Astrology Symbols Guide – discover the meaning of astrological symbols in your birth chart.
This astrology symbols guide is a quick reference list of many of the commonly used (and some lesser known) astrological symbols, zodiac signs and glyphs used by modern astrologers.
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Because astrology is constantly evolving there is always new information: asteroids, planetoids, dwarf planets, plutonians, goddesses, centaurs (and/or whatever next enters our collective imagination) and so new astrology symbols and glyphs are always being created. Our intention is to include as many current astrological symbols as possible here so that we have a dynamic and ever-growing list!
If you come across astrology symbols or glyphs that aren’t included here (yet) – let us know! Don’t hesitate to drop us an email or drop it in the comments below, and we’ll add it to the list.
Zodiac Signs and Their Astrology Symbols
|Zodiac Sign:|| Symbol:
||Keywords & notes:|
|Aries||a||Cardinal, Fire. Bold, courageous, enthusiastic, impulsive.|
|Taurus||b||Fixed, Earth. Practical, persistent, sensual, stubborn.|
|Gemini||c||Mutable, Air. Intelligent, light-hearted, communicative, indecisive.|
|Cancer||d||Cardinal, Water. Caring, sensitive, empathic, fearful.|
|Leo||e||Fixed, Fire. Warm, creative, playful, egotistical.|
|Virgo||f||Mutable, Earth. Discerning, analytical, helpful, neurotic.|
|Libra||g||Cardinal, Air. Gracious, charming, diplomatic, manipulative.|
|Scorpio||h||Fixed, Water. Intense, passionate, resourceful, secretive. read more|
|Sagittarius||i||Mutable, Fire. Optimistic, gregarious, honest, dogmatic. read more|
|Capricorn||j||Cardinal, Earth. Organized, serious, ambitious, ruthless. read more|
|Aquarius||k||Fixed, Air. Independent, detached, humanitarian, inflexible. read more|
|Pisces||l||Mutable, Water. Sensitive, imaginative, compassionate, unfocused. read more|
Do you know what the words Zodiac and Zoo have in common? The word Zodiac comes from the ancient Greek zodiakos which literally meant “circle of little animals”, it has it’s roots in the word zoion which meant “animal” and was also the root of the modern word “zoo”. Source.
Astrology Symbols for Angles and Points
|Angles & Points:||Astrology Symbols:
||Keywords & notes:|
|Ascendant (Rising Sign)||P||The ascendant is the zodiac sign that was rising on the horizon at the time of your birth (which is why it is also often called the ‘rising sign’). The AC is one of the four major angles of a birth chart formed by the ascendant/descendant axis and the Midheaven (MC) / Imum Coeli (IC) axis.|
|Midheaven||Q||MC stands for Medium Coeli otherwise known as the midheaven. It is the highest point of intersection between the meridian and the ecliptic.|
|Lunar North Node||L||The point where the Moon’s path around the Earth crosses the ecliptic from the southern to the northern hemisphere.|
|Lunar South Node||M||The point where the Moon’s path around the Earth crosses the ecliptic from the northern to the southern hemisphere.|
|Vertex||Vx||The vertex of a horoscope is the westernmost point on the Ecliptic where it intersects the Prime Vertical.|
|Retrograde Motion||R||From our perspective on earth there are times when planets appear to move backwards in their orbit. Planets don’t really move backwards but due to this apparent backward motion they can have a prolonged and or more reflective effect in certain areas of the natal chart. Read more and see a diagram of retrograde motion at AstroWiki|
|Lilith (Lunar Apogee)||T||Otherwise known as the Black Moon (Lilith). Read more on the Mean and True Black Moon (Lilith).
This is to be distinguished from the asteroid Lilith and the Dark Moon Lilith (below). read more about the “Three Liliths”
|Dark Moon (Lilith)||Sometimes known as “Waldemath’s Moon“, “Sepharial’s Moon” or the “Ghost Moon“. read more.
This is to be distinguished from the asteroid Lilith and the Black Moon Lilith (above) read more about the “Three Liliths”
|Arabic Part (Lot) of Fortune||S||The Arabian Parts are not used in all branches of astrology, but are mainly used in Horary Astrology. The Part of Fortune is thought to be a good luck factor in a chart.|
Q: What’s the difference between astrology symbols and glyphs?
A: A symbol is anything we use to represent something so if we say x=10 then the number 10 is being symbolized by the letter x in this example. Glyphs are pictorial images that are used to symbolize something. In days gone by they were usually carved in stone. So all astrology glyphs are symbols, although all astrological symbols are not glyphs!
Aspects Etymology: The Latin word aspicere means ‘to regard’, ‘to behold’, ‘view’, ‘look at’, ‘witness’ or ‘see’ each other.
Aspects in astrology describe the geometric relationship between planets, points and angles in a horoscope. The orb of any aspect is the range of degree allowed for the aspect to still be considered valid. For example, depending upon other factors, a conjunction may still be valid within an orb (a range) of 0º to 12º
|Aspects:||Astrology Symbols:||Keywords & notes:|
|Conjunction||m||0º angle – commonly1 with an orb of 8º Major variable aspect – may be challenging or harmonious depending on the energies involved. In a conjunction the energies of the planets or points involved is said to blend and merge somewhat.|
|Opposition||n||180º angle – orb of 8º Tense major aspect. The energy is said to swing between the two objects or points involved like a pendulum.|
|Square||o||90º angle – orb of 8º Considered a challenging major aspect where the energies involved create a tension that becomes a catalyst for change and possible growth.|
|Trine||p||120º – orb of 8º Considered a harmonious major aspect where the energies involved have an easy and fluid relationship.|
|Sextile||q||60º – orb of 4º Harmonious major aspect where the energies involved flow and work well together.|
|Semi-Sextile||r||30º – orb of 2º Uneasy minor aspect. Some integration of the energies is required.|
|Quincunx/ Inconjunction||s||150º – orb of 2º Uneasy minor aspect. Energies may be ‘blind’ to one another and find it difficult to engage.|
|Semi-Square||t||45º – orb of 2º Tense minor aspect. Effort may be required to resolve tension.|
|Sesqui-Square / Sesquiquadrate||u||135º – orb of 2º Tense minor aspect. Effort may be required to resolve tension.|
|Quintile||v||72º – orb of 2º Harmonious minor aspect.|
|Bi-Quintile||w||144º – orb of 2º Harmonious minor aspect.|
|Quindecile||24º or 165º – orb of 2º Minor aspect sometimes associated with obsession and/or compulsion. [infopopup:quindecile]|
|Septile||Keyword “Inspiration” For detailed information on degrees and orbs: [infopopup:septile]|
|Novile||40º – with 1-2º orb Keyword “gestation of ideas” [infopopup:novile]|
|Declinations:||“planets the same distance from the celestial equator” read more at CafeAstrology.com|
|Parallel||x||“When both planets are on the same side of this plane they are called parallel.” read more at CafeAstrology.com|
|Contra-Parallel||y|| “When the planets are the same distance but on opposite sides of the celestial equator they are referred to as being contra-parallel.” read more at CafeAstrology.com
- The orbs given for the conjunction through to sesquiquadrate are those used by the Faculty of Astrological Studies. Orbs may differ from those above, as there are sometimes situations where an astrologer would extend or reduce the allowed degree of orb.
Asteroids, Dwarf Planets, Plutonians, Centaurs …and everything else!
“The Centaurs are about the journey of releasing a consciousness that is caught and trapped in what is too compulsive, earthly and literal, and yet is also seeking embodiment.” – Melanie Reinhart, in “Chiron, Pholus and Nessus: To The Edge And Beyond”
||Keywords & notes:|
|Chiron||U||Healing, teaching, suffering, questing… [infopopup:chiron]|
|Pholus||Melanie Reinhart gives the key phrase for Pholus as “The Lid Comes Off” (in Chiron, Pholus and Nessus: To The Edge and Beyond) Themes: divination, sacred knowledge, addiction.|
|Nessus||Melanie Reinhart gives the key phrase for Nessus as “The Buck Stops Here” (in Chiron, Pholus and Nessus: To The Edge and Beyond) Themes: lust, betrayal, abuse of power, facing consequences, atonement.|
The very fine-line astrology symbols for the asteroids below were researched and beautifully drawn by Denis Moskowitz
|Asteroids:|| Astrology Symbols:
||Keywords & notes:|
|Lilith||Asteroid Lilith (as distinct from Black Moon Lilith and Dark Moon Lilith) read more|
We are a work in progress with more astrology symbols (and their meanings) to come … keep watching this space!