Human Signs

Human Signs

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The human signs are the signs of the zodiac represented by human figures. The signs classified as human vary, but always include Gemini the Twins, Virgo the Virgin, and Aquarius the Water Bearer. Although the symbol for Libra the Scales is a nonliving artifact, Libra is usually considered a human sign because the older symbol of Libra was a woman holding scales. Sagittarius the Archer is often represented as a centaur—half human, half horse. When represented as an archer, Sagittarius is classified as human; when represented as a centaur, nonhuman. The signs not represented by human figures are referred to as bestial. The human/bestial contrast does not carry practical consequences for interpretation (e.g., persons born under human signs are not more humane or less “beastly” than others). For this reason, as well as the negative connotations of the term beast, this distinction has dropped out of general usage in modern astrology.

Sources:

Bach, Eleanor. Astrology from A to Z: An Illustrated Source Book. New York: Philosophical Library, 1990.
Lee, Dal. Dictionary of Astrology. New York: Paperback Library, 1969.
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