The movement of the sun in correspondence with the stars traces out a pattern in the sky, circular in shape which can be termed as ‘ecliptic’. On either side of the ecliptic lies a thin band known as the zodiac. It is also known as the ‘circle of life’ encompassed by 12 different signs. Each sign would be about 30 degrees long.
The zodiac cycle begins with the first day of spring and the corresponding sign on the ecliptic is Aries. The sun will be on the sign of Aries on that day. The exact dates would be on the 20th or 21st of March up till the 19th or 20th of April. The next sign will be Taurus followed by Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
Astrology bases its predictions on these zodiac signs. It divides the world population according to their birth dates and signs. It is said that each of the signs have a unique and distinct influence on our lives. The sun or zodiac sign astrology has gained much popularity over the years. Zodiac sign predictions have found a place in newspapers, magazines and are widely browsed over the internet. Many are those who would like to start their day with a peek at what the stars have in store for them for the day.
The zodiac signs are further grouped into 4 distinct categories namely Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Each sign is assigned certain characteristics and compatibility between people belonging to these signs is relative of the relation between the signs itself. For example, the Earth sign goes best with Fire.
It’s believed that people falling under the same zodiac are not compatible since they have similar traits and are far too comfortable with each other to create spice and chemistry in the relationship.
The distinct characteristics of the fire sign are a commanding personality who is cheerful and confident laced with a certain amount of arrogance and selfishness. Leo, Aries and Sagittarius are fire signs. The Earth signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are known for their practicality and objectiveness.
Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces which are the water signs are sentimental and deep thinking individuals who are quite unpredictable in nature. The stubborn natured Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn are generally very inquisitive individuals who are extremely cautious in nature. The earth signs go best with the water signs. Their fascination for the air signs cannot be ignored though.