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The Signs of the Zodiac: Qualities and Meanings – Part 1

The Signs of the Zodiac: Qualities and Meanings - Part 1

In episode 175 astrologers Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan discuss the symbolism of the first six signs of the zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo.

This is the first installment of a two-part series where we plan to give an in-depth overview of the qualities and meanings of all twelve zodiacal signs.

At the beginning of the episode we discuss the basic categories of the signs, which are are 1) gender, 2) modality, 3) element, and 4) planetary ruler.

After the introduction is out of the way, we spend about 20 minutes talking about the symbolism and meaning of each zodiac sign in order, starting with Aries.

This is a followup to a previous episode on the significations of the seven traditional planets, which gave a detailed introduction to the meanings of the planets, and that was complimented by another episode on the meanings of the outer planets.

Part 2 of this series will be recorded sometime next month, and there we will discuss the other six signs of the zodiac: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

This episode is available in both audio and a video versions below.

Timestamps for the Audio Version

Here are some timestamps for the audio version of this episode, if you want to jump around to different sections. See the description page below the video on YouTube for timestamps for the video version.

  • 00:00:00 – 00:44:35: Introduction and sign categorizations
  • 00:44:35 – 00:44:35: Aries
  • 01:11:20 – 01:26:50: Taurus
  • 01:26:50 – 01:48:30: Gemini
  • 01:48:30 – 02:07:15: Cancer
  • 02:07:15 – 02:34:01: Leo
  • 02:34:01 – 03:06:00: Virgo

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A full transcript of this episode is available: Episode 175 transcript

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  • Besides the fact that I sincerely look forward to every episode of A.p. i want to let Austin Coppock know how enjoyable i find his daily sending that capture the general mood of the astro weather with poetry and humour.

  • In regards to your card game, I think it should be like Texas hold ‘em. For this game, however, the cards you’re dealt are your natal placements and the shared cards on the table are the current transits. The number of shared cards for the table would vary depending on the transit being played (ex. ‘Uranus transiting into Taurus’ could be the cards on the table in one deal or ‘Venus Retrograde in Scorpio square Mars’ for a different deal). The number of cards that are used for the hand could also vary per player depending on how the transit aspects with their natal cards in hand (ex. ‘Uranus in Taurus in the 6th house opposing natal Uranus, squaring natal Mars’ for one player vs. ‘Uranus moving into the 7th house with no aspects’ for another player). There could be both extremes of a winner and loser. The hand that has the most benefic placements based on the combination of what’s on the table and what’s in the hand would be the winner versus the hand that has the most Malefic combination being the loser. Probably the person with the most Malefic hand should lose double the wager which was paid to enter the hand – which everyone would have to put in blind before the transit is flipped. It would be a pretty complex game, but very interesting.

  • I’m a bit late here, but I have a question that overlaps with the 2nd episode to come: does Pisces share some of the service quality of Virgo? How do they handle acknowledgment, or lack of it, for the service given?
    I mean, they are both passive signs, one Earth and the other Water, so they share this “cold” trait, which seems to keep them in the background although their work is important. Also, Pisces seems more interested in ideal and psychic realms, seeing the big picture, whereas Virgo’s service is more practical and detail oriented.
    I always feel there’s something important I’m missing regarding these two signs, so I’d like to hear your thoughts on this.
    Thank you for the great work you guys put out.

  • Hi ♥️thank you for your interesting podcast . I Amsterdam from Sweden and i understand most of it i havet just resently heard about cuspsigns . And you know what ? I havet Always suspected that they excist . I Am born on a cusp ( Scorpio/dag)and it really make Sense . Therese were so much information so i havet to listen to it more than One time . Thank you for sharing . Malin

  • I’m glad I discovered your podcast. Will be listening of course. I do have a few comments. First your introduction was a bit drawn out although useful. I also had a few disagreements of course . I do think that there is a place for sidereal astrology and there something in the concept of houses. All three of you represent the same exact direction of astrology which is the tropical astrology and you do seem to discredit other forms of astrology which I don’t completely agree with. Having said all that I still find the podcast and information useful and very informative.

  • Hello,
    About Cancer sometimes being depicted as a “lobster”.
    Here’s my attempt at an explanation as a German native speaker.
    Cancer (the zodiac sign as well as the disease) is translated as “Krebs” in German, not as “Krabbe”, the word for crab.
    “Krebs” is the German word for both, the whole group of Crustacea (which would include the crab), and the European or noble crayfish. When we say we had “Krebs” for dinner, we would always mean the latter. If we had anything else from the Krebse group, we would call it by its more defined name such as crab, lobster etc.
    As such, when you see a Cancer depicted like a lobster it is just because the illustrator used this German (and maybe other non-English language’s) translation of Cancer.