Languages › German The Signs of the Zodiac in German A Vocabulary Lesson About Your Horoscope Share Flipboard Email Print De Agostini / C. Sappa / Getty Images German History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar By Hyde Flippo German Expert Hyde Flippo taught the German language for 28 years at high school and college levels and published several books on the German language and culture. our editorial process Hyde Flippo Updated November 04, 2019 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. That shouldn't stop you from learning to speak about the zodiac in German. After studying this lesson, you’ll know the German for the twelve signs of the zodiac as well as some basic horoscope vocabulary to help you in conversations. It's a rather short lesson and many of the words resemble their English counterparts, making them easier to commit to memory. Signs of the Zodiac (das Tierkreiszeichen) 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"). There are exceptions to this, however. In the cases of Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn, the literal translation from German to English is the actual sign, not the symbol that represents it. Remember, too, that the names of the signs are also the names of constellations (Sternbilder, literally "star picture") you can see in the night sky of the northern hemisphere. If you keep all this in mind, it will make learning the words much easier. Nun, welches Sternzeichen bist du? (Well, what sign are you?) English Deutsch Aries der Widder Taurus der Stier (the bull) Gemini die Zwillinge (the twins) Cancer der Krebs Leo der Löwe (the lion) Virgo die Jungfrau (the virgin) Libra die Waage (the scale) Scorpio der Skorpion (the scorpion) Sagittarius der Schütze (the shooter) Capricorn der Steinbock Aquarius der Wassermann (the waterman) Pisces die Fische (the fish) German Zodiac Vocabulary To get into deeper conversations about the zodiac, you will also need some German vocabulary beyond the signs. These are relatively easy to memorize because they often resemble their English translations. English Deutsch zodiac der Tierkreis sign of the zodiac das Tierkreiszeichendas Sternzeichen horoscope(s) das Horotskop(-e) constellation(s) der Sternbild(-er)die Konstellation(-en) astrology die Astrologie astronomy die Astronomie star(s) der Stern(-e) the four seasons die vier Jahreszeiten What's your zodiac sign? Welches Sternzeichen sind Sie? She cast his horoscope. Sie hat ihm das Horoskop gestellt. So, You Want to Talk About Soccer in German? Learning The German Terms For Parts of the Body How to Write Personal Letters in German How to Conjugate The German Word Finden What Are the Four Noun Cases of German? Your German Lesson For Eating and Drinking Take a Crack at This Guide to German Pronunciation for Beginners How to Shop Using German Study Medical and Dental Terms in German Learn How to Conjugate "Beginnen" (to Begin) in German Clothing and Fashion in German - Phrases, Words, Sizes How to Put German Sentences in the Right Order Can You Sing "Mack the Knife" in German? How to Conjugate the German Verb "Laufen" (to Run, Walk) How to Say the Months, Dates, Seasons, and Days in German Why Did the Fab Four Sing in German?