Astrology uses a lot of little symbols called Glyphs. If you want to be able to read a chart, it is imperative that you learn to read the glyphs. When memorizing something new it helps to make a lot of little associations to other things. This will give you more trigger points to recall the information.
Here are a few personal examples from my own palace of memory to give you some ideas.
My grandmother on my dad’s side was an Aries. She had this giant bronze key hook hanging on the wall that was shaped like an old-tyme skeleton key. As a child I thought that was so clever, a place to put your keys that looked like a key! When she passed away, the only two items that I asked for were that key hook and her Jesus painting. When I think of Aries, I think of her and that key. To me the glyph looks kind of like a little key.
This helped me to differentiate the symbol from Taurus which also has horns. I can also remember that Taurus likes to eat, so its symbol is the fat one.
My mom is a Gemini. When she was in high school, she had a Gemini pendant. Someone asked her “what’s that.” “That’s Gemini!” She proudly informed. The person looked shocked. “What? I thought you went with Pat?” So, now when I look at the numeral two that is Gemini, I remember it stands for the two of us, Jim and I.
The first association my puerile sense of humor glommed onto when learning this stuff is that the Cancer glyph looks suspiciously like a soixante-neuf. This has nothing specifically to do with Cancer, but I never forgot it.
Again, with the same sense of humor, Leo looked like a little sperm. Again, not directly related, but still never forgot it. Just think of a Leo you know, now picture his face swimming around on a little sperm body. Is it burned into your memory now?
Aries and Taurus are not the only two easily confused. Virgo and Scorpio both have M shaped glyphs. How to avoid confusion? Modest Virgo is the one reaching around to cover her crotch, like Michael Jackson, who just so happened to be a Virgo.
I’m a Libra, so that was the first one I learned. I remembered that one because it was the glyph repeated on my collection of mugs, necklaces and t-shirts. You’re gonna have to come up with your own thing for that one.
Scorpio is the other M one. It has a pointy stinger on the end. This one isn’t hard, or is it?
In my opinion Sagittarius is the most obvious one. It’s looks like an arrow. Sagittarius is the archer, duh! Has arrows, will travel. Maybe you can remember it because Sagittarians have perfected the “Duh” face.
Me: Hey look, it’s raining.
Sagittarius: Really? (Makes “Duh” face)
Me: This is all a joke to you isn’t it?
Capricorn is the hardest to remember. Sometimes it looks like a little N with a tail, sometimes an Z, sometimes a C depending on the artist who draws it. I had to learn this one the hard way, through practice and rote memory.
Almost everyone in my family is an Aquarius. I have had a long recurring argument with my sister over whether or not Aquarius is a Water sign. I told her it was an Air sign, but you know how it is when they get their minds made up. Her reasoning: it’s the WATER bearer and the symbol looks like waves of WATER! Ergo… I tried to tell her it doesn’t work like that but she already has a tattoo that says “water” in some language she doesn’t speak, so…
Pisces is the fish. And the last sign. And the last letter of “fish” is H. The two tied together fish of Pisces look like a curvy H.
Those are a few of my personal mnemonics. Please share with us! What are some of your little idiosyncratic ways you remember certain glyphs?