Let’s start with the basics. The Astrological Chart includes a Zodiac circle. The Zodiac circle is the circle around which the Sun1 revolves for one Year.
1.The Sun in reality does not move. The Earth revolves around the Sun and as it moves, it “sees” the Sun at a different point. To make it clear, let’s take a wall clock as an example. At the center of the clock, there is a dot that supposing it’s the Sun. The clock’s numbers are the movement of the Earth and the external part of the clock is the Zodiac Signs. When the Earth is at number 12, across from it is number 6 and whichever Sign is behind number 6. Thus, it sees the Sun and behind it, the Sign that is behind number 6. If the Earth moves to number 3, it will see behind the Sun whichever Sign is behind number 9. The Sun, therefore, is always at the same position because in reality the system is heliocentric. But Astrology operates on the Geocentric system, where we suppose that the Earth is at the center and the planets, including the Sun and the Moon, are around it.
It is therefore a circle of 360 degrees and is divided into 12 equal parts of 30 degrees (the 12 Signs).
The zodiac signs are grouped into four elements:
Fire Signs: Aries – Leo - Sagittarius
Earth Signs: Taurus – Virgo - Capricorn
Air Signs: Gemini – Libra - Aquarius
Water Signs: Cancer – Scorpio - Pisces
They also known as:
Cardinal: Aries – Cancer – Libra - Capricorn
Fixed: Taurus – Leo – Scorpio – Aquarius
Mutable: Gemini – Virgo – Sagittarius - Pisces
We start counting from the point of the Ascendant (Asc, in brief) in figure 1. It is the point of the Sky that rises on our birth. We are at the center.
We have in line the Signs’ symbols and the time of each one, that is, when the Sun traverses that part of the Zodiac. We will also meet the Signs’ features, and how they influence us. To get a first image of the Zodiac and the Archetypes, it is useful to take a look at all the Signs and not just ours, because our psyche includes some percentage of all the Signs. That depends on where our planets are and with which ones they meet.
Aries March 21 - April 19
Advantages: Enthusiastic, passionate, competitiveness, boldness, courageous
Drawbacks: Impatient, aggression, hot temper, impulsive, immaturity
Taurus April 20 - May 20
Advantages: Reliability, patient, perseverance, practicality, love for life and harmony, responsibility, stability,
Drawbacks: Slowness, possessive, greed, the desire for luxury,
Gemini May 21 - June 20
Advantages: Communication, flexibility of mind, curiosity, perception, ability to learn quickly
Virgo August 23 - September 22
Advantages: Practical, hard-working, ability to analyze, loyalty,
rationalism, purity, modesty
Drawbacks: Criticism, coldness, boring, perfectionism, stingy
Libra September 23 - October 22
Advantages: diplomacy, justice, harmony, peace, sociability, a tendency for cooperation
Drawbacks: indecisiveness, procrastination, cowardice, partner dependency, sensitivity to flattery
Scorpio October 23 - November 21
Advantages: Passionate, strong will, strength, endurance, magnetism, intuition, a true friend, very deep emotions
Drawbacks: Deep tribulation, jealousy, obsession with power and control, secrecy, self-destruction, manipulation, suspiciousness, violence, need for revenge
Sagittarius November 22 - December 21
Advantages: Optimism, the desire to teach, expansion, love for philosophy and long journeys, faith, generosity, idealistic, great sense of humor, spontaneity, a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
Drawbacks: Laziness, over-optimism, instability,
Capricorn December 22 - January 19
Advantages: Responsibility, self-control, organization, a good manager, Patience, perseverance, discipline, stability, ambition, commitments, authority, desire for planning
Drawbacks: Depression, conservatism, pessimism, callousness, blocking emotions, obsession with social recognition.
Aquarius January 20 - February 18
Advantages: Independence, progressiveness, originality, unexpectedness, idealism
Drawbacks: Coldness, radicalism, fanaticism, getting bored easily everything, uncompromising, misfit
Pisces February 19 - March 20
Advantages: Imagination, inspiration, sensitivity, romanticism, love for society, self-sacrifice, tenderness, creativity
Drawbacks: Desire to escape reality, risk of alcoholism or drugs, feebleness, drowsiness, can be a victim, unclear mind, liar