What is my star sign? Zodiac dates and characteristics for 2023 – The Sun | The Sun

LOTS of us go to the stars for guidance in our lives, whether that's relationships, family, work or more, your star sign might say more about you than you'd think. 

Horoscope readings based on your zodiac sign can help you to understand and add context to some trickier challenges you may end up encountering. 

What are the star signs and how do I work out mine?

There are 12 astrological signs, also known as signs of the zodiac.

In order, they are – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

These are significant as some people believe the different signs can reveal important traits about others. 

The dates used by Mystic Meg for each sign are below, however, those are not exact as no one can fully determine the specific dates.

  • Capricorn: December 22 – January 20
  • Aquarius: January 21 – February 18
  • Pisces: February 19 – March 20
  • Aries: March 21 – April 20
  • Taurus: April 21 – May 21
  • Gemini: May 22 – June 21
  • Cancer:  June 22 – July 22
  • Leo: July 23 – August 23
  • Virgo: August 24 – September 22
  • Libra: September 23 – October 23
  • Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
  • Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21

Each of the 12 horoscope signs belongs to one of the four elements – Air, Water, Fire and Earth.

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are Fire signs, while Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are water signs. 

Meanwhile, Libra, Aquarius and Gemini are considered to be Air signs, while Earth signs are Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.


Horoscope traits

What does your star sign mean for you?

Aries – The best and worst characteristics of the head of the zodiac
Aquarius – The traits you need to know for the air sign
Capricorn – What does this star sign mean for your personality?
Cancer – The key traits for the sign include a keen love of food
Gemini – The traits to be aware of for the sign with a symbol of twins
Leo – The best and worst characteristics of the fire sign
Libra – What does the seventh star sign mean for your personality?
Pisces – The key traits for the sign include an interest in the arts
Sagittarius – The traits you need to know for the fire sign
Scorpio – What does this star sign mean for your personality?
Taurus – The best and worst characteristics of the earth sign
Virgo – The key traits for the sign include loyalty and kindness


What are the characteristics of each star sign?

Each zodiac sign is associated with different traits, strengths and weaknesses, and each is represented by its very own symbol.

Aries ♈︎

Ruling planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Zodiac symbol: The Ram

Famously passionate, fiery and argumentative, it's no wonder Aries is symbolised by the ram.

Natural-born leaders, Aries inspire with their bold, ambitious and strong-minded nature.

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries love to be number one, are always on top of their competition, and never miss out on a challenge.

Aries's "V" glyph represents the horns of the sign's ruling animal, though some also interpret the symbol to show a fountain squirting a stream of water upwards.

The water represents the surge of youthful energy and a strong sense of identity and consciousness bursting forth from Aries.

This ties in with traits like determination, high energy and a way of acting with conviction.

Aries is compatible with most other signs, as their easy-going, friendly, child-like personality makes them good energy to be around.

In a relationship, Aries work best with their fellow Fire signs – Sagittarius and Leo, as well as air signs – especially Gemini.

In January, you can expect your natural open nature to be in demand, and a chance to lead may not look like much, at first.

Get all the latest Aries horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Taurus ♉︎

Ruling planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Zodiac symbol: The Bull

Known for their stubborn nature, it's only fitting those falling under the Taurus sign are represented by a bull glyph.

These horns are said to represent extra sensory appendages of the bull, as Taureans are more in touch with their senses than any other sign in the zodiac.

Grounded in hard work, slow and steady perseverance and security, the bull is the persistent provider of the zodiac.

Taurus is ruled by Venus – the planet of love, beauty, and money, making them the most sensual sign of the zodiac.

They enjoy indulgences, luxuries and physical pleasures, and feel most content when pampered. Steadfast and loyal, Taureans make for a steady, harmonious relationship.

They are most compatible with other Earth signs – Virgo and Capricorn, or Water signs – Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio.

This month Taurus' can look to go above and beyond when needing to show the strength of their self-belief.

Get all the latest Taurus horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Gemini ♊︎

Ruling planet: Mercury

Element: Air

Zodiac symbol: The Twins

Geminis are represented by the twin glyph, indicative of the two sides to those who fall under this Air sign.

This can manifest positively, by allowing Geminis to see two sides to a situation, or by causing them to feel conflicted by opposing views.

Passionate, playful and intellectually curious, Gemini are always going a hundred miles per hour, juggling hobbies, work, friendships and romantic pursuits.

They can be intelligent, adaptable and charming while also possessing nervous and indecisive traits.

Like dark and light, yin and yang, neither opposing side of the Gemini can exist without the other.

Their duality and adaptivity can sometimes be misrepresented as two-faced, but in reality, they are loyal friends who always seek to improve their relationships.

Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, they are talkative, expressive and extremely sociable. Geminis' most compatible signs are Aries, Aquarius, Libra and Leo.

Through January, truths you may have felt you had to hide flow to your lips thanks to a strong communication moon, and yes, you are ready to say more.

Get all the latest Gemini horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Cancer ♋︎

Ruling planet: The Moon

Element: Water

Zodiac symbol: The Crab

People born as Cancer are highly intuitive, emotional and sensitive, with rich inner lives and gentle, empathetic nature.

Comprised of two parallel symbols coming together to resemble a sideways '69', the glyph image is thought to represent a crab's claws or a woman's breast.

Like a crab's touch pincers, Cancerians don't let go of things easily once they have crabbed on to something like ideas, goals and relationships.

Much like their spirit animal, Cancers are guarded by a hard shell, which they need time and comfort to come out of.

They are homebodies and really family-oriented and make for great chefs and caregivers.

The Moon, their celestial body, represents comfort, self-care, and maternal energies, which Cancers manifest throughout their lives.

Cancers make a great match with Taurus, Virgo, Pisces and Scorpio – people who understand and appreciate their emotional nature.

This month, instead of feeling success is always just out of reach, you can simply expect it to come to you now, as power planets line up in your chart.

Get all the latest Cancer horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Leo ♌︎

Ruling planet: The Sun

Element: Fire

Zodiac symbol: The Lion

The celebrity of the zodiac, Leos are bold, fierce and always likes to be the centre of attention. Passionate, enthusiastic and ambitious, it's no wonder Leos are represented by a lion. The lion is replicated in this glyph, with the circle representing the body and the swooping curved shape representing a feline's mane and tail. Leos enjoy inspiring friendships and drama-fuelled romances and run away as soon as they get bored. Ruled by the sun, Leos are full of life and vitality, and never stop pursuing their many passions. Best matched with other Fire signs, Sagittarius and Aries are the only ones who can keep up with Leo's fiery, explosive nature.

Through January, there could be change in store – you are ready to join a special social group, or talk to a worldwide audience

Get all the latest Leo horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Virgo ♍︎

Ruling planet: Mercury

Element: Earth

Zodiac symbol: The Virgin

A Virgo star sign is associated with organisation, good communication and high intelligence.

Virgos are logical, pragmatic and systematic, and work extremely hard to achieve their goals.

When astrologists read shapes in the stars centuries ago, they decided the glyph for Virgo represented an 'unspoiled' virginal woman.

Some say this is shown as an 'M' shape, for 'maiden,' while others interpret the crossed loop to represent the closed legs of a chaste virgin.

Because of their perfectionist nature, Virgos can come across as critical and judgmental, but they are the ones who feel this the most – they can be their own worst critics.

Virgos are ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, but unlike Gemini, they process information by internalising it and organising it into clear concepts.

Their best matches are Taurus, Cancer and Pisces, and they should avoid relationships with Gemini and Sagittarius.

This month, you may need to be firmer with family and friends, and make sure you dedicate enough time to your own dreams

Get all the latest Virgo horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Libra ♎︎

Ruling planet: Venus

Element: Air

Zodiac symbol: The Scales

Charming, charismatic and easy to get on with, Libras love to find a balance in all areas of life – as symbolised in this abstract glyph.

Some say this glyph shows a set of scales, symbolic of a quest for harmony and balance.

Libras are the aesthetes of the zodiac – they need to be surrounded by beauty, symmetry and art.

Flirty by nature, they tend to find it difficult to commit to one partner, as they are also people-pleasers.

Their indecisiveness can sometimes hold them back in life, but they make up for it with drive and ambition.

Libras are most compatible with Gemini, Taurus, Sagittarius and Aquarius.

For Libras, January could be the start of something exciting – for the next few months your success brakes
are off.

Get all the latest Libra horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Scorpio ♏︎

Ruling planet: Pluto/Mars

Element: Water

Zodiac symbol: The Scorpion

Passionate, determined and fierce, Scorpios are a force to be reckoned with.

The most intense sign of the zodiac, Scorpios are assertive, extremely clever and cunning, and are always a few steps ahead.

This glyph looks similar to the letter 'M' with an arrow coming across from the right.

In fact, this shape is more closely associated with Scorpio's spirit animal, the scorpion, with the arrow representing the insect's stinger.

Their guarded, calculating nature protects an intense inner emotional world, and when Scorpios fall for someone – they fall hard.

They are also the most sexual sign of the zodiac, which makes them appreciative of physical closeness with their partner.

Scorpios tend to be picky about their personal relationships and get along best with their fellow water signs – Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio.

In January, the next move is already there in your heart – all you have to do, is listen.

Get all the latest Scorpio horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Sagittarius ♐︎

Ruling planet: Jupiter

Element: Fire

Zodiac symbol: The Archer

A dynamic blend of adventure, curiosity, intensity, and adaptability, Sagittarius are the travellers of the zodiac.

Their glyph represents an arrow, symbolising Sagittarians taking aim on a goal or ambition and going after their dreams.

They are also known to have high-reaching ideals and often shoot for the moon in terms of trying to live their lives in an idealistic fashion.

Open-minded and intellectual, Sagittarians like to ponder philosophical questions such as the meaning of life.

Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance, Sagittarius is the luckiest sign and is never satisfied, always on the lookout for its next adventure.

They value freedom and honesty above all else and find it difficult to settle down in a relationship.

Their active, sociable energy needs to be matched, so Sagittarius is most compatible with Aries and Leo.

So far this month, the time of simply tolerating a less than satisfactory situation ends this week – because you have emotional strength to make the changes that deep down you know you need

Get all the latest Sagittarius horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Capricorn ♑︎

Ruling planet: Saturn

Element: Earth

Zodiac symbol: The Goat

In ancient mythology, the Capricorn is actually represented by a sea-goat, complete with fins and a tail.

On the other, Capricorns have an emotional side they keep hidden from everyone else – this is represented by the sea goat's hidden fishtail.

Patient, materialistic and determined, they don't stop until they get the job done – that is why they are usually the most financially stable of the zodiac.

Saturn is their planetary ruler and represents tasks, rules and responsibilities – all things that Capricorns are so on top of. In a relationship, they appreciate someone who is loyal and consistent and can support them in their busy careers.

The best matches for Capricorn are Taurus, Virgo and Pisces.

For January, high expectations in love can be so rewarded, so don’t let yourself be talked out of standing by them

Get all the latest Capricorn horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Aquarius ♒︎

Ruling planet: Uranus

Element: Air

Zodiac symbol: The Water-Bearer

Aquarius are the humanitarians of the zodiac, aspiring to make the world a better place.

The water seen in Aquarius' glyph represents water pouring from the water-bearer's pitcher in the constellation.

This signifies the Aquarian's innate aptitude for understanding the energy around them.

Those born in Aquarius's date range are assertive and analytical and can be often perceived as eccentric because of their unusual hobbies and fashion sense.

Uranus, the planet of innovation, technology, and surprising events, makes Aquarians great visionaries and agents of change.

They can be stubborn and abrupt – and need their own space to think and develop ideas.

In a relationship, they are most compatible with Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius, as they need someone clever and opinionated.

This month, you’re ready to challenge a set of rules you know have been holding you back.

Get all the latest Aquarius horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Pisces ♓︎

Ruling planet: Neptune

Element: Water

Zodiac symbol: Two fish swimming in opposite directions

Pisces is the last constellation of the zodiac, representing the empathetic and compassionate people born under it.

Pisces' glyph depicts two fish linked together while moving in opposite directions, which is thought to speak to the way people under this sign feel connected to those around them.

The symbol represents the way those who fall under the Pisces sign feel connected to others in the vast sea of the universe.

Pisces can easily become overwhelmed with emotion, as they are great empaths and feel everything deeply.

They are romantic, soulful and intuitive but tend to avoid their problems or deal with confrontation.

The perfect match for these emotional creatures is Scorpio, Cancer and Capricorn.

Venus indulges your secrets zone this month – a crush you’ve carried in your heart for months, maybe years, can turn to reality.

Get all the latest Pisces horoscope news including your weekly and monthly predictions

Why do we believe in Astrology?

People have been studying astrology for thousands of years, and to become a horoscope reader, you need to go into great depths of knowledge of star charts and interpretations.

Although astrology is not backed by hard science, many believe the predictions it provides to be accurate.

It is believed horoscopes can determine personality traits, the success of relationships, career goals and aspirations – and checking them can be lots of fun!

Where does the Zodiac come from?

The Zodiac is the term used to describe the circle of 12 divisions of celestial longitude that are centred upon the path of the sun.

The 12 divisions share the names we know as our star signs.

The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus – meaning "circle of animals".

Throughout history, the zodiac has been used to predict or echo characteristics of personality.

What is my moon sign?

In astrology, your sun sign describes only parts of yourself, while your Natal chart, or the position of the stars in the moment of your birth, paints the full picture.

Your moon sign represents what zodiac sign the moon was in when you were born.

Unlike the sun sign, which shows the qualities you display to the world, the moon sign represents your hidden inner world, the subconscious emotional side that others rarely get to see. If the description of your sun sign doesn't fully match your personality, your moon sign might reveal another side of you.

To calculate it, you need to know your birth date, time and place.

The more exact these are, the more accurate your natal chart will be. Generally, people whose moon is in Water signs are more emotional, whereas Earth signs are more stable and grounded.

Fire signs are quick to act, while Air signs are objective and cautious.

What is my rising sign?

Your rising sign helps complete the "Big Three" parts of your horoscope, along with the sun and moon signs.

It denotes which sign was rising in the east at your birth time.

While your sun sign represents ego and your moon sign governs emotions, the rising sign can determine how others see you.

Your birth time is the key to determining your rising sign, as the sign that's rising in the east changes every two hours. You can find your rising sign here.

In addition to your sun, moon and rising signs, there are endless other factors that complete your particular birth chart.

Love horoscope – Which zodiac sign are you best matched with?

  • Libra compatibility
  • Pisces compatibility
  • Capricorn compatibility
  • Leo compatibility
  • Taurus compatibility
  • Aries compatibility
  • Cancer compatibility
  • Gemini compatibility
  • Aquarius compatibility
  • Sagittarius compatibility
  • Virgo compatibility
  • Scorpio compatibility

When is International Astrology Day?

Astrologers around the world celebrate their love of the stars on March 20 which is considered the start of the astrological year.

Former president of the International Society of Astrological Research Gisele Terry told Astrology Hub: “Astrology is truly a global language.

“We are all under the same sky.

"Sharing both our common and diverse perspectives on how we relate to the stars is the gift of International Astrology Day.”

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