by Stefan Stenudd
Zodiac Sign Meanings
Character Traits of the Twelve Star Signs
Twelve Zodiac Signs - Twelve Basic CharactersThe Zodiac consists of twelve star signs in a circle around our planet. The position of the sun in the Zodiac at your birth decides what star sign (or sun sign) you are. Here are their basic facts and meanings, with links to much more about them.
The Zodiac Signs in the HoroscopeThe Zodiac is a circle around the earth, used in astronomy to pinpoint positions of planets and other objects in our surrounding cosmos. Since ancient times, this circle has been divided into twelve parts, each 30° wide of the circle's total 360°. Those are the Zodiac signs. They correspond to constellations of stars in the sky, but the latter are not equally wide. Astrology as well as astronomy use the 30° Zodiac division.
In Zodiac sign astrology, the sun's position in the Zodiac at the time of your birth decides what star sign (or sun sign) you are. Each Zodiac sign represents a basic character, a tendency, which affects the sun in your horoscope accordingly.
The sun is not the only celestial body influenced by the Zodiac in the horoscope. Every planet moves through the Zodiac signs, and changes character according to what sign it occupies at the moment. But this website focuses on Zodiac sun sign astrology.
Your Star Sign - the Sun in the ZodiacYour star sign (or sun sign) is the Zodiac sign the sun occupied at the moment of your birth. That's far from all in the complete birth chart, but the sun is very important in the horoscope, so it has a lot of influence.
The sun moves quite steadily at almost exactly 1° daily through the Zodiac. That means it spends about a month in each Zodiac sign and goes through it all in a year. Of course, it's really the earth orbiting the sun, but astrology uses the geocentric perspective (as seen from earth), where it seems to be the sun orbiting earth. In ancient times, they believed it to be the case.
Notice that the sun doesn't spend exactly one month in each Zodiac sign, since the twelve months are not all 30 days long. Also, the year is not 360 days, like the degrees of a circle, but 365 and a quarter. That'ss the reason for our leap years, when we add a day. So, the date when the sun moves from one Zodiac sign to the other can shift as much as a day from year to year.
Below you find the dates for when the sun is normally in each Zodiac sign. If you're born on a day by the border between one sign or another - please confirm what your star sign is, by consulting one of the many free online horoscope birth chart computing services. See more about that here: Your Own Horoscope.
Ruling and Exalting Planets in the ZodiacIn astrology, each Zodiac sign is said to have a ruling and an exalting planet. This simply means that some planets are particularly enforced by the traits of that Zodiac sign. Both the sun and the moon are regarded as planets in this context. Since there are twelve Zodiac signs and only ten planets, Venus and Mercury rule and exalt in two signs each.
In Zodiac sign astrology, focusing on your sun sign, you should be most concerned about this if you are Aries or Leo, since that's where the sun exalts and rules, respectively. But if you study your complete horoscope birth chart, you should check this for every planet.
Zodiac Sign Element and QualityThe Zodiac sign character traits mainly stem from their astrological element and quality. Every Zodiac sign in the horoscope belongs to one of the four Greek elements, which represent four basic expressions of life:
The Twelve Zodiac Signs and Their TraitsHere are the Zodiac signs, their symbols (glyphs), and keywords of my chosing for what they represent in astrology and the horoscope in short. The order of the Zodiac signs is the traditional one. It starts with Aries, which the sun enters at the vernal equinox (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 much 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 much 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 much 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 much 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 much 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 much 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 much 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 much 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 much 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 much more about the Capricorn Zodiac sign, click here.
AquariusEnglish name: The Water-Bearer
Keywords: profund, original
Motto: "I know."
Sun sign dates: January 20 - February 19
For much 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 much more about the Pisces Zodiac sign, click here.
ZODIAC SIGNSZodiac character traits, forecasts, compatibility, sexuality, symbolism and more. Each Zodiac sign has its own website:
Explanations and readings of full horoscope charts.
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I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. My personal website: stenudd.com