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.[citation needed]

Sun signsEdit

The following table[1] 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).[2][3] 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


Polarity Associated

celestial body

Period of sun sign with approx. dates

1/2 days variation[2][3]

  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)[4] – the day before Summer Solstice
  Cancer Cancerian The Crab Water Cardinal Negative Moon Summer Solstice (June 21)[4] – 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)[4] – 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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Zodiac." McGraw–Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. The McGraw–Hill Companies, Inc., 2005. 29 Nov. 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Astrology 101: What Are the Real Dates for Astrology Signs?". 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  3. ^ a b "Astrology Chart Generator". 2004-04-27. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  4. ^ a b c Zerner, Amy (2014). Sun Sign Secrets: The Complete Astrology Guide to Love, Work, and Your Future. 665 Third Street Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94107: Weiser Books. pp. 42, 64, 127. ISBN 9781578635610.CS1 maint: location (link)

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