Dec 22nd – Jan 20thCapricorn is a wee bit confusing. Capricorn – Capricornus is a Latin compound of „she-goat“ (capra) and „horn“ (cornus), which translates the original Greek Aegocerus, „goat-horned.“ It is associated with being a Goat Horn, however it is also traditionally depicted as being a „sea goat“ (a goat with a fish tail).
Capricorn is linked to the glyph (graphical imagery) of the goat but one which has a fish for a tail. Capricornus is the Greek for goat horn.
The mythology behind this sign is very complex and there is not one clear basis for the signs foundation qualities. One myth showed the son of Zeus, Aegipan, assisting Hermes with the recovery of Zeus from the grasp of Typhon. Aegipan then transformed himself into a goat fish in order to escape.
Another is that the newborn Zeus was given milk, suckled, by a goat owned by Amalthea and the goat was then turned into the star Capella. In gratitude Zeus broke the horn of the goat off and gave it to Amalthea telling her that she would be able to fill it with all she wanted, thus the horn of plenty, or Cornucopia was formed.
Capricorn is the last of the three Earth ruled elements. But it is also one of the four zodiac signs that have Cardinal Qualities, and is thus a leadership sign.
Ruled by practical Saturn, Capricorns are the most stoic of zodiac signs and as the symbolism goes, their ascent or climb up the mountain of material and worldly success, is taken in a slow, but very determined and methodical manner.
Capricorn people do sometimes find it hard to express the depth of their feelings which can be great indeed, indeed once opened up they can be very emotional. Is this the fish tail of the goat? Because of this or least their need to protect any vulnerability they can feel, they can seem aloof, cool, detached and almost icy at times. But look beneath the tip of this iceberg and there can be a very warm heart.
Capricorns generally take responsibility very seriously, and can therefore be very dutiful in providing in the best way they can to those they care for. And Capricorns will rarely forget a good turn that someone has done them, yet conversely they may not either find it easy to forget a slight either.
One of the less well known characteristics of Capricorns is that although they are often serious children, perhaps lacking in obvious emotional self-confidence, as they get older the ability to express the more playful and fun side of their natures can become much greater. In fact Capricorns have one of the most melodious of laughs and can be really great fun once they feel they can let their guard down. Over time some Capricorns may seem to get more and more child like which is a very charming and little acknowledged side of their nature.
It is, however, true that Capricorn is the sign of business, of commerce and of wealth, but of course all of life’s systems require some basis of these qualities in order to function, so an essential foundation is provided by the sign.
The ruler Saturn provides structure, but unfortunately can also be very restrictive, dour and limiting. Some would argue that Capricorn is the sign of big business, or conglomerates and vested interest which keeps money making at the centre of its objectives rather than the more balanced social approach of most of the major European economies.
Capricorns can often end up as the captains of industry, for their ability to marshal resources effectively has few peers. Very often compulsively driven towards their targets little will knock a Goat off course once he of she has made a decision to climb their own particular peak. Although it would be entirely wrong to say that all Capricorns are obsessed with material success, the need to protect the timidity they often secretly feel, mean that a good financial basis to their lives is often essential to their sense of personal security.
Famous Capricorns include: Rev Martin Luther King, civil rights activist, Johannes Kepler, Astrologer and Astronomer, physicist and philosopher Sir Isaac Newton, former US President, Richard Nixon, singer Nat King Cole and football figures; Bryan Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson and Terry Venables.
Jan 21st – Feb 19th
Aquarius – called by the Greeks Hydrochoos, „the Water-Pourer.“ „Aquarius“ is a Latin translation of the Greek name. According to the most ancient sources, Hydrochoos was considered to be Ganymede, the beloved cupbearer of Zeus (the chief Olympian god). Other later versions say that Aquarius was Deucalion, a Greek Noah, who was (with his wife) the only survivor of a great flood.
People new to astrology often get confused by the imagery of Aquarius because although known as the water carrier, the elemental rulership of the sign is Air and thus intellectually driven. So where does the original link with the water carrier emanate from? Well, essentially it is not so much as carrying or pouring water, as about the flow of ideas. Hence the glyph (graphic of this sign) which shows usually two but traditionally sometimes three zigzag lines, of the movement of water. In this sense the water carrier can be linked to propagating high ideals, forwarding the concerns of humankind not just of the individual, though paradoxically Aquarians can be the most individualistic of all signs.
The sign of Aquarius does in some ways therefore tie in with the concept of baptism, of true spiritual leadership and dissemination of truth. The planets which co-rule Aquarius are Saturn and Uranus and although its elemental rulership is Air, its quality, or mode of activity, is Fixed, thus enabling Aquarians to work patiently towards long term goals. Saturn is stable and also patient but by contrast Uranus gives Aquarians a certain unpredictability, sometimes a chaotic influence. So here there is a basic conflict which usually shows itself by Aquarians adhering strongly to some patterns of personal behavior, yet being foresighted, even quite brilliant in recognising the needs of others, future trends or scientific discoveries. Sun Aquarians have included Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and USA presidents Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan. The British Prime Minister Harold McMillan was an Aquarian and Tony Blair has an Aquarian Moon and William Hague an Aquarian Ascendent. Robbie Williams is an Aquarian, as is star gazer Russell Grant. England football managers, Sven Goran Ericsson, Kevin Keegan, Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey were all born under the sign. Sun sign astrology, by its very nature, can make the mistake of humping people into set characteristics. No sign reveals the folly of this more than with Aquarius, for water carriers revel in individuality more than any other sign but there are some common themes which reflect either the more luddite or more pioneering side of the two ruling signs.So, in basic terms, Aquarians are usually fond of honesty (however subjective that may be) can make very loyal friends, dislike pettiness, love a good old debate, and need to feel mentally stimulated. However, there can be a tendency to try to get others to change to their will, yet as in any socially reforming situation, this could obviously be much to the good. The stability of Saturn can also make way to sudden and powerful changes of mood and a moral or a principle can often be at the root of this. Never accuse an Aquarian of an untruth unless you are sure of your facts. But this more unexpected, sometimes explosive tendency of Aquarians is also what can give them a touch of genius and as leaders, bond people together for a common cause. An Aquarian can seem reasonable, gentle and equable, but should never be underestimated for more than any sign those born under this sign have the courage to be true to themselves rather than follow what others demand.
May 22nd – Jun 21stGemini – „Gemini“ is the Latin translation of the Greek Didymoi, „the Twins.“ Many potential candidates were suggested as Gemini_s original twins, but many ancient sources attribute them to being Castor and Pollux.
Gemini symbolises unity and strength of action and is said to be „the Messenger of the Gods“ and communication is the key issue with all Gemini_s and their activities.
The glyph (the graphic of this sign) is of the twins holding hands, these were known as Simeon and Levi and the mystical connection being of soul mates.
Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury. Think of the liquid qualities of this metal and you quickly get an idea of how mass moves astonishingly quickly, but together. Quicksilver is another rather splendid metaphor for this sign.
Incidentally, and perhaps not obviously in this context; the saying „Mad as a hatter“ comes from the use of mercury by hat makers in the shaping process. Yet there is sometimes a rather manic and bizarre aspect to Gemini_s – though not all of the time – which ties in with splendidly with the imagery of the Mad March Hare!
Gemini is also an Air element sign, though its quality is mutable, perhaps this mixture of airy intellectual grasp of life, plus an inherent appetite for new stimulating experiences gives the Twins the unfair reputation for duality. Whilst this may seem to be true, and no doubt is sometimes, what is more likely to be the case is that Gemini_s are simply able to see things from many different angles and can be extremely flexible in their outlook. Some rather more fixed signs could find this irritating, but the reality is that Gemini people often think so quickly on their feet it can be hard to keep up with them. When you do a charming and disarming excuse can be hard to argue with!
What Gemini_s do need to learn is to be aware of the way in which their inherent changability can ruffle feathers if they fail to communicate with others with their partners feelings firmly in mind. Problems can occur because of the denial of emotional basis which sometimes Gemini people can suffer from. This not only can make them seem out of touch with others but also themselves. Generally, Gemini_s take little pleasure in probing into the depths of their souls, for in their view, everything must have a logical reason or purpose.
This does give Gemini_s tremendous skills in terms of sales, PR, marketing, teaching, training, telecommunications, acting, writing or working in the media new or old. But above all else they must feel mentally alive and alert in what they do.
Famous Gemini_s include: President John F. Kennedy, Hollywood legends Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, singer Bob Dylan, and media pundit and ex professional footballer Alan Hansen, Rolling Stones Charlie Watts and Ronnie Woods – oh and Chris Forrester who designed this site !
Aug 24th – Sep 23rd
Virgo – „the Virgin“ in Latin, whose Greek name was Parthenos. Confusion and chaos run wild in the naming of and mythology behind the constellation of Virgo (I bet that drives Virgos crazy!). Ancient sources do agree on associating Virgo with the maiden aspect of what_s called the „tripartite Mother Goddess“ (maiden, mother, crone). After that, it_s anybody_s best guess as to who Virgo was. According to Theony Condos (Star Myths), Virgo was associated with Dike, Demeter, Tyche (Fortuna), Thespia, Kore (aka Persephone), Eileithyaia (goddess of childbirth), Athena, and Hecate. The mythology behind this sign is complex and does not clearly relate to its values or if it does, in two differing ways. Traditionally the constellation of Virgo is said to represent a young women holding a sheaf or ear of corn, linking the sign to Demeter, the Greek Goddess of the harvest.
Yet because Virgo is the sign often related to good health or hygiene practices, the Goddess Hygeia is also a good fit. Though it is true to say that many Virgo’s do end up working in food production, or at least in service based roles which bear out the original myth.