Astrological sign

The twelve signs of the zodiac, miniatures from a book of hours. (The Sky: Order and Chaos by Jean-Pierre Verdet, from the 'New Horizons' series)
The twelve ecliptic signs. Each dot marks the start of a sign and they are separated by 30°. The intersection of the celestial equator and the ecliptic define the equinoctial points: First Point of Aries ([[Image:Aries.svg|11px]]) and First Point of Libra ([[Image:Libra.svg|11px]]). The great circle containing the celestial poles and the ecliptic poles (P and P'), intersect the ecliptic at 0° Cancer ([[Image:Cancer.svg|11px]]) and 0° Capricorn ([[Image:Capricorn.svg|12px]]). In this illustration, the Sun is schematically positioned at the start of Aquarius ([[Image:Aquarius.svg|11px]]).
The planets' sign positions on May 16, 2012. The signs are colored according to the associated element. Each planet is represented by a glyph next to its longitude within the sign. Additional symbols may be added to represent apparent retrograde motion (Retrograde symbol.svg), or apparent stationary moment (shift from retrograde to direct, or vice versa: S).
Representation of the western astrological signs in a 1716 Acta Eruditorum table illustration
Chart showing the 24 cardinal directions and the symbols of the sign associated with them.
thumb|Aries at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Taurus at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Gemini at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Cancer at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Leo at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Virgo at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Libra at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Scorpio at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Sagittarius at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Capricornus at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Aquarius at the Wisconsin State Capitol
thumb|Pisces at the Wisconsin State Capitol

In Western astrology, astrological signs are the twelve 30-degree sectors that make up Earth's 360-degree orbit around the Sun.

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Libra (astrology)

Libra adorning one side of the Meridian solar line of Basilica Santa Maria Degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome, built by Francesco Bianchini (1702)
Illustration of Libra in a Flemish manuscript from the early 1460s
Libra, or al-Mīzān, depicted in the 14th/15th century Arabic astrological text Book of Wonders
A woman holding the scales (Book of Hours, the {{Ill|Fastolf Master|fr|Maître de Fastolf}}, Bodleian Library)

Libra is the seventh astrological sign in the zodiac.

Capricorn (astrology)

Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac out of twelve total zodiac signs, originating from the constellation of Capricornus, the horned goat.

Virgo (astrology)

Virgo () (Greek: Παρθένος, Parthenos) is the sixth astrological sign in the Zodiac.

Scorpio (astrology)

Mosaic in Maltezana near Analipsi, Astypalaia, 5th century CE.
Scorpio adorning a building in Hamburg, Germany, designed by sculptor Richard Kuöhl.
A mosaic in a residential complex in the Jedlesee district of Vienna.

Scorpio () is the eighth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Scorpius.


Belt-shaped region of the sky that extends approximately 8° north or south of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year.

Modern zodiac wheel showing the 12 signs used in horoscopic astrology
A 6th century mosaic zodiac wheel in a synagogue, incorporating Greek-Byzantine elements, Beit Alpha, Israel
Zodiac circle with planets, c.1000 – NLW MS 735C
The 1st century BC Dendera zodiac (19th-century engraving)
Angers Cathedral South Rose Window of Christ (centre) with elders (bottom half) and zodiac (top half). Medieval stained glass by Andre Robin after the fire of 1451
Ottoman-style sundial with folded gnomon and compass. The sundial features engraved toponyms in Arabic and zodiac symbols. Debbane Palace museum, Lebanon
A volvella of the moon. A volvella is a moveable device for working out the position of the Sun and Moon in the zodiac, 15th century
17th-century fresco of Christ in the zodiac circle, Cathedral of Living Pillar, Georgia
The zodiac signs in a 16th-century woodcut
Depiction of the southern hemisphere constellations in an 11th-century French manuscript (from the Limoges area, probably in the milieu of Adémar de Chabannes, fl. 1020–1034)
The Earth in its orbit around the Sun causes the Sun to appear on the celestial sphere moving along the ecliptic (red), which is tilted 23.44° with respect to the celestial equator (blue-white).
18th c. star map illustrating how the feet of Ophiuchus cross the ecliptic.
Astrophotos of the twelve zodiac constellations
Path taken by the point of the March equinox along the ecliptic over the past 6,000 years

In Western astrology, and formerly astronomy, the zodiac is divided into twelve signs, each occupying 30° of celestial longitude and roughly corresponding to the star constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

Sagittarius (astrology)

A medieval Sagittarius found in the Church of Notre-Dame, Sablières, France
Sagittarius as depicted in the 14th-/15th-century Arabic astrology text Book of Wonders
Sagittarius from a 1512 German woodcut
A symbolic representation of Sagittarius published in Uranographia by Johann Elert Bode. In tropical astrology, there is no correspondence between the constellation and the astrological signs

Sagittarius (Greek: Τοξότης Toxótēs, Latin: Sagittarius) is the ninth astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Sagittarius and spans 240–270th degrees of the zodiac.

Aquarius (astrology)

Aquarius () is the eleventh astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation Aquarius.

Pisces (astrology)

"A cord joins the tails of Pisces, the two fishes," from Atlas Coelestis.
Early Christian inscription ichthys carved with Greek letters into marble in the ancient Greek ruins of Ephesus, Turkey.
Žuvys (Pisces) by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis.

Pisces () ( Ikhthyes) is the twelfth and final astrological sign in the zodiac.

Planets in astrology

In astrology, planets have a meaning different from the astronomical understanding of what a planet is.

The geocentric Ptolemaic system of the universe depicted by Andreas Cellarius, 1660–1661
Conceptual framework for classical astrology
Luna or Diana, wearing a crescent-moon crown and driving her ox-drawn chariot (biga), on the Parabiago plate (2nd–5th centuries AD)
Full Moon
Flying Mercury (late 16th-century) by Giambologna
The planet Mercury
Venus, wearing the sign of Libra on her midsection, and Taurus at her feet, at Cardiff Castle, Wales
The planet Venus
Helios on a relief from Ilion (Troy), early 4th century BC
The Sun, the star at the center of the Solar System
Early 18th-century illustration of Mars (al-mirrikh) for the Bestiary of Zakariya al-Qazwini (Walters Art Museum)
The planet Mars
Jupiter enthroned, with the symbols of Pisces and Sagittarius at his feet (woodcut by Johannes Regiomontanus, 1512)
The planet Jupiter
Saturn, with Capricorn and Aquarius at his feet and the New Year in his arms, from The Seven Planets with the Signs of the Zodiac (1539) by Hans Sebald Beham
The planet Saturn
Syncretic figure of Aion-Uranus standing within a zodiac wheel, with a reclining Earth goddess and four children representing the Seasons (Roman-era mosaic from Sentinum, AD 200-250)
The planet Uranus
The planet Neptune
Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto, ceiling mural (ca. 1597) created by Caravaggio for a room adjacent to the alchemical distillery of Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte: hovering around a translucent globe that represents the world are Jupiter with his eagle, Neptune holding a bident, and Pluto with a horse and Cerberus
Pluto as captured by the New Horizons craft on 14 July 2015, in near true color.
The Thema Mundi

They express themselves with different qualities in the twelve signs of the zodiac and in the twelve houses.

Western astrology

System of astrology most popular in Western countries.

Robert Fludd's 16th-century illustration of man the microcosm within the universal macrocosm
The Thema Mundi

Over time they developed the system of twelve signs of the zodiac, based on twelve of the constellations through which the sun passes throughout the year, those constellations that are "Enlightened by the mind".