The Constellations

image There is a group of constellations known as the zodiacal constellations that make a ring around the Earth. To astronomers, this band is called the Ecliptic, and is the path the Sun and Moon both appear to take around the Earth. To Astrologers, this imaginary band is what governs many of our personal traits. When an astrologer says that your Sun is in Cancer, this means that at the time you were born, the Sun appeared to be in the constellation Cancer. Because of this, you cannot see the constellation representing your birth sign on your birthday. Instead, you have to wait a few months until the Sun has moved a sufficient number of signs away.

These constellations are different at different times of the year because on the autumnal equinox each year, the Sun is in the constellation Virgo. As seen from Earth, that part of the sky is in daylight and we see stars only on the other half of the sky, centered around the constellation Pisces. Six months later, the Sun is in Pisces. The side of the sky is then bright, while the side centered on Virgo is in darkness.

Historically, the following twelve constellations associated with the signs of the zodiac:


In ancient Egypt, the observation of stars such as Sirius in the day and night sky were used from a very ancient period, in order to predict the Nile Flood. This practical observation of the stars was also associated with a very complex cosmology that involved various gods and sprits, some of whom were associated with stars and heavenly bodies, such as Sothis/Sopdet, who was likely associated with Sirius and Sah who was associated with Orion.

There are 88 constellations in total, but only 12 as it relates to the zodiac.

This cosmology and practice of astronomy eventually led to the Egyptians producing decanal clocks on coffin lids and star charts featuring their gods and star observations on the ceilings of tombs and temples. Over time these became more complex, featuring various human and anthropomorphic figures representing the planets, stars and various constellations. This tradition was later combined with Greek and Babylonian astronomical systems under the Ptolemies culminating in the Zodiac of Dendera. The first circular zodiac showing all the constellations we are familiar with, along with Egyptian Constellations, Decans and Planets.

Each particular zodiac sign has it's own characteristics. If you click on the sign you can read about some of the traits of that sign. Or order one of our reports and use the power of the planets to your advantage and tap into what should come naturally to you.