1. Vedic Signs Astrology Characteristics
  2. Vedic Astrology Signs And Planets
  3. Dual Signs Vedic Astrology
  4. Vedic Signs Astrology Signs

After houses and planets, how about the signs?

Firstly a few things to note about signs.

(I) There are 3 types of signs by Flexibility- Movable, Fixed & Dual.

  1. Unlike the Sun sign based Western System, Indastro & Vedic Astrology uses the Moon Sign as the basis of all predictions. The Moon changes it sign every 2 & 1/2 days making it impossible to judge the Moon Sign by only the date of birth.
  2. The 12 Vedic zodiac signs are given in the table below alongside their symbols. Vedic astrology differs from Western astrology as in Vedic Astrology, uses sidereal zodiac based on constellations fixed zodiac) while western astrology uses tropical zodiac based on the seasons in a year (moving zodiac).

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Movable signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn { these represent Activity, Movement, Adaptibility, Change, Quickness, Reform, Independence, Moving on, Flexibility, Dissatisfaction (leading to rapid change0}

Fixed signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius { these represent Steadiness, Rigidity, Headstrong nature, Fixed, Slow but steady, Accumulation, Steady/ Calm, Resolute, Determined, My way or highway sort of nature, Loving to remain in one place/ job for a long time, Fixed opinions on spirituality/ religion, Persistent)

Dual signs – Gemini, Virgo, Saggitarius, Pisces [ these represent a mix of both the above and hence their ‘dual’ nature, Learning oriented, Pedantic, Philosophical, Inclined to reading/ writing, Inclined to communicate/ preach/ teach, Open to ideas/ learning, Multitasking, Exploring different options all the time}

(II) There are 4 types of signs by element – Fire, Earth, Wind, Water

Fire signs – Aries, Leo, Saggitarius { Energy, Passion, Aggression, Decisiveness, Leadership, Dominance, Frank, Outspoken, Extrovertness, Brilliance, Anger, Hot temprament, Fast Metabloic rate, Active, Pioneering, Separating, Spontaneous, Inspiring, Self centered, Motivated, Visionary, Enthusiastic, Lovers of activity and movement/ exploration, My way or highway traits, Impatient, Impulsive}

Earth signs – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn { Practical, Methodical, Analytical, Slow and steady, Perservering, Rising to top slowly but surely, Patient, Building/ Accumulating, Practical, Realistic, Down to earth nature, Lover of reality as opposed to fiction/ imagination, Fact oriented, Sluggish, Resilient, Keen business skills, Knows real materialistic value of things, Good in details, Good Planners, Good Managers/ CEOs/ Directors, Dependable/ trustworthy}

Air signs – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius { Quick thinking, Intellectual, Abstract thought, Communicative, Eager to learn, Good writers/ orators/ spokesmen, Quick in physical movement, Love Travel & exploration, Journey more important than destination nature, Great social skills, Great friends, Pleasant, Philosophical attitude, Sponge like nature for knowledge, Flexible nature, Harmony loving, Beauty loving}

Water signs – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces { Emotional, Intuitive, Sensitive, Learning, Passionate, Collectors/ hoarders – collect memories/ articles, Hard to detach, Nurturing/ caring, Motherly attitude, Forgiving, Imaginative, Introvert nature, Secretive, Psychic, Dreamy, Lesser physical energy, Detached from practical facts- go on intuition as opposed to facts, Natural meditation skills if developed, Tendency to gain weight}

Now there are multiple other ways to categorize signs. But pause here a bit. Now I am going to post the list of sign rulership by planets, which I posted earlier too. Here is a good exercise to start making these things intuitive. You know the planet significations, you know the sign characteristics. BLEND them in your mind. Thats what each rashi signifies. A good exercise to do.

here is an example – Mars rules Aries and Scorpio (but from above you know Aries is a Fire sign and movable whereas Scorpio is Water & Fixed). So what is Mars?

You know that too from the planet significations. It is Energy, aggression, passion, competitive nature, ambition, acitivty etc. So in Aries it will manifest as Quick thinking, Brilliant, pioneering, extrovert, outwardly aggresive, frank, outspoken, quick moving and thinking etc. But Scorpio is a watery sign which is introvert and emotional. So here the aggressive energy of Mars will take the form of passive aggresive! They will have all that energy Internalized to give them strong determination, unyielding and very passionate with strong likes/ dislikes. Unlike Aries, they are not outwardly aggresive, but will not forget and forgive easily and keep grudges/ jealousies easily. If they learn to control their internal energy, can be constructive and pentrating like no other giving them deep charisma and control of their senses)

So here goes the list again for rulership of signs. Have at it. Go ahead and try thinking about signs from planets and sign nature from what you know by now. After some time in part II, I will post the significations of the signs. But it should now start to be logical and intuitive both, not just cramming up rules.


Signs & their ownership-

Aries – Mars (MK sign)

Taurus – Venus

Gemini – Mercury

Cancer – Moon

Leo – Sun

Virgo – Mercury (MK sign) & Rahu (co-ruler)

Libra – Venus (MK sign)

Scorpio – Mars and Ketu (co-ruler)

Sagittarius – Jupiter (MK sign)

Capricorn – Saturn

Aquarius – Saturn (MK sign) and Rahu (co-ruler)

Pisces – Jupiter

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Vedic Signs Astrology Characteristics

Ancient seers grouped the stars which are at the background of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun and planets are into twelve constellations or zodiac signs. Each zodiac signs spans 30 degrees starting with Aries and ending at Pisces. The names of the zodiac signs are derived from imaginary figures arrived by joining stars which are closely placed. Each zodiac sign have been assigned unique nature and characteristics generally resembling the imaginary figure and mythological lore. The twelve signs of zodiac and their Vedic Astrological names are mentioned below.

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Twelve Astrological Signs are classified into 15 groups depending on their nature, influences and characteristics.
(1) Dualities - Positive and Negative or Masculine and Feminine Signs
(2) Triplicities - Fiery, Earthy, Airy and Watery Signs
(3) Quadruplicities - Cardinal or Movable, Fixed or Static and Common or Mutable Signs
(4) Northern & Southern Signs
(5) Equinoctial Signs
(6) Tropical Signs
(7) Fruitful Signs
(8) Barren Signs
(9) Voice Signs
(10) Mute or Dumb Signs
(11) Violent Signs
(12) Bestial or Four legged Signs
(13) Human signs or Voice Signs
(14) Double bodied or Bicorporeal or Duel Signs
(15) Short and Long Ascension Signs

Dualities - Positive or Masculine and Negative or Feminine Signs
The twelve signs are divided into two groups. All the twelve signs are either Positive and Masculine Signs or Negative and Feminine signs. All the odd number signs of Aries (Mesha), Gemini (Mithuna), Leo (Simha), Libra (Tula), Sagittarius (Dhanus) and Aquarius (Kumbha) are Positive or Masculine or Day signs and the even signs Taurus (Rishabh), Cancer (Karka), Virgo (Kanya), Scorpio (Vrischika), Capricorn (Makara) and Pisces (Meena) are Negative or Feminine or Night Signs. Thus all the Fire and Air signs are Positive, Masculine and Day signs and all the Earth and Water signs are Negative, Feminine and Night signs. Masculine signs are extroverted and active and Feminine signs are receptive and introverted.

Triplicities - Fiery, Earthy, Airy and Watery Signs
This is one of the most important classifications of astrological sign for predictive purpose. It helps in describing the temperament and basic personality of each sign of the zodiac by classifying them into one of the four ancient and traditional elements, fire, earth, air, and water. Each of the four elements has three signs assigned to it.
Fire signs (The Inspirational and Physically active Group) - Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
Earth signs (The Practical and Productive Group) - Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
Air signs (The Mental and Socially Oriented Group) - Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
Water signs (The Emotional and Family Oriented Group) - Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
The Element of Fire is associated with the Signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, and it also symbolizes the natural first, fifth and ninth houses in astrology. The fiery signs represent the vital spirit and activity. These signs tend to be confident, action oriented, outgoing, forceful, active, strong, adventurous, enthusiastic, expansive and optimistic. Negatively they tend to be impatient, wilful, reactive, blunt, careless and foolhardy. Any planet or house that is placed in these signs will acquire these qualities. The more planets one have in the fire signs the more of these qualities will be pronounced.
The Element of Earth is associated with the Signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and it also symbolizes the natural second, sixth and tenth houses in astrology. The earthy signs represent sense of responsibility and reliability. These signs tend to be organized, practical, realistic, ambitious, hardworking, methodical, disciplined, analytical, stable and steady. Negatively they tend to be stubborn, lazy, reserved, critical, fussy, pessimistic and snobbish. Any planet or house that is placed in these signs will acquire these qualities. The more planets one have in the earth signs the more of these qualities will be pronounced.
The Element of Air is associated with the Signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, and it also symbolizes the natural third, seventh and eleventh houses in astrology. The airy signs represent mental and social experiences. These signs tend to be communicative, quick-witted, adaptable, versatile, flexible, relationship oriented, cooperative, sociable, balanced, tolerant and original. Negatively they tend to be babbling, nervous, superficial, indecisive, aloof and eccentric. Any planet or house that is placed in these signs will acquire these qualities. The more planets one have in the air signs the more of these qualities will be pronounced.
The Element of Water is associated with the Signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and it also symbolizes the natural fourth, eighth and twelfth houses in astrology. The watery signs represent feelings, imaginative and creative experiences. These signs tend to be sensitive, sympathetic, domestic, compassionate, benevolent, intuitive, artistic and receptive. Negatively they tend to be moody, clinging, secretive, escapist, impractical, unrealistic and brooding. Any planet or house that is placed in these signs will acquire these qualities. The more planets one have in the water signs the more of these qualities will be pronounced.

Quadruplicities - Cardinal or Movable, Fixed and Common or Mutable Signs
There are three basic 'mode of operation' for a Sign and each mode has its own distinctive way to approach a given situation. These thee modes are Cardinal or Movable, Fixed or Static and Mutable or Common. This classification of signs along with the Triplicities (Fiery, Earthy, Airy and Watery Signs) mentioned earlier are most important to understand astrological principles and functioning of signs.
Cardinal or Movable Signs are - Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
Fixed or Static Signs are - Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
Mutable or Common Signs are - Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
Cardinal or Movable Signs are enterprising and outgoing they initiates change and make things happen. They are interested in promoting change and bringing new things into the world. They like to take charge of situations and do not like subordinate roles. They like changes and reform. Negative traits for this mode are they can be restless and overactive.
Fixed or Static Signs are focused and determined and have stamina for persistence action. Once their mind is focused on a thing they will tenaciously pursue it in practical manner with will power till it is completed. They are very firm in their attitude and once an opinion has been formed they are not likely to change it. Negative traits for this mode are they can be resistant to change, requires long time to come to a decision and are very stubborn.
Mutable or Common Signs are adaptable, changeable, flexible and versatile. Their nature can be described as a balance between fixed and movable signs. They adept themselves as per their surroundings and current needs. Negative traits for this mode are they can be fluctuating, inconstant, indecisive and vacillating.
Each Mode has one Fire Sign, one Earth Sign, one Air Sign, and one Water Sign as in table below.

CARDINAL Earth - Capricorn
CARDINAL Water –Cancer
FIXED Earth – Taurus
FIXED Water – Scorpio
MUTABLE Earth – Virgo
MUTABLE Water - Pisces

Northern and Southern signs
The first six signs of the Zodiac, Aries (Mesha), Taurus (Rishabh), Gemini (Mithuna), Cancer (Karka), Leo (Simha) and Virgo (Kanya) are called Northern signs, as they are to the north of the celestial equator. The remaining six signs, Libra (Tula) Scorpio (Vrischika) Sagittarius (Dhanus) Capricorn (Makara) Aquarius (Kumbha) and Pisces (Meena) are to the south of the celestial Equator (in the southern hemisphere) and termed as southern signs.

Equinoctial Signs
Equinoctial means equal day and night. This phenomenon occurs twice every year around 21st March and 23rd September, when the Sun is directly over the equator. Aries (Mesha) and Libra (Tula) are the two equinoctial signs. Aries (Mesha) is the vernal equinoctial sign and Libra (Tula) is the autumnal equinoctial sign.

Tropical Signs
Cancer (Karka) and Capricorn (Makara) are the two tropical signs. They are sometimes called the summer solstice sign and winter solstice sign respectively. The day time is longest when Sun is at the initial point of Cancer when the Sun is directly overhead at Tropic of Cancer at and the night time is longest when the Sun is at the beginning of Capricorn when the Sun is directly overhead at Tropic of Capricorn for northern hemisphere. The opposite is true for the southern hemisphere.

Fruitful Signs
All watery signs of Cancer (Karka), Scorpio (Vrischika) and Pisces (Meena), called fruitful signs. Any of these signs on 5th house cusp without any affliction to it or to its lord and Jupiter in natal horoscope is indicative of several children being born, numbers of which will depend on how strong the concerned houses and planets are.

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Barren Signs
Aries (Mesha), Gemini (Mithuna), Leo (Simha) and Virgo (Kanya) are called barren or sterile signs. These are opposite of fruitful signs. Barren signs related to the afflicted 5th house and its lord is indication of being childless.

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Voice Signs
Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, all airy signs are also called voice signs. As for voice or sound, there has to be an airy medium, this is the reason of all airy signs being voice signs. Voice signs coinciding with the second house and placement of Venus in it suggest voice suitable for singing and a similar occurrence in tenth house suggest career related to voice like singer, ventriloquist, commentator, mimicry artists, etc.

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Mute or Dumb Signs
All watery signs namely Cancer (Karka), Scorpio (Vrischika) and Pisces (Meena) are called mute signs or mute signs. This can be due to the fact that water is not a good medium for sound and hence mute. Watery sign on afflicted ascendant or second house, Mercury afflicted by Saturn placed in any of these signs or Mercury in ascendant or second house in these signs in affliction can cause speech problems, stammering or other speech impediments.

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Violent Signs
Aries (Mesha) and Scorpio (Vrischika) are violent signs. Theses signs know no fear; they are full of courage and confidence and are eager to take risk. The difference is Aries in violent on physical level and Scorpio is on emotional level.

Bestial Signs
Aries (The Ram), Taurus (The Bull), Leo (The Lion), Capricorn (The Goat) and the second half of Sagittarius are symbolized by the figures of animals and thus are called the bestial or four-legged signs. First half of Sagittarius is represented as a human and second half by horse; therefore only second half of Sagittarius is termed as bestial.

Human Signs
Gemini (The twins), Virgo (The virgin), Aquarius (The water bearers) and the 1st half of Sagittarius (Centaur) are human signs as they are represented by human forms. Thus, the signs that are not bestial are human signs apart from Libra which is represented by a non living thing, the Scales.

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Double-bodied or Dual or Bicorporeal Signs
The double-bodied signs, also called the dual signs or bicorporeal signs are Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. This is because the “double” symbols for these signs. Gemini is represented by the Twins, Sagittarius by a figure part human and part horse or centaur and Pisces by two fishes. Virgo was included in this category, but not anymore in modern times. Thus all three signs belonging to this category are the mutable signs. A double bodied sign on the cusp of seventh house can indicate two marriages and on the cusp of fifth house can indicate birth of twins.

Signs of Long and Short Ascension
The slant of 23.4 degrees of the Earth’s axis causes a variation in time taken for different signs to rise or ascend over the horizon (particularly at middle latitudes). The signs requiring more time are rise are referred to as signs of long ascension and those requiring less time are called signs of short ascension. In the Northern Hemisphere, the signs of long ascension are Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. The longest times taken to rise among these are Virgo and Libra. The signs of short ascension are Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. The shortest times taken to rise among these are Pisces and Aries. The signs of long ascension in the northern hemisphere are seen as of short ascension in the southern hemisphere.