An absolute beginner's guide to star signs

Kerry Ward
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From Cosmopolitan

Are you new to astrology and looking for an overview of who’s who in the zodiac? Wondering, 'What is my star sign'? Look no further. Here’s the low-down on what you need to know about each star sign including the dates, symbols and celebrities you share a sign with.

ARIES


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Aries dates: March 21 – April 19

Aries symbol: The Ram - because of Aries’ brave, tenacious ability to climb to the top of the mountain, no matter what.

The first sign of the zodiac and maybe the ‘rawest’ in that they’re honest, spontaneous and open-hearted; there’s no subtlety or conniving sophistication with an Aries, they say it how they see it.

They’re exceptionally competitive; everything’s a challenge and everyone’s a rival. Keep them on side, or face a Battle Royale! Read more about Aries traits here.

Aries celebrities: Reese Witherspoon, Kourtney Kardashian, Lady Gaga.

TAURUS


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Taurus dates: April 20 – May 20

Taurus symbol: The Bull - because of their resilience and stubbornness! And, like a bull, they can be both frighteningly fierce or serenely gentle.

Taureans are calm, organised and materialistic. They like the good things in life, and they have a hidden artistic/aesthetic side. Money is important to them because it provides security AND the ability to indulge in pleasure... both of which are their ‘catnip’. Read more about Taurus traits here.

Taurus celebrities: Channing Tatum, The Queen, Jessica Alba.

GEMINI


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Gemini dates: May 21 – June 20

Gemini symbol: The Twins - because of their duality, versatility and ability to talk twice as fast and say twice as much as everyone else.

Geminis are youthful, charming, curious and responsive. Their nervous energy and perceptive abilities keep them ahead of the curve, sometimes making them seem psychic. They have a talent with words, and can talk themselves in (and OUT) of situations with ease. Read more about Gemini traits here.

Gemini celebrities: Angelina Jolie, Kanye West, Marilyn Monroe.

CANCER


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Cancer dates: June 21 – July 22

Cancer symbol: The Crab - because they are secretive and guarded. A hard shell protects the soft flesh beneath (their extreme emotional sensitivity).

Cancerians are loyal, loving and extremely protective of themselves and others. They’re ruled by the Moon, and their moods wax and wane just as dramatically. They’re secretive, and they can be a bit controlling if they feel insecure. They have big hearts and love hard. Read more about Cancer traits here.

Cancer celebrities: Ariana Grande, Chris Pratt, Lana Del Rey.

LEO


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Leo dates: July 32 – August 22

Leo symbol: The Lion - because of their regal and noble personality, they love to lead and naturally protect those they perceive as being vulnerable.

Leos think big, and act bold. A larger than life character who loves to perform and bask in the limelight. Their ego can tip them over into spoilt or demanding behaviour BUT, mostly, they’re lovable, exciting and confident characters who are great to be around. Read more about Leo traits here.

Leo celebrities: Kylie Jenner, Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez.

VIRGO


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Virgo dates: August 23 – September 22

Virgo symbol: The Virgin - because of their pure intentions, and their modest, conscientious nature. They’re often pictured holding a sheaf of wheat which symbolises the fertilisation of ideas / skills to benefit the world.

Virgos have a keen eye, a strong sense of judgment, an analytical perceptiveness and a curious intellect. Usually stylish, graceful and keen to please others / do a service of some kind. A player you’d want on your team! Read more about Virgo traits here.

Virgo celebrities: Beyonce, Freddie Mercury, Pink.

LIBRA


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Libra dates: September 23 – October 22

Libra symbols: The Scales - because Librans are ALL about balance. Keeping everything on an even keel and behaving with fairness are their driving motivations.

A real people pleaser! Librans are diplomatic, understanding, smart, social, gracious and artistic people. They make the world a more beautiful place! However, their tact can tip over into a kind of ‘shape shifting’ leaving you unsure WHO they really are, deep down, or what they truly believe. Read more about Libra traits here.

Libra celebrities: Cardi B, Will Smith, Kim Kardashian.

SCORPIO


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Scorpio dates: October 23 – November 21

Scorpio symbol: The Scorpion - because Scorpios are kinda’ dangerous, a secretive creature which can poison its enemies if riled… beware!

Scorpios are a whirl of contradictions- both strong and weak, passionate and cold, independent and clinging. There are layers and levels, and there’s always an ‘agenda within an agenda’. For those they love, they are fiercely loyal and protective. Scorpios usually get what they want in life, they are relentless and ambitious.

Scorpio celebrities: Drake, Katy Perry, Winona Ryder.

SAGITTARIUS


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Sagittarius dates: November 22 – December 21


Sagittarius symbol: The Archer - because they aim high and true, love the outdoors and enjoy the thrill of the case.


An independent, freedom-loving rogue! Sagittarians are brutally honest, wear their heart on their sleeve, act before they think and will always help others if they can. People love them for these traits, although, for those they’re close to, their frankness and need to cut loose can be frustrating!

Sagittarius celebrities: Nicki Minaj, Chrissie Teigen, Jake Gyllenhaal.

CAPRICORN


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Capricorn dates: December 22 – January 19


Capricorn symbol: The Goat - because they are a determined animal who rises up the path by taking advantage of every foothold. Always climbing.


Capricorns are reserved, patient, disciplined, strategic, determined and the kind of person who, in a low-key way, rises higher than their contemporaries, to the surprise of all. They always persist, they pursue their ambitions doggedly. They value material security and status. Read more about Capricorn traits here.

Capricorn celebrities: Noomi Rapace, Pitbull, Kate Middleton.

AQUARIUS


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Aquarius dates: January 20 – February 18


Aquarius symbol: The Water-Bearer - symbolically, the water represents truth, which Aquarians deliver freely and fairly to the world. A truth-sayer!


If you know an Aquarian, you’ll notice they ask ‘why?’ a LOT. They don’t take anything at face value, but always seek to understand/dissect/ improve. They’re innovative, progressive and assertive. They love people but can act quite shy and, deep down, often feel insecure. Read more about Aquarius traits here.

Aquarius celebrities: Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, Christian Bale.

PISCES


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Pisces dates: February 19 – March 20


Pisces symbol: Two fishes tied to one another, swimming in opposite directions- because all Pisceans swim amidst shifting emotional currents, and are plagued by both conflicting desires and extremes of temperament.


Pisceans are the zodiac’s dreamers and imagineers, highly sensitive, creative and intuitive. Because of their empathy and openness to others’ feelings, they can be very impressionable, changeable and sometimes overwhelmed. Life can be tough for Pisceans, they FEEL so deeply. Read more about Pisces traits here.

Pisces celebrities: Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Jessica Biel.

For your own unique and personal tarot forecast, visit Kerry's TarotBella page.


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