People have been looking at the sky to help guide and explain things for about as long as they have been on the planet. Everything from when to plant and harvest crops to why people behave a certain way has been linked to the stars and planets. There are all kinds of wild zodiac sign facts that perfectly match the people born under that sign. While you probably read your horoscope from time to time, you may not know about the unique zodiac sign facts that surround your sign.
Where do Zodiac Signs Come From?
It is hard to pinpoint exactly who decided that zodiac signs could be used to predict a person’s nature or actions or when it started happening. Astrology can be found all over the ancient world. There is evidence everywhere from Ancient China to Babylonia to Egypt that people looked to the stars and planets for omens. For instance, ancient Chinese noblemen used to look at eclipses as signs of good or bad times for the emperor. However, it was the ancient Greeks who can be credited with the names of the zodiac signs as we know them today.
Some other interesting zodiac sign facts about the origin of astrology as we know it today include the fact that the word “zodiac” comes from the Ancient Greeks. They called the celestial sphere of the orbit of the Earth around the Sun “zōdiakos kyklos,” “circle of animals,” “or ta zōdia,” “the little animals.”
The order in which we see the signs of the zodiac typically listed comes from the Ancient Greeks too. The dates associated with each sign come from the Sun’s passage through the constellation during the time when their boundaries were fixed. While these dates are still used for the signs today, the dates do not still line up exactly anymore. For example, on January 1st, the direction of the sun is now in Sagittarius instead of Capricorn.
Interesting Zodiac Sign Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
The signs of the zodiac are all associated with certain typical personality traits. If you are a Sagittarius, you are likely passionate, curious, and intense while Taurus’s are steadfast, loyal, and love consistency. Horoscopes can be spot on sometimes. Who knows exactly why or how using the stars to predict personality traits and foretell the future is so accurate, but they are! Here are some zodiac sign facts about each of the signs that you likely did not know.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
If you are or know an Aries, you probably know that people born under this fire sign are typically bold and like to dive headfirst into any situation. Among zodiac sign facts that you may be surprised to learn is that Aries are more likely than other signs to suffer an injury on their head or face (and probably have the scar to prove it). That is not to say Aries are irresponsible. They just tend to rush into things without taking a moment to assess the situation.
Another of the interesting zodiac sign facts about Aries is that they are born with a sense of entitlement, which helps them achieve great things but can also be off-putting sometimes. But this is, in part, because they are the first sign in the zodiac cycle. They like to blaze trails and most of us love to follow.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
A Taurus is loyal, careful, and a true romantic. That is because the planet Venus rules this sign. But you already knew that. The interesting zodiac sign facts about Taurus have to do with its placement in the zodiac and what that means. First, Taurus is the first Earth sign in the zodiac cycle, so it is the foundation for the other signs. Taurus likes to steady things, making sure they and the people around them are secure. That brings us to the second interesting fact about Taurus.
The signs of the zodiac are grouped into three “qualities” – cardinal, mutable, and fixed. There are four fixed signs, one of which is Taurus (the other three are Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius if you are curious). These are fixed signs because they fall in the middle of each season. Fixed signs are the trustworthy types who tend to like To-Do lists. They are the “doers” – if a cardinal sign says, “Let’s go on vacation” the fixed sign is the one who arranges the travel, makes the hotel reservations, creates a packing list, and finds things to do while you are there.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Geminis are resourceful, charming, wise, and adventurous. Ruled by the twins, it should not be surprising that Geminis desire kindred spirit energy and enjoy finding people who can offer them an intellectual equal. One of the interesting zodiac sign facts about Geminis is that they tend to be more comfortable with change than other signs. They are good at being chameleons and morphing to fit into a variety of situations.
If that did not surprise you, did you know that Geminis are more likely than any other sign to win a Nobel Prize? That is right! The sign with the most Nobel Prize winners is Gemini with a whopping 97.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Cancers are intuitive, nurturing, and sensitive. They tend to be loyal friends and are always willing to offer their shoulder to cry on. One of the interesting zodiac sign facts about Cancer is that they are ruled by the moon, so if you are a Cancer, pay attention to your dreams around the time of a full moon because they may be trying to tell you something.
Other cool things to know about Cancer is that they are one of four cardinal signs, which start every season – Aries starts spring, Cancer is at the start of summer, Libra starts fall, and Capricorn shows up at the beginning of winter. So these signs are the leaders of the zodiac and are the ones you can count on to initiate a plan or amazing idea. That means Cancers tend to like being first in everything that they do.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
Leos are passionate and creative. They are natural leaders who love to put on a show. With all that passion and fierceness at the forefront, it may be surprising to learn that underneath all that, Leos have a huge heart. The most surprising fact about Leos is that they are the zodiac’s most generous sign. They are always there to help, spoil, and protect the people they love.
Other zodiac sign facts about Leo: they tend to have an amazing head of hair (got to have that lion’s mane) and they are twice as likely to go to the gym compared to any other sign. You go, Leos!
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Virgos are analytical (sometimes a little too analytical). They are dedicated, resourceful, and hardworking. Among interesting zodiac sign facts about Virgo is the fact that they are a mutable sign. Mutable signs are the adapters of the zodiac and tend to be more flexible and comfortable with change than other signs. While cardinal signs come up with an idea and fixed signs put the plan into action, mutable signs like Virgo perfect the plan with their analytical abilities.
However, the most interesting fact about Virgo is that the most common birthday falls under this sign! If your birthday is September 9th, you are in good (and plentiful) company.
Libra (September 23-October 23)
If you are a Libra you have expensive taste. They are the trendsetters and generally the ones to get a party started. But while Libras enjoy the finer things in life, they are a sign of the scales and can not stand things that are unfair or unbalanced.
One of the interesting zodiac sign facts about Libra is that Libra is an air sign. But rather than bring gusts, Libra brings the winds of change in such a mild and moderate way that people barely even notice they have been swept somewhere. Another interesting thing about Libra is that it is ruled by Venus, so Libras tend to be charming and elegant.
Scorpio (October 24-November 21)
Scorpios are by far the most passionate of the signs. They also tend to be secretive and shadowy. One of the interesting zodiac sign facts about Scorpio is that they are easily overlooked. Scorpios tend to be reserved and rarely start a conversation or openly express interest in other people. However, if you can get them to open up, their deeply-felt passion can be felt.
Another of the interesting zodiac sign facts about Scorpio is that they tend to have hypnotic, piercing eyes. Scorpios seem to have the ability to look at someone and see deep into their soul. Beware though because that kind of attention can be addictive for the person who falls under a Scorpio’s gaze. If you have ever been the object of a Scorpio’s attention, you likely feel hard and deeply in love with them.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Sagittarius is a free spirit who is happiest in open spaces with plenty of adventure. They tend to be optimistic and open-minded. Sagittarians are often some of the funniest people you know. One of the most interesting zodiac sign facts about Sagittarius is that nearly one in five child stars is born under Sagittarius. So if you are a Sagittarian, you are in the company of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Brad Pitt.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Capricorns are loyal, family-minded, and hardworking. Capricorns like the simplest and straightest route when making a plan. They are also not ones to deviate from the plan once it is set. As Capricorns go, one of the zodiac sign facts you may not know about this sign is that they tend to carry heavy burdens because they are so willing to support other people through their difficulties. They are often the rock in their relationships, which can wear them down.
Due to their hardworking natures, Capricorns tend to fall into leadership roles, so do not be surprised if your boss’s birthday falls between December 22nd and January 19th.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Aquarius is a quirky sign. It is ruled by the planet Uranus, the only planet that spins on its side, so Aquarius tends to march to the beat of its own drum. That is not to say they stand out in a crowd. They blend in well and can talk to anyone, often making friends anywhere they go.
Zodiac sign facts you may not know about Aquarius include that Aquarius is the visionary of the zodiac. They like to dream about alternate realities and create new worlds. Unfortunately, Aquarians (and Capricorns) tend to make the least amount of money.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
People who are Pisces tend to be loners. No wonder their sign is two fish swimming in opposite directions! Pisces are soulful and likely to be empaths, easily taking on other people’s emotions. One of the interesting zodiac sign facts that you probably do not know about Pisces is that being the last sign in the zodiac cycle, Pisces has the luxury of having experienced the energy of all the signs that came before it, so they are the old soul of the zodiac. Another interesting thing about Pisces is that they often have an affinity for the number 7.
Whether you read your horoscope daily without fail or you only check it out every now and then, it can be fun to see what your sign predicts about you – both good and bad. While you may not agree with all of the zodiac sign facts associated with your sign, it is likely that you can relate to at least one of them. Hopefully, some of these interesting zodiac sign facts surprised you. Now go out and dream big, find a Taurus or Scorpio to love you fiercely, and make friends with a Leo who will spoil you rotten.
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Sources: Zodiac, Study finds Geminis are the most intelligent star sign, The Most Common Birthdays In The World, Star sign of the stars: If you’re a Sagittarian, you are twice as likely to hit the big time, What your zodiac sign says about your career, Astrostyle.com