Your Zodiac sign, or astrological sign, is determined by when you were born. The year doesn't matter, but the month and the day certainly do. They represent the twelve sectors of the ecliptic and are represented by constellations, which is where their names come from. The science side of Zodiac signs explains how the stars are aligned and then culture has taken that and expanded into define personalities and how compatible certain people will be based on the location of their signs on the ecliptic. All of the constellations, while sectors of the ecliptic, are held within the Zodiac, hence their name.
Living up to your sign can be an arduous task. If you are more easy-going and even keeled but you are a fire sign, you might feel obligated to be more aggressive and passionate. But the signs of the Zodiac, as far as what they say about your personality and demeanor, shouldn't be taken to heart. Be who you are, no matter what sign happens to be associated with your date of birth. But it's not a bad thing to love reading about your sign, either. Want to know your real Zodiac personality, even if it doesn't align with what you've always thought? Take this quiz to find out!
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