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 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. 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. Continue Reading Why Germans Revere Shakespeare Traditional Holiday Terms in German German Colors (Farben) English: German Color Chart Do You Know the Meaning of the German Carol "O Tannenbaum" Can You Ask for Directions in German? These Are the Top German Words in Speaking and Writing Bavarian Dialect How to Use the Passive Voice in German The Simple Past in German What Is the Longest German Word? Common German Idioms, Sayings and Proverbs Translating the Three Main Words in German That Can Mean "People" Here Are Learning Tips for Those Beginning German Denglisch: When Languages Collide Learn How to Use Comparison Adjectives and Adverbs in German How Do You Know When You're Supposed to Use 'Wann' or 'Wenn?'