Choosing a baby name is a huge responsibility, as the name will be with the child for a lifetime. Many parents interested in astrology believe that choosing a name based on the stars and planets can help increase the natural positive aspects of personality while soothing weak planetary aspects.
Cultures Choosing Names by Astrological Sign
Many cultures, both past and present, have believed that names based on the positions of the planets and stars at birth bring luck and can balance weak aspects of their horoscope. Even now in India, some families hire an astrologer to select auspicious names based on the Rashi (moon sign).
In China, astrologers used to work out the elements related to the planets that are in place at a child’s birth and then construct a horoscope on the third day after the baby’s birth. The horoscope is used to determine if there is a balance of the elements and may recommend a name that will correct any imbalances for the child.
How to Choose a Zodiac Baby Name
Rather than choosing obvious names related to sun signs such as Leo it can be helpful to research the characteristics associated with the zodiac sign that could be represented in a name choice. An example is choosing “Keith” for a Capricorn boy as it means “wood or thicket” (referring to the earth element related to the Capricorn) or Diana (Roman moon goddess) for a baby girl expected to be born under the sign of Cancer because the moon relates to the astrological sign.
Zodiac Sign Dates and Information
In order to select names that are in balance with a zodiac sign, it is important to know the personality traits and elements relating to the sign. Here is a breakdown of the twelve zodiac signs with dates, elements, planets and characteristics:
Aries: the Ram, March 21 – April 19, Mars, fire sign – independent, confident and energetic
Taurus: the Bull, April 20 – May 20, Venus, earth sign – determined, stubborn and dedicated
Gemini: the Twins, May 21 – June 21, Mercury, air sign – sociable intelligent and ambitious
Cancer: the Crab, June 22 – July 22, Moon, water sign – emotional, intuitive and sympathetic
Leo: the Lion, July 23 – August 22, Sun, fire sign – generous, friendly and temperamental
Virgo: the Virgin, August 23 – Sept. 22, Mercury – earth sign, intelligent, calm and meticulous
Libra: the Scales, September 23 – October 23, Venus, air sign – peaceful, just and sympathetic
Scorpio: the Scorpion, October 24 – November 21, Mars, water sign – loyal and determined
Sagittarius: the Archer, November 22 – December 21, Jupiter, fire sign – honest and imaginative
Capricorn: the Goat, December 22 – January 19, Saturn, earth sign – loyal, stable and blunt
Aquarius: the Water Carrier, January 20 – February 18, Uranus, air sign – friendly and idealistic
Pisces: the Fish, February 19 – March 20, Neptune, water sign – imaginative and compassionate
An astrologer can give more accurate advice by drawing up a natal chart after the birth, but prospective parents can still choose a baby name based on the zodiac sign and discover the meaning behind a name and the sun sign.