How Many Zodiac Signs Are There?

How Many Zodiac Signs Are There?

Zodiac has become more popular recently, leading many people to wonder what it is, and what they can learn from it. In this article, you will discover how many zodiac signs there are, and delve into some details about each zodiac sign. 

So, how many zodiac signs are there?

The Western Zodiac, or Western Astrology, contains 12 zodiac signs.

These 12 signs are based on our Sun’s zodiacal location in the sky as the Earth orbits around the Sun over a one-year period.  The zodiac signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

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Other Types of Zodiac Calendars

There are loads of other systems of zodiac outside of just the Western Zodiac. Many ancient cultures developed their zodiac to describe people based on when they were born, as well as predict future events.

Each one is a little bit different. Civilizations like the ancient Egyptians, the Mayan Empire, and the Chinese all had their forms of zodiac.

Let’s take a look at each of these different Zodiac Calendars separately:

  • The Chinese Zodiac
  • The Mayan Zodiac
  • The Egyptian Zodiac
  • The Celtic Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac has 12 signs, just like the Western Zodiac. In the Chinese Zodiac, each year is represented by a different animal.

The animals of the Chinese Zodiac are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

The Mayan Zodiac

The Mayan Zodiac has a total of 20 signs, much more than the Western Zodiac. The Maya used their zodiac to predict future events as well as the future of each person, depending on the sign they were born under.

The signs of the Mayan Zodiac are Crocodile, Wind, Night, Lizard, Serpent, Death, Deer, Star, Water, Dog, Monkey, Road, Reed, Jaguar, Eagle, Vulture, Earth, Flint, Storm, and Sun.

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The Egyptian Zodiac

The Egyptian Zodiac has 12 signs, just like the Western and Chinese zodiacs. The signs of the Egyptian Zodiac are represented by 11 Egyptian gods and goddesses, and the Nile.

The gods and goddesses that represent the other 11 signs are Ra, Mut, Geb, Osiris, Isis, Thoth, Horus, Anubis, Set, Bastet, and Sekhmet.

The Celtic Zodiac

The Celtic Zodiac has 13 signs. Something interesting thing about the Celtic Zodiac is that each period corresponds with both an animal sign and a tree sign.

The animal signs and their corresponding tree signs are Stag and Birch, Cat and Rowan, Snake and Ash, Fox and Alder, Bull and Willow, Seahorse and Hawthorn, Wren and Oak, Horse and Holly, Salmon and Hazel, Swan and Vine, Butterfly and Ivy, Wolf, and Reed, and finally Hawk and Elder.

This is just touching the surface of a few other kinds of zodiac. There are many other kinds of zodiacs out there you can explore and use to deepen your knowledge about yourself and others!

 The rest of this article will be focused on the Western Zodiac.

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Each sign is represented by a different element

The signs all fall under one of four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. These four elements can help you learn more about the qualities of each sign, just by knowing a little bit about each element!

Read on to find out which signs fall under which element, and the qualities associated with those signs.

Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

Fire as an element can represent life, vitality, and enthusiasm. These signs tend to be more passionate and more easily excited than the other signs. Fire can also be destructive, so fire signs need to be attentive and manage their behaviors to make sure that they show passion without being too explosive.

Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

Earth can represent growth and protection. Earth signs tend to be, well, “down to earth” and reliable. Earth provides stability for all life on our planet, which means that Earth signs are loyal and stick with it when times get tough.

This can cause these signs to be a little stubborn though, so earth signs should make sure they understand all their options and allow change to happen.

Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

Air represents knowledge, inspiration, and dreams. Air signs tend to go with the flow and get rid of staleness in everyday life.

Air can also carry you away, so air signs should make sure they don’t get stuck with their head in the clouds.

Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

Water represents emotion, intuition, and mystery. Like the oceans, water signs can be very deep and full of secrets. These signs tend to have a strong intuition and follow their gut more often than other signs.

Water can take many forms, and because of this, water signs might be dealing with a rollercoaster of different moods. These signs should pay attention to their shifting moods and learn to understand them.

How else are the signs represented?

Each sign is represented by a different animal or symbol, a tarot card, and ruled by a specific planet. The symbols, cards, and planets can help you to understand more about each sign by giving you more ways the signs are individually represented.

To learn more about how astrology and tarot are related, read this article.

Some signs share planets, and some signs even have multiple planets. Classical planets don’t include Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto because these planets weren’t discovered until after this system of the Zodiac was developed. Some people still use only the classical planets.


Aries is represented by a ram and ruled by the planet Mars. The tarot card typically associated with Aries is The Emperor.

Here’s an article that discusses what tarot cards represents Aries.


Taurus is represented by a bull and ruled by the planet Venus. The tarot card associated with Taurus is The Hierophant.

Here’s an article that discusses what tarot cards represent Taurus.


Gemini is represented by a set of twins and ruled by the planet Mercury. The tarot card associated with Gemini is The Lovers.

Here’s an article the discusses with tarot card represents Gemini.


Cancer is represented by a crab and ruled by the Moon. The tarot card associated with Cancer is The Chariot.

Here’s an article the discusses what tarot card represents Cancer.


Leo is represented by a lion and ruled by the Sun. The tarot card associated with Leo is Strength.

Here’s an article talking about tarot and the zodiac sign Leo.


Virgo is represented by a maiden and ruled by the planet Mercury. The tarot card associated with Virgo is The Hermit.

This article goes into more detail about tarot cards and the zodiac card Virgo.


Libra is represented by a set of weighing scales and ruled by the planet Venus. The tarot card associated with Libra is Justice.

To learn more about Libra and what Tarot card has the Libra energy, read here.


Scorpio is represented by a scorpion and ruled by the planet Pluto. Using only classical planets, Scorpio is ruled by the planet Mars. The tarot card associated with Scorpio is Death.

I’ve written an article about Scorpio and the tarot cards associated with this zodiac sign.


Sagittarius is represented by an archer and ruled by the planet Jupiter. The tarot card associated with Sagittarius is Temperance.

For more details about Sagittarius and it’s associated tarot cards, read this article.


Capricorn is represented by a goat and ruled by the planet Saturn. The tarot card associated with Capricorn is The Devil.

For more information about Capricorn and tarot cards associated with this zodiac sign, read here.


Aquarius is represented by a water bearer and ruled by the planet Uranus. Using only classical planets, Aquarius is ruled by the planet Saturn. The tarot card associated with Aquarius is The Star.

Although I’ve mentioned that the Star is associated with Aquarius, there are a number of other tarot cards also associated with Aquarius.


Pisces is represented by fish and ruled by the planet Neptune. Using only classical planets, Pisces is ruled by the planet Jupiter. The tarot card associated with Pisces is The Moon.

For more information about Pisces and the associated tarot cards, read this article.

If you aren’t sure what sign you are, then take a look at that now.

What Zodiac Sign Am I?

Now that you have learned a little more about the signs and Western Zodiac in general, you may be wondering which sign you are. Your sun sign is easy to figure out!

There are 12 zodiacal regions in the sky and as the Earth rotates around the Sun, we (from the Earth’s perspective) can see the Sun moving from one region of the sky to the next. 

In January, the Sun is located within the zodiacal region of Aquarius. The Sun is in that area of the sky from January 20th through February 18th.  The Sun then moves to the next region, namely Pisces from February 19th to March 20th.

For you to figure out what sign you are, locate your birth month and day, and then you can identify what Sun sign you are.  (That’s why your Western Zodiac sign is called your “Sun sign”).

I’ve listed these below:

  • January 20 – February 18:  Aquarius
  • February 19 – March 20: Pisces
  • March 21 – April 19: Aries
  • April 20 – May 20: Taurus
  • May 21 – June 21: Gemini
  • June 22 – July 22: Cancer
  • July 23 – August 22: Leo
  • August 23 – September 22: Virgo
  • September 23 – October 23: Libra
  • October 24 – November 22: Scorpio
  • November 23 – December 21: Sagittarius
  • December 22 – January 19: Capricorn

 You should now know, if you didn’t already, your Western Zodiac sign. 

  • If your birthday is October 15th, you would be a Libra.
  • If your birthday was March 22nd, you would be an Aries.

Use this list to find out what sign all your friends and family members are!

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