The zodiac’s “head” sign, Aries, is the first of the 12 signs and the first of the zodiac signs as animals. Symbolic of the horoscope is the ram, a sheep with curved horns. The ram’s head is commonly depicted as a simple graphic in the symbol.
Second, in the zodiac, Taurus governs the period from April 20 to May 20 in the astrological calendar. The bull represents this sign. According to Greek mythology, Zeus disguised himself as a bull to kidnap the Phoenician beauty, Europa.
Geminis are considered to have a dual character, which is why twins are a common emblem for them. Even though this is not a zodiac sign with an animal depiction, many animals, such as the deer, are thought to mirror the characteristics of a Gemini. This is because of their outgoing and social personality, but also their tendency to be a little timid. The dolphin is thought to be compatible with Gemini as well.
The fourth of the zodiac sign animals is Cancer, and it governs the period from June 22 to July 22 in astrology. The crab (or lobster or crayfish) that nipped Heracles, better known as Hercules, when he was fighting the Lernaean Hydra in Greek mythology is the source of its crab emblem.
Leo is the 5th sign of the zodiac sign animals and represents the time span from approximately July 23 to August 22. In mythology, Leo is often shown as a lion, in reference to Heracles’ killing of the Nemean lion.
Earth sign Virgo ushers in the fall harvest and the second half of each year. Although the official Virgo symbol is a virgin maiden, numerous animals, such as the fox, are linked with this sign. Like a fox, they are observant and alert, spotting even the tiniest of movements in the room. Like virgin maidens, they are self-sufficient and poised.
Libras are represented by scales, due to their balance and fairness. They are also alluring yet independent in nature, much like the panda.
Those born between October 24th and November 21st are known as Scorpius (or Scorpio). This is the 8th astrological sign of the zodiac, represented by the animal: the scorpion. There’s a connection between the scorpion and Orion, it being the scorpion that killed him. Consequently, the constellation Scorpius rises in the night sky, while Orion is said to set.
Sagittarius the Archer, the ninth tropical zodiac sign, loves adventure. From Nov 22 to Dec 21, the Sun passes through Sagittarius on its annual voyage. The archer represents Sagittarius.
As the tenth sign in the horoscope, Capricorn is derived from the constellation Capricornus or the mountain goat. These are the people born between December 21st and January 20th. The Sea-goat, whose mythology dates to the Bronze Age, is also associated with the constellation Capricorn. This is because Babylonians believed that the sea goat was a god of water, intelligence, and the formation of the universe.
As the eleventh zodiac sign, Aquarius hails from the constellation Aquarius. Its Latin name translates to “bearer of water” or “carrier of cups,” and its ancient astronomical emblem depicts water.
In Western astrology, Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac. The constellation of Pisces depicts a large and small fish entwined amid the stars. When Zeus changed Aphrodite and Eros into fish to allow them to jump into a river and escape Typhon, the two fish in the Pisces emblem were considered to symbolize the two lovers. This is just one take on the story.