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
- Aries – March 21st to April 19th
- Taurus – April 20th to May 20th
- Gemini – May 21st to June 20th
- Cancer – June 21st to July 22nd
- Leo – July 23rd to August 22nd
- Virgo – August 23rd to September 22nd
- Libra – September 23rd to October 22nd
- Scorpio – October 23rd to November 21st
- Sagittarius – November 22nd to December 21st
- Capricorn – December 22nd to January 19th
- Aquarius – January 20th to February 18th
- Pisces – February 19th to March 20th