11 Astrology Symbols And Their Meanings For Zodiac Signs & Horoscope Interpretation

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11 Astrology Symbols And Their Meanings For Zodiac Signs & Horoscope Interpretation
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Do you know what each planet symbol in astrology means? If not, click to find out!

Learning astrology is like deciphering a new language.

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There are symbols that have certain meanings in order to help shorten all the information that each zodiac sign, house, or planet means. 

Like any good story, combining certain symbols together help to reveal something personal and meaningful. Maybe you've wondered if astrology is an ancient science or if the symbols you've seen in your horoscope or natal chart have more to them than you may realize. 

In life when it comes to astrology we always see signs and symbols that relate to our zodiac sign's horoscope chart.

We always hear what they mean and it can be confusing when you don't understand it all at first. 

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You might take note of how each astrological symbol differs from one another etc.

However, I would put some money on the chances that not many people know what each sign means and what it represents.

Would you say the same? Probably, right? If you've been wanting to dive more deeply into astrology and learn how to use it, you can start with the symbols and what the most popular ones mean. 

Well, for those of you who don’t, let’s jump into what each symbol in astrology means, the zodiac sign it's connected to, and why how it affects your horoscope.

1. The Sun


The Sun rules the zodiac sign, Leo and is associated with the 5th House in astrology. It is also connected to the tarot card, Courage. It appears as a circle with a dot in the center. The dot represents the Sun as the center of our unique universe.

In astrology, the Sun also represents your ego, motivation, interests, likes/dislikes, and your vitality as well as how you express and identify yourself to the public. It's a symbol of courage and also the person you present to the world or how you'd like to be seen. 

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2. The Moon


The Moon rules the zodiac sign, Cancer and is associated with the 4th House in astrology. There is also a tarot card named "The Moon" which is also associated with Cancer. The Moon is easy to recognize since its symbol is shaped like a crescent Moon.

In astrology, the Moon symbolizes emotion. It represents your intuition, instincts, your conscious mind and what puts you in a comfortable mental state.

In astrology, it's believed that the Moon helps to encourage feelings and aid their rising to the surface when in a particular zodiac sign's house during a Moon phase.

How much you express yourself and how much you let people in, so to speak, coincides with the size, shape, proximity to the Earth and the brightness of the Moon.

The moon governs your emotions that you prefer to keep hidden, such as anger, jealousy, and fear. However, it’s also the sensual side of you that shows joy and pleasure.

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3. Mercury


The Mercury rules the zodiac sign Gemini and is associated with the 3rd House in astrology. The symbol looks like a person with horns. The pointed horns on the top of the circle represent the extension of your mind and its thoughts.

They almost appear as antennae signaling the way you communicate and receive messages in the world. Mercury is all about how you communicate.

Mercury symbolizes how you solve problems, how you comprehend as well as your curiosities in life.

If you were born when Mercury was in retrograde then you are intuitive and introspective. You take “think before you speak” to the heart.

If you were born when Mercury was stationary then you’re very communicative and constantly thinking.

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4. Venus


Venus rules two zodiac signs: Taurus and Libra, and is connected to both the 2nd and 7th House in astrology. The symbol used for Venus looks like a circle on top of a cross shape symbol.

This is a feminine symbol and represents the planet that governs your love life.

Who you attract, how you attract them, your social skills, your affection, how you define beauty and what you look for in others.

Venus is a planet of good fortune. Also, it’s always found in the same sign as your sun, or the two signs directly before or after.

If you were born when Venus was in Retrograde then you’re most comfortable around those whom you’re closest to.

If you were born when Venus was stationary then you have a very active social life and finding love is very important to you.

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5. Mars


Mars rules Aries and is connected with the 1st House in astrology. Mars can be a trouble making a planet or an energizing force.

This symbol that is a circle with an arrow that points to the side is meant to symbolize action. Mars governs your motivation, your initiative, your drive, what you want to achieve and where you direct your energy based off of all of these things.

Mars is also about how much of a risk taker you are. In astrology, this planet is what makes you stay the course each and every day. It’s how you express your anger, sex drive and what you give and desire in your sexual relationship.

If you were born when Mars was in retrograde then you try to bottle up your energy and most likely avoid confrontation.

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6. Jupiter


Jupiter is the ruler of both Sagittarius and Pisces and oversees the 9th and the 12th Houses of the zodiac. Jupiter looks like a funky number four.

This planet governs your ethics. Your philosophies about life, when you’re cautious vs. when you take chances, as well as how you can benefit from the knowledge you’ve attained.

In astrology, Jupiter shows where you receive financial benefit and how generous of a person you are. Jupiter is about the search for truth. Therefore it is associated with law, religion, philosophy, and education.

If Jupiter was in retrograde when you were born, you’re pretty philosophical but tend to keep your beliefs to yourself. You also have strong points of view and principles if Jupiter was stationary when you were born.

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7. Saturn


Saturn is the ruler of the 10th House and the zodiac sign Capricorn. It looks like an upside-down S or a hook that's attached to a letter 't'.

Saturn is the planet that describes your karmic energy, ambition, life lessons and your feeling of inadequacy. Saturn is about restrictions, limitations, boundaries, safety, and practicality. It’s about hard work and getting what you deserve.

You can consider Saturn as the planet that oversees your career, business and wealth. It shows what you want to be known for and what you want to achieve.

If Saturn was in retrograde when you were born, you are responsible for your own success and failures. If Saturn was stationary you are more goal oriented, disciplined and determined to succeed.

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8. Uranus


Uranus rules the 11th House and the zodiac sign, Aquarius. It looks like a wonky H with a stem in the center secured by a circle at the bottom. This planet is considered to be unpredictable energy.

Uranus is ruled by Aquarius and governs where you seek freedom, where you stand out, where you’re unconventional, what makes you rebel, where you do the unexpected and where you’ll find change.

Uranus is about sudden changes. It also involves events that happen in an instant, like accidents or love at first sight. Uranus also involves intuition, like in the form of “aha” moments.

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9. Neptune


Neptune rules Pisces and is most comfortable in the 12th House. The symbol appears as a pitchfork with triangles at the top. The triangles are symbols of waves and the rise of creativity. Neptune rules Pisces and governs what inspires you and where you’re easily deceived. It’s about illusion, confusion, imagination, and creativity.

It’s the areas where you see what you thought was real isn’t and what you thought wasn’t real is. Neptune is associated with addictions –such as drugs, alcohol, food etc.

If Neptune was in retrograde when you were born you may have a tendency to escape reality. If Neptune was stationary you may be quite artistic but not realistic.

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10. Pluto


Pluto looks like a P attached to an L. This planet rules Scorpio and is the god of the underworld. Pluto represents where you feel powerful vs. feeling powerless as well as where you experience great change.

The energy of Pluto is associated with the 8th House of astrology and is connected to the big events in your life and getting rid of the old to make way for the new. If Pluto was in retrograde when you were born, your beliefs may change over time.

If Pluto was direct you have a lot of power that you can use either positively or negatively in life.

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11. Chiron


Chiron does not rule any zodiac sign in astrology. However, this dwarf planet is important. It's known as the “wounded healer.” It represents our deepest wound, and our efforts to heal the wound.

In our natal charts, Chiron points to where we have healing powers as the result of our own deep spiritual wounds. We may over-compensate in these areas of life.

Chiron, as a wounded healer, first must face issues of low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy and learn to rise above these issues. Because the wound goes deep, and we may work hard to overcome the wound, healing powers are potent.

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