The western astrology, like any other modern astrological tradition, is composed of twelve zodiac signs. These twelve zodiacal signs are supposed to be representatives of twelve basic personality types. In other words, they can be said to reflect the characteristic modes of expression. The twelve signs or symbols are subdivided into four basic elements, namely Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Another basis of division of the signs comprises of the three basic qualities, Cardinal, Mutable And Fixed. The twelve western astrological signs, their basic traits as well as symbols have been provided below:
The first zodiac sign of the western astrology is Aries, represented by The Ram. It is a fire sign, which has cardinal qualities and the major area of concern as the personal self. The basic trait that defines the Aries personality is "I am".
The zodiac sign that comes next is Taurus, represented by The Bull. It is an earth sign, with fixed qualities and the major area of concern as the personal self. The basic trait that defines the Taurus personality is "I have".
The third zodiac sign in the western astrology is Gemini, represented by The Twins. It is an air sign that has mutable qualities and is mainly concerned with the personal self. The basic trait that defines the Gemini personality is "I think".
The zodiacal sign of Cancer, represented by The Crab, is on the fourth number in western astrology. A water sign, Cancer has the cardinal qualities and is the last zodiac with personal considerations. The basic trait that defines the Cancer personality is "I feel".
The next sign in the zodiac series of western astrology is Leo, represented by The Lion. Leo represents a fire sign, which has fixed qualities and is more concerned about the society. The basic trait that defines the Leo personality is "I will".
The sixth zodiac sign is represented by Virgo, represented by The Virgin. It is an earth sign with mutable qualities and the basic are of concern as the society. The basic trait that defines the Virgo personality is "I analyze".
One of the most sociable zodiac signs in the western astrology is Libra, represented by The Scales. Belonging to the air sign, Librans have the cardinal qualities. The basic trait that defines the Libra personality is "I balance".
The next sign that comes under the western astrology is Scorpio, represented by The Scorpion. It is one of the three water signs, with fixed qualities and has the social aspect as the main consideration. The basic trait that defines the Scorpio personality is "I desire".
Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac, is represented by The Archer. It is a fire sign with mutable qualities and a universal concern. The basic trait that defines the Sagittarius personality is "I perceive".
The zodiac sign that is next in the series is Capricorn, represented by The Sea-goat. One of the three earth signs, Capricorn displays cardinal qualities and has a universal area of concern. The basic trait that defines the Capricorn personality is "I use".
The second last sign of the western astrology is Aquarius, with the symbol of The Water Carrier. The last air sign, it is characterized by fixed qualities and a universal concern. The basic trait that defines the Aquarius personality is "I know".
Pisces, represented by The Fish (two fish), is the last sign in the western astrology. The third, and the last, water sign, it shows mutable qualities and a universal consideration. The basic trait that defines the Pisces personality is "I believe".
The Three Qualities
The moveable signs of the western astrology represent cardinal qualities. The people born under the signs with cardinal qualities tend to be forceful, dynamic, initiators and leaders.
The bicorporeal or double-bodied signs have the mutable qualities. The people born under the signs with mutable qualities are quite flexible, gullible, caring, talkative, imaginative, fidgety, inconsistent, anxious, indecisive and careless.
The four fixed signs of the western astrology represent the height of the four seasons. The people born under the signs with fixed qualities are firm, strong, determined, dependable, loyal, confident, resilient, static, obstinate and resolute.