Sun sign astrology

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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.

History[edit]

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 signs[edit]

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

(Modality)

Polarity Associated

Celestial Body

period of Sun sign with approx. dates

1/2 days variation[2][3]

Capricorn.svg Capricorn Capricorn The Goat Earth Cardinal Negative Saturn Winter Solstice (December 22) – the day before Great Cold
Aquarius.svg Aquarius Aquarian The Water-Bearer Air Fixed Positive Saturn Great Cold (January 20) – the day before Vernal Showers
Pisces.svg Pisces Piscean The Fish Water Mutable Negative Jupiter Vernal Showers (February 19) – the day before Vernal Equinox
Aries.svg Aries Arian/Arien The Ram Fire Cardinal Positive Mars Vernal Equinox (March 21) – the day before Corn Rain
Taurus.svg Taurus Taurean The Bull Earth Fixed Negative Venus Corn Rain (April 21) – the day before Corn Forms
Gemini.svg Gemini Geminian The Twins Air Mutable Positive Mercury Corn Forms (May 22) – the day before Summer Solstice
Cancer.svg Cancer Cancerian The Crab Water Cardinal Negative Moon Summer Solstice (June 22) – the day before Great Heat
Leo.svg Leo Leo The Lion Fire Fixed Positive Sun Great Heat (July 23) – the day before End of Heat
Virgo.svg Virgo Virgin The Maiden Earth Mutable Negative Mercury End of Heat (August 23) – the day before Autumnal Equinox
Libra.svg Libra Libran The Scales Air Cardinal Positive Venus Autumnal Equinox (September 24) – the day before First Frost
Scorpio.svg Scorpio Scorpio The Scorpion Water Fixed Negative Mars First Frost (October 23) – the day before Light Snow
Sagittarius.svg Sagittarius Sagittarian The Archer Fire Mutable Positive Jupiter Light Snow (November 23) – the day before Winter Solstice

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zodiac." McGraw–Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. The McGraw–Hill Companies, Inc., 2005. Answers.com 29 Nov. 2007. http://www.answers.com/topic/zodiac
  2. ^ a b "Astrology 101: What Are the Real Dates for Astrology Signs?". http://gryphonastrology.com. 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Astrology Chart Generator". http://astrologyweekly.com. 2004-04-27. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 

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