Lesson 1:The 12 Signs of the Zodiac

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Lesson 1:The 12 Signs of the Zodiac

Postby Donata » 07 Nov 2006, 16:03

First of basic lessons posted for most of us who are amateurs or beginners in the art and science of astrology. More basic lessons to follow.


The Twelve Signs of The Zodiac (from http://astrologystudent.50megs.com/custom.html)

ARIES-The Ram (March 21-April 20)
Key word: Action
Key phrase: I Am!
Element: Fire
Quality: Cardinal

Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and is ruled by the planet Mars which is located in it's natural First House. It is associated with the beginning of a cycle. When a planet or house cusp is in Aries, the planet or house will describe how or where you strive to be first.

Aries turns ideas into action, is spontaneous, competitive and enthusiastic. It will also show qualities of impulsiveness, selfishness and aggresiveness.

A person born under the sign of Aries will tend to be a natural leader with great passion. They like to start things for others to finish because they become easily bored and want to move on to some new challenge.

Some positive traits: Initiating, pioneering, eager, courageous, independent, dynamic.
Some negative traits : Quick-tempered, violent, impatient, egotistical, intolerant.

TAURUS-The Bull (April 20-May 20)
Key word: Stability
Key phrase: I Have
Element: Earth
Quality: Fixed

Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet venus, which is located in it's natural house. When a planet or house cusp is in Taurus, it will describe how and/or where you will seek stability and security.

People with the Sun in Taurus are usually very practical and level-headed; they won't be easily led by idealism. Risks are taken only if it is absolutely necessary and only after much consideration. This is a sign that's slow to change and would prefer a steady routine in life. They are not afraid of hard work because they value emotional and material security.

Taurus can be very caring and warmhearted but there is a tendency to be extremely jealous, possessive and very stubborn. Taurus must strive to keep an open mind because his strong personal convictions can blind him to the ideas of others.

Some positive traits: Stable, dependable, practical, conventional,determined and patient.
Some negative traits: Possessive, stubborn, materialistic, lazy.

GEMINI-The Twins (May 21-June 20)
Keyword: Versatility
Keyphrase: I Think
Element: Air
Quality: Mutable
Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac and is ruled by Mercury. When a planet or house cusp is in the sign of Gemini, the planet or house will describe how or where you communicate the most. It also represents the conscious mind and the thinking process.

In general, a person born under the sign of Gemini will tend to need constant change and variety in their lives; as well as the need to communicate on all levels. They are the happiest when they have more than one interest to pursue. Sometimes this can lead to inconsistency and irresponsibility because they fail to complete what they start. In spite of this trait, they have excellent memory, quick minds and can be very logical and rational people.
Some positive traits: Versatile, adaptable, inquisitive, intelligent, quick to learn.
Some negative traits: Superficial, short attention span, restless, nervous, nervous, lacks concentration, conniving.

CANCER-The Crab (June 21-July22)
Key word: Devotion
Key phrase: I Feel
Quality: Cardinal

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the Moon, which is located in it's natural fourth house. When a planet or house cusp is in the sign of Cancer, it will describe how or where you will be affected by influences of extreme sensitivity and intuition.

A person born under the sign of Cancer will have a strong attachment to home and family and will do whatever it takes to protect their domestic security. Cancers are intelligent and have great forsight, but their hesitancy and self-doubt can hold them back. At times, they can be extremely moody and prone to depression, often driving them to isolation. These are very complex people, sometimes appearing very strong and at other times extremely vulnerable. The Cancer Sun sign must constantly work to improve their self esteem and self confidence.

Cancers are usually shy and timid, and they have a tendency to react more from intuition or emotion rather than from reason. They can be directed through kindness, but if forced, they become immovable.

Some positive traits: Nurturing, protective, traditional, sensitive, understanding, caring, intuitive, tenacious.
Some negative traits: Self pity, moody, clinging, manipulative, overly-emotional, insecure.

LEO-The Lion (July 23-August 22)

Key word: Power
Key phrase: I Will
Element: Fire
Quality: Fixed

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the Sun, which is located in it's natural fifth house. When a planet or house cusp is located in the sign of Leo, it will describe how and where you will be affected by influences of optimism, capacity for enjoyment and self-expression.

Leos are powerful personalities. They are usually ambitious and enthusiastic people who enjoy drawing attention to themselves. Sometimes they can be overly confident and outspoken. On the opposite side of the coin, Leos are courageous when needed, loyal and generous and will defend their loved ones with surprising force.

Leos can be too sensitive to personal criticism, and when their dominance is threatened they can go into a sudden rage.

Some positive traits: Dignity, will-power, generosity, loyalty, confidence, ambitious.
Some negative traits: Conceited, arrogant, laziness.

VIRGO-The Virgin (August 23-September 22)

Key word: Practicality
Key phrase: I Analyze
Element: Earth
Quality: Mutable

Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Mercury, which is located in it's natural 6th house. When a planet or house cusp is in the sign Virgo, that house or planet will be influenced by the qualities of seeking perfection, discrimination, and attention to details as indicated in the natal chart.

A person born under the sun sign of Virgo will show qualities of being very detail oriented, practical and efficient. Sometimes they become so involved with details that they lose sight of the 'big picture'. They can make themselves so useful to others, it often leaves them vulnerable to exploitation. When confronted with obstacles, they will stay calm and rational and work on finding a solution rather than loosing their cool. This calmness is sometimes seen as being cold and calculating. In spite of this, Virgos are friendly and outgoing people; however, they still need to avoid being shy or inhibited when it comes to dealing with others interests as well as with their personal interests

Some positve traits: Practical, analytical, neat, industrious, detailed.

Some negative traits: Fault -finding, cynical, too shy, perfectionist, worrying, critical of self/others.

LIBRA-The Scale (September 23-October 23)

Key word: Harmony
Key phrase: I Balance
Element: Air
Quality: Cardinal

Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Venus which rules the natural seventh house. When a planet or house cusp contains Libra, it will show where one will strive for harmony, creativity and balance as indicated in the natal chart.

People born with the Sun sign Libra usually have an even temperment and they will try to avoid extremes of all kinds. However, if a Libra feels like they are being mistreated or imposed upon, they will fight back uncharecteristically. This may throw others off and lead them to view the Libran as cold or indignant. Their strong sense of fair play and companionship makes them extremely sensitive to this kind of response.

Sometimes Libra will make sacrifices for the sake of peace and give in to the demands of others. Libra must strive for not being knocked off balance by the burdens of emotional and/or physical attachments either of themselves or others.

Some positive traits: Romantic, cooperative, gracious, sociable, tactful, diplomatic.

Some negative traits: Fickle, dependent, indecisive, sulking, Peace at any cost.

SCORPIO-The Scorpion (October 23-November 22)

Key word: Intensity
Key phrase: I Desire
Element: Water
Quality: Fixed

Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Pluto, which rules the natural eighth house. When a planet or house cusp is in Scorpio, it will be influenced by the qualities of deep emotions and desires, forced changes and sometimes fatalistic attitudes as indicated in the natal chart.

Scorpios usually have a strong will and an intense emotional drive in whatever they do; therefore, they must keep their integrity high. Otherwise they may become suseptible to jealousy, hatered, possessiveness, or even violence.

On the positive side, they are hard workers and are willing to help others as long as they are willing to help themselves.

Some positive traits: Motivated, passionate, resourceful, investigative, penetrating, aware.

Some negative traits: Intolerant, violent, jealous, resentful, distrusting, secretive, tempermental.

SAGITTARIUS-The Archer (November 22-December 21)

Key word: Freedom
Key phrase: I See
Element: fire
Quality: Mutable

Sagittarius is the ninth house of the zodiac and is ruled by Jupiter which rules the natural ninth house.When Sagittarius is on a house cusp or any planet is in Sagittarius, it will be influenced by qualities of abundane, optimism, lack of discrimination, or hunches playing a signicant role.

Sagittarians tend to be extroverted and outspoken people. They are opposed to the mistreatment of others. they possess a quick wit and uncanny insight and intuition; however their mistakes often come from not following it.

Sagittarians can also be very restless people wanting to know everything that is going on around them and wanting to go everywhere. They become bored when they are surrounded by people or situations they are not interested in. They have a tendency to be unconcerned or seem unaware of the thoughts and feelings of others.

Some positive traits: Honest, open-minded, staight forward, ethical, charitable, generous, good sense of humor.

Some negative traits: exaggerating, blunt, impatient, pushy, tactless, talks too much.

CAPRICORN- The Goat (December 22-January 19)

Key word: Ambition
Key phrase: I Use
Element: Earth
Quality: Cardinal

Capricorn is the tenth house of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Saturn, which rules the natural tenth house. When a planet or house cusp is in Capricorn, it will be influenced by qualities of self-discipline, seriousness, desire for status, responsibility, and hard work as indicated in the natal chart.

A person born under the sign of Capricorn will have a tendency to be goal oriented. They seek positions where they can have great control and authority. They don't function well in subordinate positions. If they believe they can succeed in attaining a goal, they will perservere until it is reached.

Sometimes Capricorns can lack self-confidence, making them extremely defensive because deep down they fear rejection and/or ridicule from others. They can also hold a grudge, sometimes for many years. Capricorn must learn to make allowances for other peoples mistakes with no hard feelings.

Some positive traits: Ambitious, hard working, responsible, practical, perserverance, self-discipline.

Some negative traits: Stubborn, overbearing, unforgiving, inhibited, fatalistic, condescending.

AQUARIUS-The Water Bearer (January 20-February 18)

Key word: Independence
Key phrase: I Know
Element: Air
Quality: Fixed

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Uranus, which rules the natural eleventh house. When a planet or house cusp is in the sign of Aquarius, it will describe how and where one will be affected by the influences of a need for independence, unconventional behavior, humanitarian ideals and sudden changes and events as indicated in the natal chart.

People born under the sign of Aquarius tend to be idealistic and open minded. They are also extemely independent, determined and stubborn. They don't mind being asked to do something, but they resent being told to do it. When Aquarians suddenly change their minds or do something unexpected, they wil do so for practical or advantgeous reasons. They are not limited to their environment and disappointments don't deter them from their goals. They often adopt a life style that goes against the trends, because the odd and unique fascinate them. They are rarely caught off guard by people or situations that may seem strange to others.

Some postive traits: Progressive, independent, inventive, friendly, humaitarian, originality.

Some negative traits: Unemotional, aloof, tempermental, unpreditable, eccentric, fixed opinions.

PISCES-The Fishes (February 19-March 20)

Key word: Understanding
key phrase: I Believe
Element: Water
Quality: Mutable

Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Neptune, which rules the natural twelfth house. When a planet or house cusp is in the sign of Pisces, it will be influenced by qualities of mystical experiences, activity behind the scenes, and sympathy.

People born under the sign of Pisces tend to be very sensitive and responsive to the thoughts and feelings of others. They always want to do the right thing, but sometimes there is a struggle between their desires and their needs, between their being pesimistic and optimistic. As a result, they find it difficult to make up their minds. They often make excellent artists in all fields because they have great imaginations.

Some positive traits: Understanding, instinctive, compassionate, artistic, sacrificing, charitable.

Some Negative traits: Pessimistic, impractical, unrealistic, fearful, emotionally restrained, melancholy.
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Postby Crystal Dragon » 07 Nov 2006, 17:27

Here are some verses also referring to the 12 signs of the zodiac which give an added dimension I feel:

I am the first of twelve
I mark the beginning of beginnings
I initiate the journey into the season of spring
I am all births
I follow my head, an urgent pioneer charging alone into the unknown to attain my goal … the only thing I can see
My home is in the east, where the Sun is born and where its light is keenest
I am the sharp, ardent, headstrong, one-pionted thrust of THE RAM

I am the second of twelve
I mark the continuation of beginnings and the May-time blossom
I follow in the journey and meet its practical needs
I allow my power to be harnessed for the productive bounty of nourishment and tangible gain
My home is in the green and fertile pastures tilled by the hand of man and his settlement
I am the solid, dependable beast of procreation and of burden
I am the shackled muscle and fertility of THE BULL

I am the third of twelve
I mark the first ending, the close of spring
I change the route of the journey
I listen, compare, consider all sides
I measure, weigh and exchange one for another
I am Slight-of-hand, Shape-Shifter
My home is in the city, where-ever the word is passed between one mind and another
I come when the land is forsaken
I am the changing mind, the collector of information
I am mortal and immortal, two-in-one, joined in the paradox of THE TWINS

I am the fourth of twelve
I mark a new season - the arrival of summer
Whilst I turn the Sun at its Zenith
I hide, to protect and defend what is mine and to which I belong
I seek a container to shelter my soft and vulnerable vitals
My home is in the damp sands and translucent and yet distorting pools between the conscious and the unconscious
I am the hard shell and the soft innards, and the tenacious clam claws of THE CRAB

I am the fifth of twelve
I hold the light of the world and mark the fullness of the year
I glow in my inclusion on the earth
I give and trust, and rejoice in the labours of creation
I strive to recreate myself, to be seen, recognised, to shine my radiating light in every corner
My home is in the solid fire of the Centre
I am the magnitude of the golden glory and raw strength of THE LION

I am the sixth of twelve
I mark another change, another ending as the season inclines to Fall
I serve the needs of nature and seek order, to integrate and fit - exactly and precisely - each tiny cell of life with every other
I seek the rightful place in space and time for every occurance
I aim to make all whole and healthy
My home is in the fingers and the mind of man and his every craft
I am the Alchemist and the integration
I am the nourishing wholeness of the single and complete WOMAN

I am the seventh of twelve
I mark the balance of the year, the return to darker seasons
I initiate the journey back to the beginning
I give and take and make contacts
I seek an equal partner to share my life thoughts and love
I seek perfection in the ordained juncture of the soul’s two halves
I weigh truth of the heart against the telling feather of wisdom
My home is in the eyes of the Other
I am the hesitation and fervour of the perfected soul, the ideal of eternal justice, the karma and balance in THE SCALES

I am the eighth of twelve
I mark the hour of the coming death
I am the cloak of the deep, and the truth beyond all life
I am the power that drives us into birth through life and all its tribulations, on and into inevitable end
My home is the eternal underworld, the realm of  hidden feelings and the terrors of the dark night of the soul
I am the taboo and the black ritual
I am the transformation and the rebirth
I am the piercing sight of the Eagle and the resurrection of the Phoenix
I am the death-sting of THE SCORPION

I am the ninth of twelve
I mark the changing of deep directions, the flight of vision into the fiery sky of eternal sunset
I ache with possibilities, reel with intoxication
I seek inspiration, truth, my own answer of experiencing all that life is
My home is where-ever I am at any one moment
I am the raging wild-fire and the flickering flame of patterned purpose
I am the sight of the seer and the call of distant knowledge for the seeker
I am the far flung arrows of THE ARCHER

I am the tenth of twelve
I mark the reaching for a summit of achievement and the turning of the Sun at its nadir in the north
I seek out high places, separate and aloof and, with a trained and steady pace I keep my progress measured and charted
My home is in the isolated regions of the omniscient One, and at the boundaries of existence
I am the omnipotence of the all-encompassing Leviathon
I am the caution and the prudence and the measured determination of THE GOAT

I am the penultimate eleventh
I mark the zeal of the ideal made manifest beyond all other cost
I see past the bounds of the ordinary
I reach beyond the limits of humanity
I breach the barriers of habitual comfort
I smash the shell of ignorance, of life-denying form, and of rigid authority
I tear apart the chrysalis of safety
My home is always just out of reach
I am the heavy and yet illuminating ethers of universal knowledge poured into and from the juman vessel of life’s eternal PITCHER or FOUNTAIN

I am the twelth and the final one that holds all
I mark the  culmination and the conception, the return and the cycle of the spiral wound eternally around
I am nothing alone and seek to sacrifice myself to a greater good, a greater god and being
I have no limits, I pervade, I infiltrate, I wander and always seek to merge and to blend with whatever I meet
My home is in the watery dance of dream
I am the illusion of fantasy, the lure of the Muse, the voice of spirit
I am the changing face of time in the eternal ocean of THE FISHES

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