You can see the dates assigned to the signs of the zodiac when you move your mouse on the thumbnail. The signs don't change at exactly midnight GMT on the dates given below, so at the beginning or end of each period you may see a variation of up to a day. An individual born in the main portion of any of the periods below, can say with safety that they are an Aquarius or a Cancer, etc. But if your birth took place on one of the borderline dates, you will need to know the exact time and latitude/longitude of the event, and then you can use my AstroChart, to be certain which is your exact Sun sign.
The signs of the zodiac are classified in three other ways:
* Each sign is either positive (masculine: spontaneous and self-expressive) or negative (feminine: withdrawn and passive).
* Each sign is assigned to one of the four principle elements: Fire (lively and aggressive), Earth (matter-of-fact and controlled), Air (lively in mind and fluent in expression) and Water (sensitive and intuitive). These are known as the triplices: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. ('Triplicity' means triplicate or three, and there are three zodiac signs for each element.)
* Each sign is either cardinal, fixed or mutable (they are called 'quadruplices' because there are four zodiac signs to each one). The qualities are respectively, initiative (cardinal), steadfastness (fixed), and changeableness/adaptability (mutable).
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Descriptions from "Heaven on Earth".