Since the dawn of time, mankind had a seemingly inborn infatuation with the stars. For centuries, it is a common held belief that the celestial heavens have a distinct influence in our daily lives. The concept of the zodiac is not a new one, and can be traced a far back as Ancient Egypt, but a more modern version we use today came from the ancient Greeks.
The Greeks (and many modern day fans of astrology) believe that your life is pre-determined by what is written the starts – the position of the sun, moon and planets at the time of your birth. To the western world, the most commonly used zodiac or astrological chart is the Greek zodiac, which is comprised of 12 different signs or symbols that each corresponds to a month of the year. Each sign obviously has its own meaning, and it is said that those who share a sign also share common personality traits.
Meaning of Zodiac Tattoos
Whatever your sign, you are spoiled for choice when it comes a zodiac design that speaks to you. Zodiac signs can be done in symbols, signs or even dramatic art pieces. Go for tribal, Celtic or vivid colours – the sky is quite literally the limit.
• Capricorn – December 23 to January 20
The sign of the goat represents the Capricorn – practical, ambitious, loyal, patient and cautious. On the downside, goats are also stubborn, pessimistic, and spiteful and can hold grudges for an awfully long time
• Aquarius – January 21 to February 19
Aquarius is the water bearer, and is typically depicted by a woman carrying jugs of water. Strong points include honestly, originality, independence and wit, whereas weaknesses are considered to be perversity, unpredictability, and emotional detachment.
• Pices – February 20 to March 20
The fish, or rather, 2 fish circle each other, and is ruled by the planet Neptune. Pices are sensitive and creative, compassionate, kind and selfless, but they are also too idealistic, illogical, easily led and weak willed.
• Aries – March 21 to April 20
Also known as the god of war, the ram symbol is linked to adventurous and energetic types, courage, confidence and enthusiasm, but they can also be selfish, impatient and quick tempered.
• Taurus – April 21 to May 21
Taurus, the bull, shares many trades with the animal; persistent, reliable and determined. Not surprising, they are also stubborn, possessive, inflexible and jealous.
• Gemini – May 22 to June 21
The set of twins have a dual nature. They are versatile, adaptably, witty, lively and good communicators. Yet they are also nervous, cunning, unstable and superficial.
• Cancer – June 22 to July 22
Cancer, or the crab, is emotionally warm, imaginative, protective and sympathetic. On the downside, they are moody and unable to let go emotionally
• Leo – July 23 to August 22
The lion is the most dominant of the entire zodiac. The can be generous, creative, faithful and loving and born leaders. That said, their strength can be tainted by pompous behaviour, and by being patronizing, bossy and interfering.
• Virgo – August 23 to September 23
The virgin is depicted by a shy woman, who is practical, charming, diligent and reliable. However, they are also conservative perfectionists and are overcritical.
• Libra – September 24 to October 23
Libra is seen as scales in a balance, so no surprisingly, they are balanced individuals who are romantic, diplomatic and laid back. They are also gullible, self-indulgent and indecisive.
• Scorpio – October 24 to November 22
Scorpions have very strong emotions and are powered by passion. This passion can also lead to jealousy and resentfulness, and they can be obsessive to a fault.
• Sagittarius – November 23 to December 22
The depiction of a Sagittarius is a centaur archer, and those born under this sign are considered to be optimistic, free, jovial and straightforward. Their weakness include being careless, tackles and glib.