Everyone knows what their 'sign' is, but do
you know what it means?
The fixed stars are stars that are so far
away that they always
appear in the same position in the night sky, and rotate above us as if
on a spherical shell with the earth at the center. Of course it is the
earth that rotates, but the perception is of a rotating star field.
Because the earth orbits the sun, which is
much closer, the sun
appears to move through the star field, a trip that takes one year.
What part of the sky the sun was in at your birth defines your 'sun
sign'. Similarly, where the moon was at your birth becomes your moon
sign, and where the wandering planets defines what 'houses' rule your
Because of something called the 'Precession
of the Equinoxes', the
signs are gradually shifting; roughly every two thousand years, the sun
progresses through one sign and is entering the next sign when it used
to enter the previous one. Since the signs were defined about two
thousand years ago, the signs are actually off by one, and you may find
your neighboring sign more closely aligned to your life.