Aries Zodiac Sign Dates: March 21–April 19

Every year, the sun enters Aries on the same day as the Spring Equinox. This is the starting point of the zodiac and the astrological year. Ruled by fiery and intense Mars, Aries season is full of light and energy. It’s one of the two times each year when the sun shines directly on the equator. Marked by the newborn Ram archetype, Aries season is all about embracing new beginnings and feeling alive as we channel our inner warrior and fearlessly reach for our goals. Impulsivity and aggressiveness are the negative expressions of Aries season, which can be channeled through active sports and healthy competition.

Taurus Zodiac Sign Dates: April 20–May 20

After a month of so much excitement, the sun enters Taurus and suddenly the vibe mellows out and our natural rhythm slows a few notches. As the days warm, we now take the time to stop and smell the roses and see the flowers bloom. We are now under the spell of pleasure goddess Venus, when touch, smell, taste, sound, and sight deepen and reach their highest expression. Our five senses are reawakened, reenergized, and refocused on our appreciation of nature, art, and all things beautiful. Being one of the most sensual signs, the nocturnal energy of Taurus loves rest and relaxation, which, of course, can sometimes make us a little lazy.

Gemini Zodiac Sign Dates: May 21–June 20

Then comes playful Gemini season, a time to socialize not only with our faves, but also with new and exciting faces. The sign of the Twins is ruled by intellectual cosmic messenger Mercury, the fastest-moving planet in the solar system. Following its swift steps, we feel jittery and jump from one get-together to the next—and how could we not? It’s the middle of summer and there’s so much fun to be had! Another Gemini season signature is communication in all its forms: writing, speaking, reading, and learning. Of all the zodiac signs, Gemini is the one that best embodies the concept of sacred duality. At a deeper level, it’s also an opportunity to explore that same concept within us.

Cancer Zodiac Sign Dates: June 21–July 22

Every year, the sun enters Cancer on the same day as the Summer Solstice. Ruled by the maternal and nocturnal moon, this month is about getting cozy, cooking, eating delicious food, and chilling out with the ones we love. It’s also the perfect time to get in touch with our emotions and to spend time near the water, whether it’s a beach, lake, or river. Self-care is another activity the sign of the Crab loves, because it’s the type of energy that connects us to our bodies. But don’t confuse self-care with passivity! Like the tenacious Crab, this is also the season to be assertive about getting what we want.

Leo Zodiac Sign Dates: July 23–August 22

We’ve been focusing on self-care and we’re now ready to shine our brightest! We’ve reached Leo season, the peak of summer and the only month that’s ruled by the mighty sun. During the month ahead, Leo’s sunny influence wants us to get in touch with our creativity, our inner child, and what makes us truly unique. Vibrant and playful Leo season is all about embracing big, bold vitality, beauty, and what lights our inner fire. This season activates our zodiac sign, so there is no better time to meditate on what it means to be a Libra, Scorpio, Pisces, or any other sign.

Virgo Zodiac Sign Dates: August 23–September 22

Life has been entertaining, but once the sun enters Virgo, our mood becomes a bit more introverted. The mind is increasingly activated as we shift into mercurial territory. Like Gemini season, Virgo is ruled by communicative Mercury, except this is the nocturnal, not diurnal, manifestation of our cosmic messenger. We become master analysts and organizers, fine-tuning the routines that keep life working at its best. Wellness, efficiency, and logic are all Virgo’s expertise, naturally gravitating us toward life practices that nurture body and soul. Being the studious worker bee of the zodiac, Virgo provides the perfect milieu to organize our finances and workload through efficient systems like apps and spreadsheets.

Libra Zodiac Sign Dates: September 23–October 22

Libra season begins on the day we welcome the Fall Equinox. Ruled by Venus, Libra season is all about enjoying the pleasures of life and classy things like high-end design, trendy clothes, and long, lavish dinners with our VIPs. Attuning us to the diurnal energy of Venus, the month ruled by Libra is a very social time in which we nurture our most important connections and friendships. Harmony and equilibrium are also part of Libra’s realm, making this the best time of year to balance the masculine and feminine energies within us. Beautifying the home is also advised during this time, as Venus turns our eyes to all things aesthetic.

Scorpio Zodiac Sign Dates: October 23–November 21

Just as the air begins to cool in the Northern Hemisphere, so does the vibe around us. We have arrived at one of the most introspective times of the year because bold Scorpio is all about going inward and psychoanalyzing our deepest, darkest motives. It’s also the time when we celebrate the departed as well as our ancestral line. Ruled by transformative Pluto and red-hot Mars, Scorpio season is primed for tapping into our sexual energy as the most sacred form of creation. Tricky to maneuver, no-nonsense Scorpionic energy is not for the faint of heart, and only those who dare to go deep in its journey of transformation will experience its profound riches.

Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Dates: November 22–December 21

The lights are back on again as the sun enters the sign of never-ending optimism: the sign of the Archer! Like its mythical symbol the Centaur, Sagittarius is all about chasing the horizon, either physically or metaphorically. Now is when we yearn for knowledge, and adventure is expanded by the abundant influence of our greatest benefic Jupiter. Being one of the most positive planets in astrology, it wants us to see the big picture and believe the best in others and ourselves. Long-distance travel is also encouraged by this worldly sign, because travel exposes us to the richness that only other cultures can provide.

Capricorn Zodiac Sign Dates: December 21–January 20

Once the sun enters industrious Capricorn, it’s time to get down to business! This traditional, pragmatic, ambitious sign knows how to climb the tallest mountains in order to build something of enduring meaning. Capricorn season is ruled by Saturn, the old sage and keeper of time, ultimately bringing our awareness to how well we use it. Often referred to as the CEO of the zodiac, goal-oriented Capricorn connects us with the more material side of life like success, money, and social status. Out of all the seasons, this is the one in which to channel our inner boss as we chase our most precious goals and go for the gold.

Aquarius Zodiac Sign Dates: January 21–February 18

Going against tradition, here comes Aquarius season, a sign ruled by two polar opposite planetary energies: Saturn and Uranus. In many ways, Aquarius awakens the inner rebel in us—but not without a cause—because its incredible intellect asks us to question everything we’ve been told about how things should be. Community-oriented Aquarius season is also our best opportunity of the year to network with like-minded folks and reconsider how these connections relate to our biggest hopes and dreams. This is the sign of the people, the one that most represents the collective state of mind, so altruism is also encouraged during this time.

Pisces Zodiac Sign Dates: February 19–March 20

Last, we close the astrological calendar year by diving into the waters of Pisces. Suddenly, life naturally slows down, and we’re asked to tune into our intuitive, compassionate, and artistic side. Mystical and magical Pisces is the season of divine transcendence, holding the knowledge of all the other 11 signs. This fascinating world is ruled by titans Jupiter and Neptune, whose almost intoxicating essence blurs the line between dreams and reality. For this reason, the month ruled by Pisces is ideal for getting in touch with our feelings and creativity instead of focusing on more tangible things and activities. Romance is also highlighted, and we now have cosmic permission to open our hearts.