Astrological Symbols That Will Help You Learn More About The Universe And About Yourself

Astrological Symbols That Will Help You Learn More About The Universe And About Yourself

Astrology is about more than knowing your zodiac sign. There are dozens of symbols for you to learn if you want to master birth charts and read star alignments.

All astrological symbols, perfectly and visually explained


The Aries symbol is meant to represent the face and horns of a ram. This is based on Chrysomallus, a flying ram who provided golden fleece. It represents authority and kingship.


The Taurus symbol is meant to illustrate the face and horns of a bull. Like the animal, people born under this star sign are peaceful and methodical. They are slow to anger, but once they are disturbed, they can become violent.


The Gemini symbol is meant to represent a pair of twins, particularly Dioscuri, who were granted shared half-immortality after the death of their mortal brother Castor. Geminis are known to have duel personalities, acting one way on a certain day and completely differently the next. However, the twins also represent a Gemini’s desire to communicate with others and share ideas with a group.


The Cancer symbol is based on the Karkinos, a giant crab who harassed Heracles during his fight with the Hydra. People born beneath this sign move sideways like crabs, avoiding conflict as often as possible. They also pinch like crabs, clasping onto the things that make them happy.


The Leo symbol represents a lion, particularly the Nemean lion, who has an impenetrable hide. People born beneath this sign are proud, regal, relaxed, and in charge. Much like lions, they are natural born leaders who chase after what they want because they believe they deserve it.


The Virgo symbol represents a virgin woman, based on Astraea who was the last immortal to leave Earth at the end of the Silver Age. She represents dedication, loyalty, kindness, and nurture.


The Libra symbol represents scales, which are based on the scales of justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom. This sign believes in balancing all aspects of their life and they become upset at any injustices they witness.


The Scorpio symbol is associated with a scorpion, a snake, and an eagle. Like a scorpion, people born beneath this sign are intense, aggressive when provoked, and prefer to be alone.


The Sagittarius symbol represents an archer. It is based on the centaur, Chiron, who mentored Achilles in archery. People born beneath this sign are obsessed with traveling, learning, and adventure. 


The Capricorn symbol is the body and head of a goat with the tail of a fish. It is based on the Sumerians’ primordial god of wisdom and waters, Enki, because Capricorns are intelligent, logical, and goal oriented.


The Aquarius symbol is ripples of water, which is associated with Ganymede, the water-bearer. Like him, people born beneath this sign are generous, patient, friendly, and self-reflective.


The Pisces symbol represents the ichthyocentaurs, who aided Aphrodite when she was born from the sea. Like fish, people born beneath this sign are vibrant, dedicated to their community, and enjoy being surrounded by others.


The Sun is the giver of life. It represents vitality, life-force energy, and radiance. It also represents our ego. It symbolizes the adult’ side of our personality while the moon represents our ‘childlike’ side.


The moon represents instinct, emotions, receptivity, and nurturing. It is associated with the mother and with feminine energy in general. The Moon is responsive, receptive, and reflective.


Mercury represents mental processes, intelligence, speech, communication, and coordination. Mercury is the messenger of the gods, the ruler of Gemini and Virgo. Mercury can cause people to become inquisitive, curious, and communicative. However, it can also cause people to become high-strung, nit-picky, and indecisive.


Venus is the goddess of love. She represents love, attraction, beauty, and sensuality. Venus can cause people to compromise, make peace, and express their love. However, it can also make people act self-centered, vain, and superficial.


Earth represents dharma, contribution, and service. The element of Earth is attached to the signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. These Earth signs are the builders of the zodiac. They are practical, yet materialistic.


Mars is the God of War and the ruler of Aries. It represents personal drive, action, will, and courage. It can cause people to act assertive, forthright, and adventurous. However, it can also cause people to act impulsive, rash, impatient, aggressive, and forceful.

This symbol represents a scythe with its handle down. This scythe is based off the one belonging to Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility, and motherly relationships.


Jupiter represents expansion, benevolence, generosity, and wisdom. It is associated with a sense of humor, good will, and mercy. However, it is also associated with excess, blind optimism, and overindulgence.


Saturn represents authority, authenticity, and responsibility. It is associated with authority figures, boundaries, and structure. However, it is also associated with growth, learning, and knowledge.


Uranus represents rebellion, innovation, intuition, and awakening. It is associated with enlightenment, progressiveness, objectivity, novelty, and ingenuity. However, it is also associated with rebelliousness and irresponsibility.


Neptune represents spirituality, compassion, illusion, and transcendence. It is associated with intuition, spiritual enlightenment, mercy, and compassion. However, it is also associated with deception, trickery, deceit, guilt, and addiction.


Pluto represents transformation, power, catharsis, regeneration, and emptiness. It is associated with rebirth, spiritual growth, endings, and new beginnings. However, it is also associated with obsessive desire for power, control, and destructiveness.


This symbol is a combination of Venus and Jupiter. On a birth chart, Cupido will provide information about companionship, organizations, family, social relations, clubs, and corporations.


This symbol is a crescent Moon with the hanging cross within it, which is meant as a reminder to take care of your emotional self. Hades is associated with decay, unpleasantries, the criminal, deeply buried things, dirt, and garbage. However, it is also associated with antiques, antiquities, the occult, and the esoteric.


A lightning bolt rising from the ashes represents Zeus. This is a symbol of fertility. It is also associated with leadership, achievement, ambition, creativity, and intelligence.


A cross with the Moon over the top of it represents Kronos. It symbolizes the protection and care of those who are under your authority. This symbol is commonly associated with heads of state, government, integrity, highest attainable qualities, everything above average, the boss, the expert, bureaucracies, and independence.


This symbol represents Apollon who had a calming composure, an ability to ease tension, and brought a wisdom and an awareness that was healing. This symbol is associated with a heightened consciousness and generous disposition.


This symbol resembles the earth or the sign of Taurus with a cross through it. The Moon rests on top, acting receptive and absorbing. This represents transformation and power. However, it can also represent blocked energy and inertia.


This symbol represents a volcanic explosion. Vulvanus is associated with masculine energy, great strength, brute force, vitality, and good recuperative powers. However, it is also associated with brutality and violence.


This symbol is made up of two crescent moons held together by a bar. It represents enlightenment, positivity, and wisdom. This symbol is similar to the Pisces symbol, and there are many similarities between the two.

Retrograde Motion

At times, some planets appear to move backwards in motion. It is an optical illusion where a planet moves through a zodiac in the opposite direction. When this happens, it is a time to take a step back, slow down, and reflect.


According to astrology, astroids influence human affairs. Juno is associated with relationships, money, and jealousy. Astrea is associate with innocence. Pallas is associated with wisdom, intelligence, and healing. Vesta is associated with sexuality. And Hygiea is associated with depression and anxiety.


Chiron is associated with healing, teaching, suffering, and questing. Nessus is associated with lust, betrayal, abuse of power, consequences, and atonement. Pholus is associated with divination, sacred knowledge, and addiction.


Comets are symbols of evil power. They are associated with death, riots, wars, and slaughter.

Dwarf Planet

Even though dwarf planets are not classified as ‘real’ planets, they still hold meaning in astrology. Eris was the Greek goddess of discord. Haumea was the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth. Makemake was the mythological god who created humanity.

Hypothetical Planet

Hypothetical planets are what German astrologers in 1927 believed existed even though they were never seen. In theory, Transpluto would rule either Taurus or Virgo. It would be associated with people who are critical, analytical, fastidious, and perfectionists. Meanwhile, Prosperina is the lady of transitions, other-worldly realms, and sacrifice.

Lot Of Fortune

The Lot Of Fortune is sometimes called Fortuna. When creating a chart, the Lot Of Fortune gives you your good luck factor. It can be indicative of your career or vocation.


Typhon represents storms and earthquakes, volcanic activity, and every other disastrous event. It symbolizes everything in this world that threatens to overwhelm, physically or psychologically. Metaphorically, it means you are overwhelmed with troubles.

Small Body

Sedna is evil. It is associated with victimizers, gold-diggers, betrayal, abandonment by the father, alienation, delusions, disappointment, and downfall. Meanwhile, Quaoar is associated with creation, procreation, trying experiences, questioning, constructing, and clarifying.

Alchemical “Three Primes”

The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, which are characterized by enterprise or starting things. The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius which are characterized as stable, firm, and dependable. The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, which are adaptable.

Lunar Apogee

Black Moon Lilith is associated with drug addiction, obsession, prostitution, hypnotism, the supernatural, and tantric sex. Meanwhile, White Moon Selena represents light, truth, and the path to a high harmony.

Lunar Node

The north, ascending node represents our karmic paths and the lessons we came here to learn. The south, descending node reveals the challenges and gifts we bring in from previous lifetimes.


This symbol represents the wheel to which Zeus bound Ixion according to Greek mythology, as a punishment in Tartarus.


The moon can cause people (especially Cancers, Scorpios, and Pisces) to act imaginative, creative, intuitive, sentimental, adaptable, introspective, and protective. However, it can also cause them to act moody, restless, and irrational. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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