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Stars and strains: The rise of astrology

Zodiac signs (Getty Images)
Zodiac signs (Getty Images)
Theresa Tanner EVERCANNABIS Writer

If you spend even a little time on social media, you might have noticed a growing trend of zodiac-inspired memes, articles and accessories.

While it’s always been a bit of fun to read one’s daily horoscope in the newspaper, the recent rise in astrological interest has been attributed to everything from young people seeking sources of spiritual fulfillment outside of traditional religion to an attempt to find certainty in an unpredictable political climate.

Whether you believe we’re ruled by the stars or not, thinking about your sign is a good introspective exercise when examining your relationships, priorities and attitude. It may even help you decide what strain of cannabis to buy if you need to help a Type A Virgo mellow out, or get a waffling Libra to focus.

Most people categorize themselves by the sun sign associated with their date of birth, but if you know your birth time and location, you can also determine your moon and ascendant (or rising) signs, as well as what planet was in which house when you were born –which is important, trust us – with apps like Co-Star.

If you’re just getting started, astrologically speaking, here are some of the common attributes of the 12 signs of the zodiac. The signs are also defined by natural elements, each with some distinctive traits.

Aries: The Ram
March 21-April 19
Ambitious, confident, aggressive

Taurus: The Bull
April 20-May 20
Reliable, sensuous, stubborn

Gemini: The Twins
May 21-June 20
Social, curious, inconsistent

Cancer: The Crab
June 21-July 22
Caring, persuasive, inscrutable

Leo: The Lion
July 23-Aug. 22
Vivacious, generous, arrogant

Virgo: The Virgin
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
Practical, diligent, perfectionist

Libra: The Scales
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
Cooperative, aesthetic, indecisive

Scorpio: The Scorpion
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Resourceful, intimate, controlling

Sagittarius: The Archer
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
Affable, curious, outspoken

Capricorn: The Sea Goat
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Disciplined, mature, elitist

Aquarius: The Water Bearer
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Rebellious, eccentric, aloof

Pisces: The Fish
Feb. 19-Mar. 20
Compassionate, adaptable, naïve

Theresa Tanner is the Health & Culture editor of EVERCANNABIS. Born and raised in Spokane, she enjoys good food and drink, pop culture podcasts, and relaxing at the lake.
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