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I know a reasonable amount about both Western astrology, with the twelve sun signs of the Zodiac (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Saggitarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces), and Chinese astrology, which also has twelve signs but measures by year rather than by (approximately) month.

And one of the ways I classify and try to understand characters in media is by figuring out their astrological sign.

A bit of background on Western sun signs (the dates are approximate, and the basic information is Google-able, although I mostly got it from The Secret Language of Birthdays, by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers):

Aries runs from March 21 to April 20; it's the first sign of the Zodiac and often considered the 'baby' of the signs. Aries is a fire sign; fire is associated with intuition. Aries is also cardinal; cardinal sign people are focused on the present, and, like fire sign people, are very active. Cardinal sign people are leaders and go-getters who hate to be idle. Aries is ruled by Mars, and its symbol is the ram.

Taurus runs from April 21 to May 21; it's ruled by Venus and its symbol is the bull. Taurus is the first earth sign; earth is associated with practicality and sensation. Taurus is a fixed sign; fixed sign people are focused on the future, always planning ahead. They like know what they want and how to get it.

Gemini runs from May 22 to June 21; it's ruled by Mercury and its symbol is the twins. Gemini is an air sign; air is associated with thought and communication. Gemini is a mutable sign; mutable sign people thrive on variety and change, and hate to be tied down. They tend to have good memories.

Cancer runs from June 22 to July 22; it's ruled by the Moon and its symbol is the crab. Cancer is a water sign; water is associated with feeling and emotion. Cancer is a cardinal sign; cardinal sign people are leaders and go-getters who hate to be idle.

Leo runs from July 23 to August 23; it's ruled by the Sun and its symbol is the lion. Leo is a fire sign; fire is associated with intuition. Leo is a fixed sign; fixed sign people are focused on the future, always planning ahead. They like know what they want and how to get it.

Virgo runs from August 24 to September 22; it's ruled by Mercury and its symbol is the virgin. Virgo is an earth sign; earth is associated with practicality and sensation. Virgo is a mutable sign; mutable sign people thrive on variety and change, and hate to be tied down. They tend to have good memories.

Libra runs from September 23 to October 22; it's ruled by Venus and its symbol is the scales. Libra is an air sign; air is associated with thought and communication. Libra is a cardinal sign; cardinal sign people are leaders and go-getters who hate to be idle.

Scorpio runs from October 23 to November 21; it's ruled by Pluto and its symbol is the scorpion. Scorpio is a water sign; water is associated with feeling and emotion. Scorpio is a fixed sign; fixed sign people are focused on the future, always planning ahead. They like know what they want and how to get it. (Scorpio is also traditionally the most maligned sign.)

Sagittarius runs from November 22 to December 21; it's ruled by Jupiter and its symbol is the archer. Sagittarius is a fire sign; fire is associated with intuition. Sagittarius is a mutable sign; mutable sign people thrive on variety and change, and hate to be tied down. They tend to have good memories.

Capricorn runs from December 22 to January 20; it's ruled by Saturn and its symbol is the goat. Capricorn is an earth sign; earth is associated with practicality and sensation. Capricorn is a cardinal sign; ardinal sign people are leaders and go-getters who hate to be idle.

Aquarius runs from January 21 to February 19; it's ruled by Uranus and its symbol is the water bearer. Aquarius is an air sign; air is associated with thought and communication. Aquarius is a fixed sign; fixed sign people are focused on the future, always planning ahead. They like know what they want and how to get it.

Pisces runs from February 20 to March 20; it's ruled by Neptune and its symbol is the fish. Pisces is a water sign; water is associated with feeling and emotion. Pisces is a mutable sign; mutable sign people thrive on variety and change, and hate to be tied down. They tend to have good memories.
A few characters and their signs, or my best guess anyway:

Legend of the Seeker:

Richard: Pisces.
Kahlan: Scorpio.
Zedd: Aquarius.
Cara: Virgo.
Darken: Cancer.
Nicci: Cancer.
Dahlia: Capricorn.
Denna: Aquarius.
Jennsen: Aries? (I'm really not sure about her.)

Harry Potter:

Harry: Leo (as JKR has said.)
Ron: Aries.
Hermione: I think Aquarius, but JKR has said Virgo.
Draco: Gemini.
Ginny: Leo.
Dumbledore: Leo.
Lucius: Gemini.
Narcissa: Cancer.
Severus: Scorpio.
Lily Evans: Aquarius (canonically).
James Potter: Aries (canonically).
Luna: Pisces.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Buffy: Capricorn (on the cusp of Aquarius, she's told us.)
Willow: Gemini.
Xander: Capricorn.
Giles: Capricorn.
Spike: Scorpio.
Dawn: Pisces.
Angel: Cancer.
Darla: Virgo.
Drusilla: Pisces.
Tara: Libra.
Anya: Leo.
Cordelia: Scorpio.
Riley: Aries.

Smallville:

Clark: Pisces.
Chloe: Pisces.
Lex: Scorpio.
Lionel: Cancer.
Lana: Gemini (possibly)
Oliver: Cancer (again, I think)
Lois: Capricorn.

I am happy to discuss or argue any of these (some characters I know right away, but others it's taken me ages to decide what sign they are).

I was going to put in a bit about relationships, since I'm a water sign and that is therefore my forte (or at least something in which I'm deeply interested), but that would make this post really long, so suffice it to say people of the same element (fire or earth or water or air) tend to get along, and that water and earth go well together and fire and air go well together. Also, people of the same sign always have an interesting vibe, whether positive or negative (and two Leos nearly always get along wonderfully). But those are generalizations—specific cases may vary.

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