So, we’ve talked a little bit about sun signs – which are typically what people are thinking of when they hear about “zodiac signs” – and how they can be used to understand your core essence. When combined with your moon sign (your emotional inner world) and rising sign (how the world perceives you), your sun sign helps to build a more complete picture of why you approach life the way you do, from both an internal and external standpoint.
Your sun sign is by far the most accessible and easiest to calculate of the three – in fact, all you need is your birth date! But just because it’s the most common astrological insight doesn’t make it any less powerful or important. Your sun sign is representative of your truest energy, your drive, and your identity.
Ready to peel back that first layer? Read on!
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You’re a cardinal fire sign, Aries, which means your preferred position in life is probably as the leader of the pack. You’re always up for an adventure and launch yourself into new projects and passions headfirst. You don’t always look before you leap, and you can get a bit hot under the collar, but no one could ever say you don’t have a lust for life.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Taurus, you’re a fixed earth sign, meaning you’re just about as stubborn as they come. That trait can be equal parts maddening and amazing because it means you have the determination to accomplish anything you set your mind to. You’re warm and generous, and you have a serious appreciation for the more luxurious and sensual sides of life.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
As a mutable air sign, you prefer not to be pinned down on anything too serious, Gemini. You’d much rather go with the flow. You’re incredibly quick-witted and curious, and you are probably the person your social circle orbits around. You’re always ready for a good time, and if your friends had one word to describe you, it would be “playful.”
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Has anyone ever called you a homebody? Well, you come by it honestly, my Cancerian friend. As a cardinal water sign, you’ve got Big Hygge Energy, and your physical space is incredibly important to you. It’s probably beautiful, too. You’re also incredibly committed to your tribe (i.e., your friends and family) and love to understand your loved ones on an emotional level.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
All the world’s a stage, and you’re no stranger to the spotlight, Leo. As a fixed fire sign, you have an innate desire to be seen, which can sometimes earn you a reputation as a drama queen. But that drive means you also want others to be seen, and you’re just about the most supportive and generous person anyone could ask for in their lives.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
You were put on this earth with a keen, analytical mind, Virgo. Organization is your superpower. As a mutable earth sign, you’re not quite as stubborn as your fellow earth signs, but you do like things how you like them. You can have a tendency to be a bit controlling. But you’re also an incredibly kind, generous, and grounding partner and friend.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
You’re a cardinal air sign, Libra, which means you’re curious, free-spirited, and a born peacemaker. You want everyone around you to get along, which can also make you a bit indecisive at times because you focus so much on what others want. Your ruling planet is Venus, goddess of love and beauty, which makes you oh so idealistic and romantic.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
People don’t always know how to take you, Scorpio, and if you’re being truly honest, you’re totally cool with that. A fixed water sign, there’s no limit to your depth of emotion or your desire to get raw and vulnerable with those you love. But it takes a while to get to that point – you don’t trust just anyone. Once someone’s broken into your inner circle, though, they’re in for life.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Adventure is always calling, isn’t it Sag? As a mutable fire sign, you want nothing more than to go where the wind takes you. Travel and learning are your great loves. If someone wants to claim you for their own, they’re gonna have to keep up. You’ve got quite the independent streak and are known to tell it like it is–tact sometimes included. But you’re the life of any and every party.
Capricorn (December 22-January 20)
Someone’s always gotta be the grownup in every group, and you’re fine with it being you, Capricorn. A cardinal earth sign, you’re happy to be the one who keeps up with the details because then you know it’ll be done correctly. You’ve got serious ambition, and you know your worth. You’re also a very caring — and protective — friend, partner, and parent.
Aquarius (January 21-February 20)
Whoever coined the phrase “marching to the beat of their own drummer” was definitely talking about an Aquarius. A fixed air sign, there’s nothing conventional about you. You have an intense drive to make the world a better place, but too much emotion makes you uncomfortable. You’re a born storyteller and are by far the most interesting person in any room.
Pisces (February 21-March 20)
Pisces, you’re the zodiac’s own hopeless romantic. A mutable water sign, you feel things oh-so-intensely, and your intuition is usually scary accurate. You can read people like a book, but you have a hard time distinguishing your emotions from those around you. Making other people happy makes you happy, but you can sometimes lose sight of your own needs in the process.