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Stefan Stenudd

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Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tarot Unfolded


Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients


Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia



The Aries Symbol

The Aries symbol (glyph).

Its Origin and Meaning in Astrology


The above image is the established symbol (also called glyph) for the Zodiac sign Aries, the Ram. It's a simplified image of the ram's horns. Both the Zodiac sign and its symbol have been along for ages.



     The Zodiac division of the ecliptic into twelve parts, each assigned a Zodiac sign, is probably of Babylonian (Mesopotamia) origin. They were very early with astrology, mapping the sky and noting planetary movements thousands of years ago.

     The Zodiac, very much like the one we know today, might have emerged in Mesopotamia around 1000 BC. But Babylonian astrology is probably far older than that.


The Spring Equinox Sign

Already the Babylonians connected the Zodiac sign to the ram - but not at first. Early Babylonian astrology called the sign and its constellation the Agrarian worker, probably because of its start at the Spring equinox. That's when the light and warmth return, and farmers got o work their fields.

     Contrary to some other star constellations, that of Aries hardly suggests the shape of the animal from which it got its name. The reason for the name and symbol of the Zodiac sign Aries might instead be related to some Babylonian mythological mix-up.

     See the image below of the constellation Aries.


The Aries Constellation.


     As you can see, there's really not much suggesting the shape of a ram. This hasn't stopped artists in the past from suggesting the image of the ram to be implied by the stars of the Aries constellation.

     Below is an antique illustration of the same constellation, where the figure of the ram has been added. It's from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690.


The Aries constellation, 1690.


Aries in Ink

Below is an ink version of the symbol for Aries, which I did a number of years back in an experiment of using Japanese ink calligraphy (shodo) for old European astrology symbols. I've used these pictures on my astrology websites, mainly for fun and for the odd graphic effect, and I've seen them copied all over the Internet. I'm fine with that, although I think it wouldn't hurt if the source was mentioned. Well, what to do?

     Anyway, here's that ink again, this time in the original black and white (click on the image to see a bigger version):


The Aries symbol in ink, by Stefan Stenudd.


Aries the Sign

As for the picture commonly used to represent the Aries Zodiac sign, it's been an image of a ram for as long as that has been its name - probably longer than the symbol described above has existed. Below is one typical example, where the stars of the constellation Aries have also been marked. It's an illustration from Poeticon astronomicon, a 1482 book by Hyginus.


Aries, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.


     For the header of this website, I played a little with the Aries symbol - using the photo of a real ram together with the symbol for Aries. It shows quite clearly how the symbol is shaped to represent the horns. I also added some fire, the element of Aries and a relevant image of Aries energy.


The Aries Zodiac sign and the Ram.


Zodiac Sign Symbols

Here are the symbols (glyphs) of all the twelve Zodiac signs, and links to pages telling more about each Zodiac sign symbol.

Aries symbol (glyph).Aries symbol


Taurus symbol (glyph).Taurus symbol


Gemini symbol (glyph).Gemini symbol


Cancer symbol (glyph).Cancer symbol


Leo symbol (glyph).Leo symbol


Virgo symbol (glyph).Virgo symbol


Libra symbol (glyph).Libra symbol


Scorpio symbol (glyph).Scorpio symbol


Sagittarius symbol (glyph).Sagittarius symbol


Capricorn symbol (glyph).Capricorn symbol


Aquarius symbol (glyph).Aquarius symbol


Pisces symbol (glyph).Pisces symbol


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My Astrology Book

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This book explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the Zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.