The Astrological Knowledge Quiz


By: Alex Wittman

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

For hundreds of years, human beings have looked to the stars for direction in their daily lives. Astrology interprets the movements and positions of celestial bodies to understand how they influence our affairs on Earth. But, if you think you've got what it takes to ace our astrological knowledge quiz, then you probably already know that. Or, perhaps you just saw it written in the heavens.  

Although many have deemed astrology a pseudoscience, we don't want that to get you down. You're free to believe in whatever it is that brings you comfort. If that happens to be astrology, more power to you. Even if you don't think the movements and positions of the stars have actual control over human affairs, astrology can still provide clarity and perspective. Anything that challenges you to look inwardly is fine in our book.

The Hindus, Chinese and Maya all attached great importance to their celestial observations. Are you right there with them? If you're a zodiac whiz who religiously checks their horoscope, then this astrological quiz is for you! The stars are aligning, and we've divined that you need to take this quiz. Don't be a stubborn Taurus. Take our astrological knowledge quiz now!

One of these things is not like the others. Which of the following is NOT one of the four basic elements which balance the zodiac?

The four basic elements that balance the zodiac are water, fire, earth and wind. Sorry, lightning. Each astrological sign falls under one of these elements. For example, Capricorn is an earth sign.


A vital aspect of understanding any given horoscope chart, what is the proper name for the rising sign?

The ascendant or rising sign refers to the zodiac sign that was on the eastern horizon at the time you were born. The Earth completes a rotation ever 24 hours, which means the zodiac revolves once every 24 hours as well. Astrologers believe your ascendant reveals your personality.


Forceful and determined, which of the following zodiac signs is assigned to those born between October 23 and November 21?

If you're born between October 23 and November 21, your zodiac sign is Scorpio. A water sign ruled by Mars, Scorpios are deeply intuitive and rarely reveal their true selves. While they aren't afraid to take risks, they prefer to carefully calculate any given situation before acting.


With her September 4 birthday, which of the following zodiac signs is singer Beyonce?

People born between August 23 and September 23 are Virgos. As an earth sign, Virgos are practical and cautious. Those two traits might have something to do with why Beyonce is such a successful businesswoman.


Always with a bow and arrow, which zodiac sign does the archer represent?

The zodiac symbol of Sagittarius is an archer. With a duration ranging from November 22 until December 22, Sagittarius is a fire sign that embodies creativity and curiosity. This sign is often considered one of the happiest signs of the zodiac.


Maybe you read yours daily. What do we call the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of a person's birth?

As astrologers began to realize people born at certain times of the year shared qualities and characteristics, they began to compile horoscope charts. The process used to be extremely time consuming, but today, a quick internet search will show you yours.


The fourth astrological sign in the zodiac, which of the following signs is represented by a crab?

Originating from the constellation of Cancer, this sign is usually represented by a crab. Sometimes, astrologers depict Cancer as a lobster, but it is widely accepted that this sign is based on the giant crab that harassed the Greek hero Hercules.


Born between January 20 and February 18, which of the following zodiac signs is represented by the water carrier?

Based on the Greek hero Ganymede, Aquarius is a fixed air sign. Stubborn at times, Aquarius is also known for being their rebellious nature and desire to evoke change. This sign is ruled by Uranus.


Coming after Cancer and before Virgo, which zodiac sign is associated with the period between July 23 and August 23?

The fifth astrological sign of the zodiac is Leo. As a fixed fire sign, Leos are born leaders who welcome the opportunity to be in charge. The sun rules over this attention-loving zodiac sign.


Count them up. How many signs does the zodiac contain?

The zodiac represents 12 constellations and is organized into 12 equal segments. Each segment is named for the constellation it passes through, and a different astrological sign represents each segment.


Born on August 4, which of the following zodiac signs is former-U.S. president Barack Obama?

With an August 4 birthday, Barack Obama is a Leo. Represented by the lion, Leo is a fixed fire sign. Along with water signs, fire signs are considered extroverted, which makes sense for someone who does a lot of public speaking.


Represented by the twins, Gemini is an air sign that is intelligent and outgoing. When is the birthday of a Gemini?

People born between May 21 and June 21 are Geminis. The third astrological sign in the zodiac, Gemini is represented by the twins Castor and Pollux. Geminis are known for being easy-going and can adapt to different situations.


Known for being strong-willed (bordering on stubborn), which natural element corresponds to Taurus?

Represented by the bull, Taurus' zodiac element is earth. It probably won't come as much of a surprise that Taurus is a fixed sign, meaning it is stable and determined. People born under this sign demonstrate depth and persistence.


One of the building blocks of the universe, which of the following elements expresses passion, courage and power?

Of the four natural elements, fire embodies passion, courage and power as well as impulsiveness, assertiveness and energy. The three fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. The ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles first proposed the four elements.


As the seventh astrological sign in the zodiac, which of the following signs comes after Virgo and before Scorpio?

The seventh astrological sign in the zodiac is Libra. An air sign that is ruled by Venus, Libras are friendly and easy to get along with. Honest and sincere, they sometimes have trouble making decisions.


Representing Earth's 24 hour rotation around its axis, how many houses are in astrology?

In astrology, there are 12 houses. Each house represents an area of life within which the planets and signs function. Even though there are an equal number of zodiac signs and houses, they're different. The signs are related to the sun while the houses are related to the Earth's rotation.


Your BFF just told you she's going to have a baby! If the due date is January 3, what star sign will the baby be born under?

From approximately December 22 until January 20, the sun passes through Capricorn. The tenth astrological sign of the zodiac, Capricorns are known for being practical and self-reliant.


The astrological year is different than our calendar. Which of the following is the first sign in the zodiac?

Aries is the first sign in the zodiac. The duration of this sign is approximately March 20 until April 20. The sun enters the sign of Aries when it reaches the vernal equinox. In the astrology world, it's known as the First Point of Aries.


Each of the four elements manifests in three modalities. Which of the following is NOT a modality?

The three modalities are cardinal, mixed and mutable. Sorry, ongoing. Four signs belong to each modality. For example, Aries, Capricorn, Cancer and Libra are all cardinal. The cardinal modality signifies action and initiative.


Each element rules over three zodiac signs. Which of the following signs does water rule?

The water signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. This element is often associated with emotion, empathy and sensitivity. It is also considered a feminine sign along with the earth element.


Ruled by Mercury, which of the following zodiac signs is a mutable earth sign?

Believed to be based on the Greek maiden Astraea, who was the last mortal to abandon Earth after the gods fled to Mount Olympus, Virgo is a mutable earth sign. Generally speaking, Virgos are detail-oriented and don't like to leave anything to chance.


Some astrologers utilize a thirteenth sign of the zodiac. What's it called?

Ophiuchus is sometimes used as the thirteenth sign of the zodiac. In Japan, where this sign has gained some popularity, it is represented by a serpent-bearer. However, the overwhelming majority of astrologers adhere to the traditional 12-sign zodiac.


Of the 12 signs of the zodiac, what is the last sign of the zodiac?

People born between February 18 and March 20 belong to the twelfth sign of the zodiac. This mutable water sign is deeply sensitive and is ruled by the planet Neptune. Pisces is the last constellation of the zodiac.


In Western astrology, each zodiac sign is ruled by one these. Which of the following is essential to traditional rulership?

Traditional rulership is the relationship between the zodiac sign and the correlated planet. Every sign is ruled by one of the visible planets, including the sun and moon. For example, Virgo is ruled by Mercury.


Many people consider astrology to be the oldest form of which of the following practices?

Divination is defined as the practice of seeking knowledge. Astrologers use the stars to predict the future or better understand the current circumstances on Earth. Many believe astrology is the oldest form of divination in the world.


Embodying a profound intellectual connection with the world around them, which of the following is NOT an air sign?

Each sign of the zodiac is ruled over by a natural element. Libra, Aquarius and Gemini are all air signs. However, Virgo is an earth sign. Earth signs are generally grounded individuals.


Just keep swimming. Which zodiac sign is based on a fish constellation?

Pisces is known for being empathetic and artistic. This water sign is the twelfth astrological sign in the zodiac, lasting from approximately February 18 until March 20. Generous and emotional, the planet Neptune rules this zodiac sign.


In astrology, what is the term assigned to a planet in a sign of a similar nature which it does not rule?

When a celestial body passes through a sign of a similar nature, it is said to be in exaltation. Even though it doesn't rule over that particular sign, the planet gains strength and energy resulting in an overall positive influence.


What do astrologers call a celestial body positioned in the zodiac opposite the sign it rules?

When one of the ruling planets is positioned in the zodiac sign opposite the sign it rules, this astrological scenario is said to be in detriment. For example, the sun rules over Leo, but when the sun is in Aquarius, it is said to be in detriment.


Every sign has an opposite. Which of the following signs is the opposite of Aries?

Astrologers believe every zodiac sign has an opposite which embodies whatever qualities the original sign lacks. For example, the opposite of Aries is Libra. While Aries is considered the sign of the self, Libra is all about relationships with others.


Ruled by Saturn, which of the following zodiac signs is a cardinal earth sign?

People born between December 22 and January 20 are Capricorns. This sign originated from the constellation Capricornus, which is a horned goat that is sometimes depicted with a fish body. Highly disciplined, Capricorns are also very ambitious.


Of the 12 houses in astrology, which is the house of hopes and wishes?

Of the 12 houses in astrology, the eleventh house is considered the house of hopes and wishes. It's associated with humanitarianism, common causes and ideals. Aquarius rules the eleventh house.


All about partnerships, which of the 12 houses in astrology governs our closest relationships?

Ruled by Libra, the seventh house has to do with our most intimate partnerships. In addition to spouses, these relationships include business partners and close friends. It also deals with fierce enemies.


After studying the night sky, what name did ancient astrologers give to the visible planets?

Early astrologers studied the night sky, and in addition to noting the constellations, they observed what they believed to be five extremely bright and moving stars. They called them "wanderers," but today we know they're planets. Even without telescopes, astrologers were able to observe Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.


What do astrologers call a celestial body in the sign opposite its exaltation?

When a planet (including the sun and moon) is in the sign opposite its exaltation, this is known among astrologers as that celestial body's fall. For example, the sun rules over Leo and loses its influence when it is in fall in Libra.


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