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Zodiac signs traits explained by astrologers

 12 zodiac signs

Zodiac and astrology has come a long way from its introduction way back during the ancient times.  Although originally there were only 12 zodiac signs, it has recently been expanded to 13, with the addition of Ophiuchus as the 13th sign. Many astrologers have disagreed with the new sign, and think that the sign was invented by some scientists for publicity. Even though, our astrologers will tell you more about it in this article.


In a nutshell, the horoscope originated from astrology, which is the study of the stars and the planets.  Ancient scholars discovered a connection between the stars and its relationship to human behavior and existence.  Because of that study, the horoscope was born.  The zodiac signs served as a guide to understand the temperaments, qualities, and defining characteristics of individuals based on their date of birth and the corresponding star sign that was assigned to them.  Each sign has its own defining trait as well as quality.  What’s important to note here is that the study of astrology is simply meant to enhance human existence and behavior and is only meant to deepen and broaden our understanding.

If you are interested in knowing more about the zodiac signs, then it is important that you keep reading the overview of all the signs our professional astrologers have wrote. You will be able to create a general idea about the differences between all signs, the positive and negative traits, the governing elements, their ruling planets as well as their compatibility.  Note that Ophiuchus is a completely new addition to the zodiac astrology, and as such, its relationship to the other signs should be taken into consideration as well.  It is also important to note that because of the addition of Ophiuchus, most of the traits of the original 12 Zodiac signs have shifted, but for the benefit of clarity, their old traits and governing qualities are used.


English name:  The Ram Aries-zodiac-sign
Governing element:  Fire
Ruling planet:  Mars
Quality:  Cardinal
Polarity:  Positive
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: March 21 – April 20; NEW DATE: April 18 – May 13
Compatible Signs:  Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius
Incompatible Signs:  Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, Ophiuchus
Variably compatible Signs:  Libra
Positive Traits for an Aries

  • Adventurous.  Out of all the signs, Aries is known to be completely adventurous; they love new things and to seek new thrills in life.  They never want to be stagnant; they always want to be on the go.
  • Energetic. It is also infamous for being completely energetic, especially when it comes to seeking for new and adventurous things to do.  They are always full of energy, and they completely hate the dull and dreary life.
  • Confident Aries is known to be a positive or extroverted sign, meaning that they have a wonderful command of themselves and are completely confident about everything they do.

Negative Traits for an Aries

  • Quick-tempered.  Aries is one of the signs that are completely temperamental.  They tend to let their emotions get to them and they hate being delayed.  If they do not get what they want when they want it, it will definitely be cause of trouble.
  • Impulsive.  They are known to be quick decision makers, but in this case their decisions are too quick that it borders on being impulsive.  They do not think over their decisions, and tend to make decisions on a whim.
  • Impatient.  This is probably the one trait that Aries is quite famous for.  They can be extremely impatient, because they always want to be on the go and they are always seeking for adventures. Always seeking for that penultimate thrill ride that will give them a really good time.


Taurus-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Bull
Governing element:  Earth
Ruling planet:  Venus
Quality:  Fixed
Polarity:  Negative
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: April 21 – May 20; NEW DATE: May 13 – June 21
Compatible Signs:  Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces
Incompatible Signs:  Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Aries, Ophiuchus
Variably compatible Signs:  Scorpio

Positive Traits for Taurus

  • Patient.  Taurus is known to be one of the most patient of the zodiac signs, especially since it is in their nature to be homey and secure.
  • Loving.  Individuals under that fall under the Taurus symbol are also known to be extremely warm and loving, and they tend to take care of their partners with utmost care and respect, showering them with security and stability.
  • Security loving.  Taurus is an earth dominated sign, which means that they love security and stability, as well as gaining complete control of their lives.

Negative Traits for Taurus

  • Jealous – Taurus can be completely possessive and jealous.  This is brought in by the fact that they need security in their lives, especially their relationships.
  • Inflexible – They can also be completely inflexible and rigid.  They only want established things, and they will never be open to something new and fresh.  They will always steer clear from all of the things that might break their routine.  Anything that might shake up their status, they will immediately reject it.
  • Greedy.  Being of the earth element means that they are grounded and at the same time earthly and materialistic.


Gemini-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Twins
Governing element:  Air
Ruling planet:  Mercury
Quality:  Mutable
Polarity:  Positive
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: May 21 – June 20; NEW DATE: June 21 – July 20
Compatible Signs:  Leo, Libra, Aquarius, Aries
Incompatible Signs:  Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus, Ophiuchus
Variably compatible Signs:  Sagittarius 

Positive Traits for Gemini

  • Youthful – Gemini is always full of energy and extremely youthful.  They view the world always with fresh eyes, and everything is a possibility to them, much like a child.
  • Communicative – They are also known to be the best communicator out of all the other signs of the zodiac.  They know how to get their ideas and thoughts across in the most practical and understandable manner
  • Versatile – Also known to be the most flexible of all the signs, being ready for anything and everything all of the time.

Negative Traits for Gemini

  • Superficial – They tend to just look at the surface value of something, and never want to go any deeper because they neither have the time, energy and patience to dig deeper.
  • Inconsistent – They can be completely happy today and be completely miserable tomorrow.
  • Flirty – Gemini are the most flirtatious out of all the other signs.  They are never contented with any one partner, but that doesn’t make them disloyal.  They just get tired easily with very serious and inflexible partners and want to make sure that they get the emotional and physical interaction that they need


Cancer-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Crab
Governing element:  Water
Ruling planet:  Moon
Quality:  Cardinal
Polarity:  Negative
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: June 21 – July 22; NEW DATE: July 20 – August 10
Compatible Signs:  Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus, Ophiuchus
Incompatible Signs:  Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Aries, Gemini
Variably compatible Signs:  Capricorn 

Positive Traits for Cancer

  • Emotional – Cancers are the most emotional individuals you will ever come across.  They let their feeling steer their decisions and most of the things in their everyday lives.
  • Imaginative – They value creativity and imagination, sometimes being guided by their strong feelings and emotions to inspire the next spark of creative genius.
  • Protective – They can be extremely protective and possessive, which makes them the perfect parents and relationship partners.  Their emotions dictate the way they treat their loved ones, which will definitely benefit both them and the individual they are being protective about.

Negative Traits for Cancer

  • Moody – They are known to be completely moody, especially since they tend to let their emotions speak for them.  They can be completely blind-sided by how they feel, making them very vulnerable most of the time.
  • Over-emotional – As previously stated, they are emotional and they let their feelings get the best of them, resulting in one disaster after another especially if they do not know how to properly handle their emotions.
  • Clingy – They are very well known to be the most possessive out of all the signs of the zodiac, fueled by their over-protectiveness and possessiveness.


Leo-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Lion
Governing element:  Fire
Ruling planet:  Sun
Quality:  Fixed
Polarity:  Positive
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: July 23 – August 22; NEW DATE: August 10 – September 16
Compatible Signs:  Sagittarius, Aries, Gemini, Libra
Incompatible Signs:  Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, Ophiuchus
Variably compatible Signs:  Aquarius

Positive Traits for Leo

  • Generous. None of the zodiac signs can compare to the generosity of a Leo, especially since they are doing it more for themselves to gain praise and adulation as much as for others.
  • Warmhearted.  Say what you will of the boastful Leo, but they are indeed extremely warm and affectionate, and they can be very caring as well.
  • Faithful.  Leo is also known to be extremely faithful to their partners, especially if they provide them with the much needed praise and adulation that they want.

Negative Traits for Leo

  • Bossy.  Leo’s can be completely driven, and would want nothing more that to control the outcome of everything that they do, which tends to make they control freaks and bossy individuals.
  • Intolerant.  Much like being impatient, a Leo can be completely quick to irritation, especially by insubordination and disrespect in authority.
  • Patronizing.  They can sometimes be patronizing individuals, dishing out praises and compliments because they themselves want to be praised and complimented.


Virgo-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Virgin
Governing element:  Earth
Ruling planet:  Mercury
Quality:  Mutable
Polarity:  Negative
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: August 23 – September 22; NEW DATE: September 16 – October 30
Compatible Signs:  Capricorn, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio
Incompatible Signs:  Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Ophiuchus
Variably compatible Signs:  Pisces
Positive Traits for Virgo

  • Meticulous. The Virgin’s are the more detail oriented people, with a big obsession for perfectionism.
  • Practical.  They are also known to be completely level-headed and practical, and they do not believe in excesses in life just to be able to enjoy and feel good about themselves.
  • Intelligent.  The Virgo is generally known to be intelligent, placing value over mental prowess over emotions and feelings

Negative Traits for Virgo

  • Worrier.  Because they are critical and meticulous, when something does not line up on their plans they tend to be overly worried and can easily panic.
  • Perfectionist.  Their attention to detail sometimes borders the obsessive side, being too critical on mistakes and unforgiving when it comes to imperfections.
  • Conservative.  They tend to be completely rigid and place too much attention to rules and regulations that they mostly stick to tradition even if they do not have to.


Libra-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Scales
Governing element:  Air
Ruling planet:  Venus
Quality:  Cardinal
Polarity:  Positive
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: September 23 – October 22; NEW DATE: October 30 – November 23
Compatible Signs:  Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Ophiuchus
Incompatible Signs:  Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo
Variably compatible Signs:  Aries

Positive Traits for Libra

  • Romantic – Libra is known to be the most romantic out of all the zodiac signs, and can be completely blown away by thoughts of romance and love.
  • Sociable – They value socialization, especially since this is their means of getting the intellectual stimulation that they need.
  • Peace-loving – They love balance in life, and they also love to stimulate their intellect as well as their emotions, which results on them wanting harmony in everything around them.

Negative Traits for Libra

  • Indecisive – Libra tends to be indecisive, especially since they want to find the perfect balance in their decisions first before passing judgment on anything.
  • Gullible – Their romantic streak and peace loving attitude makes them extreme idealists, which means that they are complete suckers for anything that they think will be good for them of the people they love without analyzing it further and taking everything on face value alone.


Scorpio-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Scorpion
Governing element:  Water
Ruling planet:  Pluto
Quality:  Fixed
Polarity:  Negative
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: October 23 – November 21; NEW DATE: November 23 – November 29
Compatible Signs:  Capricorn, Pisces, Cancer, Virgo
Incompatible Signs:  Sagittarius, Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Ophiuchus
Variably compatible Signs:  Taurus

Positive Traits for Scorpio

  • Emotional – Scorpio’s as completely driven by emotions and is known to be the most emotionally driven sign of the astrology.
  • Passionate – They are very passionate on everything they do, especially when it comes to romance.

Negative Traits for Scorpio

  • Secretive – They tend to be quite tight-lipped and secretive, never letting their emotions and their feeling show to the point that they begin to suffer for it internally.
  • Jealous – They are known to be the most jealous-types out of all the signs of the horoscope, especially since they are driven by their passions and emotions.


Sagittarius-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Archer or The Centaur
Governing element
:  Fire
Ruling planet:  Jupiter
Quality:  Mutable
Polarity:  Positive
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: November 22 – December 1; NEW DATE: December 17 – January 20
Compatible Signs:  Aquarius, Aries, Leo, Libra
Incompatible Signs:  Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Ophiuchus
Variably compatible Signs:  Gemini 

Positive Traits for Sagittarius

  • Optimistic – They are very positive in life, and they always view the world as a bright and sunny place. They never let any negative emotions linger, and if it does, they have no trouble converting it to a positive experience.
  • Honest – The sign is known to be brutally honest, even though it might take a lot from them they always tell the truth.

Negative Traits for Sagittarius

  • Superficial – Sagittarius is also known to value surface driven relationships, never staying long enough to know an individual deeper and better.
  • Restless – They are known to be very flighty, and they can be escapists as well, always looking for that new adventure and interaction that they need.


Capricorn-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Sea-goat
Governing element:  Earth
Ruling planet:  Saturn
Quality:  Cardinal
Polarity:  Negative
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: December 22 – January 19; NEW DATE: January 20 – February 16
Compatible Signs:  Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces, Ophiuchus
Incompatible Signs:  Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius
Variably compatible Signs:  Cancer

Positive Traits for Capricorn

  • Practical – As with all the other zodiac signs who are earth element dominated, the Capricorn is known to be level-headed and practical, and hates to waste things that might be useful to others.
  • Ambitious – They are completely career-driven, placing more value on work and gaining security in finances. Because of this, they tend to be workaholics.

Negative Traits for Capricorn

  • Pessimistic – They are the other side of the positive coin, because they tend to be pessimistic and generally negative.  They tend to view the glass as half-empty, and this might be brought about by their extreme level.
  • Over conventional and Rigid – They follow strict rules and regulations and never leave room for flexibility and new things.  They are afraid to expand their horizons.


Aquarius-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Water-carrier
Governing element:  Air
Ruling planet:  Uranus
Quality:  Fixed
Polarity:  Positive
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: January 20 – February 19; NEW DATE: February 16 – March 11
Compatible Signs:  Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius
Incompatible Signs:  Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Ophiuchus
Variably compatible Signs:  Leo 

Positive Traits for Aquarius

  • Friendly – They are known to be the most friendly and humanitarian out of all the horoscope signs, placing value over helping others and making them as comfortable as possible.
  • Inventive – Known for their creativeness and inventiveness, and they always find ways to create new things and using them for the good of others.

Negative Traits for Aquarius

  • Unpredictable – They can sometimes prove to be quite loose and unpredictable.  They tend to be a wild card in everything, and one might not really be sure what to expect from an Aquarian.
  • Detached and Unemotional – The most unemotional out of all the signs.  They can be completely detached and uncaring, which is a complete contrast to their humanitarian and friendly efforts.


Pisces-zodiac-signEnglish name:  The Fish
Governing element:  Water
Ruling planet:  Neptune
Quality:  Mutable
Polarity:  Negative
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: February 20 – March 20; NEW DATE: March 11 – April 18
Compatible Signs:  Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn, Ophiuchus
Incompatible Signs:  Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius
Variably compatible Signs:  Virgo 

Positive Traits for Pisces

  • Imaginative – The most imaginative, especially when it comes to creating their own little worlds out of their sheer creativity and love for self-improvement.
  • Selfless – They are completely generous of their resources to others, especially to their loved ones.  They will never mind even they end up having a very difficult time, as long as they were able to provide for someone, they will be quite satisfied.

Negative Traits for Pisces

  • Escapist – Pisces is known to be the flightiest of all the signs.  They hate the spotlight, and would rather be in their own little worlds rather than spend some time socializing.
  • Weak-willed – They give a whole new meaning to “go with the flow”, because they never wish to lead, only to be led.


English name:  The Serpent bearer
Governing element:  Water
Ruling planet:  Chiron
Period of Birth:  OLD DATE: N/A; NEW DATE: November 29 – December 17
Compatible Signs:  Capricorn, Pisces, Cancer, Libra
Incompatible Signs:  Aquarius, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Variably compatible Signs:  Ophiuchus 

Positive Traits for Ophiuchus

  • Happy – The newly introduced 13th sign is characterized by happiness.  They are basically known to be generally fun-loving and positive, and they try to see happiness in everything that they do. This probably has something to do with the fact that an Ophiuchus is a very talented and intelligent sign, and has a deep understanding of how the world works.
  • Truthful – Ophiuchus is extremely truthful to a fault.  They value truth, because they never have enough time to be playing around and wasting their time on senseless things like fiction.  They try not to be secretive, especially from their relationship partners.
  • Charismatic – Like earlier said, the new sign, Ophiuchus is an extremely intelligent and creative sign, which makes them very talented and popular.  Their drive to succeed gives them overflowing confidence, and this in turn makes them very appealing and charismatic to the people around them.  Their positive and happy attitude makes them real people magnets, and because they are highly adaptable, they are able to blend in with most crowds who are attracted to their attention.

Negative Traits for Ophiuchus

  • Polygamous – The Ophiuchus does not value polygamy.  They are not flirtatious, but they just don’t see the need for a monogamous relationship.  They also just tend to keep anything that might be useful to them, and the same goes for their relationships.  If they see that their current partner is not doing them any good, they will be more than willing to replace them with a more suitable partner.
  • Judgmental – They have a very balanced combination of intellectual, creative and emotional traits, and because of this, they are very critical and judgmental when it comes to the talents and traits of others.  They value the use of a thing or a person above anything else, and this is the reason why they love nitpicking and passing judgment on something that they have only been aware of for five seconds.
  • Irresponsible – Ophiuchus are indeed very talented, but they can also be very irresponsible. One might think that with all the talents and drive to succeed they might find it upon themselves to be responsible enough for their own lives, but that is completely not the case.
  • Procrastinator – The Ophiuchus are a complete procrastinator, one that does not want to be rushed and needs to do the task when the time is right.
  • zilo001

    Are these really new dates?

  • Hannahyoh

    Are they really sure bec if its tru i will no longer be libra i will be virgo plst tell me its not tru

  • Kristy

    Thanks for posting the new dates as well. I can’t believe in the old zodiac anymore once I know there are actually 13 constellations and when I was born the sun was actually in a different constellation that the one I thought before.

  • Greece

    the new dates & sign is a load of….who ever had da money to add that is full of themselves thinking they know beyond whats worked for the last hundred years….the traits for new sign are bull & general in everyone -astrologer that disagrees with da New

  • ThePaganSun

    The “new dates” and Ophiuchus aren’t true. The new dates are followed only be Vedic/Sidereal Astrology and even they don’t consider Ophiuchus a sign because it’s not. It’s just a constellation.

  • ZodiacSighnsAreFake

    oh my god these comments are so funny. I mean and I quote, “thinking they know beyond whats worked for the last hundred years” I mean they inst ANY proof and these people believe in it so much