12 Zodiac Signs

 In nature, everything follows different cycles, that give the beat. We humans, divide our life into years. Why? Because this is the period of time during which the Earth circles the Sun. One year we divide into 12 Months. One month we divide into days. One day is the period during which the Earth rotates around its own axis. Therefore those Cycles (Day, Month, Year) result from the movements of the Planets. They are the metronome of our daily lives and the foundation of Astrology. The main difference is the starting point of the calendars. The astrological calendar with the 12 Zodiac Signs begins with spring and ends when the winter ends, lasts however exactly as long as one year. As the year passes, one Zodiac Sign follows on the last Zodiac Sign.

The first Zodiac Sign is Aries and the last Zodiac Sign is Pisces.

4 Elements in the Zodiac:

Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Element: Fire

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Aries from Nastja Stefanyuk

Aries is born when the world starts to flourish again after winter. Therefore the “vocation” of an Aries as the first Sign of the Zodiac is to bring everything back to life. So his primal energy is said to be impulsive, energetic and dynamic. He storms out into the world and conquers it.

Element: Earth

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Taurus from Nastja Stefanyuk

After the Aries follows Taurus.  He now needs to retain everything, that Aries had conquered in a storm and probably would have had wasted just as fast if not for Taurus. Therefore, Taurus has a calmer, more attentive and down-to-earth temperament that aims to obtain possessions.

Element: Air

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Gemini from Nastja Stefanyuk

After Taurus comes Gemini. He now takes what Aries had conquered and Taurus had retained and strikes out into the world. He finds new cultures, connects with them, exchanges things and that is how speech and trade originate.

Element: Water

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Cancer from Nastja Stefanyuk

After Gemini follows Cancer. He is born in the middle of summer when Aries, Taurus, and Gemini have already obtained nourishment and property.  So Cancer now wants to settle and build a home. Preferably, with a garden and 50 children who run around in it.

Element: Fire

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Leo from Nastja Stefanyuk

After Cancer comes Leo. At this point, Astrology abolishes thinking in categories of meaningfulness, because Leo is born at the height of summer. Therefore, he has to do absolutely nothing. He can just be, celebrate life, waste and enjoy what summer brings him.

 Element: Earth

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Virgo from Nastja Stefanyuk

After Leo enjoyed life to the fullest, Virgo follows as the next Sign. She now has to ration all remaining resources since winter is coming. Also, she has to separate the wheat from the chaff with her strict inspection system. Then she has to collect the harvest – so that there will be enough for everyone during winter.

Element: Air

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Libra from Nastja Stefanyuk

After Virgo comes Libra. The sign of social connection, since you have to unite before winter comes because you cannot survive winter all on your own.

Element: Water

painting of the sign Scorpio from Nastja Stefanyuk

Scorpio follows after Libra and is born right into the period where everything around him dies. Thus, Scorpio aims to find the principal in life and to get to the source – the truth at the bottom of things so he can find basic principles to hold onto during winter even though physical resources are vanishing.

Element: Fire

painting of the sign Sagittarius from Nastja Stefanyuk

After Scorpio follows Sagittarius, born with the emerging winter. Winter is accompanied by desire and the longing for a different reality – a different world, that is not limited to primal urges and survival instinct – a world, that is full of art, education, culture, literature, faith and justice. But first and foremost, that is full of light and life. Thus, Sagittarius is the dreamer of the Zodiac.

Element: Earth

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Capricorn from Nastja Stefanyuk

But at first Winter had to be survived and that’s where Capricorn comes in. Capricorn is tenacious, strict, concentrated, and ambitious. Thus, it is the Sign, that can persevere everything rigorously and consistently within the given barriers by Winter.

Element: Air

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Aquarius from Nastja Stefanyuk

After Capricorn follows Aquarius. With him comes the promise, that spring is just around the corner. He destroys the barriers and blinders of Capricorn. Also, he brings new regularities and reforms the previously established society. Aquarius brings new ideas and inventions – so that the world’s structure is a little different with every new cycle.

Element: Water

painting of the zodiac sign and the energy of the Pisces from Nastja Stefanyuk

Pisces is the last Sign, born during the transition from Winter to Spring. It is the Sign of Self-dissolution. Pisces makes way for new life altruistically and modestly before Aries comes again and brings the new cycle.

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