The Man of Signs (Zodiac Man)

Connecting the Zodiac and the Body

April 15, 2019
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Ancient astrologers believed that each astrological sign of the zodiac influenced a specific part of the body. The Man of Signs was created to visually represent this belief.

Astrology has played a role in the predictive power of almanacs since the earliest days of their publication, thousands of years ago.

Within the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac—in addition to astronomical and meteorological reference material—you’ll find an abundance of traditional astrological information, ranging from the dates of Mercury Retrograde and the monthly Best Days, to Gardening by the Moon’s Sign and the Man of Signs.

The Man of Signs

Some of our readers use the Man of Signs to determine the best time to do activities related to certain parts of the body. The first sign of the zodiac—Aries—is attributed to the head, with the rest of the signs moving down the body, ending with Pisces at the feet. 

How to Follow the Man of Signs

Consult the chart below to see which parts of the body are associated with which signs and dates. According to astrology, it is considered a poor time to do an activity that involves the given body part within the associated range of dates. For example, because Aries is connected to the head, it would be considered unfavorable to have an eye examination during the time of Aries (March 21 to April 20).

Please Note: The Old Farmer’s Almanac does not give medical advice. Consult with a medical professional before making any decisions related to your health or the health of loved ones.

Learn More

Find the Man of Signs, monthly Best Days, and more in the annual print and digital editions of The Old Farmer’s Almanac!


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knee surgery

I am scheduled for knee surgery on July 25 is this an ok date for the surgery so that I will not have complications from it and healing go well with as little pain as possible?

Knee surgery

When is the best time for knee surgery in 2018

hysterectomy surgery

Need to know if August 23, 26 or 30 of 2016 would be best

Eye surgery

Sign as far from the eye in the dates of July 25, Aug 1 and Aug 22


If you have to have any kind of surgery, let's say on the knees - make sure that the signs are not in the knees on the day that surgery is to take place. If you are going to have a tooth pulled, make sure that the signs are not in the head, there is a much better chance for complications in either case. For surgery, choose a day that the signs are as far away from that body part as reasonably possible, like choose the breast or head for knee or foot surgery OR choose a day when signs are in the feet, knees or even bowels or stomach for having neck or head surgery and you will most likely have better luck. IT DOES NOT MATTER if you were born a Pisces, Leo, Sagittarius, Libra or any other sign, just the surgery date is what matters. I hope this clears up a lot for many of you, it's really easy to understand, do not have intestinal surgery when the signs are in the bowels, nor eye or oral surgery when signs are in the head. Look at the signs as a way of telling you what NOT to have done and you will possibly remember it easier - no arm surgery in signs of the arms, no foot surgery in signs of the feet, and so on. Stop making it hard for yourself.

Best sign for Cancer to have Wisdom Teeth Removed

Dear Sir or Madam,
I need to know when the is best time, in July and August, to have wisdom teeth removed for a Cancer?

Trying to have surgery

Trying to have surgery in July . Which is the best time?

tonsils and adenoids

My grandson will need to have his tonsils and adenoids removed during the summer months. Please suggest dates during June, July and August that you would recommend.

Having several teeth pulled,

Having several teeth pulled, I'm Capricorn when is best time.

having 4 front teeth pulled

My husband is cancer sign is may 2016 a good day

gallbladder and apendix surgery

Need a date to have abdominal surgery. Am disabled.

Gall Bladder Surgery

What are the signs in, on June 2nd & June 16th, 2016

Gallbladder surgery

Do it in any sign except for the bowels or secrets and you should be fine. I would shoot for a day that signs are in the head, arms, thighs, knees or feet.

abdominal surgery

need best date to have abdominal surgery born 1/july/53 van bc Canada 3 am surgery to be done in van or new York
sept oct nov or dec 16


Shoulder surgery scheduled for April 29, 2016 - is this a good time for this surgery - I am a Virgo

when the signs goes from the knees to the feet you are suppose t

I sure hope I can find and understand this because I do need to learn to quit smoking'japri

Knee Surgery

Knee surgery scheduled for July 28, 2016 - is this a good time for this surgery - I am a Sagittarius

Knee Surgery

I was reading an article in the Boston Magazine ( June 24, 2013. The article states that July is not a good month for surgery because that is when most students graduate and start their residence.

Knee surgery

Have same issue


Sagittarius makes no difference at all. Schedule the knee surgery any time except for July 17th and 18th (signs are in the knees those days) and you should do well.

Tonsils and adenoids

My son is 5 years old, born in May 2010 and we have to get his tonsils and adenoids taking out very soon. When would be the best time to take them out in February of this year?? Please e mail...thanks in advance

Granddaughter's adenoids removal

My granddaughter will have her adenoids removed on November 18, 2016. Is this the best day?

wisdom teeth removed

I'm a Gemini, when's the best days for me to get the surgery done to get my wisdom teeth removed?

my husband is a gemini, may

my husband is a gemini, may 30th to be precise.he has lost a lot of money in life because he is not ready to wait for things to come through naturally.i just want to know if his sign has got something to do with this situation and how can i help him out.

Wisdom toth

What sign is best for an aqurais to have wisdom teeth pulled.

What exact parts of the body

What exact parts of the body are Secrets and Reins

My sun sign is Scorpio so I

My sun sign is Scorpio so I know that my sign rules the genital area or reproductive organs, bladder, anus, and in general pelvic region. As for the reins i would have to do some research, but I had the same question. Secrets makes sense to me in that in most cultures we keep our sexual areas private or secret due to the taboo nature and general respect for the opposite sex of walking around without them covered so we keep them hidden much like we do things of a secretive nature. I did not do any fact finding or research so this the correlation between them being called "secrets" and the section of the body they represent could be wrong, but I know for sure that the area of the body related is as stated above the genitalia. Which is always why us Scorpios are known for being the most sexually passionate with tantalizing, mind blowing sexual relations. Of course that was a generalization and not to toot my own horn

The secrets are the genital

The secrets are the genital areas and the reins, I believe, are the forearms.

I'm pregnant and due March

I'm pregnant and due March 28th, but if I haven't went by the 23rd I'll be induced. What's the chances of me having her this week? My papa said this has started a "feminine sign". Not sure what that means

Feminine signs in astrology

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Feminine signs in astrology usually refer to the Earth and Water signs, which are:
Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
To find out when the Moon is in a particular astrological sign, go to page 247 in the print version of the Almanac. You can also purchase and download the Moon's astrological place chart (aka Moon's sign calendar) at:
You can always find today's astrological sign at:
Hope this helps! And, best wishes to you, your family, and your little one on the way!