Pisces
Astrological Symbol:
February 20 - March 20
Description - Pisceans possess a gentle, patient, malleable nature. They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good natured, kind, and compassionate. They are very sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with the utmost sympathy and tact to any suffering they encounter. They accept the people around them and the circumstances in which they find themselves rather than trying to adapt them to suit themselves, and they patiently wait for problems to sort themselves out rather than take the initiative in solving them. They are more readily concerned with the problems of others than with their own.
Their natures tend to be too otherworldly for the practical purposes of living in this world as it is. Pisceans sometimes exist emotionally rather than rationally, instinctively more than intellectually. They long to be recognized as greatly creative. They also dislike disciple and confinement. The nine-to-five life is not for them. Any rebellion they make against convention is personal; however, as they often times do not have the energy or motivation to battle against the Establishment. 
Pisceans tend to withdraw into a dream world where their qualities can bring mental satisfaction and sometimes, fame and financial reward for they are extremely gifted artistically. They are also versatile and intuitive, have quick understanding, observe and listen well, and are receptive to new ideas and atmospheres. All these factors can combine to produce remarkable creativity in literature, music and art. They may count among their gifts mediumistic qualities which can give them a feeling that their best work comes from outside themselves.   Even when they cannot express themselves creatively they have a greater than average instinct for, and love of, beauty in art and nature, a catlike appreciation of luxury and pleasure, and a yearning for new sensations and travel to remote, exotic places.
They are never egotistical in their personal relationships and give more than they ask from their friends. They are sexually delicate, in the extreme almost asexual, and most Pisceans would want a relationship in which the partner’s mind and spirit rather than the body resonated with their own. Unfortunately they can be easily misled by a lover who courts them delicately and in marriage makes them unhappy by a coarser sexuality than they expected. They are nevertheless intensely loyal and home-loving and will remain faithful.
Strengths - Imaginative, Sensitive, Compassionate, Kind, Selfless, Unworldly, Intuitive, SympatheticWeaknesses - Escapist, Secretive, Vague, Flighty, Weak-willed, Easily ledPlanet - Jupiter & NeptuneMetal - TinCross - MutableElement - WaterCrystals - Jade, Coral, Sapphire, AmethystFlowers & Herbs - Heliotrope, Opium, Poppy, Carnation, Lilac, Clove, Lily, Basalm, Birthwort, Cinqfoil, Nutmeg, Dock, SageTree - Willow, ElmColor - Violet, Purple, White, Green, TealBody Area - Feet & VeinsDay of the Week - ThursdaySeason - Winter
Aquarius
Astrological Symbol:

January 21 - Febuary 19
Description - Basically, Aquarians possess strong and attractive personalities. They fall into one of two principle types: one shy, sensitive, gentle and patient; the other exuberant, lively and exhibitionist, sometimes hiding the considerable depths of their character under a cloak of frivolity. Both types are strong willed and forceful in their differing ways and have strong convictions, though as they seek truth above all things. They are usually honest enough to change their opinions, however firmly held, if evidence comes to light which persuades them that they have been mistaken. They have a breadth of vision that brings diverse factors into a whole, and can see both sides of an argument without debating as to which side to take. Consequently they are unprejudiced and tolerant of other points of view. This is because they can see the validity of the argument, even if they do not accept it themselves. They obey the Quaker exhortation to “Be open to truth, from whatever source it comes,” and are prepared to learn from everyone.   Both types are humane, frank, serious minded, genial, refined, sometimes ethereal, and idealistic — though this last quality is tempered with a sensible practicality. They are quick, active and persevering without being self-assertive, and express themselves with reason, moderation and sometimes, a dry humor.

They are nearly always intelligent, concise, clear and logical. Many are strongly imaginative and psychically intuitive; so that the Age of Aquarius is much anticipated by psychic circles as an age in which mankind will experience a great spiritual awakening. The Aquarian philosophical and spiritual path may be dangerous in that it can drive the subjects into an ivory-tower existence where they meditate on abstractions that bear little relevance to life. On the other hand it can help the many who have scientific leanings to combine these with the Aquarian yearning for the universal recognition of the brotherhood of man, and to embark on scientific research to fulfill their philanthropic ideals of benefiting mankind. When some cause or work of this nature inspires them, they are capable of such devotion to it that they may drive themselves to the point of exhaustion and even risk injuring their health.

 
In spite of the often intensely magnetic, forthcoming and open personality of the more extrovert kind of Aquarian, and of their desire to help humanity, neither type makes friends easily. They sometimes appear to condescend to others and take too little trouble to cultivate the acquaintance of people who do not particularly appeal to them. They do not give themselves easily - perhaps their judgment of human nature is too good for that - and are sometimes considered “cold”. But once they decide that someone is worthy of their friendship or love, they can exert an almost hypnotic and irresistible mental attraction on them and will, themselves, become tenacious friends or lovers, ready to sacrifice everything for their partners and be faithful to them for life. However, they are sometimes disappointed emotionally because their own high personal ideals cause them to demand more of others than is reasonable. And if they are deceived their anger is terrible. If disillusioned, they do not forgive.

Aquarians work best in group projects, provided that they are recognized as having a leading part in them. They have a feeling of unity with nature and a desire for knowledge and truth that makes them admirable scientists, especially astronomers and natural historians. They may excel in photography, radiography, electronics - anything connected with the electrical and radio industries - aviation and everything technical. On the arts and humanities side their progressive tendencies can be expressed in writing, especially poetry, and broadcasting, or as welfare workers and teachers. Some have gifts as entertainers and make good character actors (having an ability to mimic) and musicians. The more psychic among them possess healing gifts, especially in curing the mentally sick.

Among the faults to which they are liable are: fanatical eccentricity, wayward egotism, excessive detachment, an inclination to retreat from life and society, and a tendency to be extremely dogmatic in their opinions. Aquarians can be a threat to all they survey or a great boon for humanity in general. Circumstances - for example, continuous opposition to a cause they hold dear - may cause the atrophy of the openness of mind that is one of the Aquarian’s most attractive traits. They may express a lack of integrity in broken promises, secretiveness or cunning. Simmering anger and resentment, rudeness or, worse, a tense, threatening silence which may suddenly burst out in eruptions of extreme temper, these are all part of the negative side of the Aquarian. This can also reveal itself in a sustained hatred for enemies that is capable of enlarging itself into misanthropy toward the whole of mankind.
Strengths - Humanitarian, Friendly, Honest, Loyal, Original, Independent, Inventive, Imaginative, Intellectual Weaknesses - Intractable, Contrary, Perverse, Unpredictable, Unemotional, DetachedPlanet - UranusMetal - Uranium, AluminiumCross - FixedElement - AirCrystals - Zircon, Amber, Malachite, Amethyst, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, CoralFlowers & Herbs - Snowdrop, Foxglove, Violet, Daffodil, Pepperwort, Comfrey, Iceland Moss, Flaxseed, Poppy, Southernwood, Valerian, Wormwood, Fennel, ButtercupTree - PineColor - Blue, Violet, Indigo, Purple, WhiteBody Area - Ankles, Shins, Circulatory SystemDay of the Week - SaturdaySeason - Winter

Western Astrological Systems and Ophiuchus

With the recent explosion of concern around the internet about their astrological signs and the “new” information about Ophiuchus, I figured it would be a good idea to do some explaining about the different types of astrology, and how this figures in to each kind. In Western Astrology we have three different types of Astrology: Sun Sign Astrology, Sidereal Astrology, and Tropical Astrology.

Tropical astrology is a system of astrology that is largely exclusive to American and Western European astrologers. It’s based on a zodiac whose points of reference are the tropics, or the point at which the sun seems to turn and move slightly to the north or south after the winter or summer solstice. It relies on traditional seasonal associations for the star signs defined by early astrologers, and continues to map horoscopes against a first-millennium sky. Tropical astrologers find the scientific drifting of the earth and constellations irrelevant, because they rely strictly on traditional representations.

The concepts remain unchanged despite precession, because it relies on our relationship to the Sun itself instead of the stars. The zodiac names used represent the characteristics of the sun during a specific segment of the year. So, Aries represents the return of the sun to the Northern Hemisphere at the vernal Equinox and symbolizes unruly beginnings. Leo is the height of midsummer and represents the energy the sun provides. Sagittarius, when the sun is moving out of the Northern Hemisphere, represents a restless curiosity or a search for a new understanding.

Tropical astrology emphasizes the metaphorical meaning of the signs in relation to the time of year, as opposed to the exact location of constellation in the sky.

Sidereal Astrology is a system of astrology used by some Western and all Jyotish (Hindu) astrologers. Its primary feature is that the signs of the sidereal zodiac approximately align to the sky constellations of the same name. The signs therefore run between dates which are different from the tropical zodiac used by most Western astrologers. For example, Aries runs from about March 21 to April 19in the tropical zodiac but extends from April 14 to May 14 in the sidereal zodiac. Sidereal astrology developed as an individual system during the 20th century.

Most sidereal astrologers simply divide the ecliptic into 12 equal signs of 30 degrees but approximately aligned to the 12 zodiac constellations. Assuming an origin of the system in 786 BCE, this results in an identical system as that of the classical tropical zodiac, shifted by 25.5 days, i.e., if in tropical astrology, Aries is taken to begin at March 21, sidereal Aries will begin on April 15. But a small number of sidereal astrologers do not take the astrological signs as an equal division of the ecliptic, but define their signs based on the actual width of the individual constellations.

Sun Sign astrology is the super simplified system that appears in newspapers and magazines. It relies only on the position of the sun in relation the twelve zodiac signs. Despite the name, Sun Sign astrologers then rely on the movement of the moon to predict daily trends for people. Sun Sign Astrology is widely considered by more traditional astrologers to be invalid.

Now, what exactly is Ophiuchus?

Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer, is a constellation that is located around the celestial equator. It lies approximately halfway between Scorpius and Sagittarius.

So, how does Ophiuchus factor into these systems?

Simply put, in Tropical astrology and Sun Sign astrology, it doesn’t. It has sometimes been used in Sidereal astrology as a thirteenth zodiac sign since the 1970s. Most Sidereal astrologers and all Tropical astrologers DO NOT consider Ophiuchus a sign, despite recent media attention. The application of Ophiuchus, if applied at all, would not be from 2009 on, or even 2000 on. If it is to be considered a sign it would simply be integrated as though that’s how it was always read. It has always been in the sky, so technically, it has always been in effect. 

-HC

Capricorn 
Astrological Symbol:

December 22 - January 20
Description - The sign of Capricorn is one of the most stable and (mostly) serious of the zodiacal types. These independent, rock-like characters have many sterling qualities. They are typically confident, strong willed and calm. These hardworking, shrewd, practical, responsible, persevering, and cautious to-the-extreme people are capable of persisting for as long as is necessary to accomplish a goal they have set for themselves.    Capricorns make of themselves, resourceful, determined managers, and set high standards for themselves and others. They strive, always, for honesty in their lives and in the lives of people they choose to surround themselves with, they respect discipline from above and demand it from those beneath them. In their methodical, tough, stubborn, unyielding way, they persist against personal hardship, putting their families and/or their work before their own needs and welfare to reach their objectives long after others have given up and fallen by the wayside.
They have a great respect for authority but may not, if they reach high rank, be willing to listen to other opinions on things they are directly responsible for. As the ranking authority figure in a given situation they expect their underlings to be as self disciplined as they themselves are, and to perform every task undertaken to the highest standard. They are, nevertheless, fair as well as well as demanding.    Among their equals they are not always the most pleasant of work fellows for they are reserved and often times too conservative, valuing tradition more than innovation (however valuable the latter) and they are often humorless. There is also a tendency to become pessimistic, melancholy and even unhappiness — which many Capricorn are unable to keep to themselves, especially if they fail personally.   In the extreme, this trait can make them very depressed individuals; ecstatic happiness alternating with the most wretched kind of misery which is so subconsciously buried that he or she should seek help if such emotions become frequent. For the above reason, capable Capricorn should spend time in meditation, gathering the strength to control such inner emotions.
The swings in mood are not the only reason some Capricorns deserve the adjective based on their name — Capricious. They can be surprisingly and suddenly witty and subtle for the quiet, reserved individuals they seem to be, and they also have a tendency to ruin things by unexpected and utterly irresponsible bouts of flippancy. In certain individuals in whom the characteristic is strong, the temptation to do this has to be resisted with iron self-control. Another unexpected quality in some Capricorn is an interest in the occult which persists in spite of their naturally skeptical turn of mind.   Their intellects are sometimes very subtle. They think profoundly and deeply, thoroughly exploring all possibilities before deciding on a ‘safe’ alternative. They have good memories and an insatiable, yet methodical, desire for knowledge. They are rational, logical and clear-headed, and delight in debate where they can show off their cleverness by luring their adversaries into traps and confounding them with logic.
In their personal relationships they are somewhat self-centered but not excessively so, wary and cautious around people they do not know very well, and prefer not to meddle with others, thus they tend to attract people who do not understand them. Casual acquaintances will be treated with diplomacy, tact and, above all, reticence. They make few good friends but are intensely loyal to those they do make, and they can become bitter and powerful enemies. They sometimes dislike the opposite sex and test the waters of affection gingerly before judging the temperature right for marriage. Once married, however, they are faithful, though inclined to jealousy and most Capricorn marry for life.
Strengths - Practical, Prudent, Disciplined, Ambitious, Patient, Reserved, Humorous, Resourceful, Tenacious, WiseWeaknesses - Capricious, Fatalistic, Miserly, Pessimistic, GrudgingPlanet - SaturnMetal - Lead, PewterCross - CardinalElement - EarthCrystals - Onyx, Jet, Garnet, Opal, Malachite, Ruby, AmberFlowers & Herbs - Snowdrop, Mistletoe, Nightshade, Rue, Iceland Moss, Thistle, Sorrel, Khus KhusTree - Pine, Yew, SpruceColor - Black, Gray, Violet, Red, Brown, PurpleBody Area - Knee, BonesDay of the Week - SaturdaySeason - Winter
Sagittarius
Astrological Symbol:

November 23 - December 21
Description - Sagittarians have a positive outlook on life, are full of enterprise, energy, versatility, adventurousness and eagerness to extend experiences beyond the physically familiar. 
They enjoy travelling and exploration, more so because their minds are constantly open to new dimensions of thought. They’re basically ambitious and optimistic, and continue to be so even when their all their hopes have been dashed. Their strongly idealistic natures can also suffer many disappointments without being too adversely 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, and when push comes to shove, they will fight for any cause they believe to be just… and are prepared to be rebellious. Sagittarians are the experts of the zodiac at balancing 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. 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 systems of belief if they see personal advantage in doing so.


They have both profound and widely ranging minds, equipped with foresight and good judgment, as well as the ability to be witty conversationalists. They love to initiate new projects and often have the urge to understand concepts which are new to them. They think rapidly, are intuitive and often original, but are better at adapting than inventing. Sagittarians are at their best when working with colleagues of other types of personality traits, but only those who can complement their own. They are strong-willed and good at organizing, a combination that gives them the ability to bring any project they undertake to a successful conclusion. Their generosity can be balanced by their extreme care at handling their resources.   Their gifts fit Sagittarians for a number of widely differing professions. They are natural teachers and philosophers, with talents for expounding moral principles and laws which seem to explain the universe. This gift enables them to be successful churchmen on the one hand and scientists on the other. The law and politics also suit them, as does public service, social administration, public relations and advertising.


Negatively, Sagittarians can be exacting, domineering and inconsiderate in the work place; and boastful, vulgar and extravagant in their private lives. Their restlessness, if excessive, can jeopardize more than their own stability. Some Sagittarians have the risk of becoming “playboys”, wasting their lives away in frivolous pursuits. Others can develop a moralizing, religious fanaticism or else turn into hypocrites, their inner prudishness disguised by an outward appearance of joviality. Another side of the religiosity which is a danger in Sagittarians is superstition.

Strengths - Optimistic, Freedom-Loving, Jovial, Good-Humored, Honest, Straightforward, Intellectual, Philosophical, Independant, HonestWeaknesses - Blindly optimistic, Careless, Irresponsible, Superficial, Tactless, RestlessPlanet - JupiterMetal - Tin, BrassCross - MutableElement - FireCrystals - Sapphire, Amethyst, Topaz, Flowers & Herbs - Carnation, Sage, Daffodil, Aster, Narcissus, Nutmeg, Clove, Saffron, Pimpernel, Cinquefoil, Basalm, Goats Bear Tree - Mulberry, Chesnut Color - Turquoiuse, Lilac, Mauve, Purple, Indigo, Gold-RedBody Area - Hips, Thighs, MusclesDay of the Week - ThursdaySeason - Autumn
Scorpio
Astrological Symbol:

October 24 - November 22
Description - Scorpios are the most intense, spiritually profound, powerful characters in the zodiac. Even when they appear self-controlled and calm there is a seething intensity of emotional energy under the placid exterior. They are like a dormant volcano disguising a violent sea of molten lava. Only those of us who are particularly perceptive will be aware of the harnessed aggression, the immense spiritual presence, magnetic intensity, and often strangely hypnotic personality under the tranquil, but watchful composure of Scorpio.    In conventional social gatherings they are pleasant to be with, thoughtful in conversation, dignified, and reserved, yet affable and courteous; they sometimes possess penetrating eyes which make their shyer companions feel naked and defenseless before them.

In their everyday behavior they give the appearance of being withdrawn from the center of activity, yet those who know them will recognize the watchfulness that is part of their character. They need great self-discipline, because they are able to recognize the qualities in themselves that make them different from other humans, and know their utterly conventional natures can be used for great good, or great evil. Their tenacity and willpower are immense, their depth of character and passionate conviction overwhelming, yet they are deeply sensitive and easily moved by their emotions.    Their sensitivity, together with a propensity for extreme likes and dislikes make them easily hurt, quick to detect insult or injury to themselves (often when none is intended) and easily aroused to ferocious anger. This may express itself in such destructive speech or action that they make lifelong enemies by their outspokenness, for they find it difficult not to be overly critical of anything or anyone to whom they take a dislike.

They are fortunate in that their strong reasoning powers are tempered with imagination and intuition, and these gifts, together with critical perception and analytical capacity, can enable the Scorpions to penetrate to profundities beyond the average. They have a better chance of becoming geniuses than the natives of any other sign. But charismatic characters such as they can sink into the extremes of depravity if they take the wrong path.    The intensity of their nature exaggerates their harmful tendencies into vices far greater than the normal: Rebelliousness against all conventions, political extremism to the point where hatred of the Establishment makes them utterly unscrupulous terrorists. Brooding resentment, aggressive and sadistic brutality, total arrogance, morbid jealousy, extreme volatility of temperament, these are some of their vices. At the other extreme are the procrastinator, the man or woman who is capable of so much that they do nothing and become indolent and self-indulgent, requiring extravagant praise and flattery from those whom they make their cronies.

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 spirituality or religion their profession, their inner intensity can express itself in the spiritual fervor of the mystic.

Strengths - Determined, Powerful, Emotional, Intuitive, Passionate, Exciting, Magnetic, Resourceful, Focused, Weaknesses - Jealous, Resentful, Compulsive, Obsessive, Secretive, Obstinate, Possessive Planet - Mars, PlutoMetal - Iron, Steel, PlatoniumCross - FixedElement - WaterCrystal - Topaz, Ruby, Jet, Obsidian, Opal, AquamarineFlowers & Herbs - Sweet Basil, Purple Heather, Chrysanthemum, Pine, Yucca, Rosemary, Dogwood, Anemone, Lesser Celandine, Nettles, Wormwood, Vanilla leaf, WolfsbaneTree - Holly, BlackthornColor - Deep Reds, Black, Gray, Brown, Dark BlueBody Area - GenitalsDay of the Week - TuesdaySeason - Autumn
Virgo
Astrological Symbol:

August 23 - September 22
Description - Virgo is the only sign represented by a female. It sometimes though of as a potentially creative girl, delicately lovely; sometimes shown as a somewhat older woman, intelligent but rather pedantic and spinsterish. The latter impression is often times reinforced by the Virgoan preciseness, refinement, and fastidious love of cleanliness and hygene, as well as their aristocratic attitude, and refinement.    They are unusually observant, shrewd, judicious, patient, practical supporters of the status quo, and tend towards conservatism in all departments of life. On the surface they are emotionally cold, and sometimes this goes deeper because of their habit of suppressing their natural kindness — which may in turn cause it to atrophy, resulting in Virgoans shrinking away from committing themselves to friendships and relationships. Those they do form a relationship with, have a tendency to be kept superficial.
On the other hand, their outward lack of emotion may, in some Virgoans, conceal too much emotion, which they are afraid of showing because they dont trust others, nor might they have enough confidence in themselves or their judgements. This is because they are concious of certain shortcomings like their lack of worldliness, sophistication, practicality, or outgoingness. Instead they break out the art of self-concealment, hiding their apprehensiveness about themselves and their often considerable sympathy with others under a mantle of matter-of-factness and undemonstrative, quiet reserve. They are still waters which run deep.     Behind their unassuming, outwardly cheerful, and aggreeable facades they can be sensible, well-spoken, wise and witty with a good understanding of other peoples problems which they can tackle with a practicality not often found in their own relationships. Both sexes under the sign of Virgo have considerable charm and dignity, they are intellectually inquisitive, methodical and logical, studious and teachable. Virgoans have an excellent eye for detail but may be so meticulous that they miss the larger issues.    Their minds are such that they need the stimulus of practical problems to be solved rather than the mere routine or working to set specifications that need no thought. They are careful with money and their interest in statistics makes them excellent bookkeepers and accountants. They also make good editors, physicists and analytical chemists. They can be doctors, nurses, psychologists, teachers, confidential secretaries, technologists, inspectors, musicians, critics, public speakers and writers especially of reference works such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. Both sexes have a deep interest in history, a feature recognized by astrological authorities for at least two hundred years.
Their faults, as is usual with all zodiacal types, are the extremes of their virtues. Fastidious reticence and modesty become old-maidishness and persnicketiness; balanced criticism becomes carping and nagging; and concern for detail becomes overspecialization. Virgoans are liable to indecision in wider issues and this can become chronic, turning molehills of minor difficulties into Himalayas of crisis. Their prudence can become guile and their carefulness, turned in on themselves, can produce worriers and hypochondriacs.
Strengths - Modest, Shy, Meticulous, Reliable, Practical, Diligent, Analytical, IntelligentWeaknesses - Fussy, Overcritical, Worrier, Harsh, Perfectionist, ShrewPlanet - Mercury Metal - Platinum, NickelCross - MutableElement - EarthCrystal - Carnelian, Jade, JasperFlowers & Herbs - Rosemary, Madonna, Lily, Valerian, Morning Glory, Cornflower, Petunia, Lavender, Narcissus, Fern, Snowdrop, Marjoram, CarawayTree - ElderColor - Light Blue, Peach, Yellow, Gold, BlackBody Area - Hands, ArmsNumber - 5, 10Day of the Week - WednesdaySeason - Summer
Leo
Astrological Symbol:

July 23 - August 22
Description - The Leo resides in the fifth house of the zodiac and is the second of the fire signs marking them both as strong-willed and courageous individuals. This is the sign of generosity and nobility. It stands for self-expression and unleashing your inner power.   The Leo type is the most dominant, spontaneously creative, and extroverted of the zodiac. They are ambitious, independent, self-confident, and there is no such word as “doubt” in their vocabularies. They are most effective when in a position of command, their personal magnetism, innate curiosity and courtesy bring out the best in those who follow them. Leonians are uncomplicated, knowing exactly what they want and using all of their energies, creativeness, and resolve to get what they want — as well as being absolutely certain that they’ll get what they’re after.
On the whole, the Leonian uses their powers for good as they’re strongly idealistic, humane, and beneficent. They have powerful intelligences, and are of a broad philosophical, sometimes religious, turn of mind.   Their faults can be as large in scale as their virtues, and an excessively negative Leonian can be one of the most unpleasant human beings imaginable. Displaying extreme arrogance, autocratic pride, haughtiness, and excessive hastiness of temper.
In relations with others, Leo is open, sincere, genuine, and trusting. Outgoing, spontaneous, warm-hearted, and plain-spoken, never lacking in kindness, Leonians are never so disillusioned as when betrayed by someone they trust. They’re not exactly the best judges of character and are inclined to favoritism and blind faith in their followers, which all to often ends in disappointment.
Strengths - Ambitious, Courageous, Creative, Faithful, Generous, Honorable, Resolute, OrganizedWeaknesses - Arrogant, Authoritarian, Egocentric, Intolerant, Jealous, Narcissistic, Hypersensitive, Vain Planet - SunMetal - GoldCross - Fixed Element - FireCrystals - Amber, Ruby, Topaz, PeridotFlowers & Herbs - Marigold, Sunflower, Hops, Sandalwood, Clove, Goldenrod, Frankinsense, Celendine, Goats Rue, Eyebright, Cassia, Camphor, ChamomileTree - WillowColor - Gold, Sun Yellow, Blood Red, Pale GreenBody Area - BackNumber - 1, 4Day of the Week - Sunday Season - Summer
Cancer
Astrological Symbol:

June 22nd - July 22nd
Description - The Cancerian character is the least clear-cut of all those associated with the zodiac. They range from being timid, dull, shy, withdrawn to the most brilliant, famous people found throughout the whole range of human history. They have a fundamentally conservative and home-loving nature, appreciating the nest-like quality of a secure foundation to which they can retire when they need a respite from the stresses of life and where they can begin to build their family.    ‘Nest-like’ is definately an appropriate adjective for a Cancerian’s home, for it’s inhabitants tend to favor the dark, mysterious, but comfortable type of house which has something of a den-like quality about it, a place which belongs to the family and not existing as a showcase to impress visitors (think Weasley Burrow, for all those who know Harry Potter).
This is not to say that Cancerians are unsociable, they realize that there is a time to socialize and a time to be solitary. This is part of their apparent contradiction in their nature. Outwardly they can appear formidable, thick-skinned, unemotional, uncompromising, and obstinately purposeful.    However, if you’re lucky enough to be considered part of their intimate group of friends or lovers, you see an entirely different side to the dear Cancer sign. You see a person with a sympathetic and kind sensitivity to others, especially those they love. They are able to identify with the situations of others due to their keen imaginations. They are appreciative of art and literature, especially drama, where the spectacle and ebb & flow of action and feeling particularly excites them. They may themselves possess extraordinary literary, artistic, or oratorical talent.
Interestingly — because they give the impression of being so down to earth — they are often fascinated by the occult and more prone to psychic influences than the average zodiac. The cancerian has many faults, they can be untidy, sulky, devious, moody, inclined to self-pity because of an inferiority complex, yet are unfailingly loyal — especially to their family and friends. They love with no reservations, giving much and asking very little in return. In fact, one of the most important lessons they have to learn is how to receive gracefully.
Strengths - Intuitive, Emotional, Loving, Imaginative, Protective, SympatheticWeaknesses - Changeable, Moody, Over-emotional, Touchy, Clingy, Unable to let goPlanet - Moon Metal - SilverCross - CardinalElement - WaterCrystals - Pearl, Clear Quartz, MoonstoneFlowers & Herbs - Poppy, White Rose, Watercress, Aloe, Water lily, Hyacinth, Bay leaves, Larkspur, Magnolia, Myrtle, Cinnamon, Lemon Balm, Lotus, AgrimonyTree - WillowColor - Pearl, Silver, Blue, Gray, GreenBody Area - Breast(s), Chest, StomachNumber - 2, 7Day of the Week - MondaySeason - Summer
Gemini
Astrological Symbol:

May 22nd - June 21st
Description - Gemini, the sign of the Twins, is dual-natured, elusive, complex, and contradictory. On one hand it produces the virtue of versatility, and on the other the vices of two-facedness and flightiness. Geminis are flexible and changeable people. Their ability to adapt quickly to new situations generally gains them plenty of friends and social contacts. Usually quite clever and witty, Geminis enjoy intellectual conversations and become easily bored if they dont receive enough mental stimulation.
Their good qualities are attractive and come easily to them. They are affectionate, courteous, kind, generous, and thoughtful towards the poor and suffering — provided none of the activities resulting from expressing these traits interferes too greatly with their own lives and comforts.    They learn quickly to use their outward attractiveness to gain their own ends, and when striving for these they will use any weapon in their armory. Among which come some of their less attractive traits: unscrupulous lying, cunning evasivenes; escaping blame by contriving to put it on other people, wrapped up in all the charm they can turn on. However, in their better moments they strive to be honest and straightforward, but self-interest is usually the victor.
Most Gemini have a keen, intuitive, sometimes brilliant intelligence and they love cerebral challenges. But, their concentration, though intense for a while, doesnt last. Their mental agility and energy give them a voracious appetite for knowledge, though they dislike the labor of learning. They easily grasp almost everything requiring intelligence and mental dexterity, and are often able to marry manual skills to their qualities of mind. But their high intelligence and analytical personalities are the key to unifying the duality of their natures into a most efficient unit.
Strengths - Adaptable, Versitile, Intellectual, Witty, Lively, EloquentWeaknesses - Nervous, Superficial, Two-Faced, Cunning, UnreliablePlanet - MercuryMetal - Mercury, ChromeCross - MutableElement - AirCrystals - Diamond, Jade, Agate, Topaz Flowers & Herbs - Parsley, Hazel, Dill, Iris, Jasmine, Bayberry, Sandalwood, Marjoram, OrchidTree - ElderColor - White, Yellow, Silver, Gray, BlueBody Area - Shoulders, Chest, LungsNumber - 5 Day of the Week - WednesdaySeason - Spring

The Zodiac & Correspondences

Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn
Aquarius
Pisces

Aries
Astrological Symbol:

March 21st- April 19th
Description - The Spring Equinox, March 21st, is the beginning of the new astrological year and Aries, the first sign, is therefore that of new beginnings. The young ram is adventurous, ambitious, impulsive, enthusiastic, and full of energy. Those under the sign of Aries tend to venture out in the world giving the impression that they are exciting, vibrant and talkative. Aries likes to be the center of attention, but rightly so since they are natural, confident leaders. Arians are direct, uncomplicated, and straightforward and are often baffled when they dont receive the same treatment. 
Arians are courageous leaders with genuine concern for those whom they lead, being responsible people they rarely use their “followers” for their own personal gain — though it does happen. They can be so concerned with self, both positively and negatively — self-reliant but also self-centered and [sometimes] concerned with their own personal advancement and physical pleasure.   Their immense energy makes them aggressive and restless, occasionally argumentative, headstrong, quick tempered, easily offended and capable of holding grudges if they feel themselves affronted.
As an Arian, is preferable to be aware of your pioneering spirit and not disregard it. For in acknowledging it you not only enjoy life more, but you avoid being pushed around by others. Your nature is usually “push or be pushed” with very little middle ground. This can, at times, be objectionable to others but you must have the freedom to act, rather than just thinking about it and becomming pent-up in the process.  At all costs you must avoid negative emotions such as resentment, regret, or self-pity for they would deny you what is so essential to your nature: straightforwardness.
Strengths - Independent, Generous, Optimistic, Enthusiastic, Courageous Weaknesses - Moody, Short-tempered, Self-centered, Impulsive, ImpatientPlanet - MarsMetal - IronCross - CardinalElement - FireCrystals - Ruby, Bloodstone, Diamond, Garnet, AmethystFlowers & Herbs - Anemone, Geranium, Wormwood, Betony, Cowslip, Thistle, Wild Rose, WoodbineTree - Pine, Cypress, Holly, Thorn, ChesnutColor - Red, White, PinkBody Area - Head, FaceNumber - 7, 9Day of the Week - TuesdaySeason - Spring
Taurus - Astrological Sign:

April 20th - May 21st
Description - Taurus is the sign of practicality and possessions. People born under the sign of Taurus tend to be very patient, practical and dedicated people. Such people are usually very cautious when dealing with people, life, and money. They have a curious power of dominating others, even when not conscious of trying to do so.  Taurus is the second sign in the zodiac, the first of the Earth signs. Taurus’s Symbol is the Bull, an animal known for its hard work and natural instincts. The horns of the bull have been compared with the crescent moon, which as an affinity to Taurus because both represent the feminine. Taureans are tenacious and determined and will push on with a project until it’s either completed or all of its potential has been exhausted. Their stamina and stoic nature give them greater staying power in the kind of difficult situation that has other, less determined, people quitting or walking away. That is the secret to their success: Their ability to stick with things through sheer stubborness. In fact, being stubborn is one of the main accusations aimed at those born under the Fixed sign of Taurus. It’s also true that it would take a herd of wild elephants to shift them from any position they hold dear.
To Taureans, material possessions and ownership represent both achievement and feelings of security. Their home is often a place of retreat and they adore the sensation of being surrounded by things they’ve earned and paid for themselves. Conversely, when a bull is feeling insecure, it’s uncomfortable, and when it’s uncomfortable, it becomes unpredictable, which is when it’s at it’s most vulnerable. Taureans dont like feeling vulnerable, since thats when other people think they can push them around, and if pushed too far, they become angry. A bull on the rampage is a frightening sight! All that power and strength can cause an awful lot of damage. It’s a demolition army of one. Taureans can be as tenacious, thorough, and determined in demolishing something as they can be creating it. Although, going on the rampage is a very rare occurence since it takes an enormous amount of provocation before the laid-back, peaceful Taurus will go so far as to lose control. 
Strengths - Consistency, Determination, FidelityWeaknesses - Unwillingness to change, Stubborness, ObstinacyPlanet - VenusMetal - CopperCross - FixedElement - EarthCrystals - Sapphire, Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Topaz, Malachite, Turquoise, JadeFlowers & Herbs - Lilies, Forget-Me-Nots, Moss, Daisies, Violets, Wild RosesTree - Almond, Ash, Cherry, & MyrtleColor - Blue, Green, Red, YellowBody Area - Throat, NeckNumber - 6Day of the Week - FridaySeason - Spring