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.


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 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

Approx. period of Sun sign

1/2 days variation[2][3]

Capricorn.svg Capricorn Capricorn The Goat Earth Cardinal Negative Saturn December 22 – January 20
Aquarius.svg Aquarius Aquarian The Water-Bearer Air Fixed Positive Saturn January 21 – February 19
Pisces.svg Pisces Piscean The Fish Water Mutable Negative Jupiter February 20 – March 20
Aries.svg Aries Arian/Arien The Ram Fire Cardinal Positive Mars March 21 – April 20
Taurus.svg Taurus Taurean The Bull Earth Fixed Negative Venus April 21 – May 20
Gemini.svg Gemini Geminian The Twins Air Mutable Positive Mercury May 21 – June 20
Cancer.svg Cancer Cancerian The Crab Water Cardinal Negative Moon June 21 – July 21
Leo.svg Leo Leo The Lion Fire Fixed Positive Sun July 22 – August 21
Virgo.svg Virgo Virgin The Maiden Earth Mutable Negative Mercury August 22 – September 21
Libra.svg Libra Libran The Scales Air Cardinal Positive Venus September 22 – October 21
Scorpio.svg Scorpio Scorpio The Scorpion Water Fixed Negative Mars October 22 – November 22
Sagittarius.svg Sagittarius Sagittarian The Archer Fire Mutable Positive Jupiter November 23 – December 21


  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. 

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