Sun Signs

For centuries astrologers have observed that those born at certain times of the year share similar personal characteristics. This is the basis of sun sign lore. It is a captivating side of astrology since the personal qualities associated with each sign can be so easily recognized once you know the sign a person is born under.

While there is an exaggerated aspect to the sun sign characteristics (it is unlikely that a person will exhibit all the traits of the sign that they’re born under), there is an uncanny aspect to reading this lore and being able to immediately recognize people by these very characteristics. Being privy to the traits each sign possesses you can potentially and understand those around you a little bit better. For instance if you happen to live with a Leo you probably know you should upstage him or her and if you are a Scorpio you’ll realize that you do have a tendency to be overly possessive.

Your Sun sign simply refers to the astrological sign under which you were born. The Sun represents the basic characteristics in a person’s chart. Depending on how well this luminary connects with the Moon and remaining eight planets determines whether the positive or negative traits will, in fact, be predominant in an individual character. The nature of the Sun’s position in each constellation determines where these traits will show up the strongest. It is necessary to have an understanding of what each Sun sign stands for in order to take full advantage of the ancient art of astrology therefore a synopsis of the meaning of the Sun in each sign is information that is advantageous when dealing with others.

Aries – The Ram

Aries is a fire sign. Their metal is iron. The part of the body they rule is the head. Their stone is a ruby and their best color is red. They work in 5-year cycles: their peak years are 27, 36 and 63. Their lucky number is 9 and their lucky day is Tuesday. They are ruled by the planet Mars, their opposite sign is Libra. Their manner is abrupt and their key phrase is “I am.”

Those born under the sign of Aries are most likely to be an instigator, full of enthusiasm and eager to unleash their creative energy. There is no stopping them once they make up their mind. They are troopers, aggressive and ready to act before they think, making them their own worst enemy. They don’t like authority and will rarely listen to someone else’s advice. They must be in a position of leadership, but let’s face it, that’s where they belong. They are graced with the ability to act fast in a crisis and they are always willing to stand up for those who are defenseless. Aries are truly survivors and most definitely a sign that will contribute to society. Not everyone will like them and some may even be a little afraid of what they’ll do next, but for those who understand the Rams nature, a better friend cannot be had.

Taurus – The Bull

Taurus is an earth sign. Their metal is copper. The parts of the body they rule are the ears, nose and throat. Their stone is a turquoise and their best colors are brown and green. They work in 8-year cycles and their peak years are 24, 42 and 76. Their lucky number is 6 and their lucky day is Friday. The planet Venus rules Taurus and their polar opposite sign is Scorpio. Their mannerism is nodding and their key phrase is “I have.”

Taurus is the most likely sign to be stable and reliable. Practical and determined, they will set their sights on a goal and nothing will deter them from reaching it. They are stubborn and unwilling to reverse a decision once it’s made. Their efficient methods are flawless; they take too long, however, for most other signs to tolerate. They strive to acquire both emotional and material security throughout life. They have their own methods of doing things. They often possess a rather melodious voice. They are well liked, accommodating individuals who are not easily angered. The Bull hates to be rushed into anything and will become stubborn if you push. When upset the female Bulls will tap their feet and the males will move their head from side to side as if they were about to attack.

Gemini – The Twins

Gemini is an air sign. Their metal is quicksilver. The parts of the body they rule are the arms and shoulders. Their stone is topaz, their best color yellow. They work in 2-year cycles and their peak years are 27, 42 and 58. Their lucky number is 5 and their lucky day is Wednesday. Their ruling planet is Mercury and the sign opposite is Sagittarius. Their mannerism is gesturing, their key phrase is “I think.”

Gemini is the sign most likely to communicate. Intellectual and eager to learn, they are quite capable of multitasking. Often ambidextrous, they enjoy working with their hands. Truly a sign full of spark, bright-eyed, willing to try something new and versatile to a point that will often confuse others. Gemini’s live for the moment, reacting to any given situation according to the mood they happen to be in. Not likely to be able to conform to any kind of routine, this rather fickle sign will always follow the path most likely to ensure excitement and a new learning experience. Gemini’s make wonderful friends, as long as you don’t confide in them about your private matters. The Twins are known for talking with their hands, making expressive movements to add to their already descriptive way with words. The male Gemini will always have his pockets stuffed with little gadgets. The females are the same, only it’s their handbags that they fill up.

Cancer – The Crab

Cancer is a water sign. Their metal is silver. The part of the body they rule is the stomach. Their stones are moonstone and pearl, their color is white. They work in 7-year cycles and their peak years are 28, 49 and 63. Their lucky numbers are 2 and 7 and their lucky day is Monday. The Moon rules Taurus and the sign opposite is Capricorn. Their manner is crab-like and their key phrase is “I feel.”

Cancer is the most likely sign to nurture. They are sensitive, emotional and extremely protective. This loving sign is fearful of ridicule and their shy and vulnerable nature often misinterpreted by others. They will express a nonchalant attitude, when nothing could be further from the way they actually feel. Cancers are complex individuals. They have mood swings, which are directly linked to the movement of the Moon. Best known for their capacity to remember, they are diplomatic, bright and grand masters at the art of passive persuasion. Cancers need to be the center of attention when it comes to their family and friends. They are highly aggressive if they think that someone may be trying to upset their universe. Their strong need for domestic stability will force them to do whatever is necessary to maintain what they have. If you mess with a Crab prepare to be pinched. They have a tendency to clasp their tummy and often tuck their thumbs into their palms.

Leo – The Lion

Leo is a fire sign. Their metal is gold. The part of the body they rule is the heart. Their stone a diamond, their best color is amber. They work in 10-year cycles and their peak years are 20, 43 and 60. Their lucky number is 1and their lucky day is Sunday. The Sun rules this sign, their polar opposite is Aquarius. Their manner is catlike and their key phrase is “I will.”

Leo’s are the sign most likely to take over. Dignified and dramatic, they push their bold colorful personalities into the limelight whenever possible. They are so full of grandiose ideas and enthusiasm that they tend to mesmerize those lacking their overpowering, flamboyant nature. Truly the kings and queens of the zodiac, they love to be adorned with beautiful possessions. Easily affected by exterior influences, they will rise to any opposition and stifle it before it gets out of hand. They are the rulers and will never back down from a challenge that might infringe on their position. Not likely to hide their feelings, you will always know where you stand with them. They are cat-like – they wet their lips and eat daintily. When annoyed they won’t hesitate to strike. Extravagant and a fun-loving attitude can be their downfall.

Virgo – The Maiden

Virgo is an earth sign. Their metal is quicksilver. The part of the body they rule is the intestines. Their stone is a topaz and their best colors are navy, gray and mustard. They work in 8-year cycles and their peak years are 25, 30 and 47. Their lucky number is 5 and their lucky day is Wednesday. Mercury rules Virgo and the sign opposite is Pisces. Their manner is fidgety and their key phrase is “I analyze.”

Virgo’s are the sign most likely to organize. They are efficient and practical in their approach to every facet of life. Known perfectionists, they can be highly critical of not only themselves but also of everyone they meet. There is no other sign that will pay greater attention to detail than Virgo’s. They have a high regard for work and duty and a tendency to excessive worrying, fretting and overworking. These individuals admire those who get ahead financially. They are fond of good food and comfort, but usually keep a close tab on nutrition and diet. Virgo’s are fidgety like the Twins and also talk with their hands. They will pick at small things with their fingers if they are under stress. This sign is usually neat, clean, fussy and prim.

Libra – The Scales

Libra is an air sign. Their metal is copper. The part of the body they rule is the kidneys. Their stone is a turquoise, and their best colors are pink and blue. They work in 7-year cycles and their peak years are 24, 36 and 48. Their lucky number is 6 and their lucky day is Friday. The planet Venus rules this sign and their polar opposite is Aries. Their manner is poised and their key phrase is “I balance.”

Libra is the sign most likely to maintain equilibrium. They possess an intuitive intelligence that gives them a sophisticated, charming nature that most other signs find to be either irresistible or intimidating. Libra’s are compromising, cooperative and just, constantly playing the role of the peacemaker.

This sign is noted for charm, grace, sophistication, cooperation, justice, fair play, indecisiveness and intuitive intelligence. These individuals are concerned with the present. Libra’s actively seek knowledge, new ideas and mental stimulation. Libra’s rarely express anger, but when they do, they say it all, so watch out. They can give of themselves but generally they get back more. Libra’s will physically balance something like a pencil on their finger when weighing the pros and cons of a situation or balance themselves on the balls of their feet.

Scorpio – The Scorpion

Scorpio is a water sign. Their metal is iron. The part of the body they rule is the sexual organs. Their stone is a bloodstone and their color is crimson. They work in 3-year cycles and their peak years are 27, 36 and 68. Their lucky number is 9 and their lucky day is Tuesday. Their ruling planets are Mars and Pluto and the sign opposite is Taurus. Their mannerism is a distinctive walk and their key phrase is “I desire.”

Scorpio is the sign most likely to finish things. They have such strong convictions and determination coupled with stamina and they will see any matter through to the bitter end regardless of the consequences or obstacles. Scorpion’s emotional desires can lead to possessiveness. They tend to overwork, seek perfection and they despise weakness in themselves or others. They are generous and compassionate, will fight for the underdog and are relentlessly strict about the truth. Scorpions are highly secretive and extremely intuitive. Their eyes are penetrating and magnetic. They make loyal friends or vehement enemies. They go to great lengths to be inconspicuous.

Sagittarius – The Archer

Sagittarius is a fire sign. Their metal is tin. The parts of the body they rule are the hips and thighs. Their stone is an amethyst and their best colors violet and purple. They work in 6-year cycles and their peak years are 19, 30 and 49. Their lucky number is 3 and their lucky day is Thursday. Jupiter is their ruling planet and their polar opposite is Gemini. Their manner is equine and their key phrase is “I see.”

Sagittarius is the sign most likely to achieve. They are honest, straightforward, energetic, fun loving, and easy-going. They have abstract ideas but their innate power of positive thought generally leads them to the winner’s circle. They don’t like to be stuck doing menial jobs. They have a habit of taking on too much and acting too fast in situations that are ambiguous. Sagittarians are independent, diplomatic and excellent when it comes to trouble-shooting. They love to buy themselves the latest gadgets, but they can be tight-fisted with others. They usually land on their feet when it comes to financial matters. Their mannerisms are horse like from head tossing when upset to restless movement of their feet when bored.

Capricorn – The Goat

Capricorn is an earth sign. Their metal is lead. The part of the body they rule is the knees. Their stone is a black pearl and their best colors are black and brown. They work in 10-year cycles and their peak years are 27, 45 and 60. Their lucky number is 8 and their lucky day is Saturday. The planet Saturn is their ruler and the sign opposite is Cancer. Their manner is immobility and their key phrase is “I use.”

Capricorns are most likely to get what they want. The relentless persistence they exude can push anyone to the point of giving in. They have a strong desire to be somebody, to make their mark and most of all, to be remembered. They are precise and calculating. They leave no room for error. Their surefootedness and capacity to endure makes them a likely candidate in any leadership race. They believe in themselves and consequently so do those they encounter. Capricorn’s are not likely to ask for help and they are masters at the art of manipulation. They age very well and in most cases have a lot more fun during the last half of their lives. The most conspicuous manner that this calm sign has is their lack of mobility in any given situation. They are like mannequins, which enhances their ability to observe.

Aquarius – The Water Bearer

Aquarius is an air sign. Their metal is uranium. The part of the body they rule is the ankles. Their stone is aquamarine and their best colors are blue, green and teal. They work in 4-year cycles and their peak years are 32, 50 and 67. Their lucky number is 4 and their lucky day is Friday. Saturn is their ruling and the sign opposite is Leo. Their manner is eccentricity and their key phrase is “I know.”

Aquarius is the sign most likely to discover. They are highly intuitive, intellectual and curious. Aquarians are, unfortunately, a little ahead of their times. They carry themselves with confidence and appear to be laid-back and calm, however, under their stoic exterior is a nervous, apprehensive, innovative individual who is tormented by the inability of others to have the vision that they possess. Aquarians are not greedy or hurtful toward others. Their battle is within themselves, which can make them self-destructive if they don’t have an outlet for their creative inventive mind. They take their work very seriously and they often have an unusual home life. The cool, detached Aquarians show deliberate eccentricity in their manner. They don’t like to be touched by anyone they aren’t close to. They are known for setting trends in all aspects of life, especially when it comes to their looks.

Pisces – The Fish

Pisces is a water sign. Their metal is neptunium. The parts of the body they rule are the feet. Their stone is an emerald and their best colors are mauve and sea green. They work in 3-year cycles and their peak years are 33, 47 and 69. Their lucky number is 7 and their lucky day is Friday. Neptune is their ruling planet and the sign opposite is Virgo. Their manner is imitation and their key phrase is “I believe.”

Pisces is the sign most likely to create. These sensitive, unusual individuals are difficult to comprehend. Their heart rules their head and they base most of their decisions on their acute, intuitive feelings even if they are advised not to. They are free-spirited, live for the moment and are totally sympathetic to the hardships of others. Those promising unique and unusual experiences can easily sidetrack a Pisces. Pisces are highly imaginative and tend to live in a dream world if they don’t have some kind of stability in their lives. They are sentimental, affectionate and sensation seeking which can lead to exciting and interesting creations or devastating depression. They invariably change their mannerisms quickly trying to imitate whomever they are in contact with. When they are alone they are extremely unique, but others will rarely be allowed to capture such displays.