There were over 2,000 deities in the Egyptian pantheon and most were generally benevolent, but some, such as Sekhmet and Mut, had changeable natures, while Seth embodied the malevolent and disordered aspects of the world. Sekhmet, Mut, and Seth are three of the 12 signs of the Egyptian Zodiac.
The Egyptian Zodiac
The Egyptian zodiac is made up of 12 signs. However, unlike western astrology, ancient Egyptian astrology assigns certain days of the month to each sign. They believed their deities manifested at specific times and named their zodiac signs for their gods and goddesses. The ancient Egyptians developed their astrology based on small star groups (asterisms) that rose consecutively and regularly on the horizon due to the earth's rotation.
The Egyptian Astrological Signs
Each Egyptian astrology sign is symbolized by a god are goddess, except for "The Nile." The god or goddess assigned to your Egyptian astrology Sun sign represents your character, behavior, strengths, weaknesses, and skills.
The Nile: January 1-7, June 19-28, September 1-7, November 18-26
The first sign of the Egyptian zodiac is The Nile. To ancient Egyptians, the Nile was not just a river; it was the lifeblood of Egypt and an essential aspect of their lives. Its flow provided necessities and represented a prosperous and fruitful life. Those with The Nile as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign are logical, peaceful, and practical. The Nile is associated with the traits and characteristics of Capricorn.
Amon-Ra: January 8-21, February 1-11
Amon-Ra, the king of the gods, is the second Egyptian zodiac sign. Amon-Ra is the god of protection who gave humans the ability to create from nothing. Those with Amon-Ra as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign are Generous, successful, and helpful. Amon Ra is associated with the traits and characteristic of Taurus.
Mut: January 22-31, September 8-22
The third Egyptian zodiac sign is Mut, mother of the world. Mut symbolizes women and mothers. She is a creator goddess who's is associated with water. Those with Mut as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign are practical thinkers and nurturers by nature. Mut is associated with the traits and characteristic of Scorpio.
Geb: February 12-29, August 20-31
Geb is the god of the earth, whose laughter was believed to start earthquakes. He assisted in weighing the hearts of the dead and assigning their afterlife. Those with Geb as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign are proud, sensitive, and modest. Geb is the fourth sign in the Egyptian zodiac and is associated with the traits and characteristic of Aquarius.
Osiris (March 1-10, November 27-December 18)
Osirus, lord of the dead, is a symbol for rebirth and resurrection as well as fertility. Those with Osirus as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign can be feisty, strong, generous, and innovative. Osiris is the fifth Egyptian horoscope sign and is associated with the traits and characteristics of Aries.
Isis (March 11-31, October 18-29, December 19-31)
Isis is the goddess of nature. She's the protector of children, the poor and the dead. Those with Isis as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign are motivated by having love in their lives. Isis is associated with the traits and characteristics of Pisces.
Thoth (April 1 - 19, November 8 - 17)
Thoth, the god of learning and wisdom, is the creator of writing and the record keeper of everything. Those with Thoth as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign are compassionate, energetic, and courageous. Thoth is the seventh sign of the Egyptian astrology and is associated with the traits and characteristics of Virgo.
Horus: April 20-May 7, August 12-19
Horus is the king of gods on Earth, the protector of the pharaoh and the unifier of upper and lower Egypt. Those with Horus as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign are charismatic, optimistic, and good at motivating and inspiring others. Horus, the eighth sign in Egyptian astrology, is associated with the traits and characteristics of Libra.
Anubis: May 8-27, June 29-July 13
Anubis is the god of embalming, mummification, and guardian of the underworld. Anubis finds lost souls and weighs their hearts on the scales against the feather of Ma'at. Those with Anubis as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign are very passionate and creative. Anubis is the ninth sign in Egyptian astrology and is associated with the traits and characteristics of Leo.
Seth: May 28-June 18, September 28-October 2
Seth is the Egyptian god of storms, earthquakes, and chaos. Those with Seth as their Egyptian astrological sign seek change, communicate well, and love to be the center of attention. Seth is the tenth sign in Egyptian astrology and is associated with the traits and characteristics of Gemini.
Bastet: July 14-28, September 23-27, October 3-17
Bastet is the Egyptian cat goddess, as well as the goddess of pleasure. She is the protector of lower Egypt and the goddess of fertility who protects women. Those with Bastet as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign search for peace and balance in their lives. Bastet is the 11th sign in Egyptian astrology and is associated with the traits and characteristics of Cancer.
Sekhmet: July 29-August 11, October 30-November 7
Sekhmet, the Eye of Ra, is the goddess of war and also a healer. She dispenses justice and is a very exacting judge. Those with Sekhmet as their Egyptian astrological Sun sign have a sense of fairness and justice. The Sekhmet is the twelfth sign of the Egyptian horoscope and is associated with the traits and characteristics of Sagittarius.
Astrology in Ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptians, like all ancient cultures, had their own astrology. It was the Mesopotamians who developed the western signs of the zodiac and the concept of natal astrology. While this was happening in Mesopotamia; Egyptians astrologers were developing the decans. These two astrological traditions came together sometime around the 1st Century BCE. Now, in the 21st Century, there are two types of Egyptian Astrology, one uses the traditional dates based on the decans and the other is based on the western signs of the zodiac.