoughts
of how to make the world a better place. You can be inventive and original, and
you’re freedom-loving. You’re generous with your thoughts, whether people are
interested or not! You can be eccentric and idiosyncratic, and need a lot of
space, but your heart is nearly always in the right place.
Who’s the right partner for the highly intelligent and quirky Aquarian.
Someone who can appreciate their generous qualities and share their beliefs.
Someone who is willing to explore and grow with them. An Aquarian will be
happiest with someone who is open-minded, who is warm and understanding and
willing to be a helpmate. While that may be the ideal for just about
anyone, it’s especially important for an Aquarian to be able to have a partner
who will share their passion for creating a better world and their generous
If you’re a Pisces, you probably have a lot of friends, as you have an
accepting and malleable nature that makes it easy for other people to be around
you. A Pisces is more likely to go with the flow rather than swim upstream to
try to change people or their environment.
They can be more emotional, rather than rational and analytical. They don’t
thrive in highly disciplined environments. Nine-to-five jobs are anathema to the
Pisces nature. They are drawn to situations where they can use their artistic
gifts and their appreciation of art and nature. They love luxury and pleasure.
They can think on their feet and an enjoy new situations and change. They are
happiest in the fields of music, literature or art.
Who’s the ideal partner for the Pisces. Not the rugged, caveman type, for
sure. A relationship with a Pisces will be meeting of the mind and spirit, less
so than the body. Pisces are cerebral and not intensely sexual. The need to be
courted gently. They are intensely loving and loyal and have a monogamous
nature. Don’t abuse this rare creature.
If you’re a Pisces, you may find yourself occasionally being walked over or
taken advantage of because of your fluid nature. You may need to find ways to
assert yourself that’s in harmony with your psyche. Because you tend to go with
the flow and live in the moment, you might have a money-management style that
can leave you short of funds at times. You may need to be stricter with
yourself to ensure that doesn’t happen. Next time you’re drifting around a
department store, just do a quick tally of everything before you get to the
cashier. Put at least half of it back, if not more. Chances are it will still be
there the next time you have money in your pocket!