astrology basics: zodiac signs

Astrology Basics: 12 Zodiac Signs + Moodboards

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This is the first part of an astrology basics series. In this part, I cover the basics of the 12 zodiac signs: characteristics and mood boards for each of them.

Each of us has a unique birth chart. It consists of planets and 12 houses.

The sign you got in a planet or house is based on where and when you were born.

This means that besides your Sun sign you also have a Mars sign, a Venus sign, a Saturn sign,… and so on in a certain house.

All of these have their own characteristics. So, in the end, we all got unique birth charts. Except two people were born at the exact same time and place.

You can check out your birth chart here


You just need to know where you were born and the exact time.

In the other parts of the series, I’ll cover the characteristics of the 12 houses and the personal planets, also making a mood board for each of them.

As you go through the zodiac signs, you will notice that not all of the traits fit 100% to one person.

That’s because we all have other signs in our chart balancing out harsh character traits or having signs in opposition to each other making us act in contradiction to our sun sign.

Our moon and rising signs have a huge impact on our behavior.


Aries (March 21 – April 19):

House: 1st

Planet: ruled by Mars

Element: Fire

Modality: Cardinal

Symbol: The Ram

Tarot Card: The Emperor

Characteristics: ambitious, impulsive, action-oriented, expressive, dynamic, brave, independent, determined, assertive, passionate

aries mood board


Taurus (April 20 – May 20):

House: 2nd

Planet: ruled by Venus

Element: Earth

Modality: Fixed

Symbol: The Bull

Tarot Card: The Hierophant

Characteristics: patient, calm, easy-going, productive, dependable, sensual, pleasure-seeking, trustworthy

Taurus mood board zodiac signs


Gemini (May 21 – June 20):

House: 3rd

Planet: ruled by Mercury

Element: Air

Modality: Mutable

Symbol: Twins

Tarot Card: The Lovers

Characteristics: sociable, adaptable, curious, energetic, vibrant, funny, talkative, versatile

gemini mood board, zodiac signs
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Cancer (June 21 – July 22):

House: 4th

Planet: ruled by the Moon

Element: Water

Modality: Cardinal

Symbol: Crab

Tarot Card: The Chariot

Characteristics: caring, sensitive, private, instinctive, nostalgic, protective, intuitive, compassionate

Cancer mood board, zodiac signs


Leo (July 23 – August 22):

House: 5th

Planet: ruled by the Sun

Element: Fire

Modality: Fixed

Symbol: Lion

Tarot Card: The Sun

Characteristics: generous, witty, optimistic, fun-loving, charismatic, entertaining, dramatic, playful, bold

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Virgo (August 23 – September 22):

House: 6th

Planet: ruled by Mercury

Element: Earth

Modality: Mutable

Symbol: The Virgin

Tarot Card: The Hermit

Characteristics: detail-oriented, rational, modest, giving, helpful, organized, logical, gentle, kind

virgo mood board astrology


Libra (September 23 – October 22):

House: 7th

Planet: ruled by Venus

Element: Air

Modality: Cardinal

Symbol: The Scales

Tarot Card: Justice 

Characteristics: charming, fair, approachable, graceful, affectionate, sociable, agreeable, diplomatic, artistic

libra mood board


Scorpio (October 23 – November 21):

House: 8th

Planet: ruled by Mars and Pluto

Element: Water

Modality: Fixed

Symbol: The Scorpion

Tarot Card: Death

Characteristics: perceptive, intuitive, private, determined, emotional, sensitive, resourceful, intense, independent

scorpio mood board astrology signs


Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21):

House: 9th

Planet: ruled by Jupiter

Element: Fire

Modality: Mutable

Symbol: The Archer

Tarot Card: Temperance

Characteristics: adventurous, spontaneous, easy-going, fun-seeking, independent, freedom-loving, outgoing, knowledge-seeking, optimistic

Sagittarius mood board, astrology signs


Capricorn (December 22 – January 19):

House: 10th

Planet: ruled by Saturn

Element: Earth

Modality: Cardinal

Symbol: The Goat

Tarot Card: Devil

Characteristics: reliable, practical, determined, reserved, resourceful, consistent, structured, driven

capricorn mood board astrology


Aquarius (January 20 – February 18):

House: 11th

Planet: ruled by Uranus

Element: Air

Modality: Fixed

Symbol: The Water Bearer

Tarot Card: The Star

Characteristics: imaginative, independent, open-minded, quick wit, unconventional, progressive, visionary

aquarius mood board


Pisces (February 19 – March 20):

House: 12th

Planets: ruled by Neptune and Jupiter

Element: Water

Modality: Mutable

Symbol: Fish

Tarot Card: The Moon

Characteristics: intuitive, creative, empathetic, romantic, dreamy, easy-going, gentle, soothing, kind-hearted

pisces mood board, astrology signs

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