Astrology tells us so much about ourselves; the planets in their orbits reflect our basic life forces. They influence our characteristics by their relationship to each other, as measured from the moment of our birth. These relationships between the planets, their positions in relation to the place of our birth tell us of their expression in the spheres of life depicted in the astrological houses.
Many mistakenly think that is all there is to Astrology, simply watching constellations process through the Zodiac, but there is much, much more. The Zodiac is a 360 degree circle divided into 12 sections, each associated with certain characteristics based on qualities on the elements Fire, Air, Water and Earth.
Each of these four elements has three states named Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. Those of us with an emphasis on Cardinal signs tend to be leaders or initiators, they're goal oriented, never taking their eyes off of the prize. Those of us with an emphasis on fixed signs tend to be "status quo" people. They're efficient, good organizers, tending to react to situations and not to initiate them. Those with mutable emphasis love change; they seek the new and have no love for the "status quo."
So with 12 Zodiac signs each belonging to an element, each in one of the three states gives us an infinite number of personalities and characteristics. Each of us, holding specific aspects of each, so there is no pure Taurus or Sagittarius. With the factors of heredity and influences of the states and elements two people born into Aries can seem as different as night and day. The date, time and places of their births, separating them, giving them, different relationships to the different planets.
So which signs should you be friends with?
Aries (March 20th - April 19th)
Aries is a Cardinal Fire sign, ruled by Mars making them high energy. They enjoy challenges and love to win. In romance, the emphasis might be more on the chase than the catch. Being a fire sign their love burns hot and impulsive, often failing to look before they leap. They shun routine seeking excitement and competition. An Aries will often rush into relationships due to their impulsive nature. Their fire and excitement will draw many to be near them, but their hot tempers and willful natures will test even the most patient partner. Aries tends to be upbeat, outgoing and creative, but remember what fuels this is their fire.
Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)
Taurus is a Fixed Earth sign, ruled by Venus, the planet of love. Taurus is symbolized by the bull, like the bull they are deliberate and plodding, relaxed seeking pleasure and comfort, but willing to work hard to achieve. Their calm relaxed nature can lead those around them to forget, the bull has a hot temper. They love stability and they are in love with love and with beautiful things. Their patient nature sometimes leads them to stay in dysfunctional relationships out of habit or a sense of duty. In a healthy relationship, Taurus can be harmonious affectionate and dynamic. A Taurus would love life in the country especially with another Earth sign such as Virgo or Capricorn.
Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)
Gemini is a Mutable Air sign, ruled by Mercury; they're cerebral, witty and talkative. Twins best describe them, as they enjoy the company of others and enjoy sharing ideas. They love to share their latest exploits with the key word being "their' exploits. Gemini's tend to internalize and intellectualize their feelings, sometimes making them seem flighty and fickle. Their desire to meet new and exiting people and situations can make them hard to tie down to just one partner. They need a partner who is also exciting, adventurous and self-confident, their airy nature makes them appear casual even when feeling deeply.
Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)
Cancer is a Cardinal water sign, ruled by the moon; they're described as the crab because they carry their own house. Insightful Cancer's tend to internalize their feelings. They crave a stable relationship built on mutual trust and affection. Like a crab they hold on to something they want, being quite subtle they can approach matters from different directions. Cancer's aren't interested in playing the field; it is contrary to their water nature. They seek commitment with a special someone as they need to be needed. They love to love and to build a family around themselves. Like still waters, Cancer's water nature sometimes runs deep, mysterious just as the other water signs Scorpio or Pisces are, for Cancer the best night out is a night at home.
Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)
Leo is a Fixed Fire sign, ruled by the sun; like its Zodiac sign Leo rules like a lion. Dignified and proud, Leo's enjoy their leisure time and thrive among admirers, they crave attention and excitement. They can be charmers with a glamorous appearance, but deep down inside they carry a tender heart. They can be hurt easily if ignored or not the center of attention. Being a fire sign, Leo's love to be loved and to offer love in return, they crave family and attention. Leo's don't care much for playing the field; rather they seek out that one significant other.
Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)
Virgo is a Mutable Earth sign, ruled by Mercury. This is a cool Earth sign, down to Earth, unusually gentle and kind. They are often happy alone and sometimes uncomfortable in dating situations. Their sincere nature and gentleness makes game playing unlikely, Virgos seeks commitment and are selfless in their relationships. Like the other Earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn, Virgo is built for commitment, if their partners can wait for them.
Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)
Libra is a Cardinal Air sign ruled by Venus, what else needs to be said? The sign of Libra is ruled by love and represents partnership, they have a sense of beauty and proportion which must always be kept in balance. They strive to keep themselves in balance between work and play, thoughts and emotions. This sense of balance sometimes hinders. They struggle making decisions, ruled as they are by love, they seek peace and sometimes stay, even when reality says go.
Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)
Scorpio is a Fixed Water sign ruled by Pluto; the scorpion is a solitary creature. They're never aggressive unless disturbed. Scorpios seek a deep commitment from their partners; they're complex and prone to jealousy. This due to their passion and sense of justice, they desire openness and honesty in a relationship and won't brook betrayal or infidelity. As a Water sign they're long on endurance, just as with Cancer and Pisces. While Scorpios can appear dark and mysterious, once through their defenses Scorpio's are intuitive and with their strong desire to succeed, can endure the troubles which might cripple other relationships.
Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)
Sagittarius is a Fire sign; Mutable ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarian's are free spirits with traveling bones. The centaur is their symbol, half horse and half man willing to travel the world seeking adventure, in its hands a bow, shooting arrows into the distance chasing new adventures, romantic or otherwise. Sagittarians are fun-loving and lusty, but their wish to see what's over the hill makes it difficult for them to commit. They're always willing for new and different experiences and resist being tied down. They need someone like themselves, open, good-natured with the spirit of adventure. Finding that, this most philosophical of signs will see marriage as the ultimate adventure.
Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)
Capricorn is an Earth sign, ruled by Saturn; like their sign the mountain goat, they are always seeking higher ground. They seek achievement, they're goal oriented and ambitious and far too practical to play dating games. They take their romantic relationships as seriously as anything else in their lives. Capricorn wants success in love, just as they desire success in all areas of life, but their practicality can make them appear as aloof and uncaring. Capricorns are often serious and shy by nature. Diplomatic and subtle, they seek others who like themselves are hard working and goal oriented.
Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)
Aquarius is a Fixed Air sign, ruled Uranus; just as the water bearer pours out his waters Aquarians are sharing, communicative, progressive with a deep abiding love for humanity. Despite their sociability and outward nature they also seek alone time. Profuse in their love of humanity, they seek an intellectual connection. They seek a partner who understands them and their practicality requires friends first. They don't always show their emotions, so don't wait on an Aquarian to make the first move, like all the air signs their thoughts are for others, even to the point of forgetting themselves.
Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)
Pisces a Mutable Water sign, ruled by Neptune; Sensitive and compassionate they are one of the most romantic signs of the Zodiac. By their nature they fall in love fast and hard. While seeming graceful on the outside, they tend to lead a private existence in daydreams. They have a desire to be on their own, but are never happier when they have someone to devote themselves too completely. People sometimes misunderstand a Pisces, because as a water sign they can seem mysterious. They are caring and giving to a fault, for the right partner they can be a dream come true.