by Stefan Stenudd
Zodiac Signs in the Complete Horoscope
The Twelve Zodiac Star Signs and Their Meanings in Classical Astrology
The Zodiac Signs in the HoroscopeThere are twelve zodiac signs, each 30° wide, making a total of 360°, which is the full circle around the earth. They correspond to the same number of constellations of stars in the sky, but the latter are not equally wide.
In astrology and the horoscope, each zodiac sign represents a character, a tendency, which affects any celestial body therein. The planets express what happens, the Houses where it happens, the aspects why, and the zodiac signs how.
Every planet moves through the zodiac signs (with very differing speed), and changes character according to what sign it occupies at the moment. The planets are the acting forces in the horoscope, but the zodiac signs nuance and alter their character.
Here are the twelve zodiac signs, with links to the webpage of each on this website:
The Zodiac Signs of the HoroscopeHere are the twelve zodiac signs, their English meanings, and keywords for their respective characters in the horoscope:
Zodiac Sign MottoEach zodiac sign can also be said to have a motto, an expression that helps to clarify its character. Here are the mottos of the twelve zodiac signs in the horoscope:
Zodiac Sign Element and QualityThe characters of the zodiac signs are to a large extent dependent on their astrological element and quality. Every zodiac sign in the horoscope belongs to one of the four Greek elements, which represent four aspects of life:
Zodiac Sign Ruling and ExaltingEach zodiac sign is also said to have a ruling and an exalting planet in the horoscope. This simply means that some planets are particularly enforced by the character of that zodiac sign. A planet rules over the zodiac sign where it fits better than the other planets do, and it exalts in a sign where it fits better than any other planet than the ruler of that sign.
Here are the ruling and exalting planets (note that also the sun and the moon are regarded as planets in this context) of the zodiac signs in the horoscope:
Since there are twelve zodiac signs and only ten planets to divide between them, Venus and Mercury both rule and exalt in two signs each.
Regarding what planets rule and exalt in what zodiac signs, astrologers don't agree completely, but most of the above is generally accepted. In any case, the rulership and exaltation should not be overly emphasized in horoscope interpretations. A planet's character in a zodiac sign speaks well for itself, without these generalizations.
The zodiac figures. Albrecht Dürer's celestial globe, Northern hemisphere, 1515.
Star Sign - the SunWhen people are said to be born in a certain zodiac sign, it only means that the sun was in that zodiac sign at their birth. It's their sun sign. The sun is only one component in the complete horoscope of classical astrology - although an important one - so predictions based only on that are not astrologically adequate. All the ingredients of the whole horoscope chart have to be considered. Still, the sun is very important in the horoscope, so it has a lot of influence
The sun moves steadily through the zodiac signs of the horoscope, spending slightly more than 30 days in each of them. The calendar system of leap years makes the dates of change from one sign to another jump around a little, but below are the average dates that the sun spends in each zodiac sign.
The zodiac, its images and symbols. From a book by Barocius, 1585.
Vernal equinoxThe traditional order of the zodiac signs starts with Aries, because it is the moment of the vernal equinox. That date was also the date of the new year in ancient Europe. At the autumnal equinox, the sun moves into the zodiac sign Libra. At the summer solstice it enters Cancer, and at the winter solstice Capricorn.
Zodiac Sign SymbolsThe symbols (also called glyphs) used for the zodiac signs are the same in astrology and astronomy. I have made ink brush versions of those symbols, just for fun, which can be found on my webpages about each of the zodiac signs. Here is a more strict rendering of them:
Zodiac sign symbols (glyphs). From left to right: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
The Twelve Zodiac Signs and Their TraitsHere are the zodiac signs, their symbols (glyphs), and keywords for what they represent in astrology and the horoscope in short. Their order is the traditional one. It starts with Aries, which the sun enters at the vernal equinox (usually celebrated as the New Year in ancient times), and finishes with Pisces.
AriesEnglish name: The Ram
Keywords: challenging, impulsive
Motto: "I am."
Exalted: the sun
Sun sign dates: March 21 - April 19
For more about the Aries zodiac sign, click here.
TaurusEnglish name: The Bull
Keywords: conservative, concrete
Motto: "I have."
Exalted: the moon
Sun sign dates: April 20 - May 20
For more about the Taurus zodiac sign, click here.
GeminiEnglish name: The Twins
Keywords: communicative, playful
Motto: "I think."
Sun sign dates: May 21 - June 20
For more about the Gemini zodiac sign, click here.
CancerEnglish name: The Crab
Keywords: caring, sensitive
Motto: "I feel."
Ruler: the moon
Sun sign dates: June 21 - July 22
For more about the Cancer zodiac sign, click here.
LeoEnglish name: The Lion
Keywords: dominant, proud
Motto: "I want."
Ruler: the sun
Sun sign dates: July 23 - August 22
For more about the Leo zodiac sign, click here.
VirgoEnglish name: The Maiden (or Virgin)
Keywords: careful, minute
Motto: "I scrutinize."
Sun sign dates: August 23 - September 22
For more about the Virgo zodiac sign, click here.
LibraEnglish name: The Scales
Keywords: negotiating, ethical
Motto: "I balance."
Sun sign dates: September 23 - October 22
For more about the Libra zodiac sign, click here.
ScorpioEnglish name: The Scorpion
Keywords: hidden, passionate
Motto: "I wish."
Sun sign dates: October 23 - November 21
For more about the Scorpio zodiac sign, click here.
SagittariusEnglish name: The Archer
Keywords: impatient, independent
Motto: "I see."
Sun sign dates: November 22 - December 21
For more about the Sagittarius zodiac sign, click here.
CapricornEnglish name: The Goat (or Sea-Goat)
Keywords: ambitious, decisive
Motto: "I use."
Sun sign dates: December 22 - January 19
For more about the Capricorn zodiac sign, click here.
AquariusEnglish name: The Water-Bearer
Keywords: profound, original
Motto: "I know."
Sun sign dates: January 20 - February 19
For more about the Aquarius zodiac sign, click here.
PiscesEnglish name: The Fish
Keywords: searching, submissive
Motto: "I believe."
Sun sign dates: February 20 - March 20
For more about the Pisces zodiac sign, click here.
ZODIAC SIGNSThe twelve Zodiac signs and what they mean in astrology.
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Your Health in Your HoroscopeThis book by Stefan Stenudd explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology.
You learn what the zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made.
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