As you get started with astrology, you're usually first introduced to your horoscope, and you likely hear of the Zodiac seasons (Aries Season, Aquarius Season, etc.). This is a reference to the Zodiac sign the transit (moving) Sun is in. The Sun gets the most attention since it's considered one of the most important parts of who you are (ruling your true self). In transit, the Sun shines a light, and our attention is brought to the Zodiac sign it's touring.
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The confusing basics: What the heck is a Zodiac, anyway?
In astrology, we actually have 3 different Zodiacs: Tropical, Sidereal, and Constellational. Only the Constellational Zodiac (which is relatively new) focuses on the *actual* location of the current constellations. The Tropical and Sidereal Zodiac's don't.
The Tropical Zodiac is an Earth-based system that focuses on the seasons, with Aries corresponding to the Spring Equinox, Cancer corresponding to the Summer Solstice, Libra corresponding to the Autumnal Equinox, and Capricorn corresponding to the Winter Solstice. It's a fixed system that doesn't change, which is why those idiotic reporters who shout every few years that it's not correct are actually the ones who aren't correct. ;)
The Sidereal Zodiac takes into consideration the precession of the equinoxes (which can get really wordy and technical but is essentially just the change in the orientation of our rotational axis), so it's not fixed, however it really only uses this to calculate the start of the Zodiac and then splits the Zodiac into 12 equal parts (the 12 Zodiac signs), same as the Tropical system. The Zodiac signs in the Constellational Zodiac are NOT equal (since they actually vary in size - but this system isn't Earth-based).
Sidereal and Tropical have been around for a loooong time and are the ones mostly used today; Constellational is like a baby in comparison (just a couple decades old). The lack of symmetry with the Constellational Zodiac tends to make astrologers a little standoffish. Some signs are huge and others are tiny. The perfect symmetry of astrology was part of its beauty for its history. It can also feel like it's trying to appease the scientific community (which, let's face it, isn't going to happen anytime soon, at least not until quantum physics gives us some answers - maybe!).
The Sidereal Zodiac is mostly used in the East, while the Tropical Zodiac is mostly used in the West. The Sun sign you're familiar with is likely your Tropical Zodiac Sun sign.
Now to the movement of the Sun:
Using the Tropical Zodiac, the transit Sun is at about the same position on the same date every year, which makes it very easy to use. It's old reliable! It might be off by a day year-to-year, but that's about it.
The transit Sun moves almost 1 degree per day. The Zodiac is comprised of 12 Zodiac signs, and each sign is made up of 30 degrees so we can pinpoint locations (and each degree is made up of 60 minutes). This gives us 360 degrees for the entire Zodiac. We have 365 days each year (366 in Leap Year), so it's almost the same! It ends up evening out (since the Sun moves faster in the winter, slower in the summer, but averages out to just under 1 degree).
And now: Which month is which Zodiac signs?
Now that you've got the technical details, let's review which month is which Zodiac signs! -
What month is Aries? March & April
What month is Taurus? April & May
What month is Gemini? May & June
What month is Cancer? June & July
What month is Leo: July & August
What month is Virgo? August & September
What month is Libra? September & October
What month is Scorpio? October & November
What month is Sagittarius? November & December
What month is Capricorn? December & January
What month is Aquarius? January & February
What month is Pisces? February & March
or to flip it -
What Zodiac sign is January? Capricorn & Aquarius
What Zodiac sign is February? Aquarius & Pisces
What Zodiac sign is March? Pisces & Aries
What Zodiac sign is April? Aries & Taurus
What Zodiac sign is May? Taurus & Gemini
What Zodiac sign is June? Gemini & Cancer
What Zodiac sign is July? Cancer & Leo
What Zodiac sign is August? Leo & Virgo
What Zodiac sign is September? Virgo & Libra
What Zodiac sign is October? Libra & Scorpio
What Zodiac sign is November? Scorpio & Sagittarius
What Zodiac sign is December? Sagittarius & Capricorn
And the start dates for 2021 for each Zodiac Season:
Aries: March 20th
Taurus: April 19th
Gemini: May 20th
Cancer: June 20th
Leo: July 22nd
Virgo: August 22nd
Libra: September 22nd
Scorpio: October 23rd
Sagittarius: November 21st
Capricorn: December 21st
Aquarius: January 19th
Pisces: February 18th
And what does each Zodiac Season focus on?
Aries is an energetic fire sign and the first sign of the Zodiac, so Aries Season tends to focus on new beginnings, fresh starts, and we can take initiative. Energy and enthusiasm can be higher, and we can get excited by the opportunities and possibilities. If you're an Aries, check out the Aries sign info >>>
Taurus is a grounded earth sign, so Taurus Season tends to slow things down so we can catch our breath. We can take more time to get things done, wanting to be certain and exercising some caution, but seeing things through to the end. If you're a Taurus, check out the Taurus sign info >>>
Gemini is the sign of the mind, so Gemini Season tends to bring plenty of mental activity, new ideas, and new plans. We can be more engaging, and want to make use of mental energy. We can keep pretty busy, and focus on what we find interesting. If you're a Gemini, check out the Gemini sign info >>>
Cancer is the sign of emotions, so Cancer Season tends to increase what we feel and how we use our feelings to take action. We can be more supportive and try to get more support from others, and seek comfort and familiarity. If you're a Cancer, check out the Cancer sign info >>>
Leo is a creative fire sign, so Leo Season tends to increase creative energy and creative pursuits. We can be more fun-loving, want to focus on the positives, and more affectionate. We can seek attention and praise. If you're a Leo, check out the Leo sign info >>>
Virgo is a hard-working earth sign, so Virgo Season tends to help us get more of the little things done. We can be more detailed, structured, and organized, and try to be as productive as possible to get everything done. If you're a Virgo, check out the Virgo sign info >>>
Libra is the sign of relationships, so Libra Season tends to have us focused on the people in our lives. We may want more time with others, and can focus on commitment. We can be more compromising, diplomatic, charming, and mediating. If you're a Libra, check out the Libra sign info >>>
Scorpio is an intense water sign, so Scorpio Season tends to make us more passionate. If we can focus the energy, it can help us make much more progress. We can research and get to the heart of matters to find solutions. If you're a Scorpio, check out the Scorpio sign info >>>
Sagittarius is a fun fire sign, so Sagittarius Season tends to make us want to ditch the serious and focus on the positives. We can be optimistic and open to new experiences. We may focus on expanding in new ways and exploring new places. If you're a Sagittarius, check out the Sagittarius sign info >>>
Capricorn is an ambitious earth sign, so Capricorn Seasons tends to get us back to business. We can be more disciplined and work on long-term plans for our goals, and we can hit our stride or hit new heights with what we've done the right way. If you're a Capricorn, check out the Capricorn sign info >>>
Aquarius is an unconventional air sign, so Aquarius Season tends to push us outside of our comfort zones and helps us think outside of the box. We can be open to the new and different, focus more on the future, and embrace independence and individuality. If you're an Aquarius, check out the Aquarius sign info >>>
Pisces is a sensitive water sign, so Pisces Season tends to make us softer and gentler. We can be more compassionate and understanding, and want to do more for others selflessly. Imagination can soar, and intuition can strengthen to guide us. If you're a Pisces, check out the Pisces sign info >>>
Suggested Reading: Intro to Zodiac Signs