12 Zodiac Sign Dates: Quick Reference Guide

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What Is The Zodiac?

Even if you’re brand new to astrology, you’ve probably heard of the Zodiac. But are you clear on what it actually is? Let’s start with the basics.

The word ‘zodiac’ refers to a band we can draw around the heavens that includes the path our sun, moon, and planets take, as we star gaze here on Earth. So first imagine a circle around these celestial objects. Then divide that circle into 12 parts. Each part contains a constellation of stars that represents a zodiac sign. The Sun will take about a month to move through each one, which is where the zodiac sign dates come from.

So for example, from May 21st to June 20th, the Sun is moving through a constellation of stars that looks like a set of twins. As a result, if you were born in that date range, you’re a Gemini, and your symbol is The Twins (like me!). 

To help explain it better, I made you a visual of the night sky. Please share to Pinterest or Facebook if you find it helpful!:

Zodiac Sign Dates Chart

zodiac sign chart with birthdates and symbols

Wherever the Sun was on the day you were born determines your zodiac sign, also referred to as your ‘sun sign’. When we’re talking Sun Sign Astrology, the zodiac sign dates depend on birth day and month only. Birth year doesn’t come into play. 

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Zodiac Sign Dates – The Basics

Each of the twelve zodiac signs is special in its own way, and you’ve inherited many of the traits, spiritual gifts, and challenges of yours. Of course you’re a unique individual! So many factors come into play, including the details of your birth chart (based on your exact moment of birth). But you can think of your sun sign is a high level categorization of your preferences and characteristics for this lifetime.

Also, each zodiac sign corresponds to one of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. So first, let’s take a look at what these elements mean in regard to zodiac sign dates: 

Earth Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo

The Earth element is all about being grounded, hard working, and level headed. Those born under the influence of Earth tend to love the outdoors and nature – and nature loves them! Also, earth people appreciate structure and enjoy the benefit of common sense.

Air Signs: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra

The Air element embodies intellect and communication. So those born under the influence of Air have the gift of connecting with others, and have a knack for making people feel special.  

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

The Fire element, as you may have guessed, is all about passion and energy! As a result, people born under the influence of Fire have strong opinions. They’re often quite creative with the ability to think outside the box.  

Water Signs: Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio

The Water element represents deep emotion and intuition. So, those born under the influence of Water are the world’s dreamers and visionaries. They are guided strongly by their feelings and are deeply compassionate people.

Zodiac Sign Dates in Order

Now let’s take a look at the zodiac sign dates in order.

ARIES: March 21 – April 19

  • Symbol: Ram
  • Element: Fire
  • Ruling Planet: Mars
  • Most Loveable Quality: Bravery
Drawing of Aries Ram


Aries is #1 is every sense of the word! Read all about these strong, energetic souls in Aries Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know

TAURUS: April 20 – May 20

  • Element: Earth
  • Symbol: Bull
  • Ruling Planet: Venus
  • Most Loveable Quality: Reliability
Drawing of Taurus Bull

Read Taurus Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know for the details of this powerful and dynamic sign.

GEMINI: May 21 – June 20

  • Symbol: Twins
  • Element: Air
  • Ruling Planet: Mercury
  • Most Loveable Quality: Quick Witt
Gemini Twins Zodiac sign


Check out Gemini Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know to learn more about curious, intelligent Gemini.  

CANCER: June 21 – July 22

  • Symbol: Crab
  • Element: Water
  • Ruling Planet: Moon
  • Most Loveable Quality: Loyalty
Drawing of Cancer Crab

Are you a Cancerian? Check out Cancer Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know next!


LEO: July 23 – August 22

  • Symbol: Lion
  • Element: Fire
  • Ruling Planet: Sun
  • Most Loveable Quality: Strength
Drawing of Leo Lion

Calling all Lions! Read all about your spiritual gifts here: Leo Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know


VIRGO: August 23 – September 22

  • Symbol: Virgin
  • Element: Earth
  • Ruling Planet: Mercury
  • Most Loveable Quality: Industrious
Virgo zodiac symbol of The Virgin

Virgo, you are everyone’s favorite perfectionist! Read all about yourself in Virgo Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know


LIBRA: September 23 – October 22

  • Symbol: Balance
  • Element: Air
  • Ruling Planet: Venus
  • Most Loveable Quality: Diplomacy
Libra Scales

Libra you’re a true lover armed with intellect. That’s a powerful combo! Read more here: Libra Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know

SCORPIO: October 23 – November 21

  • Symbol: Scorpion
  • Element: Water
  • Ruling Planet: Pluto
  • Most Loveable Quality: Idealism
Drawing of Scorpio Scorpion

If you were born under the Scorpio zodiac sign you are a powerful force! Read more about Scorpio here: Scorpio Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know

SAGITTARIUS: November 22 – December 21

  • Symbol: Archer
  • Element: Fire
  • Ruling Planet: Jupiter
  • Most Loveable Quality: Optimism
Drawing of Sagittarius Archer

Sagittarius, you bring cheerful, ambitious energy into our lives! Read all about yourself in Sagittarius Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know

CAPRICORN: December 22 – January 19

  • Symbol: Goat
  • Element: Earth
  • Ruling Planet: Saturn
  • Most Loveable Quality: Level Headedness
Drawing of Capricorn Goat

Capricorn, we love you for your organization and preparedness. Check out Capricorn Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know.

AQUARIUS: January 20 – February 18

  • Symbol: Water Bearer
  • Element: Air
  • Ruling Planet: Uranus
  • Most Loveable Quality: Friendliness
Drawing of AquariusWaterBearer

Aquarius, you make strangers feel like they’ve just found their new best friend. Read Aquarius Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know next!

PISCES: February 19 – March 20

  • Symbol: Fish
  • Element: Water
  • Ruling Planet: Neptune
  • Most Loveable Quality: Empathy
Drawing of Pisces Fish

Pisces, you were blessed with a boundless imagination, sharp intuition and a double dose of compassion. Read more about  yourself in Pisces Zodiac Sign: Everything You Need to Know

Did you have fun learning about zodiac sign dates? Do the traits and element descriptions match your personality? If so, leave me a comment below!

XO,  Andrea

Andrea Scalisi
Andrea Scalisi

Andrea has been practicing Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot for many years. She is a certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master in Central NY. Andrea loves helping her readers to bring more spiritual self-care into their lives.


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