I don’t know about you, but reading a daily horoscope is an integral, must-have part of my morning routine. Because in a reality as wild and unpredictable as ours, it’s nice to have a little cosmic insight into what to expect from your life over the coming 24 hours, and maybe a few hints as to how to manage your day, too. As an astrologer, I can look at the current planetary happenings on my own and get a pretty good idea of how the cosmos might affect me personally — but that doesn’t stop me from reading my horoscope as written by other astrologers, just like everyone else does. Every astrologer interprets the planetary alignments differently, so it’s nice to get perspective.
Even with a growing number of apps and social media accounts at your disposal, there’s plenty that separates even the most dedicated pop astrology lovers from the professionals. With all this information (and occasional misinformation), how can you accurately know what the stars are really trying to tell you?
Use your birthday to determine what Zodiac sign you are. There are 12 Zodiac—or astrological—signs, each categorized according to a certain time of year. Also known as Sun signs, their ranges can sometimes increase or decrease by 1 day during different years, although Western astrology typically uses fixed dates.
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While you might relate to your sun sign most strongly, you actually have traits of multiple of the twelve signs in different levels and aspects of your personality. It is possible that you hardly relate to your sun sign at all! People are complex and layered and none of us fit cleanly into one of twelve boxes. Your various placements describe the unique and multifaceted individual you are.
Each of the zodiac signs is ruled by an element: water, fire, earth, or air. Each of the elements is characterized by different strengths and tendencies. But how each star sign is affected by its element is unique to that sign.
Water signs are seen as shy, reserved, and sensitive, but also intuitive and in tune with their emotions. The water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
Fire signs, meanwhile, are known for passion, creativity, competitiveness, and inspiration. The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
Earth signs are considered conservative, realistic, and “down-to-earth.” The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Finally, air signs are thought of as rational, social, and intellectual. People with this sign are naturally friendly, communicative, and analytical. The air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Each of the zodiac signs is also associated with a planet, called its ruler. This planet exerts a stronger influence over a given sign than any other planet. It affects how your zodiac sign interacts with others, approaches life, and forms relationships. Click your horoscope sign above to discover what your ruling planet is.