Astrological symbols

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Symbols used in astrology overlap with those used in astronomy because of the historical overlap between the two subjects. Frequently used symbols include signs of the zodiac and for the classical planets. These have their origin in medieval Byzantiny, but in their current form are a product of the European Renaissance. Other symbols for astrological aspects are used in various astrological traditions.

Astrological planets

The glyphs of the planets are usually (but not always) broken down into four common elements: A circle denoting spirit, a crescent denoting the mind, a cross denoting practical/physical matter and an arrow denoting action or direction.

Name Image Symbol represents
Sun Sol Solar symbol (circled dot)
Moon First quarter moon A crescent
Mercury Mercury Mercury's winged helmet and caduceus
Venus Venus Hand mirror or necklace 
Earth Earth symbol.svg Earth; a Solar symbol (
Earth Earth; a Venus symbol (alternate symbol)
Mars Mars Mars's shield and spear (Emoji variation is ♂️)
Ceres Ceres Scythe (handle down), emblematic of Ceres as goddess of the Harvest.
Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter's thunderbolt or eagle
Saturn Saturn Saturn's sickle
Uranus Uranus H in symbol taken from discoverer's last name, Herschel
Uranus Derived from a combination of the Mars and Sun symbols
Neptune Neptune Neptune's trident
Pluto Pluto (alternate) Pluto's Cap of invisibility (the circle) and a bident (the arc under the circle), also a typical attribute of Pluto.
Pluto PL monogram for Pluto and Percival Lowell
Pluto Variant symbol used mainly by French, Spanish, and Italian speaking astrologers.
Pluto Variant symbol invented by German astrologer Hermann Lefeldt in 1946. Used mostly by those that follow the Hamburg School of Astrology.
Pluto Variant symbol used mostly used in German-speaking countries and Denmark.


The Hamburg School of Astrology, also called Uranian Astrology, is a sub-variety of western astrology. It adds eight hypothetical trans-Neptunian planets to the normal ones used by western astrologers:

Name Image
Cupido Cupido
Hades Hades
Zeus Zeus
Kronos Kronos
Apollon Apollon
Admetos Admetos
Vulcanus Vulcanus
Poseidon Poseidon

Signs of the zodiac

Name Meaning Image Symbol Represents
Aries Ram Aries.svg Face and horns of ram
Taurus Bull Taurus.svg Face and horns of bull
Gemini The Twins Gemini.svg Companion
Cancer Crab Cancer.svg Connection to both material and spiritual worlds
Leo Lion Leo.svg A script form of the Greek letter "lambda", which is the first letter of the Greek word leon, which means "lion"
Virgo Virgin Virgo.svg Derived from the Greek letters ΠΑΡ, which are the first three letters of the Greek word parthenos, which means "virgin"
Libra Scale Libra.svg Scales
Scorpio Scorpion Scorpio.svg Stinger of a scorpion
Sagittarius Archer Sagittarius.svg Arrow of the centaur, aiming to higher realms
Capricorn Sea-goat or
mountain goat
Capricorn.svg Body and head of a goat with the tail of a fish or face and horns of goat.
Capricorn variant.svg
Aquarius Waterbearer Aquarius.svg
Ripples of water, disruption
Pisces Fish Pisces.svg
Two fish tied together yet swimming in opposite directions