Zodiac Sign Astrology

Zodiac Sign Meanings

Character Traits of the Twelve Star Signs

The Zodiac symbols.

Twelve Zodiac Signs - Twelve Basic Characters

The 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 Horoscope

The 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 Zodiac

Your Sun sign or Star sign is your Zodiac sign.Your 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 Zodiac

In 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 Quality

The 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:

  1. Fire   activity
  2. Earth   materialism
  3. Air   thought
  4. Water   emotions
       Since there are twelve Zodiac signs and four elements, three signs belong to each element. There are also three different basic qualities that signs have, expessing their major tendency:

  1. Cardinal   leading
  2. Fixed   static
  3. Mutable   following
       Four elements and three qualities make twelve possible combinations. So, each Zodiac sign has its own unique combination of element and quality.

The Zodiac, Barozzi 1585.
The Zodiac, its images and symbols. From a book by Barozzi, 1585.

The Twelve Zodiac Signs and Their Traits

Here 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.

Aries Glyph


English name: The Ram
Aries sign (glyph). Keywords: challenging, impulsive
Motto: "I am."
Ruler: Mars
Exalted: the sun
Element: Fire
Quality: Cardinal
Sun sign dates: March 21 - April 19
For much more about the Aries Zodiac sign, click here.

Taurus Glyph


English name: The Bull
Taurus sign (glyph). Keywords: conservative, concrete
Motto: "I have."
Ruler: Venus
Exalted: the moon
Element: Earth
Quality: Fixed
Sun sign dates: April 20 - May 20
For much more about the Taurus Zodiac sign, click here.

Gemini Glyph


English name: The Twins
Gemini sign (glyph). Keywords: communicative, playful
Motto: "I think."
Ruler: Mercury
Exalted: Jupiter
Element: Air
Quality: Mutable
Sun sign dates: May 21 - June 20
For much more about the Gemini Zodiac sign, click here.

Cancer Glyph


English name: The Crab
Cancer sign (glyph). Keywords: caring, sensitive
Motto: "I feel."
Ruler: the moon
Exalted: Venus
Element: Water
Quality: Cardinal
Sun sign dates: June 21 - July 22
For much more about the Cancer Zodiac sign, click here.

Leo Glyph


English name: The Lion
Leo sign (glyph). Keywords: dominant, proud
Motto: "I want."
Ruler: the sun
Exalted: Pluto
Element: Fire
Quality: Fixed
Sun sign dates: July 23 - August 22
For much more about the Leo Zodiac sign, click here.

Virgo Glyph


English name: The Maiden (or Virgin)
Virgo sign (glyph). Keywords: careful, minute
Motto: "I scrutinize."
Ruler: Mercury
Exalted: Venus
Element: Earth
Quality: Mutable
Sun sign dates: August 23 - September 22
For much more about the Virgo Zodiac sign, click here.

Libra Glyph


English name: The Scales
Libra sign (glyph). Keywords: negotiating, ethical
Motto: "I balance."
Ruler: Venus
Exalted: Mercury
Element: Air
Quality: Cardinal
Sun sign dates: September 23 - October 22
For much more about the Libra Zodiac sign, click here.

Scorpio Glyph


English name: The Scorpion
Scorpio sign (glyph). Keywords: hidden, passionate
Motto: "I wish."
Ruler: Pluto
Exalted: Neptune
Element: Water
Quality: Fixed
Sun sign dates: October 23 - November 21
For much more about the Scorpio Zodiac sign, click here.

Sagittarius Glyph


English name: The Archer
Sagittarius sign (glyph). Keywords: impatient, independent
Motto: "I see."
Ruler: Jupiter
Exalted: Uranus
Element: Fire
Quality: Mutable
Sun sign dates: November 22 - December 21
For much more about the Sagittarius Zodiac sign, click here.

Capricorn Glyph


English name: The Goat (or Sea-Goat)
Capricorn sign (glyph). Keywords: ambitious, decisive
Motto: "I use."
Ruler: Saturn
Exalted: Mars
Element: Earth
Quality: Cardinal
Sun sign dates: December 22 - January 19
For much more about the Capricorn Zodiac sign, click here.

Aquarius Glyph


English name: The Water-Bearer
Aquarius sign (glyph). Keywords: profund, original
Motto: "I know."
Ruler: Uranus
Exalted: Saturn
Element: Air
Quality: Fixed
Sun sign dates: January 20 - February 19
For much more about the Aquarius Zodiac sign, click here.

Pisces Glyph


English name: The Fish
Pisces sign (glyph). Keywords: searching, submissive
Motto: "I believe."
Ruler: Neptune
Exalted: Mercury
Element: Water
Quality: Mutable
Sun sign dates: February 20 - March 20
For much more about the Pisces Zodiac sign, click here.

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