Technically, the Zodiac is the Ecliptic (apparent path of the Sun over a year, across the Celestial Sphere) divided into twelve divisions of 30 degrees each of the celestial longitude. The term, used in both astrology and historical astronomy, originates from the Latin zōdiacus
, which was derived from the Greek ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος (zōdiakos kyklos)
, meaning 'circle of animals'.
Each of these divisions are known as 'Signs', or alternatively, 'Sun Signs' - because the timeframe of the year of each of these divisions are defined by the Sun's transition over the Zodiac. Each of these Zodiac Signs has a start and end date within the year, which has minor variations over years, depending upon the Sun's relative path and the fact that Earth's revolution around the Sun is slightly more than 365 days.
List of zodiac sun signs:
The most widely-accepted date-ranges for the Zodiac Signs is the Tropical Standard, or the Western/Helenistic date ranges:
|Aries|| : ||21 March - 20 April|
|Taurus|| : ||21 April - 21 May|
|Gemini|| : ||22 May - 22 June|
|Cancer|| : ||23 June - 22 July|
|Leo|| : ||23 July - 22 August|
|Virgo|| : ||23 August - 22 September|
|Libra|| : ||23 September - 22 October|
|Scorpio|| : ||23 October - 22 November|
|Sagittarius|| : ||23 November - 21 December|
|Capricorn|| : ||22 December - 20 January|
|Aquarius|| : ||21 January - 18 February|
|Pisces|| : ||19 February - 20 March|
The above zodiac date ranges, however, deviate from year to year. These minor deviations are primarily due to variations in Sun's relative path, and the date in which the Sun enters and exits each sign in the particular year. It apparently makes little difference, except for persons born on the cusps (2 days at the start and end of a Zodiac sign's date range).
Along with having fixed personality traits, persons born in each Zodiac sign also exhibit similar passions and ways of life. The following insights help in further understanding each of the zodiac signs: