The Zodiac And Astrology Charts And Meanings; Western and Chinese Symbols: Zodiac Tattoos, Meanings, And Information

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Zodiac Tattoos

Zodiac tattoos can cover a variety of different symbols and meanings. Zodiac tattoo designs are a popular choice with many people as these symbolic tattoos are often a reflection of yourself. Also known as astrology tattoos, Zodiac tattoos are unique, mysterious, and creative. In this article, we discuss the Zodiac and all the different meanings associated to each symbol, as well as what they represent. You'll also have the opportunity to view dozens of Zodiac tattoo designs.




Zodiac tattoos are a popular choice amongst men and women both for many different reasons. But overall, these tattoos stand for the basic meaning of the zodiac sign that it is associated with. So to understand these tattoos, we have to study each zodiac sign and their meaning in life. The Zodiac refers to the belt of constellations that are centered evenly on the elliptic path of the Earth around the sun. There are 12 constellations and each one is divided equally into 12 separate sections. Each sign and constellation is represented by an image.





The word "Zodiac" comes from the Greek word "zoe". Zoe stands for "life". "Diakos" stands for "wheel". Both zoe and diakos are Greek also. Together, they refer to the wheel of life for animals and humans both. Although the zodiac has Greek origins, it is also believed to be deprived from Egyptian, Arabian, and Babylonian times.





Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the four elements; earth, air, fire, and water. Below are their meanings.



  • Air- Pervasive and everywhere. Creation of unity.
  • Earth- Use of physical body to make things happen. Hard working and goal achiever.
  • Fire- Independent element of self; Expressive of self, fearless
  • Water- Self-reflective and fluid; Emotional and sensitive





Most Western cultures use the zodiac signs that are mentioned below. You can read the Chinese zodiac signs and meanings later in this article below.




  1. Aries- The ram
  2. Taurus- The bull
  3. Gemini- The twins
  4. Cancer- The crab
  5. Leo- The lion
  6. Virgo- The virgin
  7. Libra- The scales
  8. Scorpio- The scorpion
  9. Sagittarius- The archer
  10. Capricorn- The (sea) goat
  11. Aquarius- The water bearer
  12. Pisces- The fish






















The following dates show what days each zodiac sign is based upon. You would use your birth date as reference. For example, if you were born on June 6th, your zodiac sign would be "Gemini".



  • Aries- March 21- April 19
  • Taurus- April 20- May 20
  • Gemini- May 21- June 20
  • Cancer- June 21- July 22
  • Leo- July 23- August 22
  • Virgo- August 23- September 23
  • Libra- September 24- October 22
  • Scorpio- October 23- November 21
  • Sagittarius- November 22- December 21
  • Capricorn- December 22- January 19
  • Aquarius- January 20- February 18
  • Pisces- February 19- March 20



This sign is Aries.
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This tattoo is of the Japanses Zodiac.
This tattoo is of the Japanses Zodiac. | Source
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This tattoo depicts the Virgo sign.
This tattoo depicts the Virgo sign. | Source
This Capricorn sign shows the goat. The tail is associated with a mermaid tail. Thus, you get the sea goat.
This Capricorn sign shows the goat. The tail is associated with a mermaid tail. Thus, you get the sea goat. | Source
This is an example of mixed tattoos, the zodiac with Celtic art. The sign is Taurus.
This is an example of mixed tattoos, the zodiac with Celtic art. The sign is Taurus. | Source
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This tattoo is part of the Chinese Zodiac. The sign is the snake.
This tattoo is part of the Chinese Zodiac. The sign is the snake. | Source
This tattoo is from the Chinese Zodiac. The sign is the rat.
This tattoo is from the Chinese Zodiac. The sign is the rat. | Source
This tattoo is also from the Chinese Zodiac. The sign is the rooster.
This tattoo is also from the Chinese Zodiac. The sign is the rooster.
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The dragon is part of the Chinese Zodiac.
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ZODIAC SIGNS, TRAITS, AND MEANINGS

Aries is the first zodiac sign. It is associated with the constellation of Aries. The symbol of Aries is the ram. Aries is a fire element and it is ruled by the planet Mars. Aries members make good leaders and they have a leadership personality. They can be impatient at times.

Good traits of Aries include outgoing, idealistic, inspirational, active, and courageous. Bad traits associated with Aries include selfish, overbearing, impatient, sarcastic, and jealous.

The body trait for this sign is the head. The color is red. The metal is iron. The flower is buttercup. The gem is opal and sapphire diamond. The food is tomatoes.


Taurus is the 2nd sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Taurus. The symbol of Taurus is the bull. The Taurus is an earth element. It is ruled by the planet Venus. Taurus members work well with money and like to eat. They hold anger very well, but when they are mad, stand clear.

Good traits of Taurus include sincere, productive, loyal, and practical. Bad traits include slow, overbearing, violent, and possessive.

The body trait for Taurus is the neck. The color is orange. The metal is copper. The flower is daisy. The gem is amethyst emerald. The food is celery.


Gemini is the 3rd sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Gemini. The symbol of Gemini is human twins. The Taurus is an air element. It is ruled by the planet Mercury. Taurus members usually are curious and very adaptable. They also enjoy traveling.

Good traits of Gemini include intellectual, alert, versatile, and instinctive. Bad traits include restless, impatient, unstable, and difficult.

The body trait for Gemini is the shoulders and arms. The color is orange. The metal is mercury. The flower is the Lily-of-the-Valley. The gem is emerald pearl. The food is cauliflower.


Cancer is the 4th sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Cancer. The symbol of Cancer is the crab. It has also been the crayfish before. Cancer is a water element. It is ruled by the moon. Cancer members are devoted to family and marriage. They often are collectors.

Good traits of Cancer include emotional, family oriented, romantic, and cautious. Bad traits include living in the past, timid, stubborn, and moody.

The body trait of Cancer is the chest. The color is orange-yellow. The metal is silver. The flower is the moon flower. The gem is aquamarine ruby. The food is watercress, milk.


Leo is the 5th sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Leo. The symbol of Leo is the lion. Leo is a fire element. It is ruled by the planet of Saturn. Leo members are drawn to beautiful things. They have difficulty in relationships and are easily hurt.

Good traits of Leo include active, creative, leadership, and generous. Bad traits include demanding, dignified, selfish, and non-inspired.

The body traits of Leo is the heart and spine. The color is yellow. The metal is gold. The flower is marigold. The gem is ruby sardonyx. The food is oranges, plums, and peas.


Virgo is the 6th sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Virgo. The symbol of the Virgo is the virtuous maiden. Virgo is an earth element. It is ruled by the planet Mercury. Virgo members are usually balanced. They like balance in their life. Great decision making abilities.

Good traits of the Virgo include clever, intelligent, alert, graceful, and perfectionist. Bad traits include nervous, worries, timid, and critical thinking.

The body trait for Virgo is the abdomen. The color is yellow-green. The metal is mercury. The flower is azalea. The gem is sapphire. The food is lemons.


Libra is the 7th sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Libra. The symbol for Libra is scales. Libra is an air element. It is ruled by the planet of Venus. Libra members believe in doing things correctly. They also like balance in their life. Enjoys others well.

Good traits of Libra include orderly, peaceful, gentle, helpful, and spiritual. Bad traits include lazy, dependent, and unorganized.

The body trait of Libra is the lower back. The color is green. The metal is copper. The flower is violet. The gem is diamond opal. The food is strawberries.


Scorpio is the 8th sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation Scorpio. The symbol of Scorpio is the scorpion. It has also been an eagle. Scorpio is a water element. It is ruled by Pluto. Scorpio members make decisions very easily. They have a good memory and are good with money.

Good traits of Scorpio include determination, confident, emotional, and inspirational. Bad traits include cruel, sarcastic, secretive, and selfish.

The body traits for Scorpio is the lower abdomen. The color is green-blue. The metal is iron. The flower is the honeysuckle. The gem is topaz and the food is prunes.


Sagittarius is the 9th sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Sagittarius. The symbol of Sagittarius is the archer. It is a fire element. Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Sagittarius members are seekers of peace. They are active and like to travel. They are social also.

Good traits of Sagittarius include independent, honest, loyal, and enthusiastic. Bad traits include overconfident, self-indulgent, and conceited.

The body traits for Sagittarius are the thighs and hips. The color is light blue. The metal is tin. The flower is goldenrod. The gem is turquoise. The food is cucumbers and asparagus.


Capricorn is the 10th sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Capricorn. The symbol for Capricorn is the goat. It is an earth element. It is ruled by the planet Saturn. Capricorn members are very ambitious and outgoing. They are dependable people.

Good traits of Capricorn include honesty, dependable, patient, trustworthy, and responsive. Bad traits include fearful, selfish, suspicious, and secretive.

The body trait for Capricorn is the knees. The color is deep blue. The metal is lead. The flower is the poppy. The gem is garnet. The food is cabbage and kale.


Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Aquarius. The symbol for Aquarius is a man pouring water into a urn. It is an air element. Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus. Aquarius members are lively and have a good attitude. They enjoy helping others.

Good traits of Aquarius include artistic, creative, independent, friendly, and wise. Bad traits include perverse, erratic, emotional, and overly sensitive.

Body traits for Aquarius are the ankles and shins. The color is blue-Violet. The metal is lead. The flower is tulip. The gem is jade amethyst. The food is pomegranates.


Pisces is the 12th and final sign of the zodiac. It is associated with the constellation of Pisces. The symbol of Pisces is two connected fish. It is a water element. Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune. Pisces members have two sided thoughts. They find it difficult to make decisions. They are open minded and peaceful.

Good traits of Pisces include emotional, artistic, imaginative, poetic, and kind. Bad traits include insecure, lack of energy, unstable, and restless.

The body trait for Pisces is the feet. The color is violet. The metal is tin. The flower is violet. The gem is pearl and jasper bloodstone. Foods include raisins, dates, and cereals.

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CHINESE ZODIAC SIGNS, DATES, AND MEANINGS







The Chinese Zodiac is different from the one listed above. The symbols are different as well. To find out which one you are, find your birth date in the proper place. The Chinese Zodiac also has 12 signs that circulate every 12 years.













  • Rat- 1900,1912,1924,1936,1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008,2020,2032
  • Ox- 1901,1913,1925,1937,1949,1961,1973,1985,1997,2009,2021,2033
  • Tiger- 1902,1914,1926,1938,1950,1962,1974,1986,1998,2010,2022,2034
  • Rabbit- 1903,1915,1927,1939,1951,1963,1975,1987,1999,2011,2023,2035
  • Dragon- 1904,1916,1928,1940,1952,1964,1976,1988,2000,2012,2024,3036
  • Snake- 1905,1917,1929,1941,1953,1965,1977,1989,2001,2013,2025,2037
  • Horse- 1906,1918,1930,1942,1954,1966,1978,1990,2002,2014,2026,2038
  • Sheep- 1907,1919,1931,1943,1955,1967,1979,1991,2003,2015,2027,2039
  • Monkey- 1908,1920,1932,1944,1956,1968,1980,1992,2004,2016,2028,2040
  • Rooster- 1909,1921,1933,1945,1957,1969,1981,1993,2005,2017,2029,2041
  • Dog- 1910,1922,1934,1946,1958,1970,1982,1994,2006,2018,2030,2042
  • Boar- 1911,1923,1935,1947,1959,1971,1983,1995,2007,2019,2031,2043



These are the following traits that each sign has.

  • Rat- Intelligent, charming, and artistic
  • Ox- Loyal, strong, and determined
  • Tiger- Leader, courageous, and energetic
  • Rabbit- Trusting, sincere, and loyal
  • Dragon- Lucky, artistic, and imaginative
  • Snake- Organized, smart, and intuitive
  • Horse- Loyal, ambitious, and adventurous
  • Sheep- Warm, calm, and sensitive
  • Monkey- Lucky, versatile, and decision maker
  • Rooster- Honest, confident, and intelligent
  • Dog- Loyal, courageous, and adaptable
  • Boar- Determined, optimistic, and sincere

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Jeepers, I was born in the year called Rat, not nice and don't get me going on about being brought by a Gemini.

voted up and interesting.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Writer, thanks for coming by and for the visit. I am a boar myself.


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learner365 4 years ago

Hi thelyricwriter

This is an interesting Hub and i really enjoyed reading through it. I am a Capricorn and a Snake so it was interesting to observe myself and the qualities as well the bad traits mentioned above.

Good job...My vote up and interesting !!!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I'm a sagittarian and a Rooster. I can live with it.


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Brilliant hub and fantastic tattoos. You have researched your subject very well. I am Pisces/Rooster and I have yet to read a truer characterisation. I am typical Pisces and typical Rooster, not great symbols two old smelly slimy fish and a puffed up chicken lol But it is me down to a fine art. Voted up A&I Keep writing hunnie. Net:)


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Mentalist acer 4 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Your arrow hub hit me,the archer,in the information heart...Horoscopes are important as an influence that though one is not perfect one has a center of light and quality...thanks for sharing Ricky.;-))


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Really interesting HUB.. wow the tattoos... I know some men that have tattoos from the top of their heads to their toes.. thanks for sharing.. have a MERRY CHRISTMAS


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

This is one interesting and informative hub. I'm a Pisces and a Rooster. Don't have any idea how a fish and a rooster get along. lol


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Cock a doodle doo, guess who? HaHa..This was interesting and fun to read.. I'm a pisces...


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xethonxq 4 years ago

This is fascinating information. I loved reading about all good and bad traits. Mine (Leo) fit me to a tee...lol.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Great Hub Lyricwriter. I'm a Capricorn...and most of it is true. Many years ago I had an Astrological Dating Service...I really tried to fix up signs...sometimes it worked and sometimes NOT.

I am now married to the BEST sign for me, a Taurus. Loved this Hub!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Learner365, thanks for coming by and checking this article out. I really appreciate your time, votes, and comment. Best wishes:) I am a Capricorn and a Boar.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

AA, thanks for taking the time to visit and read this article. I hope you are doing well. I really like the Sagittarius tattoo. You can really be creative with it. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Suhana, thank you for taking the time to read it. I appreciate your time. Hope you enjoyed it. Have a great evening and best wishes.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi thelyricwriter, a very interesting and informative hub on these fantastic tattoos and loved all the photos you used to highlight this hub . I am a Leo !


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Genesis 4 years ago from Canada

Hi thelyricwriter,

I love horoscopes! they're so fascinating and I've read them from an early age!

Thank you for sharing this, the pics are beautiful and I may have to get a zodiac tattoo now! ;0)

The Gemini section of the article has some bits of info on Taurus... wasn't sure if it meant they had the same ruler/traits...

Voted Up!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Bluestar, thanks for taking the time to check out the article. I appreciate your time and votes also. With adding the art perspective to the symbols, you can see the creative side of each sign in the tattoos. I think it adds an interesting level with each symbols, knowing that they all have meaning. Best wishes.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Mentalist, thanks for coming by my friend. That is an interesting perspective. It shows that even though we all have bad traits, we all have good traits as well. A person needs to focus on embracing their good traits and making them stronger. Learn from the bad traits and avoid situations that bring those traits out.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Deb. Thanks for dropping by to check out this article. Personally, I couldn't get full body cast tattoos. But, some people are just way into all of that. Thanks for taking the time to come by and comment. Merry Christmas to you as well dear.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, good to see you. Thanks for coming by. LOL. I really don't know how that would be? Hope you are well. Still getting ready for Christmas. Happy holidays!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

AE, thanks for coming by and for your comment first off. LOL, your so funny! I am so glad that you found this fun and interesting. Best wishes and take care. Stay warm!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Xethonxq, thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment on this article. I am glad you enjoyed the zodiac side of this. I am glad I added the traits because I am Capricorn and they described me very well. So thanks and take care.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

B Malin, hey girl! Thanks for dropping by. I know you are with your perfect sign from your writings, that is great. Very interesting. That is cool, the dating service. Wondering how much success you had with it? Some people just can't be fixed though. I am sure you did a great job running it:)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Kash! Thanks for coming by. Leo is a great sign. They have a lot of great traits and a great personality. Hope all is well. I am glad the tattoos added to your experience. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Genesis, thanks for coming by and for your time and votes. You ask a real important question. Here is my perspective. I believe, depending when we are born, we could develop traits from another constellation. For example, you mentioned Gemini and Taurus. Taurus is the 2nd sign and Gemini is the 3rd. If you are born on a date closer to the beginning of Gemini, you may develop small traits from Taurus. This goes for all signs. Once again, this is my opinion, but when I researched them, I found similar qualities for neighboring constellations. That is what I believe. Thanks for the question and best wishes.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. I am Taurus guy. My frind, I learn many things here. The pictures so beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. You have done a great job. Rated up!

Prasetio


Ausseye 4 years ago

Gees I’m some bunny, my dogs chase the hell out of them when they go outside. They are the scourge of the Australian landscape, boy am in the wrong country!!! A fist full of information with some great pagan artwork, makes you see skin in a different way. The story “ Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is full of dark edges which would suit the universe full of dark spaces. Meant a lot more until the concept of the “ increasing speed of the expanding universe” which means planetary systems are but momentary and we are all heading for nothing, which means star signs are a momentary aspiration lasting some inhuman time frame. I am content to be a little life form, that is overjoyed, to be a moment in time devoid of universal significance and responsible for all my actions without excuse. There’s a star in my eye’s that hopes we humans leave a gift for those after us that shows we are all grateful for being of the stars, independent and not predetermined. The next big thing is the collision of two galaxies that are in our part of the universe which is going to send some of our planetary systems out of this universe, is their a tattoo for that? A sight this site is tat-fabulous and ink for thought. Great read full of possibilities and lyrics....Cheers Ausseye


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Very interesting indeed and I vote up .

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi lyricwriter,

I am an Aries but was born close to Taurus so I have traits from both signs.

I am a Boar in the Chinese Zodiac

What sign are you?

Voted up and awesome.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Prasetio, thanks for coming by my friend and thanks for your time and votes. I am glad that you are able to take something away from this all. Be good and take care.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Ausseye, thanks for taking the time to add your expertise on the matter. It is greatly appreciated. I have read the book. It really opens your eyes on tattooing, especially amongst women. Yes, as the universe continues to expand ever so slightly, we drift farther and farther out. I am almost certain there are tattoos that depict that event. I haven't searched for any just yet, but I will have to do it. To be honest, I forgot all about that event. They call it something?? Thanks for the visit and added to the article Ausseye.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Eddy, thanks for coming by and checking this article out. I am late on the reply, so have a great week and Merry Christmas.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey Sueswan. Thanks for coming by and for your time and votes of course:) I am a Capricorn and I am also a boar in the Chinese Zodiac. I was born on January 17, so that is close to Aquarius. The traits for my sign really describe me, it is weird. Thanks for coming by.


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Love this hub,great read. I am a Sagittarius/rat. I love to travel and am artistic. Voted up and awesome.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thanks for taking the time to check it out. Thanks for your time, comment, and vote. Happy Holidays:) Take care.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a well-researched and comprehensive hub. I appreciate the amount of time you must have put into it and love the way you laid this out so that it was easy to find the signs I was most interested in - those of myself, hubby and son.

Although I was familiar with the zodiac signs I didn't realize that many people get tattoos based on their signs.

I also didn't know how to figure out the Chinese signs but it was fun doing so here.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This was a fun and very interesting hub.

I am an aquarius, the only thing I would disagree with is the pomegranates. Lol

And for the Chinese sign I am the OX, sounds awful but the meaning is not so bad.

You did a great job here, well researched and beautifully set out for easy reading and finding.

There are some wonderful tattoos there.

Well done my friend


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

HBN, thanks for coming by and I appreciate your time, comment, and votes. The Chinese Zodiac is based on your birth year. It is a 12 year cycle. You just have to take your birth year and find it on the table. For example, if you were born in 1931, you would be a sheep.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Rosemay, thanks for coming by and for your comment and time. Thanks for the compliments. It was a well researched article. Hopefully I captured everything needed. Sort of a fun read I would guess.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I'm a dragon. "Lucky, artistic and imaginative," sounds good to me!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

HBN, thanks for taking the time to check it out. Yes, those are great traits my friend:) Take care.


champarameah 2 years ago

Combined this name


taboo32 23 months ago

Hi I'm a Virgo and I'm stubborn as heck and in love w a cancer is this a good thing cause now I believe it might be bad.

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