The Twelve Signs
Barry Street (Astrologer) gives expert video advice on: What are the characteristics of an Aries?; What are the characteristics of a Taurus?; What are the characteristics of Cancer? and more...
What are the characteristics of an Aries?
Aries is a cardinal fire sign. Cardinal means something has to get done; fire means it has to get done now. Aries is also associated with the beginning of the zodiac, so that's why it has its naiveté, or its instantaneous. The ruler of Aries is Mars. Mars is how we get marital law, for example. That's a key insight into Aries: something has to be done, and it has to be done instantly. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and it's where the journey starts.
What are the characteristics of a Taurus?
Taurus is a fixed, earth sign. The fixed means that it has to happen, it's got to happen, and earth means it's got to have a luxurious or a practical content. The thing about Taurus is it wants to know what it's really going to get: what's the material that's going to be delivered, what's the real world. That's why it's associated with banking. Of course banking and money are ruled by Venus. Venus is the ruler of Taurus. Taurus is willing to share its Venus, as we'll see later with Libra. Taurus is interested in what it has and what it can have, and that's why it's the big provider of the zodiac. Taurus is the one that puts the food on the table. It's what's real.
What are the characteristics of Cancer?
Cancer is a water sign, a cardinal sign, ruled by the moon. The cardinal part of Cancer means that its proactive. Cancer wants to do something. What do they want to do? They want to do the water. They want to relate to you on an emotional level. We all know the moon has different phases. Cancer has different moods throughout the day, but during each part of the day, it wants to look after something. It wants to nurture something. Cancer is like the mother of whatever it does. It looks after it. It makes sure it's all right. It looks forward to the ebbs and the flows. Cancer is associated with the fourth house. The fourth house is the bottom of the zodiac. In a way, you can argue that it's what the emotional truth is. It's what everybody knows. It's what everybody's instinct says is true, even if they don't have the comprehension that was offered to it by Gemini beforehand, or even if they can't demonstrate it, as shown by Leo, in the following sign.
What are the characteristics of a Gemini?
Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac. It's an air sign and it's a mutable sign. Air is about communication. A mutable is about a flow. And for Gemini's they need a flow of information. They need the chit-chat, the everyday life. Mercury is the ruler of Gemini, and Mercury rules communications. It comes from the old Greek god, who ruled communications. For Mercurial people, for Gemini's, this is where we get the word "Mercurial," the Gemini's is all about the chit-chat, it's all about the flow of ideas, the communication. I say something, you say something. That's why it's the sign of the twins; one's always talking to the other. One thing about the myth though is that you never see the two twins at the same time.
What are the characteristics of a Leo?
Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. Leo is ruled by the sun. It's a fixed sign and it's a fire sign. When it's fixed, it means that it has a consistency to it. Leo is going to do the same thing all the time. What's is it going to do all the time? Leo is going to be enthusiastic; the fire is going to give it the enthusiasm. Leo is ruled by the sun, the brightest thing that we know, and Leos are the brightest things that we know in our lives. They're the happiest, the shiniest, the most extrovert. Leo is associated with the fifth house of the zodiac, and the fifth house has to do with creativity and drama. You always find a degree of creative drama in a Leo's life.
What are the characteristics of a Libra?
Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac. Libra is a cardinal sign, an air sign and is ruled by Venus. The cardinality of Libra means that it wants to instigate something. It wants to start. It wants to start air. Libra wants to instigate a relationship. I like you, you like me. That's the Venutian principle. Libra shares its rulership with Taurus, but Venus affects Libra in a different way. What it needs is a niceness of theory, a niceness of thinking, because Libra is an air sign. That's why its anti-confrontational. That's why it's a side of balance. Everybody has got a view. We all have a seventh house. We all have a Libra. We all have a need to relate. If it wasn't for the Librans, the world wouldn't talk to each other.
What are the characteristics of a Virgo?
Virgo is a Mutable sign and it's an Air sign. Virgo, along with Gemini, is ruled by Mercury. The Mutable bit of Virgo means that it's never quite sure, and the Earth bit of Virgo means it needs a practical application. Virgo is never quite sure what the practical application should be. It's ruled by Mercury, and there's a duality to Mercury, so Virgos can always see two sides to an equation. There's the old myth about the perfectionists of Virgo. That is a myth. A Virgo just needs to see an order, just needs to see a pattern in life, and therefore, there can never be a perfection. Virgos very seldom are perfectionists. Virgos are the opposite. They can always see the imperfections in everything. God bless them.
What are the characteristics of a Sagittarius?
Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac and is ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarius is a beautiful sign and it's a fire sign. The fire sign means it's going to be enthusiastic. It's mutable what Sagittarius is going to be enthusiastic about - anything you put it in front of it. Jupiter is the largest planet in the zodiac and everything that Sagittarius does has to be large, it has to be over the top. Sagittarius is traditionally associated with the ninth house of the zodiac, and the ninth house is the exploration - it's what's coming next. The beauty of Sagittarius is it's always looking for what's coming next. The tragedy of Sagittarius is it's never looking at what's under its feet.
What are the characteristics of a Scorpio?
Scorpio is the 8th sign of the zodiac. Scorpio is a fixed sign, it's a water sign. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto although it also has, or in the pre-Pluto days, been ruled by Mars. The water side of Scorpio shows it's about emotions, it's about how you feel, and the fixed sign means that you have to feel the same, you have to offer them consistency. This is why Scorpios are so intense, so passionate, so honest and so absolutely ruthless against people who are hypocrites. Pluto is the God of the Underworld: Scorpio doesn't need things nice, it needs things honest and true. It needs you to pay the price for your actions: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That is why some people find Scorpio ruthless. You'll either find Scorpios wonderfully, wonderfully honest or you'll find them downright scary.
What are the characteristics of a Capricorn?
Capricorn is the most maligned sign of the zodiac. It's the one that most people are down about. Capricorns get the most bad press. Capricorn is cardinal, it's earth and it's ruled by Saturn. It's the ruler of the 10th house. The 10th house has to do with achievement and Capricorn is concerned with what you've actually achieved in life. Because it's a cardinal sign, Capricorn wants to instigate something, it's what's being done. Because it's an earth sign, it's what's being done practically. Capricorns dont romance you up. They want to see the bottom line; they want to see what is the real truth, what has been delivered. That's why they always end up being the CEO, because it's what have you've actually done in your life. You can talk the talk, you can walk the walk; Capricorn is have you done the deed. Saturn is Kronos, the old ruler of time, the Grim Reaper. Saturn knows this. Saturn always wants to demand a price. So Capricorns hate time wasters. They don't want the intellectual chitchat of the air signs and they don't want the emotional nonsense of the water sign. Capricorns want to know what you've practically done.
What are the characteristics of an Aquarius?
Aquarius is an air sign. It's also fixed. Aquarius is associated with the eleventh house and its ruler is Uranus, although it hasn't always been this way. Uranus was discovered in the 18th Century and before then, Aquarius was ruled by Saturn. It shared that with Capricorn, and that's' the diagram of Aquarius. It's fixed, so it wants to stick to the same thing. It wants continuity in life, but it's an air sign. Aquarius wants to think. How can you think in a continuous way? By being always the revolutionary, always pushing the boundaries. Aquarius loves to push the boundaries, but it's not quite as liberal as people might think. Remember the Saturn rule, who wants to get things done. Aquarians are the big humanitarians of the Zodiac. They want to understand. They want every nation to understand every nation. They want all those ideas that are put out there to be comprehended by everybody, and therefore some people can find them unemotional. Some people can find Aquarians impractical. Some people can find them too forward looking.
What are the characteristics of a Pisces?
Pisces is the twelfth sign of the Zodiac, ruled by Neptune. Pisces is a mutable sign, and a water sign. What does the mutable mean? Mutable means it wants to keep its options open. It wants to be able to have one foot in both camps. What does water mean? Water means emotions. Pisces wants to feel this, while at the same time feeling that. The ruler is Neptune. Neptune rules the seas. The seas are never static and Pisces is never static. Before the discovery of Neptune, we used to associate Jupiter, the biggest of the planets, with Pisces, and water, as we know, covers most of this planet, so wherever a Pisces is, you know you've got depth. You know you've got an enormity, and what you're seeing is merely the ripples on the surface.