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Do Russians Follow the Horoscope?

Posted on August 28th, 2011

Russian horoscopeYou betcha! Most of us duly read our weekly Horoscope predictions, and make sure to avoid things that need to be avoided and accomplish things that need to be accomplished.

Horoscopes especially come in handy when we, Russian girls, start dating. Do you think we are just being curious by wondering when your Birthday is? Check this out: the minute we get back home from our date (that is if it went well), we google your horoscope in an attempt to learn more about your personality and predict our future together… Oops, did I just say too much?.. :oops:

Astrological Signs in Russian

Reading horoscopes in Russian could be a powerful language learning tool. It would help you to get quickly accustomed to everyday Russian. You can read horoscopes in Russian on the Internet, using different resources:
•    If you are in a Russian-speaking country you can easily find a fresh newspaper featuring weekly horoscope
•    In addition to that you can get a copy of newspaper Oracle – газета «Оракул» (my Mom’s favorite! )

Before you start reading horoscopes in Russian, I put together some horoscope related vocabulary for you in Russian:

Астрология [as-tra-Lo-gee-ya] astrology
Зодиак [za-dee-AK] zodiac
Знак зодиака [ZNAK za-dee-A-ka] zodiac sign
Гороскоп [ga-ras-KOP] horoscope
Гороскоп на сегодня [ga-ras-KOP na si-VOD-nya] today’s horoscope
Гороскоп на неделю [ga-ras-KOP na ni-DYE-lyoo] weekly horoscope
Гороскоп на месяц [ga-ras-KOP na MYE-syats] monthly horoscope
Гороскоп на год [ga-ras-KOP na GOT] yearly horoscope

Signs of Zodiac in Russian

Generally Russians follow Western astrology, and believe in the twelve signs of zodiac:

Овен [O-vyen] Aries  (March 21 to April 20)
Телец [ti-LYETS] Taurus  (April 21 to May 20)
Близнецы [bleez-ni- TSI] Gemini  (May 21 to June 21)
Рак [RAK] Cancer  (June 22 to July 22)
Лев [LYEV] Leo  (July 23 to August 22)
Дева [DYE-va] Virgo  (August 23 to September 22)
Весы [vi-SI] Libra  (September 23 to October 22)
Скорпион [skar-pee-ON] Scorpio  (October 23 to November 22)
Стрелец [stri-LYETS] Sagittarius  (November 23 to December 21)
Козерог [ka-zi-ROG] Capricorn  (December 22 to January 20)
Водолей [va-da-LYEY] Aquarius  (January 21 to February 18)
Рыбы [RI-bi] Pisces  (February 19 to March 20)

Here is how you can say your sign of zodiac in Russian:
Я по гороскопу Водолей.
I am Aquarius by horoscope

Мой знак зодиака – Водолей.
My zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Chinese Horoscope in Russian

Chinese horoscope is also popular across Russian speaking countries. Below are Chinese zodiac signs in Russian:

Крыса [KRI-sa] Rat
(1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

Бык [BIK] Ox
(1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

Тигр [TEEGR] Tiger
(1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

Кролик [KRO-leek] Rabbit
(1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999)

Дракон [dra-KON] Dragon
(1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000)

Змея [zmi-YA] Snake
(1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)

Лошадь [LO-shat’] Horse
(1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)

Коза [ka-ZA] Goat
(1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)

Обезьяна [a-biz’-YA-na] Monkey
(1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)

Петух [pi-TOOH] Rooster
(1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

Собака [sa-BA-ka] Dog
(1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)

Свинья [sveen’-YA] Pig
(1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)

1. The year of Rabbit is also known as the year of Cat – Кот [KOT]
2. Year in Russian is год [GOT]. If you would like to say in Russian – “the year of the Rabbit”, you need to use Genitive case for all of the astrological animal signs:

Год Кролика – the year of the Rabbit
Год Собаки – the year of the Dog
Год Козы – the year of the Goat

Я родился в год козы.
I was born in the year of the Goat.

New Years celebration in Russian speaking countries starts with predictions as to how the animal sign of the given year would affect each individual sign of zodiac. Here is an example of the Chinese horoscope in Russian. According to the Chinese horoscope, 2011 is the year of the Rabbit or in Russian – Год Кролика. You can read about how the year of Rabbit affected signs of zodiac this year in Russian here.

I’ll finish today’s post on a funny note. While browsing videos on YouTube, I came across this funny horoscope, that is a bit outdated (it was put together for year 2007), but it’s really funny!

What is your знак зодиака? Do you follow гороскоп?

I hope you are having fun learning Russian! :-)


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