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Aries

Keywords: Daring, Risk-taker, Energetic, Friendly, Careless, Impulsive,


Childish

As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the first stage in the
evolution of

man and his place in the universe. The raw energy of life itself, which is
the first

step in being part of the universe, is evident in the character and make-
up of Aries

people. Babies think of themselves as the center of everyone else's


universe. As they

grow older, they learn that they are not the center but part of a family
group. It is

the karmic responsibility of the Aries-born to accept the idea that they
are not the

center of the universe but part of the larger social order of all men.
Aries

personalities who do not develop this kind of maturity are demanding


and infantile in

their behavior. They want what they want, when they want it. The vital
life force that

is their celestial heritage can either be used to inspire others as well as


themselves, or it can be turned inward to reflect only their own selfish
needs, and as

a result, they fail to evolve as individuals.

Aries people are doers. They set out to accomplish things and are
determined to

succeed one way or another. The astrological symbol for Aries is the
Ram and,

considering the sheer force of energy and enthusiasm by which they


accomplish their

goals, it is not off the mark to suggest that they "ram" their way to
success. They

must, however, learn the difference between being confidently


aggressive--a

responsible "take-charge person" on whom others rely to get things


moving-- and being

rudely aggressive-- a "know-it-all" who is insensitive to the feelings as


well as the

wisdom of others.

Aries individuals react in a physical way to everything they experience


in life. That

is, before they assess the practicality or worth of what they are doing,
before they

sort out their true emotions, and, before they take time to reason
things out

intellectually, their tendency is to shoot first and ask questions later.


Their

passionate nature is inspiring and flattering to others, but unless


impatience and

rash behavior are curbed, their unbridled enthusiasm backfires when


they lose interest

just as quickly as they gained it. Theirs is the astrological sign of the
soldier but

in their haste, they forget the practicality of being adequately armed


before rushing

headlong into physical or verbal combat. They quickly forget frustration


and anger.

Since theirs is essentially a generous nature, their selfishness is usually


a result

of carelessness rather than intentional unkindness.

Active, fiery Mars rules Aries and indeed, Aries people are high-
spirited, energetic

individuals ready to try anything at least once. Courageous, optimistic,


and friendly,

they are lively participants in the everyday bustle of life, maintaining a


frantic

pace others find difficult to match. Constant physical activity works off
excess

energy, and its vitalizing influence is important to their intellectual and


creative

endeavors. It is usually the energetic Aries who is willing to start


projects others

would be afraid to tackle. However, it is also Aries who often fails to


finish things

when too many details demand attention or they simply lose interest. In
spite of the

physical energy associated with Aries, they are not above using the
inability of

others to keep up with them as an excuse for their own idleness. If


they expect others

to provide them with constant stimulation and are unwilling to find their
own

diversions, they become lazy. Cut off from physical activity, they
become depressed,

unproductive, and overweight.

They are eager athletes and generous players. They enjoy the challenge
of a tough

contest, but they can be so stimulated that they become too


aggressive. Aries rules

guns and weapons, so it isn't surprising that many Aries individuals


enjoy hunting.

Combative by nature, they also enjoy boxing, wrestling, and most team
sports. They are

apt to be mechanically inclined and adept at arts and crafts, typing,


working with

machinery, playing musical instruments, or performing magic tricks.


They have a

tendency to allow their enthusiasm to exceed their actual ability. Before


taking

something apart, they don't stop to wonder if they can put it back
together.

Aries colors are red and white. Vulnerable parts of the body are the
head and face. As

a sign of this celestial association, many Aries individuals are born with
a birth

mark on their head or face. Headaches, black eyes, nose bleeds, and
insect bites are

common Aries complaints. The birthstone for Aries is the diamond. The
tremendous heat

and pressure that nature exerts in turning carbon into hard, brilliant
diamonds

represent the strength and physical force in the Aries-born. Flowers


for Aries include
the poppy (red), geraniums, honeysuckle, and hollyhocks.

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Taurus

Keywords: Stubborn, Stable, Cautious, Comfort-seeker, Deliberate, Slow

As the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus represents the second stage in
the evolution

of man and his place in the universe. The first thing man uses are his
physical

senses. What he can see, touch, and physically hold represents the
reality of his

position. It is why the celestial heritage of Taureans is to conserve


physical

resources and possessively cling to people whom they regard as their


own. Their

strongest desire is for personal security. Broken promises or the


betrayal of others

are threats to this security. Their reaction to such personal affronts is


likely to be

bitter, and those who inflict such abuses will not be given another
chance.

Disappointed Taureans can behave in a manner totally against their own


best interests.
They may completely retreat from the world, or, go in the opposite
direction and

become promiscuous. Whatever direction is taken, they may end up


sacrificing the

meaningful, enduring relationships they really need to feel emotionally


secure.

Taureans are stubborn and impervious to changes not of their own


making. However, they

are able to accomplish things in life because of their tenacity in sticking


to

projects in which others may have long since lost patience or stamina.
The

astrological symbol for Taurus is the Bull and indeed, the stubborn
bullheaded nature

of the Taurean personality can be extremely formidable to those who


have the

unfortunate experience of coming up against it. On the positive side,


their quiet

strength and determination inspires others to trust them. Because they


dislike being

unable to rely on others, they are usually very dependable themselves.


Taureans are

loving and patient when trying to accomplish what they think is


worthwhile and when
dealing with people they care about. As a rule, they do not enjoy
surprises or

spontaneous changes. They are far more comfortable when given


sufficient time to

prepare for things and allowed to follow their planned agenda.

Taureans react to what they experience by assessing its possible worth.


That is,

before they take physical action, before they sort out their emotional
involvement,

and before they reason it out intellectually, they ascertain what


tangible advantages

are to be gained from the experience. What appears too abstract or


vague fails to

attract more than their passing interest. They need a definite purpose
in what they do

and in relationships they form. Because they don't want to be


unnecessarily burdened,

they willingly rid themselves of worn out items, but only if they cannot
find any

other way to make use of them.

Venus, planet of beauty and pleasure, rules Taurus, which means that by
nature, people
born with Sun in Taurus are tactile and sensuous, seekers of personal
comfort and

physical pleasure. By design however, they are pragmatic with an


appreciative eye for

both monetary value as well as aesthetic beauty. They are lovers of


nature and natural

things. Their harmony in life is tied to reality and the material world,
but sometimes

they get carried away with personal acquisitions. When they go too far
afield they

tend to either accumulate wealth and never use it, or recklessly


squander it without

improving the quality or enjoyment of their lives. As a result of their


addiction to

personal pleasure and comfort, Taureans can be very lazy as well as very
vulnerable to

the unpleasant consequences that invariably result from overindulging in


rich food and

other physical pleasures. Their natural cautiousness saves them from


making mistakes,

but it can also prevent them from taking advantage of valuable


opportunities.

As a rule, Taureans are physically strong and solidly built. Even those
who are not
fat, may be physically more dense per pound of body weight. Many of
them favor weight

lifting or other body-building routines as a way to keep in shape. They


enjoy

participating in sports that require strength and endurance. They


usually like to

putter around the garden, and readily engage in other outdoor activities
such as

picnics, hikes, and trips to botanical gardens or a zoo. They love music
and art and

may have considerable talent in these areas. They often have a pleasant
speaking or

singing voice. Though Taureans tend to be rather subdued, they have a


lively sense of

humor, and enjoy socializing.

Taurus colors are brown, russet, and turquoise. Vulnerable parts of the
body are the

neck, throat, shoulders, and upper torso. Stiff necks, sore throats, and
earaches are

common Taurean complaints. The emerald, a variety of the mineral beryl


and as costly

as a diamond, is the Taurus birthstone. The emerald's rich green color


is suitably
Taurean since it is the color of money, green pastures, and serenity.
The emerald has

a six-sided geometric form. Six is the number assigned to Venus which


in turn, is the

planetary ruler of Taurus. Flowers for Taurus are the rose (red), daisy,
lily, and

daffodil.

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Gemini

Keywords: Alert, Adaptable, Friendly, Superficial, Curious, Restless,


Talkative

As the third sign of the zodiac, Gemini represents the third stage in
the evolution of

man and his place in the universe. Gemini goes beyond the Aries need
for the raw

energy of survival and the Taurus need to physically touch and


experience the material

world. In Gemini, it is the intellect that man needs to develop in order


to understand

the universe. This stage is concerned primarily with information-


gathering and Geminis

never seem to stop collecting it. They need to express ideas and share
information

with others, but what they do with their information is another matter.
The mature

Gemini becomes a serious scholar and careful researcher. The immature


Gemini turns

into a gossip and the proverbial "jack-of all-trades and master of none".

Geminis readily adapt to change. This trait is a strength because it is a


survival

mechanism, and a weakness because it makes them vulnerable to the


demands and

influence of other people. The Twins are the astrological symbol of


Gemini. Adopting a

twin-like similarity to other people is easy for Geminis. They not only
have a unique

ability to understand what others are thinking, they also possess great
cleverness for

imitation. In this way they can maneuver themselves into many


favorable positions.

They can also lose sight of their own talents and ideas by being too
willing and able

to adopt the traits and immerse themselves in the personal situations


of others. They

tend to say what others want to hear instead of saying what they really
think, or what

they know to be the truth.

Geminis react intellectually to everything they experience in life. That


is, before

they take physical action, before they assess the practical worth of
something, and

before they sort out their true emotions, they try to analyze things
objectively as a

kind of mental exercise. Though it is generally not a true assessment,


the

intellectual orientation of Geminis can make it appear to others as


though they are

unfeeling or emotionally superficial.

Mercury, planet of the intellect (and communication in general) rules the


sign Gemini.

Those born with Sun in Gemini are talkative, quick witted, and have
innate curiosity

about everything. They keep themselves in a constant state of


busyness, running here

and there on errands or traveling from one city to another. Natural


versatility and

ever-changing interests give Geminis their multifaceted personalities.


The eagerness
and interest they have in what¹s going on around them contributes to an
appearance of

youthfulness (both physical and psychological) that most of them


manage to retain

throughout life. They have to learn to concentrate on one thing at a


time, or at least

on what they know can be accomplished efficiently and well. Easily


jumping from one

subject to another, they forget that others are not so nimble. They
often have to be

reminded to slow down and let others catch up with what they're
talking about. They

also have to be reminded to stop talking once in a while and listen.


Sometimes they

neglect to get all the facts before repeating information. Though they
can be

secretive about their personal affairs, they love to learn about everyone
else. They

enjoy mysteries and intrigue and don't mind becoming involved in behind
the scenes

antics of one sort or another. Always wanting to know everything gives


them quite a

store of information which in turn, makes them more interesting to


others. Add to that

their cheerful, friendly dispositions, and it isn't surprising that they get
along so

well in the world.

Since they are apt to spend more time talking than eating, many Geminis
are able to

stay fairly slim. Their body is usually very flexible and agile, and they
enjoy

gymnastics, bicycling, swimming, and other activities that keep them


physically fit.

Favorite sports are tennis, racquetball and similar games in which they
can

participate with a partner. As a rule, they are adept at tinkering with


mechanical

devices or doing repair work. Gemini talents also include design, interior
decoration,

arts and crafts, magic and illusion, and music.

Gemini colors are yellow and light blue. Vulnerable parts of the body are
the arms,

hands, fingers, lungs, and nervous system. Respiratory problems and


various nervous

conditions are common Gemini complaints. Agates are traditional Gemini


birthstones.
Appropriate to the multifaceted Gemini personality, this mineral is
streaked with many

colors. It may seem Gemini is scattered and thus weakened by the wide
range of

interests and abilities, but the steel-like hardness of agate is a


reminder that the

Gemini personality and character can be just as strong as it is varied.


Gemini flowers

include the lilac, azalea, and lily-of-the-valley.

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Cancer

Keywords: Moody, Nurturing, Sensitive, Shy, Possessive, Family-


oriented

As the fourth sign of the zodiac, represents the fourth stage in the
evolution of man

and his place in the universe. In Cancer the need is not one of individual
survival as

it was in the first three signs. Here, it is eternal survival through


perpetuation of

the species. It is the sign of fertility and nurture, and Cancerians have
strong

identification with these matters in one form or another. It doesn't


mean all of them

are good cooks or efficient housekeepers, but they all want to feel part
of a family.

They enjoy feeding others as much as they enjoy feeding themselves.


They are also

ready to supply emotional nurturing by "mothering" everyone who


appears to be in need.

When upset, they tend to use food as consolation, which in turn, results
in problems

with excess weight. As an offshoot of their sense of familial


relationships, they

often develop an interest in genealogy and history in general.

Cancerians are doers. They set out to accomplish things and, one way or
another, they

want to obtain their goals. In spite of their emotional sensitivity, they


are

strong-willed and have no trouble expressing what they want, then


finding a way to get

it. The Crab is their astrological symbol and there are certain crab-like
gestures

directly associated with the behavior of Cancerians. Just as the crab


walks sideways

rather than straight ahead, Cancerians use an indirect approach in


accomplishing their

goals. Rather than direct confrontation or request, they are more apt
to resort to

using emotional appeal. For example, they will get others to cooperate
by making them

feel like part of a family. At the slightest provocation or threat the


crab quickly

hides in the sand or retreats into a shell until safer times are at hand.
Cancerians

who feel threatened or suspect that their attempts may be


unsuccessful, often hide

their true ambitions until a more comfortable situation occurs.

Cancerians react emotionally to everything they experience in life. That


is, before

they take physical action, before they sort out the practicality of what
they are

doing, and before they reason things out intellectually, they must
express their

feelings. They wear their hearts on their sleeves. Many Cancerians


succeed in life

because their genuine concern for the welfare of others inspires loyalty
as well as

cooperation.
The Moon, celestial guardian of human emotions, rules Cancer. The
biggest struggle for

Cancerians is to avoid becoming prisoners of their own emotions. Though


they can be

outwardly gregarious, they are shy and secretive about their personal
matters.

However, once they feel comfortable in a situation or relationship, they


relax and

completely open up even to the point of dominating the situation. Not


usually ones to

suffer in silence, they have to make an effort not to inflict their moods
and endless

recitations of their feelings or emotional troubles on others. Once they


learn to keep

excess emotions in control, their intuition can be remarkably accurate.


Their

emotional insecurity makes them want to hang on to things. They hate to


throw anything

away, and many end up avid collectors, conservators, and savers of


string. It is

equally difficult for them to give up on failed relationships, and still


harder for

them to learn the difference between caring and possessiveness. When


they receive

criticism, even constructive criticism, they tend to take it as a personal


indictment

instead of using it to attain personal growth and maturity.

Participation in physical fitness or sports activities becomes an


important, often

vital way for Cancerians to work out their emotional stress. They are
especially

adaptable to team sports since they tend to view their team members as
part of a

family-like group. Favorite Cancerian sports are swimming, fishing,


sailing and other

water activities. They also enjoy skiing, ice skating, and mountain
climbing.

Cancerians are creative. Even those who may not have a particular talent
can use some

type of involvement with art, music, or writing as another method of


emotional

release, instead of indulging in eating binges or other destructive


habits. Living or

spending time near the water is a relaxing, as well as creatively


stimulating

environment for Cancerians.


Cancer colors are white, silver, and pale yellow. Vulnerable parts of the
body are the

breasts and stomach. Stomach aches, food allergies, and hysterics are
the usual

afflictions of Cancerians. Cancer rules silver, and the ruby as well as the
pearl are

considered Cancerian birthstones. The surroundings of a beautiful piece


of silver are

reflected in its shiny polished surface. Similarly, the emotionally


sensitive nature

of Cancerians tends to reflect the people and circumstances


surrounding them. The

ruby, a variety of corundum, is one of the hardest minerals known, while


the pearl is

soft and easily scratched. These gems uniquely illustrate the two
contrasting sides of

the Cancerian personality; hard and determined as well as soft and


vulnerable.

Cancerian flowers are the water lily (lotus), iris, poppy (white),
carnation (white)

and southern magnolia.


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Leo
Keywords: Creative, Generous, Flamboyant, Egotistical, Selfish,
Attention-seeker,

Optimistic

As the fifth sign of the zodiac, Leo represents the fifth stage in the
evolution of

man and his place in the universe. Here, the dominant need is to develop
man's

creative urge. Creativity is not entirely an emotional urge in Leo, it is


also an

expression of ego. The mind and heart are united in Leo to represent
man's ultimate

individuality. When their egos are turned inward, Leos become self-
centered and

tyrannical. Seeking to gain attention (consciously or subconsciously),


they love to

play the hero. At times this gesture is indeed noble, but feeling they
already know

what is best, they often neglect to learn what assistance is actually


wanted and their

misguided generosity becomes worthless to those they sought to help.


Imaginative Leos
envision grandiose schemes and many of them possess the talent to turn
their ideas

into reality.

Leos are stubborn and impervious to changes not of their own making.
They are however,

able to accomplish things in life because of their tenacity in sticking


with projects

when others lose patience and stamina. Unfortunately, stubbornness in


the Leo

personality is dictated more often than not by their ego. Attempts to


back them into a

corner, or demanding that they change their thinking or behavior will


quickly reveal

the extent of their intractable nature. Even when confronted with


irrefutable evidence

of the foolhardiness of their ways, Leos can stubbornly cling to bad


relationships and

wrong ideas because their egos simply will not allow them to admit being
wrong.

However, their tenacity becomes a valuable asset when it is


demonstrated as loyalty to

friends, or as patience and determination to succeed in completing a


worthy project.
The astrological symbol for Leo is the Lion. As king of the jungle, this
animal

represents the regal disposition of the Leo personality. Their dignity


cannot be

assailed. If insulted or abused, they rarely forget the slight unless


their detractors

sincerely and humbly request forgiveness. Leos generally have opinions


about

everything and not a bit of reluctance in expressing them. They must


have the last

word and, as far as most of them are concerned, it is the only one that
counts.

Leos react physically to everything they experience. Before they assess


the

practicality or worth of what they are doing, before they sort out their
true

emotions, and before they take time to reason things out intellectually,
their

tendency is to shoot first and ask questions later. Leos tackle projects
others would

not attempt, though they cannot help calling as much attention as


possible to their

efforts. Their penchant for exaggeration and overreaction works well in


the theater,
advertising schemes, and other situations where a "bigger than life"
approach is

desirable. Leos are often guilty however, of habitually turning a


mundane problem or

fairly routine situation into an overblown crisis, much to the confusion


and annoyance

of those around them.

The sun, celestial guardian of the human ego, rules Leo. Its influence
gives Leos a

true love of life and its pleasures. Genial hosts and natural entertainers,
they get

pleasure out of helping others enjoy life as much as they do. Enthusiasm
and

generosity are integral parts of their gregarious natures. Their sunny


dispositions

inspire the affection of many friends and admirers, as well as engender


feelings of

envy in those with less popular personalities. Though usually full of


ambition and

enthusiasm, they also have a lazy streak and, if given the opportunity,
will take the

easy way out of things, especially when the situation offers little fun or
glory. They
are so attracted to energy and excitement it can be difficult for them
to accept that

life also consists of boring routines and mundane details that need
constant

attention.

It is easy for pleasure-loving Leos to become addicted to rich food, and


as they get

older they find themselves putting on weight. Their gregarious nature


makes it hard to

enjoy or stick to boring or solitary physical fitness routines, but they


may not mind

dressing up in flashy gym outfits and joining an exercise class. Dancing,


swimming,

and tennis are favorite activities, though they are eager participants in
sports of

all kinds. When engaged in team sports, however, they can make too
many grandstand

plays, forgetting that they are just part of a team. Arts and crafts,
theater groups,

philanthropic societies, and religious organizations attract their interest


and

participation.
Leo colors are gold, royal blue, purple, and red. Vulnerable parts of the
body are the

back and the heart. Overexertion, heart murmur, and various types of
back pains are

the usual Leo complaints. Leo rules gold, and the birthstone for this sign
is the

sardonyx. An appropriate representative of Leo's versatile, creative


personality, the

intriguing sardonyx is a variety of agate that exists in many colors and


can be cut in

many ways. One of the special ways it is used is in making cameos.


Flowers for Leo

include the showy dahlia, yellow lily, poppy (red), marigold, sunflower,
and

heliotrope.

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Virgo
Keywords: Helpful, Practical, Analytical, Timid, Skeptical, Finicky,
Hypocritical

As the sixth sign of the zodiac, Virgo represents the sixth stage in the
evolution of

man and his place in the universe. In Leo the need is to discover and
develop man's

individuality and creative potential. In Virgo the need is to find ways to


put man's

individual talents to the best possible use. This is why Virgo is known as
the sign of

service. For many Virgos, the need to make things better is satisfied by
pursuing

careers in health-related fields or in other areas such as teaching,


labor relations,

environmental protection, social work, or religious counseling. Though


most of them do

have altruistic motives in helping others, it must also be said that


Virgos have a

tendency to act the martyr when their service or counseling is ignored,


and it is not

unheard of for them to use guilt as a weapon when they want to elicit
the attention

and cooperation of others. Virgos have to learn that helping others to


improve is one

thing, but pushing them toward goals of perfection they cannot hope to
accomplish is

destructive as well as impossible.

Virgos adapt to change. This trait is a strength because it is a survival


mechanism,

and a weakness because it makes them vulnerable to the demands and


influence of other

people. Instinctively responsive to the needs of others, they usually


adapt to

different people and changing circumstances by finding ways to make


themselves useful.

The Virgin is the astrological symbol of Virgo and, like the true virgin,
most Virgos

are shy. Like a virgin waiting to give herself to the perfect lover, Virgos
are also

idealistic. Unfortunately when they allow idealism to get out of hand,


nothing is

accomplished. The virgin becomes a bitter spinster and talents die on


the vine. Though

intensely personal situations are inhibiting, there are other situations


when Virgos

can be very dynamic. When the spotlight is not directly on them but on
a product or a

service they offer, they are excellent salespersons.

Virgos react to what they experience by assessing its practical worth.


Before they

take physical action, before they sort out their emotional involvement,
and before

they reason it out intellectually, they must ascertain what tangible


advantages are to

be gained from the experience. If the advantages they find are not
necessarily useful

to them, they are willing to give them to those who can benefit. Virgos
are effective

negotiators. They patiently endure endless details and responsibilities if


convinced

it accomplishes an end they think justifies their efforts.

Mercury, planet of the intellect, rules Virgo, giving Virgos an analytical


approach to

life. That communication is important to Virgos is aptly demonstrated by


the fact that

so many of them are very talkative. They love books, magazines, and
writing. With a

critical eye for organization and detail and their constant search for
perfection,

Virgos have an irresistible urge to improve everything and everyone,


whether they need

it or not. Virgos are not above using their inability to achieve perfection
as an

excuse for their own idleness and unproductiveness. Out of character


with their true

nature, these Virgos are sloppy, disorganized, and irresponsible. What is


worse, their

own bad habits do not in the least inhibit them from criticizing others
for the same

behavior. Their analytical ability makes them excellent critics of the


talent and

performance of those more skilled than themselves. Virgos need to


think that what they

do is of a practical and helpful nature. The worthiness of their self-


sacrificing

efforts is spoiled at times however, when they exact tangible proof of


gratitude from

those who benefited from their actions.

Likely to be health conscious, many Virgos make an effort to stay


physically fit. If

they are convinced that results can be achieved, they don't mind
tedious exercise

routines. They enjoy tennis, racquetball, swimming, sailing, fishing, and


biking. As

athletes, Virgos are not overly competitive. Most of them do however,


attempt to

perfect whatever skills they do have in a particular sport. They are


likely to be

talented craftsman, seamstresses, or designers, and may have particular


interest in

such things as cartography, travel, and philately.

Virgo colors are blue, yellow, gray, tan, navy, and lilac. Vulnerable parts
of the

body are the sinuses, respiratory system, and bowels. Colds, flu,
allergies, and

constipation are common Virgo complaints. The sapphire, which is a


variety of the

mineral corundum, is Virgo's birthstone. This gem was considered by


ancient societies

as a love charm. Though they come in a variety of colors and can even be
transparent,

the most valuable sapphires are blue. Blue is also the principal color
associated with

Virgo. Flowers and plants for Virgo include the aster, chrysanthemum,
ivy, and fern.

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Libra
Keywords: Tactful, Objective, Lazy, Avoids conflict, Indecisive, Cultural,
Strategist
As the seventh sign of the zodiac, Libra represents the seventh stage
in the evolution

of man and his place in the universe. The first six signs represent man's
attention

turned inward to understand and develop his individuality and position in


the cosmos.

The rest of the signs represent his attention turned outward to


humanity as a whole.

Libra is not merely the sign of partnership, it is the sign of other


people in

general. Libra is the balance between the individual and society. To


attain the

understanding man seeks in Libra, there must be a compromise between


the passion and

the intellect. The physical world must come to terms with the
nonphysical world. The

objectivity of judgment needed for these tasks is characteristic of the


Libran

temperament. Un-evolved Librans can be cold and unemotional or unable


to make

decisions. But this is not true of mature Librans in whom such traits
merely represent

attempts to reach true objectivity.


Librans are doers. In spite of their need to be liked, and reluctance to
face

confrontations, they are surprisingly strong-willed. They set out to


accomplish their

goals and will find ways to succeed one way or another, usually by using
their wit and

charm. The "iron fist in a velvet glove" approach is one key to their
success. When

such ploys are ineffective however, they can become


uncharacteristically aggressive

and determined to solve the matter then and there. Their change of
attitude in such

situations is usually effective enough to catch others off guard and


allow the Librans

to gain control. If they become convinced nothing more is to be gained


no matter what

they do, they won't hesitate to walk away from a situation with no
further explanation

or thought of returning. The Scales are Libra's astrological symbol and


Librans

require balance in their lives. In relationships, they invariably give back


in kind

what they have been given.


Librans react to everything they experience in life with an intellectual
orientation.

Before they take physical action, before they assess the practical
worth of something,

and before they sort out their true emotions, they try to visualize it
objectively as

a kind of mental exercise. It would be a mistake to believe they lack


passion. They

can be outrageous flirts and true romantics. Their passion is not apt to
be sustained

however, if their interest in someone does not include intellectual


rapport as well as

physical attraction.

Venus, planet of beauty and social grace, rules Libra. They get
emotional, physical,

and psychological pleasure from beauty in all forms. Books, music,


flowers, and

perfume are typical delights. If their environment is not esthetically


pleasing, they

can become unhappy without even realizing that their surroundings may
be at least

partly responsible for their depression. For Librans, social grace begins
with good
manners, extends to high level diplomacy, and ends with abhorrence of
disagreeable

confrontations. When forced to endure a fractious environment, they


lose ability to

think or function efficiently. They promote peace and harmony, and will
invariably opt

to bypass hostile confrontations whenever some equally effective


method can be

employed. Though they need partnership and association with other


people, they do not

like crowds and attempt to avoid them whenever possible.

Librans can exert impressive physical energy but the stamina they need
to do it tends

to run in cycles. They work hard, play hard, and then collapse into
inertia until

nature restores the balance and their energy returns. Addicted to the
luxuries and

creature comforts of life, Librans have a lazy streak, especially when it


comes to

physical exercise. Few of them will walk if they can ride. Fondness for
rich food

(sugar is their biggest weakness) makes it necessary to get proper


physical exercise.
However, if they have not been thoroughly indoctrinated to the virtues
of physical

fitness from childhood, and in the meanwhile nothing or no one has come
along to

inspire them to stay in shape, they simply turn into marshmallows.


Tennis, hiking,

horseback riding, skating, and aerobics are a few activities with special
appeal for

Librans.

Libra colors are ivory, pink (or rose), turquoise, and blue. Vulnerable
parts of the

body are the kidneys, lumbar region of the back, and ovaries. Lower
back pain, and the

problems caused by too much sugar or rich food are common complaints.
Libra's

birthstone is the opal. This unique gem consists mostly of ordinary sand
and water.

Just as hidden water in opals cause the fire in the gem, there is more
emotional

content than is apparent behind the brilliant flashes of the Libran


intellect. Libra

rules flowers in general but particularly appropriate blooms for Libra


include roses
(white or pink), daisies, violets, asters, and orchids.

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Scorpio
Keywords: Strong-willed, Secretive, Possessive, Vengeful, Investigator,
Passionate

As the eighth sign of the zodiac, Scorpio represents the eighth stage in
the evolution

of man and his place in the universe. This stage is concerned with an
emotional

development that goes beyond Cancerian concern with home and family.
Scorpio's

emotional involvement is not based on love or pleasure, but on the


control and

understanding of human emotions and the role they play in the


mysterious process of

life and death. Though all Scorpios do not spend their lives pondering
the mysteries

of life and death, most of them are inquisitive, probing individuals. They
are

fascinated with how things work, especially people. Their mental and
physical powers

of recuperation are remarkable, and truly evolved Scorpios can learn to


use their
power to help and inspire others.

Scorpios are stubborn and impervious to changes not of their own


making. However they

accomplish many things in life because of their tenacity in sticking with


projects

when others lose patience and stamina. On the surface they may seem
easy-going,

congenial, and gregarious but they are also extremely tenacious with a
tendency to

manipulate and control. Keys to their success are a strong will and the
ability to get

to the bottom of things. They want answers and doggedly persist until
they get them.

Astrological symbols for Scorpio are the scorpion and the eagle. They
representative

the potency and range of the formidable power and control that
Scorpios can develop.

Scorpios react emotionally to everything they experience in life. Before


they take

physical action, before they sort out the practicality of what they are
doing, and

before they reason things out intellectually, they express their feelings.
Though
their emotions are the strongest motivational factor in their behavior,
unlike the

emotionally oriented Cancerians and Pisceans, Scorpios are not apt to


wear their

hearts on their sleeves. They consciously or subconsciously want to


dominate

relationships and rarely exhibit emotions openly. Even when they seem
to be open, they

always hold back something of themselves. They may not intentionally


want to be

mysterious but many of them manage to appear enigmatic anyway. They


do not like being

crossed or manipulated, and react to such treatment with sarcasm and


vengefulness.

Modern astrologers assign Pluto, planet of intensity and depth, as the


ruler of

Scorpio. Ancient astrologers (unaware of Pluto's existence) assigned


Mars, planet of

fire and energy, as the ruler of Scorpio. Both of these planets can be
seen to

influence the nature of those born in Scorpio. The focus and


concentration of their

expressions and personality makes them appear magnetic and powerful.


The fiery energy

of Mars that is exhibited when they are enthusiastic attracts and


inspire others.

Their intensity can be overwhelming but also subtle. Their considerable


energy is not

aroused or employed just to have something to do as is often the case


with Aries, the

other Mars-ruled personality. Unlike Aries, Scorpio is not openly


combative unless it

becomes necessary. Their privacy is tightly protected, and others get


to know them

only up to a certain point. They may not show any sign of inner struggle
but when they

are after something or someone their determination is fierce. Should


they not be

favored in the outcome, they are not willing or gracious losers. They are
not arrogant

and, in fact, are quite interested in others and what others have to say.
However they

often exhibit a self-sufficiency that implies there isn't much they


don't already

know.

Scorpios have a strong, competitive nature. With little effort they


become exceptional

athletes. They want real challenges and will not easily suffer would-be
competitors

who do not possess skills that are equal to their own. They enjoy sports
that require

strength, swiftness, and cunning. Body-building, soccer, hockey, hunting,


swimming,

scuba diving, and spelunking are favorite activities. Scorpio is associated


with the

mythical phoenix rising from the ashes. This symbol not only represents
their own

recuperative powers, it also represents their resourceful ability to


create something

new out of something old or useless. Recycling, and renovating homes


and other

buildings are typical projects for which they are well suited. Creative
potentials

include those who are outstanding cooks, writers, designers, and


composers. Their

shrewdness in assessing value makes them excellent real estate agents


and developers,

bankers, stockbrokers, and financial planners.

Scorpio colors are red, black, midnight blue, and emerald green.
Vulnerable parts of

the body are the reproductive organs and excretory system. Headaches,
infections, and

fevers are Scorpio complaints. Topaz is Scorpio's birthstone. The


Roman naturalist,

Pliny the Elder, traced the name to the Island of Topazos which, in
Greek means "to

guess. " This meaning is a fair description of the inquisitive, mystery-


loving nature

of Scorpio. Topaz, one of the hardest minerals, cannot be cut with a


knife. It is yet

another representation of the impenetrable Scorpio nature. Scorpio


flowers include the

anemone, heather, and gardenia.

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Sagittarius
Keywords: Independent, Truth-seeker, Traveler, Talkative, Theatrical,
Athletic,

Tactless, Over- confident

As the ninth sign of the zodiac, Sagittarius represents the ninth stage
in the

evolution of man and his place in the universe. As Scorpio seeks to


understand and

control with emotional power, Sagittarius seeks to understand and


control with

knowledge. Most Sagittarians have an intellectual curiosity that covers


a wide range

of subjects. Never try to present Sagittarians with facts because they


already have an

unlimited supply which they gladly recite in rapid succession. They


become bored and

restless when surrounded by people or circumstances in which they have


no interest. At

such times, they find ways to disappear physically or mentally. They


would rather

learn things on their own through travel and experience than endure
structured

classroom environments and routine work assignments. However, given


opportunities to

broaden their knowledge and gain experience in the world on their own,
they become

excellent teachers and administrators in the very type of educational


system they once

found so restricting.

Sagittarians readily adapt to change. This trait is a strength because it


is a

survival mechanism, and a weakness because it makes them vulnerable to


the demands and

influence of other people. One of their greatest facilities for adapting


to change is

making home wherever they happen to be. The astrological symbols for
Sagittarius are

the hunter (archer) and the centaur, the mythical half man and half
horse. They

represent the Sagittarian search for collecting and disseminating truth


and knowledge

as well as their constant search for new ideas and new adventures. They
are usually

quite talkative and, as a rule, do not hesitate to give their honest


opinions, a

gesture which seems tactless at times though it is rarely their


intention to be cruel.

They have a ready wit and appreciate the humor even in grim situations.

Sagittarians react physically to everything they experience in life.


Before they

assess the practicality or worth of what they are doing, before they
sort out their

true emotions, and before they take time to reason things out
intellectually, they

have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. Communication-


oriented

Sagittarians are forever running around with energy and enthusiasm.


They are

independent and hard to pin down for long, and indeed, this is the sign
of the

bachelor. In one way or another even married Sagittarians seek to


maintain some aspect

of personal independence.

Jupiter, planet of bountiful fortunes and good luck, rules Sagittarians.


As a rule,

most of them have generous natures and friendly, optimistic


personalities. Natural

politicians, they are interested in knowing everyone and in going


everywhere. For the

true Sagittarian personality, life is something to be enjoyed every day.


Addicted to

all the good things in life, they know how to get maximum enjoyment
from them.

Unfortunately too much of a good thing can be ruinous, and prudence is


a difficult

trait for most Sagittarians to acquire. The philosophy that "more is


better" describes

their tendency for overdoing, a tendency that can result in some


negative situations.

Being overly spiritual or too philosophical, for example, they get too far
out of

touch with the real world. Making overblown efforts to be prudent in


one area, they

can still manage to bankrupt themselves by overindulging in other areas.


Their attempt

to be prudent can get so far out of line, that they turn into a miser.

Sagittarians are enthusiastic sportsmen. They enjoy physically


challenging endeavors

of all kinds. Archery, jogging, hang gliding, sailing, and fishing (especially
for big

sport fish such as sword fish or blue marlin) are favorite activities. One
of the

biggest challenges to overcome may be the battle of the bulge when


their fondness for

great quantities of food and drink finally catches up with them. They
are natural

gamblers and risk-takers, and usually have the good fortune to come out
on the winning

side of wagers, especially when they try their luck at horse or dog
racing. They love

music, art, dance, and drama (theater) and many of them have
considerable talent in

these areas.

Sagittarian colors are maroon, tan, navy, orange, and cobalt blue.
Vulnerable parts of

the body are the thighs, hips, and, to some extent, the feet. Their
physical

complaints are apt to be the result of unrestricted diets or an overly


indulgent

pursuit of other pleasures. The ancients associated the ruby with


Sagittarius, while

modern astrologers gives this sign the turquoise. The Sagittarian's


highly adaptable,

somewhat dual-natured personality can easily associate itself with both


gems. Because

Sagittarius is associated with bigness in general, flowers for this sign


include the

large blooms such as huge mums, hydrangeas, dahlias, and peonies.

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Capricorn
Keywords: Mature, Ambitious, Responsible, Designing, Patient, Goal-
seeker, Traditional
As the tenth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn represents the tenth stage
in the evolution

of man and his place in the universe. Having gained power and control
through emotions

and knowledge in Scorpio and Sagittarius, Capricorn seeks control by


virtue of

authority. All authority is given its control by rules and regulations


which civilized

society accepts and with which they must comply in order to progress.
For all their

concern with legality or the propriety of things, Capricorns can be


guilty of making

or enforcing rules they themselves do not follow. Blinded by their own


ambition, and

obsessed with their goals, they adopt the philosophy that the end
justifies the means.

Capricorns are doers. They set out to accomplish things and are
determined to succeed

one way or another. By nature they are executives and managers.


Ambitious, pragmatic,

and goal-oriented, they learn how to get things done. The mountain goat
is an
appropriate astrological symbol for this sign since a sure-footed,
methodical climb to

the top is the main goal of Capricorn individuals. They aspire to


positions of power

and authority, and they admire others who attain such positions.
Initiative and

willingness to accept responsibilities are keys to their success. Wanting


to be

admired and respected, they do not want to appear weak or ineffective.


This false

pride makes it hard for them to admit when they are wrong or to ask
others for help.

Though they aggressively compete for what they want with apparent
sureness, they

harbor inner lack of confidence which makes them defensive. Viewing


insecurity and

fear as weaknesses, they attempt to hide such feelings, making it hard


for others to

get close to them. As children they have unusual maturity. They are in a
hurry to

participate in the adult world and often get along better with older
children and

adults than with their peers.


Capricorns react to what they experience by assessing its possible
worth. Before they

take physical action, before they sort out their emotional involvement,
and before

they reason it out intellectually, they must ascertain what tangible


advantages are to

be gained from the experience. They gladly work long and hard if it
means getting what

or who they want. They can be very lazy if they see no sense in working,
or if they

can achieve the same goals in a less strenuous manner. They have a good
sense of humor

but will not tolerate being ridiculed or teased on a personal level. Those
who set out

to so abuse a Capricorn, will soon learn the error of their ways.

Saturn, planet of structure and reality, is the ruler of Capricorn, which


means that

Capricorns need to know and understand limits in all areas of life. Early
in life they

should be taught traditional values, rules and regulations, and proper


thought and

behavior. Even if they reject these things later, it allows them to


develop and focus
on specific goals. Without the structure of rules, restrictions, and
values to guide

them up the mountain toward their goals, they lose their way. Ambition
and enthusiasm

fade. Knowing the rules and regulations and the way that society is
structured makes

them feel they understand the reality of life. And for Capricorn, once
the reality of

something is understood, it is much easier to handle and manipulate.


This approach

makes them good builders, engineers, politicians, lawyers, and business


executives.

Capricorns often look older or more mature when they are young.
However, when they

reach middle age the reverse occurs. They seem to defy the aging
process, and retain a

remarkably youthful appearance well into old age.

Capricorns usually do not have a predisposition to be fat. Good dietary


habits in

their youth tend to stay with them as adults. Their innate spirit of
competition makes

them enthusiastic sportsmen. They can be so aggressively determined to


win, it is
difficult for them to be gracious when they lose. They make good team
players as well

as good team managers. Jogging, running (especially cross-country), golf,


skating,

hunting, wrestling, boxing, martial arts, and body-building are favorite


activities.

They also favor gun collecting, perhaps because guns are undeniable
symbols of

authority.

Capricorn colors are chocolate brown, royal and navy blue, dark green,
charcoal gray,

and red. Vulnerable parts of the body are the bones and joints
(especially the knees),

teeth, and skin. Though sensitive skin, allergies, and broken bones are
their most

likely complaints, worrying too much can also result in physical problems.
The garnet

is Capricorn's birthstone. This gemstone is believed to keep its wearers


from

accidents and falls. In some ancient societies garnets were worn only by
royalty.

Capricorn flowers include the camellia, orange blossom, carnation (red),


baby's
breath, and magnolia.

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Aquarius

As the eleventh sign of the zodiac, Aquarius represents the eleventh


stage in the

evolution of man and his place in the universe. In Aquarius, the


individuality of man

so carefully nurtured in Leo, now becomes part of the greater spectrum


of society as a

whole. Capricorn sets up the structure and rules of society, and


Aquarius takes on the

role of making the organizations of society function as the people-


oriented

institutions they were intended to be. Aquarians are the original


"organization men"

of the zodiac. Their societal orientation, loyalty, fairness, and objective


nature are

reasons why they tend to attract many friends and acquaintances in life.
Though they

are not above wanting to live well, many Aquarians are more interested
in people than

they are in amassing great wealth or taking on the responsibilities that


invariably
accompany such a life style. When they cannot afford some luxury, they
rationalize why

they didn't need it in the first place.

Aquarians are stubborn and resist changing their opinions or accepting


new ideas that

they do not like or with which they do not agree. Big changes in life are
accepted as

a challenge, but small changes that throw off their plans are not
tolerated very well.

The astrological symbol for Aquarius is the figure of a man pouring


water. The water

is seen as mankind's collective consciousness. It depicts Aquarians as


disseminators

of the spirit of humanity. Many Aquarians, in tune with their celestial


heritage, are

idealists who champion the highest principles to which humanity can


aspire. However

they are also extremely independent thinkers. When confronted with


authoritarian

demands or dogmatic principles to which they do not subscribe, they


rebel. They may

hesitate to take the initiative at times, but once they decide a situation
or idea is
worthwhile, they become involved and aggressive in pushing it forward.
They don't mind

being asked to do something but they resent being told to do it. Those
who want to

gain their favor will help share the work load without being asked.

Aquarians react to everything they experience in life with an


intellectual

orientation. Before they take physical action, before they assess the
practical worth

of something, and before they sort out their true emotions, they try to
visualize it

objectively as a kind of mental exercise. In relationships, their


intellectual

approach makes them appear interested but not particularly passionate


or possessive.

It does not necessarily mean they really lack passion. When they do
focus their

feelings, their passion can be as intense as it is inspirational.

The modern ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, planet of the unorthodox and


eclectic

mentality of mankind. The ancient ruler of Aquarius is Saturn, planet of


restriction

and structure. Such different characteristics seem to directly


contradict one another,

but a close look at the Aquarian personality shows that both planets co-
exist in a

strangely compatible way. Aquarians demonstrate association with


Uranus by being

unpredictable. Saturn¹s influence gives them stability. The two


influences generally

mean that when Aquarians suddenly change course, or do something


unpredictable, they

are not likely to be acting on a whim or a bet but for some very
practical or

advantageous reason. They favor the unique as well as the traditional.


Sometimes they

are either so involved with the past (history and antiques) or so tuned
in to the

future (spaceships and neon clothes) they lose track of the present.
Exhibiting the

stability of Saturn, they may live unvaried, even boring lives; feeling
very

comfortable and secure in such an unchanging, stable environment.


Sooner or later

however, they are apt to encounter circumstances that make it hard


for them to know
what they will be doing next. They often adopt life styles and ideas
that are counter

to current trends. The odd and unique fascinate them, and they are
rarely caught off

guard by abnormal situations and strange people.

Aquarians are good eaters but may not care what's on the menu. Most
of them are

indifferent cooks. As long as they can participate with a partner, or as


part of a

team they are enthusiastic about sports and, as a result, may not have
trouble keeping

physically fit. When left on their own however, they become lazy and
reluctant to

engage in what to them is a lonely series of exercises with which they


quickly become

bored. Broad jumping, camping, ballooning, tennis, swimming, racquetball,


and baseball

are some of their favorite activities. Science and engineering,


international finance,

writing, music, psychology or social work are areas of special interest to


Aquarians.

Aquarian colors are silver, aqua, and purple and the more electric
shades of pink and
blue. Vulnerable parts of the body are the shins, ankles, and circulatory
system.

Cramps, allergies, sudden illness and freak accidents are common


Aquarian complaints,

though they may also suffer from various nervous disorders. The
birthstone for

Aquarius is amethyst. This gem is believed to confer stability and


mental poise on

those who wear it. Flowers for Aquarians are the more unusual blossoms
and include the

gladioli, tiger lily, trillium, bird of paradise, and jack-in-the-pulpit.

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Pisces

As the twelfth sign of the zodiac, Pisces represents the twelfth and
final stage in

the evolution of man and his place in the universe. Here, the desire is to
use all

that has been learned and assimilated in order to gain perfection; of


man as an

individual and humanity as a whole. This perfection leads man to his


rightful place in

the universe. Though not all Pisceans occupy their time with such lofty
aspirations as
attaining their rightful place in the universe, the notion of perfection is
a strong

factor in their personality. They find it difficult to deal with people and
situations

that do not live up to their idealized images. It isn't that they can't
see things

clearly, they just don't want to accept things as they really are. Seeking
greater

perfection than the real world is capable of producing, they often turn
to religion or

other spiritual and philosophical disciplines.

Pisceans readily adapt to change. This trait is a strength because it is a


survival

mechanism, and a weakness because it makes them vulnerable to the


demands and

influence of other people. In spite of their sensitive personality and


delicate

physical constitutions, most Pisceans are survivors. Their adaptability


allows them to

outlast those who may be much stronger. Because they so readily


identify with the

feelings of others, and willingly adapt themselves to different people


and changing
circumstances, they risk the exploitation or loss of their own needs,
ideas, and

talent. The opposite side of the coin is that adaptability also allows
Pisceans to

gain personal power over those they understand so well and turn it to
their own

advantage. The fish is the astrological symbol for Pisces. The fish is
pictured as a

double figure seen to swim in either direction. This represents the


ultimate Piscean

choice; either to be strong and overcome weakness inherent in their


sensitive nature,

or to become the victim of this acute vulnerability.

Pisceans react emotionally to everything they experience in life. Before


they take

physical action, before they sort out the practicality of what they are
doing, and

before they reason things out intellectually, they give in to their


feelings.

Compassionate and fair-minded, they are not at all afraid to bend


unbreakable rules if

the situation demands a more humane approach. They make excellent


judges, sensitive
administrators, and inspirational teachers. Their surplus of emotions
implies an

addictive nature, and thus it is necessary to avoid habit-forming drugs


and other

substances. To maintain their emotional equilibrium, they need a private


spot or at

least a private time for daily retreat and relaxation. The most
creatively stimulating

and soothing environment for Pisceans is near water, preferably the


ocean.

The modern ruler of Pisces is Neptune, planet of the spiritual and


sensitive qualities

in man. Ancient astrologers assigned Pisces Jupiter, a planet also


associated with

spirituality as well as thirst for knowledge and understanding. These


planets

represent similar traits and both of them influence Piscean


personalities. They are

idealistic, sensitive, and love to play martyr. They are often shy and
would much

rather impersonate someone else than be themselves. That's why so


many are actors,

artists, writers, and dreamers. Their association with elusive Neptune


makes it hard

to predict how Pisceans will develop. Some of them are neat and well
organized, while

others become slovenly and careless. Personal habits are often a direct
reflection of

emotional reactions to their environment. Their imaginations are


limitless, an ability

that makes them successful writers of fiction or turns them into


pathological liars.

Unique ability to understand the abstract can make them gifted


mathematicians and

theorists, or it can put them so out of touch with reality that they
make no sense at

all.

As if to directly confront their own vulnerability, many Pisceans are


daredevils and

risk-takers, becoming race car drivers, aviators, explorers, and hunters.


Their

emotional nature can make them compulsive eaters who face a lifelong
battle of the

bulge. Sports and physical fitness routines are a good way for them to
keep in shape

as well as reduce their emotional stress. Horseback riding, dancing,


skating, swimming

or sailing are favored activities.

Piscean colors are pale green, purple, rose, and gray-blue. Vulnerable
parts of the

body are the feet and lymphatic system. Swelling, allergic reaction to
drugs, and sore

feet are common complaints, but their emotional nature can also make
them vulnerable

to psychosomatic illness. The Piscean birthstone is the aquamarine. The


sea-colored

aquamarine becomes invisible when submerged in water. This is an


appropriate

representation of the shy Pisceans who often wish they could disappear
as easily.

Flowers for Pisces are the orchid, lilac, wisteria, water lily (lotus),
poppy (white),

and pansy.