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Aries

Watercolor on torn, pale sepia, handmade Japanese mulberry paper

Taurus

Watercolor on torn pink handmade paper

Aries

Planet: Mars

Symbol: Ram

Element: Fire

Best traits: Courage, energy, decisiveness

Notable Rams: Eudora Welty, Nelson Algren, Bette Davis, Billie Holiday, Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Jefferson

Taurus

Planet: Venus

Symbol: Bull

Element: Earth

Best traits: Loyalty, patience, earthy sensuality

Notable Bulls: Ella Fitzgerald, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert Browning, Enya, Erik Satie, Fred Astaire

Gemini

Planet: Mercury

Symbol: Twins

Element: Air

Best traits: Curiosity, resourcefulness, versatility

Notable Twins: Gwendolyn Brooks, Marilyn Monroe, Chet Atkins, Mary Cassatt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Julia Ward Howe, Cole Porter

Gemini

Watercolor on paper

Cancer

Watercolor on torn, pale blue handmade paper

Leo

Watercolor on torn, pale sepia, handmade Japanese kitakata paper

Virgo

Watercolor on torn handmade paper

Libra

Watercolor on torn, pale blue handmade paper

Capricorn

Watercolor on torn handmade paper

Scorpio

Watercolor on torn, pale sepia, handmade Japanese mulberry paper

Pisces

Watercolor on torn pink handmade paper

Aquarius

Watercolor on torn handmade paper

Cancer

Planet: Moon

Symbol: Crab

Element: Water 

Best traits: Sensitivity, imagination, gentleness

Notable Crabs: Edgar Degas, Barbara Stanwyck, Vince Guaraldi, Helen Keller, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Nikola Tesla

Leo

Planet: Sun

Symbol: Lion

Element: Fire 

Best traits: Nobility, generosity, joy

Notable Lions: Elizabeth Zimmerman, Roberto Clemente, J.K. Rowling, Louis Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, Ray Bradbury, Julia Child

Virgo

Planet: Mercury

Symbol: Virgin

Element: Earth 

Best traits: Discrimination, intelligence, devotion

Notable Virgins: Patsy Cline, O. Henry, Lyndon Johnson, Cass Elliot, Leo Tolstoy, Agatha Christie

Libra

Planet: Venus

Symbol: Scales

Element: Air 

Best traits: Sociability, artistry, idealism

Notable Scales: Eleanor Roosevelt, Truman Capote, Rita Hayworth, Jimmy Carter, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Gershwin

Scorpio

Planet: Pluto

Symbol: Scorpion

Element: Water 

Best traits: Passion, depth, endurance

Notable Scorpions: Georgia O’Keeffe, Theodore Roosevelt, Abigail Adams, Jeremy Brett, Marie Curie, John Keats

Sagittarius

Planet: Jupiter

Symbol: Archer

Element: Fire 

Best traits: Optimism, generosity, adventurousness

Notable Archers: Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, Ferguson Jenkins, Emily Dickinson, Sammy Davis Jr., Harvey Spencer Lewis

Capricorn

Planet: Saturn

Symbol: Goat

Element: Earth 

Best traits: Discipline, ambition, wit

Notable Goats: Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Henri Matisse, Lady Bird Johnson, Paul Cezanne, Clara Barton, Louis-Claude de St. Martin

Aquarius

Planet: Uranus

Symbol: Waterbearer

Element: Air 

Best traits: Detachment, originality, progressiveness

Notable Waterbearers: Henry Aaron, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Django Reinhardt, Virginia Woolf, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gertrude Stein

Pisces

Planet: Neptune

Symbol: Fish

Element: Water 

Best traits: Compassion, intuition, service

Notable Fish: Elizabeth Taylor, Jim Bouton, Diane Arbus, Ansel Adams, Piet Mondrian, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Steve Jobs 

Sagittarius

Watercolor on torn handmade paper

Pisces the Fish watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Aquarius the Water Bearer blue watercolor painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Capricorn the Goat brown and green watercolor painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Aries the Ram watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Taurus the Bull watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Gemini the Twins watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Cancer the Crab watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Leo the Lion purple watercolor painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Virgo the Virgin brown, green, yellow watercolor painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Libra the Scales pink and blue watercolor painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Scorpio the Scorpion red watercolor painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Sagittarius the Archer purple watercolor painting by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Aries the Ram watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Taurus the Bull watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Gemini the Twins watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Cancer the Crab watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Leo the Lion watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Virgo the Virgin watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Scorpio the Scorpion watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Sagittarius the Archer watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Capricorn the Goat  watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Aquarius the Water Bearer watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Pisces the Fish watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike
Libra the Scales watercolor by Anne Nordhaus-Bike

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Also, be sure to visit our archives, where you’ll find special issues devoted to every sign of the zodiac. Besides reviewing each sign from a spiritual and mystical perspective, archived issues present paintings and photography chosen specifically to harmonize with the month’s astrological sign or season as well as an inspiring guided meditation. Throughout each year, you can use these newsletters to “follow the Sun” and make the most of whatever sign the Sun currently occupies.

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How to Use This Section

Use the quick facts here to “tour the zodiac” so you can harmonize with the astrological energies each month. You’ll find all 12 astrological signs, in order from Aries through Pisces, along with each sign’s symbol in a colorful painting.


You’ll also find the planet, element, and best traits for every sign as well as some notable writers, artists, performers, and other creative people born under each sign.


Return Each Month, Tune in to the Current Zodiac Sign

When the Sun enters a new sign (or whenever you feel the need to harmonize with current astrological energies):


  1. Scroll down to the section for whatever sign the Sun occupies.

  2. Enjoy the watercolor painting associated with the month’s astrological sign. Notice the symbol it depicts and the painting’s colors, which were chosen specifically for their associations with the sign.

  3. Note the planet associated with the sign. If it’s a planet you can see from Earth (such as the Moon or Venus), find out when it’s currently visible and locate it in the night sky on an evening when skies are clear.

  4. Consider the element associated with the sign and whether you’re expressing it well. For example, if you have an excess of fire energy during Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius time (feeling angry, rushing, being too bossy), tone down that volatile energy by bringing the art, colors, and qualities for a different sign, in a different element, into your life in some way. For instance, you might tune in to Taurus’s earthy energy by looking at the peaceful Bull painting here each day, or getting out into nature by walking barefoot in the grass (as the Bull is doing), or cultivating patience, a noble Taurus trait. You also could calm your fiery energy by listening to recordings by Taurus Ella Fitzgerald or watching Fred Astaire glide in a tuxedo in one of his movie appearances with Ginger Rogers.

  5. As another example, if you’re feeling dreamy or oversensitive when the Sun is in watery Pisces, tap into one of the air signs and borrow its sharp thinking and emotional detachment by contemplating its symbol or wearing clothing in its colors. Or if the Sun is in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius), but you’re missing out on this element’s lightness, sociable nature, and mental quickness because you’re focused too much on the earthy physical realm or the watery emotional realm or the fiery spiritual realm, bring yourself back into balance by focusing on the art, colors, and best traits for Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius. Or set aside time to enjoy the art, writing, or music created by one or more notable people born under the air signs.

  6. Each month, think about the current sign’s best traits and consider how you can express them in your daily life.

  7. See the famous people listed for the current month’s sign and choose one to focus on during the month. Besides reading about the person, consider exploring her or his creative work. For example, during the month of Virgo in late August and the first three weeks of September, you might listen to music by Patsy Cline or Cass Elliot, read a mystery by Agatha Christie, or read up on Lyndon Johnson’s political career.

  8. Take time during the month for meditation about the current sign, its symbol, its planet, its element, or its special traits.


When the Sun occupies your Sun sign, you may want to visit this page often, perhaps even daily, to review your sign’s associations and enjoy its special colors and traits.


You also may find it helpful to spend extra time exploring your loved ones’ Sun signs, particularly around their birthdays.

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