Posts Tagged ‘Zodiac’

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn!

January 2, 2020

CapricornToday, January 2nd, happens to fall in the middle of 10th astrological Zodiac sign, Capricorn . . .

  • Duration: between December 22nd and January 19th.
  • It spans the 270th to 300th degree longitude.
  • Zodiac symbol: Fish-Goat Hybrid (Sea Goat).
  • Constellation: Capricornus.
  • Zodiac element: Earth.
  • Zodiac quality: Cardinal.
  • Sign ruler: Saturn.
  • Detriment: Moon.
  • Exaltation: Mars.
  • Fall: Jupiter.

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius!

December 3, 2019

SagittariusToday, December 3rd, happens to fall in the middle of 9th astrological Zodiac sign, Sagittarius . . .

  • Duration: between November 22nd and December 21st.
  • It spans the 240th to 270th degree longitude.
  • Zodiac symbol: Archer.
  • Constellation: Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac element: Fire.
  • Zodiac quality: Mutable.
  • Sign ruler: Jupiter.
  • Detriment: Mercury.
  • Exaltation: South Node: Chiron (questionable).
  • Fall: North Node: Ceres (questionable).

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio!

November 2, 2019

ScorpioToday, November 2nd, happens to fall in the middle of 8th astrological Zodiac sign, Scorpio . . .

  • Duration: between October 23rd and November 21st.
  • It spans the 210th to 240th degree longitude.
  • Zodiac symbol: Scorpion, Eagle, Phoenix.
  • Constellation: Scorpius.
  • Zodiac element: Water.
  • Zodiac quality: Fixed.
  • Sign ruler: Mars and Pluto.
  • Detriment: Venus.
  • Exaltation: Uranus.
  • Fall: Moon.

Zodiac Sign: Libra!

October 1, 2019

LibraToday, October 1st, happens to fall in the middle of 7th astrological Zodiac sign, Libra . . .

  • Duration: between September 23rd and October 22nd.
  • It spans the 180th to 210th degree longitude.
  • Zodiac symbol: Balance Scales.
  • Constellation: Libra.
  • Zodiac element: Air.
  • Zodiac quality: Cardinal.
  • Sign ruler: Venus.
  • Detriment: Mars.
  • Exaltation: Saturn.
  • Fall: Sun.

Zodiac Sign: Virgo!

September 2, 2019

VirgoToday, September 2nd (Happy Labor Day!), happens to fall in the middle of 6th astrological Zodiac sign, Virgo . . .

  • Duration: between August 23rd and September 22nd.
  • It spans the 150th to 180th degree longitude.
  • Zodiac symbol: Maiden.
  • Constellation: Virgo.
  • Zodiac element: Earth.
  • Zodiac quality: mutable.
  • Sign ruler: Mercury.
  • Detriment: Jupiter and Neptune.
  • Exaltation: Mercury and Pluto.
  • Fall: Venus.

Let’s Explore the Zodiac Signs!

August 1, 2019

Before we begin any serious discussion, let me tell you that there are three main but different ways of identifying the dates of the zodiac signs: the Constellation Zodiac, the Tropical Zodiac, and the Sidereal Zodiac.

  • The Constellation Zodiac: is defined by the boundaries of the numerous constellations and the approximate dates the Sun enters and leaves the 13 constellations that touch the ecliptic.
  • The Tropical Zodiac (this is the one I grew up with): is defined evenly based upon 30 degrees of arc along the ecliptic, these signs were named after 12 of the constellations and are defined by the changing of Earth’s seasons.
  • The Sidereal Zodiac: begins its yearly cycle when the sun aligns with the constellation of Aries, then divides the ecliptic into 12 equal sections of 30 degrees each.

The Tropical Zodiac is the most popular of these, so this is what I will be using moving forward.

LeoToday, August 1st, happens to fall in the middle of 5th astrological Zodiac sign, Leo . . .

  • Duration: between July 23rd, and August 22nd.
  • It spans the 120th to 150th degree longitude.
  • A northern sign (Aquarius is its opposite, southern sign).
  • Zodiac symbol: Lion.
  • Constellation: Leo.
  • Zodiac element: Fire.
  • Zodiac quality: Fixed.
  • Sign ruler: Sun.
  • Detriment: Saturn and Uranus.
  • Exaltation: Neptune.
  • Fall: Pluto.

Necktie of the Month – July 2019!

July 1, 2019

Sorry, not this month.  It was bound to happen sooner or later . . . I have reached the point where I have no “new” neckties to highlight this month . . . horrors!  I posted my very first (inaugural) “Necktie of the Month” back in September of 2008, and have religiously posted a new necktie from my collection each month until today!  So, until I manage to acquire some new neckties, I am going to have to find alternative material to fill this void.  Starting next month, I will explore the world of the Zodiac (for at least the next year).  But stay tuned, you just never know when the next “necktie of the month” will appear, it just will not have the same regularity as that over the last several years.

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

September 23, 2011

Summer is officially over as we welcome the first day of Fall!  The September equinox occurs at 4:04 AM Central Daylight Time (CDT).  Equinoxes (March and September) fall on the halfway point between solstices (December and June), and occur when the center of the sun is directly over the equator; the lengths of day and night are roughly equal everywhere in the world.

Today also marks the first day of the seventh sign of the Zodiac — Libra.  The key strengths of Libras are: diplomacy, gracefulness, peacefulness, idealistic, and hospitable.  The key weaknesses: superficiality, vanity, indecisiveness, and unreliability.  (Source:  Libras seek fairness, peace, and harmony in all things.  Can you say “ohmmmm?”

Libra is also the first half of the word “librarian” (how’s this for free association?).  A mere coincidence?  Probably, but humor me, please.

Happy Autumn!  Happy Friday!

It’s A Sign!

December 5, 2010
Whether or not you believe that the position and relationship of the sun, moon, stars, and planets has any bearing on your personality, you probably still know what your astrological sign is. 

The standard zodiac contains twelve constellations and is divided into twelve equal segments. Each astrological sign represents one of the segments. The signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.  These are the signs that we’re all familiar with, even if we don’t know what each represents.   Personally, I’m not overly interested in astrology, but were you aware of a thirteenth sign?  Have you ever heard of Ophiuchus?


\oh-fee-YOU-kuhs\, noun, genetive -chi

1.  the Serpent-bearer, a constellation on the celestial equator between Libra and Aquila.

The ancient astronomer Ptolemy included Ophiuchus in his list of 48 constellations. (It used to be referred to as Serpentarius, which has the same meaning.) It is still one of the 88 modern constellations.

Standard astrological zodiacs do not include Ophiuchus, but here’s a chart which shows where it would fall (between Scorpio and Sagittarius) if you wanted to consider including it in your calendar. 

Constellation Tropical date Sidereal Date Sun is in constellation
Aries.svg Aries March 21 – April 19 April 15 – May 15 April 17 – May 13
Taurus.svg Taurus April 20 – May 21 May 16 – June 15 May 14 – June 19
Gemini.svg Gemini May 22 – June 22 June 16 – July 15 June 20 – July 20
Cancer.svg Cancer June 23 – July 22 July 16 – August 15 July 21 – August 9
Leo.svg Leo July 23 – August 22 August 16 – September 15 August 10 – September 15
Virgo.svg Virgo August 23 – September 23 September 16 – October 15 September 16 – October 30
Libra.svg Libra September 24 – October 23 October 16 – November 15 October 31 – November 22
Scorpio.svg Scorpio October 24 – November 22 November 16 – December 15 November 23 – November 29
Asclepius staff.svg Ophiuchus N/A N/A November 30 – December 17
Sagittarius.svg Sagittarius November 23 – December 21 December 16 – January 14 December 18 – January 17
Capricorn.svg Capricorn December 22 – January 20 January 15 – February 14 January 18 – February 15
Aquarius.svg Aquarius January 21 – February 19 February 15 – March 14 February 16 – March 11
Pisces.svg Pisces February 20 – March 20 March 15 – April 14 March 12 – April 16