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What is a sign of the zodiac?
The signs of the zodiac are the backbone of all significant astrological sciences – the western or occidental horoscope, too. Even most of the people who are not interested in astrology know in which sign of the zodiac they were born. To understand what a sign of the zodiac is we need to visualize first of all the celestial path of our Sun from a view from our planet. Apparently, she seems to go in an orbit over the hemisphere of the sky – this orbit is called ecliptic.
On both sides of the ecliptic there is a zone of 20 degree width in which, besides the mentioned path of the Sun, also the paths of the Moon and the planets of our solar system run. This zone is called zodiac. In this zone there are twelve different constellations which give the signs of the zodiac their names.
When a person is born, astrology looks at the sky in the moment of the birth from the place of birth: the sign of the zodiac in which the Sun is at this time, is the sign of the zodiac of which the person is born. As the monthly rhythm changes into another sign of the zodiac the cycle of all twelve lasts exactly one year.
The lead off of the signs of the zodiac begins with Aries (3/21 – 4/20) who gets a lot of energy of spring. This makes him very bold and even strident. The sociable Taurus (4/21 – 5/21) is much more peaceful and keeps his cool most of the time. Who is born in the sign of the zodiac of Gemini (5/22 – 6/21) is said to be very eloquent but also a bit hectic and inconsistent. Cancers (6/22 – 7/22) on the other hand, are vulnerable and reserved people who need especially much love. Leos (7/23 – 8/23) present themselves as proud and dominant persons that like to be in the center of attention and also like to be admired. Virgos (8/24 – 9/23) are considered to be diligent, dutiful, orderly and economical signs of the zodiac.
Fall starts with the Libras (9/24 – 10/23) who have a special sense for beauty but are also known to have difficulties in making decisions. Scorpios (10/24 – 11/22) are mostly ambitious but also very resentful persons. People who are born in the sign of the zodiac of Sagittarius (11/23 – 12/21) tend to be get itchy feet quite often and therefore travel a lot. This would be unpleasant for the reserved Capricorn (12/22 – 1/20) who has a distinct suspicion. Aquarius is said to be an especially eccentric and unconventional sign of the zodiac. And the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces (2/20 – 3/20), is an artistically gifted romantic.
As the occidental astrology also includes the Greek doctrine of the for elements for the characterization of a person, the signs of the zodiac Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are signs of earth, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are fire signs, the signs of the zodiac Gemini, Virgo and Aquarius are air signs and Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are water signs.
The ascendants play an important role for the signs of the zodiac. The term ascendant derives from the Latin word “ascendere“ (ascend) and describes the sign that ascends at the time of birth on the eastern horizon looked at from the birthplace. Through the rotation of the earth each sign of the zodiac ascends once in 24 hours. Thus the horoscope changes the ascendant very two hours, in average. Even more important for a precise astrological interpretation is the exact knowledge of the time and place of birth.