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Zodiac Sign Symbols

Their Meanings and Origins


The Zodiac symbols.



What Your Zodiac Sign Reveals

The above images are the established symbols (also called glyphs) for the twelve Zodiac signs, in this order: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces. Both the Zodiac signs and their symbols have been along for ages.



       The Zodiac division of the ecliptic into twelve parts, each assigned a Zodiac sign, is probably of Babylonian origin, in old Mesopotamia. They were very early with astrology, mapping the sky and noting planetary movements thousands of years ago.

       The Zodiac, very much like the one we know today, might have emerged in Mesopotamia around 1000 BC, but Babylonian astrology is probably far older than that.


Babylonian clay tablet ephemeris for the planet Venus, c. 700 BC.
Babylonian clay tablet ephemeris for the planet Venus, c. 700 BC.


Constellations

The signs of the Zodiac correspond to constellations of stars in the sky - although the latter are not exactly 30° each, as the Zodiac signs are. When the stars in the constellations are connected with lines, it's often possible to make out a figure of some sort, which is believed to be the inspiration for the name of that constellation and corresponding Zodiac sign. Several of the Zodiac constellations, though, are quite vague in depicting their Zodiac sign.

       Here are all the constellations of the Zodiac, in a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer in 1515, colored later:


The Zodiac Star Constellations, by Albrecht Dürer 1515.


       On this website, I frequently use illustrations of the twelve Zodiac constellations from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690. Here they all are:


The twelve Zodiac star signs, Hevelius 1690.


       It may be difficult to see on the above image, but each figure includes the stars of that constellation and how they are said to form its figure. That's often far from clear - and frequently quite far from accurate. See this page for bigger pictures of all the Zodiac figures from Hevelius:

Zodiac Sign Meanings


Each Zodiac Sign Symbol Examined

On my websites focusing on each of the Zodiac signs in detail, I have also written more about the symbols representing them. Just click on the link below to your own star sign, to read about the background to its symbol and its meaning:

Aries Symbol

Taurus Symbol

Gemini Symbol

Cancer Symbol

Leo Symbol

Virgo Symbol

Libra Symbol

Scorpio Symbol

Sagittarius Symbol

Capricorn Symbol

Aquarius Symbol

Pisces Symbol





My Astrology Book


Your Health in Your Horoscope. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This book 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. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.



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ZODIAC SIGNS

Zodiac character traits, forecasts, compatibility, sexuality, symbolism and more. Each Zodiac sign has its own website:

Aries Sign

Taurus Sign

Gemini Sign

Cancer Sign

Leo Sign

Virgo Sign

Libra Sign

Scorpio Sign

Sagittarius Sign

Capricorn Sign

Aquarius Sign

Pisces Sign


Complete Astrology


Explanations and readings of full horoscope charts.

Complete Horoscope

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Stefan Stenudd, Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction.

Stefan Stenudd


About Me
I'm a Swedish astrologer, author and historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website: