What is astrology?
For thousands of years, many people have assumed that the sun, moon and planets influence our lives here on earth. By discovering recurring patterns and combining them with events and moods, astrology was born.
The sun,moon and planets move constantly. Some planets move faster that others. They are constantly changing position and orientation in relation to the Earth and each other.
Astrologers have divided the Earth's path in a year into 12 sectors, better known as the 12 signs of the zodiac. The planets, as well as the signs of the zodiac, all have their own significance in astrology.
What is your star sign?
The sign everyone knows as "one's zodiac sign" is really only the sun sign, i.e. the position where the sun is in one of the 12 signs of the zodiac. Your entire horoscope is, of course, much more comprehensive. In doing so, you also have to look at where all the other planets were at the time you were born.
Fast and slow planets
For instance, the earth orbits the sun in one year and the moon orbits the earth in 24 hours. A planet like Neptune takes 164 years to make one orbit.
How long does a planet take?
Read below how long the planets reside in a sign or constellation and how long they take to travel through all 12 signs of the zodiac. Occasionally, planets appear to go in opposition or retrograde. Before or after, they often stand still for a while. This is also mentioned.
- The Moon - stays in a sign for 2.5 days and takes a month to go around.
- Mercury - stays in a sign for 15-69 days. And goes around in a year. Mercury is never more than 28 degrees away from the Sun. Mercury sometimes moves opposite for 24 days and stands still for 1 day.
- Venus - Venus stays in a sign for 24 to 100 days and goes around in a year. Venus is never more than 48 degrees away from the Sun. Venus moves opposite for a period of 43 days and is stationary for 2 days.
- The Sun - stays in a sign for 1 month and takes a year to go around.
- Mars - stays in a sign for two months and takes two years to go around. Mars occasionally moves opposite for 80 days and is stationary for 3 days.
- Jupiter - stays in a sign for a year and takes 12 years to go around. If Jupiter moves opposite then it is for 120 days and stands still for 5 days.
- Saturn - stays in a sign for 2.5 years. It takes 28-30 years for it to go around. When Saturn moves opposite, it takes 140 days and stands still for 5 days.
- Uranus - stays in a mark for seven years. It takes 84 years for it to complete a lap. If Uranus moves opposite, it takes 140 days and stands still for 5 days.
- Neptune - stays in a sign for 14 years and takes 165 years to go around. If Neptune moves opposite it takes 157 days and is stationary for 5 days.
- Pluto - stays in a sign for 21 years and takes 250 years to complete a lap. when Pluto moves in the opposite direction, it takes 160 days and the stationary period varies.