Derives from zōdiacus, Zodiac, or Zodiacal sign, is a belt-shaped region of the sky that stretches about 8 degrees north and south (in celestial latitude) of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun across the sky from one year to the next. The Moon and the major planets all travel along the same plane as the zodiac, within its belt.
In Western astrology, and formerly astronomy, the zodiac is divided into the following twelve signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Every one of them takes up 30 degrees of celestial longitude that make up Earth’s 360-degree orbit around the Sun. Each sign was named after a constellation the sun annually moved through while crossing the sky. This observation is emphasized in the simplified and popular sun sign astrology.A celestial coordinate system is formed by these astrological signs; more precisely, an ecliptic coordinate system is formed by using the ecliptic as the origin of latitude and the Sun’s position at vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.
Although modern astrological systems use a wide range of methods for dividing the sky into constellations, the Zodiac’s names and symbols remain largely stable. In contrast to Hindu astrology, which uses the equatorial plane as a reference, Western astrology uses the equinoxes and solstices (which correspond to the equal, longest, and shortest days of the tropical year) as reference points. In modern astronomy, the ecliptic coordinate system is still used for tracking Solar System objects.
So, this article provides a comprehensive overview of the zodiac signs and their meanings, as well as some key takeaways about the astrological signs you should keep in mind as you investigate your own birth chart.
Note: Information is Based on Wikipedia
What are the Zodiac Signs in Order from January to December?
Gloss: The Ram
Ruling Planet: Mars
Unicode character: ♈︎
One of the six positive signs of the zodiac, Aries is the first astrological sign in the zodiac, spanning the first 30 degrees of celestial longitude (0°≤ λ <30°), and originates from the Aries constellation. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this sign from approximately March 21 to April 19 each year. According to the tropical system of astrology, the Sun enters the sign of Aries when it reaches the March equinox, typically on March 21.
In astrology, Aries is the cardinal sign of the Fire trigon, along with Leo and Sagittarius, and its ruling planet is the Mars. In Greek Mythology, the symbol of the ram is based on the Chrysomallus, the flying ram that rescued Phrixus and Helle, the children of the Boeotian king Athamas and provided the Golden Fleece.
Gloss: The Bull
Ruling Planet: Venus
Unicode character: ♉︎
Taurus is the second astrological sign in the modern zodiac. It spans from 30° to 60° of the zodiac. This sign belongs to the Earth element or triplicity, and has a feminine or negative polarity, as well as a fixed modality, quality, or quadruplicity. It is a Venus-ruled sign along with Libra. The Moon is in its exaltation here at exactly 3°. The Sun transits this sign from approximately April 20 until May 20 in western astrology.
Associated with several myths and bull worship from several ancient cultures. Taurus was the first sign of the zodiac established among the Mesopotamians, who called it “The Great Bull of Heaven,” as it was the constellation through which the Sun rose on the vernal equinox at that time, that is the Early Bronze Age, from about 4000 BC to 1700 BC.
Gloss: The Twins
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Unicode character: ♊︎
Gemini is the third astrological sign in the zodiac. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this sign between about May 21 to June 21. Gemini is represented by the twins, Castor and Pollux, known as the Dioscuri in Greek mythology. It is a positive, mutable sign.
Gloss: The Crab
Ruling Planet: Moon
Unicode character: ♋︎
Cancer is the fourth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Cancer. It spans from 90° to 120° celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately June 22 and July 22. In astrology, Cancer is the cardinal sign of the Water trigon, which is made up of Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio. It is one of the six negative signs, and its ruling planet is the Moon. Though some depictions of Cancer feature a lobster or crayfish, the sign is most often represented by the crab, based on the Karkinos. Cancer’s opposite sign is Capricorn.
Gloss: The Lion
Ruling Planet: Sun
Unicode character: ♌︎
Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. It corresponds to the constellation Leo and comes after Cancer and before Virgo. The traditional Western zodiac associates Leo with the period between about July 23 and August 23, and the sign spans the 120th to 150th degree of celestial longitude. Leo is associated with fire, accompanied by Aries and Sagittarius, and its modality is fixed. The constellation Leo is associated with the mythological Nemean lion. The lion is a very important and prominent symbol in Greek mythology.
Gloss: The Maiden
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Unicode character: ♍︎
Virgo is the sixth astrological sign in the zodiac. It spans the 150–180th degree of the zodiac. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area, on average, between August 23 and September 22. Depending on the system of astrology, individuals born during these dates may be called Virgos or Virgoans. The sign is associated with Astraea. In Greek mythology, Astraea was the last immortal to abandon Earth at the end of the Silver Age. This was when the gods fled to Olympus – hence the sign’s association with Earth. She became the constellation of Virgo. Virgo is one of the three Earth signs, along with Capricorn and Taurus.
Gloss: The Scales
Ruling Planet: Venus
Unicode character: ♎︎
Libra is the seventh astrological sign in the zodiac. It spans 180°–210° celestial longitude. The Sun transits this sign on average between September 22 and October 23. The symbol of the scales is based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom. She became the inspiration for modern depictions of Lady Justice. The ruling planet of Libra is Venus. Libra is the only zodiac sign that is represented by an object; with the other eleven signs represented by either an animal or mythological character.
Gloss: The Scorpion
Ruling Planet: Pluto (or) Mars
Unicode character: ♏︎
Scorpio is the eighth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Scorpius. It spans 210°–240° ecliptic longitude. Under the tropical zodiac (most commonly used in Western astrology), the Sun transits this sign on average from October 23 to November 21. Depending on which zodiac system one uses, someone born under the influence of Scorpio may be called a Scorpio or a Scorpionic.
Gloss: The Archer (Centaur)
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Unicode character: ♐︎
Sagittarius is the ninth astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Sagittarius and spans 240–270th degrees of the zodiac. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this sign between approximately November 22 and December 21. Greek mythology associates Sagittarius with the centaur Chiron, who mentored Achilles, a Greek hero of the Trojan War, in archery. Sagittarius, the half human and half horse, is the centaur of mythology, the learned healer whose higher intelligence forms a bridge between Earth and Heaven. Also known as the Archer, Sagittarius is represented by the symbol of a bow and arrow.
Gloss: The Goat
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Unicode character: ♑︎
Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac out of twelve total zodiac signs, originating from the constellation of Capricornus, the goat. It spans the 270–300th degree of the zodiac, corresponding to celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this area from about December 22 to January 19. In astrology, Capricorn is considered an earth sign, negative sign, and one of the four cardinal signs. Capricorn is said to be ruled by the planet Saturn. There appears to be a connection between traditional characterizations of Capricorn as a sea goat and the Sumerian god of wisdom and waters, who also had the head and upper body of a goat and the lower body and tail of a fish. Later known as Ea in Akkadian and Babylonian mythology, Enki was the god of intelligence (gestú, literally “ear”), creation, crafts; magic; water, seawater and lake water.
Gloss: The Water-bearer
Ruling Planet: Uranus or Saturn
Unicode character: ♒︎
Aquarius is the eleventh astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation Aquarius. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in the Aquarius sign between about January 20 and about February 18.
Aquarius is also associated with the Age of Aquarius, a concept popular in 1960s counterculture. Despite this prominence, the Age of Aquarius will not dawn until the year 2597, as an astrological age does not begin until the Sun is in a particular constellation on the vernal equinox.
Gloss: The Fish
Ruling Planet: Neptune or Jupiter
Unicode character: ♓︎
Pisces is the twelfth and final astrological sign in the zodiac. It is a negative, mutable sign. It spans 330° to 360° of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this area between February 19 and March 20. In classical interpretations, the symbol of the fish is derived from the ichthyocentaurs, who aided Aphrodite when she was born from the sea. According to some tropical astrologers, the current astrological age is the Age of Pisces, while others maintain that currently it is the Age of Aquarius.
What are The Symbols for the 12 Zodiac Signs in Order?
Here is the list of the 12 Zodiac Symbols in Order:
Zodiac Signs by Month and Date
The Equinox happens between March 19 and March 21, but the exact date changes from year to year. As the Gregorian calendar moves along with the tropical year, the exact times and dates on the Gregorian calendar change a little from year to year. In the recent past and near future, these changes have been less than two days apart. It happened on March 19 in 1796 and will happen again on March 19 in 2044. Since 2008, the spring equinox has been on March 20 UT, and it will continue to be on that date until 2043.
Here is the list of Zodiac Signs by Date and Month:
- ♈ Aries (Ram): March 21–April 19
- ♉ Taurus (Bull): April 20–May 20
- ♊ Gemini (Twins): May 21–June 21
- ♋ Cancer (Crab): June 22–July 22
- ♌ Leo (Lion): July 23–August 22
- ♍ Virgo (Virgin): August 23–September 22
- ♎ Libra (Balance): September 23–October 23
- ♏ Scorpius (Scorpion): October 24–November 21
- ♐ Sagittarius (Archer): November 22–December 21
- ♑ Capricornus (Goat): December 22–January 19
- ♒ Aquarius (Water Bearer): January 20–February 18
- ♓ Pisces (Fish): February 19–March 20
Zodiac Signs FAQ’s:
1. What are the 6 Positive Zodiac Signs?
Ans — Positive polarity signs, also called active, yang, expressive, or masculine signs, are the six odd-numbered signs of the zodiac: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. Positive signs make up the fire and air triplicities.
2. What are the 6 Negative Zodiac Signs?
Ans — Negative polarity signs, also called passive, yin, receptive, or feminine signs, are the six even-numbered signs of the zodiac: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces. Negative signs make up the earth and water triplicities.
3. What are the 3 zodiac types?
The modality or mode of a given sign refers to its position in the season it is found in. Each of the four elements manifests in three modalities:
4. What are the 3 main zodiac signs?
Your big three refers to your Sun, Moon, and Rising (or ascendant) placements on your natal chart. Your natal chart is where the planets, moon, and sun were aligned in the sky at the time, date, and location of your birth.
5. Why do we have 2 zodiac signs?
There is only one correct response, regardless of your date of birth. If you were born on the cusp—that is, on the day when the Sun transitioned from one zodiac sign to the next—you may experience a blend of characteristics from both signs.
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