Sun sign astrology
Sun sign astrology is the form of astrology most commonly found in many newspaper and magazine columns. It is a simplified system of astrology which considers only the position of the Sun at birth, which is said to be placed within one of the twelve zodiac signs. This sign is then called the sun sign or star sign of the person born in that twelfth-part of the year.
Sun sign astrologers take this basic twelve-fold division and relate all the current movements of all the planets to each other, using traditional rules to divine meanings for each sign separately. Because the Moon has the fastest apparent movement of all the heavenly bodies, it is often used as the main indicator of daily trends for sun sign astrology forecasts.
Although William Lilly in the 17th century was the first newspaper astrologer, sun sign astrology was not invented until 1930. The astrologer R. H. Naylor was claimed by his newspaper to have predicted the crash of the R101 airship. This led to pressure on Naylor to come up with a simplified system of astrology suitable for a newspaper column. After some experimentation, Naylor decided on sun signs.
The following table shows the zodiac names in Latin, with their English translation and the individuals' names. It also shows the element and quality associated with each sign. The starting and ending dates of the sun sign are approximate, as they may differ from one year to another (by a day or so), due to the fact that the earth's orbit around the sun is not synchronous with earth's rotation (one year does not comprehend a whole number of days). The exact date and time of sign entrance/exit (which is corresponded to the 12 "mid-climates" within Chinese lunisolar calendar) must be obtained with appropriate software or with the help of an ephemeris.
|Symbol||Sign names||Individuals' names||English name||Element||Quality
|period of Sun sign with approx. dates|
|Capricorn||Capricorn||The Mountain Sea-Goat||Earth||Cardinal||Negative||Saturn||Winter Solstice (December 22) – the day before Great Cold|
|Aquarius||Aquarian||The Water-Bearer||Air||Fixed||Positive||Uranus (Saturn)||Great Cold (January 20) – the day before Vernal Showers|
|Pisces||Piscean||The Fish||Water||Mutable||Negative||Neptune (Jupiter)||Vernal Showers (February 19) – the day before Vernal Equinox|
|Aries||Arian/Arien||The Ram||Fire||Cardinal||Positive||Mars (Pluto)||Vernal Equinox (March 21) – the day before Corn Rain|
|Taurus||Taurean||The Bull||Earth||Fixed||Negative||Venus/Earth||Corn Rain (April 20 – the day before Corn Forms|
|Gemini||Geminian||The Twins||Air||Mutable||Positive||Mercury||Corn Forms (May 21) – the day before Summer Solstice|
|Cancer||Cancerian||The Crab||Water||Cardinal||Negative||Moon||Summer Solstice (June 21) – the day before Great Heat|
|Leo||Leo||The Lion||Fire||Fixed||Positive||Sun||Great Heat (July 24) – the day before End of Heat|
|Virgo||Virgin||The Maiden||Earth||Mutable||Negative||Mercury||End of Heat (August 23) – the day before Autumnal Equinox|
|Libra||Libran||The Scales||Air||Cardinal||Positive||Venus||Autumnal Equinox (September 23) – the day before First Frost|
|Scorpio||Scorpio||The Scorpion||Water||Fixed||Negative||Pluto (Mars)||First Frost (October 23) – the day before Light Snow|
|Sagittarius||Sagittarian||The Archer||Fire||Mutable||Positive||Jupiter||Light Snow (November 23) – the day before Winter Solstice|
- Traditional planets in brackets
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