Signs of the Zodiac in German - Sternzeichen: Introduction

Astronomical clock tower (1520), Town Hall of Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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The old pick-up line “What’s your sign?” probably doesn’t work any better in German („Welches Sternzeichen sind Sie?“) than it does in English, but now you can learn the 12 signs of the zodiac in German. We have divided them into their traditional seasonal groupings, so you can also learn the four seasons (die vier Jahreszeiten) in German. After studying these zodiac pages, you’ll know the German for the 12 signs of the zodiac, some basic horoscope vocabulary and the personality characteristics associated with each sign.

The German word for the astrological and astronomical zodiac, der Tierkreis (“animal circle”), tells you a lot. The German words for each "sign of the zodiac" (das Tierkreiszeichen) represent the animal or symbol of that sign. While the English sign of the bull is called "Taurus," the German word is der Stier, the bull itself. English uses Latin-based words like "taurus" (bull), but German sticks with the Germanic words (Stier, related to "steer"). If you keep this in mind, you can learn the words more easily. Remember as well that the names of the signs are also the names of constellations (Sternbilder) you can see in the night sky of the northern hemisphere.

Nun, welches Sternzeichen bist du?