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)

The Man of Many Signs

Astrologers associate the signs of the zodiac with specific parts of the body, believing that these signs have an effect on those parts. The dates listed on both sides are the Sun’s place in each astrological sign.

The following is a brief description of the quality and rulership of the Zodiacal Signs, their nature and character, whether fruitful (productive) or barren; dry or moist; masculine or feminine; fixed, movable or flexible; earthly, airy, fiery or watery.
CAPRICORN (December 22–31 and January 1–19). Earthly, feminine, movable, somewhat productive. Related to the knees, spleen, skin, hair, teeth, and bones. Planetary ruler is Saturn.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Airy, masculine, fixed; inclined to be barren. Related to the calves, ankles, blood, nervous system. Planetary ruler is Uranus.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). Watery, feminine, flexible, fruitful. Related to the feet. Planetary ruler is Neptune.

ARIES (March 21–April 19) Fiery, masculine, movable. Tends toward dryness and barrenness. Related to the head, brain, and face. Planetary ruler is Pluto (Mars).
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Earthly, feminine, fixed. Is moist and productive. Related to the throat, nasal passages and neck. Planetary ruler is Venus.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Airy, masculine, flexible, barren. Related to hands, arms, shoulders, collar-bone, lungs, and nervous system. Planetary ruler is Mercury.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Watery, feminine, movable, very fruitful. Related to the breasts, stomach, and mouth. Ruler is the moon.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Fiery, masculine, fixed, barren. Related to the heart, sides and upper part of the back. Ruler is the Sun.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). Earthly, feminine, flexible, barren. Related to the intestines bowels and solar-plexus. Planetary ruler is Mercury.
LIBRA (September 23–October 22). Airy, masculine, movable, semi-fruitful. Related to the kidneys, veins, loins, ovaries, and lower part of the back. Planetary ruler is Venus.
SCORPIO (October 23–November 21). Watery, feminine, fixed, fruitful. Related to sex organs and bladder. Planetary ruler is Mars (Pluto).
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). Fiery, masculine, flexible; considered barren. Related to the liver, hips, and thighs. Planetary ruler is Jupiter.

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Nicole Browder
Nicole Browder
2 days ago

You forgot Aries

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
1 day ago
Reply to  Nicole Browder

Hi Nicole, no, it’s there! Second one down.

Barbara A Whitmire
Barbara A Whitmire
21 days ago

How can you tell if the signs are going down from the head or up towards the head?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
20 days ago

Hi Barbara, not sure what you mean? The chart is just labeling the areas. Each part of the body is assigned a sign.

T M Turner
T M Turner
28 days ago

I want to know what is meant by these signs and how can I explain what is meant?

Susan Higgins
Susan Higgins
27 days ago
Reply to  T M Turner

Hi TM Turner, we have updated the page to provide more information.

1 month ago