The origin and meaning of astrological symbols.

astrological symbols

Astrological symbols have been around for a very long time. When we hear about them we probably think of the twelve zodiac signs but there is more to symbology than first appears. In this post we’ll take a look at the possible origin and meaning of  astrological symbols.

Astrological Symbols for The Twelve Zodiac Signs

The most common astrological symbols that people are familiar with today would be the glyphs for the twelve zodiac signs.

a Aries The Ram

b Taurus The Bull

c Gemini The Twins

d  Cancer The Crab

e Leo The Lion

f Virgo The Virgin

g Libra The Scales

h Scorpio The Scorpion

i Sagittarius The Archer

j Capricorn The Sea-Goat

k Aquarius The Water Carrier

l Pisces The Fishes



The Ancient Origin of Astrological Symbols

The true origin of astrology is unknown but there is evidence that ancient Egyptians, Babylonians and Sumerians were using astrological symbols over 7,000 years ago. However they may have looked very different from those we use today.

The Dendera Zodiac displayed at the Louvre.
The Dendera Zodiac displayed at the Louvre in Paris. ©Public Domain


How Old is The Zodiac?

The oldest surviving Zodiac,  thought to be the Dendera Zodiac, used astrological symbols that resemble those we use today. Originally created for the temple at Denderah, Egypt, it has been dated at around 2,065 years old and it now on display in the Musée du Louvre, in Paris.

A shamanic tradition in Tibet, called the Bon tradition, also uses astrology and that is said to be over 17,000 years old!


Understanding Symbols

There is so much more to symbols than their literal representation. Ancient symbols carry a power that awakens something in our subconscious mind, way beyond the reach of our logical mind.

In math we might apply random values to a symbol but outside of the context of our calculations, the symbolic values of x, y, or a, would have no particular meaning.

Language works differently. Language use symbols to convey meaning on a collective level, and the key to any language is it’s alphabet.

Astrological symbols are a kind of pictorial alphabet, and astrology is like a language that uses this alphabet to describe energy.


Ancient Power and Meaning

In ancient times it was thought that symbols carried power and meaning from a higher consciousness. They therefore contain and can emit the energetic essence of whatever they represent. The meaning is transmitted energetically to the receiver and sensitive astrologers receive the meaning intuitively.

Each astrological symbol has the potential to convey a unique deeper esoteric meaning to us that is beyond literal interpretation, if we remain open and use our intuition to sense it!

Visit our Astrology Symbols Guide, to read more about astrological symbols and their deeper meanings.

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Ruth Hadikin

Ruth Hadikin BSc. is an author and teacher of Soul Astrology. She specializes in teaching how to use Soul Astrology as a map to guide your own inner journey of Self-exploration.

Her defining talent is bringing deep insight, clarity and simplicity to complex subjects - in particular Esoteric Astrology and the teachings of The Tibetan through the work of Alice Bailey.

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