The Sun – Symbol of Consciousness
Brilliant psychologist Carl Jung once said:
Our awareness continues to develop throughout life as we meet life’s challenges, and many of these challenges are associated with our sun signs. The art of astrology is helping us to gain awareness – and therefore all about helping us grow.
Zodiac symbols hold important secrets to understanding astrology. They tell a bigger story representing the essence of each sign, as well as its place in the zodiac. Astrologers use zodiac symbols to identify sun signs, or the sign a planet is passing through at a particular time. And once your awareness of Zodiac signs is raised you’ll see them everywhere – perhaps even tattooed onto your lover’s torso…
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Aries / Mars
The Zodiac symbol for Aries is the Ram. The ram is an aggressive, adventurous and indefatigable animal. The energy and assertive, feisty qualities of the ram are depicted by the horns and well suited to the Aries personality. Another interpretation of the symbol of the ram is that it resembles the eyebrows and nose of a human face. Aries rules the head, and is traditionally thought to be a stubborn and headstrong sign – acting first and thinking later. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and like a child ever ready to start afresh and set off on new journeys.
Zodiac Symbols for Aries: Warriors, the military, the head, rams, horns, fire, heat, rashes, babies and young people.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Taurus / Venus
The Zodiac symbol for Taurus is the Bull. The Taurus symbol shows the round face and upwardly curving horns of the bull – a magnificent animal that is hard to budge. The bull is possessive about its space; dangerous when roused; but can also be lazy and slow moving. Taureans can be very concerned with material security, and acquiring wealth. They are possessive and find change particularly challenging. The Chaldeans, Ancient Egyptians and the Greeks are all associated with the mythology of the bull-king, and these ancient cultures are riddled with bull symbolism.
Zodiac Symbols for Taurus:
Gardens, farmers and farming, the throat, fruit, massage, bulls, earth/dirt, luxury items such as jewels.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Gemini / Mercury
The Gemini symbol for Gemini is the Twins. The sign of the Twins is symbolised by two upright ‘I’’s, rather like the Roman numeral II. Gemini is a dual sign, and represents all forms of duality: light and dark, optimism and pessimism, silent and talkative. Geminis are versatile and sociable but prone to rapid mood changes and fluctuating energy levels. Those close to Geminis often feel as though they are living or working with two different people.
Zodiac Symbols for Gemini:
Twins, talking, thieves, teachers, students, neighbours, teenagers, siblings, butterflies (and other flying insects), the lungs.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Cancer / Moon
The Cancer symbol is the Crab. Two circles with tails represent the crab with its powerful, curving claws, or alternatively, a woman’s breasts. The breasts symbolize motherhood and nourishment – which are key Cancerian issues, while the crab symbol suggests the sidelong approach and incredible tenacity associated with this Zodiac sign. The crab’s hard shell protects its vulnerable interior too. Cancerians are usually butter-soft within, but very protective of their own emotions.
Zodiac Symbols for Cancer:
mothers, breasts, the stomach, cooks / chefs, babies and children, the moon, food, the ocean, crabs.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Leo / Sun
The Zodiac symbol for Leo is the Lion. A curving line represents the mane of this proud, graceful creature. Leos share a lot of feline traits, including the need for rest followed by intense activity, and its sensual and playful nature. When a Leo explodes in anger, a lion’s roar can easily be imagined!
Zodiac Symbols for Leo:
Lions, the sun, movie stars, the heart, luxury items, gold.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Virgo / Mercury
The Zodiac symbol for Virgo is the Virgin. The Virgin is the only female figure in the Zodiac, and one of only two single human figures (the other being the male Water Bearer of Aquarius). The maiden, or virgin, usually holds a ripe ear of wheat, linking her with the ancient goddess Roman Ceres and the Greek earth goddess Demeter. The coiled ‘M’ of this glyph is said to represent the intestines, a part of the body ruled by Virgo, or the ovaries, vagina and uterus. Virgo is traditionally linked with health, hygiene, and all forms of service and healing. Virgos are often very concerned with diet, and suffer from nervous indigestion when upset or worried.
Zodiac Symbols for Virgo:
Wheat, grains, the digestive / elimination organs, teachers, mentors, servants, writing, doctors and health practitioners.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Libra / Venus
The Zodiac symbol for Libra is the Scales. Libra is the only zodiac sign represented by an inanimate object, the scales of balance and harmony. The Sun begins to travel through the sign of Libra at the autumn equinox in late September, when the day and night are of equal length. Libra is concerned with justice, and the scales of justice in which evidence is weighed. Libra’s reputation for indecisiveness stems from their desire to evaluate everything in order to make a perfectly balanced judgement.
Zodiac Symbols for Libra:
love, marriage, scales (of justice or to weigh food or other items), sweet foods, art an artists, fashion, kidney.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Scorpio / Pluto
The Zodiac symbols for Scorpio are the Scorpion and the Eagle. The ‘M’ like glyph with an arrowed tail represents the scorpion and its deadly sting. Intense and brooding, Scorpios do have a certain reputation for revenge and retribution – the ‘sting in the tail’ is considered part of their character. The Eagle represents the higher nature of Scorpio – concerned with transformation and rebirth through ecstatic sexual love, plus the ability to make a conscious decision to transcend jealousy, resentment and poisonous, destructive urges.
Zodiac Symbols for Scorpio:
Plumbing, anything hidden underground (oil, gold, coal, caves), death, birth, the phoenix, scorpion, eagle, detectives, sex and sexual organs.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Sagittarius / Jupiter
The Zodiac symbol for Sagittarius is a centaur (half man, half horse) with a bow and arrow. The glyph shows an arrow, or occasionally a bow and arrow. The mythic centaur has the upper body of a man, and the legs and lower body of a horse – ever restless and eager to gallop off in search of new horizons, like many people born under this sign. The arrows represent ambitions, dreams and hopes being shot into the air towards some mystical target. Sagittarius is typically a philosophical character. They have the ability to see paradox and duality because these are an essential part of the Sagittarian personality.
Zodiac Symbols for Sagittarius:
Foreign countries and people, the centaur / archer, gurus and spiritual people, judges, adventurers, thighs.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Capricorn / Saturn
The Zodiac symbol for Capricorn is the Sea Goat, a mythical creature with the upper body of a goat and the tail of a fish. The ‘V’ shaped glyph is said to represent the goat’s horned head, with the curling, sinuous fish’s tail behind. There are a number of sea gods in ancient myth, ruling over the mysterious unconscious realms of the ocean. When the goat climbs up onto the land, it brings spiritual wisdom to the practical tasks and need to build, symbolised by the earth. Capricorn is an ambitious sign, but able (in its highest expression) to understand that simply satisfying the individual ego is never truly fulfilling.
Zodiac Symbols for Capricorn:
The hermit or sage, bones / the skeleton / teeth, mountains, death, goats, elderly people.
Zodiac Symbol Meanings: Aquarius / Uranus
The Zodiac symbol for Aquarius is the Water Bearer, portrayed as a man holding a large jar or vessel, from which water pours out onto the land. The glyph is two wavy, zig-zag lines, representing the water (also an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph), or alternatively the electricity associated with Aquarius’ second planetary ruler, Uranus. Aquarius is an airy, intellectual sign, thinking, talking and analysing everything. They can be emotionally detached, but have strong feelings about justice and human rights. The water pouring from the jar symbolises communication – the endless pouring out of mental energy and original ideas which often typifies an Aquarian personality.
Zodiac Symbols for Aquarius:
Ligtning, rebels, teenagers, revolution, storms, ankles, astrologers, technology, computers.
Pisces / Neptune
The Zodiac symbol for Pisces is Two Fishes, joined together, but swimming in opposite directions. Like Gemini, Pisces is a dual sign, and the two fishes of Pisces represent the lifelong confict within the Piscean nature. One fish swims towards the soulful, mystical oceans, intent upon sacrificing itself for the good of others, or for some spiritual or political belief. The other swims towards self-fulfilment, and achieving personal goals. Piscean intuition, symbolised by the waters in which the fishes swim, is what makes it possible for them to sense the whole picture and balance their inner struggle. Learning how to trust and develop their intuition is especially important for this complex, sensitive sign.
Zodiac Symbols for Pisces:
Rain, water, plants, animals, spiritual teachers, mystics, fish, feet, musicians, poets, artists, photographs, film, alcohol and drugs.