What Your Zodiac Sign's Month, Date & Season Means, Per Astrology

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How The Month, Date & Season Effects Your Zodiac Sign

Astrology is interesting, yet sooo confusing if you've never studied it before or know where to start.

It's easy to bring up astrology as a conversation starter.

A lot of us ask "What's your sign?" when meeting a new person to figure out who they are and what their personality is like.

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Though many of us know what horoscopes or zodiac signs are, a lot of us don't know what each one really means.

In a nutshell, astrology is the study of celestial bodies, planetary movements, aspects, and position.

If you're new to the subject, have ever been confused, or are just curious to learn all you can about astrology, here is a basic breakdown.

Zodiac signs are ruled by planets.

There are 12 zodiac signs, and each one has specific dates, seasons and meanings that relate to the type of animal or symbol relative to their horoscope.

The planets and each zodiac sign indicate potential traits.

Every sign is unique and each one is known for different personality traits and talents, and this relates to their placement and house system within the zodiac.

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Each sign and planet relate to a house system and group.

There are three elements: fire, earth, air, and water, and within each element are three zodiac signs.

Each group of zodiac signs within one element has a particular energy: cardinal, fixed or mutable.

1. ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

"I am."


Season: Spring

Element: Fire

Ruled by: Mars

Governs: The head

Symbol: The Ram

Love compatibility: Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, Libra

Worst match: Cancer and Pisces

Spring is a fresh start and when creation rebirths and comes to life again.

Think youthful baby, full of energy and ... mistakes!

Aries is the first-born child of the zodiac and that's what makes it so special.

The Ram is a fire sign that's all about doing more. People with the Aries zodiac sign are usually energetic and competitive.

They always have to be the first in everything and you'll be able to tell when you're their competition.

Aries are also good at multitasking but they don't always finish what they set out to accomplish.

In terms of romantic relationships, an Aries makes a passionate lover but sometimes lacks patience.

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TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

"I have."


Season: Spring

Element: Earth

Ruled by: Venus

Governs: love, beauty, and money

Symbol: Bull

Love compatibility: Cancer, Capricorn, and Pisces

Worst match: Aquarius, Gemini, and Sagittarius

Taurus is a sign that's known for being practical and well-grounded.

Out of all 12 zodiac signs, a Taurus is one of the most reliable.

Sometimes they can come off as stubborn, but it's because they know what they have to get done and they like to do it a certain way.

Taurus prefers long-term commitment and they stay loyal to the people they love.

They also enjoy making money because they prefer the finer things in life.

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GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

"I know."


Season: Summer

Element: Air

Ruled by: Mercury

Governs: communications, intellectual matter, and gossip

Symbol: Twins

Love compatibility: Libra, Aquarius, and Aries

Worst match: Pisces, Virgo, and Scorpio

Gemini is a sign that gets a bad rap for being two-faced.

This is only because of Gemini's symbol, the twins.

Geminis stay open-minded and they can start a conversation with anyone.

The Gemini is one of the more social zodiac signs and they hate being alone.

A Gemini hates sticking to a routine and rather do more spontaneous things.

Geminis are always ready for a good time and they're usually the life of the party!

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CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

"I feel."


Season: Summer

Element: Water

Ruled by: Moon

Governs: Home life, sensitivity, and emotional intensity

Symbol: Crab

Love compatibility: Scorpio, Taurus, and Virgo

Worst match: Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini

Cancer is a sign who is known for being in touch with their emotions.

They love feeling helpful and they stay loyal to the ones they love.

Cancers hate conflict and will avoid it at all costs, yet if they end up in a fight, it's always with someone bigger than them.

Cancer signs tend to go down the wrong path initially, only fixing things after they learn from their mistakes.

If you love a Cancer right, they will love you right back and never let go.

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LEO (July 23 - August 22)

"I create."


Season: Summer

Element: Fire

Ruled by: Sun

Governs: Life and vitality

Symbol: Lion

Love compatibility: Sagittarius, Gemini, and Aries

Worst match: Capricorn, Taurus, and Scorpio

Leo is a sign who is known for its dominant personality.

Leos are natural-born leaders because of their high self-esteem and ability to achieve anything they set out to do.

They are the first to take initiative when something goes wrong.

Leos are highly creative, so they also make great artists. Because of their generosity and loyalty to people, they make friends very easily.

One of their everyday goals is to simply laugh a lot and have a good time.

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VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

"I analyze."


Season: Fall

Element: Earth

Ruled by: Mercury

Governs: Critical analysis, intellectual subtlety, and service

Symbol: Maiden

Love compatibility: Taurus, Cancer, and Capricorn

Worst match: Gemini, Libra, and Aries

Virgo is a sign with strong attention to detail. They are a big fan of planning.

They'll have a plan for anything and everything!

Virgos love organization. They prepare for everything, as they don't like to leave anything to chance.

Sometimes they can come across as shy and more introverted.

They can be pretty hard on themselves and they also tend to criticize others.

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LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

"I relate."


Season: Fall

Element: Air

Ruled by: Venus

Governs: Love, beauty, and money

Symbol: Scales

Love compatibility: Aquarius, Gemini, and Sagittarius

Worst match: Pisces, Cancer, and Taurus

Libra is a sign who is known for being one of the most intellectual of the zodiac signs.

They love getting caught up in deep discussions or a really good book.

Libras crave a good partnership because they hate being alone.

Libras benefit greatly from traveling the world because they like to learn new things and be immersed in different cultures.

Overall, Libras are peaceful people who avoid conflict whenever they can.

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SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

"I desire."


Season: Fall

Element: Water

Ruled by: Pluto and Mars

Governs: Determination and endurance

Symbol: Scorpion

Love compatibility: Cancer, Capricorn, and Pisces

Worst match: Libra, Leo, and Gemini

Scorpio is a sign who is known for being assertive. Scorpios go for what they want!

Scorpios make great leaders because of how determined they are to lead their team to victory.

Sometimes, Scorpios can come off as a bit mysterious. This might be because of their cool, calm and collected appearance.

Scorpios are natural lie-detectors.

They can smell out a lie from miles away and they won't stop until they uncover the truth.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

"I understand."


Season: Winter

Element: Fire

Ruled by: Jupiter

Governs: Abundance, spirituality, and growth

Symbol: Archer

Love compatibility: Aries, Aquarius, and Leo

Worst match: Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo

Sagittarius is a sign known for its open-mindedness. Because they're willing to try anything, Sagittarius' make great travelers.

A Sagittarius isn't afraid to taste a country's bizarre delicacy or learn a new language.

The Sagittarius is often curious and they love learning new things.

They're easy to have a fun time with due to their good sense of humor.

A Sagittarius is hard to tie down though because they love their freedom too much.

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CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

"I utilize."


Season: Winter

Element: Earth

Ruled by: Saturn

Governs: Time and restrictions

Symbol: Sea-goat

Love compatibility: Taurus, Pisces, and Virgo

Worst match: Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo

Capricorn is a sign that represents time and responsibility.

They like to go down the traditional route sticking to their culture's roots or the way their parents raised them.

Capricorns make great role models because of their ability to lead the way.

They also possess an incredible amount of self-control.

Capricorns aren't as open-minded as some of the other signs and because of this, they can come off as cold and distant.

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AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

"I change."


Season: Winter

Element: Air

Ruled by: Uranus and Saturn

Governs: Innovation, technology, and surprising events

Symbol: Water-bearer

Love compatibility: Libra, Sagittarius, and Gemini

Worst match: Virgo, Pisces, and Scorpio

Aquarius is a sign known for its deep thinkers.

Aquarius can come off as quiet and shy, yet at times they can have balls of energy.

They are great at problem-solving and usually stay neutral when helping two people in an argument.

They are able to see things from both sides without being biased.

Aquarius loves to help people, so they make great therapists and doctors.

The wheels in their brain are constantly turning and they easily adapt to the environment around them.

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PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

"I believe."


Season: Spring

Element: Water

Ruled by: Neptune and Jupiter

Governs: Creativity and dreams

Symbol: Fish

Love compatibility: Scorpio, Cancer, and Capricorn

Worst match: Libra, Gemini, and Sagittarius

Pisces is a sign that loves being in the company of their friends. They enjoy hosting parties and entertaining guests.

They are always ready to help others and they display many selfless qualities.

Pisces has some of the most satisfying and healthy relationships out of all the signs.

They are friendly and love being surrounded by people, yet they also enjoy their alone time.

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Lauren Margolis is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, entertainment news, and relationship topics. ​

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