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Signs of the Zodiac

Let it not repent you (O noble Esquire) if now I make a short digression of such persons as then professed astrology, that posterity may understand in what condition I found it, and in whose hands that little that remained was lodged.

William Lilly

Astrology Chart
Astrological symbol or glyph for the sun The Sun is in Cancer Astrology symbol for Cancer, one of the Zodiac Signs

The Moon is: Waning Crescent

How the 12 fold division of the sky into the signs of the zodiac was adopted by civilisations separated by the oceans and time, so long ago is a mystery.

The Greeks adopted the symbols from the Babylonians and passed them on to the other ancient civilisations.

The twelve zodiacal signs for these constellations were given the names we now know in the 2nd century by the astronomer Ptolemy.

The Egyptians assigned other names and symbols to the zodiacal divisions.

The Chinese also adopted the 12-fold division, but called the signs rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, hen, dog, and pig.

Independently, the Aztecs devised a similar system.

 

It is believed that the zodiacal signs originated in Mesopotamia as early as 2000 BC when ancient astronomers recorded the sun's yearly journey across the celestial sphere.

They associated dates with the constellations in this narrow belt, which is known as the zodiac, assigning to each constellation of stars the dates when the sun was in the same region of the celestial sphere as the constellation.

To discover more about a star sign, just follow the links below. When you've read about the signs of the zodiac why not find out about the planets and their influences?

 

Glyph or Symbol of Aries the Ram

Aries the Ram

21 March to 20 April

Glyph or Symbol of Taurus the Bull

Taurus the Bull

21 April to 21 May

Glyph or Symbol of Gemini the Twins

Gemini the Twins

22 May to 21 June

Glyph or Symbol of Cancer the Crab

Cancer the Crab

22 June to 22 July

Glyph or Symbol of Leo the Lion

Leo the Lion

23 July to 22 August

Glyph or Symbol of Virgo the Virgin

Virgo the Virgin

23 August to 23 September

Glyph or Symbol of Libra the Scalesm

Libra the Scales

24 September to 23 October

Glyph or Symbol of Libra the Scales

Scorpio the Scorpion

24 October to 22 November

Glyph or Symbol of Sagittarius the Archer

Sagittarius the Archer

23 November to 21 December

Glyph or Symbol of Capricorn the Goat

Capricorn the Goat

22 December to 20 January

Glyph or Symbol of Aquarius the Water Bearer

Aquarius the Water Bearer

21 January to 19 February

Glyph or Symbol of Pisces the Fish

Pisces the Fish

20 February to 20 March

 

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