The 12 zodiacs we most commonly use and talk about today (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces) originated from, at the least, two or three different pre-Greek cultures or traditions. These cultures mentioned only 12 of the 48 constellations in the sky, which became part of the modern-day Zodiac. In one of these pre-Greek cultures, these constellations were linked with animals and/or people, giving them the different signs they have today. Each of the signs has an element it belongs to and a planet which it rules over.
The fire signs consist Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, which were labeled as fire signs because of their unpredictable personalities. Like a flame, they are next to uncontrollable. Aries is the cardinal fire sign, meaning that this sign is the most energetic and holds the largest amount of leadership.
Aries (the ram) March 21 - April 19
Aries people are leaders; even though they can be a bit bossy at times, they are hard-workers and will do almost anything to get a job done. Even when others give up, an Aries will stay firm in his or her work ethic. Aries people believe the best in others, causing them to lead a life of being a open book. Once you capture the love of one of these people, they will do anything for you no matter if it is sacrificing themselves or taking major risks. Aries people are overall known for their independence, being goal-oriented, and courageousness.
Leo (the lion) July 23 - August 22
Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. Leo people are fun, playful, and overall entertaining, but they are well known for their hot temper, which can become their downfall later on. While they do have this hot temper, they are also commonly referred to as forgiving people. Even though a Leo does enjoy the drama that comes with the spot light, he or she is also very kind and generous person, which brings a lot of balance to the Leo personality.
Sagittarius (the archer) November 22 - December 21
Travel, freedom, and the outdoors are all things the Sagittarius sign enjoys. Sagittarius people often look on the brighter side of things; they are also open-minded, honest, imaginative, and intelligent people. While they are witty and intuitive, they are also reckless. This sign focuses mainly on philosophy, idealism, religion and spiritual growth.
Water signs such as Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio are associated with water because, like the water, they represent the intuition and emotional aspects of life and people. They have the ability to easily become anything they wish, like water can easily turn into a solid, liquid or a gas.
Pisces (the fishes) February 19 - March 20
Pisces are compassionate and sympathetic, but they also have a mysterious side; this mysterious side is due to the many secrets they tend to keep bottled up, their reserved and sensitive personality, and because of the clairvoyance or sixth sense they always tend to have. This sign is known for its wisdom and sensitivity, which could make for a great friend.
Cancer (the crab) June 21 - July 22
Cancer people are protective and very in-tune with their senses and instincts. Their nurturing and sentimental attitude provides them with a family-type aura. A cancer is very protective and loves to defend people; their protectiveness also works well with their receptivity, creating a next to perfect judge of character.
Scorpio (the scorpion) October 23 - November 21
This sign is a protective and possessive type, which can lead to complications in a relationship or friendship. While they are jealous, they are also concerned and compassionate. Scorpio people have the most negative traits out of all the 12 zodiacs; the Scorpio is moody, quick tempered, secretive, and known to be vindictive. Even though they can be a bit over-bearing at times, it is really their way of showing you they care.
The air signs Aquarius, Gemini and Libra are signs who are focused on actions and ideas. Like the wind, they can either be a powerful storm or a light gust of wind; they are the breath of fresh air that anyone needs, but they can be like the breeze: they come and they go.
Aquarius (the water carrier) January 20 - February 18
An Aquarius person is a very communicative and inventive sign who is also a very loyal and thoughtful friend. This sign is a very independent and self-interested sign with an increased interest in the scientific side of everything. Aquarius people are friendly towards everyone, hence the large friend group and their intense interest in people. As a parent, an Aquarius can be more like a friend than a parent; Aquarius parents are kind, relaxed, and always make rational judgments.
Gemini (the twins) May 21 - June 20
Gemini people love freedom, change, learning, short journeys, and communication. These people are the restless type, and they love to be up and moving. Gemini people are inquisitive, inventive, youthful, broad-minded, and charming in their own way, but while they do have a handful of good qualities, they are also impractical, impatient, nervous, fickle, irritable, and gossipy. When a Gemini is present in his or her home, he or she likes to have plenty of room to walk around and enjoy. A Gemini also enjoys having company over to show off a bright cheerful home.
Libra (the scales) September 23 - October 22
Libra is a sign commonly associated with justice and fairness to all, but it's also said to be manipulative in some ways. This sign is interested in ideas, opinions, politics, diplomacy, partnerships, tactics, and refinement. A Libra woman is always very aware of her looks, and she is also known to be vocal with her opinions and ideas. A Libra man is trustworthy but can change his mind often due to being fickle. Even with the Libra's good financial abilities, he can still be lavish with money when it comes to bringing happiness to others.
The earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are practical, grounded, and dependable. The earth signs feel a sense of duty, responsibility, and reliability to those in its social circle. These signs tend to be the most materialist out of all of the 12 zodiac, which can cause them to overlook someones feelings or be more inclined to focus on the finish line than on the journey they are on.
Taurus (the bull) April 20 - May 20
Taurus people are known for being highly stubborn, obstinate, loyal, and romantic. While Taurus people do have little to say, they are attentive to those they hold dear; not only are they gentle to their loved ones, they are also loving, patient, and completely devoted. Taurus people enjoy leisurely activities such as singing, gardening, painting, and horseback riding, and they dislike people telling them to hurry, being disturbed, changes, and lending things out to others. This sign is overall stubborn, loyal, and romantic.
Virgo (the virgin) August 23 - September 22
Virgo people are organized, sympathetic, witty, charming, and are usually knowledgeable. A young Virgo is honest and reliable, as well as an early talker and reader, hence the knowledgeable qualities. Virgos are typically known for being exceptionally good at mathematics and finance, which would be a good quality for someone who enjoys being head of the household. These people are best in a supporting role in work environments; they are helpful, meticulous, and self-disciplined at work and are always focused on doing their best.
Capricorn (the goat) December 22 - January 19
Ambitious, conservative, determined, practical and helpful: these traits all describe the Capricorn to a tee. Even with the Capricorn's respect for authority and loyalty to tradition, this sign is still an egotistical attention-seeker. With this sign's cautious and realistic attitude, you wont have to worry about this sign leading you in the wrong direction. Capricorn men and woman may be from the same sign, but they do have their differences; while a Capricorn male is usually stocky, the Capricorn female is known to be small and slender, and while the Capricorn female is in need of recognition of her work, a Capricorn male has his own strong opinions and has little need for recognition.