I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer, as well as an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here's my personal website: stenudd.com
Zodiac Sign Astrology
is the astrological method of reading the Zodiac position of the sun in your horoscope, and what it tells about your character traits. It's also called your star sign or sun sign.
Zodiac character traits, forecasts, compatibility, and more.
Explanations and readings of full horoscope charts.
Try the old Tarot deck of cards with a free online divination. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.
Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.
By classical Zodiac sign astrology I mean the proper traditional reading of what can be deduced from only your star sign (where the sun was at your birth). That's but one of the many components in your birth chart horoscope. For a full presentation of astrology, please visit: Complete Horoscope.
Books by Stefan Stenudd:
This book presents an imaginative method of reading the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
All the philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Qi (chi), prana, pneuma, spiritus, and all the other life force concepts around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Zodiac Sign Dates of Birth
Check Your Star Sign
Ephemeris, a table of planetary positions, from the Renaissance.
Make Sure You Have the Right Zodiac SignYour Zodiac sign (also called sun sign or star sign) is decided by the position of the sun at the moment of your birth, as seen from Earth. The sun takes a year to travel through the twelve Zodiac signs, but it's not exactly a year of 365 days. The time it takes is closer to 365.25 days. That's why we have leap years.
The leap years make the dates of each Zodiac sign change slightly. For example, normally Aquarius starts on January 20 and ends on February 19, but that's just the mean. In reality it changes slightly in a four year period from one leap year to the next.
Here are the leap years of the last century:
If you were born on a day bordering between two Zodiac signs (at its cusp), you have to check what star sign you really are. It never differs more than a day in each direction. Again using Aquarius as an example, its start is almost always on the 20th of January, and the end of it on the 18th or 19th of February. People born on other dates need not be concerned.
Here are the cusp dates for all the twelve Zodiac signs, where I include the possible starting and ending dates for each Zodiac sign. If that's not where you're born, you need not to be concerned:
Aries 20th or 21st of March - 19th or 20th of April
Taurus 19th or 20th of April - 20th or 21st of May
Gemini 20th or 21st of May - 21st of June
Cancer 21st or 22nd of June - 22nd or 23rd of July
Leo 22nd or 23rd of July - 22nd or 23rd of August
Virgo 23rd of August - 22nd or 23rd of September
Libra 22nd or 23rd of September - 23rd or 24th of October
Scorpio 23rd of October - 21st or 22nd of November
Sagittarius 22nd or 23rd of November - 21st or 22nd of December
Capricorn 21st or 22nd of December - 20th of January
Aquarius 20th of January - 18th or 19th of February
Pisces 18th or 19th of February - 20th or 21st of March
Cusp or not
It's particularly important with this check If you were born far away from Greenwich, England, since that's the base for the dates given for the Zodiac signs.
You can get your exact complete horoscope computed for free on several websites. Go here to find instructions and links to them: Your own complete horoscope.
Now, If you were born when the sun was at the very end of a Zodiac sign, you probably have a mixture of that and the next star sign in your character. But if your sun is at the very start (cusp) of a Zodiac sign, you're definitely that star sign - and a firm one at that. That's because a Zodiac sign is at its weakest by the end, and the strongest in the beginning of it.
A cardinal Zodiac sign is the most characteristic in its cardinal decan, which is from 0° to 10° in that sign. That corresponds roughly to the first ten days of its period.
A fixed Zodiac sign is the most characteristic in its fixed decan, which is from 10° to 20° in that sign. That corresponds roughly to the eleventh to twentieth days of its period - i.e. approximately the first ten days of the month it enters after a little more than a week.
A mutable Zodiac sign is the most characteristic in its mutable decan, which is from 20° to 30° in that sign. That corresponds roughly to the twentieth to thirtieth days of its period - i.e. approximately from the tenth of the month it is at the end.
Here are the qualities and decans of the twelve Zodiac signs:
Aries cardinal - 1st decan, 0°-10°
So, If you want to be sure of what sign you are - and what decan in that sign - you may need to check your exact horoscope birth chart. It's worth the trouble, or you may base your astrological inquiries on an error.