While there are a number of astrological traditions from around the globe, such as Chinese, Indian, and Aztec, the western Zodiac is the one you're likely to be the most familiar with. The Zodiac, which is the path the sun charts across the sky throughout the year, passes through 12 different constellations. Beginning in late March and coinciding with the vernal equinox, these constellations are:
- Aries: March 21st – April 19th
- Taurus: April 20th – May 20th
- Gemini: May 21st – June 20th
- Cancer: June 21st – July 22nd
- Leo: July 23rd – August 22nd
- Virgo: August 23rd – September 22nd
- Libra: September 23rd – October 22nd
- Scorpio: October 23rd – November 21st
- Sagittarius: November 22nd – December 21st
- Capricorn: December 22nd – January 19th
- Aquarius: January 20th – February 18th
- Pisces: February 19th – March 20th
Each of these Zodiac signs, which are sometimes referred to as "sun signs", has different characteristics associated with it. These include one of the four classical elements -- Earth, Air, Fire, and Water -- as well as a ruling planet in the solar system. Taurus, for example, is an Earth sign and is ruled by the planet Venus. While the position of the sun at the time of your birth is only one of the many factors that go into your horoscope, you may find yourself gravitating to certain personality traits that are commonly associated with your sun sign.
Your Zodiac sign is just one aspect of what goes into your horoscope. As the Earth moves through space, our view of the cosmos changes and our relationship with the sun, the moon, and the planets is in constant flux. A horoscope takes all those movements into account all those constantly changing variables and makes predictions as to what you're likely to experience or encounter from week to week.
Just like no two people are alike, no two horoscopes will be completely identical as well. Yet those who share sun signs also share enough characteristics that a weekly horoscope, divided by Zodiac signs, can provide enough guidance and insight to prepare you for things you might not otherwise have anticipated.