I found a wonderful collection of astrological zodiac sign pictures from the Urania’s Mirror; or, a view of the Heavens, published in 1824. The beautiful zodiac illustrations are by the English cartologist, Sydney Hall.
The Urania’s Mirror originally contained a set of 32 wonderful astronomical star chart cards. I have decided to share the ones here that relate to the signs of the zodiac.
The Zodiac is an area of the sky which is divided into 12 signs and corresponds to the constellations, Aries, Taurus Gemini, Cancer, Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pieces.
I think everyone knows their zodiac sign as each sign is associated with particular dates in the calendar. Astrologers have attributed particular personality traits to each of the zodiac signs. Some people take them very seriously and carefully study their horoscopes based on their star signs.
Each of the 12 horoscope signs belongs to one of the four elements – Air, Fire, Water and Earth. In Astrology, these elements represent an essential type of energy that acts in each of us. It supposedly helps gain a better understanding of our potential and our positive traits and deal with negative ones.
When I came across these vintage zodiac sign pictures I loved the illustrations next to the constellation charts. I thought they would look wonderful framed. The zodiac sign pictures could also be used to make personalized handcrafted gifts or birthday cards.
To download the vintage zodiac picture you want just click on the title above the illustration. Then, a higher resolution jpeg of that image will automatically open up on your device. You can then simply save that picture to your hard drive and print at home.
Or you can use one of the many online print shops to have the image professionally printed. Many online print stores, as well as standard prints, have gift printing services. Where you can get the images printed onto cushions, bags mugs, etc. Just like I did with my vintage map pillows.
The Vintage Zodiac Sign Illustrations
The Sun is in the Aquarius sign between about January 21 and about February 20. Even though Aquarius is known as the water carrier it is an Air Sign.
As my birthday falls on Valentine’s day (14th February), Aquarius is my star sign.
Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits the area of Pisces between February 19 and March 20. Pisces is represented by two fish and is a water sign. It is one of the earliest zodiac signs on record and “Pisces” is the Latin word for “Fish.”
With many of the vintage zodiac sign illustrations of the sign Pisces the two fish often drawn are koi. Which according to Greek myth Aphrodite and her son Eros transformed in order to escape the monster Typhon.
Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits the Aries sign from approximately March 20 to April 21 each year. Aries is the Latin word for ram and the Aries zodiac sign is a fire sign.
The Sun transits in Taurus from approximately April 20 until May 20. Taurus is an earth sign and the word is the Latin for a bull.
Both my husband and father are Taureans. Which is just as well, because apparently Taureans and Aquarians are a good match if you believe in horoscopes.
Interesting fact; NASA named its two-person space capsule Project Gemini after the zodiac sign because the spacecraft could carry two astronauts.
Those who are born from approximately June 22 to July 22 are born under the zodiac sign of Cancer. It is a water sign depicted by the image of a crab.
The Sun transits the zodiac sign of Leo on average between July 23 and August 22 each year. Leo means lion and it is a fire sign.
The Sun transits Virgo on average between August 23 and September 22. Virgo is an earth sign and in Greek mythology is represented by Astraea. She was the last immortal to abandon Earth at the end of the Silver Age when the gods fled to Olympus.
Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits Libra zodiac area on average between September 23 and October 22. Libra is an air sign symbolized by a set of scales and is associated with justice. According to the writer Manilius, Roman judges are born under the sign of Libra.
In astrology, a broad description of those who are born under this sign are calm, rational, and detached when dealing with situations. My sister is a Libraen and that description doesn’t fit with her personality, but don’t tell her I said that.
The Sun transits Scorpio on average from October 23 to November 22. Scorpio is a water sign associated with three different animals: the scorpion, the snake, and the eagle (or phoenix).
Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits Sagittarius between approximately November 23 and December 21.
This is a fire sign represented by a centaur from Greek mythology, a creature that is a half-human and a half horse. Also known as the Archer, Sagittarius is represented by the symbol of a bow and arrow.
Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits Capricorn from about December 21 to January 21. Capricorn is an earth sign and a kind of sea-goat. Its symbol is based on the Sumerians’ god of wisdom and waters, Enki, with the head and upper body of a goat and the lower body and tail of a fish.
If you liked these images then check out these other posts on then check out the Zodiac star charts of John Bevis on Pictureboxblue.com