Astrology and the Zodiac

Astrology and the Zodiac

Astrology was first recorded around 3000 years ago, and our star signs relate to a constellation of stars in the night sky. On the day we are born, the sun rises in a part of the sky – but before sunrise, a constellation of stars would have been visible.  As the Earth moves on its yearly cycle around the sun, the sun appears to rise from a different constellation.

At the time astrology was created, there were twelve constellations all fairly evenly spaced, and this is how we have twelve star signs which are roughly a month long.

Fun fact – NASA announced that due to complicated astronomical reasons, a slow natural shift in the Earth’s axis has caused the classical constellations to shift slightly in the night sky.  This has pushed the classic dates out a little, and allowed the constellation “Ophiuchus” to become visible.  I won’t list the date changes, but Ophiuchus has squished its way in between Scorpio and Sagittarius, reducing Scorpio to just one week of the year!

Here are a list of the classic astrological star signs, and their dates – click on them to search for gifts relating to each sign, or for each month