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Origin of sun sign
Words nearby sun sign
What does sun sign mean?
In astrology, the term sun sign is another way to refer to a sign of the zodiac—one of the 12 constellations (called zodiacal constellations) that appear in a particular portion of the sky called the zodiac.
In astronomy, the zodiac is the band of sky along which the paths of the sun, the moon, and the planets appear to move.
The zodiac can be divided into 12 sections, each of which is named after a constellation. These include Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius (Scorpio), Sagittarius, and Capricornus (Capricorn).
Despite its basis in astronomy, the word zodiac is mainly associated with and most often used in the context of astrology, in which it refers to a diagram (often a circular one) representing this belt and showing the symbols associated with each of the 12 constellations—these are the signs of the zodiac or zodiac signs. (These terms can also refer to one of the 12 sections into which the zodiac is divided.)
Astrology is the nonscientific practice in which the positions of heavenly bodies at certain times are thought to influence or be correlated with human behavior and events. For example, the position of the sun in a particular portion of the zodiac at the moment of a person’s birth is thought to correlate with their personality. This is usually what people are referring to when they talk about their sun sign or star sign or zodiac sign or often just sign (though some use the terms sun sign and star sign in different ways depending on their interpretation of astrology). The word horoscope can refer to a diagram of the heavens that maps the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac. It can also refer to a prediction based (or said to be based) on such a diagram.
In astrology, each sign has a corresponding symbol. Those used in Western astrology differ in some other cultures. For example, different ones are used in the Chinese zodiac.
Example: Apparently, my wife and I have sun signs that are supposed to be very incompatible—oh well, we get along great!
Where does sun sign come from?
The first records of the term sun sign come from the 1890s, not too long after the first records of its synonyms, sign of the zodiac and star sign. The word zodiac comes from the Greek zōidiakòs (kuklos), meaning “(circle) of signs.” It ultimately comes from zōidion, meaning “animal sign” or “carved figure,” from zōion, “animal.”
When ancient people looked up in the sky, they saw patterns in the stars that they thought looked like animals and other figures, such as a bull (Taurus), a lion (Leo), a scorpion (Scorpio), and an archer (Sagittarius). These patterns are what we call constellations, and the 12 of them that appear in what’s called the zodiac are known as the signs of the zodiac. All of this involved (and became part of) ancient mythology and the practice of trying to interpret events based on the position of the sun and other stars and heavenly bodies (which we now call astrology).
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How is sun sign used in real life?
The term sun sign is used in the context of astrology, in which most people use it interchangeably with the terms star sign, zodiac sign, or simply sign.
Everyone has a moon sign as well as a sun sign, your sun sign is what most people know as your star sign
— ★I_AM_누리 ⁸ ⟭⟬ (@GhostOfTheAshes) June 17, 2020
My sun sign is Aquarius and my moon sign is Aquarius. What does this mean
— Kas (@kuh_sand_ruh) January 25, 2021
i will no longer be referring to my sun sign. moon sign only
— نادرة (@gadis_melayu_) January 24, 2021
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Which of the following constellations is NOT considered one of the sun signs?
Example sentences from the Web for sun sign
They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.
There was deep brown flesh, and bronze flesh, and pallid white flesh, and flesh turned red from the hot sun.
They will do it,” Revels declared, “as certainly as the sun shines in the heavens.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The nanas and poppies and grannies and grampses who flocked there to roast in the sun.
It was hard not to take it as a sign, a personal comment on my own Jewish dating failings.
Behold a dumpy, comfortable British paterfamilias in a light flannel suit and a faded sun hat.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
It was very warm, and for a while they did nothing but exchange remarks about the heat, the sun, the glare.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The sun was shining when they arrived at Salon, the gayest, the most coquettish, the most laughing little town in Provence.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Only the petrol tins they took for water right and left of their pathway up the cliff; huge diamonds in the evening sun.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
I am pleading for a clear white light of education that shall go like the sun round the whole world.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells