Astrology Symbols

Heavenly bodies, their positions relative to one another and their movements across the skies at the time of a person’s birth are believed to have an effect on every aspect of that person’s life. The study of this relationship between astronomical phenomena and our life on earth is called astrology.

Astrology goes as far back as the 3rd millennium BCE and was considered a scholarly occupation closely related to astronomy, meteorology, medicine and alchemy. The study has produced hundreds of symbols that have been used throughout the ages to interpret events and predict the future.

The Planets

The sun and the moon are considered planets in astrology. Earth is not included because everything is viewed from this position.

Moon   Sun  
Mercury   Venus  
Mars   Jupiter  
Saturn   Uranus  
Neptune   Pluto  

The 12 Astrological Signs

The 12 signs of the Zodiac can be classified as positive or negative, active or passive and masculine or feminine. Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra and Sagittarius are masculine signs. Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio and Capricorn are feminine signs.

Aries   Taurus  
Gemini   Cancer  
Leo   Virgo  
Libra   Scorpio  
Sagittarius   Capricorn  
Aquarius   Pisces  


The planets in a horoscope have angular relationships called “aspects”. Aspects are actually angles that the planets make relative to each other. These angles influence how they work together. These relationships are either “neutral”, “dynamic” or “harmonic”. Astrological traditions hold that these aspects indicate when transitions and developmental changes will occur in the lives of the people on Earth.

• Major Aspects

The major aspects can divide 360 degrees evenly, and are themselves divisible by 10.

Conjunction - 0°   Opposition - 180°   Square - 90°  
Trine - 120°       Sextil - 60°  

• Minor Aspects

The minor aspects are sub-divisions of, and add depth and detail to the overall outlook.

Semisquare - 45°, disharmonious   Sesquisquare - 135°, disharmonious  
Semisextil - 30°, neutral   Quincunx or Inconjunct - 150°, neutral  
Quintile - 72°, harmonious   Biquintil - 144°, harmonious  

Miscellaneous Symbols

There are various other astrological symbols that are used to denote comets, asteroids, etc. They are also studied alongside the planets in making overall predictions about the fate of the people on earth.

Ascendant   Midheaven   Ascending Node  
Descending Node   Black Moon Lilith   Retrograde Motion  
Comet   2 Pallas   10 Hygiea  
3 Juno   4 Vesta   2060 Chiron  

Solar Cross
Solar Cross


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