Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer
Rapper Lil Wayne said it, and now I’m saying it.
“I need your name and zodiac sign in order for me to talk to you.”
Zodiac signs can hint relationship and friendship compatibility, career possibilities and specific personality traits.
However, for those who have no clue what zodiac signs are, mean and can represent, let me explain:
A long time ago, a few astrologists analyzed the sun, moon and positions of the planets. What came from their findings and theories were 12 zodiac signs that fall under the water, air, earth or fire elements.
Aquarius, Jan. 20 to Feb. 18
The first of the zodiac air signs, an Aquarius is independent and very creative. They enjoy fighting for causes and are never afraid to be themselves. Great lifelong memories are created with these people. Aquarius is said to be most compatible with Leo and Sagittarius.
Pisces, Feb. 19 to March 20
This water sign is known to be very likable. Their best traits are said to be wise, compassionate and selfless. Pisces are ruled by the planet Neptune and find comfort in being alone and music.
Aries, March 21 to Apr 19
An Aries is said to be confident and optimistic. They find comfort in positions of power. They are compatible with Libras and Leos.
Taurus, April 20 to May 20
Introduced as an Earth sign and ruled by the planet Venus, a Taurus does all the groundwork. As one of the hardest working people you’ll ever know, their stubborn ways push them to get things done.
Gemini, May 21 to June 20
The Twins. The only sign to represent two different personalities into one person. They are always ready to have fun and love to experience new things. Their gentle nature allows them to get along with a wide variety people.
Cancer, June 21 to July 22
Ruled by the moon, Cancers are the crab of the signs. With loyalty always coming first, Cancers support system is like no other. Their mood swings and emotions can take over at times, ut because of this they are sympathetic.
Leo, July 23 to Aug 22
Leos are creative, born leaders. They are most compatible with Aquarius and Geminis, all sharing that creative nature. Being charismatic and passionate balances out the leadership role and any decisions made.
Virgo, Aug. 23 to Sept. 22
Virgos have a shyness that is misunderstood and may come off as being rude. But these Virgos are so kind and always have an approach to life. They pay attention to the minute details and are very practical.
Libra, Sept. 23 to Oct. 22
This element of air is all about balance. The Libra is fair-minded and diplomatic in situations. However, they still maintain a peaceful lifestyle. Always fighting for equality and forming partnerships along the way.
Scorpio, Oct. 23 to Nov. 21
Scorpios are very fierce but have a sensitive nature to go with it. They are one of the most determined signs and this shows their passionate side. A Scorpio is brave and assertive in life situations.
Sagittarius, Nov 22 to Dec. 21
Being one of the most energetic signs, a Sagittarius has a great sense of humor. They also have great compatibility with Geminis and Aries. They have ruled by the planet Jupiter.
Capricorn, Dec. 22 to Jan. 19
The last sign, Capricorns are one of a kind. While being reserved, they are still never afraid to aim high for their goals. Ambitious drive helps them in the professional world.
These signs and predictions have been deemed true and scientifically backed by many individuals, according to a study done by The National Science Board of Science and Technology Indicators, showing that 58 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 view astrology and zodiacs as logical.
It’s fun to read and makes you curious to discover if it really does describe you. You may hear people joke around and say, “If we are not compatible, then it won’t work out,” or they always check the person’s zodiac first.
“I actually do believe in the zodiac signs, and I enjoy reading them,” said Phoebe Iloanya, a sophomore psychology major from Prince George’s County, Maryland. “With me being an Aquarius, I relate to the things they say about us, and it constantly makes me think.”
But on the other side, certain people don’t believe it and find the signs to be unreal. They say there are no proven facts, and the views are always changing.
“I’m a Scorpio, but I don’t believe in zodiac signs because I’m the complete opposite of what they say Scorpios are supposed to be,” said Pierre Sow, a first-year journalism major from Teaneck, New Jersey. “It says basically that I am a shallow introvert, and that’s not really me.”
Blaire Baker, a sophomore criminology major from Long Island, New York, added: “I personally don’t think there’s any truth to horoscopes and zodiac signs. I’m a Capricorn, but the signs change every year. So how can this information be true?”
If you ever want to check your horoscope now and then, Snapchat provides magazine articles links on its storyboards, and Twitter usually has a thread or page dedicated to the signs.