The 12 Hindu Zodiac Signs: Names, Meanings, and Horoscopes

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It's a belief that the stars and planets have a powerful effect on our lives. So, the Hindu zodiac, also known as the Jyotisha, Indian, or Vedic zodiac, is based on the position of the Moon passing at the time of a person's birth.

There are 12 zodiac signs in the Hindu zodiac system, just like in Western astrology, but zodiac dates differ as they depend on the sidereal zodiac. The astrologer determines people's zodiac based on the positions of planets observed in the sky in consideration of constellations (nakshatras).

As a result, it is one of the most reliable and precise prediction processes. In many Hindu lives, astrology is a vital part and in their culture, babies are traditionally named on their jyotiṣa charts (Kundali), and based on this, they make crucial decisions about marriage, the foundation of a new venture, or shifting into a new home.

1. Mesha / Aries

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  • Staring: 0°
  • Stars: Ashwini, Bharani and Krittika
  • Representation: Ram
  • Element: Fire
  • Quality: Movable (Chara)
  • Ruling body: Mars
  • Denotes: head
  • Birth Stone: Diamond
  • Greatest Compatibility: Libra, Leo

If you are born in Aswini, Bharani, or Krittika constellations, your zodiac sign is Mesha/ Aries. As the first sign in the zodiac, Aries' existence always marks the start of something energetic and turbulent.

These signs always seek dynamic experiences, speed, and contest, always striving to be foremost in everything from work to social gatherings. Although they get inspired by challenges or purposes, they lose interest before reaching the goal.

They are independent, bold, restless, and passionate. Ruled by Mars, they show Mars's war-like qualities when needed. These signs mostly show interest in goal-oriented careers like sports, travel guides, military, farmers, and surgical medicine.

2. Vrishabha / Taurus

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  • Staring: 30°
  • Stars: Krittika, Rohini and Mrigshira
  • Representation: Bull
  • Element: Earth
  • Quality: Fixed (Sthira)
  • Ruling body: Venus
  • Denotes: Face and Neck
  • Lucky Stone: Emerald
  • Greatest Compatibility: Scorpio, Cancer

You come under Vrishabha if you were born in Krittika, Rohini, and Mrigshira nakshatras (constellations or Satrs).

Taraus are practical, determined, trustworthy, and loyal. They share their interest in music and express themselves through their voice as they rule their neck and throats. They are acknowledged for being tough and conservative, which makes them most reliable signs of the zodiac. 

Even they enjoy a variety of food while keeping them involved in gardening. Being hardworking, they are determined to fulfill their need with their hard work. As practical people, they are more suitable to choose careers like real estate, engineering, and accounting.

3. Mithun / Gemini

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  • Staring: 60° 
  • Stars: Mrigshira, Ardra, Punavasu
  • Representation: Twins
  • Element: Air
  • Quality: Dual (dvisvahava)
  • Ruling body: Mercury
  • Denotes: Arms
  • Lucky Stone: Aquamarine
  • Greatest Compatibility: Libra, Aquarius

Born in Mrigshira, Ardra, Punavasu nakshatras, you are Mithuna rashi or Gemini.

This sign has a dual personality as they can switch from one thing to another. They can foresee both parts of the argument and love a healthy discussion. They are business-oriented, and their communication skills come as one of the assets for their career and love life.

They are curious, observant, logical, affectionate, and versatile. With their smooth mindset, they can make their existence feel anywhere. Having strong memories, careers like writing, advertising, teaching, sales, law, and journalism are some suitable choices for them.

4. Karka / Cancer

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  • Staring: 90°
  • Stars: Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha 
  • Representation: Crab
  • Element: Water
  • Quality: Movable
  • Ruling body: Moon
  • Denotes: Heart, lungs,  breast, and upper part of stomach.
  • Birth Stone: Moonstone
  • Greatest Compatibility: Pisces, Scorpio

Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha nakshatras born are Karka or Cancer.

As their sign represents crabs, they have a soft center and hard outer shell. They have a strong nurturing intuition as they can sense the emotions of others. They are sympathetic, patient, protective, insecure, and moody.

Their family is a vital part of their life, and they are emotionally attached to their loved ones. They hold deep memories, particularly their emotional phase of life. Also, they are insecure, and these signs do not apply logic in the doubtful moment.

Being a water sign, they comprehend life through feeling, and the careers associated with caring and empathy mostly suit them, like child care, hotels, teaching, and shipping.

5. Simha / Leo

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  • Staring: 120°
  • Stars: Magha, Purva Phalguni, and Uttara Phalguni 
  • Representation: Iron
  • Element: Fire
  • Quality: Fixed
  • Ruling body: Sun
  • Denotes: Stomach below the chest and above the navel
  • Lucky Stone: Peridot
  • Greatest Compatibility: Aquarius, Gemini, Aries

If you are born in Magha, Purva Phalguni, and Uttara Phalguni nakshatras, you come under the fifth zodiac sign, Simha or Leo.

Being represented by a lion, a king of the jungle, these signs are ruler from birth. They are honest, straightforward, brave, determined and persistent.

Life is a great adventure for them, and they are always ready to take risks while never accepting failure. As a fire sign, they are enthusiastic and occasionally tactless. These signs are socially active and love to be the center of attention.

Being determined in nature, acting, designing, teaching, and travel writing are relevant career choices for them.

6. Kanya / Virgo

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  • Staring: 150°
  • Stars: Uttara Ogalguni, Hasta, Chira
  • Representation: Virgin Girl
  • Element: Earth
  • Quality: Dual
  • Ruling body: Mercury
  • Denotes: hip, below navel and above basti, waist
  • Lucky Stone: Sapphire
  • Greatest Compatibility: Taurus, Capricorn

Uttara Ogalguni, Hasta, and Chira nakshatras born individuals are Kanya or Virgo.

They are creative, logical, intelligent, practical, sensitive, and restless. They loved the detailed work and didn't leave the project behind until they felt satisfied and convinced others of their work. For their contribution to the field, they want to feel acknowledged.

They are knowledgeable and systematic in nature and especially good with numbers. So, the fields like accountancy, business, medicine, chemistry, etc., are suitable career options for them. Besides, they also share their passion for arts & literature.

7. Tula / Libra

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  • Staring: 180°
  • Stars: Chitra, Swathi and Vishakha
  • Representation: balance
  • Element: Air
  • Quality: Movable
  • Ruling body: Venus
  • Denotes: below naval parts
  • Lucky Stone: Opals
  • Greatest Compatibility: Gemini, Aquarius, Sagittarius

Born in Chitra, Swathi, and Vishakha, you are Tula or Libra.

Libras are positive, cooperative, selfless, generous, charismatic, and sensitive. They always keep positive energy in themselves and love to keep harmony and peace around them. They are also called the social butterfly of the zodiac sign who enjoy group participation rather than being alone.

Being alert of other emotional feelings and having a sense of right and wrong, these signs rule with fairness and equity. Law, criticism, fashion design, and composers are some careers appropriate for them.

8. Vrishchika / Scorpio

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  • Staring: 210°
  • Birth stars: Vishakha, Anuradha, Jyeshtha
  • Representation: Scorpion
  • Element: Water 
  • Quality: Fixed
  • Ruling body: Mars
  • Denotes: reproductive organs
  • Lucky Stone: Topaz
  • Greatest Compatibility: Cancer, Pisces

You come under the eighth sign of the zodiac, Vrishchika, if you were born in Vishakha, Anuradha, and Jyeshtha stars.

They are intuitive, wise, resourceful, and a hard worker. It is often hard to understand people of this sign as they hide their true purposes, which makes them appear mysterious. Being a water element, it is often hard for them to handle their emotions. They are very giving to those they care about.

Scorpio is best suited for the profession, including chemist, medicine, investigator, army/military, researcher, and surgeon.

9. Dhanus / Sagittarius

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  • Staring: 240°
  • Birth Star: Moola, Purvashadha and Uttarashadha
  • Representation: Bow And Arrow
  • Element: Fire
  • Quality: Dual
  • Ruling body: Jupiter
  • Denotes: thighs
  • Lucky Stone: Turquoise
  • Greatest Compatibility: Aries, Leo

Moola, Purvashadha, and Uttarashadha nakshatras-born individuals come under Dhanu Rashi or Sagittarius.

This sign is known for its adventurous and free-spirited nature. They are confident, intellectual, ambitious, optimistic, and outspoken. They are curious people who show eagerness for exploration and seek new experiences and knowledge in life.

Being optimistic, they can cope with even the most challenging situations. But due to their frankness, they can be tactless sometimes. In love, they are not serious as they love freedom, and it is the main factor that comes as the issue in their relationship.

If you are Sagittarius, Legal affairs, professors, ancient studies, academics, and traveling are some successful professional fields.

10. Makara / Capricorn

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  • Staring: 270°
  • Birth stars: Uttara Ashada, Shravana, Dhanishtha
  • Representation: Crocodile
  • Element: Earth
  • Quality: Movable
  • Ruling body: Saturn
  • Denotes: back and knees
  • Brith Stone: Garnet
  • Greatest Compatibility: Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn

Born in Uttara Ashada, Shravana, Dhanishtha stars, you are Makara or Capricorn. They are loyal, trustworthy, intellectual, conservative, and ambitious. They are interested in peace, avoiding quarrels, and achieving wealth through endurance.

They are afraid of criticism, so they usually keep their distance from others. Even they do not trust and have relationship problems, as they keep their emotions suppressed.

They do not give up easily as their tolerance often gains accomplishments that would be challenging for others. In some circumstances, they may be quite brutal in attaining their goals.

Professions best suited to this sign are engineering, detective, philosopher, mathematics teacher, novelist, doctor, and builder.

11. Kumbha / Aquarius

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  • Staring: 300°
  • Birth Sign: Dhanishta, Shatabhisha, Purva Bhadrapada
  • Representation: Water-bearer
  • Element: Air
  • Quality: Fixed
  • Ruling body: Saturn
  • Denotes: ankles and calves of legs
  • Lucky Stone: Amethyst
  • Greatest Compatibility: Libra, Gemini

Born in Dhanishta, Shatabhisha, Purva Bhadrapada nakshatras, you are the eleventh sign of the Zodiac Kumbha rashi or Aquarius.

People of this sign are known for their unpredictable nature, and these signs are the most challenging to understand. However, they are friendly and outgoing individuals, and it's easy to get along with these signs as they cherish friendship deeply.

Meanwhile, they can sometimes appear unfriendly due to their strong desire for independence. They are open-minded, innovative, creative, and peaceful. They are often seen as predictors, continuously seeking improvement and social change and providing new strategies to the old problems.

Professions including professor, acting, humanitarianism, journalism, and social work are suitable choices to achieve success in Aquarian life.

12. Meena / Pisces

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  • Staring: 330°
  • Birth Stars: Uttara Bhadrapada, Revathi, Purva Bhadrapada
  • Representation: Fishes
  • Element: Water
  • Quality: Dual
  • Ruling body: Jupiter
  • Denotes: feet
  • Lucky Stone: Bloodstone
  • Greatest Compatibility: Capricorn, Taurus

If your birth stars are Uttara Bhadrapada, Revathi, or Purva Bhadrapada, you come under the 12th zodiac sign Pisces or Meena Rashi.

Those born under this sign are known for their deep emotional sensitivity and empathy, who put other needs before their own. As a result, their deep feeling can sometimes direct them to a vulnerable phase due to their overly trusting nature.

They are dynamic, courteous, thoughtful, sympathetic, and compassionate. They share artistic preferences while having a vivid imagination and strong intuition. They are dreamers and can easily get lost in their thoughts. Being with Pisces means having a passionate and intense love life.

Having artistic skills and imaginative personalities, they are most suited to music, arts, and healing professions.

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