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Zodiac Signs, Astrology and Astronomy Explained

Astrology interprets the influence that the Sun and Moon have while they are in a specific zodiacal sign. Astrology is based on the concept that there are 12 signs of the zodiac, measuring 30 degrees each, along the astrological circle.

However, because the astrological placement does not take into account the precession of the equinoxes (the “wobble” that the Earth’s axis describes over a 26,000-year interval), the Moon’s place according to astrology differs considerably from its physical place according to astronomy.

View upcoming dates for the Moon’s Astrological place in the zodiac »

Astronomy is the scientific interpretation of matter in space. The Moon can wander into a few astronomical constellations that are not members of the zodiac. These constellations include: Sextans, (SXT); and Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer (OPH)

Aries - Ram
Ram
Aries
Head & Face
Mar. 20 at 1 p.m.
to Apr. 20 at 12 a.m.
The Zodiac Man of Many Signs
Taurus - Bull
Bull
Taurus
Neck
Apr. 20 at 12 a.m.
to May 20 at 11 p.m.
Gemini - Twins
Twins
Gemini
Arms
May 20 at 11 p.m.
to Jun. 21 at 7 a.m.
Signs of the Zodiac from Farmers' Almanac
Cancer - Crab
Crab
Cancer
Breast
Jun. 21 at 7 a.m.
to Jul. 22 at 6 p.m.
Leo - Lion
Lion
Leo
Heart
Jul. 22 at 6 p.m.
to Aug. 23 at 1 a.m.
Virgo - Virgin
Virgin
Virgo
Bowels
Aug. 23 at 1 a.m.
to Sep. 22 at 10 p.m.
Libra - Balance
Balance
Libra
Reins
Sep. 22 at 10 p.m.
to Oct. 23 at 8 a.m.
Scorpio - Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpio
Secrets
Oct. 23 at 8 a.m.
to Nov. 22 at 5 a.m.
Sagittarius - Archer
Archer
Sagittarius
Thighs
Nov. 22 at 5 a.m.
to Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.
Capricorn - Goat
Goat
Capricorn
Knees
Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.
to Jan. 20, 2015 at 5 a.m.
Aquarius - Waterman
Waterman
Aquarius
Legs
Jan. 19 at 10 p.m.
to Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
Pisces - Fishes
Fishes
Pisces
Feet
Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
to Mar. 20 at 1 p.m.

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