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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)

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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Do you think a gemini woman and cancer man are a good match and can have a long lasting relationship?

Susan Higgins

Hi Jade, that’s not really our area of expertise. But good luck!


I’m a gemini woman and my husband is a cancer. We’ve been married for 10 years. We have to work at it because we are so different. If you’re willing to put in the work, compromise with each other, and truly love each other, you can have a long lasting relationship.


Do you think Aries and cancer can be together forever in a relationship if they argue all the time but love each other very much and been together for ten years today it’s our anniversary Valentine’s Day

Debra MM



When in February will the moon be in the foot

Sandi Duncan

Hi Alisa,
Here is a helpful link you should bookmark that shows you where the moon is according to body parts –

Nicole Browder

You forgot Aries

Susan Higgins

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

Barbara A Whitmire

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

Susan Higgins

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

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

Susan Higgins

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



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